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11-17-2010, 07:14 PM   #1
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Will be installing soon, Needed this about 3 weeks ago though
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Be interested to hear about how this new firmware works re the boosted fps, and any other possible improvements Pentax may have rolled into it.
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Just updated and all I can say is Woohoooo!!!

7fps for 3 whole seconds sure is fun! Even if it is more frames in a row than ever needs to be fired.

But in all honesty, even though 8 frames at 7fps is still more than needed for a single burst, I was still hitting the buffer limit all the time. You don't need lots of buffer depth for long bursts, but for lots of short bursts. With a lot of fast action sports, your unloading lots of quick bursts, close together. And before it was 3, frames, 2 frames, 4 frames, crap. buffer limit. Now I will be able to shoot in bursts in fairly close succession with very little worry of hitting the buffer limit.

It also seems a little more responsive. I always kind of felt the the first 1-3 frames were a bit sluggish, and then it got up to speed. But now it seems o be up to speed right from the get go.

Haven't noticed anything else yet. Will certainly keep playing with it.

This is bad news for the shutter actuation count...

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QuoteOriginally posted by FullertonImages Quote
This is bad news for the shutter actuation count...
And your hard disk budget
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I did a short test and I was able to get 24 RAW shot in a rows at ISO 100 and 400, 22 at ISO 800 and 2 at ISO 1600. Very good for BIF.
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The new buffer size is crazy! I understand why Pentax haven't shipped any K-5 to the review sites.
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QuoteOriginally posted by eurostar Quote
I did a short test and I was able to get 24 RAW shot in a rows at ISO 100 and 400, 22 at ISO 800 and 2 at ISO 1600. Very good for BIF.
I would hope that you're missing a number in the figure for ISO 1600...

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I just installed the new firmware upgrade on my K-5.

I don't shoot RAW much, so the burst capacity in RAW doesn't mean a lot to me.

But I wish someone would explain exactly what this means, in layman's terms:

"Improved stability for general performance such as exposure range on HyP mode"

Sounds good if you say it fast, but what does this really mean?

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I'm assuming there's no way to control the amount of fps? Personally, while an increased number is great, there are many times when the ideal number would be 4.
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There is, not sure exactly which rate though.
It think it is: single, continuous low (2.5fps?) and high (7fps).
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QuoteOriginally posted by PALADIN85020 Quote
But I wish someone would explain exactly what this means, in layman's terms:

"Improved stability for general performance such as exposure range on HyP mode"

Sounds good if you say it fast, but what does this really mean?

John
HyperProgram was bugged when used with Auto-iso, and prevented the use of HyP for those wanting to combine both.
Its behavior was really unpredictable;
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I'm assuming there's no way to control the amount of fps?
There is. But it requires a very fast digit
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There is, not sure exactly which rate though.
It think it is: single, continuous low (2.5fps?) and high (7fps).
Low is supposed to be 1.6fps. I wondered if maybe with this update and its greater buffer capacity, they would correspondingly raise the Low fps.
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QuoteOriginally posted by falconeye Quote
There is. But it requires a very fast digit
lol! That would take some skill!!
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