Canon 6D, Nikon D4 firmware updates solve issues; D4 gets new Remote Function config


posted Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 8:19 AM EDT


Friday has been and gone, and unfortunately with news editor Mike Tomkins overseas, this week's Firmware Friday update slipped between the cracks. Fear not, though, firmware fans. A day later than intended, the roundup is here. This week we've already mentioned one of the key updates -- that shipped by Sony two days ago for the Alpha 7 and 7R mirrorless cameras. (With image quality enhancements on offer, we felt it best to call attention to Sony's updates ahead of our usual roundup.) Both Nikon and Canon also shipped updates this week, though, for the D4 and 6D DSLRs respectively.

Starting with Canon, the new firmware version 1.1.4 for the EOS 6D resolves an issue that could prevent image transfer to mobile devices when using the EOS Remote app. This, for English-language speakers, is the only update. If you happen to speak German or Korean, though, you should also notice an error has been corrected in the Feature Guide for your language. Get Canon's update here for both Mac and Windows machines.

Nikon's updated firmware version A:1.10 / B:1.10 for the D4 is rather more involved -- to the point that a user manual update is also required. After installing the new firmware on your Nikon D4, you'll find a new Custom Setting f17, which allows you to configure one of ten functions (including disable) for the Function button of the optional WR-1 or WR-T10 wireless remote controls. As well as providing this new feature, the D4 update adds support for CompactFlash cards of greater than 128GB capacity, requires focus lock as configured when shooting with AF-On and single-servo, single-point AF, and resolves an issue where certain CompactFlash and XQD card combinations could cause a camera error. Nikon's update can be obtained here, and again is available for both Mac and Windows computers.

(Camera parts image courtesy of Kelly Hofer / Flickr; used under a Creative Commons CC-BY-2.0 license.)