Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
06-13-2013, 08:23 AM   #1
Site Supporter
altopiet's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: The Great Karoo, South Africa
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,915
K-30: End of firmware updates?

Will the new cameras, K-50 and K-500, mean the end of further firmware updates for the K-30?

06-13-2013, 08:27 AM   #2
Pentaxian
Nick Siebers's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Madison, WI
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 2,139
QuoteOriginally posted by altopiet Quote
Will the new cameras, K-50 and K-500, mean the end of further firmware updates for the K-30?
In the past, Pentax has updated firmware for old bodies, not sure how much they have done recently or what they will do in the future. I would hope they will release updates, given how new the K30 is.
06-13-2013, 08:27 AM   #3
Site Supporter
boriscleto's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Liverpool, NY
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 12,297
No. For example, the K-x was last updated in March 2012...
06-13-2013, 08:40 AM   #4
Pentaxian
VisualDarkness's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Uppsala, Sweden
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 4,439
My Q just got its latest update.

06-13-2013, 09:10 AM   #5
Veteran Member
Docrwm's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Somewhere in the Southern US
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 11,275
Pentax came out with an official statement several months ago that they are dedicated to continuing to support cameras even when they are discontinued.
06-13-2013, 09:11 AM   #6
Pentaxian
JinDesu's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: New York City
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 5,624
QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
Pentax came out with an official statement several months ago that they are dedicated to continuing to support cameras even when they are discontinued.
Probably in expectation of this release.
06-13-2013, 09:15 AM   #7
Veteran Member
Docrwm's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Somewhere in the Southern US
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 11,275
QuoteOriginally posted by JinDesu Quote
Probably in expectation of this release.
If I recall correctly is was in response to the discontinuing of the K-5 and the K-5II and IIs coming out. I really appreciate Pentax-Ricoh making the effort to say that, and we have seen some firmware for discontinued cameras already from them to back up their statement.
06-13-2013, 10:17 AM   #8
Site Supporter
Tako Kichi's Avatar

Join Date: May 2013
Location: SW Ontario, Canada (ex-pat Brit)
Posts: 1,012
Talking of firmware I just checked mine on my newly arrived K-30 and it shows as v1.0 in the menu so I take it I need to upgrade to the latest version ASAP.

06-13-2013, 10:26 AM   #9
Veteran Member
Docrwm's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Somewhere in the Southern US
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 11,275
QuoteOriginally posted by Tako Kichi Quote
Talking of firmware I just checked mine on my newly arrived K-30 and it shows as v1.0 in the menu so I take it I need to upgrade to the latest version ASAP.
They almost always ship with the original firmware.
Software Downloads : Support & Service | PENTAX RICOH IMAGING
06-13-2013, 10:40 AM   #10
Site Supporter
Tako Kichi's Avatar

Join Date: May 2013
Location: SW Ontario, Canada (ex-pat Brit)
Posts: 1,012
Thanks for the link Doc, I had already downloaded it but not had a chance to install it yet.
06-13-2013, 11:17 AM   #11
Veteran Member
Anvh's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 4,616
If the hardware is the same... it could very well be that the K50 and K30 will share the same firmware maybe?
06-13-2013, 02:19 PM   #12
Pentaxian
Na Horuk's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Slovenia, probably
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 10,325
Depends on the update. If Pentax deems the update critical, they do it for some older models as well. If not, they don't bother.
Recently it was mostly to make different types of SD cards compatible
06-13-2013, 02:27 PM - 1 Like   #13
Pentaxian
VisualDarkness's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Uppsala, Sweden
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 4,439
QuoteOriginally posted by Na Horuk Quote
Depends on the update. If Pentax deems the update critical, they do it for some older models as well. If not, they don't bother.
Recently it was mostly to make different types of SD cards compatible
Well, they recently transformed the original Q to Q10 software-wise.
06-13-2013, 02:45 PM   #14
Veteran Member
Docrwm's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Somewhere in the Southern US
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 11,275
QuoteOriginally posted by VisualDarkness Quote
Well, they recently transformed the original Q to Q10 software-wise.
Yes, there is absolutely no reason to be negative or pessimistic about firmware updates for discontinued models. They could well have left the focus peaking and other features off the Q to boast sales of the Q10 but they did not. Are they going to transform your 10 year old 2mp camera into a 24mp FF camera with new firmware - ah...no. But they are fully supporting older cameras. Good for them!
06-13-2013, 04:28 PM - 1 Like   #15
Lens Buying Addict
monochrome's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Kirkwood (St. Louis) MO
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 19,474
QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
Yes, there is absolutely no reason to be negative or pessimistic about firmware updates for discontinued models. They could well have left the focus peaking and other features off the Q to boast sales of the Q10 but they did not. Are they going to transform your 10 year old 2mp camera into a 24mp FF camera with new firmware - ah...no. But they are fully supporting older cameras. Good for them!
During the "General Talk" portion of the Q Users' conference call with Jim Malcolm April 30th we were told Pentax, as a NEW CORPORATE POLICY, has adopted Ricoh's practice of providing Firmware updates for discontinued models - about twice a year - for as long as the hardware can accept the updates. In the case of Ricoh cameras that was sometimes several years.

Last edited by monochrome; 06-14-2013 at 07:46 AM.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
firmware, k-30, k-50, pentax k30, pentax k50
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Why K-5 not listed on Firmware Updates Rsangha Pentax K-5 5 04-23-2013 05:18 PM
K-5 II & IIs Firmware Updates v1.02 Docrwm Pentax K-5 28 02-25-2013 04:58 AM
Firmware updates for K30, K-01 and Q RKKS08 Pentax News and Rumors 4 10-29-2012 05:59 PM
K-5 firmware updates... NogBoy13 Pentax K-5 3 08-04-2011 01:41 AM
K-7 Firmware updates bootaylor002 Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 6 04-20-2010 10:16 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:39 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top