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Old December 23rd, 2009, 03:12 AM   #1
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EX1 - EX3 Firmware updates coming end Feb.

I have been informed that there will be firmware updates for the EX1 and EX3 arround the end of Feb to allow the use of the new SxS-1 cards and the MEAD-MS01 memory stick adapter.

I believe that this will be a user update (at own risk).
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 03:31 AM   #2
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Thanks for the good news!
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 04:51 AM   #3
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With my current firmware i can use the sdhc and adaptors.
Will my current firmware allow me to use the sony adaptor ?
Or is the firmware update only for the current EX owners who can't use the sdhc cards due to not having the correct firmware already ?
I'm really looking forward to going with the sony adaptor, more peace of mind, although i haven't yet had any problems with the transcends/mxr.

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Old December 23rd, 2009, 05:31 AM   #4
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Let me guess
the current adapters use the USB port on the Express card slot, so compatability wasnt much of an issue
the Sony adapter will still use the PCI-E slot on the Express card slot, even though the solid state memory device will be way slower.
and therin lies the diff?

The sony adapter will have a digital Tag (device type) on it as read by the camera, it will undoubtedly stop the user from trying to overcrank on it, or take it above its speced capabilities , so sony doesnt have to hear people whine about it not working or failing.
instead they will whine that it wont even let them try :-)

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Old December 23rd, 2009, 05:36 AM   #5
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More reliable though, that's the main thing.
Certified by sony because we'll have to use their cards aswell.

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Old December 23rd, 2009, 05:38 AM   #6
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...and user ability to upgrade firmware is something we've been asking of Sony for a very long time. They listened. (I for one don't/can't be without my EX3 for a couple of weeks, or whatever it takes, whilst I send it to Sony for something like a firmware update).
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 06:50 AM   #7
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As has been speculated I think the firmware is to ensure 100% reliability with the MEAD-MS01. Perhaps they will prevent S&Q from being used, but most EX owners will have at least 1 SxS card and that can be used to shoot the S&Q and then copy the clips to the Memory Sticks. The MEAD-MS01 will also work with the PXU-MS240 and NextoDI (as will my MxR SDHC adapter).

The recommended Memory Sticks are the Pro-Duo HX sticks which are around 120.00 for 16Gb. These sticks are optimized for video. I was only able to test these when I had the demo adapter so don't know if it will work with other cards. Sticking with the correct card though should mean that everything will work completely correctly and you don't have to worry about it.
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 07:12 AM   #8
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I wonder (hope, hope) if the firmware update will allow us to copy entire cards from one slot to the other, instead of just individual clips.
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 07:42 AM   #9
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I hope so too.
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 12:28 PM   #10
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I'd imagine that as the new cost reduced* SxS cards have a limited life, the EX1 is going to need to have some way of measuring usage. So that will need new firmware.



* I'm awaiting the comedy pricing from Sony that will probably mean they are only about 20% cheaper than standard SxS.
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32Gb SxS-1 has a street price of 399. +VAT
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 08:45 PM   #12
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Current, Most Up to Date Firmware for EX1?

what is the most current firmware version for an EX1 and does someone have a link to it so that i can update mine, personally?
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 10:02 PM   #13
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I will be able to confirm the latest EX1 FW tomorrow... My camera was just updated by Sony last night and is in transit to me now.
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Old December 24th, 2009, 05:58 AM   #14
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32Gb SxS-1 has a street price of 399. +VAT
So 150 difference then. Utterly pathetic.
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Old December 26th, 2009, 01:55 AM   #15
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what is the most current firmware version for an EX1 and does someone have a link to it so that i can update mine, personally?
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