DSLR-A230 Firmware Update

What Does This Do?
This utility updates the DSLR-A230 firmware to version 1.10 and improves the operability of the AE (Auto Exposure) lock function. After updating the firmware, the exposure will be locked when the shutter button is pressed half way down when shooting with the metering mode set to either Spot or Center Weighted.
Applicable Products and Operating Systems (see full list...)
Model:
DSLR-A230
Operating System:

IMPORTANT: This file is only for use with the models identified. Not all models are sold in all countries.

Determine Whether or Not this Firmware Update is Needed for Your Camera

This update only applies to DSLR-A230 cameras that currently have firmware version lower than 1.10. If your camera firmware version is already version 1.10 or higher, this update is not necessary.

Check the version of your camera firmware:

  1. Slide the POWER switch to the On position.
  2. Press the MENU button to display the menu.
  3. Use the horizontal buttons of the Control Button to select Tab 3 of the Setup Menu.
Camera Controls
  1. Use the down button of the Control Button to select "Version".
  2. Press the center of the Control Button.
Version Select Screen
  1. The firmware version is displayed on the LCD monitor.
  2. If a version lower than 1.10 is listed, please proceed with the steps below to download and perform the firmware update. If version 1.10 or higher is listed, this firmware update is not necessary.
  3. Press the Center button of controller to close the version number display.
Firmware Version Screen
Important Notes
  • IMPORTANT: This utility is for compatible Macintosh® operating systems only. If you are using a computer with a Microsoft® Windows® operating system please go to the DSLR-A230 Firmware Update for Windows page.
  • WARNING!!: This utility is only for use with the Sony® DSLR-A230 camera. Do not install this utility with any other model.
  • WARNING!!: This Digital Camera firmware update and any changes incurred by it are permanent. It is not possible to return to a previous firmware version after updating this firmware. By continuing this update process and downloading and updating this firmware, you acknowledge that you are aware and understand that this update cannot be reversed.
  • This update process requires the following items for proper updating:
    • A computer with:
      • A USB port or a or a card slot which is suitable for recording media.
      • Mac OS® version 10.1.3 — 10.5 operating system installed
    • Camera power supply:
      • When performing the firmware update, use the fully charged rechargeable battery pack NP-FH50 or the AC adapter AC-PW10AM AC adapter/charger (sold separately).
        WARNING!!: The camera may not operate properly if the power is interrupted during the update.
    • USB cable:
      • Use only the USB cable supplied with the camera.
        WARNING!!: Update functionality is not guaranteed if you use any other USB cable.
    • Recording media (one of the following):
      • Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™
      • SD Memory Card or SDHC Memory Card

      Note: The recording media should be formatted with the camera before using it to perform the update. Be sure to backup all pictures and data from the recording media before formatting it.

  • It is highly recommended to print out these instructions as a reference during the installation process.
Download and Extraction Instructions
  1. Download the DSCA230V110.zip file to a temporary or download directory (please note this directory for reference).
  2. Go to the directory where the file was downloaded.
  3. Double-click the "DSCA230V110.zip" to extract the firmware update file, DSCA230.APP.
    Note: The file extension (.APP) may not be displayed depending on your computer configuration.

Please continue with the section below.

Prepare the Recording Media and Copy the Files
  1. Prepare the recording media by formatting it with the camera.
    WARNING!!: The recording media must be formatted in the camera. All data on the recording media, including even protected images, will be erased by formatting and cannot be restored.
  2. Copy the update file to the recording media with one of the procedures below. These procedures vary based on your computer configuration.
    • If your computer has a card slot that is compatible with your recording media:
      1. Insert the camera-formatted media into the card slot of your computer.
      2. Copy the update file (DSCA230.APP) to the root folder of the recording media.
    • If your computer does not have a card slot that is compatible with your recording media:
      1. Insert the camera-formatted recording media in the camera.
      2. Insert a fully charged battery (NP-FH50) in the camera, or connect the AC Adaptor to the camera.
      3. Power on the camera and the computer.
      4. Press the MENU button to display the menu.
      5. Use the horizontal buttons of the Control Button to select Tab 3 of the Setup Menu.
      6. Make sure that "USB connection" is set to "Mass Storage" in the Setup menu.
      7. Press the MENU button to turn off the menu.
      8. Connect the camera to the computer with the USB cable.
      9. Copy the update file (DSCA230.APP) to the root folder of the recording media inserted in the camera.
      10. When copying is finished, disconnect the USB cable.

Please continue with the section below.

Update the Firmware

WARNING!!: When performing the firmware update, use fully charged rechargeable battery pack NP-FH50 or the AC adapter AC-PW10AM AC adapter/charger (sold separately). Do not remove the battery or AC adapter during the firmware update, otherwise the camera may be permanently damaged.

  1. Power off the camera.
  2. If it is not already there, insert the formatted recording media into the camera and then slide the POWER switch to the On position.
    Note: Make sure that the memory card switch is set for the type of media being used.
  3. Press and hold the MENU button and power on the camera while continuing to press the MENU button.
Camera Controls
  1. When the confirmation window appears, use the control buttons to select "OK", and then press the center of the control button.
    Note: If the confirmation window does not appear, check that the recording media was formatted in the camera and that the update file (DSCA230.APP) is in the root folder of the media.
Confirmation Window
  1. The update procedure starts and the screen shown at the right is displayed.
  2. Do not turn off the camera until the update procedure is complete
    Note: The update takes about 30 seconds.
Updating Screen
  1. When the firmware update is complete, the screen shown at the right is displayed.
    Note: The camera will automatically restart after about 10 seconds. Please wait for the camera to restart.
  2. After the camera has restarted, power OFF the camera, and remove the recording media. Next, check that the camera firmware version has been successfully updated.
Updating Complete Screen
Check the Firmware Version After Updating
  1. Slide the POWER switch to the On position.
  2. Press the MENU button to display the menu.
  3. Use the horizontal buttons of the Control Button to select Tab 3 of the Setup Menu.
Camera Controls
  1. Use the down button of the Control Button to select "Version".
  2. Press the center of the Control Button.
Version Select Screen
  1. The firmware version is displayed on the LCD monitor.
  2. If a version lower than 1.10 is listed, please proceed with the steps below to download and perform the firmware update. If version 1.10 or higher is listed, this firmware update is not necessary.
  3. Press the Center button of controller to close the version number display.
Firmware Version Screen
Notes:
  • If the version number is not 1.10, please download and install the firmware update again.
  • If you need assistance or if your camera will not power on, please call Sony Support for at 800-222-7669.
Download
DSCA230V110.zip  (5.50 MB)

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DSCA230V110.zip
Date: 11/05/2009
Version: 1.10
Size: 5.50 MB
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