Firmware Friday: Sony QX100, QX10 get improved operation; Nikon updates FT1 mount adapter


posted Friday, April 18, 2014 at 6:32 PM EDT


Friday's here, and it's firmware time! Before you head out for your weekend's photographic fun, you'll want to grab the latest updates if you're shooting with a Sony QX100 or QX10 lens-style camera, or you're among the first to pick up a Nikon V3 and want to use F-mount lenses.

We'll start with the Sony firmware. The company's unusual QX100 and QX10 cameras, which piggyback on your smartphone's display, have been improved in two ways by firmware version 3.00. With the latest firmware installed, the Sony QX10 and QX100 both now offer a shutter half-press function, allowing you to lock focus and exposure before tripping the shutter. They also reduce connection time via NFC, if you're using an Android smartphone with your lens-style camera. (Apple's devices don't support NFC, so if you're on iOS you won't be able to take advantage of this particular change.)

Get the new firmware from the links below:

Nikon's firmware, meanwhile, isn't for the V3 camera body, but for the Mount Adapter FT1. The new firmware v1.20 for the mount adapter, though, adds support for the Nikon V3 -- so if you don't own that camera or plan to buy it, there's no need to update. No other changes are made in the firmware, which you can obtain here.

(Camera parts image courtesy of Kelly Hofer / Flickr; used under a Creative Commons CC-BY-2.0 license.)