Firmware update Information for PENTAX K-3 Mark III

 

 

 

(NOT FOR K-3 Mark III MONOCHROME)

This Function Expand Firmware has been designed to further enhance the performance and operability of your PENTAX K-3 Mark III, by adding the latest functions and new settings to the camera.

 

 

Actual Version 

07.12.2023 Version 2.12

[Enhanced features]

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

 

[Others]

  • Improved stability for general performance.

*When this update is done, the contents of version 2.11 and earlier will be also updated.
* When this update is done, you will not be able to restore back to version 2.11 or earlier.


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

 

 

 

Firmware Update Software for PENTAX K-3 Mark III

Name PENTAX Firmware Update Software for PENTAX K-3 Mark III
Registered name k3III_v212.zip (zip type 31,669 Kbytes)
Updated firmware file For Windows / Mac: ZIP File
Release Date 07.12.2023
Copyright RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD

 

Caution

Only PENTAX K-3 Mark III users are permitted to download the firmware update. This Software is not for PENTAX K-3 Mark III Monochrome.

  1. This software may only be used by users who own the PENTAX K-3 Mark III
  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-3 Mark III Software License Agreement

The customer (hereinafter "the user") shall verify the following items below related to the use of the licensed software supplied to the user by RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. The download starts when you press "I agree. Start download." on this software license agreement.

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Firmware Update Version 2.12 for PENTAX K-3 Mark III

 

 

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 6] 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 3.0 (micro B)

- 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 : k3III_v212.zip (zip type 31,669 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.

    Fwdc233b.bin - This is the updated firmware.
    Copy the above Firmware file [fwdc233b.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 / 1.01 / 1.02 / 1.10 / 1.20 / 1.21 / 1.31 / 1.41 / 1.50 / 1.60 / 1.70 / 1.80 / 2.00 / 2.01 / 2.10 / 2.11 => 2.12 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

    01.11.2023 Version 2.11

    [Others]
    • Improved stability for general performance.

    07.09.2023 Version 2.10

     

    [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.

     

      

    GOLD specific menu screen

    Standard menu screen
     

     

    • Menu screen:
    When a lens is mounted, the camera automatically checks for compatibility, then displays the GOLD-specific menu screen. (Menu screen: K-3 Mark III)

     

      

    GOLD specific menu screen

    Standard menu screen
     

     

     

    • Added a new Fx button option “While Pressed”

    Up to ten keys can be individualised as function keys (Fx).

    The new function [While pressed] adds a new option. The action is only carried out when the key is held down. It adds a new option. The action is only carried out when the key is held down.

    Programming is done under:

    [MENU] - [C: Customisation] - [2: Set control] - [Fx key].

    After the key assignment has been set, details of the following functions can be preset by pressing the INFO key in the [Fx key] menu:

     

    Functions that can be assigned to the While Pressed option:

    • User AF
    • Preset Av
    • AA Filter Simulator
    • AE Lock
    • AE Metering 
    • Shooting Info Display
    • Preset Sv
    • Flash Mode
    • Preset Tv
    • HDR Capture

     

    Control buttons that can be used with the While-Pressed option:

    Shake Reduction button; Playback button; White Balance button; RAW button; AE Lock button; Custom Image button; Operation lock button; Drive Mode button; AE Metering button; Outdoor View Setting button;

     

    [Others]

     

    • Improved stability for general performance.

     

    * When this update is done, the contents of version 2.01 and earlier will be also updated.

    * When this update is done, you will not be able to restore back to version 2.01 or earlier.

     

     

     

    01.08.2023 Version 2.01

    [Others]

    • Simplified fonts have been updated.

     

     

     

    08.06.2023 Version 2.00

    [Additional features]

    • Added limited function [Grad ND Shooting].

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

     

    [Enhanced features]

    • AF. C Setting(during viewfinder shooting)

    AF point tracking in AF.C Type 3 setting added to existing AF Point Tracking options

    Existing settings:

    Type1:
    Uses both the AF and AE sensor information to track with AF points.
    Type2:
    Uses only the AF sensor information to track with AF points.

    New setting
    Type3:
    Uses only the AF sensor information to track with the selected AF points intensively.

     

    Type 3 tracks the subject by prioritizing the selected AF points while taking other AF points into account, so the user can keep the subject in focus without moving away from the selected AF points.

    • Added focus sensitivity setting item for AF.C.

    Focus sensitivity in AF.C mode (autofocus status on the subject moving in the direction of depth) can be selected from five settings. When capturing the subject moving in the direction of depth, the user can choose one of five tracking levels: from Emphasize Trackability, designed to make minute adjustment of the lens position in relation to the shift in focus position, to Emphasize Stability, designed to drive the lens only when a considerable shift is detected in focus position.


    5:Emphasize Trackability AF Tracking mechanism activated when the subject makes even a slight motion in the direction of depth

    3:Standard Conventional AF tracking mechanism, set as default

    :Emphasize Stability AF Tracking mechanism activated when the subject makes a large motion in the direction of depth

     

    • Added USER mode setting [BOX] write/read function.

    Boxes let the user save up to 10 sets of frequently used settings. The settings saved in each box can be assigned to one of five User Mode positions. The latest function expansion provides a pair of new box functions: reading out (or saving) export the settings data stored on a box to an SD card; and uploading import the settings stored on an SD card to the K-3 Mark III camera body. In addition to settings saved in boxes, the user can also read out export the current camera settings to an SD card.
    Note: Saved data cannot be shared between the K-3 Mark III and K-3 Mark III Monochrome.

     

    [Others]

     

    • An increase in the number of images that can be captured during continuous shooting in Crop mod
    • Improved stability for general performance.

     

     

     

    09.03.2023 Version 1.80

     

    [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-3 Mark III)

     

    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]

    • Corrected --- Some functions are not displayed in the control panel in movie mode in version 1.70.

    *If you have customized the movie mode control panel in version 1.70, after updating to version 1.80, please reset the registered contents of control panel to initial state or re-customize it.

    • Improved stability for general performance

     

     

     

     

    01.12.2022 Version 1.70

     

    [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.

     

      

    FUYUNO specific menu screen

    Standard menu screen
     

     

    • Menu screen:
    When a lens is mounted, the camera automatically checks for compatibility, then displays the FUYUNO-specific menu screen. (Menu screen: K-3 Mark III)

     

      

    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.

     

    • Added new function  AF Point for H/V Comp]

    In the standard setting, the AF measuring point or the measuring field returns to the centre position of the monitor or viewfinder after it has been moved by pressing the joystick. With the new function, this "default setting" of the AF sensor can be determined individually. The position can be selected independently for viewfinder and monitor, as well as horizontally and vertically in this function.

     

    • [Select (XS)] has been added to the AF area

    Focusing when using the viewfinder can now be done even more precisely. The active metering field now also gets the option on (XS) for the active AF field in addition to the (S) option.

     

    • Added [1.7x] to crop.

    A crop factor of 1.3x could be selected in the camera menu or on as a smart function. With the update, an additional 1.7x cropfactor is now available

     

    [Others]

     

    • Improved performance when panning in the diagonal direction in the [Panning] mode of [Shake Reduction].
    • Improved stability for general performance

     

     

     

    18.10.2022 Version 1.60

     

    [Enhanced features]

    • 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. 

      

    KYUSHU specific menu screen

    Standard menu screen
     

     

    • Menu screen:
    When a lens is mounted, the camera automatically checks for compatibility, then displays the KYUSHU-specific menu screen. (Menu screen: K-3 Mark III)

     

      

    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

     

    [Others]

    • Corrected --- When the mode dial is changed to [U1], [U2], [U3], [U4], or [U5], the name registered in the USER mode setting is now displayed on the rear LCD as a guide.
    • Improved stability for general performance

     

     

     

     

    23.06.2022 Version 1.50

    [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.

      

    KATEN specific menu screen

    Standard menu screen
     

     

    • Menu screen:
    When a lens is mounted, the camera automatically checks for compatibility, then displays the KATEN-specific menu screen. (Menu screen: K-3 Mark III)

     

      

     

    KATEN specific menu screen

    Standard menu screen
     

     

    Compatible lenses:

    HD PENTAX-D FA 21mmF2.4ED Limited DC WR
    HD PENTAX-DA 15mmF4ED AL Limited

     

    [Others] 

    • Improved stability for general performance

     

     

     

     

    03.03.2022 Version 1.41

    [Enhanced features]

    • Added Astrotracer Type 3.

    [Features] This camera can be used as an astrotracer without the O-GPS1. The camera enables astrotracing without GPS, direction, or other data, so there is no need for GPS positioning or perform precision calibration. In addition, astrotracing can operate in areas affected by magnetic fields.
    Before starting, a preliminary shot is taken to track the object based on the movement of stars.

     

     


    Note that it is recommended to use the O-GPS1 for star photography with a wide-angle lens.

     

    [How to use]
    1. Set up the camera on a stable tripod.
    2. Select Type 3 in Astrotracer in shooting setting 4.
    3. Select B on the mode dial. The camera will be in timer exposure mode as bulb shooting is not possible
    4. Carefully focus on the object.
    5. Compose your shot and ensure the camera is fixed tightly to avoid any movement.
    6. When using a telephoto lens, consider the time required for the preliminary shooting. Estimate 30 to 50 seconds to compose your shot.
    7. Use a cable release or remote control to avoid camera movement.

    [Memo]

    - In conjunction with interval shooting, it is possible to take multiple full exposures for a single test shot.
    - The exposure time can be set up to 10 minutes. However, even with the exposure is set to 1 minute, it is sufficient to capture the stars as dots.

    [Precautions]

    Blurry pictures maybe the result of poor preliminary shooting. There are several factors which can influence the preliminary shooting, if ground scenery, clouds, etc. are included in the composition, the stars are not sufficiently bright due to light pollution, poor focus and if there is some camera movement can all contribute to blurry pictures.

    [Compatible lenses]

    Fisheye lens is not supported.
    Zoom lenses can only be used at the wide or telephoto position.

    The following lenses can be used irrespective of the zoom position.
    HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mmF4.5-6.3ED PLM WR RE
    HD PENTAX-DA★11-18mmF2.8ED DC AW
    HD PENTAX-DA★16-50mmF2.8ED PLM AW

     

    [Others]

    • Improved stability for general performance.
    • Improved AF accuracy and stability during viewfinder shooting.

     

     

     

     

    07.12.2021 Version 1.31

    [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.

    • Tone curve display at each Custom Image parameter setting screen

    A tone curve display has been added at the Custom Image parameter setting screen. Changing the value for the parameters “High/Low Key Adjustment”, “Contrast”, “Contrast (Highlight)”, and “Contrast (Shadow)” in detailed settings updates the tone curve based on the value set, which enables you to more intuitively adjust the para meters used to finish images.

     

    [Others]

    • Improved stability for general performance.

     

     

     

     

    28.09.2021 Version 1.21

    [Others]

    • Improved stability for general performance.

     

     

     

     

    26.10.2021 Version 1.20

    [Enhanced features]

    • Corresponded to IMAGE Transmitter 2 (Version2.6.0)

     

    [Others]

    • Improved the individual AF fine-adjustment settings to identify the attachment of the HD PENTAX-DA AF REAR CONVERTER 1.4X AW.
    • Improved stability for general performance.

     

     

    20.07.2021 Version 1.10

    [Enhanced features]

    • [Electronic shutter] can be selected.

    When [Electronic Shutter] is selected, a high-speed shutter of fastest speed 1/16000 sec. is supported.

    You can select either: [Mechanical Shutter] or [Electronic Shutter] from the Shutter Modes Selection.

    When electronic shutter is selected, as an additional function shutter speed linkage range is 1/16000 sec. to 30 sec.
    *This is the screen when exposure M (manual) mode is selected.

     

    [Others]

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

     

     

     

     

    07.06.2021 Version 1.02

    [Others]

    • Improved --- When using both SD card slot 1 and slot 2 at the same time, operation becomes unstable in rare cases when using some SD cards.
    • Improved stability for general performance.

     

     

     

     

    28.04.2021 Version 1.01

    [Others]

    • Improved stability of performance when battery power is low condition. 
    • Corrected – In rare cases, images are not recorded correctly when shooting continuously in RAW format.
    • Improved stability for general performance.