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PENTAX K20D FIRMWARE UPDATE VERSION 1.04

VERSION HISTORY

Version 1.04

  • Improved recording stability when using some SDHC memory cards.

Version 1.03

  • Improved SR (Shake Reduction) accuracy.

Version 1.02 (null version number, no version 1.02 developed)

Version 1.01

  • Minimized image noise when using 2 second self-timer.

PREPARATION

  • You will need a blank, formatted memory card with a capacity of 32 MB or higher.
  • You will need your camera's USB cable, or a memory card reader.
  • Make sure your battery is fully charged (or that you are using an optional AC adapter) to prevent power interruptions during the update process.

FIRMWARE UPDATE INSTRUCTIONS - WINDOWS

  1. Click the Windows link below to download the self-extracting firmware archive file (k20e104w.exe). Click SAVE to save the download file to your computer's hard drive. Saving it to your desktop, for example, will make it easy to find after the download is complete. Please note: this download file is not the firmware update file itself, but a compressed archive that must be expanded in the following step.
  2. Next, double click the download file to expand it. Once expanded, you will see a readme text file (README.TXT) and the firmware update file itself (FWDC183B.BIN). The readme file contains instructions similar to what you are reading on this page.
  3. You must now copy the firmware update file (FWDC183B.BIN) to your camera's memory card. When you connect the camera directly to your computer (or if you use a card reader), the memory card appears as a removable disk drive in the My Computer window. Make sure you are using a blank/formatted memory card, then drag & drop (or copy & paste) the firmware update file (FWDC183B.BIN) from the desktop to your removable disk window, which is the camera's memory card. Please note: You must put the firmware update file (FWDC183B.BIN) directly onto the removable disk; it cannot be in any sub-folders. It must be on the top (or root) level of the removable disk.
  4. Now that you have copied the firmware update file (FWDC183B.BIN) to your camera's memory card, you are ready to install it. Make sure your camera is turned off and disconnected from the computer. Make sure that the memory card containing the firmware update file is inserted into your camera. Also, make sure you that you have adequate power in your camera. We recommend you use a Pentax AC adapter to perform the firmware update, but if you do not have a Pentax AC adapter, make certain that your battery has a full charge.
  5. To begin the update, turn your camera on while holding down the MENU button. If you have followed the above instructions precisely, the camera will begin to load the new firmware. You will see the message "NOW LOADING" then the camera will display the firmware update menu.
  6. Select "YES" using your camera's 4-way controller (the default is "NO") then press your camera's OK button.
  7. The camera will now update its firmware. This may take a couple of minutes, so be careful to not interrupt the process.
  8. When the update is complete, you will see "COMPLETE" on your camera's LCD screen. Turn the camera off and remove the memory card.
  9. With the memory card removed from the camera, check your new firmware version by turning the camera back on while holding down the MENU button. Before you begin to take pictures again, be sure to format your memory card to erase the firmware update file.

FIRMWARE UPDATE INSTRUCTIONS - MACINTOSH

Mac users can follow this same process after clicking on the Macintosh download link below.

  • Download and save the Macintosh download file.
  • Decompress it with your Stuffit expander program if necessary (this step may be automatic).
  • Connect the camera to the computer.
  • Copy the firmware file (FWDC183B.BIN) to your camera's memory card, then disconnect the camera from the computer.
  • Proceed with the installation of the firmware as outlined above.

 

Copyright April, 2010 Hoya Corporation. All rights reserved.
"Pentax" and "K20D" are trademarks of Hoya Corporation.
Any other product and company names shown here are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

  • DOWNLOAD MACINTOSH FILE (7.14 MB) Download
  • DOWNLOAD WINDOWS FILE (7.21 MB) Download

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WINDOWS RAW CODEC

The Pentax RAW codec for Windows Vista and Windows 7 (32 bit) runs behind the scenes, allowing Windows' own image viewers such as Photo Gallery to recognize and display Pentax RAW files (.PEF) from Pentax digital SLR cameras. Please note, this CODEC software will not operate under the 64 bit environments of Windows Vista and Windows 7.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Click the download link below, and save the download file to your computer's hard drive. For example, saving the download file to your desktop will allow you find it easily once the download is complete.
  2. Close other applications, then double click the download file to begin the installation.
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
  4. Restart your computer (this may happen automatically).

 

 

Date: November, 2009
Copyright: Hoya Corporation
Reproduction: All rights reserved
All product and company names shown here are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies

  • WINDOWS VISTA/7 32 BIT RAW CODEC (8.59 MB) Download

PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERA UTILITY UPDATE PHOTO BROWSER

PHOTO BROWSER 3.61, PHOTO LABORATORY 3.61

 

PENTAX is pleased to announce that Photo Browser 3.61 and Photo Laboratory 3.61 are now available, free of charge, to previous owners of the Photo Browser/Laboratory software.

Downloads are available for Windows XP SP2, Vista and MacOS-X 10.3 and later.

Please note: Photo Browser/Laboratory version 3 does not support Windows ME or MacOS 9 and earlier versions of these operating systems. If you use these older versions of Windows or MacOS, please continue to use Photo Browser/Laboratory version 2 which is compatible with your operating system.

VERSION HISTORY (PHOTO BROWSER)

Version 3.61

  • Corrected rotation behavior of the Image View window to apply the rotation to only the currently viewed image.
  • Corrected network searching functionality.
  • Corrected index print function to properly display captions.
  • Corrected a selection bug in the folder tree display (Mac).

Version 3.60

  • Support for Pentax K2000 DSLR.
  • The Image Data pane now displays the following data: Auto Picture Night Scene Portrait, Scene mode Stage Lighting, Scene mode Night Snap, AF mode Auto Single, AF mode Auto Continuous, Shadow Compensation.
  • Added lens data for the following lenses: DA 17-70, DA L 18-55, DA L 50-200, DA* 55 F1.4, DA* 60-250 F4.

Version 3.51

  • Added support for the K20D and K200D DSLR cameras.
  • Added support for MacOS-X 10.5 (Mac)
  • Added support for new tag data in the Image Data window.
  • Improved overall performance.
  • Shortened lens names in the Image Data window.
  • Added lens data for new PENTAX lenses: DA 18-55 II, DA 55-300, DA* 200, DA* 300, DA 35mm Macro Ltd.
  • JPG data extract now shows direction tag.
  • Added the ability to compress DNG RAW during the conversion process.

Version 3.12

  • Added lens compatibility with the Pentax DA 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3.
    Please note that this is the only update with the Macintosh version, which is accomplished via a lens update patch. The current Macintosh version of Photo Browser is still 3.11 (download link included below).
  • Better browsing support for CD and DVD in Windows Vista in version 3.12.

Version 3.11

  • Pentax Remote Assistant versions 1 and 3 are now accessible from Photo Browser. Please note, the Pentax Remote Assistant software requires the connection of a compatible Pentax camera (e.g. K10D for version 3, *istD for version 1).
  • Added lens data for the Pentax DA* 16-50 f/2.8 and DA* 50-135 f/2.8 lenses.

Version 3.10

  • Native support for Intel Core series microprocessors (Mac).
  • Display lens data for the Pentax DA70mm F/2.4 lens.

Version 3.00

  • You can set image protection on/off with a single click.
  • Improved slideshow performance.
  • Added a Checked Images pane to display only the images from the Thumbnail Pane you have checkmarked.
  • Added an Easy Image Transfer function to automate the download process from your camera to your computer.
  • Added an Extract JPEG function. This function will extract JPEG data from a selected Pentax RAW file, and save it as a separate file.
  • Added a Save as DNG function to convert a Pentax RAW file to a DNG RAW file.
  • Trimming function added to the main image display window.

VERSION HISTORY (PHOTO LABORATORY)

Version 3.61

  • Corrected Shadow Compensation functionality for DNG images.
  • Corrected Shadow Compensation processing bug in Full Auto processing mode (Mac).

Version 3.60

  • Added support for RAW files on the Pentax K2000 DSLR.
  • Added support for Shadow Compensation.

Version 3.51

  • Added support for the K20D and K200D DSLR cameras.
  • Image Tone (Custom Image), Picture and Scene mode processing are now available for all PENTAX DSLR camera images.
  • Expanded Print Bracketing functions.
  • Improved auto-processing for RAW files.
  • Improved processing for DNG images captured with expanded dynamic range enabled (K20D, K200D).
  • Improved X-Y coordinate handling for zoomed images on larger displays (Mac).

Version 3.12

  • Improved image display handling within the Print dialogue.

Version 3.10

  • Native support for Intel Core series microprocessors (Mac).
  • Improved fine adjustment for white balance.

Version 3.00

  • Added a Noise Reduction function to reduce the random and spurious color signals particular to digital cameras (color moire).
  • Added a Lens Abberation Correction function, including the following controls:
    - Marginal lumination compensation.
    - Distortion correction, for straight lines photographed as curved lines.
    - Lateral chromatic aberration correction, for differences in image magnification/size due to different color wavelengths at the image margins.
  • Added a fine adjustment mechanism for rotation and shift.
  • Added a function to highlight bright and dark portions of images within color channels.
  • Added cropping/trimming function.
  • Added a print function.

PREPARATION

  • You must have version 2.x of the Photo Browser/Laboratory software installed in order to download and install version 3.
    Special note for users of version 1.x: You can still upgrade to version 3, just not directly. You must first download and upgrade to version 2, then download and update to version 3.
  • System requirements:
    Windows: XP (SP2 or later), Vista, Pentium 4 equivalent or later, 1GB RAM, 250MB HDD.
    MacOS-X: version 10.3 or later, G5 processor or later (support for dual core, Intel Core processor, Universal Binary), 1GB RAM, 250MB HDD.
    Please note: Photo Browser/Laboratory version 3 does not support Windows ME or MacOS 9 and earlier versions of these operating systems. If you use these older versions of Windows or MacOS, please continue to use Photo Browser/Laboratory version 2 which is compatible with your operating system.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Click the download link below appropriate to your operating system, and save the download file to your computer's hard drive. For example, saving the download file to your desktop will allow you find it easily once the download is complete.
  2. Close other applications, then double click the download file to begin the update. Mac users may need to first unstuff the download file prior to installation.
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the update.
  4. When the update is complete, click FINISH to exit the installer.

Date: November, 2008
Copyright: Hoya Corporation
Reproduction: All rights reserved
All product and company names shown here are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies

  • BROWSER/LAB 3 UPDATE FOR WINDOWS XP/Vista (37.3 MB) Download
  • BROWSER/LAB 3 UPDATE FOR MACOS-X (75.9 MB) Download

PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERA UTILITY 4.33_ADD FILES TO ME

PENTAX is pleased to announce that the PENTAX Digital Camera Utility version 4.33 is now available, free of charge, to previous owners of the Digital Camera Utility versions 4 and later.

Downloads are available for Windows (XP SP3, Vista, 7) and MacOS-X (10.4.11, 10.5, 10.6).

PLEASE NOTE: Due to significant design changes with the Digital Camera Utility version 4 from previous versions, this update will only work with versions 4 and later. Previous versions of this utility software (e.g. versions 2x and 3x), will not be updated with this download.

VERSION HISTORY (FROM VERSION 4.0)

Version 4.33

  • Added GPS data to the image data panel.
  • Updated image processing engine with improved noise reduction handling for RAW image development. Also added a confirmation to the image preview pane to confirm the level of noise reduction.
  • Improved stability for large image folders (>100 images).
  • Fixed behavior whereby parameters are not remembered when an external HDD is disconnected that contains the parameter setting file.

Version 4.32

  • Added new lens data.
  • Fixed the Distortion Correction function so that the sliders for "Correction Balance" and "Compensation" are not reversed.
  • Improved stability and performance for the Print Bracketing function.

Version 4.31

  • Added support for the K-5 and K-r DSLR cameras.
  • Added "Bleach Bypass" Custom Image mode.
  • Added "Auto Correction" to the Lens Correction function.
  • Added new lens data.
  • Improved overall stability and general performance.

Version 4.21

  • Added support for the PENTAX 645D.
  • Added Reversal Film custom image mode.
  • Added lens data for the PENTAX D FA 645 55mm F2.8 lens.
  • Improved overall stability and general performance.

Version 4.11

  • Added support for the PENTAX K-x DSLR camera.
  • Added support for Blue Sky and Sunset picture modes to the image data display.
  • Added support for the Cross Processing function to the image data display.
  • Added lens data for the PENTAX DA L 55-300mm lens (K-x-only kit lens).
  • When canceling the Bold condition of "Indicate Changes In Image Data During Frame Advance" in previous versions of the software, it would sometimes not cancel. Version 4.11 corrects this condition, so that it does cancel properly.
  • Fixed the display of the white balance fine tuning value.
  • Improved overall program stability.
  • Improved stability of Gray Point setting. (Mac)
  • Fixed the main display window to maintain the display of Image Data and Histogram. (Win)
  • Fixed a crash condition that might occur when viewing an image previously rotated in Windows Photo Gallery. (Win)
  • Fixed the display for images captured with AF Select, so that the software does not show [----]. (Win)
  • Added the choice to overwrite the original file when using the Save As operation. Previously, the choice to overwrite/replace the original file was not an option. (Win)
  • Fixed the Crop function to reflect image coordinates. (Win)

PREPARATION

  • You must have version 4x of the PENTAX Digital Camera Utility software installed in order to download and install this update.
  • System requirements:
    Windows: XP (SP3 or later), Vista, 7, Pentium D equivalent or later (Intel Core 2GHz recommended), 2GB RAM (3GB RAM recommended), 1GB HDD free space (8GB recommended).
    MacOS-X: version 10.4.11, 10.5, 10.6, G5 processor or later (support for dual core, Intel Core processor, Universal Binary), 2GB RAM (4GB recommended), 1GB HDD free space (8GB recommended).

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Click the download link below appropriate to your operating system, and save the download file to your computer's hard drive. For example, saving the download file to your desktop will allow you find it easily once the download is complete.
  2. Close other applications, then double click the download file to begin updating your current version 4 Utility Software. Mac users may need to first unstuff the download file prior to installation.
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the update.
  4. When the update is complete, click FINISH to exit the installer.

Date: July, 2011
Copyright: Hoya Corporation
Reproduction: All rights reserved
All product and company names shown here are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies

PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERA UTILITY 4.33

PENTAX is pleased to announce that the PENTAX Digital Camera Utility version 4.33 is now available, free of charge, to previous owners of the Digital Camera Utility versions 4 and later.

Downloads are available for Windows (XP SP3, Vista, 7) and MacOS-X (10.4.11, 10.5, 10.6).

PLEASE NOTE: Due to significant design changes with the Digital Camera Utility version 4 from previous versions, this update will only work with versions 4 and later. Previous versions of this utility software (e.g. versions 2x and 3x), will not be updated with this download.

VERSION HISTORY (FROM VERSION 4.0)

Version 4.33

  • Added GPS data to the image data panel.
  • Updated image processing engine with improved noise reduction handling for RAW image development. Also added a confirmation to the image preview pane to confirm the level of noise reduction.
  • Improved stability for large image folders (>100 images).
  • Fixed behavior whereby parameters are not remembered when an external HDD is disconnected that contains the parameter setting file.

Version 4.32

  • Added new lens data.
  • Fixed the Distortion Correction function so that the sliders for "Correction Balance" and "Compensation" are not reversed.
  • Improved stability and performance for the Print Bracketing function.

Version 4.31

  • Added support for the K-5 and K-r DSLR cameras.
  • Added "Bleach Bypass" Custom Image mode.
  • Added "Auto Correction" to the Lens Correction function.
  • Added new lens data.
  • Improved overall stability and general performance.

Version 4.21

  • Added support for the PENTAX 645D.
  • Added Reversal Film custom image mode.
  • Added lens data for the PENTAX D FA 645 55mm F2.8 lens.
  • Improved overall stability and general performance.

Version 4.11

  • Added support for the PENTAX K-x DSLR camera.
  • Added support for Blue Sky and Sunset picture modes to the image data display.
  • Added support for the Cross Processing function to the image data display.
  • Added lens data for the PENTAX DA L 55-300mm lens (K-x-only kit lens).
  • When canceling the Bold condition of "Indicate Changes In Image Data During Frame Advance" in previous versions of the software, it would sometimes not cancel. Version 4.11 corrects this condition, so that it does cancel properly.
  • Fixed the display of the white balance fine tuning value.
  • Improved overall program stability.
  • Improved stability of Gray Point setting. (Mac)
  • Fixed the main display window to maintain the display of Image Data and Histogram. (Win)
  • Fixed a crash condition that might occur when viewing an image previously rotated in Windows Photo Gallery. (Win)
  • Fixed the display for images captured with AF Select, so that the software does not show [----]. (Win)
  • Added the choice to overwrite the original file when using the Save As operation. Previously, the choice to overwrite/replace the original file was not an option. (Win)
  • Fixed the Crop function to reflect image coordinates. (Win)

PREPARATION

  • You must have version 4x of the PENTAX Digital Camera Utility software installed in order to download and install this update.
  • System requirements:
    Windows: XP (SP3 or later), Vista, 7, Pentium D equivalent or later (Intel Core 2GHz recommended), 2GB RAM (3GB RAM recommended), 1GB HDD free space (8GB recommended).
    MacOS-X: version 10.4.11, 10.5, 10.6, G5 processor or later (support for dual core, Intel Core processor, Universal Binary), 2GB RAM (4GB recommended), 1GB HDD free space (8GB recommended).

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Click the download link below appropriate to your operating system, and save the download file to your computer's hard drive. For example, saving the download file to your desktop will allow you find it easily once the download is complete.
  2. Close other applications, then double click the download file to begin updating your current version 4 Utility Software. Mac users may need to first unstuff the download file prior to installation.
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the update.
  4. When the update is complete, click FINISH to exit the installer.

Date: July, 2011
Copyright: Hoya Corporation
Reproduction: All rights reserved
All product and company names shown here are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies

  • DIGITAL CAMERA UTILITY UPDATE FOR WINDOWS XP/Vista/7 (71.6 MB) Download
  • DIGITAL CAMERA UTILITY UPDATE FOR MACOS-X (79.2 MB) Download