News / Firmware & Software Updates
Leica has announced a function-enhancing firmware update for its X1 APS-C sensor-based compact camera. Available from March 29, the updated version brings a host of improvements and additional features to the manual focus function, enhances AF performance in low-light conditions and promises improved JPEG quality.
Ricoh has announced function-enhancing firmware updates for its GXR interchangeable lens cameras and the GR Digital III compact. In response to user feedback, the GXR firmware adds five processing filters, a subject tracking focus and exposure mode, and a revised magnified playback option. The GR Lens A12 28mm and 50mm modules also gain an option to assign white balance or exposure compensation to the zoom buttons. The GR digital III also gets 5 additional functions including an electronic level and Target Follow function. The firmware updates will be available for download on March 28 from Ricoh's website.
DxO Labs has updated its DxO Optics Pro raw converter for Windows and Mac. Version 6.5.6 extends Raw support to Canon's 600D/T3i and 1100D/T3, and Olympus's E-PL1 in the both Standard and Elite editions. It also includes 48 additional camera/lens optical modules. The latest version is available as a free download to existing users or as a 30-day trial.
Nikon has posted a firmware update for its CoolPix P100 back-illuminated CMOS based superzoom. Version 1.2 resolves glitches with LCD display after the camera was switched back on from its stand-by mode in specific settings. The firmware is available for immediate download from the company's website.
Adobe has released 'Release Candidates' of its Camera RAW 6.4 and Lightroom 3.4 raw processing software. The updates cover 7 additional cameras including Canon's 600D/T3i and 1100D/T3, Olympus's XZ-1 and E-PL2, and Samsung's NX11. They are available from the company's Adobe Labs site and also address a number of issues reported via customer feedback. The company uses the term 'Release Candidate' to denote software that is well tested but not yet the final version.
Pentax has released firmware updates for its K-5 digital SLR and 645 medium format camera. Version 1.03 for the K-5 improves overall stability as well and AF accuracy in low-light conditions. Firmware v1.03 for the 645D brings in a series of minor feature improvements to the camera. The latest firmware versions are available for immediate download from the company's website.
Olympus has released firmware updates for its E-5 DSLR, E-PL2 Micro Four Thirds camera and XZ-1 enthusiast compact. The latest versions for the E-5 and XZ-1 resolve minor bugs relating to LCD display and external flash units respectively. Version 1.1 for the E-PL2 changes default setting of the image stabilizer to 'On' when used with the add-on Fisheye, Wide-angle or Macro lenses.
DxO Labs has updated its DxO Optics Pro raw converter for Windows and Mac. Version 6.5.5 extends Raw support to Sony SLT A33 and Nikon Coolpix P7000 in the both Standard and Elite editions. It also includes 51 additional camera/lens optical modules, taking the total to over 3000 combinations. It is available as a free download to existing users or as a 30-day trial.
Casio and Ricoh have released firmware updates for the Exilim EX-H20G and G700SE digital cameras respectively. Firmware version 1.02 for the EX-H20G extends the storage of GPS position logs from seven days to fourteen days, while also improving other GPS-related functions. The G700SE update fixes a minor fault when using the optional GPS unit amongst other small changes. Both are available for immediate download.
Nikon and Hasselblad have announced updated versions of their ViewNX and Phocus software. ViewNX v2.1.1 fixes a series of minor bugs in both Mac and PC versions. Hasselblad's Phocus v2.6 adds new features such as image rating and dust removal. The company has also released 'Quick' and 'Mobile' versions of Phocus.
Bibble Labs has announced an updated version of its Bibble 5 RAW workflow software. Version 5.2.1 extends RAW support to the recently released Canon Rebel T3/EOS 600D and Rebel T3i/EOS 1100D digital SLRs. Both the Pro and Lite versions also bring stability improvements, resolve specific lens identification issues and fix an issue related to cropping images in Multi-View mode.
Leaf has released an updated version of its Capture workflow software. Version 11.4.5 adds the company's SensorFlex technology support to a number of its digital medium format cameras and backs that were not previously supported. SensorFlex technology allows photographers pre-select image size and capture speed. It is available for immediate download from the company's website.
Apple has released a digital camera RAW compatibility update for Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11. Update 3.6 extends RAW support to six additional cameras including the Canon Rebel T3/T3i, Olympus E-5 and Pentax K-5. It also addresses processing issues for four already supported cameras. The update is available for immediate download from Apple's website.
DxO Labs has updated its DxO Optics Pro raw converter for Windows and Mac. Version 6.5.4 extends Raw support to Olympus E-PL2, Panasonic DMC-LX5 and Sony DSLR-A580 in the both Standard and Elite editions. It also includes 69 additional camera/lens optical modules. It is available as a free download to existing users or a 30-day trial.
Topaz Labs has updated its ReMask 3 masking plug-in for Adobe Photoshop a month after its release. Version 3.1 enhances processing speeds and adds new menu items amongst other improvements and bug fixes. Compatible with Windows and Intel-based Mac OS, it is still available at an introductory price of $49.99 till February 18.