Other than pretty neat deals, there is more news in Nikon’s mirrorless department. The company releases firmware updates for its entire line of mirrorless cameras. In other words, certain features will be improved in the Nikon Z50, Z 5, Z 6, Z 6 II, Z 7, and Z 7 II.
Users of the Fujifilm X100V have been complaining about the camera automatically shutting down due to overheating. With the latest firmware update, Fujifilm has found a pretty unusual solution to solve this problem. Basically, you can now set the temperature limit yourself, so your camera will shut down at a temperature higher than standard.
Nikon might have taken their sweet time to follow Sony onto the mirrorless bandwagon, but they seem to be catching up somewhat in features. They’ve just announced new Version 3.00 firmware for the Nikon Z6 & Nikon Z7 mirrorless cameras which adds animal detection to the Eye-AF feature. They’ve also released Version 1.10 for the Nikon Z50 to address a couple of things.
Fujifilm seemed to really kick off the trend for pretty major firmware updates to their existing models, regularly breathing new life into old bodies ever year or two. But while just about every other manufacturer seems to have jumped on the trend with major functional updates, Fujifilm has remained oddly silent, having not really released anything all that major since the X-Pro 2 gained 4K video in 2017.
This video from DPReview explores some of the reasons why we might not have heard from Fujifilm for a while. Although, given recent rumours, I wonder if they’re holding off so their old gear doesn’t compete with the new stuff expected to be announced soon?
If you own the DJI Spark drone, soon you won’t be able to fly it if you don’t update the firmware. DJI is releasing a firmware update this week, aimed at increasing flight safety and the drone performance. All Spark users will need to download the update by September 1st. Otherwise, their Spark won’t be able to take off.
Firmware updates are kind of a mixed blessing. We like when they come out and fix issues we’ve been having or add new features. But when they come out too often, they can be a pain to keep updating. But it seems to be the way these days. Get the products out the door, and we’ll worry about fixing them later.
Well, Sony and Fuji seem to be doing a lot of firmware fixing right now. They’ve released a whole slew of firmware updates for a bunch of popular cameras and lenses. Below is a list of all the updates just released, along with the notes for each and links to the download page. Be sure to check the pages for each update to ensure successful application.
This is something that I know my Pentax, Sigma and Panasonic shooting friends will be pleased with. Nine months after releasing the Cactus V6 II and Cactus V6 IIs, there’s new brand-specific firmware updates coming. These let you get HSS and TTL across different brands of camera and flash. Yes, that’s right, you’ll soon be able to use your SB-900s on your X-T2, or your 600EX II-RT with an A6500.
The firmware is system specific, and they’re releasing it in phases. The first is for Sigma, Sony and Fujifilm. Canon, Nikon, Olympus Panasonic and Pentax will follow. And it’ll work with flashes from a multitude of brands. You’ll even be able to mix and match different brands of flash into the same lighting setup.