Tue 25-Jun-13 11:36 AM | edited Tue 25-Jun-13 12:17 PM by richardd300
I must admit the only firmware update that I've seen of immediate value was the recent Nikon V1 and FT-1 updates. That update changed the whole shooting experience for me being able to use AF-S lenses in AF-C.
Modifications enabled with this upgrade of firmware, release date June 25, 2013
When images captured using a flash in Manual or Repeating flash flash mode were played back with the “Overview” display enabled, flash output level was displayed in the flash compensation portion of the display. This issue has been resolved.
When the AE/AF lock button was pressed with Special Effects mode enabled, Selective Color selected, and the view magnified with selective color options displayed in live view, the image did not change while live view was active. This issue has been resolved.
An issue that caused the Viewfinder Virtual Horizon to freeze when certain operations were performed has been resolved.
When images captured with white balance bracketing enabled were played back, a white balance fine-tuning value of 9 (steps) was displayed even for images captured with a fine-tuning value of 10 (steps) applied. This issue has been resolved.
An issue that prevented cursor movement when certain operations were performed in calendar playback mode has been resolved.
The size of some text displayed in calendar playback mode has been modified.
Display of focal lengths in 35mm format recorded in image Exif data has been corrected.
With movie recording at 1920 × 1080/24p in M exposure mode, subject brightness did not change, even when shutter speed was adjusted. This issue has been resolved.
Sat 06-Jul-13 01:10 PM | edited Sat 06-Jul-13 01:11 PM by richardd300
<<To increase the buffer size is a hardware change.>>
Ok, I wasn't aware of that and I'm not sure that's the case. Wiser commentators than I, who know so much more than I d,o are disappointed too, inferring that it could have been achieved.
<<You can speed up the buffer yourself by shooting smaller files, shooting in JPEG or getting a faster SD card.>>
No good to me as I won't budge off RAW and my SD card's are both Lexar pro x1000 cards and there aren't many, if any, better than that.
I am aware of your point and in fact the slow buffering is not a show stopper in any way, just a slight inconvenience. So much so that it is unlikely to tempt me to buy a D400. I manage my problem, still disappointing though.
Sat 06-Jul-13 11:06 PM | edited Sat 06-Jul-13 11:09 PM by Mycenius
>It's not a concern for me, but I wonder, if via firmware, the >D7100 could be adapted to use the second SD Card to achieve >the bigger buffering some people want.
A lot of people raise this, but unless there is something unusual in the design of the 7100 it's not logical (or possible) - everything should have to pass through the buffer's memory regardless, its like a funnel, adding more and more memory at the bottom of the funnel won't help it pass through any faster (e.g. adding a bigger sauce bottle and using the same size funnel to fill it with ketchup/tomato sauce won't make it fill any faster - you can just get more in eventually).
The buffer will (or should I expect) be an extension of the processor and it's own on-board memory/cache (unless it's a particularly advanced designed with a buffer memory bypass of some kind) - everything from the processor's memory will normally have to go into the buffer's memory before it gets passed on to the external storage memory - the buffer is the bridge or highway between the processor and the storage (SD Cards)...
Likely, if Canon improved their's with a firmware update, it's because they had an inefficient algorithm or such originally doing the data processing/transfer, and were able to increase the processing speed for the data transfer by streamlining this and/or resequencing the process (so they didn't make it faster, they just fixed a bug that was artificially slowing it down)... Nikon might be able to do similar, but if they have done a good job of the process coding to start with it is what it is and will likely not be changeable without hardware changes (unless as per my first comment it does have some (unlikely) advanced buffer bypass feature)...
I suspect the buffer issue is a design limitation that Nikon accepted as a trade off to achieve everything else they have with this model...
I have updated camera firmware before (D90) without a hitch. I have tried updating my D7100 and it will not update. After I insert the card with the update, and open Firmware in the Setup menu, no instructions are displayed. It simply says "Done," but my firmware remains 1.00. I have tried this twice with no luck.
>I have updated camera firmware before (D90) without a hitch. >I have tried updating my D7100 and it will not update. After >I insert the card with the update, and open Firmware in the >Setup menu, no instructions are displayed. It simply says >"Done," but my firmware remains 1.00. I have tried >this twice with no luck. > >Any suggestions?
Having trouble doing this upgrade. I downloaded the firmware upgrade. (On a Mac.) I copy to the D7100 icon. Remove the SD card and insert it into the camera. Nothing. No option to upgrade, meaning the card does not have the upgrade. What am I doing wrong?
Not meaning to cut across your dialogue with Steve, but as already mentioned it is essential that the .bin file is placed in a formatted SD card with nothing else on it all. I would eject the SD card in the correct fashion and not by pulling it straight out, then re-insert it into the PC and look to see the .bin file is there. If it is the D7100 must be able to see it.
Apart from that the only thing to do is download the firmware upgrade again and when processed place it on a different formatted SD card, check it's there and try it again.
If both things fail, then take the camera if possible to a local dealer. Can't think what else to do.
Hi, I know it has to be in the root of the card, but how exactly do I do that? I tried simply copying the file into the "Nikon" icon in Finder (Mac). No luck. It is a brand new Sandisk formatted SD card.
I don't know about a MAC, but I am intrigued that there is a folder called "Nikon" when you've formatted it. Anyway, if there is then I suggest you open the SD location on the MAC, then select the .bin file, right click on it, select "copy" and then "paste" it into the open SD card, or drag and drop it.
Sat 24-Aug-13 01:59 AM | edited Sat 24-Aug-13 09:45 AM by agitater
>Hi, I know it has to be in the root of the card, but how >exactly do I do that? I tried simply copying the file into the >"Nikon" icon in Finder (Mac). No luck. It is a brand >new Sandisk formatted SD card.
You have to follow the instructions that Nikon provides on the update page of its web site. It's fairly simple. Before starting, charge the camera battery fully to ensure the camera will perform the update:
1. Turn off the camera, then insert the SD card in the camera.
2. Turn on the camera, then format the card.
3. Turn off the camera, then remove the card.
4. Insert the card into your Mac or into a card reader connected to the Mac.
5. Open Finder and browse to the .bin file.
6. Highlight the .bin file by clicking on it once.
7. Press Cmd + C to copy the file.
8. Use Finder to browse to the SD card.
9. Press Cmd + V to paste the .bin file to the root of the SD card. Do not paste it into any folder on the card.
10. Remove the SD card from the reader.
11. Insert the SD card in the D7100, then turn on the camera.
12. Press the Menu button, browse to the Wrench icon, then select Update Firmware. Follow the prompts.
This is just a step-by-step reiteration of the instructions on the Nikon update page.
Argh! You're right Steve. Always start the firmware update process with a fully charged battery, as stated in the camera manual and the instructions on the update web page. I amended my step-by-step above.
Yes I had followed each of those steps to the letter before I sought help from this forum. The Nikon instructions are pretty straight forward. I have decided that it may be a strange bug in the camera that makes it fail to read the file on the card. You would think these would be simple things that do not waste one's time.
I am sorry you are having this continued problem, but after all the comments and help here, try as you may the situation remains unresolved. Therefore, may I advise you to take your camera to a respectable Nikon camera retailer in Toronto and ask them to take a look. If they confirm your problem, then I would send the camera to Nikon for a warranty repair.
For what it's worth, I had a similar experience in my update attempts with an Apple computer. It really baffled me, as I had updated the firmware on a couple of other cameras in the past with no problem, including one immediately prior to the D7100 effort. The contents of the memory card showed the proper file in the correct location, yet the camera refused to recognize the .bin file, giving me no update option.
Then I reformatted the SD card in the camera, verified that the .bin file was gone by using a card reader, and copied the update file to the card again. However, rather than using the File-Edit-Copy-Paste commands from the top menu line, I dragged the file to its new location on the SD card. Problem solved. The camera recognized the .bin file and gave me an update option in the Firmware Version menu.
Obviously, I didn't rigorously test this situation, since once it worked I wasn't about to undo the update. However, it may help others. And no, I can't imagine why there would be any difference in these copy procedures.
to update or not to update, that is the question. I read over the article and none of the issues seems to effect me on a base level. are Nikons like Apple wher e if you don't upgrade every time you have issues with future upgrades? or is it like a computer motherboard update where each update is cumulative with the preceding one?
The resolved issues list that is published for each update provides an overview. The list rarely makes mention of the minor tweaks and bug fixes which invariably also are done during the course of QA testing prior to release. As long as a new firmware release is declared to be stable - wait a week after release before downloading and installing any update in order to let the early adopters be the ones to suffer if a problem crops up - always update. IMO.
> > >EDIT - never mind - this thread is about the D7100 - I have a >D7000 - I am getting senile! > >I think I downloaded this update in June, but my memory comes >and goes these days (Grin). > >What version of firmware is the current version? > >My camera reads: > >A 1.03 >B 1.04 >L 1.006 > >Am I up to date? >
Your "L" (lens distortion firmware) is out of date but your A/B ,which are the main ones for the D7000, are up to date.
>> >>My camera reads: >> >>A 1.03 >>B 1.04 >>L 1.006 >> >>Am I up to date? >> > >Your "L" (lens distortion firmware) is out of date >but your A/B ,which are the main ones for the D7000, are up to >date. > >This link shows current firmware for all Nikon cameras and >accessories: >https://help.nikon.ca/app/answers/detail/a_id/14356/kw/FIRMWARE > > >Best regards, SteveK >
Thanks, SteveK - I downloaded L 1.009 and updated my D7000 - now I am up-to-date.
I just got a second D7100 this week, serial number 253xxxx, and it was almost an afterthought to check the firmware version, as I assumed incorrectly that it would have the latest version. It must have been sitting on the shelf for a few months, because it had C 1.00.
>I just got a second D7100 this week, serial number 253xxxx, >and it was almost an afterthought to check the firmware >version, as I assumed incorrectly that it would have the >latest version. It must have been sitting on the shelf for a >few months, because it had C 1.00. > >Rocky Last week a new D7100 for me and same old C1.00 serial 255XXX. They just may not be updating them at the factory.