Firmware Friday: Sigma dp2 Quattro gets in-cam raw processing; Coolpix L30 / S2800 lens problem fixed


posted Friday, October 24, 2014 at 1:28 PM EST


After a few weeks with few camera updates, Firmware Friday is rather busier this week, with news of four newly-updated camera models -- although in one case, the new firmware is thus far only available at retail. This week, we have news of new firmware from Nikon, Samsung, and Sigma to discuss.

We'll start with Sigma, since its update seems the most significant. (And it also adds new features, something we always love to see in a firmware update.) The Sigma dp2 Quattro firmware version 1.03 update, shipped yesterday, fixes two bugs and adds two new features. With the new update installed, your dp2 Quattro will be able to process raw files in-camera, and will also be able to view raw files shot with almost any other Sigma camera. In full, the list of changes is as follows:

  • Added the function to develop RAW data (X3F files) on the camera internally.

  • Added the function to display RAW data (X3F files) photographed by other SIGMA digital cameras.
    * Excludes RAW data (X3F files) of SIGMA SD9 and SD10

  • Corrected the phenomenon that file numbers occasionally reset when they are set to be consecutive numbers.

  • Corrected the phenomenon that the camera freezes when playing JPEG files developed by SIGMA Photo Pro.

​Since new features are added, Sigma has also issued a PDF update to the user manual for the dp2 Quattro, which you can see here. You can download the firmware update itself here.

Next up, we have two updates from Nikon for the Coolpix L30 and Coolpix S2800 digital cameras, both of which seem to have shared the same issue. In earlier firmware, these two cameras could stop working even if power-cycled, after reporting a lens error. The new version 1.1 firmware for each camera should correct the problem. The Nikon Coolpix L30 firmware version 1.1 update is available from Nikon USA, while the Nikon Coolpix S2800 firmware version 1.1 update is available from Nikon Canada, since this model isn't sold in the US market. No other changes are made in the new firmware for either camera.

And finally, we come to Samsung, and to a rather unusual situation. Thanks to multiple user reports in the Samsung forum over at DPReview, we know that a new firmware version 1.02 is available at retail for the Samsung NX3000. We don't, however, know precisely what changes are included in this new firmware. The reason for that is simple: Although the update is already shipping in new cameras, it hasn't been released online for existing owners as yet. We will, of course, keep our eyes peeled, so watch this space for more news in a future Firmware Friday update once the new Samsung NX3000 firmware becomes widely available.

All of which brings us to the end of this week's update. Check back next week for all the latest on the firmware front!

(Camera parts image courtesy of Kelly Hofer / Flickr; used under a Creative Commons CC-BY-2.0 license. Image has been modified from the original.)