Firmware Friday: Bug fixes for Theta V, Hasselblad X1D / H6D; new features coming for Varicam LT


posted Friday, January 26, 2018 at 8:30 PM EDT


Another week has reached its end, and with the weekend beckoning it's time for our weekly roundup of all that's new on the firmware front. This week, our Firmware Friday roundup includes news of bug fix updates for three cameras from Hasselblad and Ricoh, as well as a promise of a significant feature-enhancing upgrade for one of Panasonic's professional camcorders, coming soon.

Let's get right down to it!

Hasselblad X1D-50c, H6D-50c and H6D-100c

Firmware version 1.20.1 for the Hasselblad X1D-50c, H6D-50c and H6D-100c is all about audio. All three cameras have received a bug fix for an issue that could cause the right-channel audio not to be recorded with some microphones. Both of the H6D-series cameras also receive a fix for a problem that could cause increased audio noise levels.

You can download Hasselblad's firmware from the company's website.

Panasonic VariCam LT

Firmware version 6.0 for the Panasonic VariCam LT won't be here until the end of February 2018, but it sounds like it'll be worth the wait. In a rather terse list, the company mentions new features including support for remote control from the AK-HRP1000 and HRP1005 remote operation panels, as well as for tally, return video and shading mode functions. More details once the firmware is released next month!

Ricoh Theta V

Finally, Ricoh has discovered that some Theta V cameras are exceeding the declared 5GHz Wi-Fi signal levels on current firmware, and so has adjusted this in the new Ricoh Theta V firmware version 2.00.2 release. The company says that Wi-Fi performance will not be affected by this change. You can update your firmware using the Ricoh Theta for Windows, Ricoh Theta for Mac or Ricoh Theta S app for Android.

And that's all for this week. Be sure to check back next time for more 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.)