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ILCE-9 Camera Firmware Update

What Does This Do?

This utility updates the camera firmware to version 1.01 and improves the overheating warning function.

Applicable Products and Operating Systems (see full list...)

Operating System:

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

Determine if you need this update

This update only applies to ILCE-9 cameras that currently have firmware version 1.00.

Check the version of your camera firmware:

  1. Power on the camera.
  2. Press the Menu button.
  3. At the Menu screen, use the control wheel to select Setup, and then select Version.
    Menu Version Screen
  4. The firmware version is displayed on the LCD screen.
    Firmware Version Screen
  5. Note:If the current firmware version is 1.01 or higher, the camera does not need this update.

Before You Start

  • WARNING! This firmware update and any changes incurred by it are permanent. It's not possible to return to a previous firmware version after updating this firmware. By continuing this update process, downloading and updating this firmware, you acknowledge that you are aware and understand that this update cannot be reversed.
  • IMPORTANT: Don't allow the computer to enter Sleep (Standby) mode during the update process. To change these settings, refer to your computer manual or consult the manufacturer.
  • This update process requires the following items for proper updating:
    • A computer with:
      • Available Hard Disk Space: 600 MB or more
      • Installed Memory (RAM): 512 MB or more
      • Apple® Mac OSX® versions 10.10 - 10.12
    • Camera power supply:
      • This update can only be performed when the remaining battery level has three bars Battery Indicater or more. Make sure your battery pack is fully charged, or use the AC adapter/charger (sold separately).
      • Detach the vertical grip (sold separately) before updating system software.
      • 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.
      • IMPORTANT: Update functionality is not guaranteed with any other USB cable.

  • Remove the memory card from the camera
  • Make sure all other devices are disconnected from the camera
  • Save all work and close all other programs.

Download and Update the Firmware

  1. Download the Update_ILCE9V101.dmg file to a temporary or download directory (note this directory for reference).
  2. Go to the directory where the file was downloaded and double-click the Update_ILCE9V101.dmg file. The file is expanded.
    Note: Don't connect the camera to the computer yet.
  3. Double-click the SystemSoftwareUpdater System Software Updater Icon icon.
  4. At the Password prompt screen, enter the Username and Password for the administrative account, and then click OK.
    System Software Updater Password
  5. Power on the camera.
  6. Verify that Mass Storage is selected in the USB Connection setting of the camera:
    1. On the camera, press the Menu button.
    2. At the Menu screen, use the control wheel to select Setup, then select USB Connection, and then make sure that Mass Storage is selected.
      Mass Storage USB Setting
  7. Make sure the memory card is removed from the camera.
  8. Connect the camera to your computer using the supplied USB cable. USB Mode will appear on the camera screen.
    • If the message Could not find the camera for this update appears on the computer display, disconnect and reconnect the USB cable or try another USB port on the computer.
    • Sometimes when the camera is connected to the computer with the USB cable, a message appears to restart the computer. If this occurs, remove the battery pack or AC adapter from the camera, restart the computer, and then start the firmware update procedure again.
  9. At the System Software Updater screen, click Next.
    Connect the Camera Screen
  10. Check the current version displayed.
    Current Version Screen
    Note: If the current version is 1.01, your camera does not need this update. Stop the USB connection and click Finish. Then disconnect the USB cable and power off the camera. Remove the battery or disconnect the AC adaptor, and then power on the camera again.
  11. If the Current version is 1.00, click Next.
  12. The camera will now automatically reset.
    Camera Reset Screen
  13. WARNING! Don't power off the camera or disconnect the USB cable until the update process is complete.

    Note: Depending on the OS version you're using, a loading icon may appear.

  14. After the camera is reset, the update starts. The progress bar appears while updating (approximately 10 minutes).
    Updating Screen
  15. When the update process completes, the camera automatically restarts (which may take a few minutes).
    Note: Wait for the camera to power on and return to the previous screen.
  16. After the screen appears, click Finish.
    Update Finish Screen
  17. IMPORTANT: If the message Recovering data. Please wait... appears on the camera screen, don't disconnect USB cable, wait until the message is no longer displayed before you continue.

    Recovering data Please wait... message

  18. When the update is finished, disconnect the USB cable.

Confirm Successful Update (optional)

  1. Power on the camera.
  2. Press the Menu button.
  3. At the Menu screen, use the control wheel to select Setup, and then select Version.
    Menu Version Screen
  4. The firmware version is displayed on the LCD screen.
    Firmware Version Screen
  5. If the current firmware version is 1.01, the firmware update was successful.
    Note: If the firmware version number is not 1.01, download and install the firmware update again.

File Download

Date: 6/06/2017
Version: 1.01
Size: 273.55 MB
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