Firmware Friday: Bug fixes for Nikon P1000, 180-400mm; Ricoh updates Theta V, Image Sync


posted Friday, September 20, 2019 at 6:30 AM EDT


After a somewhat bigger week last time around, our regular Firmware Friday post arrives this week with news of just two cameras, one lens and one piece of software updated in the past seven days. Unless you're a Nikon or Ricoh / Pentax shooter, there's no news for you this time around. (Although you'll find plenty in our archives: Just in the past four weeks we've also had updates from Blackmagic, Canon, Fuji,film, Leica and Panasonic, as well as some additional Nikon updates beyond those we have to discuss today. Check here for more recent firmware news!)

For the Nikon and Ricoh / Pentax shooters who're still with us, here's what's new this time around!

Nikon Coolpix P1000 and AF-S 180-400mm f/4 TC1.4

Starting things off with Nikon, the Coolpix P1000 has received an update to firmware version 1.2, which you can download here. The sole change is a fix for the battery light continuing to flash even after charging was complete.

As for the AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR lens, firmware version 1.02 (available here; install with D5, D850, D500, D7500, D3500 or D3400 only) also makes only a single change. According to Nikon, a bug which could slow AF tracking speed or even prevent the attached camera from focusing at all has been corrected in the new version.

Ricoh Theta V and Image Sync 2

Moving along to Ricoh, we have news on two front as well. Firstly, the Ricoh Theta V 360-degree spherical panoramic camera has received its second update in a row to promise only a "bug fix", without stating what's been changed. You can install firmware version 3.06.1 for the Theta V using the Ricoh Theta apps for Windows or Mac OS.

Finally, version 2.0.6 of Ricoh Image Sync has arrived with more fixes for Ricoh GR III owners, although the Bluetooth issues introduced in the previous release have not yet been resolved, unfortunately. (Ricoh recommends disabling Bluetooth for now, and using Wi-Fi only.) However, the GR III should now be able to sync its time and date with your attached smartphone, and some other operational issues of the Android and iOS apps are also said to have been resolved. Get the Android version in the Google Play Store, or the iOS version in Apple's App Store.

And that's all for this week. Be sure to check back next time for more firmware news!

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