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02-06-2014, 02:39 PM - 5 Likes   #1
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Pentax DSLR Firmware Update Guide

If you're looking to upgrade your firmware but don't know how to go about it, here's a video tutorial that we've just put together:


The latest firmware updates can be downloaded here:
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Thanks Adam. May I suggest a sticky under the beginners section so this can be found easily. As you know it is an often asked question.
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Just added it to the resources sticky in the beginner forum, and I think I'll stick it here also. I'm sure lots of users will find the video helpful because there's also a troubleshooting section at the end.

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Excellent tutorial, thanks!

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Thanks Adam, Great video.
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You're welcome guys

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I did it ok was pretty quick really.
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I have an older Pentax K20D. Are there firmware upgrades for it? I have not ever upgraded anything on that camera. Or should I leave well enough alone?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Susinok Quote
I have an older Pentax K20D. Are there firmware upgrades for it? I have not ever upgraded anything on that camera. Or should I leave well enough alone?
Yes there are, but the fixes are minor:
Latest K20D Firmware Update : Software Downloads | RICOH IMAGING

The video guide above still applies.

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I know the camera must stay on during the update (and therefore needs a fully charged battery). During normal use (taking pictures), the camera (K-50) turns itself off after a minute of non-use. Does the update activity keep the camera on? Or do I need to reset something?


Edit: I was told the camera will stay on.

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Stuff can go wrong on firmware upgrade

You can follow every step correctly on firmware and still ruin your camera. It happened with my K-5ii, which is still out to CRIS waiting repair. Pentax finally agreed to cover labor, but charging around $150 for ruined motherboard. I have upgraded firmware on several different Pentax cameras with no problem, and then this happened. Question: Will Pentax, CRIS, Eric, or anyone do a guaranteed firmware upgrade on cameras and take responsibility for any damages?
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Thanks for the gen on this. I just updated mine a few moments ago with no issues.

It did not say 'update complete' or anything like that. The screen went totally blank so I left it a few minutes before turning it off and on and it's fine
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Hey I have a question. Does this have to be specifically a SD *HC* card? I have a SD XC and my understanding was that it was just an extended capacity from the SD HC. But when I power on with menu it says, cannot use this card.
Now it is a SD mini in an adapter...So I need to know which to go buy. We use the mini's around here much more than the standard cards...
Thanks!
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Cameras sometimes do not like cards in adapters. Make sure the lock is off. SDXC should work.
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Warning!!

Be sure and read the instructions over carefully. Make sure you understand every point. Than make sure you follow them exactly! Be sure you use a genuine Pentax battery instead of an aftermarket battery. If you do this, chances you will be okay. However, I followed my own instructions exactly and still bricked my K-5II!

I would never instally firmware again. I would send it off to Eric or Prestige for CLA and firmware installation, paying them to take the risk instead of taking the risk myself. I say this even though I have successfully changed firmware on K-1-, K-20, K-01, and K-7.

Good luck!
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