Unless your vendor upgrades their inventory prior to sale you get the firmware that was loaded when the camera was manufactured, just like any high technology product that can have its software or firmware updated.
Pretty big jump for firmware. For the D300 the upgrade is 1.03 (Firmware Version) from 1.02. For the D3 the update is 2.0 from 1.10A 1.11B. There is also an update from 1.0 to 1.1 for the WT-4 device (Device Info).
Maybe you are getting the Nikon beta for a big update for the D300's firmware.
Whelp, I called Nikon tech support (twice). Both times they said there is no 1.10 released and to apply the 1.03. I was thinking that perhaps the information is being misprinted and my FW is really v1.01, but tech support said they have not heard of that type of version display bug. And yet they can't explain where the v1.10 came from...
I even asked them how to decode my SN to determine the manufacture date, they had no clue
Does anyone know of a specific bug that exists in v1.01 but not in v1.02+ that I could attempt to reproduce?
Both Opanda and PhotoMe report the images produced are by a Nikon D300 with v1.10.
Thinking I should just hold off on Nikon's recommendation to just change the FW to v1.03, what do all think? Or at least until I can prove that this is not what's "suppose" to be on my camera or an obvious issue with the camera surfaces.
Unless you are having problems, I definitely would not downgrade the firmware.
One thing to check is the Auto ISO control. Go into the Shooting Menu, scroll down to ISO sensitivity settings, then in the auto ISO control, check the fastest minimum shutter speed that can be set. In the current 1.03 firmware setting, the fastest minimum shutter speed allowed is 1/250. The D3 was updated to allow minimum shutter speeds up to 1/4000. I really hope you can report that your D300 will allow you to set faster than 1/250 because that is an update I am anxiously waiting for to use for shooting sports.
Thu 16-Oct-08 03:19 AM | edited Thu 16-Oct-08 03:20 AM by wickedt
>One thing to check is the Auto ISO control. Go into the >Shooting Menu, scroll down to ISO sensitivity settings, then >in the auto ISO control, check the fastest minimum shutter >speed that can be set. In the current 1.03 firmware setting, >the fastest minimum shutter speed allowed is 1/250. > >Danny
Danny, I think you may have proven, to me at least, that I really may have a newer version than what's available.
The fastest "Minimum Shutter Speed" I can set is 1/4000s. The following are the available choices: 1/4000, 1/3200, 1/2500, 1/2000, 1/1600, 1/1250, 1/1000, 1/800, 1/640, 1/500, 1/400, 1/320, 1/250, 1/200, 1/160, 1/125, 1/100, 1/80, 1/60, 1/50, 1/40, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1s.
"Maximum Sensitivity" choices are 400, 800, 1600, 3200, HI 1
>This is information I have been waiting for for a long time. >The Auto ISO max SS was way too low for me so can't wait for >this new update. You've made my day > >Peter >http://www.peterhowells.co.za
Excellent information. Wonder how long will Nikon take to make available Ver 1.1. Besides the Auto Exposure Max SS setting, it will be interesting to know what are the other changes. Could the OP help?
I agree with reply #5 and #7 I too have checked it out twice and was told there has been no update. This was with Nikon tech. they were surprised when I gave them a number and said there is a new firm out they checked and said there was one for D3 only. The rumor was started on this site I went back and checked my files. It was not to cause harm but the site did say there was a new firm out. But he was wrong or miss typed.
For what it's worth, I posted a question through Nikon's support site. First they gave me a pointer to the 1.03 firmware. When I pressed the issue, I got back: I'm sorry but until official annnouncements are made we cannot speculate or discuss future products or updates.
That would be what is called a roll-back, and I think only Nikon can do it.
You might have a test camera that slipped into the retail stream. But with the added versatility, I would keep it at that version and see what comes out from Nikon and then look at what the update provides and decide if you want to update or not.
The Nikon Tech support website for the WT-4 software upgrade (which is v1.10, possibly coincidentally) states:
"Users of the D300
The current version of the D300 firmware (v1.0.3) is not compatible with Thumbnail Selector v1.1.0. An upgrade to the firmware is planned but the timing of this release is as yet undecided. Until this firmware update is available we would recommend that D300 users do not upgrade the WT-4 firmware to version 1.1.0 and that Thumbnail Selector v1.0.0 or 1.0.1 and WT-4 Setup Utility v1.0.0 are used."
So maybe, this is the "planned" update mentioned.
"Something really clever or profound should go here...I have nothing "
wickedt -> can you check to see if Nikon made any changes to the exposure that you can set with bracketing? In previous firmware versions, you could only get bracketing to increment with 1 exposure at the max. Maybe they increased that??? Please say they did!
>wickedt -> can you check to see if Nikon made any changes >to the exposure that you can set with bracketing? In previous >firmware versions, you could only get bracketing to increment >with 1 exposure at the max. Maybe they increased that??? >Please say they did! > >- Jon
If v1.10 is indeed a new release and not some beta firmware accidentally released then I am sure they are just getting the bugs out of the Mac & Windows installers. I would guess we are looking at no more than a few weeks at most till we see it available. I am quite willing to wait as I would not want to turn my D300 into a brick, because they rushed on the release. If it is a beta version, then it is still good news as we know it is coming, and we only need patience.
When inserting HTML, the standard HTML-style "<", ">" don't work. Instead use the square brackets next to the "P" key on your keyboard (I tried to put them in this message, but no matter how I tried, they kept converting to "<" and ">").
I don't know if there are any other wrinkles in the system that would prevent you inserting an image hosted elsewhere, but the brackets definitely need to be changed.
"Something really clever or profound should go here...I have nothing "
The Dutch Nikon official service centre mailed back to me that they are not aware of any firmware updates and otherwise refer to the same sources as are available to mee. So no relevations from that side.
There's the possibility that some other change or adjustment outside of the firmware is required on the D300 in order to utilize v1.10. If this were the case, then Nikon would not issue the firmware for general release, could only be applied if the camera were sent in for service.
Hopefully not the situation, but I don't otherwise understand why Nikon has not issued the fw for all to use.
Purchased my first D300 about 9 months ago and has FW version 1.03 via my update when it was available. Bought my second D300 body last Friday (from the same dealer as the first -- Bedford's of Little Rock, AR) and it came with FW version 1.10 on both A and B levels. Don't know when the new FW is coming out for general release or what specifcally it includes that is not part of 1.03 but it's clear that 1.10 should be released sometime soon since new cameras are shipping with it installed.