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Ron Pestes
Firmware question
on Jun 28, 2012 at 11:06:38 pm

I am still using firmware version 1.04. Do the updates offer anything besides more reliability with the SDHC cards? Trying to decide if it worth a few hundred bucks to send it to Sony to update. And no I am not going to brick my own camera trying to do it myself. You can't do it from the earliest versions.

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Ian Cook
Re: Firmware question
on Jun 29, 2012 at 12:04:34 am

1.05:

1) Corrections to 'media error' conditions when playing back S+Q clips
2) Improvements to stability of real time clock
3) Improvements when syncing externally via GenLock
4) Improvements to Time Code generator, specifically addressing TC drift after external syncing and powering camera off/on

1.10:

1) Added SxS-1 support
2) Added SDHC support and support for MEAD-SD01 adaptor
3) Added memory Stick Pro (Pro HG Duo HX) support
4) Added VERSION info to OTHERS menu
5) Added end-of-life indications for SxS-1 media
6) Added Caution message when cards containing HQ 1440/DVCAM clips are inserted
7) Improvements to accuracy of FB (Flange Focal Length) adjustment
8) Default setting of 'Flicker Reduction' changed to 'OFF'
9) Various improvements to White Balance and ATW circuitry
10) Improvements to playback of 1440/SP clips
11) Improvements in serial communication with Canon and Fuji lenses

1.15:

1) Added SxS-1A support
2) Added MSX-H1A support
3) Improvements to auto-focus stability
4) Improvements to start-up speed

1.16:

1) Added Support for RCP-1000, RCP-1001, RCP-1500, RCP-1501, RCP-1530 remotes.
2) Improved reliability of recording onto SxS media
3) 'Iris Close' command recognized from RMB-150 remote

1.17:

1) Improvements to time code functionality in 720p with HDCA-702 encoder
2) SxS card Secure-formatted by Mac OS can be formatted in the camcorder

1.18:

1) Improvements to Time code functionality and stability in 720p

1.20:

1) Support for XQD Memory cards with QDA-EX1 adaptor (Slow and Quick recording currently not supported)
2) Support for RMB-170 remote
3) Various improvements to Record and 'Media Restore' functions
4) Various White Balance improvements
5) Various stability improvements when using EX3 with RM-series remotes

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There are also numerous undisclosed or undocumented bug fixes with each release, all of which improve the stability and reliability of the camcorder (which is running over a million lines of code). We cannot stress enough that it is best practice to keep your camcorder up to date. After you are safely past 1.05 you'll be able to execute future upgrades quickly and painlessly without having to send the camcorder in. We are fully aware that sending the cameras in is a hassle but the 1 and the 3 were not meant to be user-upgradeable when they were first designed and with this new capability came a few basic conditions we simply have to follow. Additionally, some of the upgrades need to be followed by hardware alignments, lens adjustments etc.


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Ron Pestes
Re: Firmware question
on Jun 29, 2012 at 12:09:00 am

Thanks for the fine details Ian. That is exactly what I was looking for!

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Bob Mark
Re: Firmware question
on Jul 3, 2012 at 3:47:00 pm

One of the techs at Sony in Teaneck, NJ told me I needed to send the EX1 in if it was below v1.13. I was on 1.11. They said it had to be updated in increments. I am now on v1.26.

Bob


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