Nikon D7100 Firmware Update

Nikon has recently released a new firmware update for their current DX camera lineup flagship, the D7100. It’s a camera we really liked (read our review), but there were some concerning niggles, such as limited buffer and crippled video mode. With its latest C 1.01 firmware update, Nikon chose do add improvements to the latter.

Nikon D7100

One of the biggest concerns with video mode was that when shooting in 1080p24 in manual mode – something most aspiring videographers would tend to do – the camera’s live view failed to display changes in exposure when a different shutter was set. This problem has been addressed. Unfortunately, one other serious problem has not been fixed yet. You still can’t change the aperture on G type lenses when in video mode, and that is a serious setback. Videographers using the D7100 will just have to wait for the next firmware release. Read on for the list of all firmware version C 1.01 improvements and download link.

1) Modifications enabled with this upgrade of firmware, release date June 25, 2013:

  • When images captured using a flash in Manual or Repeating flash flash mode were played back with the “Overview” display enabled, flash output level was displayed in the flash compensation portion of the display. This issue has been resolved.
  • When the AE/AF lock button was pressed with Special Effects mode enabled, Selective Color selected, and the view magnified with selective color options displayed in live view, the image did not change while live view was active. This issue has been resolved.
  • An issue that caused the Viewfinder Virtual Horizon to freeze when certain operations were performed has been resolved.
  • When images captured with white balance bracketing enabled were played back, a white balance fine-tuning value of 9 (steps) was displayed even for images captured with a fine-tuning value of 10 (steps) applied. This issue has been resolved.
  • An issue that prevented cursor movement when certain operations were performed in calendar playback mode has been resolved.
  • The size of some text displayed in calendar playback mode has been modified.
  • Display of focal lengths in 35mm [135] format recorded in image Exif data has been corrected.
  • With movie recording at 1920 × 1080/24p in M exposure mode, subject brightness did not change, even when shutter speed was adjusted. This issue has been resolved.

2) Official Nikon firmware upgrade instructions:

  • Power the camera from the AC adapter unit or use a fully charged battery.
  • Create a new folder with an appropriate name on your computer’s hard drive.
  • Download the Windows (.EXE) or Macintosh (.DMG) file from the links at the bottom of this page to the folder created in step 1.
  • Run the downloaded file to create a folder called D7100Update which contains the firmware D7100_0101.bin file.
  • Use a card reader or similar device to copy the D7100_0101.bin file to the root directory of a formatted memory card.
  • Insert the memory card into the camera’s memory card slot 1 and turn on the camera.
  • Select Firmware version from the camera’s setup menu and follow instructions displayed to upgrade the firmware.
  • After the upgrade is complete, turn the camera off and remove the memory card.
  • Access the Firmware version item in the camera’s setup menu to confirm that the firmware has been upgraded.

3) Download Links

To download Nikon D7100 firmware version C 1.01 (Mac and Windows), follow one of these links:

  • Download firmware from Nikon USA
  • Download firmware from Nikon EU
  • Comments

    1. 1) KnightPhoto
      June 27, 2013 at 7:31 am

      Romanas, This is a well known PHYSICAL LIMITATION and will NOT be fixed in firmware – do a bit of research and you will see:
      “You still can’t change the aperture on G type lenses when in video mode, and that is a serious setback.”

      Has to do with the same motor that is used to lift the mirror being involved with moving the aperture lever. Unlike other brands Nikon cameras and lenses have a physical aperture lever (except for the E lenses, PC-E and 800mm). On the larger Nikon cameras there is a second motor for the aperture lever. On the smaller cameras there is not a second motor. No firmware is going to fix this ;-)

      • June 27, 2013 at 7:33 am

        Now that is something I didn’t know! I’ve never really shot any video with Nikon cameras except D600 and I do remember changing aperture with that one, I believe.

    2. June 27, 2013 at 8:59 am

      Thanks Romanos and I totally agree that the buffering is indeed in need of speeding up. As a wildlife shooter this is very important to me, but if I was Nikon I wouldn’t speed it up either. They will keep this to tempt folks to buy D400 when it’s launched and I guess that’s the dynamics of marketing. I wish it wasn’t, but there we are.


    3. 3) Kyndel
      June 27, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      Richard, sorry to say, but I think you are right, they do not make cameras for us, but for the bottom line (shares)

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