Firmware Friday: Canon 7D II, Nikon J5, Panasonic GH5, Sigma sd and dp Quattro cameras updated


posted Friday, April 28, 2017 at 7:16 PM EDT


Firmware Friday is here once again, and this week brings news of updates for eight cameras from four manufacturers. This time around, it's Sigma delivering by far the majority of the new firmware, with Canon, Nikon and Panasonic each offering up one update apiece.

Without any further ado, let's get right down to what's new!

Canon 7D Mark II

Firmware version 1.1.1 for the Canon 7D Mark II arrived yesterday, and brought with it four bug fixes as follows:

  1. Enhances reliability of communications when transferring images using Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 (A/B/C/D/E).

  2. Corrects the phenomenon of Err70 which occurs with certain combinations of settings.

  3. Corrects the phenomenon in which in very rare cases the shutter can no longer be released.

  4. Enhances reliability of operations for specific custom function settings.

You can download Canon 7D II firmware version 1.1.1 for your camera here, regardless of whether you're using a Windows or Mac OS machine.

Nikon J5

Firmware version 1.01 for the Nikon J5 was released early this week. This new release makes just one change, fixing a bug that could prevent you deleting frames from a single image burst after you'd already deleted several others in succession. The problem is resolved in the new firmware release, which you can download here.

Panasonic GH5

Last week, we told you about the soon-to-be-released firmware version 1.1 for the Panasonic GH5 compact system camera. Right on schedule last Monday that new firmware arrived, enabling 10-bit 4:2:2 video recording in either Full HD or Anamorphic (4:3) capture modes. It also brought fixes for incorrect exposure adjustment when shooting variable frame rate video, and for a problem with after-images when recording high-sensitivity V-LogL video footage. You can download Panasonic GH5 firmware version 1.1 here.

Sigma sd Quattro, dp0 Quattro, dp1 Quattro, dp2 Quattro and dp3 Quattro

And finally for this week, we come to Sigma. The company actually released firmware version 1.05 for the sd Quattro camera last Friday, too late to make it into last week's roundup, and it followed with firmware version 2.00 updates for all dp Quattro cameras last Wednesday. Those updates were withdrawn due to a bug discovered upon release, and quickly replaced by version 2.01 updates which landed just today.

Firmware version 1.05 for the sd Quattro fixes two bugs as follows:

  1. Corrected the phenomenon that some noise in the left part of the display monitor can be found, when the magnification ratio is set to 4x and the focusing of the image is adjusted.

  2. Corrected the phenomenon that the images taken by the SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary occasionally show some irregular color rendering.

Firmware version 2.01 for the dp0 Quattro, dp1 Quattro, dp2 Quattro and dp3 Quattro makes a total of seven changes, including two new features -- an additional 12-bit uncompressed DNG raw file format, and a new Super Fine Detail mode. The electronic level gauge is also said to have improved accuracy when shooting in portrait orientation, and a bug that could cause image corruption for the final frame in a bracketed burst shot with low battery power has been resolved, as has another problem that could prevent selection of ISO 200 for the upper sensitivity limit when using Auto ISO. Finally, Sigma has changed behavior of the camera such that using the AE-L / AF-L button in image review or menus won't cancel an AE / AF lock, and changed the factory default function to return you to the language selection menu. After upgrading your firmware, you'll also need to switch to the latest version of SIGMA Photo Pro version 6.5.3 if you want to be able to open your newly-shot raw files in that package.

One final change in the new v2.01 firmware for the dp Quattro series will only be of relevance if you'd already upgraded to the version 2.00 release which arrived on Wednesday. That release could cause a problem that would stop buttons on the back of the camera body from working; the new v2.01 release addresses this concern.

You can download all of Sigma's firmware at the links below:

And that's all for this week's roundup! Be sure to check back next week 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.)