Latest Nikon DSLR Firmware Updates

Nikon has just released a firmware update for a number of current and older DSLR cameras. These include the D4, D3s, D3x, D3, D800, D600, D7000 and, finally, the D3200. Last generation cameras, namely the D3, D3s, D3x and D7000 now support the new super-telephoto Nikkor AF-S 800mm f/5.6 VR lens, so changes aren’t really big. Current cameras, however, have seen additional changes, among which are AF improvements for the D800 and D600 in continuous mode.

Nikon D4 Menu - Firmware Update

Read on for more detail and download links.

Improvements with Latest Firmware

Nikon D4 Firmware A:1.05/B:1.03

  • Support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR has been added.
  • Auto white balance performance has been improved.
  • Images are sharper and appear more three dimensional.
  • With live view photography in [M] (Manual) exposure mode, exposure preview was always on. This issue has been resolved.
  • With shooting at an image quality setting of TIFF (RGB) and an image size setting of Small, the right edge of images contained a purple line. This issue has been resolved.
  • In some rare cases, images recorded in JPEG format could not be opened by some software applications. This issue has been resolved.
  • In some very rare cases, colors would change with shooting when white balance was set to a specific color temperature, as with Preset manual or Choose color temp. This issue has been resolved.
  • Nikon D4 Firmware A:1.05/B:1.03 download

Nikon D800/E Firmware A:1.01/B:1.02

  • Support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR has been added.
  • Subject tracking performance in AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) autofocus mode with framing using the viewfinder has been improved.
  • Gamut for Adobe RGB images displayed in the camera’s monitor has been changed. This enables more vivid display of images.
  • With live view photography in [M] (Manual) exposure mode, exposure preview was always on. This issue has been resolved.
  • In some very rare cases when certain memory cards were used, movie recording would stop, even when the time remaining display indicated remaining recording time. This issue has been resolved.
  • With shooting at an image quality setting of TIFF (RGB) and an image size setting of Small, the right edge of images contained a purple line. This issue has been resolved.
  • In some rare cases, images recorded in JPEG format could not be opened by some software applications. This issue has been resolved.
  • In some very rare cases, colors would change with shooting when white balance was set to a specific color temperature, as with Preset manual or Choose color temp. This issue has been resolved.
  • Nikon D800 Firmware A:1.01/B:1.02 download
  • Nikon D800E Firmware A:1.01/B:1.02 download

Nikon D600 Firmware C:1.01

  • Support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR has been added.
  • Subject tracking performance in AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) autofocus mode with framing using the viewfinder has been improved.
  • Frame output size has been changed from 95% to 100% when movie live view display is changed to “Information off” and an HDMI-compatible device is connected.
  • An issue that caused the right edges of images to be somewhat white when captured at an Image area setting of DX (24×16) 1.5x with Active D-Lighting set to Off has been resolved.
  • When the camera’s shutter-release button was pressed repeatedly for uninterrupted shooting with the “Record to:” option in Camera Control Pro 2’s Storage tab set to “PC+CARD”, the camera would stop responding with displaying “Err” in its control panel. This issue has been resolved.
  • In some very rare cases, colors would change with shooting when white balance was set to a specific color temperature, as with Preset manual or Choose color temp. This issue has been resolved.
  • Nikon D600 Firmware C:1.01 download

Nikon D3200 Firmware C:1.01

  • The following functions have been changed with shooting using the Wireless Mobile Utility:
    • When the camera’s shooting mode is set to Auto or Auto (flash off), it now operates in Auto or Auto (flash off) mode. Prior to this upgrade, the camera functioned in [P] (Programmed auto) exposure mode.
    • Live view can now be initiated even when the camera is set to “Auto” or “No flash” in GUIDE mode.
  • In some very rare cases when certain memory cards were used, movie recording would stop, even when the time remaining display indicated remaining recording time. This issue has been resolved.
  • In some very rare cases, colors would change with shooting when white balance was set to a specific color temperature, as with Preset manual or Incandescent. This issue has been resolved.
  • Nikon D3200 Firmware C:1.01 download

Nikon D3x, D3s, D3 and D7000 Firmware Updates

As I’ve mentioned, the newest firmware brings Nikkor AF-S 800mm f/5.6 VR lens support to the listed cameras. Here are the corresponding links:

Comments

  1. April 2, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Odd to see the D3 series cameras and yet not the D700?

  2. 2
    ) ocir
    April 2, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Great, now I can use my 800mm for weddings.

    • 5
      ) ThePhotographer
      April 2, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      Weddings of wild animals ? :P

  3. April 2, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Oh, Nikon! I lost my faith in you, but I’m a believer again!

  4. 4
    ) Hei Lung
    April 2, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    I get the download, then what? I connect the camera to the computer? Or do have to take it to a mechanic?
    Hei Lung

    • 7
      ) DavidL
      April 2, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      Hi Roman,

      I noticed that the D800 has an updated Adobe RGB gamut, which reminds me of a question I wanted to ask and that is, has Nasim or anyone else written a post about the use of either Adobe RGB or sRGB? If so can someone respond with a link?

      Thank you

      • April 2, 2013 at 11:01 pm

        DavidL ,
        My last few macro shots of flowers are in Adobe RGB then converted sRDB in lihtroom.
        Haven’t installed the new firware yet but in standard default mode ,colors were very much saturated.

        cheers!

        • 29
          ) FrancoisR
          April 3, 2013 at 1:11 pm

          Hello,
          sRGB is a colorspace originally implemented to make all CRT based PC’s and peripherals look similar (it failed at it lloll and the “better” colors of Apple are in fact the result of a modified sRGB colorspace). No doubt that in the future the sRGB standard will be dated and better standards will be adopted. AdobeRGB is supposed to support more colors. But here’s what Mr. Ken Rockwell says about Adobe RGB vs sRGB:
          http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/adobe-rgb.htm
          Here’s an interesting question about shooting in RWA mode:
          http://photo.stackexchange.com/questions/23270/does-the-selection-of-srgb-or-adobe-rgb-in-camera-when-shooting-raw-ever-matter
          I shoot RAW pictures and rarely use the JPG compressed files from the camera (except to vision them), this way I stand a chance that today’s pictures might look better when processed with more colors implemented later. RAW for me is what the negative is to film.

    • 9
      ) pope francis
      April 2, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      Connect your lenses to your pc.

    • 11
      ) Ngan Vu
      April 2, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      Hi, Hei Lung,
      Download the Zip file F-D800-V102W to your PC Desktop, then open this file. You will get the D800_0102.bin. Copy this file (with the extension .bin) to your camera memory card. Insert the memory card in your camera. Turn your camera ON. From the MENU , navigate to FIRMWARE VERSION. Choose this option. You will be prompted to UPDATE. Choose OK.
      I just updated my D800 firmware :successful.
      No need to take your camera to a Nikon Tech.
      One more thing : make sure the camera battery is fully charged.
      This is a firmware update for the Nikon D800.

    • April 2, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      Hei Lung ,

      This the link of the page ,all instructions are given ,read carefully.
      Basically you download the file then unzip it in PC ,insert an in camera formatted card in PC or through your card reader then copy / paste the extracted file onto your card and then insert the card in camera and as shown in menu picture ,go to MENU/WRENCH/FIRMWARE/ and upload will be activated if you do it all OK :)

      http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/18257/session/L2F2LzEvdGltZS8xMzY0OTY0MTQwL3NpZC9wbTNjUUxtbA%3D%3D

      cheers!

      Thanks Romanas :)

      • 21
        ) Lurkio
        April 3, 2013 at 3:01 am

        The punctuation police are watching!

        comma, comma, comma

        not comma ,comma ,comma

    • April 2, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      Hey sorry Hue Lung ,
      I gave you D800’s link ,here is the full camera list , see your model and then click in front of the file link if your camera needs update :)

      http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/13783#Anchor-DSLR-3800

      cheers!

    • 31
      ) Saiful Zaree
      April 3, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      Hei Lung,

      Please download the corresponding firmware update manual for your camera.

  5. April 2, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    This update caught my eye for the D4: “Images are sharper and appear more three dimensional.”

    I welcome the change of course.

    • 23
      ) AM
      April 3, 2013 at 5:42 am

      Does that mean that we need to wear 3-D glasses to fully experience the 3-D images on the D4 LCD?

      • April 3, 2013 at 8:44 am

        I have no idea, haha. I’ll be shooting my D4 today, so I’ll see if I can notice the change in sharpness and 3D-ness of the photos.

        • 32
          ) Saiful Zaree
          April 3, 2013 at 6:59 pm

          So, how’s your image? 3D enough that you need 3D glasses :-P ?

          • April 3, 2013 at 10:40 pm

            I do have to say the photos certainly look crisp and they do “pop” nicely. I don’t know exactly what effect the new firmware had, but I like the results in any case.

  6. 8
    ) Faz
    April 2, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Hello,

    would like to know if this would fix the left autofocus issue which exists in D800?
    Coz this weekend I am going to send the camera again to Nikon service center for focus issue. They would just upgrade the firmware and say that this issue is fixed.

    Please confirm.
    Cheers

    • 10
      ) John Richardson
      April 2, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      IMO, Faz, for THAT they would have said something as it is a sore spot with some users, it would be big news and a HUGE step in Nikon’s transparency. But I am thinking no amount of software changes will fix what appeared to be a hardware misalignment or a faulty sensor in the first place…each camera must be dealt with individually.

      • 17
        ) Faz
        April 2, 2013 at 11:18 pm

        Thanks John. Was hoping for some good news. Sigh my fight continues with Nikon.

    • April 2, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      Faz , the issue was in some early shipment cameras and now there is no issue ,you either corrupted your firmware or have a permanent faulty camera.

      • 18
        ) Faz
        April 2, 2013 at 11:20 pm

        Adnan, if it’s a faulty body.. How would you deal with Nikon to get it fixed?
        I am running out of ideas here.

        Cheers

        • April 2, 2013 at 11:30 pm

          Contact the dealer from whom you bought the camera ,he must have given you some warranty card or bill.
          I personally buy physically from a dealer shop who does everything for me ,if there is an issue with body ,I send it to him and he sends it to Nikon service center.
          Or you can directly contact your country’s Nikon service center,the emails and phone numbers are given in list you can explain every thing in detail to them.

          http://www.nikon.com/network/index.htm

          good luck!
          cheers1

  7. April 2, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    No new 18-35 G distortion control update ,as with the 800mm included ,both were announced on same day ,more ppl. will by 18-35 compared to 800mm. .. strange or I missed it somewhere ….. just wondering…

    • 34
      ) HomoSapiensWannaBe
      April 4, 2013 at 11:24 am

      That is a surprising oversight.

    • 35
      ) HomoSapiensWannaBe
      April 4, 2013 at 11:28 am

      Adnan,
      Actually, neither lens is included in the LR 4.4 update. The 800mm lens update is for the various Nikon firmware updates released the same week.

      • 36
        ) HomoSapiensWannaBe
        April 4, 2013 at 6:05 pm

        OK, I seen now I’m in the wrong thread. This is about Nikon firmware, not LR 4.4.

        Back to your regularly scheduled programming…..

  8. 22
    ) Bela
    April 3, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Hi,
    I’ve done the update on my D7K, see my blog for some screenshots, if you’ve a doubt as what’s happening during the update
    http://nagybela75.blogspot.hu/2013/04/nikon-d7000-firmware-upgrade.html

  9. April 3, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Just finished a week of calibrating my 300VR, 500VR, and 600VR with 3 of these camera bodies that had Firmware updates. Is all my time calibrating the camera/lens not any good ? I’m leaving on an Eagle research trip later this week and don’t have time to recalibrate.

    • April 3, 2013 at 8:43 am

      You shouldn’t have to recalibrate.

  10. 25
    ) Jorge Balarin
    April 3, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Hi Romanas,
    I would like to know if the D800 firmware upddate could solve the infamous left autofocus problem. Do you have an idea ? Greetings.

    • 28
      ) ertan
      April 3, 2013 at 10:48 am

      See question 8. Easy.

  11. 30
    ) FrancoisR
    April 3, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks Romanas, D800 is now updated. Now waiting the 5D3 update…

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