Updating your firmware

Updating the Firmware is only possible when a new version is made available.If you see an error message while trying to update your device wirelessly, learn what to do.To prepare the SD card for this file, I always Format the SD card in the camera prior to loading the new update to the card. Next, make certain the file on your computer, the one that showed up after unzipping the compressed/zip file, is the same size as it shows on the Downlaod page.

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Several months ago I wrote a very detailed post on how I’ve been updating firmware for my Lumix cameras and lenses. I was going to take it down and replace it with this new updated information but I’ve decided to just add this to the top of the original post so comments can be retained. Drag the file from the opened folder to the device that either says Panasonic or mass storage to complete the transfer. “SDXC cards, 32GB or larger, require special card readers. The current update process is not easy, and I’ve explained this to the Panasonic folks more than once.

The new information below is based on support from Robert Kozlarek of Panasonic US. Make sure the camera’s battery is completely charged. Download the latest firmware update for your model by clicking on the “Download Ver. X ” link to a location on your computer (we recommend the “Desktop”). If your computer has a media reader, please insert your formatted SD Card from your camera. Open the zipped firmware file that you downloaded to the desktop. For “PC” users, locate your SD Card by clicking on, or opening the “My Computer” or “Computer” on your desktop or your “Start” menu. If you choose to leave the SD Card in your camera, connect the camera to the PC with the USB cable. Depending on your PC, and the age of its operating system, you may not be able to directly write to such large cards. I’m hoping by bringing this to our readers, and by getting more input we can hopefully convince them they desperately need to update the ease of use on their firmware website. Secondly, you need to get to the Main Support Page to start all camera and lens firmware updates.

This Blog post was inspired by a recent email I received that I’m sharing below.

You should first try the newest information above but if you run into problems the additional info below may be helpful.

If you want horror stories about Olympus camera firmware updates which are caused by a direct download from a web page directly to camera, take a look at this thread on DPReview.