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Bob Mark
Sony firmware upgrade price increase
on Apr 25, 2011 at 1:18:59 pm

I emailed Sony in Teaneck NJ asking about a firmware upgrade for the EX1. This is the response I got:

"Kindly use the attached form when sending your unit for upgrade. Firmware upgrade is $270 + tax. Should you have any further concerns, please feel free to call or send us an email."

Bob


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Noah Kadner
Re: Sony firmware upgrade price increase
on Apr 25, 2011 at 3:21:50 pm

Are they really turning that into a revenue source or does it honestly cost them that much? Seems a bit much when just about any other camera you buy today comes with free user installable firmware updates...

Noah

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Craig Seeman
Re: Sony firmware upgrade price increase
on Apr 25, 2011 at 3:26:18 pm

Last year, when 1.2 came out for the EX1, I was quoted $135 which seems like the price for one hour labor. Now it seems like they're charging for two hours labor. This increase certainly seems like bad policy to me since I doubt the time it takes to install and QC increased.



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Noah Kadner
Re: Sony firmware upgrade price increase
on Apr 25, 2011 at 3:44:19 pm

Is that something you have to do more than once?

Noah

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Bob Mark
Re: Sony firmware upgrade price increase
on Apr 25, 2011 at 9:19:54 pm

Well, it's a good idea to upgrade as improvements are made to the software. So, yes is the answer. Having said that, $270 is outrageous!

Bob


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Noah Kadner
Re: Sony firmware upgrade price increase
on Apr 26, 2011 at 1:09:55 am

That's what I'm asking- do you have to spend $270 every time there's a new update? Or do they do it just once? If it's just once that seems like something Sony should cover...

Noah

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Bob Mark
Re: Sony firmware upgrade price increase
on Apr 26, 2011 at 12:02:45 pm

AFAIK, you pay every time. BTW, Macie Video will do it for $165.00.

Bob


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Don Greening
Re: Sony firmware upgrade price increase
on Apr 27, 2011 at 4:20:06 am

If you take your camera in for warranty work or for a general tune up it's $140.00 at Sony here in Vancouver and they'll do the firmware upgrade while it's there. No extra charge.

- Don

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Brent Dunn
Re: Sony firmware upgrade price increase
on Apr 28, 2011 at 1:50:52 pm

Noah:

The cost is not for downloading and installing the upgrade yourself. It's for shipping your camera to Sony and having their tech's install it.

I paid $180 to have it done, because I didn't have the time and wanted a Techie to do it as well as cover a camera crash if it happened.

Brent Dunn
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