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Old April 1st, 2011, 01:41 PM   #1
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Sony EX3-Self Download Software Version Upgrade 1.5 ?

Greetings - has anyone successfully downloaded firmware upgrades for Sony EX3 - if they are available online somewhere (?). Just talked with Sony Tech - they want $ 280 (plus shipping the camera) to install latest firmware upgrade. I have version 1.2 on my camera.

Appreciate any info/help on someone who has been successful in this - or am I just screwed and need to send camera in ?

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Old April 1st, 2011, 03:48 PM   #2
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Re: Sony EX3-Self Download Software Version Upgrade 1.5 ?

Has the price gone up?
I was told $130 for my EX1 but that was many months back and I haven't taken care of it yet.

I think a number of people have done it successfully but there's the occasional (supposedly rare) report of bricking the camera followed by a $3000 repair bill.
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Old April 1st, 2011, 03:58 PM   #3
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Re: Sony EX3-Self Download Software Version Upgrade 1.5 ?

Hi Craig -- Sony Tech guy stated today it was two (2) hour job at $ 135 per hour. Of course shipping on top of that - so roughly $ 300 plus.

Do you (or anyone else in forum ?) know of anyone who had tried to upgrade too many versions of software (going from 1.05 version to 1.5 version - and fried camera or "failed to load" upgrade version because they were "leaping" over too many upgrade versions at a time ?

Is upgrade version found at normal Sony software site ?

Anybody out there got any more advice ? Thanks !
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Old April 1st, 2011, 04:07 PM   #4
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Re: Sony EX3-Self Download Software Version Upgrade 1.5 ?

Unless something changed in their procedure it's not a two hour job. In fact the first time Sony did my EX1 firmware upgrade (to version 1.11) they botched it and I drove back (I'm only about 30 minutes from their NJ location) and it took them roughly 15 minutes while I waited.

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Old April 2nd, 2011, 09:38 AM   #5
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Greetings - has anyone successfully downloaded firmware upgrades for Sony EX3 - if they are available online somewhere (?). I have version 1.2 on my camera.
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I expect that you have the original firmware version 1.02 that came with the EX3. A quick EX3 search on these forums will provide you with lots of evidence that many here have done the upgrade at home with success. You can start with this thread:

http://www.dvinfo.net/forum/sony-xdc...available.html
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Old April 3rd, 2011, 04:21 AM   #6
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I upgrade my own without a problem.

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Old April 3rd, 2011, 06:33 AM   #7
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Re: Sony EX3-Self Download Software Version Upgrade 1.5 ?

I did my EX1 and EX3 without any problems.
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Old April 3rd, 2011, 09:51 AM   #8
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Re: Sony EX3-Self Download Software Version Upgrade 1.5 ?

Hi Alister -- thanks for reply. Have you "jumped" from version updates - like from 1.02 to 1.5 - without issue ? I read somewhere on this forum that someone jumped over update versions and bricked their camera - having to send it in for major dollar work. I have software version 1.2 presently.

Are you aware of any links or threads that show exact directions of how to download yourself ? Thanks for input.

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Old April 3rd, 2011, 03:55 PM   #9
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Re: Sony EX3-Self Download Software Version Upgrade 1.5 ?

Make sure to pick the right camera, read all the 'read me' files, and print out the instructions ahead of time.
During the firmware upgrade the camera will appear 'dead' at times, but don't panic -- it just takes time.
Also make sure everything is running on AC with battery backup (and UPS supplies) in case of a power outage.
Just did my EX1 so I could take the G1A 32/64GB cards, and it took longer than I expected, so don't rush.
And definitely pay attention to which versions you can update from.

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Old April 7th, 2011, 12:42 PM   #10
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I went straight from 1.02 to 1.5 without issue.
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Old June 7th, 2011, 05:57 PM   #11
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where can i download the 1.5 for EX3?? i went to the sony site and only link available is to the version 1.16 for the EX3. Sony | Cameras - Broadcast & Production | XDCAM
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Old June 7th, 2011, 06:19 PM   #12
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holy i just check my version and it 1.02_00078 this is so classic.
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Re: Sony EX3-Self Download Software Version Upgrade 1.5 ?

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Has the price gone up?
I was told $130 for my EX1 but that was many months back and I haven't taken care of it yet.

I think a number of people have done it successfully but there's the occasional (supposedly rare) report of bricking the camera followed by a $3000 repair bill.
I tried myself a few weeks ago.
froze....
took it to Sony Coquitlam BC
repaired and upgraded to 1.26 (i think) for $100
Also checked camera and reset flangeback
All in under 24 hours return time too
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Old June 7th, 2011, 10:41 PM   #14
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Re: Sony EX3-Self Download Software Version Upgrade 1.5 ?

i called Sony today because on the download page it said if your version is 1.05 or below you have to send in to sony to replace the chip. They said it will cost $270 to update the firmware that does not include shipping. my ex3 is only 8hour of on time and i have not record more than 3 minute been have it for more than 2 years. it just too good that i'm afraid to put time on it.
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Old June 8th, 2011, 01:29 AM   #15
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Re: Sony EX3-Self Download Software Version Upgrade 1.5 ?

Thanh,

Replace a chip?! First I have ever heard of that. Many people here have upgraded their cameras from below 1.05 to 1.15 without issue or any kind of hardware upgrade.

Maybe there is additional functionality brought to the early EX3's but I would get a second opinion from Sony on this.
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