Firmware upgrade for Minolta DImage 7 ??

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by John Fryatt, May 30, 2007.

  1. John Fryatt

    John Fryatt Guest

    Hi,

    I am thinking of buying a Minolta Dimage 7 camera, for infra-red work.
    Short of getting a camera converted this camera seems, as far as I can
    tell from reading things, a good compromise between infra-red
    sensitivity and reasonable resolution.

    So, my question... Some cameras offered for sale have ver. 1.nn
    firmware, but ver. 2.nn seems better. When the cameras were newer
    Minolta sold an upgrade from 1.nn to 2.nn but now I can't seem to find
    it anywhere. I am hoping that, given that the camera is fairly old now,
    that the upgrade might be available for free download.
    Is that possible? Anyone know anything about this?

    Thanks, John


    P.S. I did read somewhere that 2.01 is available for download (true) and
    that it enabled a direct upgrade from 1.23 to 2.01. The Minolta site
    however, says it is only for upgrading from 2.00.
     
    John Fryatt, May 30, 2007
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  2. I contacted Sony about the availability of the upgrade and this was the
    reply.
    ----------------
    Dear Mr. Brown,

    Thank you for your recent inquiry. This firmware update is still available
    through Sony parts. Please call 1.800.488.7669 for parts and accessories.

    Regards,

    Justin
    Konica Minolta Customer Support
    877-462-4464
    -------------------

    They SHOULD be able to help! --Anyone! Let us know what happens. Maybe this
    will
    settle it once and for all!!!

    (This was Jan 22, 2007 reply)
     
    Jack Torrence, May 30, 2007
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  3. John Fryatt

    John Fryatt Guest

    Very good point, I had kind of assumed that as Minolta were defunct, in
    camera terms, the official channels would not be able to help. Call it
    brain fade. :-(
    I'll pursue those channels and see what I can find out.

    John
     
    John Fryatt, May 30, 2007
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  4. John Fryatt

    John Fryatt Guest

    Ok, I've looked at all the Sony/Minolta/affiliated sites I can think of
    and the firmware upgrade is not mentioned at all. Sony US directed me to
    another US place apparently handling Minolta spares. KonicaMinolta
    Europe told me that the 2.0 firmware upgrade is not available. I haven't
    pursued all possible 'official' avenues but I'm getting the feeling that
    it isn't officially available.
    However... I would direct anyone interested in this topic to a Yahoo
    group named 'dimage7'.
     
    John Fryatt, Jun 1, 2007
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  5. John Fryatt

    dj_nme Guest

    You should be very careful as to which version of the firmware upgrade
    you get.
    There are several versions, depending on which part of the world your
    camera was made for.
    If your camera was made for Europe, Asia or the USA; then it will have
    specific firmware for it.
    I live in Australia, the market our Dimage 7 cameras were made for is
    the UK (GB), so I had to get a UK specific firmware from the Minolta
    website.
    My particular one is a Dimage 7Hi, which should have the same firmware
    upgrade file as the Dimage 7.
    I have firmware version 1.11 for the GB version, as far as I know there
    is no more recent firmware available.

    There is always the possiblity that the 5mp Sony CCD in your Dimage 7
    could go bad at any time, it was the subject of a recall by Sony 2 years
    ago.
    My Dimage 7Hi died (the CCD went bad and all the recorded images were
    streaks of purple and blue) and was replaced with a Dimage A200 as part
    of the recall.

    I believe that it would be a bad idea to spend any money (or expend any
    effort) on an old, unsuported camera like the Dimage 7.
    Unless, it has a sentimental value that outweighs any lack of monetary
    value.
     
    dj_nme, Jun 1, 2007
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  6. John Fryatt

    John Fryatt Guest

    According to what I have read this is not true, in that the upgrade for
    the 7 was meant to bring it up to the same standard as the 7i. The 7Hi
    is an even later model. That's how it seems to me from various reading
    anyway....
    Well, good points, and I would not spend any large amount of money on
    such a camera. Fortunately they seem to go for fairly reasonable sums
    these days.
    Also, if not a Dimage 7, then I'd be interested to hear any ideas for a
    camera to do infra-red with. ... and preferably not costing mega-bucks.
    The point of the Dimage 7 is that it appears to be a good compromise
    between having a useful resolution and also fair infra-red sensitivity.
     
    John Fryatt, Jun 2, 2007
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