Firmware Friday: Sigma updates lenses, converters; Android improvements for Nikon KeyMission 360


posted Friday, August 18, 2017 at 3:14 PM EST


Our regular Firmware Friday roundup this week is short and sweet, with relatively few updates on which to report after many weeks in a row of massive roundups. This time around, Japanese optics manufacturer Sigma dominates, with updates for two of its lenses, accompanied by new firmware for two mount converters. Nikon also has an update for its KeyMission 360 spherical camera.

Without any further ado, let's get right down to it!

Nikon KeyMission 360

Nikon is continuing to hone its KeyMission 360 spherical panoramic camera with its new version 1.4 firmware release. The company has already released three previous updates for the device, the most recent of which worked to resolve connectivity issues with iOS devices. Now, the company follows up with a similar improvement for Android users, with the official release notes for firmware version 1.4 promising "improved pairing and connectivity" for Android devices. If you're an Android user with a KeyMission 360, you'll want to download the update here.

Sigma 24-70mm Art and MC-11 Mount Converter

And rounding out this week is Sigma, with updates for the Canon and Sigma-mount variants of its 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art lens, as well as for its Canon EF and Sigma SA-mount converters for Sony E-mount cameras. All four updates aim to resolve the same underlying issue. The new lens firmware corrects an issue with optical image stabilization when using the mount converters, while the mount converter firmware adds support for the newly-updated lenses. Customers who own Sigma's USB dock (which retails for around US$60) can update the lens firmware themselves using the company's Sigma Optimization Pro application. The mount converters can also be updated by the same app using the bundled USB cable.

And that's all for this week! Be sure to check back next week for more imaging firmware news!

(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.)