Nikon: firmware for D4, D800, D800E SLRs


posted Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 5:15 PM EST

The Nikon D4 DSLR. Photo provided by Nikon. Click to read our Nikon D4 preview!Nikon has today released updated firmware for several of its high-end digital SLRs, bringing similar fixes for several issues found since release.

The Nikon D4 was the company's first SLR announcement of the year, coupling a 16.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and a new EXPEED 3 image processor to achieve sensitivity that can vary from as low as ISO 50 to a whopping ISO 204,800 equivalents. The new release carries revision 1.01 for both A and B firmware, and fixes three problems as follows:

  • When a still image was captured while viewing existing images in playback mode, the monitor turned off, the memory card access lamp glowed steadily, and, in some rare cases, the camera ceased to respond to operations. This issue has been resolved.

  • When network functions were used with certain settings applied, RAW images were also transferred when Network > Send file as was set to JPEG only. This issue has been resolved.

  • When an option that utilized the main command dial was selected for Custom Setting f15: Playback zoom, and an image was zoomed in or out with playback with certain settings applied, shooting shutter speed, aperture, and exposure compensation settings were sometimes changed. This issue has been resolved.

More details and the firmware update for the Nikon D4 can be found on the Nikon Answers website.

The closely-related Nikon D800 and D800E, meanwhile, are now on A firmware v1.00 and B firmware v1.01. This update includes the same fixes for card access / camera lockups and raw image transfer (albeit, using the WT-4 wireless transmitter for the latter), but adds one other fix specific to these models:

  • A dark shadow sometimes appeared at the bottom edge of images captured with Active D-Lighting set to any option other than Off with Image area set to 5:4 (30x24). This issue has been resolved.

More info and the firmware update are on the Nikon Answers pages for the Nikon D800 and Nikon D800E respectively.