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Nikon releases firmware update 1.01 for D4 and D800, fixes lockup issue

Can you spot the problem?

Nikon released new firmware updates for their D4 and D800 full frame DSLR cameras. The major fix for the D800 is the lockup issue, other minor issues were also resolved:

Nikon D800 firmware update B1.01:

  • When a still image was captured while viewing existing images in playback mode, the monitor turned off, the memory card access lamp glowed steadily, and, in some rare cases, the camera ceased to respond to operations. This issue has been resolved.
  • When the Wireless Transmitter WT-4 was used with certain settings applied, RAW images were also transferred whenWireless transmitter>Transfer settings>Send file as was set to JPEG only. This issue has been resolved.
  • A dark shadow sometimes appeared at the bottom edge of images captured with Active D-Lighting set to any option other than Off with Image area set to 5:4 (30x24). This issue has been resolved.

Nikon D800E firmware update B1.01: (same list of fixes as the D800).

Nikon D4 firmware update 1.01:

  • When a still image was captured while viewing existing images in playback mode, the monitor turned off, the memory card access lamp glowed steadily, and, in some rare cases, the camera ceased to respond to operations. This issue has been resolved.
  • When network functions were used with certain settings applied, RAW images were also transferred whenNetwork>Send file as was set to JPEG only. This issue has been resolved.
  • When an option that utilized the main command dial was selected for Custom Setting f15: Playback zoom, and an image was zoomed in or out with playback with certain settings applied, shooting shutter speed, aperture, and exposure compensation settings were sometimes changed. This issue has been resolved.

Nikon USA now also have the new firmware updates on their website.

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  • Derick

    Can someone please explain why Nikon cameras have 2 firmware versions (A & B) and in this case 3 (A & B & L), and what it means, have always wondered about this. thanks!

    • dave

      Re A&B firmware: It lets you keep an older version of the firmware in case the newer firmware causes problems (I think you can manually select the firmware to run on some cameras). And it ensures you have at least one good copy of the firmware, in case you screw up the install of one of the firmwares you still have a good copy. It keeps the camera from becoming a brick. The L firmware is lens data that allows the camera to correct certain parameters based on lens (CA, vignetting, etc)

      • Derick

        Thanks dave!

    • Jed

      1.0.1? That’s unacceptable! Canon 5D3 is already up to 1.1.2. Continue at this rate and it’ll be like 5D3 200 firmwares D700 3 firmwares all over again!

      • PhilK

        The numbers themselves mean nothing. Lots of fluff-oriented vendors just increase the number constantly to make it look like they’re actually improving something. (See Mozilla Firefox)

  • Opinion…

    I hope they secretly fixed the green cast issue which, according to them, does not exist and yet is annoyingly obvious

  • http://www.martinmaguirestills.com mmstills

    The green cast on the screen is a major issue ! used the D800 on a film set today and dialed in the color temp as per Director of Photography it was way off. Did the same with the D700 and this was much more accurate. I shoot RAW so WB is for preview only but DOP’s and Directors often want to see what your shooting, as happened today.

    on the plus side the addition of the Quiet mode is superb ! when used in Q mode inside a sound blimp the new D800 is virtually silent !

  • ShaoLynx

    Updated both my D700 and D800 today. No probs.
    Updated LR to 4.1, too. Seems much faster now, especially on D800-files.
    Ah, life is beautiful… :-)

  • Angela

    Just seen a new D800 for sale at Sussex Camera Centre in Bognor Regis if anyone is after one. Tel 01243 823456.

  • http://www.f-lex.pl dar_wro

    the problem witk lockup isn’t fixed. My D800 lock up again :(.

  • dmcdougall

    Nikon D4′s are currently in-stock at Samy’s Camera.

  • peter2

    I had a dream last night.
    After upgrading the firmware of my D800, the mode button give me PASMU1U2U3U4… I could add more Ux if needed. And they actually save everything. The Custom Settings Banks and Shooting Banks are gone. :) :) :)

    Had to wake up so sad.

  • MashingTheGas

    This may be a stupid question, but why is it that I paid $6,000 for one of what’s supposed to be one of the best cameras in the world made by one of the best manufacturers in the world, fully and properly registered the camera the day I purchased it and I have to read about a firmware release on Nikon Rumors or any other web site? What ever happened to taking care of early-adopters and loyal customers? I’m on my 7th Nikon in the last 10 years and they can’t be bothered to email their customers to let them know?

    What am I missing?

    That said, I just returned from spending a week in Yosemite with the D4 and am pleased with the overall performance.

    • DY

      That’s a valid question. I was contacted by Nikon Canada, but only because I actually logged the issue with them through the support process and they did respond the day the fix came out to notify me.

      Funny, I bought a $30 hair dryer from Costco which of course I did not bother registering. Received a phone call from Costco to notify me of a recall on that item (Corsair Testarossa) along with options on how I get my money back or exchange for a different model. Incredible service.

      You figure Nikon could send a friendly email to registered owners of their gear just to say, BTW, there’s a firmware upgrade you might be interested in…..

      • Ray

        Got an email from Nikon the minute the update went live on their site, with a link to the file. Maybe Nikon Canada aren’t aware of email yet

    • Costas

      My NIKON D800 lockup issue is still present after firmware update. Hightlights and RGB histogram OFF. CF Sandisk 90 m/s / SD Sandisk 95 m/s, Size LARGE, JPEG FINE. Any solutions?

  • David Thompson

    I had a D4 in cannes for the film festival, great camera only let me down once had to take battery out and re install it to get it to work , right in the middle of Reese Witherspoon photocall. But it only happened once so far lets see if fix has worked.

  • http://www.martinmaguirestills.com Martin Maguire

    My D800 locked up three times on set today and this is after the update!! Very frustrating as I use a sound blimp so the camera has to be completely removed to gain access to the battery. I most certainly missed shots because of this issue today which for me is unexceptable. I reverted to the D700 to finish the scene. I was shooting a fast burst , raw and in quiet mode eact time the lock up occurred. I will contact my dealer today re a solution, anyone else still getting lock ups post update?

    Also if I recall the email from Nikon re the D800 update didn’t mention a fix for lockup issues ?

    • DY

      I’ve had no issues so far after updating my D4.
      I’ve only seen other D800 owners posting lock ups post update. So I hope they continue to address your issue.

  • EMDExpress

    Just pick up the D800 at my local shop and it has the updated firmware already installed. Hmmmm.

  • GH

    Agree on the green color cast. I’ve had my d800 for little more than a week and was hoping the firmware update would take care of it….apparently not. Nikon, please step up to the plate and deal with this issue. I didn’t pay $3,000+ for a camera with a green color cast. Needs to be fixed asap!

  • http://www.cindykelleher.com Cindy Kelleher

    As Thom Hogan suggests, order from your local camera store. That’s how I got mine.
    On to the filmware update, I cannot update. Have tried SD & CF cards. I see it in the camera, but when I try to choose “yes”, the yes is in red and nothing happens. Anyone else having this issue? Thank you in advance.

  • puma

    I had this D800 lock-up/freezing yesterday even if I have updated the firmware. The camera did not respond to anything – not even on turning the on/off switch. I had to remove the battery. After that, worked again.

    I was shooting with LiveView.

  • http://profiles.google.com/urban.warrior.nyc Urban Warrior

    “When a still image was captured while viewing existing images in playback mode, the monitor turned off, the memory card access lamp glowed steadily, and, in some rare cases, the camera ceased to respond to operations. This issue has been resolved.”

    Well, not quite… I had the exact thing happen to me yesterday during an important shoot :/ And I do have the new firmware installed. Any ideas what to do now? I obviously want it to never happen again… :/

  • HongKonger

    Been using my D800E now for several months, have updated the firmware and my camera still occasionally locks-up. The only way to resolve the lock-up is to take the battery out. Hope the next firmware can resolve this. Otherwise pretty awesome camera!

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