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07-16-2013, 11:12 PM   #1
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K50 firmware running on a K30?

Has anyone tried running new K50 firmware on a K30? Does it work?
I am thinking of giving it a try but if someone has tried and failed I won't bother.
I would assume it might be possible since the internals of the camera are basically the same.

It would be nice to have the composition adjustment on my K30

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I think firmware is camera specific so there is a chance you could brick it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Brownie4u Quote
Has anyone tried running new K50 firmware on a K30? Does it work?
I am thinking of giving it a try but if someone has tried and failed I won't bother.
I would assume it might be possible since the internals of the camera are basically the same.

It would be nice to have the composition adjustment on my K30
Each firmware release is restricted to the camera model that it's designed for, so no, it won't work. The two are virtually identical feature-wise, anyway.

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While everyone is saying it does not work, i'm going to say it will but how well it will work is a second question.

Someone has installed K20D software on the K10D and that worked for the most part but i believe it was not quite that stable.
Now the K30 and K50 there is something else going on becasue by the looks of it those camera's are 99% the same on the inside so your changes are most likely higher.

The problem is though that you need to forcefully install the software, one of thw ways i believe was to adapt some lines inside the firmware so that it registered as it was for that camera model.
Other way was to force install with the debug menu.

If you're handy with these kind of things i wish you a lot of luck but if you've no idea then steer away from it

But in all honesty, i think the K30 and K50 actually already share the same firmware. Lets wait and see what happens when new firmware for the K50 is announced if the K30 and K-01 will also be updated. I think the changes are quite high they will.


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Why would you want that? What is a firmware feature that the K50 has and K30 doesnt?
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Even If it initially works (and I seriously doubt that), a latter firmware release probably would not.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tanzer Quote
Even If it initially works (and I seriously doubt that), a latter firmware release probably would not.
Why not?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Brownie4u Quote
Has anyone tried running new K50 firmware on a K30? Does it work?
I am thinking of giving it a try but if someone has tried and failed I won't bother.
I would assume it might be possible since the internals of the camera are basically the same.

It would be nice to have the composition adjustment on my K30
Suggest you read page 153 of your K-30 manual. It's titled "Composition Adjustment".

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Bricking isn't covered by warranty! Of course if you do it post the results.
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QuoteOriginally posted by IchabodCrane Quote
Suggest you read page 153 of your K-30 manual. It's titled "Composition Adjustment".
I will have to check that page out.
I was going on a Pentax forum video tutorial on the PF facebook page on how to use composition adjustment. In that video they said that feature was for the K5 and up cameras.

I would not take a chance with turning my K30 into a paper weight.
I just thought in this day and age where hacked phone roms are floating around everywhere that someone may have hacked camera software too.

Maybe I will wait and see what the next update looks like.

Thanks for they great info as always
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The K30 is newer then the K5 you know
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Why not?
A couple reasons. Part of this is qualification. Part of my day life is working with some embedded products, and they all have hooks to identify the platform and assure the firmware runs only where the company wants it to.

Another reason is marketing. Even if the first generation of firmware somehow (or intentionally) ignores whether it is running on a K-30 or K-50, a product manager would probably want the updates to only work on the newer platform. Even if the code is otherwise identical, the updates could be provided as separate downloads, maybe released on different dates or withheld for business reasons.
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Well sure but you can off course change those codes or force a installation.

Just look what magic latern is doing, that's much more extreme.


Anyway because of the short life of the K30 and the simularities with the K50 i doubt they will not support it.
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Just to be clear, there is no public hack for recent Pentax cameras, right?

Canon could easily prevent Magic Lantern hacks on the next generation of hardware if they wanted to, but so far they're remaining silent on the issue. Not sure what is up with the 70D.
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