I updated my D200 firmware and I appear to get better Auto White Balance. Nikon did not list this as one of the firmware changes. Has anyone else noticed a change in Auto White Balance after a firmware update to the D200?
Nikon is known to add other fixes that they do not list. Why I am unsure but I have to say I just got my D200 and the Auto WB has been very good and I updated the firmware shortly after getting it so I can't say one way or the other.
I have been using Nikon for over 40 years now and totally agree. They do make changes in all hardware that they do not necessarily talk about, unless it was publicized.
I have been told by NPS and NikonTech that they still do the same thing with their firmware updates. So, if it was a problem they discovered or a non highly publicized one, you can expect hidden updates.
I also know they tend not to update unless there is a bug after a couple of years, such as been with the D-70 and D-200.
Hi - can you tell me if it is ok to download that latest Firmware update for the D200 without first updating with all the earlier versions? My D200 has not been updated since purchase. It has Versions A 1.01 and B 1.00
I recently did a firmware update to 2.01 on my D200. Now the camera is with Nikon Repair. I followed all the instructions to the letter (full battery, not handling the camera while updating, first Firmware A then B, etc.), but things went horribly wrong. The Firmware A was put on a formatted 8 GB card and I initiated the process of updating. The message I got on the LCD was "This will take a couple of minutes. Do not switch off your camera". After a short time the LCD got black and after an hour nothing more had happened. The only thing that was shown in the small top lcd was "PG Up". Nikon support told me to switch the camera off and see what had happened. The camera did not react to anything, totally dead. The 3 times before I uploaded photos from the D200 to my computer, using Nikon's PictureProject, the connection was 'broken' and I had to restart the process of uploading. Could there be any connection to the failure of Firmware Updating.
Bottom line being : Nikon will charge me around 400,- euro's. while the camera still is in the guarantee period. I can't believe what they told me. Does anyone else have such experiences.
Sorry to hear about this. But if you read this full post, you will find that Nikon is not consistent across the world with the warning about the MicroDrives.
One has to be very careful with firmware upgrades. Since there are 2 types of Compact Flash devices one has to make sure the correct one is used. There are Compact Flash Drives and Compact Flash Cards. The CF Drives have a mini disk drive inside and not solid state devices emulating a disk drive. Each type of card has its advantages and its problems. I have always preferred the solid state CF Cards.
The updates for Nikon cameras require the use of a Compact Flash Card. The reported problems are caused by a dying battery or use of the Compact Flash Drive.
I have not seen a lot of the CF Drives with the drop in IC prices. I keep some old 512MB CF cards just for applying updates.
Upon further research at the Nikon USA site, Nikon is not consistent with the warning about the use of the CF Micro Drive. It is mentioned on the Windows page for the 2.01 update instructions but not mentioned on the Macintosh 2.01 update page. Looking back at the 2.0 Macintosh update page also has this warning. I also checked the Nikon UK and the Netherlands sites and the restriction about the MicroDrives is only disclosed on the additional detailed instructions for both Windows and Macintosh versions.
You can try bring this over site to Nikon's attention and that this warning should also apply to the updates and should be disclosed on all instructions for any customer installed updates. I konw you are upset, but if you are polite and carefully explain the lack of this warning, Nikon may take responsabilty for this particular problem and revise their instructions with the proper warning early and often.
This issue with the Micro Drive, is the camera'a inability to use the MicroDrive upon bootup for the firmware update and not the computer used to perform the transfer of the programs.
Both my D200 bodies were purchased when Best Buy had the terrific sale in April. Both came with older firmware,1. something. I experienced the battery problem with both bodies and lived with it for some time as it always could be overcome and I could continue shooting. I was frankly afraid to make the change due to all the foreboding reports I had read and all the dire warnings Nikon gives about the procedure. Could find no one to do it locally for me so finnally said 'what the hell' and bit the bullet. Got two brand new CF cards and formatted. and downloaded the updates from Nikon. This was particularly distressing for me as I don't exactly know how to unzip a zipped file. Somehow I managed to download both files to my laptop and then change them to the CF caards. I then proceed with the upgrade. The 2 bodies actually took greatly different times to complete with the 'B' on one taking what I considered an extraordinarily long time. They both gave sucessful upgrade indications and have had no battery problems since on either body. It is still a scary operation that I don't look forward to ever doing again. Actually the 2 D200's replace 2 used D1x's that I find still to be a preferable body except for the miserable battery situation of the D1x. I actually feel the D2x would be the perfect body for me but still out of my price range. Just like the Pro bodies and have much more confidence in using them.
Updated my camera just the other day. No problems. Uploaded to my CF card and then to the camera. Actually cured a few problems I was experiencing. I realized that who ever had the camera before me had not updated it properly so A had 1.01 and B had 1.00. Both now have 2.01!
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My D200 is currently suffering DBS and still has firmware 2.00, it was bought in 2008.
I am currently checking this forum to find out how I can install 2.01 firmware on my D200 while the camera keeps switching off because of the battery issue. So far, tried to see if the USB might supply current, but it doesn't seem to. I don't own the adapter / equipment to directly connect my D200 to the electricity in my home. How to go around this problem ? I don't expect my D200 to suddenly work flawlessly on a battery when trying to install new firmware
By the way, I noticed that one of my batteries doesn't get the "burning light" on my battery charger, but instead after charging it, the light dies. So I thought that this battery may be (part of) the problem. Checked all my batteries, the other 3 function normally when charged (blinking while charging, and afterwards the light on the charger burns continuously as it should). Nonetheless, when using these batteries I also have DBS... (PS I only use the original Nikon-made batteries EN-EL3e)
So I've decided to try the firmware update, but how... ? All tips are welcome ! Thanks in advance !
Hi Pauline, Read the above posts, if you haven't already done so. Look at #4 and #21 in particular. Look also on the Nikon site - Support - update camera firmware ---the firmware description for the D200 ought to give you directions for use/download/installation. All of that being said I've got the notion that you may have more amiss than DBS - PM or e-mail poster #21 for help, since he's had the problem. What I'd be inclined to do though, with the camera cutting out as it is, is to go straight to an authorized Nikon service center and--hope for the best. Good luck!
Time for the update is several minutes for A, slightly longer for B update.