Firmware Friday: Updates for cameras and lenses aplenty from Canon, Fuji, GoPro and Nikon


posted Friday, October 14, 2016 at 4:30 PM EST


Our Firmware Friday roundup is another biggie this week, but this time around it's lenses rather than cameras which make up the bulk of the list. In total, we have news of updates for five cameras and a dozen lenses from Canon, Fujifilm, GoPro and Nikon to discuss. Given that there's so much to cover, let's dive right in.

Canon EOS C100 Mark II

Firmware version for the Canon C100 II arrived this Wednesday, and fixes just one problem. When running the previous firmware release, the EOS C100 II's grip unit control dial could operate incorrectly during aperture adjustments. This only happened when shooting with one of the following lenses:

  • EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM

  • EF 11-24mm f/4L USM

  • EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM

  • EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM

  • EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM

  • EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM

  • EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM

  • EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM

  • EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM

  • EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM

  • EF 35mm f/2 IS USM

  • EF 40mm f/2.8 STM

  • EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

  • EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

  • EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

  • EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

  • EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

  • EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x

  • EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM

  • EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM

  • EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM

  • EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM

  • EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM

  • EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

  • EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

  • EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III

  • EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II

  • EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM

  • EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II

If you've been experiencing this problem, the fix can be found in Canon's C100 II firmware version release, which can be downloaded here.

Fujifilm X-Pro1; 10-24mm, 14mm, 16mm, 16-50mm, 16-55mm, 18mm, 18-55mm, 18-135mm, 23mm, 27mm, 35mm and 60mm lenses

Fujifilm alone is responsible for most of the entries on this week's roundup, and as it turns out, these updates all arrived just before last week's Firmware Friday post -- we just didn't see them in time, as the company's X-Pro2 firmware update grabbed all the headlines. The X-Pro1 camera body also received new firmware, and it's version 3.70 release makes just one change. This tweaks behavior of the corrected autofocus frame in the camera's optical viewfinder.

Alongside this update, twelve lens models have received new firmware which improves parallax correction in the optical viewfinder of both the X-Pro1 and X-Pro2 bodies. For one specific lens, the XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR, Fuji has also improved chromatic aberration correction in the latest firmware release.

You can download Fuji's updates at the links below:

GoPro Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session

The GoPro Hero5 Black and Session models are now both running firmware version 01.20, which landed a little over a week ago and just now came to our attention. Shared changes are as follows:

  • Enables Auto Upload to GoPro Plus

  • Adds key performance and connectivity improvements

  • Adds multiple language support for Remo (Waterproof Voice Activated Remote)

  • Enables support for Pro 3.5mm Mic Adapter from GoPro

  • Improves camera and smartphone connections

In addition, there are several changes which are specific to the Hero5 Black:

  • Enables front screen navigation with camera buttons

  • Enables use of Exposure Control with Protune™

  • Enables front screen navigation with camera buttons

  • Improved touch display accuracy

  • Adds audio filter when capturing video with Karma Grip

  • Improves media playback and navigation

  • Imports RAW photo and Protune audio files through Quik for desktop

...and two changes which are unique to the Hero5 Session:

  • Includes photo improvements

  • Includes usability enhancements

You can download the new firmware for your GoPro Hero5 Black and/or Session models using GoPro's Quik for Desktop app, the mobile Capture app, or you can download the update from GoPro's site after registering your camera.

Nikon D4S

Finally for this week, we come to the Nikon D4S. Here, the new firmware version C:1.32 corrects some related problems which could cause camera lockups and/or failure to automatically transfer images. These issues would occur only in a rather specific set of circumstances: Your camera had write-enabled cards in both its XQD and CompactFlash card slots, raw images were written to the primary card and JPEGs to the secondary, and network Auto Send was enabled. If the Shutter button was fully-pressed with the standby timer off, the first shot in the series wouldn't be marked for transfer or uploaded. If you subsequently allowed the timer to expire or turned the camera off without reactivating the timer, a lockup on restart could be the result.

To fix these issues, download the Nikon D4S firmware version C:1.32 update 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.)