Canon 1D X and Nikon’s D7100 and D5200 receive firmware updates; not as cool as Sony’s

Sep 16, 2015

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Canon 1D X and Nikon’s D7100 and D5200 receive firmware updates; not as cool as Sony’s

Sep 16, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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New firmware updates have been released for Canon’s 1D X and Nikon’s D7100 and D5200 DSLR cameras.

The Nikon updates (both version 1.03) include mostly minor fixes, and an annoying bug that would cause the cameras to freeze when using the automatic “Clean Image Sensor” option.

Canon’s update only fixes one issue where autofocus is initiated when it should.

Unlike Sony’s announcement regarding the a7R II firmware upgrade, Nikon’s update deals with camera models that have already been replaced.

Starting with the one-item fix by Canon, Firmware version 2.0.8 will fix the following:

  • Fixes a phenomenon which occurs when the “Shutter button half-press” menu item, configured in “C.Fn5: Operation” > “Custom Controls Menu”, is set to metering start only; depending on when the shutter button is half-pressed, it may initiate AutoFocus.

Download the EOS 1D X firmware update (Canon’s website)

 

The D7100, since replaced by the D7200, is said to receive the following fixes:

  • Reduced noise (horizontal lines) in movies shot with 1280×720; 60p or 1280×720; 50p selected for Frame size/frame rate.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the display to darken when images were viewed by pressing the (playback) button.
  • Fixed an issue with the menus for some languages where continued scrolling would cause the camera to freeze.
  • Fixed issues with the virtual horizon displayed using the Viewfinder virtual horizon option.
  • Fixed an issue with the camera freezing when the Clean image sensor option was used.

Download the D7100 firmware update (Nikon’s site)

 

Meanwhile the D5200, since replaced by the D5300 and then the D5500, will enjoy less fixes (hopefully meaning it suffered from less problems):

  • Reduced noise (horizontal lines) in movies shot with 1280×720; 60p or 1280×720; 50p selected for Frame size/frame rate.
  • Fixed an issue with the camera freezing when the Clean image sensor option was used.

Download D5200 firmware update (Nikon’s Site)

 

While it is open to debate whether these firmware updates were mandatory fixes or good service offered by Nikon, the company will not directly profit from updating replaced models. Canon’s 4-year-old model, on the other hand, is still considered its flagship camera and has not yet been replaced.

Another company who is expected to profit from its upcoming firmware upgrade is Sony. A recent announcement stated that the newly revealed a7S II will ship with the ability to capture uncompressed 14-bit RAW still images, but that the already-selling a7R II will receive this feature via a future firmware upgrade.

Just three months ago Sony released a firmware upgrade for several of its popular models, including the a6000, reducing their start-up time and upgrading the a6000’s video recording capabilities.

It’s worth noting, obviously, that while Canon and Nikon simply cleaned up their own mess with the recent updates, Sony is actually adding a new feature.

[via Nikon Rumors and Photography Bay]

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One response to “Canon 1D X and Nikon’s D7100 and D5200 receive firmware updates; not as cool as Sony’s”

  1. Michael G Avatar
    Michael G

    “Canon’s update only fixes one issue where autofocus is initiated when it should.”

    Isn’t that what you’d want it to do?