Firmware Friday: Loads of updates for Canon, DJI, Fuji, Nikon, Panasonic and Ricoh cameras, lenses


posted Friday, April 6, 2018 at 8:27 PM EDT


Our Firmware Friday roundup this week is going to be an especially long one, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, because we didn't get time to pull together a roundup last week, so we're actually catching up on two weeks' news. But even bigger is that we've just discovered a glitch in our update checking which means we've actually missed Nikon's updates since the start of the year. We'll catch up on all of this now, and in the interests of brevity, we'll just call out the high points on these updates.

Let's get right down to it!

Canon EOS 1D X II and 5D IV; Cinema EOS C200, C200B, C300 II, C300 II PL, C700, C700 PL and C700 GS PL; XC10 and XC15; XF400 and XF405; EF-M 15-45mm, 18-150mm and 55-200mm lenses

Not all of Canon's updates are yet available, but there are a raft on the way soon, as well as several already available now.

The EOS 1D X II has received a bugfix related to simultaneous viewing on the LCD and HDMI output, and the 5D IV gains EXIF 2.31 and expanded lens correction support, plus several bugfixes. The XC10 and XC15 camcorders have gained support for VPG130 CFast cards. The EF-M 15-45mm, 18-150mm and 55-200mm lenses, meanwhile, have all gained support for the EOS M50 body's Dual Sensing IS function.

The remainder of Canon's updates were originally slated to ship yesterday, but as of this time we're still not seeing them available for download on the Canon USA website. Described in detail in a lengthy article from Canon USA, these updates add loads of new features to Canon's Cinema EOS and VIXIA camcorders. Updates will include the Cinema EOS C200 and C200B, C300 II and C300 II PL, C700, C700 PL and C700 GS PL, and both the VIXIA XF400 and XF405.

DJI Zenmuse X7

Moving along to drone-maker DJI, the company has announced plans to update its Zenmuse X7 camera not just once, but twice by the end of May. The first update slated for late April will add support for 14-bit CinemaDNG recording, while the second in late May will bring support for Apple ProRes RAW and the exFAT file system, allowing file sizes up to 32GB. More details on these in future roundups. 

Fuji X-H1

Next up, we have firmware version 1.01 for the Fuji X-H1. We actually told you about this update in our last roundup, although at the time it had yet to be released. The update fixes two problems: A warning to "TURN OFF THE CAMERA AND TURN ON AGAIN" when shooting with electronic first-curtain shutter and flicker reduction enabled, and an unintended defaulting of the ISO Auto function when using the Custom setting. Download it here...

Nikon D4, D4S, D5, D500, D800, D800E, D810, D810A, D850, D7100, D7200, Df, V2, V3 and KeyMission 360

It's Nikon that makes up the bulk of the updates in this week's roundup, although that's largely due to our having made a typo in configuring our firmware searches for the company. The Nikon D4, D4S, D800, D800E, D810, D810A, D7100, D7200 and Df all have friendlier AF behavior with AF-P lenses, and all of these bar the D810, D810A, D7100 and D7200 newly gain support for DX-format AF-P lenses, as well.

The D4, D800, D800E and Df also get a fix for exposure delay mode intermittently preventing image capture. The D5 gets improved AF around the periphery of the image frame, and the D500 received a fix for inability to copy files unless there was a charged battery in the camera body. The D810 and D810A get improved auto microphone sensitivity and a fix for failure to record all frames during multiple exposure shooting. The D7200 shares the microphone sensitivity fix.

Continuing down the list, the D850 gets fixes for shadow noise or greenish color casts in long exposure NR-processed shots, an aperture lag issue at 1/10th second or below with some lenses, and a minor menu quirk. For the D7100, there's a fix for incorrect exposure level with type E lenses in live view mode, and this same fix is also applied to the Nikon Df. 

Finally for the firmware, the Nikon V2 and V3 get fixes for geolocation and auto power off issues, respectively, while the KeyMission 360 gains uncompressed equirectangular HDMI output and a fix for contrast variations caused by Active D-Lighting. The company is also offering new distortion control date, and on the software front, Capture NX-D, ViewNX-i and the KeyMission 360/170 utility have all been updated.

With so many updates, we'll just group all the links together in one place:

Panasonic AU-EVA1

The impressively oft-updated Panasonic EVA1 receives another significant update this month with the arrival of version 2.02. It adds dozens of new resolution / frame rate / bitrate choices, as well as interval recording, raw output at 5.7K/30p, Crop 4K/60p or Crop 2K/240p, SDI superimposition of metadata, HDMI viewfinder overlays, improved WFM display readability and home screen operability, plus compatibility with new third-party wired remotes. Panasonic has also fixed a problem whereby mounting and dismounting the LCD monitor would prevent the Rec S/S button on the grip from working. Download the update here.

Ricoh G800 and G800SE

And finally for this week, we come to the Ricoh G800 and G800SE. Firmware version 1.08 for the former and firmware version 1.10 for the latter both make just one change, adding a Camera Memo Overwrite on/off toggle in Playback mode. Download the G800 update here, and the G800SE 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.)