Add "Half-Press" function for the shutter button and improve the "NFC One-touch connection"

Relevant Products

This information is for the following models:
  • DSC-QX100

About this download

  • Name: Firmware update Ver.3.00 for DSC-QX100 (Mac)
  • Release date: 14/04/2014
  • Benefits and improvements
    • "Half-Press" function for the shutter button has been added*
    • "NFC One-touch connection" has been improved*
    • * Requires PlayMemories Mobile app version 4.2 or later.
    • ISO Setting has been added
    • MP4 Movie Recording size changes from 1440 x 1080(30p) to 1920 x 1080 (30p)

System Requirements

Operating Systems


The latest version of the firmware update is compatible with the following Macintosh versions:
  • Mac OS X v.10.5 ~ 10.9

Computer hardware


The latest version of the firmware update is compatible with the following hardware:
  • CPU: Intel processor*
    *Core Solo and Core Duo processors are no longer supported
  • Hard disk space: 200MB or more
  • RAM: 512MB or more
    Note: Please close all other application software before updating the firmware.
  • Power source for the camera
    • Fully charged rechargeable battery pack NP-BN
      Note: The update can be performed only when the remaining battery level is (three marks) or more. We recommend that you use a fully charged battery.
  • USB cable supplied with the camera

    Note: Update functionality is not guaranteed with any other USB cable.

Download instructions

Important notes:

  • When performing the firmware update, please use a fully charged rechargeable battery pack NP-BN
  • Do not remove the battery during the update; otherwise, the camera may become inoperable due to the sudden power shutdown
  • Remove the memory card from the camera beforehand

How to download the firmware updater:

  1. Make sure that you are logged on as a user with administrative rights.
  2. At the bottom of the page, read the disclaimer and agree to the terms and conditions by clicking on the checkbox. Then, click on the Download button.
  3. The download of the [Update_DSCQX100V300.dmg] file will start.
  4. Save the file to the desktop of your computer (recommended).

Install the software

Once the file has downloaded successfully, you're ready to install the Firmware update Ver.3.00 for DSC-QX100.

Step 1: Start up the Firmware Updater

  1. Close all currently running programs on your computer.
  2. Double-click the [Update_DSCQX100V300.dmg] file you downloaded. Do not connect the camera at this point.
  3. [Update_DSCQX100V300] is expanded.
  4. Double-click the [FirmwareUpdater] icon.
  5. To load a kernel extension, the message prompts you to allow the application to make changes. Type the password for the administrative account.



  6. Firmware Updater starts up.



  7. Remove the memory card from the camera beforehand. Connect the camera to the computer with the supplied USB cable.
  8. After confirming the above, click Next on the Firmware Updater window. Figure 1 appears on the Firmware Updater window, and Figure 2 appears on the LCD screen of the camera. Note: From now on, never turn off the camera until the firmware update is completed.
    Figure 1 Figure 2

  9. After confirming the screens on Figures 1 and 2, click Next. The current version and the version after the update appear on the lower left part of the screen. (Figure 3)
  10. After confirming [Current version] is lower than 3.00, click Next.

    If [Current version] is [Ver.3.00], the update is not required. According to the message, stop the USB connection and click Finish. Turn off the camera, remove the battery pack, reinsert the battery and turn on the camera.
    Figure 3

  11. The screen on Figure 4 appears.

    Figure 4


  12. Press the [Shutter] button to execute the reset of the camera.


  13. Click Next on the Firmware Updater window (Figure 4).
  14. After resetting, reconnection of the camera is verified, and the screen on Figure 5 appears.
  15. Click Run to start the update. The progress bar appears while updating(approximately 10 minutes).
    Note:Never turn off the camera nor disconnect the USB cable while updating.

    Figure 5


  16. When the update is completed, the screen on Figure 6 appears. Click Finish and disconnect the USB cable.

    Figure 6


  17. Turn off the camera, remove the battery pack, reinsert the battery and turn on the camera again.

Step 2: Confirm the firmware version of your camera is Ver.3.00.

  1. Connect your smartphone or tablet and camera using the PlayMemories Mobile app (version 4.2 or later).
  2. Press the [Shutter] button halfway to focus. If a green mark is visible (as shown below) then the firmware version is Ver.3.00.


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