Firmware Friday: Sigma updates Photo Pro, promises another patch and new camera firmware shortly


posted Friday, August 1, 2014 at 3:16 PM EDT


As the weekend arrives once more, Firmware Friday this week is a little bit different. For a change, we don't have any new firmware on which to report -- but we do have the promise of firmware to come. Specifically, Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki has pledged updated firmware for some of his company's Foveon sensor-based cameras, designed to go hand-in-hand with updated image processing software.

Sigma has just updated its Photo Pro software to version 6.0.4, which fixes two problems. Firstly, the previous version of the app failed to save the capture date when images were saved in JPEG or TIFF formats, an issue that has now been resolved. It also sometimes failed to open .X3F raw files saved by the Sigma SD1, SD1 Merrill and DP Merrill-series cameras.

This new Sigma Photo Pro release, though, willl itself be replaced by version 6.0.5 in the next week or two, according to the tweets above from Yamaki-san. This version will fix several more bugs, including one that prevents image upload to Flickr, and it will be accompanied by new camera firmware. (We don't yet know for which cameras the firmware updates will be needed, however.)

Note that Sigma Photo Pro v6.0x is currently compatible only with the Sigma dp2 Quattro, SD1, SD1 Merrill, and DP Merrill-series cameras. Photographers shooting with the company's earlier cameras -- the SIGMA DP1, DP1s, DP1x, DP2, DP2s, DP2x, SD9, SD10, SD14 and SD15 -- should continue to use Sigma Photo Pro v5.5.3 until the release of Photo Pro v6.1, which will add support for historic Sigma models.