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03-13-2019, 04:20 PM   #1
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K-1 Upgrade Concern

I have not upgraded the K-1 firmware from ver 1.0 since I bought the camera.

I am a bit trepidatious about updating as the instructions on the Ricoh site say to make certain a full battery is in place before starting (no problem) and that if the "camera turns off due to lack of battery power, the camera will become inoperable. If this happens, a charge will be made for repairs even if within the warranty period (problem)".

If I use a full battery, should I be concerned; in other words, has anyone had a battery fail during upgrade?

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03-13-2019, 04:30 PM   #2
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I have performed several firmware updates on my K-5 but have not yet done so on my K-1. I would have no hesitation doing so, provided I'm using a fully charged and healthy battery to do so.

There have, over the years, been several cases of cameras bricked due to firmware updating going wrong, but, with few exceptions, these occured when the instructions were not followed. There is, therefore, a minor risk with every firmware update, but so minor as to not prevent me from doing it.

Good luck!
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If your battery isn't failing (i.e. old) and fully charged, you should be more than fine. The update doesn't take long.

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Charge your battery and just do it. Pentax wants you to update the firmware, just do it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by cpoteet Quote
If I use a full battery, should I be concerned; in other words, has anyone had a battery fail during upgrade?
Don't worry too much about it. The upgrade process takes only about 2 minutes, not much chance of anything going wrong. And the camera won't let you do the firmware install if the battery doesn't have enough charge. So it's a very low risk procedure if you start with a full battery and follow the instructions.

I've done firmware upgrades several times now for K-1, same amount of times for K-5, K-3, and firmware upgrades for other cameras, plus other devices like flashes, lens accessories, GPS tools etc. Never had the procedure cause any damage.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
Don't worry too much about it. The upgrade process takes only about 2 minutes, not much chance of anything going wrong. And the camera won't let you do the firmware install if the battery doesn't have enough charge. So it's a very low risk procedure if you start with a full battery and follow the instructions.

I've done firmware upgrades several times now for K-1, same amount of times for K-5, K-3, and firmware upgrades for other cameras, plus other devices like flashes, lens accessories, GPS tools etc. Never had the procedure cause any damage.
Just to emphasize, rawr has said it much better than I could.
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Charge your battery and upgrade. You get the benefits of Electronic Shutter and other tweaks too.
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Another confidence vote. If you're still truly paranoid, then just make sure it's a fully charged Pentax branded battery. And as already mentioned, the camera actually does a check on the battery to make sure it's happy. Follow the directions, and you'll be fine.

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Another confidence vote. If you're still truly paranoid, then just make sure it's a fully charged Pentax branded battery. And as already mentioned, the camera actually does a check on the battery to make sure it's happy. Follow the directions, and you'll be fine.
Thanks to all, I shall go forth and upgrade.
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There probably is no one on this planet more technologically challenged than yours truly. I'm over 60 years old and the last 15 years I spent farming. First DSLR I bought was the K-50 in 2015. DECEMBER of 2015. Bought my first "smart" phone two years ago. A MOTOROLA!!! My K -1 upgrade went smoothly. You can do this.
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QuoteOriginally posted by cpoteet Quote
Thanks to all, I shall go forth and upgrade.
For additional re-assurance, PentaxForums have a firmware update guide with a Youtube video on updating Pentax firmware step-by-step. The basics are much the same for K-1 as previous Pentaxes:

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I have an AC Adapter for my K-1 and will probably use that the next time I update (out of an abundance of caution). That said, I’ve updated my K-x, my K-30, and my K-1 without issue ever.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lithedreamer Quote
I have an AC Adapter for my K-1 and will probably use that the next time I update (out of an abundance of caution).
Wouldn't the power supply from a fully-charged battery be smoother and more reliable than that from the mains supply?

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I've done many firmware updates, some not even on a full battery. It's quick and easy. Wouldn't fret at all.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MrB1 Quote
Wouldn't the power supply from a fully-charged battery be smoother and more reliable than that from the mains supply?

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As I recall, it just switches back to battery power if the AC adapter is unplugged.
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