Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pentax K-5 Firmware 1.01 now available. Improves the number of consecutive RAW and high ISO shots in high speed mode to 20.

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Firmware 1.01 ready to download.
Hi Pentaxian friends.

Firmware Available for Download PENTAX K-5 FIRMWARE UPDATE VERSION 1.01

Version 1.01

 Go to Camera, then to Digital SLR, then to K-5 and then click on the box for Firmware and hit submit.

Improved the number of consecutive RAW and high ISO shots able to be captured in high speed mode before buffer slowdown (e.g. previously buffer slowdown would occur after approx 8 frames, now it's approx 20 frames).

General performance and stability improvements.

You will need a blank, formatted memory card with a capacity of 32 MB or higher.
You will need your camera's USB cable, or a memory card reader.
Make sure your battery is fully charged (or that you are using an optional AC adapter) to prevent power interruptions during the update process.


Click the Windows link below to download the self-extracting firmware archive file (k5_v101w.exe). Click SAVE to save the download file to your computer's hard drive. Saving it to your desktop, for example, will make it easy to find after the download is complete. Please note: this download file is not the firmware update file itself, but a compressed archive that must be expanded in the following step.

Next, double click the download file to expand it. Once expanded, you will see a readme text file (README.TXT) and the firmware update file itself (FWDC209B.BIN). The readme file contains instructions similar to what you are reading on this page.

You must now copy the firmware update file (FWDC209B.BIN) to your camera's memory card. When you connect the camera directly to your computer (or if you use a card reader), the memory card appears as a removable disk drive in the My Computer window. Make sure you are using a blank/formatted memory card, then drag & drop (or copy & paste) the firmware update file (FWDC209B.BIN) from the desktop to your removable disk window, which is the camera's memory card. Please note: You must put the firmware update file (FWDC209B.BIN) directly onto the removable disk; it cannot be in any sub-folders. It must be on the top (or root) level of the removable disk.

Now that you have copied the firmware update file (FWDC209B.BIN) to your camera's memory card, you are ready to install it. Make sure your camera is turned off and disconnected from the computer. Make sure that the memory card containing the firmware update file is inserted into your camera. Also, make sure you that you have adequate power in your camera. We recommend you use a Pentax AC adapter to perform the firmware update, or make certain that your battery has a full charge.

To begin the update, turn your camera on while holding down the MENU button. If you have followed the above instructions precisely, the camera will begin to load the new firmware. You will see the message "NOW LOADING" then the camera will display the firmware update menu.

Select "YES" using your camera's 4-way controller (the default is "NO") then press your camera's OK button.

The camera will now update its firmware. This may take a couple of minutes, so be careful to not interrupt the process.

When the update is complete, you will see "COMPLETE" on your camera's LCD screen. Turn the camera off and remove the memory card.

With the memory card removed from the camera, check your new firmware version by turning the camera back on while holding down the MENU button. Before you begin to take pictures again, be sure to format your memory card to erase the firmware update file.


Mac users can follow this same process after clicking on the Macintosh download link below.

Download and save the Macintosh download file.
Decompress it if necessary (this step may be automatic).

Connect the camera to the computer.

Copy the firmware file (FWDC209B.BIN) to your camera's memory card, then disconnect the camera from the computer.

Proceed with the installation of the firmware as outlined above.
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