Latest Nikon Firmware Updates

If you own a Nikon DSLR, this is a good time to perform a firmware update, because Nikon has just released new firmware that contains distortion control data for most of its current and older generation DSLRs, including Nikon D4, D90, D600, D800, D800E, D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100, D5200, D7000 and D7100. The distortion control data is used to correct barrel and pincushion distortion exhibited by Nikkor lenses. Please keep in mind that this data is only useful for correcting JPEG images. Distortion control data is not applied to RAW images (only to JPEG previews stored in RAW images) and if you use external image editors such as Photoshop and Lightroom, they will completely disregard this data when the RAW file is imported.

Nikon D4 Menu - Firmware Update

Still, it is a good idea to run the latest and greatest firmware on your camera. Also, this distortion control firmware is not a full firmware update for most cameras – it adds lens profiles to the existing camera database (firmware “L”). Before you apply the above update, I highly recommend to update your camera firmware (firmware “A” and “B”) to the latest version first. I wrote a detailed article on how to update firmware on Nikon DSLRs a while ago.

Here is a short list firmware updates for the current and previous generation Nikon DSLR cameras (as of 07/18/2013). Click to open firmware download pages:

  1. Nikon D4 – A:1.05 / B:1.03
  2. Nikon D3x – A:1.01 / B:1.02
  3. Nikon D3s – A:1.02 / B:1.02
  4. Nikon D3 – A:2.03 / B:2.03
  5. Nikon D800 – A:1.01 / B:1.02
  6. Nikon D800E – A:1.01 / B:1.02
  7. Nikon D700 – A:1.04 / B:1.03
  8. Nikon D600 – C:1.01
  9. Nikon D300S – 1.02
  10. Nikon D300 – 1.11
  11. Nikon D7100 – C:1.01
  12. Nikon D7000 – A:1.03 / B:1.04
  13. Nikon D90 – 1.002
  14. Nikon D5200 – No Firmware Updates Available
  15. Nikon D5100 – 1.01
  16. Nikon D5000 – (Distortion Data Firmware)
  17. Nikon D3100 – 1.01
  18. Nikon D3000 – No Firmware Updates Available

Note that some cameras like Nikon D5000 will be updated to the latest firmware when you apply the distortion control firmware. Here are the links for the latest distortion control data:

  1. Distortion Control Data Firmware (Windows) / Update Instructions
  2. Distortion Control Data Firmware (Mac) / Update Instructions

The list of supported lenses for distortion control is very long – you can find it in the above links.

P.S. I really wish Nikon fixed the D800/D800E memory card lock-up issue that happens every once in a while. I don’t know if you have noticed it on yours, but mine still does it, even with the latest firmware. It is rare and random, but it definitely happens. My solution so far is to either just wait, or turn the camera off, wait until the green light turns off, then turn the camera back on.


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Comments

  1. 1
    ) Greg Heller

    I have already put this question in to Nikon Support but, I am wondering if anyone here knows why the D300s wouldn’t be included in this firmware update since Nikon USA still actively sells this camera? The D90 is being updated which is older but still being sold and the D300s was updated when the new 800mm lens was announced earlier this year. Maybe Nikon forgot they ever made the D300s and that is why we don’t have an D400? At any rate I’ll let you all know what Nikon says when they answer me.

    • Greg, it drives me crazy sometimes that Nikon foolishly does things like this. Why not support the D300s? In fact, why not give some of the tools like the new Auto ISO feature to older DSLRs? I wrote a long rant on this subject a while ago…

      Please do let us know how Nikon responds. Thank you!

      • 22
        ) Greg Heller

        Nasim: here is the question I posed to Nikon Support —

        The most current firmware for lens distortion is available for all currently marketed DSLR’s except the D300s. Since I own a D300s and it is still being sold new from Nikon is there a reason why it was the only model left out of this update? I would love to have the most current lens distortion data available for my D300s — You didn’t neglect the D90 which is an older camera. Just like to know why we were left out. Thank you.

        Nikon’s response —

        Thank you for contacting Nikon Customer Support. Nikon is continually improving and expanding our product line and software. Unfortunately we cannot speculate about future products until official information is announced on our web site.

        So it seems to hold true to their Customer Service beliefs: You don’t need to know what we are doing. It’s a hell of a way to run a business isn’t it?

  2. Nasim,

    I believe that for the D800 and D800E the version numbers should be A:1.01 / B:1.02

    Ron

    • 12
      ) Ankur

      Ron,

      You are right. I presume it must have been a typo! :D

    • Ronald, you are right, it is 1.01/1.02. For some reason this page on Nikon still says 1.00, which is where I took that info from…

  3. 4
    ) fotojack

    The D200 is a great camera. I’m always wondering why they stopped issuing firmware updates for this venerable workhorse of a camera.
    That’s like General Motors just making and selling Cadillacs and stop making and selling Chevy Impalas, just because it’s an older model.

  4. 5
    ) Chris in Sacto

    Hi Nasim,

    You wrote that..
    “Before you apply the above update, I highly recommend to update your camera firmware (firmware “A” and “B”) to the latest version first”. I thought that I had read somewhere that this was not necessary with Nikon firmare updates as the latest firmware includes the past firmware updates.
    Am I remembering this incorrectly ? Thank you.

    By the way, I really enjoy your website and look forward to your reviews.

    Chris.

    • Chris, as far as I know, distortion firmware update only updates the “L” (lens) firmware, not “A” and “B” (camera firmware). That’s why it is best to apply camera firmware first (a good idea to do it anyway).

      • 32
        ) Andries

        I have tried to upgrade the firmware for my D90 (A and B) but I cannot find it anywhere. If you click on a link it takes you to the distortion firmware update. Where can I get the update for the firmware? Maybe I am just blond

  5. 6
    ) techmine

    That means d300s has no issues? Or are they gearing up for a much bigger update? With Nikon, I have llittle hope.

    • No, that means the D300s is not getting these distortion correction updates. What a shame! They buried the D300s already…

    • 9
      ) Greg Heller

      This update is for lens correction data which is totally different from the camera firmware, this adds adjustment data for the different Nikon lenses you may use. Two different firmwares

  6. Thanks Nasim, appreciate these updates from your site. It was interesting that when I tried to update the distortion control data firmware with a battery of 54% it gave an error message that battery was too low (not so with basic firmware update). Had to use a fully charged battery to get the job done. Using a D7100.
    Amar

    • That’s normal – Nikon does not want the battery to die while the update is taking place. It would prevent you from installing any firmware update without being fully charged.

  7. 11
    ) Faz

    Hello Nasim,

    Nikon India has returned my D800 with latest firmware update for solving the famous Left Autofocus issue and now the camera has center autofocus issue. I am not sure if Nikon India understands the terminology called Autofocus. Do anyone of you know how to escalate this matter to right authority within Nikon? I am sick and tired with all the follow ups. How can left auto focus issue move to center? What have they done to my camera?

    Please advise
    cheers

    • Faz, I would recommend to send your primary lens with the camera body – the focus issue at this point might be with your lens and not your camera…

      • 19
        ) Faz

        Hi Nasim,
        I tested the camera with them at their service center. They used their own lenses and used mine too. Lenses used 50 mm 1.8, 85 mm 1.8, 85 mm 1.4, and 70-200mm 2.8. The camera was focusing perfect in center but now it does no more.

        Thanks

  8. 13
    ) Brian

    I always wait a couple of days with firmware for any device. If you look at the recent sony mistake that caused a lot of people problems. Once I here people have upgraded without issue I’ll stick it on.

  9. 14
    ) Hei Lung

    Slick Upgrade!
    For my D800,the firm ware upgrade went exactly to plan, following the Nikon directions provided. I have been nervous not wanting to mess with what is working fine, but it still works after the upgrade. Thanks for your excellent site. The D800 with the best lenses, continues to be a total blast. My 12 year old grandson loves it. He got some great wedding shots at my No.1 daughter,s wedding. A phenomenal point and shoot.
    Hei Lung,
    Denver

  10. Hey Nasim, thanks very much .. I’ve never updated any of my cameras. It’s always been one of those things I keep meaning to do, so I’ll be doing the whole she-bang on all of them, now that I know where and what and how.

    I like Brian’s approach, though … I’m never first out of the gate to try new things. Will take note of the link and wait (and hopefully not forget!)

  11. 20
    ) Shridhar

    No firmware updates for D3200?

  12. 21
    ) Ger

    Hi I have just checked my firmware on my D 5100 and it’s says 1.01. Does that mean I have the latest version ??

    Thank you

  13. 23
    ) Jason

    Nasim my D800 also freezes up rather frequently as well. It is as if there is a delay or trouble recording the data to the card. Can be very annoying if you are shooting and want to check for clarify etc before you take the next photo and the camera makes you wait 10-20 seconds before the playback display is available.

    Not that I am glad you are having the same issue, but I am glad to here it is t just my camera.

    Warm regards, Jason

    • 24
      ) Greg Heller

      Has your camera always had this delay or is it something that recently started? Do you have another memory card to swap in it’s place? is your memory card close to being full? Have you formatted the card recently? Is your firmware up to date? Is your memory card fast enough to keep up with the camera? Are you using 14bit raw or 12 bit? On a D300s using 14 bit raw will bring the camera from 7 fps down to about 2 fps. Any of these situations can cause the camera to slow down.

    • 25
      ) Greg Heller

      This link is for approved memory for the D800/E:

      https://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/17778/~/approved-memory-cards—d800/-d800e

      Hope this helps you.

  14. 26
    ) Jose Bichoff

    Hello Nasim,

    I read somewhere that the memory card issue can be solved by disabling the “RGB histogram” and “Highlights” in the Playback display options until Nikon releases a new firmware solution. My D800 arrived 2 weeks ago and works fine so far.

    I’m a beginner photographer from Brazil and read to your website everyday. Thank you for your effort and keep up the good work. This place is amazing!

    This is totally off-topic, but I would be very grateful if someday you could review the 135mm f/2 DC. I love mine and would be very pleased to see how the lens compare to other fine lenses.

    Kind regards,
    Jose Bichoff

  15. 27
    ) Tom Bland

    Aside from the distortion control update, could anyone tell me what the latest firmware update was for the Nikon D90? Lightroom says I am currently on Ver.1.00

    Has there been an update since then? I don’t remember ever doing one since I bought the camera in 2008.

    Many thanks…

    • 30
      ) Andrew

      Same here, can only see a distortion control update on Nikon’s site, no A or B updates.

  16. 28
    ) jonathan muse-jones

    i have a nikon d90 and have firmware A=1.00, B=1.00 & L=1.009 Is there anything else i need to update or have i now got the latest version of everything?
    Jonathan

    • 29
      ) Andrew

      Same here! This page says the latest is 1.002 but I have the same as you:
      A=1.00
      B=1.00
      L=1.009

      • 31
        ) Brandon

        I have a D90 and also have the same firmware versions, so I guess Nikon hasn’t released an updated firmware A,B for our D90.
        A=1.00
        B=1.00
        L=1.009

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