Firmware update Information for PENTAX K-1

This Function Expand Firmware has been designed to further enhance the performance and operability of your PENTAX K-1, by adding the latest functions and new settings to the camera.

 

 

 

Actual Version 

11.01.2024 Version 2.41

[Corrected items]

The following problems that occurred when updating to firmware version 2.40 have been corrected.

  • - Corrected --- Images cannot be recorded when the ASTROTRACER Type 3 mode is combined with the interval shooting function
  • - Corrected --- The SD card slot indicators 1 and 2 on the upper LCD panel flash to indicate that the memory capacity is empty, even when some capacity is still available.
  • - Corrected --- The number of remaining shots available is incorrectly displayed in the viewfinder.
  • - Corrected --- In the ASTROTRACER Type 3 mode, the exposure countdown on the upper LCD panel advances at unintended moments.

 

Information about Fw Version 2.40 please read below under History of Firmware Updates.

 

 

[Others]

  • Improved stability for general performance.

 

*When this update is done, the contents of version 2.40 and earlier will be also updated.
* When this update is done, you will not be able to restore back to version 2.40 or earlier.


** A History of Updates please find at the end of this update information

 

 

Firmware Update Software for PENTAX K-1 

Name PENTAX Firmware Update Software for PENTAX K-1 
Registered name k1_v241.zip (zip type 9,109 Kbytes)
Updated firmware file For Windows / Mac: ZIP File
Release Date 11.01.2024
Copyright RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD

 

Caution

Only PENTAX K-1 users are permitted to download the firmware update. 

 

  1. This software may only be used by users who own the PENTAX K-1 
  2. This software is covered by a software license agreement. Please read the software license agreement before downloading the software.
  3. You will have agreed with this software license agreement when the download starts

 

 

PENTAX Firmware Update Software for PENTAX K-1 Software License Agreement

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Firmware Update Version 2.41 for PENTAX K-1 

 

 I agree. Start Download.

 

 

 

 

 

Preparing for updating procedure

How to check the firmware version

[1] Turn ON the camera.

[2] Press MENU button to display MENU screen.

[3] Press the four-way controller right to display [Set-up 4] menu screen.

[4] Select [Firmware Info/Options] in the [Set-up 4] menu then press the four-way controller right.

The firmware version for camera is displayed on the [Firmware Info/Options] screen.

 

Preparation for updating

- Blank, formatted SD/SDHC card (32MB or more)

- USB cable 2.0 

- If you are copying the firmware update file to the SD card by connecting the camera directly to your computer.

- SD card reader or a computer with a SD card slot.

- If you are copying the firmware update file to the SD card using a memory card reader / writer.

- Fully charged battery (D-LI90)

*Be sure to use fully charged battery (D-LI90) If the camera turns off during updating due to lack of battery power, the camera will become inoperable. If this happens, a charge will be made for repairs even if within the warranty period.

 

    Download the updated firmware file

    For Windows/Macintosh : k1_v241.zip (zip type 9,109 Kbytes)

     

    Updating Procedure

    1. Provide a formatted SD memory card for the update software.
    The download file is self-extracting. The following file is extracted.

    Fwdc228b.bin - This is the updated firmware.
    Copy the above Firmware file [fwdc228b.bin] to the root directory (not to a folder or sub-folder) in the SD card.
    If your computer does not have a card slot, you can copy the firmware update file by inserting the SD card into your camera and then connecting the camera directly to your computer.

    2. Insert the D-LI90 battery into the camera and confirm the battery is full by battery level indicator then turn the camera off.

    3. Insert the update SD card (prepared in step 1) into the camera (slot 1) and close card cover.

    4. Turn the camera power on while pressing the MENU button.

    5. "Updates the camera firmware" appears in the LCD monitor.

    Ver: 1.00 / 1.10 / 1.20 / 1.30 / 1.40 / 1.41 / 1.42 / 1.43  / 1.50 / 1.51 / 1.52 / 1.53 / 1.54 / 1.55 / 1.60 / 2.00 / 2.10 / 2.20 / 2.30 / 2.40 => 2.41 will be displayed.

    6. Press the four-way controller to select "Start" and press the "OK" button.

    7. "NOW LOADING" appears on the LCD monitor and updating starts. Please do not under any circumstances switch off the power before the update is completed.

    8. When update is completed, the "COMPLETE" will be displayed at the left bottom of the LCD monitor, then turn the camera off.

    9. Remove the update SD card from the camera.
    *Confirm the version of firmware with above [How to check version].

     

    [Caution] When updating is finished, the update SD card still contains the Firmware file. If you want to use this card to take pictures, format the card by the camera to delete firmware file first.

     

     

     

    History of Firmware updates

     

    Changes to Version 2.40

     

    [Enhanced features]

     

    • - The following model has been added to the lens subject to the focus limiter function:
      HD PENTAX-DA 35mmF2.8 Macro Limited.

    • - Added Astrotracer Type 2 and Type 3. 

    In addition to the existing ASTROTRACER mode (to be called Type 1 after the firmware update), users now have the Type 2 and Type 3 options when using the ASTROTRACER function. They can also activate the Interval Shooting function during ASTROTRACER shooting

    ASTROTRACER Type 3

    Normal Shooting
     

    HD FA150-450mmF4.5-5.6ED DC AW F5.6 , 30sec , 450mm, ISO6400, In-body RAW data development, not trimmed

     

     

    ASTROTRACER Type1

    Conventional ASTROTRACER function. Shift the camera’s image sensor in synchronization with the movements of stars (diurnal motion) to priortize the celestial bodies and stars to be captured as solid points.

     

    ASTROTRACER Type2

    Shift the camera’s image sensor half the speed of Type 1 in synchronization with the movements of stars to prioritize capturing the landscape and stars in a good balance.

     

    ASTROTRACER Type3*

    A simplified equatorial function that enables to track and capture celestial bodies without using GPS. Before actual shooting, a preliminary shot is captured automatically, enabling celestial body tracking from star movements. This feature eliminates GPS positioning wait time and able to shoot in locations subject to previously troublesome magnetic fields. As the star movements are being captured on an image, ASTROTRACER’s auto-tracking function may fail when objects other than stars, such as clouds, enter the image field. In such situations, it is recommended that users select the Type 1 or Type 2 mode. When used with interval shooting, it is possible to perform multiple main exposures with a single preliminary shot.

     

    *Time exposure of the mode dial B (Bulb Exposure) is available (Normal bulb exposure is not possible).
    *Not compatible with fisheye lenses.
    *Only use the zoom lens at the wide or telephoto end. However, the following lenses can be used at any zoom position.  

     

    Current menu screen

    New menu screen after firmware update
     

     

      

    [Others]

    • Improved stability for general performance.

     

     

    Changes to Version 2.30

     

    [Enhanced features]

    •  Added a new custom image Special Edition [Gold].

    This firmware adds the new Gold Custom Image mode to your camera. With scenes accentuated by light, this mode is designed to create gold-tinted images by applying yellow-toned finishes to brighter areas while expressing darker, shadow areas with bluish tones. Yellow tones become more intense in highlighted areas.

     

      

    Custom Image mode GOLD

    Custom Image mode BRIGHT
     

     

    • Menu screen:
    When a lens is mounted, the camera automatically checks for compatibility, then displays the GOLD-specific menu screen. (Menu screen: K-1 Mark II)

     

      

    GOLD specific menu screen

    Standard menu screen
     

     

     

    [Others]

     

    • Optimized operation when the HD PENTAX-FA 50mmF1.4 and
      smc PENTAX-FA 50mmF1.4 Classic are attached.
    • Improved stability for general performance.

     

     

    Changes to Version 2.20

     

    [Enhanced features]

     

    • Added custom image Special Edition [HARUBENI].

    HARUBENI (Spring Rouge): the 4th special-edition Custom Image mode This special-edition, season-specific Custom Image mode is designed to emphasize the pinkish colors of cherry blossoms — the hint of the arrival of spring — and the subdued blue colors of hazy spring skies. This mode can be selected in combination with HD PENTAX-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited and HDPENTAX-DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 ED Limited lenses, both highly regarded for their soft, delicate image reproduction. 

     
     
    Custom Image mode HARUBENI Custom Image mode BRIGHT
     
     

     

  • Menu screen:
  • When a lens is mounted, the camera automatically checks for compatibility, then displays the HARUBENI-specific menu screen. (Menu screen: K-1 Mark II)

     

     
    HARUBENI specific menu screen Standard menu screen
     
     

      Compatible lenses:
    HD PENTAX-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited
    HD PENTAX-DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 ED Limited   

    [Others]

    • Improved stability for general performance

     

     

    Changes to Version 2.10

     

    [Enhanced features]

     

    • Added custom image Special Edition [FUYUNO].

    FUYUNO (winter field): the 3rd special-edition Custom Image mode This special-edition, season-specific Custom Image mode is designed to emphasize colors depicting the chilly air of winter, and to deliver sharp, high-key images. This mode can be selected with two lenses highly regarded for their high-resolution image reproduction.

     

      

    Custom Image mode FUYUNO  Custom Image mode BRIGHT
     
     
    • Menu screen:
    When a lens is mounted, the camera automatically checks for compatibility, then displays the FUYUNO-specific menu screen. (Menu screen: K-1 Mark II)
        
    FUYUNO specific menu screen Standard menu screen
     
      Compatible lenses:
    HD PENTAX FA 31mmF1.8 Limited
    HD PENTAX-DA 35mmF2.8 Macro Limited  
    • Added focus limiter function
      It can be used when attaching the HD PENTAX-D FA MACRO 100mmF2.8ED AW macro lens.
     

    [Others]

    • Improved stability for general performance

     

     

    Changes to Version 2.00

     

    [Enhanced features]

    • Added limited function [Grad ND Shooting].
    * A special activation key (release key) obtained from a website or other source is required to activate the limited functions. Note: The Grad ND Shooting activation key issuance is a service that will be launched first in Japan. the launch of this service outside of Japan has not yet been determined.
  • Added custom image Special Edition [KYUSHU].
  • KYUSHU (nine autumns): the second season-specific Custom Image mode. This mode is designed to partner with Limited-series lenses that can capture the diverse scenes and subjects of autumn beautifully and effortlessly. It provides distinctive color renditions, with images that express the passing of autumn and the fleeting feeling of the season.    
    Custom Image mode KYUSHU  Custom Image mode BRIGHT
     
     
    • Menu screen:
    When a lens is mounted, the camera automatically checks for compatibility, then displays the KYUSHU-specific menu screen. (Menu screen: K-1 Mark II)
        
    KYUSHU specific menu screen Standard menu screen
     
        Compatible lenses:
    HD PENTAX-FA 43mmF1.9 Limited
    HD PENTAX-DA 21mmF3.2AL Limited
    HD PENTAX-DA 40mmF2.8 Limited
    HD PENTAX-DA 70mmF2.4 Limited  
    •  Added limited function [Grad ND Shooting]. 

      * A special activation key (release key) obtained from a website or other source is required to activate the limited functions.

      Note: The Grad ND Shooting activation key issuance is a service that will be launched first in Japan. the launch of this service outside of Japan has not yet been determined.
     

    [Others]

    • Improved stability for general performance

     

     

    Changes to Version 1.70

     

    [Enhanced features]

    • Added [KATEN] to Custom Image.
    KATEN (summer sky): the first season-specific Custom Image mode.  This special-edition, season-specific Custom Image mode is designed to emphasize the rich blues of summer skies and depict the fine details of dazzling white clouds. Both selected lenses feature an ultra-wide angle of view and the latest HD (High Definition) coating, which effectively minimizes the generation of ghost images even with images captured under harsh summertime sunshine, or when the sun is in the image field. They have been selected as the best partners for the KATEN mode because they optimize the intended visual effects of the mode.   
    Custom Image mode KATEN  Custom Image mode BRIGHT
     
     
    • Menu screen:
    When a lens is mounted, the camera automatically checks for compatibility, then displays the KATEN-specific menu screen. (Menu screen: K-1 Mark II)
        
    KATEN specific menu screen Standard menu screen
     
      Compatible lenses: HD PENTAX-D FA 21mmF2.4ED Limited DC WR
    HD PENTAX-DA 15mmF4ED AL Limited  

     

     

    Changes to Version 1.60

     

    [Expanded features]

    • Added [SATOBI] to Custom Image.
    The Custom Image “SATOBI” has been newly added to the camera. This Custom Image provides a finishing tone similar to color photos from the 60 and 70s with colors such as cyan blue, dull yellow, and faded red. The unique red expression is suitable for such as portrait photography.  

    [Others]

    • Improved stability for general performance.

     

     

    Changes to Version 1.55

     

    [Others]

    • Optimized focus operation for new lens
      HD PENTAX-DA*16-50mmF2.8 ED PLM AW lens. 
    • Improved stability for general performance.
         

    Changes to Version 1.54

     

    [Others]

    • Optimized focus operation for new lens
      HD PENTAX-FA 31 mm F1.8 Limited, HD PENTAX-FA 43 mm F1.9 Limited, HD PENTAX-FA 77 mm F1.8 Limited lenses and smc PENTAX-FA 31mm F1.8AL limited, smc PENTAX-FA 43mm F1.9AL limited and smc PENTAX-FA 77mm F1.8AL limited lenses.

     

     

    Changes to Version 1.53

     

    [Others] 

    • Optimized focus operation for new lens
      HD PENTAX-D FA*85mmF1.4ED SDM AW

    • Improved stability for general performance.

     

     

    Changes to Version 1.52

     

    [Others] 

    • Optimized performance when attaching new lens
      HD PENTAX-DFA70-210mmF4ED SDM WR.

    • Improved stability for general performance.

     

     

    Changes to Version 1.51

     

    [Others] 

    • Optimized focus operation for new lens
      HD PENTAX-DA*11-18mmF2.8ED DC AW.

     

     

    Changes to Version 1.50

     

    [Others] 

    • Optimized focus operation for new lens
      HD PENTAX-D FA*50mmF1.4 SDM AW.
    • Improved stability for general performance.

     

     

    Changes to Version 1.43

     

    [Corrected] 

    • Unstable performance may rarely occur in Movie mode or Live View status of still picture in firmware version 1.42.

     

     

    Changes to Version 1.42

     

    [Corrected] 

    • Unstable performance may rarely occur in Movie mode or Live View status of still picture in firmware version 1.41.

     

     

    Changes to Version 1.41

     

    [Enhanced] 

        • Correspond to Image Transmitter 2 version 2.3.0 
          [Function enhancement/Additional item when using Image Transmitter 2 version 2.3.0 ]
             -  Drive mode change function.
             -  White balance change function.
             -  Custom image change function.
             -  Image recording format change function.
             - JPEG recording size change function
             - Recording image quality change function.
             - Card slot setting function.
             -  Live view magnification change function.
             -  Focus fine adjustment function for live view.
             -  Focus assists setting function.
             -  Start and stop / file transfer for movie shooting. (Live view is incompatible)
         

    [Others] 

        • Improved stability for general performance.

     

     

    Changes to Version 1.40

     

    [Enhanced]

        • Red-lighted LCD monitor display function
          - The PENTAX K-1 provides a red-lighted LCD monitor display function, which prevents the pupils of the photographer’s eyes from closing down after they have become accustomed to a dark environment during astrophotography.

        • Bulb timer function
          The bulb timer function comes in handy when photographing celestial bodies or fireworks. The PENTAX K-1 allows the photographer to expend an exposure time up to 20 minutes in Bulb mode.
         

    [Others] 

        • During slow shutter speeds the PENTAX K-1 features white dot noise reduction processing. (*1)
        • Overall Improved stability for general performance.
          *1: When Slow Shutter Speed NR is OFF and JPEG image.

     

     

    Changes to Version 1.30

     

    [Enhanced]

        • The Electronic Shutter can be selected at the Menu to reduce camera shake from the mechanical shutter when shooting with Live View mode.
        • Added and selectable [Square format (1:1)] size at the Crop mode.
        • Addition to the current [3 frames bracketing (OFF, TYPE1, TYPE2)], the [2 frames bracketing (OFF, TYPE2)] is added and selectable for the [AA Filter Simulator bracketing]
        • At the [BKT] setting, the bracketing range [±0 (=single frame)] can be selected.
         

    [Others] 

        • Improved stability for general performance.

     

     

    Changes to Version 1.20

     

    [Others] 

        • Corresponded to [KAF4 lens mount] that is equipped with an electromagnetic diaphragm control system.
        • Enable new lens HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mmF4.5-6.3ED PLM WR RE to shoot stable by updating firmware.

        • Improved stability for general performance.

     

     

    Changes to Version 1.10

     

    [Others] 

      • Corresponded to IMAGE Transmitter 2 (Version2.2.0)
      • Correspond to PENTAX Tethered Capture Plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom®(Simple Version)(1.0)
      • Improved stability for general performance.