Firmware Friday: New features aplenty for Olympus mirrorless; Canon, Nikon and Sigma bug fixes too


posted Friday, May 12, 2017 at 9:49 PM EST


Regular as clockwork, Firmware Friday returns once more bringing with it news of updates from Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Sigma. Unusually for this week, though, we've already told you of some of this news, specifically the camera and lens updates from Olympus. For the full story on those, you'll want to hop over to our previous article. Therein, you'll find info on updates for the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, the OM-D E-M5 Mark II, the PEN-F and select Zuiko Pro and Premium lenses, so we won't recover that ground in this article. Here, we'll instead focus on the new firmware for the Canon EOS M5, Nikon D5500 and Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN lens in Sony E-mount form.

Without any further ado, let's get right down to the updates.

Canon EOS M5

Starting off with the Canon EOS M5, firmware version 1.0.1 makes but two changes, one a bug fix and the other a correction to the on-screen verbiage for non-Japanese language speakers when shooting time-lapse movies. You can download this new firmware for Windows and Mac OS machines now from Canon's US website.

Nikon D5500

Moving along to Nikon, firmware version C:1.02 for the D5500 DSLR makes five changes in total, including one for a potential camera lockup issue when fiddling with custom settings. Courtesy of the official release notes:

  • The camera would stop responding if the multi selector was pressed right with Add items > CUSTOM SETTING MENU > c Timers/AE lock selected in MY MENU.

  • The shutter would sometimes not be released in response to live view touch shutter controls if autofocus was used with an SB-800 flash unit attached.

  • Optimal exposure would sometimes not be achieved in photographs taken during live view with lenses that support both autofocus and electronic aperture control (type E lenses).

  • If image review was enabled during viewfinder photography, the camera would sometimes display shooting information in place of the most recent picture when the user removed their eye from the viewfinder after shooting.

  • The camera would sometimes fail to store the option selected for a Autofocus > a3 Built-in AF-assist illuminator in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU after the mode dial was rotated to another setting.

You can download Nikon D5500 firmware version C:1.02 from the company's US website here.

Olympus E-M1 II, E-M5 II, PEN-F, M.Zuiko 12-100mm and M.Zuiko 300mm

As noted at the outset, our coverage of Olympus' firmware updates can be found in a previous news item from earlier in the week.

Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN for Sony E-mount

And finally for this week, we come to Sigma's new version 02 firmware for the Sony E-mount variant of the 30mm F1.4 DC DN lens. Here, the company says that it has fixed two interoperability issues with the Sony A5100 and A6300 camera bodies, as well as improving image quality with the Sony A6300 when shooting at an aperture of f/1.7. The new Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN version 02 firmware for Sony E-mount can be downloaded here.

All of which brings us to the end of this week's roundup! Be sure to check back next time for more Firmware Friday 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.)