Firmware Friday: Fuji and Nikon cameras, Sony camcorders, Panasonic/Leica lens get new updates


posted Friday, August 11, 2017 at 7:55 PM EDT


As we approach the end of another week, it's time once more for Firmware Friday, our regular roundup of all that's new in the world of camera and imaging firmware (plus occasionally, a little bit of software news to boot.) And this week, you'll want to read on if you're shooting with gear from Fujifilm, Nikon, Leica / Panasonic or Sony, because all of these companies have released new updates.

Let's get right down to what's new!

Fujifilm GFX 50S, X-Pro2, X-T2, X-T20 and X100F

We'll start off this week with Fuji, which is now offering new updates for five cameras. In all five cases, closely-related issues are addressed with the new firmware.

For all five cameras, repeatedly half-pressing the shutter button in manual focus mode could, in certain circumstances, cause the focus point to be shifted. And the same was also true if shooting with either the X-Pro2 or X100F in MF/OVF modes, or with the other three cameras in AF-S mode with the Shutter AF setting disabled.

You can download updated firmware addressing these issues at the links below:

Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm

Panasonic, meanwhile, is offering updated firmware for the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm/F2.8-4.0 Asph./Power O.I.S. lens (that's model number H-ES12060, if you don't feel like parsing that branding salad.) Firmware version 1.1 for the Leica 12-60mm is said to address issues with autofocus instability, as well as improving optical image stabilization performance. If you want to make the most of your lens, you can download the updated firmware here.

Nikon D3300 and D5300

Moving along to Nikon, the company has issued updates for its D3300 and D5300 DSLRs. Both are now running firmware version C:1.02, and the same fix is applied for each model. In previous firmware, the first image captured in live view mode could have an incorrect exposure, but this has now been resolved. Download the updates at the links below:

Sony PXW-FS5 and PXW-Z150

And finally for this week, we come to Sony. The company has released new firmware for two of its professional camcorder models, the PXW-FS5 4K XDCAM Super35 and PXW-Z150 4K XDCAM. And like Fuji and Nikon before it, Sony is addressing the same issues across multiple models with these two updates. On previous firmware releases, both the Sony FS5 and Z150 could show issues with a 2-3 frame audio delay in any non-AVCHD recording mode, and could suffer from brightness or color shifts if rebooted in an HD recording mode with the picture profile set to HLG1, HLG2 or HLG3. These issues are addressed in the new firmware releases which you can download at the links below:

(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.)