Is upgrading firmware v1.01 to v2.00 necessary?
I've just picked up my brand-new D100 this past week, and I've since learned that there's a Nikon firmware upgrade available (v2.00) for my camera, which apparently shipped with v1.01 installed. Having looked at the list of features/fixes in the v2.00 upgrade, though, I'm not convinced that I need to go to the trouble of sending the camera across the country to be serviced.
I don't use a Mac, so "Remote control operation with Mac® computers" isn't a feature that matters to me. I don't use Photoshop 7, so "Improves compatibility of Color Mode II with Adobe Photoshop 7" is no big deal. "Compatibility with newest Lexar CompactFlash cards" doesn't apply to me either, since I use an IBM MicroDrive. And finally, "Easier organization of image and associated sound file" wouldn't seem to help me much, since I don't use voice annotation (and don't have/want the MB-D100 anyway).
On the other hand, I've read in various forums that upgrading the firmware also has other benefits, specifically in the area of white-balance bracketing, though that isn't listed among the v2.00 features/fixes (perhaps it was an earlier upgrade that I can't find any reference to anymore?). Are there any other undocumented features/fixes that I should be aware of, that might warrant sending my new camera in for the upgrade?
Garibaldi Highlands, BC
#1. "RE: Is upgrading firmware v1.01 to v2.00 necessary?" | In response to Reply # 0slow_driver Basic MemberTue 25-Feb-03 09:00 AM
I'm a bit surprised that you have been sold a camera which does not have the latest firmware version. v2.00 came in at least 3 months ago (I haven't checked, but it could even be 4). So, the store must have very slow moving stock. I think you are within your rights to return it to the store, and demand they have the firmware upgraded, and to give you a replacement in the mean time.
Whether you actually need it or not is another matter. The white balance fix is already contained in 1.01 so I wouldn't worry about that. Regarding colour mode II, (Adobe RGB) this is not just for photo shop, but any application which is ICC profile capable. Therefore it may be important to you for any image editing you do.
If for no other reason, you may want to upgrade it for the purpose of resale value.
#2. "Ther e is another good reason for upgrading to 2.0" | In response to Reply # 0benherrmann Registered since 17th Aug 2002Tue 25-Feb-03 09:45 AM
There is another very good reason for ensuring you have 2.0 on your D100, and that is the ability to accommodate the newer high speed media in your camera. For example Lexar just announced their new 40X series of Compact Flash Cards utilizing WA technology. See their announcement at:
If you didn't have this upgrade, then you would not be able to utilize this faster technology. And I don't know about you, but I'd rather be able to eventually use the faster media - especially considering the advances in this type of technology in the near future.
And yes, many of us would question that vendor selling you a camera that did not have the latest firmware version. That is just not right...you should return it. If they don't, I can contact my cousin Vinnie to pay them a visit!!!
#5. "Upgrade only if you need the feature" | In response to Reply # 0
I purchased my D100 in July with v1.0 firmware. I have seen no compelling reason to pay for shipping every time a firmware release comes out. In June I will send my camera in for service - Focus check, cleaning and upgrade firmware before the warranty expires. Who knows... maybe ver. 3.0 is around the corner
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#6. "Thanks for the help!" | In response to Reply # 5renaissoft Registered since 24th Feb 2003Wed 26-Feb-03 07:25 AM
Thanks for the advice, folks, I appreciate it
It seems, then, that there's nothing in the v2.00 upgrade that I absolutely need at this very moment, though I will want to have the camera upgraded at some point (while it's still under warranty). If this coincides with annual maintenance (as SeanU pointed out), all the better.
I guess I've just been trained by the computer industry to compulsively seek out the latest version of everything, whether I absolutely need the new functionality or not. In this case the multi-week delay required for the upgrade is a bit sobering, and I won't be able to spare that kind of time without the camera until the fall.
As for returning the camera to the dealer, there's negligible benefit to that in this case, since the dealer is in London, Ontario (Forest City Image Centre, aka Camera Canada). Nikon Canada's service center is in Toronto, so if I'm going to ship the camera back to Ontario one way or another, I might as well ship it to Nikon for the upgrade. On the other hand, I have written to Camera Canada to complain about the matter.