Pentax USA: New software, firmware|
(Thursday, May 3, 2007 - 08:02 EDT)
Pentax Imaging Co. has released updated software for all of its digital SLR cameras, as well as updated firmware for one model.
The new firmware (v1.20) is for the recently released Pentax K10D model, and the only change is the addition of compatibility with the simultaneously released Pentax Remote Assistant 3 software. This program - compatible only with the K10D - in turn has a couple of new features - the ability to control two or more cameras connected, and the ability to shoot in interval / timer / bulb timer modes.
An update to the Pentax Digital Camera Utility software - now at version 3.11 - includes changes to both the Photo Browser application for Windows, and Photo Laboratory for Macintosh users. Both programs are compatible with the company's entire digital SLR portfolio to date. Photo Browser v3.11 now makes it possible to directly access Pentax Remote Assistant for the Pentax *istD and K10D, as well as adding lens data for two new lenses - the Pentax DA* 16-50 f/2.8 and DA* 50-135 f/2.8 respectively. Photo Laboratory v3.10 adds native support for Intel Core-series processors, and offers improved fine white balance adjustment.
Pentax has also released a new codec for Windows Vista that is compatible with all of the company's digital SLR models to date, allowing Vista's own image viewers to decode Pentax .PEF RAW image files.
The software updates can all be downloaded from Pentax's customer care website.