Firmware Friday: Nikon P900, Panasonic FZ1000 and Fuji X-T10 among eight camera, lens updates


posted Friday, August 14, 2015 at 2:48 PM EDT


Firmware Friday is back once more, and this week it's an action-packed roundup. No less than seven different cameras have received new firmware since our last update, and there's a third-party lens model for Micro Four Thirds cameras on the list with new firmware as well. Let's dive right in!

We'll start this week with the Fuji X-T10, the sole interchangeable-lens model in the roundup. Firmware version 1.01 for the X-T10 makes changes in four main areas. Perhaps most importantly if you've just updated to the latest release of Microsoft Windows 10, you'll likely have already discovered that USB transfer of images from your X-T10 stopped working; this is now resolved. Fuji has also fixed a problem which caused JPEG images shot with several lenses (including JPEGs derived from in-camera raw conversion) to have a slightly wider field of view than raw images processed on the desktop. Eye detection autofocus performance has been improved with the XF90mmF2 R LM WR, as well, and operation of the Function1 button has been tweaked to avoid accidental operation.

You can get the Fuji X-T10 firmware version 1.01 update here on the company's global website.

Moving on to Nikon, we have two firmware updates on which to report this week. We'll start with the more popular camera of the pair, the Nikon P900, which sports a jaw-dropping 83x zoom lens. Firmware version 1.2 for the P900 works to improve behavior when using the optional ML-L3 remote control to shoot with the camera on a tripod -- a pretty common use case, we'd imagine, given the strength of that zoom. A bug which prevented use of the remote to stop movie recording has been resolved, and Nikon also says that "[an] effort was made to fix an issue" that would stop users from tripping the shutter with the remote if something was within range of the electronic viewfinder proximity sensor. The company still recommends disabling EVF auto-toggle before shooting with the remote, however.

For the Nikon S6700, meanwhile, firmware version 1.1 fixes a single rare bug. The camera could, in some unspecified circumstances, lock up with the lens extended and the power switched on, presumably necessitating a battery drop to restore operation. This issue has now been resolved.

You can get the Nikon P900 firmware version 1.2 update here, and the Nikon S6700 firmware version 1.1 update here.

The remaining camera updates this week are all from Panasonic. Once again, we'll start with the most popular of the group -- the Panasonic FZ1000 large-sensor long-zoom. Version 2.2 firmware for the FZ1000 fixes but one specific bug: The aperture value could in some circumstances be displayed incorrectly. That issue has now been resolved.

Moving on, we have firmware version 1.2 for the closely-related Panasonic ZS45, TZ57 and TZ58. Two changes are made in the new firmware for all three cameras -- improved stability in iHDR burst shooting, and a fix for a display problem in the Baby mode.

You can get the Panasonic FZ1000 firmware version 2.2 update here, and the Panasonic ZS45/TZ57/TZ58 firmware version 1.2 update here.

And finally for this week, we have the firmware version 1.2 update for the TAMRON 14-150mm F / 3.5-5.8 Di III [Model C001] lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. This improves autofocus performance when shooting movies with Panasonic cameras. More information on the update process can be found here.

(Camera parts image courtesy of Kelly Hofer / Flickr; used under a Creative Commons CC-BY-2.0 license. Image has been modified from the original.)