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Old March 28th, 2010, 10:43 AM   #1
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EX3 Firmware upgrade.... am I missing something?

I've been following the various EX firmware upgrade threads with some interest. I have not upgraded the firmware in my EX3 since purchased over a year ago, and wondered if this upgrade was finally worth the effort. There does seem to be some compelling reasons with SDHC reliability, etc.

Anyway, I was leaning towards installing this upgrade, and noticed that on the Sony site the upgrade for the EX3 is version 1.10. I checked the version my camera currently has, and it says version 1.20? I've never been accused of being a whiz at math.... but going from version 1.20 to 1.10 does not seem to be going the right direction.

What am I missing here?
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Old March 28th, 2010, 09:22 PM   #2
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Sdhc ...

I had a problem re-formatting a Sandisk extreme 36GB card at one point and the upgrade solved that problem. So for me it was useful.
My EX3, as I remember, was version 1.02. I bought my camera when they first came out.
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Old March 28th, 2010, 11:26 PM   #3
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so now I can add 'unable to read' to my math shortcomings.
thank you Dean... it is indeed v1.02, not v1.20.

I have must dyslexia.

Now I have to decide whether to go through with the update or not....
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Old March 29th, 2010, 12:11 AM   #4
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In version 1.03 of the EX3 firmware they addressed a fairly serious bug where the camera's focus would/could lock up if you were using the Auto/Manual mode where the focus ring on the camera is pushed forward. On long shoots, the focus ring would stop working.

There is a fair amount about this issue here in the archives. You are running the firmware prior to this bug being solved.
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Old March 29th, 2010, 12:17 AM   #5
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After much harumphing about there being no need for me to do it to my EX3, I did it today. It was an excruciatingly long fifteen minutes, and I soiled my britches when the red light wouldn't go out after I shut it down and disconnected everything; but I caught my breath again when I pulled the battery and replaced it, and up she booted.

So I got the same results as all the others... except I stuck a 16GB Hoodman card in there and overcranked to 60fps, and it didn't flinch. It recorded a perfect twenty-something minutes without a hiccup.

Phew.
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