Firmware Update


I thought I’d share my experience regarding the Alpha 700 firmware update.. I was updating from Version 1.0 to 3.0, and I was a little nervous (naturally), but I need not have worried. It went smooth as silk. I took the precaution of using a new CF card though, and I formatted the CF card ‘in camera’.

I then downloaded the executable to my computer, and doubleclicked it to get the APP file. I transferred the APP file to the formatted CF card using my computer and card reader device.

The update procedure is very simple – just put in the Card in the camera CF slot, close it, and turn the camera on while holding the menu button down. The camera reads the card, and opens the upgrade dialog. Select OK and the upgrade starts. It takes a couple of minutes, and then the camera reboots. That’s it. Its upgraded to Version 3. Happy shooting!

P.S. – I was just reminded by Matt Barber that I should remove the APP file from the CF card after the upgrade. I forgot to mention that I reformatted the card again before using it. :). Thanks, Matt. Also, I do have a couple of M42 lenses, but the bulk of my old manual lenses are Olympus mount. They should keep me busy for a while…


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I had heard about the Alpha 700 Version 2.0 firmware update even before I bought the camera and accordingly, I dutifully formatted a Compact Flash card in in the camera, downloaded the Version 2 into a folder on my computer, extracted it and transferred the APP file to the CF Card. I was going to make the firmware updated over the weekend. Anyway, this morning, I was on the Dyxum site and noticed that their Sony Alpha 700 site mentioned a Version 3.0 firmware upgrade. I thought it might be a typo, but I did go over to the Sony eSupport Site – and sure enough, they had posted the new upgrade instructions and download for Version 3.0 on Dec 20th. I’m glad I checked. I’d have updated to Version 2.0 and then have to do it all over again to Version 3.0. Thanks, Dyxum!


Text and images © 2007 ajoy muralidhar. All product names, websites, brands and technical data referenced are the copyright or trademark of their respective owners. thank you for visiting Olympuszuiko, have a great day!