Firmware Friday: Brand-new features for the Nikon D810 and Leica T!


posted Friday, October 30, 2015 at 4:20 PM EDT


Rejoice, photography fans: The weekend is just about here, and with it, a good chance to get out and shoot some great images! But before you head out the door, you might want to check if your camera's firmware is up to date.

If you're shooting with the Nikon D810 or Leica T, you'll want to roll your sleeves up now and commence your updates, because both cameras have new firmware releases available in this week's Firmware Friday roundup. We'll kick things off with the Nikon.

The Nikon D810 firmware version C: 1.10 release is available for download immediately, and it brings with it a lengthy list of bug fixes as well as a brand-new feature. Per Nikon's release notes, changes are as follows:

  • An External recording control option has been added to the HDMI item in the SETUP MENU. If the camera is connected via HDMI to a third-party recorder that supports the Atomos Open Protocol (the Atomos SHOGUN, NINJA2, or NINJA BLADE), selecting On allows camera controls to be used to start and stop recording. More information is available in a supplementary manual.
    Note: Choose an option other than 576p (progressive) or 480p (progressive) for HDMI > Output resolution in the SETUP MENU.

  • Fixed the following issues:

    • Incorrect distances were shown in the camera playback info display for photographs taken with an optional flash unit in distance-priority manual (GN) mode.

    • The brightness of the live view photography display would not change when a command dial was rotated to adjust exposure compensation with On (Auto reset) selected for b Metering/exposure > b4 Easy exposure compensation > Easy exposure compensation in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU.

    • Although the preview button would stop the lens down to maximum aperture when assigned the Preview role, the maximum aperture indicator would not appear in the monitor.

    • In rare cases, the shutter would not be released when the user attempted to take photographs in movie live view.

    • About 4 seconds of static could be heard on audio recorded with external HDMI recorders during movie live view.

    • The shutter speed, aperture, and ISO sensitivity displayed in the monitor during movie live view would differ from values in the final movie file.

    • Volume could sometimes not be adjusted if movies were played with indicators hidden during full-frame playback (None (image only)).

    • Exposure compensation would fail to produce the desired results if a negative value was selected when NEF (RAW) images were processed using the NEF (RAW) processing option in the RETOUCH MENU.

    • Images would in rare cases fail to record correctly with HDR (high dynamic range) selected in the SHOOTING MENU.

    • If On was selected for Exposure smoothing during interval timer photography, every frame after the first would be overexposed.

    • File numbers were not assigned in the proper sequence.

    • In some languages, characters or parts of characters would be missing from the SETUP MENU > Location data > Position display.

    • In some languages, characters or parts of characters would be missing from the SETUP MENU > AF fine-tune > List saved values display.

    • Some help text has been changed.

​You can download the Nikon D810 firmware version C: 1.10 update from the company's US website.

Moving on to the Leica T, the company's new firmware version 1.4 update comes complete with a free installation service and an hour of training on the new features at your local neighborhood Leica store, if there's one located near you. (In the US, you have six to choose from: Bellevue, WA; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; and Washington, DC.)

You can, of course, choose to install the update yourself, though, if you're not near one of these towns. For your efforts, you'll be rewarded with a claimed near-doubling of autofocus speed, faster startup and improved touchscreen sensitivity. More details and the firmware update itself can be found on the Leica USA website.

And that brings us to the end of Firmware Friday for another week. Check back next time for more firmware news!

(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.)