Firmware Friday: Bug fixes for Nikon P900, W300; Ricoh G800SE; Sony A7 III, FS5 and NXCAM NX5R


posted Friday, April 20, 2018 at 11:54 PM EDT


Firmware Friday returns for another week with a relatively compact list of updates this time around. In the past seven days, we've learned of a couple of firmware updates for Nikon's Coolpix-series cameras, some new software for the Ricoh G800SE, and a triplet of firmware updates for the Sony A7 Mark III, NXCAM NX5R and XDCAM FS5.

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

Nikon Coolpix P900 and W300

Firmware version 1.4 for the Nikon P900 fixes four specific bugs, as below, and can be downloaded here:

  • In certain locations, location data could sometimes be inaccurate, unavailable, or unreliable.

  • The display would sometimes fail to follow changes to camera orientation (portrait to landscape or vice versa).

  • Interval timer photography would end after 1800 shots.

  • The camera would sometimes stop responding to controls other than the power switch when movies were filmed in Moon mode.

For the Coolpix W300, meanwhile, firmware version 1.1 brings better geopositioning accuracy when receiving information from satellites in the QZSS system, which will officially go online from November 1st, 2018, and covers both East Asia and Oceania. It also fixes two bugs: camera lockups when powered on underwater, and incorrect display of seconds in the location data display. You can download this update here.

Ricoh G800SE

Moving along to the Ricoh G800SE, rather than firmware what we actually have is two new software updates. The rugged, business and industry-oriented G800SE's EX1 and DC Software packages have both been updated. The DC Software package update fixes a buffer overflow problem, and also corrects an issue that prevented transfer of large movies with the SR-10 FTP server. Meanwhile, the Ricoh EX1 application's version release fixes a single bug, which prevented conversion of camera memos from movie clips with large file sizes. Download the DC Software package update here, and the EX1 update here.


Finally for this week, Sony has shipped updates for one Alpha-series mirrorless camera, and two video cameras, one each from the NXCAM and XDCAM series. Version 1.01 for the Sony Alpha A7 Mark III, which can be downloaded here, fixes two bugs and is also said to improve overall stability:

  • Resolves an issue where blinking pixels may appear at bottom edge of the camera setting and with certain lenses, especially during XAVC S 4K (PAL 25p) recording

  • Resolves a rare issue where the touch panel cannot be operated

Firmware version 1.11 for the Sony NXCAM HXR-NX5R, meanwhile, can be downloaded here and also promises overall stability improvements as well as two changes of its own:

  • Improved operation stability when using wide conversion lens

  • Corresponded to the issue that "Certificate validation error" occurs in USTREAM's "user authentication" and "delivery screen".

Finally, firmware version 4.03 for the Sony XDCAM PXW-FS5 can be downloaded here, and makes two changes beyond the previous v4.0 release. These are as follows:

  • Movie recorded with recording method other than AVCHD supported cases where images are recorded 2 to 3 frames later than audio. This has been fixed.

  • In the picture profile, if you turn on / off the power while selecting either [HLG 1] [HLG 2] [HLG 3] and turning on the center scan of the Camera / Paint menu, the case where the brightness and color tint deviate has been fixed.

That's all for this week. Be sure to check back next time!

(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.)