One of the least glamorous tasks associated with being a photographer or moviemaker is ensuring that the firmware driving your cameras and lenses is up to date and that you have the most recent versions of essential production software.
The New Year break before diving back into production or at least planning is a good time to research exactly what firmware and software updaters are available, download them, archive them and apply them.
Some firmware and software updates are easy to find, and are often announced on industry websites, manufacturers’ newsletters and social media of various sorts.
Some recent updaters for Panasonic Lumix cameras and lenses seem to have passed me by in the maelstrom of the end of 2016 so I am only now applying them to my two Lumix hybrid 4K Micro Four Thirds stills/video cameras and the Panasonic and Olympus lenses used with them.
All of these firmware and software updaters appear to be difficult to find online or challenging for some users to apply, so here are some useful links that may ease and speed up the process.
What I often do when needing to update lens and camera firmware is copy all relevant updaters on to a formatted SD card, apply the camera updates first then the lens updates with each lens mounted on a camera. Slow and steady does it.
- Ichikawa Soft Laboratory: Silkypix Developer Studio SE, for Panasonic Lumix cameras, now at version 188.8.131.52
- Panasonic Japan: Firmware updates for Panasonic camera body and lens
- Panasonic Japan: OLYMPUS Lenses firm update for Panasonic camera body
- The Corkboard Blog: Lumix Diaries How to Update Firmware on Panasonic Lumix Cameras & Lenses, by Daniel J. Cox
- The Corkboard Blog: Lumix G85 and GH4 Firmware Update Instructions, by Daniel J. Cox