Firmware Friday: Nikon L820, D4S, AW110; Fuji X100S and more get updates


posted Friday, April 25, 2014 at 12:40 PM EDT


It's been a light few weeks on the firmware front, but the drought is over this week, as no less than six cameras from three manufacturers -- Casio, Fujifilm and Nikon -- get new updates. Of the trio, Nikon's been the busiest, shipping new firmware for the D4S digital SLR, L820 long-zoom and AW110 rugged compact. Fujifilm, meanwhile, has updated its X100S compact system camera, and Casio has tweaked its EX-10 and EX-100 enthusiast compacts.

We'll start with Nikon and the pro-oriented Nikon D4S digital SLR. Here, there's a fix for an issue with recording raw images, and a raft of fixes for playback issues. According to the company, here's what has changed in Nikon D4S firmware version C:1.01:

  • When images captured with Color space set to Adobe RGB were enlarged with playback in the monitor, image chroma (saturation) changed.  This issue has been resolved.

  • When Custom Setting f1 (Multi selector center button) > Playback mode was set to View histograms, the histogram was not displayed correctly for the image played back in the monitor, even when the center button on the multi selector was pressed, when the following conditions were met.  This issue has been resolved.

    • Image quality was set to NEF (RAW) + JPEG fine, NEF (RAW) + JPEG normal, or NEF (RAW) + JPEG basic.

    • An option other than "Overview data" or "RGB histogram" was selected for photo information displayed with full-frame image playback.

  • With full-frame image playback with "Highlights" or "RGB histogram" display selected, image chroma (saturation) changed with flashing of highlights.  This issue has been resolved.

  • When Rotate tall in the playback menu was set to On, and an image captured in "tall" (portrait) orientation was enlarged slightly (playback zoom-in button pressed once or twice) with monitor playback, the image did not appear to be very sharp or clear.  This issue has been resolved.

  • With capture of a Compressed RAW image, followed by a Lossless compressed RAW image, with Image quality set to NEF (RAW), the camera was sometimes unable to correctly record the second RAW image.  This issue has been resolved.

There is but one fix in the new Nikon L820 firmware version 1.1, meanwhile. A problem with movie audio losing sync with the video has been corrected in the new firmware for this model. And Nikon AW110 firmware version 1.1 also fixes this same bug, as well as two GPS-related issues: lockups while acquiring a GPS position, and incorrect latitude and longitude displayed with data imprints.

You can get Nikon's new firmware at the links below:

Fujifilm's update, meanwhile, takes the Fuji X100S and X100S Black to firmware version 1.20. This adds support for the recently-announced TCL-X100 Tele Conversion Lens. With the new firmware installed, your X100S will be able to show a viewfinder bright frame indicating coverage of the tele lens, as well as to correct distortion, vignetting and chromatic aberration when it's mounted. You'll need to indicate your use of the lens through a new Conversion Lens option, which replaces the previous Wide Conversion Lens option. The new menu item now allows you to choose either Tele, Wide, or Off. Get the update from Fujifilm's website.

And finally, we come to Casio. The company's cameras are no longer sold in the US market, so the new Casio EX-10 and EX-100 enthusiast compact firmware updates will be of interest only to our European and Asian readers, or those of you who buy cameras when you're traveling overseas. Firmware version 1.01 for both cameras makes but one change: the cameras' bracketing function is said to have been improved. Casio doesn't clarify just what the improvement is, but if you like to bracket exposures with your Casio EX-100 or Casio EX-10, you'll want to nab the update. Get it at the links below:

That about does it for this week's Firmware Friday roundup. Enjoy your weekend, and happy shooting!

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