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Nikon Releases Huge Firmware Update for the D4S

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Today suddenly became firmware Friday, as Nikon and two other DSLR manufacturers released firmware updates for their top-of-the line DSLRs. The Nikon D4s and a few other Nikon models enjoy six new and improved features that Nikon hopes will future-proof its high performance camera, and help users who capture video to do so more efficiently. And there’s more.


Here’s a quick breakdown of vs. C1.10 and what it will do for Nikon users:

  • When SPORT VR mode, built into the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR, is selected, the same continuous shooting rate available when OFF is selected is now possible.
  • When memory cards with capacities greater than 128 GB were formatted with the camera, they were formatted using the FAT32 file system. They are now formatted using the exFAT file system.
  • Operation has been changed so that when menus are displayed during movie live view and the movie-record button is pressed, the menu display disappears and display returns to movie live view. To begin movie recording, press the movie-record button again.
  • The Zoom on/off option for playback mode with Custom Setting f1: Multi Selector Center Button can now be used to zoom-in on images with zoom display centered on the active focus point, even if they were captured with live view photography. However, the focus point will not be displayed.
  • The Help explanation provided for the Preset focus point option under Custom Setting f19: Lens Focus Function Buttons?has been revised.
  • The following issues have been resolved.
    • When?NEF (RAW) recording > Image size?in the shooting menu was set to?RAW S (Small), the number of shots possible with uninterrupted shooting (buffer capacity, C-REM) displayed by the camera differed depending upon the?NEF (RAW) recording > NEF (RAW)?bit depth setting selected.
    • When Camera Control Pro 2 was used to take pictures with?Record?set to?PC+CARD, and Secondary slot function in the camera’s shooting menu set toOverflow, the shutter could not be released when the memory card in the primary slot became full.
    • When?Image review?in the playback menu was set to?On, images were sometimes not displayed in the monitor when the shutter was released while exposure meters were off.
    • When images were output to an?HDMI?device, resolution seemed insufficient with display in full-frame playback mode (did not apply to playback zoom display).
    • When images, captured with Image review in the playback menu set to?On, and Auto distortion control in the shooting menu set to?On, were automatically displayed in the monitor immediately after capture, auto distortion control was sometimes not applied.
    • When the multiple exposure function was used to capture images with?Image review?in the playback menu set to?On, and?Auto distortion control?in the shooting menu set to?On, auto distortion control was not applied to the recorded images.
    • When an image to which an image comment had been added was copied to?White balance > Preset manual, only the first 24 characters of the image comment were copied.
    • If log-in to the?FTP server?failed when network settings were applied with?Wired LAN?selected for?Network > Choose hardware?in the camera’s setup menu, and?FTP upload?selected as the connection type and IP address acquisition set to?Obtain automatically?with the?Connection Wizard, the IP address displayed when the camera tried again to obtain it automatically was “″.
    • When a movie recorded at a frame rate of 30p, 25p, or 24p was played back on a TV to which the camera was connected via HDMI with?HDMI > Output resolution?in the the camera’s setup menu set to?1080p (progressive),?display on the TV was distorted.
    • When a file containing an IPTC preset (IPTC information) that included double-byte characters in its profile was copied to the camera, the camera froze when attempting to view the contents of the IPTC preset.
    • When?Add items?was selected for?My Menu,?OK?was displayed even for items that cannot be added.
    • When?Language?in the setup menu was set to?Arabic, text and icons in some menu displays overlapped, and text was positioned too far to the right.

Users can download the corresponding firmware updates here:

In other firmware releases, Ricoh?announced an update for the Pentax K-3, which fixes a shutter speed issue that prohibited metadata from being written to the image, when shooting in low light conditions and needing to use the popup flash. They also provided for a new feature that will automatically reset the camera in the event of “abnormal motion.” And Leica put out firmware update S2/S2P for the Leica S Type 006 which offers a faster, more accurate autofocus, predictive object tracking in continuous focus mode, and improved GPS accuracy that includes data written within the last five minutes.

Firmware for both the Pentax and the Leica haven’t been released in the United States just yet, but there’s talk of sometime in mid-late September.

Hat Tip – Imaging Resource

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