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11-19-2014, 04:19 PM   #1
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Firmware how-to?

Hi.
I have a bought-in-the-UK Q10 which says its firmware version is 1.00.
I'd like to update it, but I've found conflicting information on the matter.
I thought it would be nice if the knowledgeable people here could answer me authoritatively, so that others may benefit.

1. Does one really have to hunt for a firmware that is the same 'region' as the camera? I don't understand why they made it that way, if true. Are there no adverse effects of trying to feed the camera with the wrong region firmware? I do notice that for the K-30 the UK site has firmware 1.05, while the german one has 1.06, and it's been there for a good while now...

2. I see references everywhere to lens firmware, but:
a) I haven't found any links to lens firmware files. Are they now included in the camera's?
b) I've seen it written that one has to update a lens for each camera it's used in. That doesn't seem to make sense, if the firmware is the lens's, it should only need to be updated once - but then again, I've seen a little bit of everything, so who knows.

Thanks!

11-19-2014, 04:46 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by Antonio Marques Quote
I do notice that for the K-30 the UK site has firmware 1.05, while the german one has 1.06, and it's been there for a good while now.
That's surprising. The reason for different regions is, as far as I know, only the language packs. So if you get the wrong region, you might lose your language. I think I remember some Italian accidentally making his camera all Japanese, but I am not quite sure.

You can try emailing your local Pentax representative and ask whats up

Oh and congrats on getting a sweet little camera

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It appears on the Ricoh site for support for the Q system that there was only firmware updates for the 01 and 02 lenses and they were out awhile ago.
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Hi, Horuk!

Thanks for your reply.
I'll admit I'd never heard of lens firmware for the Q, but I've seen reference to it in these forums.

Here, post #4 is what first got me wondering: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/136-pentax-q/209186-pentax-q-firmware-update.html

This explicitly refers a lens firmware file: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/136-pentax-q/270596-help-pentax-q10-firmw...selection.html

This also seems to talk about lens firmware: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/136-pentax-q/258483-q-firmware-updates.html

Can you make any sense of it?

11-20-2014, 03:16 AM   #5
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QuoteOriginally posted by Antonio Marques Quote
Hi.
I have a bought-in-the-UK Q10 which says its firmware version is 1.00.
I'd like to update it, but I've found conflicting information on the matter.
I thought it would be nice if the knowledgeable people here could answer me authoritatively, so that others may benefit.

1. Does one really have to hunt for a firmware that is the same 'region' as the camera? I don't understand why they made it that way, if true. Are there no adverse effects of trying to feed the camera with the wrong region firmware? I do notice that for the K-30 the UK site has firmware 1.05, while the german one has 1.06, and it's been there for a good while now...

2. I see references everywhere to lens firmware, but:
a) I haven't found any links to lens firmware files. Are they now included in the camera's?
b) I've seen it written that one has to update a lens for each camera it's used in. That doesn't seem to make sense, if the firmware is the lens's, it should only need to be updated once - but then again, I've seen a little bit of everything, so who knows.

Thanks!
Always go to the source:

Latest PENTAX Q10 Firmware Update : Software Downloads | RICOH IMAGING

Latest PENTAX Q Lenses Firmware Update : Software Downloads | RICOH IMAGING

and follow the directions
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