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PSB #:
Originator: TC/AP
TE 06-0051 Rev. A
Total Pages: 9
R-D1 Digital Rangefinder Camera
R-D1 Firmware version 2.0 Upgrade Service Information
This bulletin was created to inform you of the release of the major service release firmware
update to version 2.0 that will significantly enhance and improve functionality of your Epson
R-D1 Digital Rangefinder Camera.
Significant added functions:
! Picture preview magnifying power change: Jpeg: from x10 to x16. RAW: from x2 to
! Film set-up default value change. The RD-1 default film can be set to 1, 2 or 3, the
value 1 will have a portrait-shooting set-up, the value 2 will have a landscape-shooting
set-up and the value 3 will have a night-view shooting set-up. Still, the original film setup values will be kept right after the firmware upgrade. The new default value will be
set after “Initialize Settings” is performed.
! Color Space change. “Adobe RGB” is now supported.
! Simultaneous RAW+JPEG image record. This function records a picture
simultaneously in two different files (Jpeg (H) and RAW) under the same file number.
! ”Quick view” Function. This setting allows the picture to be displayed on the LCD right
after the shot is taken.
! Noise reduction for long exposure time. The Noise Reduction setting is now just On or
Off regardless of exposure time.
! CCD pixel defect correction function. This function allows the CCD pixel defect
correction function to be set from the menu.
! Compatible with PRINT Image Matching 3.
! LCD display playback time’s shutter release processing change. For LCD display
playback time, the shutter operates as if it is in full release mode.
! Auto white balance shot color change. The reddish counter-effect on a shot taken
under incandescent lighting is reduced.
! Noise reduction when shooting with the ISO1600 set-up.
! Multi-shot function improvement: The number of successive shots goes from 2 to 3.
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R-D1 Firmware Update Instructions
This document provides the instructions for updating the EPSON R-D1 digital camera
firmware. Please read these instructions completely before attempting the firmware update.
Important remarks concerning the firmware upgrade
Once you have upgraded your Epson R-D1 digital Rangefinder camera to firmware
version 2.0, you will not be able to “downgrade” or return to previous versions of
the firmware. Please take this into consideration prior to the upgrade.
If your memory card contains data, we recommend making a back up of the
important data to your computer since the data stored in the memory card might be
deleted when the memory card is formatted.
Due to the new functions added by the upgrade, picture capacity of memory cards
is decreased about 10%.
This firmware upgrade operation may be performed by Epson customers. Be sure to
perform the upgrade by strictly following the instructions in this guide. Do not alter the
firmware files in any way. There should be no failure by following the firmware update
instructions. Please understand that if the upgrade fails due to any reason (battery
removal, low battery etc.), it will lead to time-consuming repairs of the R-D1 on which the
upgrade has failed.
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Firmware Upgrade Process
Download the firmware data from the EPSON homepage.
Uncompress the file on your computer.
Copy the firmware data from your computer to a memory card.
Insert the memory card containing the firmware data in the R-D1.
Upgrade the firmware of the R-D1.
Check the upgrade.
Before performing the upgrade, prepare the below items:
The R-D1 camera to be updated
Make sure the battery pack for the R-D1 camera to be updated is fully charged. If the
camera loses power during the update, costly damage may occur to the camera.
A Secure Digital (SD) memory card with at least 16 MB available free space on the
card. Please copy any data on this card to another location since this procedure
requires the card be formatted prior to use.
A computer with an internet connection
A Windows 98SE / Me / 2000 / XP computer, or a Macintosh computer with Mac OS X
10.2.x – 10.4.x fitted with a SD card reader.
o If the computer does not have a SD card reader, you will need to provide an
external card reader that can connect to your computer system.
Download the Firmware:
Download the firmware update instructions and data files from the Epson Internet support
web page at
Once on the support web site navigate to “Digital Photography” > Digital Cameras > R-D1.
Then select “Drivers & Downloads” and select your Operating System. Find the file name
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epson11884.exe for Windows 98SE / Me / 2000 / XP, or epson11885.dmg for Macintosh OS
X version 10.2.x to version 10.4.x.
The downloaded file is a self-extracting archive. The procedure to extract the file will vary
according to your computer operating system.
If you are using Windows 98SE / Me / 2000 / XP, epson11884.exe will extract to the
C:\EPSON\epson11884_rd1____firmware_update_20 folder.
If you are using Macintosh OS X 10.2.x – 10.4.x, a folder called
epson11885_rd1____firmware_update_20 should appear on the desktop when the file is
Format the Memory Card
Formatting the SD card will erase all the data contained on the memory card.
Please make sure it does not contain any important data before formatting.
1. Insert the memory card into the memory card slot of the R-D1 (see the R-D1 user
manual for more details on the way to insert the card).
2. Format the memory card in the R-D1 memory card slot (see the R-D1 user manual for
more details on the way to format the card).
3. When the card format is complete, remove the card from the R-D1 memory card slot.
Copying the Firmware Update Files to the Memory Card
1. Insert the memory card in the computer or in the card reader and have the computer
recognize the card. (See the computer or card reader user manual for more details.)
2. When the memory card is recognized, you will see the card drive icon in the “My
Computer” window for Windows users or on the desktop for Macintosh users. Drag
and drop to the memory card a copy of the files R_D1_010214_E.BIN and
ss_3_010002.ram which can be found in the
C:\EPSON\epson11884_rd1____firmware_update_20 folder or the
epson11885_rd1____firmware_update_20 folder if you are using Macintosh OS X
10.2.x – 10.4.x.
Notes: When copying the two Firmware data files on the memory card, make sure you
copy the files on to the root directory or top level of the card. If the files are copied to a
folder on the memory card, the firmware upgrade will not work.
Do not remove the memory card from the computer or the card reader if the copy is still in
progress. (See your computer or card reader manual for more details on the way to
remove the memory card)
Set the memory card in the R-D1
1. Install a fully charged battery in the R-D1. If needed, see the R-D1 manual for the
battery installation information. You must make sure that the battery is fully
charged before performing the firmware upgrade.
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2. Insert the memory card containing the firmware data described above into the RD1 memory card slot. (See the R-D1 manual for more information on the memory
card insertion)
Perform the firmware upgrade
1. With the R-D1 turned off, simultaneously press and hold the MENU
and the USER button
then turn ON the R-D1 power switch.
Do not remove the memory card, or turn off the power switch during the
firmware upgrade process! This will cause an upgrade failure, and may render
the camera unusable.
2. When the screen below is displayed, turn the JOG dial (see image above) until
“OK” is highlighted, then press the ENTER button
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3. The screen below is displayed when the upgrade starts.
4. When the screen below is displayed, the firmware upgrade has successfully
completed. Check that the Version is “2.0”, and then turn off the camera with the
power switch.
Confirm that the firmware has been properly upgraded
Turn on the R-D1 with the power switch, turn on the LCD display by pressing the LCD
then bring up the Main Menu with the MENU Button
“Settings” (you may need to use the JOG Dial if you have images on the SD Card) and
press the ENTER Button
Use the JOG Dial to select “Basic Setup” and Press the
ENTER Button, turn the JOG Dial to select “LCD Brightness” and press the ENTER
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button. If the screen displays “R-D1 Ver. 2.0” as in the screen below, the upgrade is
LCD Brightness
R-D1 Ver. 2.0
After the Firmware upgrade, the user’s “Film Settings” set-up will be maintained. In order
to reset the Film Settings back to the camera default set-up, you will need to perform an
“Initialize Settings” from the Settings menu. This will, however, also reset all user
selectable camera settings back to default set-up. The exception to “Initialize Settings” is
the camera’s language, date and time, these settings will be maintained.
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> If the upgrade is unsuccessful <
If the upgrade is cancelled
When the upgrade is cancelled, the screen below is displayed. In order to proceed again
with the upgrade, turn off the camera with the power switch and do the procedure again
starting from Perform the firmware upgrade.
If the battery is low
When the battery is low, the screen below is displayed and the upgrade cannot be
performed. Turn the camera off with the power switch, install a fully charged battery and
do the procedure again starting from Perform the firmware upgrade.
Other errors
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If another error occurs during the upgrade, the screen below is displayed. Look at the
table below the line corresponding to the error number showing the error meaning and the
Error # Meaning
The memory card has been removed.
The content of the firmware has been
altered or the download was not
carried out correctly. The firmware files
may be corrupt.
The wrong firmware has been
The firmware file name is not correct.
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This leads to an onerous repair.
Please contact the support service.
This leads to a time-consuming
repair. Please contact Epson
Technical support at 1-562-276-4303
Download the proper firmware and
proceed again with the upgrade.
The firmware file has been altered,
This leads to a time-consuming
repair. Please contact Epson
Technical support at 1-562-276-4303.
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Epson R-D1 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Information on Cleaning the CCD Sensor
Originator: TC/JQ
Total Pages: 1
This bulletin was created to provide information on Cleaning the CCD Sensor for the Epson R-D1
Digital Rangefinder Camera.
If there are any black spots in the same place on all the photos you take, there might be dust on the
CCD sensor inside your camera. Follow the instructions below to clean dust off the CCD sensor.
Use an air blower for cameras (manual type without a brush), and use a locking cable release.
Important Notes:
Do not touch the CCD sensor with any object(s), including your fingers, cleaning
brushes, tools or cloths. Doing so may scratch or damage the surface of the CCD
sensor and affect the quality of your photos. Epson America Inc. only supports the use
of hand blowers for cleaning your CCD. If Epson determines there are scratches or
evidence that you have touched the CCD sensor, the repair will not be covered under
Do not use air compressors or canned air (air dusters) of any kind for cleaning the
CCD. Even photography grade canned air can release unwanted moisture or
contaminants under certain conditions. This is why we only recommend the use of
hand powered blowers. Do not put the blower inside the lens mount; otherwise, the
shutter or CCD sensor may be damaged if the shutter closes or comes in contact with
the blower.
Damage caused by not following the instructions in this bulletin is not covered by your
camera’s warranty, even if it is within the warranty period. If repair is necessary, you
will be billed for the repair!
If dust cannot be removed from the CCD sensor following the procedure below,
contact the EPSON Connection at 1-562-276-4303.
Remove the SD Memory Card from the camera.
Removing the SD Memory Card turns off the electricity to the CCD sensor.
Rotate the shutter speed dial to B (Bulb), and then install the cable release.
Insert a fully charged battery into the camera, then turn the power switch to the on position.
Do not use a deteriorated battery or a battery with low power. It may cause the shutter to
close during cleaning.
Operate the shutter charge lever to charge the shutter, and then remove the lens or the lens
mount cover.
Open the shutter using the cable release, and then lock it.
Make sure to use a locking cable release so the shutter does not close during cleaning.
Blow the dust off the CCD sensor using the camera blower carefully.
Unlock the cable release after cleaning the sensor, then close the shutter.
Attach the lens or the lens mount cover, then remove the cable release. Cleaning is
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