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12-23-2009, 12:39 PM   #1
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New "silent" K7 firmware...

Well, once again, there is a new "silent" firmware update for the k7...
Previous firmware was v1.02.00.14 (MD5 was 4d287f4588cae9bbd14df144407e143d)

Now Pentax Japan has a v1.02.00.16 available here

MD5 is 0e397e6c1b444b779e6a2c76396eaa86, even though date and size are the same...

Upgrades unknown...

12-23-2009, 12:46 PM   #2
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old news...


also, covered here.
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-dslr-discussion/83733-k7-new-firmw...yone-knew.html

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With a version that's varied xx.xx.xx.02 places, it might as well be for a typo such as a missing period or comma
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Yep, it's a new one as OP said, just instaled it.

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You know, it's really strange they do this - because a company that's proactive about firmware updates is a company that's responding to its customers and keeping a product fresh & up to date. Seriously, they should be screaming about firmware updates, spelling them out in huge detail and telling the world "look at us, ANOTHER great K-7 firmware update".

Seriously - inefficient - marketing

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It would REALLY be nice to know what it does, though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nass Quote
You know, it's really strange they do this - because a company that's proactive about firmware updates is a company that's responding to its customers and keeping a product fresh & up to date. Seriously, they should be screaming about firmware updates, spelling them out in huge detail and telling the world "look at us, ANOTHER great K-7 firmware update".

Seriously - inefficient - marketing

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Perhaps, but that's only true if the firmware adds features. If it's a bug fix then it leads to the impression that the software simply wasn't quality controlled and was rushed to release.
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Perhaps, but that's only true if the firmware adds features. If it's a bug fix then it leads to the impression that the software simply wasn't quality controlled and was rushed to release.
good point, totally agree with you.

I believe they are working on the firmware 1.03 or something, and as they will be sure they've fixed anything or added something, they'll definately tell it publicly.

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It's not even a v1.02 to 1.03, which is "major."

It's a .02 "update" in the 4th position...I don't think FireFox or AVG would even make you automatically upgrade...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mystic Quote
and as they will be sure they've fixed anything or added something, they'll definately tell it publicly.
And meanwhile they leave new users with a "beta" firmware? It doesn't make sense to me. The 1.02.16 surely does fix something, but what exactly?
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With a revision number so small, it was probably something embarrassing like a spelling mistake. Certainly in the software development life cycle, a fix with such a low revision number would have to be extreme low risk, not related to core functionality.
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No, in marketing, even if some think it's just an embarassment, it's how you portray it to the consumer - I used to be involved with code releases like this and we ALWAYS marketed it with trumpets.

Even corrections are a good thing! You can either see a correction as an embarassment to be hushed under the carpet, or one of those inevitable things and "yay here's another great fix from your customer and user-centric Pentax team!".

People respond a lot better to positive, go-getting proactive customer-savvy stuff - moaners because something was wrong in the first place are the minority.
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QuoteOriginally posted by keyser Quote
With a revision number so small, it was probably something embarrassing like a spelling mistake. Certainly in the software development life cycle, a fix with such a low revision number would have to be extreme low risk, not related to core functionality.
Well, previous silent releases like 1.01.00.9 and .13 were fixing "green line" problem, which is not a small fix. But, who knows what this release is for. Maybe it's really something unimportant.
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Ok, I agree with your guys reasoning. If it's a change worth making, and releasing. you should at least detail that change so customers can see that you're being pro-active.

The green line thing should have been marketed as an important fix to a known problem. I guess they may have been ashamed to admit that it was there.

But, what if it's to fix a security flaw in the software whuch would allow the camera to be hacked in the way that Canon cameras have been? You certainly wouldn't want to highlight that kind of change for fear that it will be exploited.
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But, what if it's to fix a security flaw in the software whuch would allow the camera to be hacked in the way that Canon cameras have been? You certainly wouldn't want to highlight that kind of change for fear that it will be exploited.
Yeah, that's a very fair point. To be honest I wonder if it's just hardcore people that update their firmware, I'm not so sure if joe average really does?
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