Firmware Friday: Canon 5D IV, Fuji GFX 50S and Nikon A900 receive a raft of bug fixes, but no new features


posted Friday, April 14, 2017 at 6:32 PM EDT


Our Firmware Friday roundup for this week arrives with news of updates for three camera models frm Canon, Fujifilm and Nikon. If you're shooting the Canon 5D Mark IV, Fujifilm GFX 50S or Nikon A900, you'll want to take a moment to upgrade your firmware to avoid bugs in earlier firmware versions. None of these new updates add more features, though, so your camera should otherwise function just as it has been doing until now.

Let's take a closer look at the updates, starting this week with Canon.

Canon 5D Mark IV

Yesterday, Canon released firmware version 1.0.4 for the EOS 5D Mark IV. In total, there are four changes disclosed in the official release notes, as follows:

  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which a red-colored area may appear at the bottom-center of a captured image when shooting in bulb mode or during a long exposure.

  2. Fixes a phenomenon in which the autofocus may not respond when the autofocus is initiated via pressing the shutter button, the AF-ON button or the AE lock button when configured in the custom control menu.

  3. Enhances the reliability of communications between the camera and SD card.

  4. Fixes incorrect wording on the Finnish language menu screen.

You can download the new firmware for installation from either Windows or Mac OS systems on the Canon USA website.

Nikon Coolpix A900

Moving on to the Nikon Coolpix A900, the new firmware version 1.1 release also makes four changes, according to the official release notes:

  1. Reduced the occurrence of an issue that in rare cases prevented the restoration of normal operation if the camera was restarted after the message “Turn the camera off and then on again” was displayed.

  2. Improved the reliability of photo and movie transfer using the SnapBridge app.

  3. Fixed an issue that sometimes resulted in location data added using the SnapBridge app not displaying correctly.

  4. Fixed an issue that would in rare circumstances cause photographs to be recorded in black-and-white.

You can download the latest Nikon Coolpix A900 firmware for Windows or Mac OS machines from the Nikon USA website.

Fujifilm GFX 50S

And for this week, that just leaves firmware version 1.01 for the Fuji GFX 50S. Here, there is but one change: A fix for an issue with the electronic viewfinder failing to abide by your chosen saturation setting, especially after switching to the LCD and back again. If you're experiencing this issue, you can download the latest firmware 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.)