Pentax issues K-x firmware update

14 Jan 2011
Pentax K-x

Pentax has released a firmware update for its K-x digital SLR camera, bringing support for the latest SDXC ultra-high capacity SD card standard to the device.

The Pentax K-x impressed us with its performance and capabilities when we reviewed it back in December 2009, and while camera technology has moved on since those days it's good to see that Pentax is keeping owners of its older cameras as up to date as possible.

The new firmware allows Pentax K-x owners to use high-capacity SDXC memory cards with the device, building on the camera's existing support for the previous SDHC and SD standards. With SDXC cards hitting the market at capacities of up to 128GB, such as the model announced earlier this year by Lexar, it should provide plenty of storage for even the most snap-happy of photographers.

While support for the SDXC standard's high capacity is added, users will not get the full benefit of SDXC cards that meet the Ultra High Speed, or UHS, speed class, with the camera's internals unable to operate quickly enough.

The update, which brings the camera's firmware to version 1.02, also includes all the changes of firmware 1.1, including improved battery meter accuracy, enhanced stability, and new shooting functions.

The free update is available for all Pentax K-x users to download now from the Pentax website

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