Firmware Friday: Mammoth 18 camera, lens updates from Fuji; DxO One and meMINI get UI tweaks + more
posted Friday, June 10, 2016 at 9:47 PM EDT
This week's Firmware Friday is one of our biggest roundups in recent memory, and that's almost entirely down to the folks at Fujifilm, who've developed quite a reputation for regularly updating their cameras post-launch. As well as a whopping 18 camera and lens firmware releases from Fuji, we also have news to report for owners of the DxO One and meMINI as well.
We'll start this week with Fujifilm, though, as it's clearly the big newsmaker in this week's roundup!
Fuji X-series cameras and lenses
So which Fuji cameras and lenses are now receiving updates? The answer is a long one, so let's break it out into a couple of bulleted lists. In each case, the new version number is in parentheses, and the product name will take you to the firmware download page.
|Updated cameras:||Updated lenses:|
To get the new features and/or improvements, you'll need to update all of your products (both bodies and lenses), so be sure to check against both lists! So what's new? That depends upon the lens you're using. For every one of the 11 lenses gaining updates today, manual focus accuracy is said to be better. For the 50-140mm and 100-400mm lenses, there's improved support for the FUJINON Tele Converter XF 2X TC WR. And for the 10-24mm, 16-50mm, 18-55mm, 18-135mm, 50-230mm and 55-200mm lenses, the accuracy of image stabilization has been improved in some circumstances. The tracking performance has also been improved while the lens is being zoomed.
As noted previously, you can get the updates at the links in the list above.
Moving on to DxO Labs, the company's DxO ONE accessory camera for the iPhone and iPad has received its version 1.4 firmware update. To get it, you'll want to open the DxO ONE App, navigate the Settings menu to Application :: About, and then click "Update Now" or "Download Now". (You can also just wait until the app tells you there's new firmware by itself, but you'll miss out on the new features for longer.)
As well as updating your camera firmware, the update will upgrade your DxO ONE app as well. Together, these updates will let you preview aperture and exposure levels in the live-view display, and provided user control over the power-saving timeout. You'll also be able to add author / copyright info to your images, and add watermarks automatically as images are uploaded to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or any other iOS-supported sharing service.
The updates also bring with them a new, streamlined user interface that gives more screen real-estate to the live view feed, while more logically grouping capture settings for one-tap access, and making it so that the message center and support options can be accessed from Gallery view.
As noted previously, the update is available immediately using the DxO ONE app.
meMINI HD Video Camera
Finally for this week, we come to the meMINI HD Video Camera. Here, the updated firmware isn't available just yet, but its creators say it should be arriving any day now. Changes will include a new user interface, a quicker connection process, transfer speeds that are now twice as fast, and the ability to pause and resume downloads, as well as changing the download sequence yourself, or download individual videos. There's also better Wi-Fi stability, a new indication of Wi-Fi status by flashing the LED, a new progress indicator on every video, and videos will be automatically saved to your camera roll.
Watch meMINI's website for more news on this firmware!