Nikon D800/D800E Firmware and NEF Codec Updates

If you shoot with the Nikon D800 or the D800E DSLR cameras, you might want to check what firmware you are currently running in order to make sure that you are running the most recent version of the firmware v1.10. A couple of weeks ago Nikon released the firmware update that deals with the most annoying bug that has existed since both cameras were announced, where the camera will occasionally freeze, keeping the memory card access light lit for a very long time. The only workaround was to either wait it out or remove and re-insert the battery. To be honest, I am surprised that it took Nikon so long to fix this issue, as it was one of my personal pains with using my D800E. With the new firmware v1.10, Nikon has made a number of changes to the camera and its menu system, and has added support for larger than 128 GB CompactFlash cards.

Nikon D800

Here is the full list of changes and fixes delivered with this firmware update:

  1. Custom Setting f13 has been changed to Assign Movie Record Button.
  2. With Custom Setting f13 changed to Assign Movie Record Button, Assign MB-D12 AF-ON is now Custom Setting f14.
  3. Custom Setting f15: Assign Remote Fn Button has been added.
  4. The following functions have been added or renamed when the D800 is used with the Communication Unit UT-1 running firmware Ver. 2.0. A Network (UT-1) option has been added to, and Wireless transmitter has been renamed Wireless transmitter (WT-4) in, the setup menu.
  5. Function that has been added:
    • HTTP server mode – Use to view the pictures on the camera memory card, or to take photographs, from the web browser on a computer or iPhone.
  6. Functions that have been renamed:
    • FTP upload mode (previously Transfer mode (FTP)) – Use to upload photos and movies from camera memory cards, or to upload photos as they are taken, to an ftp server.
    • Image transfer mode (previously Transfer mode (PC)) – Use to upload photos and movies from camera memory cards, or to upload photos as they are taken, to a computer.
    • Camera control mode (previously PC mode) – Use to control the camera from a computer running Camera Control Pro 2 (available separately) and save photos and movies directly to the computer.
    • Support for the updated version of Communication Unit UT-1 firmware has been added.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: To enable support for these functions, Communication Unit UT-1 firmware must be updated to Ver. 2.0 or later, and the Wireless Transmitter Utility must be updated to 1.5.0 or later. When camera firmware is updated, network profiles specified with earlier firmware versions cannot be used. Network profiles must be created again.

  7. Support for CompactFlash memory cards with capacities greater than 128 GB has been added.
  8. When AF-ON only was selected for Custom Setting a4 (AF activation) and the AF-ON button was pressed to initiate autofocus during viewfinder photography, focus remained locked even after the user took their finger off the button, and the shutter could be released at any time. However, specifications have been modified so that the shutter cannot be released under the following conditions if the camera fails to focus.
    • Autofocus mode is set to AF-S (single-servo AF)
    • AF-area mode is set to Single-point AF
    • Custom Setting a2 (AF-S priority selection) is set to Focus
  9. When values for 12 or 18 lenses were stored with AF fine-tune > Saved value in the setup menu, only some of the lenses for which values had been stored were displayed under List saved values. This issue has been resolved.
  10. When the live view selector was set to live view photography with Custom Setting g4 (Assign shutter button) set to Record movies, a value for preset manual white balance could not be measured. This issue has been resolved.
  11. When the built-in flash was set to Commander mode, remote Speedlights sometimes did not fire. This issue has been resolved.
  12. In some rare cases, the memory card access lamp remained lit for longer than usual, and some time was required before any operations could be performed. This issue has been resolved.

Applying this firmware update is easy. Follow the step by step instructions in the below download links.

Nikon D800 Firmware A: 1.10 / B: 1.10
Nikon D800E Firmware A: 1.10 / B: 1.10

And if you want to update your computer so that it can read and display RAW file contents in your operating system, check out the latest 1.22.0 version of Nikon’s NEF Codec – it now adds support for a bunch of new Nikon cameras like Nikon D4s and Df. If you are a Mac user, Apple has also announced its Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.05, which also adds support for the Nikon D4s and other new cameras.


  1. 1) Mauro Morando
    May 21, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Focus trap is back again!

    • May 21, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      Mauro, I think Nikon fixed it in AF-S, but not in AF-C.

      • 1.1.1) Mauro Morando
        May 21, 2014 at 11:30 pm

        Nasim, focus trap IS in af-s (imho :))

        • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
          May 21, 2014 at 11:42 pm

          Yes, but when set to “Focus”, it should not fire even in AF-C mode when out of focus…

          • Mauro Morando
            May 22, 2014 at 12:59 am

            … but it’s not supposed to wait (to trap) an “in focus” subject but to actively operate to put in focus something… Anyway, happy to have it ;-)

            • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
              May 22, 2014 at 5:53 am

              Absolutely! Good to have that back. Just wondering why it took Nikon so long to fix this problem.

            • Derek Killian
              July 28, 2014 at 6:28 pm

              Nikon should fix it so that it works the way it’s supposed too.

    • 1.2) Peter Dierdorp
      May 22, 2014 at 1:49 am
      • 1.2.1) Mauro Morando
        May 22, 2014 at 2:11 am

        I forgot it: is it from november 2010 or am i wrong?

      • May 22, 2014 at 5:55 am

        Thanks for the link! Good idea to keep the lens firmware up to date as well.

  2. Profile photo of Franklin 2) Franklin
    May 21, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    I have also noticed the memory card access light problem on my D610. Has anyone experienced this problem on other Nikon models?

    • May 21, 2014 at 11:42 pm

      Haven’t seen this on the D600/D610 yet.

    • Profile photo of Karmadevsinh Vaghela 2.2) Karmadevsinh Vaghela
      May 28, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      yeh, it was on my D800E..but now solved after update.

  3. 3) Michael Thornton
    May 22, 2014 at 1:51 am

    Hi Nasim,
    If I understand this correctly I should still be able to press AF-ON to focus, release the button, recompose then fire, even with single point af set, providing I have AFC set and Release mode enabled?
    Is this correct?


    • 3.1) Mauro Morando
      May 22, 2014 at 2:09 am

      YES ;-))))

  4. 4) William Jones
    May 22, 2014 at 3:51 am

    Be warned!!!

    I installed the other day. The camera, to use “technical” terms, went nuts. I had been using a Lexar 128GB 1000X card (for over a year), which it could no longer see or use. If I put that card in the camera, the memory access lamp stayed on for over 10 minutes. Also, in focus settings A1 and A2 (with a SD card installed, since the CF slot was not working), I could never get a shutter release. A hard reset MIGHT have cleared the focus issue, but did not clear the memory card issue. There may have been other issues, but since could not use, did not find out.

    Camera is now at Nikon service. Model D800E. I ain’t happy.


    • 4.1) drew
      May 22, 2014 at 5:00 am

      That is extremely unpleasant for you William Jones.
      You’ll have lost time and costs over this firmware update.
      Can you keep us posted as to Nikon Repairs’ reaction? Also what country you’re in?

      • 4.1.1) William Jones
        May 22, 2014 at 5:46 am

        Based in United States (Florida).

    • May 22, 2014 at 5:57 am

      Wow, that sounds bad! I installed the new firmware a couple of days ago and I do not have any of the issues you have…

      • 4.2.1) Brian Mahoney
        May 22, 2014 at 10:40 am

        I had the same issue with my D800 using a Transcend memory card. I was told by Nikon that Transcend was not one of the approved cards by Nikon and that I should get new CF cards.

    • 4.3) Jan K.
      May 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Have you tried contacting Lexar Support? There are some series, they are replacing for free.

  5. 5) Colin B Sanders
    May 22, 2014 at 4:42 am

    Pity they still have not added an extra f-stop more than “1” when bracketing for HDR. ie: -2;0;+2 in three shots instead of:
    -2;-1;0;+1;+2 in five shots, at present.
    D7100 has it but not the D800

  6. 6) Morten
    May 22, 2014 at 6:24 am

    Also noticed that VR now activates with the Af-on button. Used to activate only with shutter half-press on previous firmware.

  7. 7) Rick Lunn
    May 22, 2014 at 7:33 am

    I performed the upgrade to the firmware v1.10. Now my D800 is locked up! The camera memory card access lamp stays lit, the camera will not turn off, and I cannot trigger the shutter button!

  8. 8) pedro biu
    May 22, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Hi everyone,
    the same problem as occurd to me with my Nikon D7100. The machine has 5 months and it happens two or three times. Do you know if there is any firmware update for this model?


  9. 9) Ricardo Vaz
    May 22, 2014 at 8:26 am

    My D610 has an annoying bug. When I press the shutter button, the mirror lock up, i got an “Err” msg and I have to push the shutter again so the mirror can get back to its place. It happens 1 in 300 shots more or less, but its annoying.

  10. 10) VickiJones
    May 22, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I haven’t even got around to the very first update for the D800E. Will the latest update take care of all of the updates or do I have to update the first one and this one to get caught up?

  11. 11) Claude Dumas
    May 22, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    same problem here : updated to 1.10 and now D800 locks from time to time with green light on for a very long time. I user sandisk extreme SD card 45 m/s 64 GB. No problem whatsover before the update. I bought a new identical card and still same problem… Nikon QA has a serious problem it seems. This firmware update is a failure.

  12. 12) Carlo
    May 22, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    If the new update will cause some trouble, is it possible to return back to the previous version? I have in my computer the previous bin file.

  13. 13) Kathleen O'Reilly
    May 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    As usual, Nasim, you’re ahead of Nikon in notifying us. Thank you, thank you.

  14. 14) Allen Johnson
    May 23, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    I think i will leave installing the update until i return home from my holiday. Knowing my luck the camera will lock up and I would then be stuck for weeks with no camera in Yellowstone.

  15. 15) Carlo
    May 24, 2014 at 12:41 am

    For lexar card, Nikon suggest this procedure to check the compatibility with camera:
    Identify if the last six part numbers of the card contain 1 of the following 2 sequences (Highlighted by the
    yellow X’s):
    a. 8BAFBE
    b. 8DCB61
    4. If your CF® card’s serial number contains 1 of the 2 sequences, you must contact support to
    replace your CF®card.
    5. If your card does not contain either of the 2 sequences, you card is fully compatible.
    Replacement Instructions
    1. Please contact customer support to place an RMA for a replacement CF® card:
    a. US & Canada: 1-888-747-4031
    b. Freephone in the United Kingdom: +44 (0) 0800 013 7411
    c. Japan: 0570-12363
    d. All other areas: 1-208-363-5862
    2. You may contact customer service online here.

    • 15.1) William Jones
      May 24, 2014 at 5:23 am

      Thanks for the info Carlo. Wish I had it about one week ago. I have already sent my camera to Nikon because of the “could not read card” issue from the new firmware.

      Now: Will somebody please loan me an electron microscope so that I can read the numbers on my remaining Lexar cards?


    • 15.2) William Jones
      May 30, 2014 at 7:33 am

      I called and talked to Nikon Service. According to them, the problem cards referred to above are for a different model camera, NOT the D800 and/or D800E.

      Still awaiting final word from Nikon on repair. I will update when I have camera back.


    • 15.3) William Jones
      June 6, 2014 at 9:37 am

      In looking at the #s on the back of my returned memory card they are:

      508-62914 Rev A

      Number pattern seems to be different from the ones you mentioned above.


      • 15.3.1) tzotz
        June 14, 2014 at 2:06 am

        I think you’re not looking at the right place. The serial # is engraved on the card’s edge opposite the CF “connector”, it’s hard to read I use a magnifying glass and a strong flashlight.

  16. Profile photo of shawn 16) shawn
    May 24, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I wonder if the rewards are worth the risks on the Nikon firmware updates.
    Wm. Jones’ issue detailed above.
    Possibility of crippling third party lenses.
    Possibility of bricking third party batteries.

    I’ll be waiting a couple months on all of these, letting braver souls be first to reap the “benefits”.

    • 16.1) Carlo
      May 24, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      This is the first time that users are unhappy or scared about a new firmware update. The Fuji users would be died with so many updates…. what’s happened to the glorious Nikon?

  17. 17) Jari Taavitsainen
    June 1, 2014 at 5:20 am

    Updated today a latest 1.10 version and faced a same issue as mentioned at above: Transend CF 400x 32GB cards (2 pcs) stopped working immediately and green light is on. I made a cross-testing with other old Sandisk CF’s to exclude false update or issue in camera HW. Nothing like that was present and old cards were working fine.
    After that went to downgrade FW version 1.1 and 1.2 to exclude possibility of broken cards: Both Transend cards were fully operational with older FW and no issues were present.

    With this testing I’ll believe the issue has been isolated to compatibility of FW 1.10 and my Transend cards.

    FW Downgrade appears to be possible as a same way than upgrade (there is no check that FW version to be installed is really a newer one)

    Nikon has removed the FW 1.2 from their website, but it is still available in here:

    Hopefully this will help the ones who have jammed D800.

  18. 18) William Jones
    June 5, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    It’s me again, Margaret (lets see how many people get the reference).

    As you might remember, I installed the new update, and the camera went nuts. So off to Nikon it went.

    I got my D800E back from Nikon today (June 5, 2014). My wallet is almost $250.00 lighter. They did the following:

    Service Repair Rank B2
    Repair SC 201759

    Replace Rubber Grip; Replace Rewind Side Rubber (what is that?); Replace CF Cardholder Rubber; Adjust Mirror Angle; Adjust Auto Focus Operation (does this now mean I will have to readjust the fine tune settings I had for my lenses? Will advise); Checked Communication (again, what?); Cleaned Low Pass Filter; Checked Memory Card Holder; General Check & Clean.

    Please notice in the above that nothing specific was stated about the camera not being able to read the memory card (unless the “Checked Communication” repair line was that).

    Note the following: My Firmware Settings now read:
    A: 1.01
    B: 1.02
    L: 1.009

    Now, correct me if I am wrong, but aren’t the new settings for A & B 1.10? And didn’t I send the camera to them with the new firmware installed? So, does this mean my camera will not work with those firmware settings? A follow-up call/E-mail to Nikon Service will be happening.

    Any questions, or comments, please let me know.


    • 18.1) Carlo
      June 5, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      This is fantastic! Now your D800 works because the new rubber grip is replaced! But have you sent the camera for cleaning or to downgrade the firmware? They did several check but the solution was to reinstal the older firmware. Nikon Service must clarify this point with you! Absolutely.

    • 18.2) William Jones
      June 6, 2014 at 7:48 am

      I have tested one lens for Focus Fine Tuning. Had to go from a negative 8 to a positive 3, a swing of 11 points in the positive direction. Fortunately most of my lenses were in the negative 5 range, so I should be fine (estimate new number of positive 6 if the range holds true).


    • 18.3) William Jones
      June 6, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      I sent an E-mail to Nikon support. They replied that my card is compatible with the current firmware, but did not address as to why they uninstalled the new firmware and installed the old one. Another E-mail has been sent to Nikon, in which I made it bluntly clear that the reason I sent the camera in for repair in the first place was NOT fixed. I also asked them that if I should install the new firmware again, and if the camera then did not work, would they fix for free? (I won’t hold my breath on that part). Will keep everyone advised.

      I am begining to think I will have to visit them and do some serious suit bending.


  19. 19) Derek Killian
    July 28, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Updated my D800 firmware now when the built in flash is set to commander mode it only fires once then stops working even if speed light is in front of camera.

  20. 20) Steve
    August 3, 2014 at 3:32 am

    I have a problem that I ocatianly lose a image. Its better with the new Firmware but I still lose 1 from say 15 – 20 pictures taken. Ive tried several different memory cards but still happens with my D800E. Drives me nuts. Scared its going to happen with that one pic that really has to count. Any body else have this problem?

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