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NIKON.GIF Nikon Releases D40, D80 Firmware Updates
By Mike Pasini, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 15:06 EST)

The updates provide Vista certification and a few minor tweaks for both models.

Nikon today released firmware updates to both its D40 and D80 dSLRs. Nikon firmware updates are supplied in an A and B set, which must be installed one at a time. The Nikon links included in our summary of the changes below include complete instructions.

D40 Firmware Update

Modifications enabled and issues addressed with D40 A and B firmware Ver. 1.1 include:

• The product will be "Certified for Windows Vista."

• Support for the new USB Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) has been added.

• The PTP option in the setup menu's USB item will be modified to MTP/PTP. The icon will also be modified.

• The range of possible settings for the Date option in the setup menu's World time item will be changed to 2000-2099.

• An issue that caused the ISO auto feature to be disabled (when a two-button reset operation was performed with ISO sensitivity set to any option other than ISO 200) has been resolved.

• When attempting to edit images previously edited on a computer using the D40's retouch menu, the camera sometimes froze.† Therefore images that have been edited using a computer can no longer be edited using the camera.

• An issue that prevented accurate recording of flash output value when manual flash photography was applied with use of the Nikon Speedlight SB-400 has been resolved so that flash output value is accurately recorded.

• Errors in English, Polish, Swedish, and Traditional Chinese menus have been corrected.

• When white balance is fine-tuned, "+" or "?" will be displayed with the following icons: 1) White balance mode icon in the shooting information display, 2) White balance mode icon in the shooting menu.

• When the mode dial is set to a Digital Vari-Program and the AF-area mode setting is changed, the AF-area mode setting will no longer revert to the default setting with the following operations: 1) The camera is turned off, 2) Monitor and exposure meters turn off automatically (auto meter off).

• The electronic analog exposure displays will flash in the viewfinder and the shooting information display when: 1) The brightness of the subject exceeds the range that can be controlled by the camera, whether too bright or too dark 2) While†in P (Programmed Auto) exposure mode with the built-in flash raised.

Download the Macintosh or Windows version.

D80 Firmware Update

Modifications enabled and issues addressed with D80 A and B firmware Ver. 1.0.1 include:

• The electronic analog exposure display will be displayed in the viewfinder when the brightness of the subject exceeds the range that can be controlled by the camera, whether too bright or too dark, in the following shooting modes:† 1) Shutter-priority auto (S) or Aperture-priority auto (A) exposure modes with the built-in flash up, 2) Programmed auto (P) exposure mode.

• Effects of processing performed when the Long exposure Noise Reduction item in the shooting menu is enabled have been improved.††

• When attempting to edit images previously edited on a computer using the D80ís retouch menu, the camera sometimes froze.† Therefore images that have been edited using a computer can no longer be edited using the camera.

• Errors in English, Polish, Swedish, and Traditional Chinese menus have been corrected.

Download the Macintosh or Windows version.

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