Posts Tagged ‘firmware’

Fuji Delivers Major Firmware Update for the X100, Adds Faster AF and Focus Peaking

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It’s always nice when a company with plenty of exciting, brand new technology continues to support their older models in a big way, and that’s what Fuji did yesterday when it released version 2.0 of the X100 firmware. Read more…

CyanogenMod Unleashes Its Own Camera App Called Focal

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CyanogenMod, the popular Android firmware replacement installed on over 5.6 million devices, has announced a powerful new camera app to replace the stock camera app that ships with Android. It’s called Focal, and is the first leg of a new development project called “Nemesis.”
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Fuji Recalls Highly Anticipated Firmware Update for X-Pro1, Says It Was Faulty

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Firmware updates only become news in one of two situations: either they bring a feature so anticipated to the table that it garners headlines, or there’s a problem. Unfortunately for Fuji’s latest X-Pro1 firmware update, this time it’s the latter.
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Fujifilm X-Pro1 and X-E1 to Receive Focus Peaking with Firmware Updates

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If you’re a owner of a Fujifilm X-Pro1 or X-E1 and have been dying to see focus peaking brought to your camera, today’s your lucky day. Fujifilm has announced a new set of upcoming firmware updates for those two cameras, and focus peaking is front and center as one of the big new features introduced.
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The Magic of Firmware: Canon EOS M AF Speed Boost Seen in Videos

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Earlier this month, Canon announced that there’s a firmware update for the Canon EOS M on the way that will boost the mirrorless camera’s sluggish autofocusing speeds by up to 2.3x. Given that AF slowness is one of the biggest gripes EOS M owners have with the camera, the news was likely music to many a EO M owner’s ear.

If you want to see what this 2.3x looks like in real life, Korean photographer Daero Lee has published a number of comparison videos showing updated and non-updated EOS Ms focusing on things.
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Sluggish Canon EOS M Autofocus Will Be Up to 2.3x Faster with Firmware Update

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There was a great deal of excitement when Canon entered the mirrorless camera market with the EOS M last year, but much of the buzz evaporated when people began putting the camera through its paces. Although the camera features impressive image quality, one of the biggest issues is the sluggish autofocus that often gets in the way of capturing “decisive moments.”

If you’re the not-so-proud owner of a EOS M who constantly grumbles about the AF, here’s some news that’ll be music to your ears: your camera is set to receive a major AF speed boost by way of a firmware update.
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Installing Magic Lantern: A Basic Step-by-Step Video Walkthrough

Given the recent leaps Magic Lantern has been making regarding mind-blowing RAW video capabilities for both old and new Canon cameras, there are probably a lot of Canon owners out there who are thinking of giving the custom firmware a try for the first time.

However, before you go installing one of the nightly builds (the unstable ones that can actually do RAW video), we would suggest installing the current stable build and getting to know the ins and outs of Magic Lantern first. With that in mind, here’s a quick tutorial put together by Dave Dugdale from Learning DSLR Video that walks you through the steps of installing Magic Lantern for the first time. Read more…

Will Custom Firmware Void My Warranty? Canon, Nikon and Panasonic Respond

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Installing custom firmware on your DSLR is becoming more and more standard. Like jailbreaking an iPhone, the new firmware often offers much more customization and features you couldn’t otherwise have. Magic Lantern in particular has been on a rampage lately, unlocking RAW video in cameras as cheap as $500.

But before you jump on the bandwagon and install Magic Lantern on your Canon or Nikon Hacker on your Nikon, it would probably be a good idea to get in touch with those companies and find out if installing third party firmware voids your warranty. Thankfully, Udi over at DIY Photography did it for you. Read more…

Canon 5D Mark III Firmware Update Out: Clean HDMI Output and AF Upgrade

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Canon today officially launched a new firmware update (version 1.2.1) for the 5D Mark III that brings two notable improvements to the camera: uncompressed HDMI output and the ability to use cross-type autofocus at f/8.
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Magic Lantern Team Discovers 2K RAW Video Capability on the 5D Mark II and III

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In what may very well be the most exciting Magic Lantern development ever, the team has discovered a RAW DNG output in live view on the 5D Mark II and 5D Mark III. What this means is that, in the near future, 5D Mark II and III owners may be able to record crystal clear 2K RAW video that blows H.264 output out of the water and then some. Read more…