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Several Nikon 1 firmware updates released

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Today Nikon released several firmware updates for the Nikon 1 V1, V2, J1, J2, J3, S1 cameras, FT1 adapter and GP-N100 GPS unit. The main fixes are support for the new 32mm f/1.2 lens and continuous AF for the FT1 adapter:

Nikon 1 V1 firmware update 1.30

  • Support for AF-C (Continuous AF) focus mode when the Mount Adapter FT1 is used with AF-S lenses has been added. To use this function, the Mount Adapter FT1 firmware must be Ver. 1.10, which supports this function.
  • Support for the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2, equipped with a focusing ring, has been added.
  • The following changes to playback zoom for images captured in MF (manual focus) focus mode have been applied.

- 1× magnification has been added.
- The amount of time allowed to pass before normal display is restored when no operations are performed after playback zoom is applied has been reduced.

  • When shooting in Electronic (Hi) release mode at 10 fps using the Mount Adapter FT1, the shutter speed displayed with a half press of the shutter-release button and that displayed when the shutter-release button was fully pressed differed.  This issue has been resolved.
  • The precision of time synchronization when the GPS Unit GP-N100 is attached to the camera and the Use GPS to set clock option is set to Yes has been increased. However, errors in time synchronization using GPS cannot be completely eliminated. Please update GP-N100 firmware to Ver. 1.02, which supports this improvement.

Nikon 1 V2 firmware update 1.10

  • 1 NIKKOR lens firmware can now be updated.
  • Support for AF-C (Continuous AF) focus mode when the Mount Adapter FT1 is used with AF-S lenses has been added. To use this function, the Mount Adapter FT1 must be Ver. 1.10, which supports this function. When updating both the camera and FT1's firmware, be sure to update the Nikon 1 V2 firmware before updating the FT1 firmware.
  • Support for the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2, equipped with a focusing ring, has been added.
  • 1× magnification has been added to playback zoom ratios for images captured in MF (manual focus) focus mode.
  • Electronic viewfinder display in Auto and P, S, A, and M shooting modes is now smoother.
  • An issue that caused images to be darker than expected when captured with continuous shooting using the Mount Adapter FT1 and an AF-S lens has been resolved.
  • The precision of time synchronization when the GPS Unit GP-N100 is attached to the camera and the Use GPS to set clock option is set to Yes has been increased. However, errors in time synchronization using GPS cannot be completely eliminated. Please update GP-N100 firmware to Ver. 1.02, which supports this improvement.

Nikon 1 J1 firmware update 1.30

  • Support for AF-C (Continuous AF) focus mode when the Mount Adapter FT1 is used with AF-S lenses has been added. To use this function, the Mount Adapter FT1 must be Ver. 1.10, which supports this function.
  • Support for the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2, equipped with a focusing ring, has been added.
  • The following changes to playback zoom for images captured in MF (manual focus) focus mode have been applied.

- 1× magnification has been added.
- The amount of time allowed to pass before normal display is restored when no operations are performed after playback zoom is applied has been reduced.

  • When shooting in Electronic (Hi) release mode at 10 fps using the Mount Adapter FT1, the shutter speed displayed with a half press of the shutter-release button and that displayed when the shutter-release button was fully pressed differed. This issue has been resolved.

Nikon 1 J2 firmware update 1.10

  • Support for AF-C (Continuous AF) focus mode when the Mount Adapter FT1 is used with AF-S lenses has been added. To use this function, the Mount Adapter FT1 must be Ver. 1.10, which supports this function.
  • Support for the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2, equipped with a focusing ring, has been added.
  • 1× magnification has been added to playback zoom ratios for images captured in MF (manual focus) focus mode.

Nikon 1 J3 firmware update 1.10

  • Support for AF-C (Continuous AF) focus mode when the Mount Adapter FT1 is used with AF-S lenses has been added. To use this function, the Mount Adapter FT1 must be Ver. 1.10, which supports this function.
  • Support for the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2, equipped with a focusing ring, has been added.
  • 1× magnification has been added to playback zoom ratios for images captured in MF (manual focus) focus mode.

Nikon 1 S1 firmware update 1.10

  • Support for AF-C (Continuous AF) focus mode when the Mount Adapter FT1 is used with AF-S lenses has been added. To use this function, the Mount Adapter FT1 must be Ver. 1.10, which supports this function.
  • Support for the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2, equipped with a focusing ring, has been added.
  • 1× magnification has been added to playback zoom ratios for images captured in MF (manual focus) focus mode.

Nikon Mount Adapter FT1 L firmware update 1.10

  • Support for AF-C (Continuous AF) focus mode when the Mount Adapter FT1 is used with AF-S lenses has been added.

Nikon GP-N100 GPS unit firmware update 1.02

  • The precision of time synchronization when the GPS Unit GP-N100 is attached to the camera and the Use GPS to set clock option is set to Yes has been increased. However, errors in time synchronization using GPS cannot be completely eliminated.
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  • Spy Black

    Not the best thought-out system, ay?

    • Neil

      It has a lot of potential. I’m more appreciative that they’re still adding fixes to the V1. I’ve got a D800 and it feels like it’s gotten fewer meaningful fixes than my V1.

      • groucher

        Potential – the V1 is brilliant as it is and the perfect compliment to a D800 as it’s so fast. I can’t see anything significant for my style of photography that’s not well thought out.

        • Neil

          I’ve had my V1 for a year and it is very nice. And I can’t tell yet (till I get home to d/l and try the firmware) that they may even have helped us with the mandatory image review.

          But there are some things I would really like to see made better on the V1. I’m waiting to see what the V3 may be before I upgrade.

          • Kim Seng

            I like the update of C-AF control firmware for Nikon 1 cameras. I would like Nikon to come out C-AF function for the older AFD-lens. Call it FT-2.

            • Jeremy Allen

              You could do that if it had a built-in motor.

  • chris

    The Nikon V1 has the best skin tones I ever used.

    • Spy Black

      I use sunscreen myself…

  • Anonymous Coward

    Woohoo! AF-C w/ FT1 on my V1. Awesome. Time to download and install.

    • Mr. Mamiya

      Another firmware update, and we’ll have all focus fields with the FT1, not just the center field. I don’t understand this limitation anyway.

      • kim

        Has anyone tested this yet to see if the focus points outside of the center point are active?

  • Fry

    this..this.. is unbelievable … is this real ? Did Nikon just ADD A NEW FEATURE in a firmware update ?

    ..must be a really cold day in hell…

    • Eric Calabos

      Yes, they did it, and sky didnt fall

    • Pablo

      Yes, Amazing. Nikon you are on a roll…. please, please let us use slower shutter speeds than 1 sec with the FT1. PLEASE!

    • KnightPhoto

      This is FANTASTIC – shot my Niece’s soccer game last night with 70-300VR, was great!

  • Can’t Believe It

    Why is there such a dichotomy with this camera? The people who actually own the camera love, love, love it and get all kinds of great shots with it. The experts, professional critics, bloggers, and non-owners hate, hate, hate it. Who should I believe?

    • Maji

      I have a V2 and use it alongside with a D800 and D300. However, with the v2 there, the D300 is seeing very little usage. The v2+Ft1+70-200+FT-1 is a supertele now. As the sensor only takes the light from the central part of the lens, the IQ is reasonably good. Now that it will allow for AF-S and v2 AF is quite fast, it will really help.

    • Jan

      I love mine! Weak area is low light, but the lenses are great.

      These sensors will be good enough in a couple more generations for all kind of use, high ISO and all. And I have the lenses ready to go.

      ( Btw: I made the switch from Sony nex, precisely because of lack of good lenses.)

    • Wally in Austin

      I have to admit that I am liking the camera. True I miss having more external controls like on my D7000, and I do leave it in apeture mode more than I want. I plan on keeping it picking up the flash -why didn’t nikon release the flash adapter they previewed in Japan for the SB 700-800-900 flashes ???.

      It works is a small system camera system expanding line of lenses. Easy to carry around with the 10-30 and 30-100 zooms.

      Biggest rub is its mostly a menu driven system and that takes time to adjust. The micro 4/3 cameras have more controls for similar money too.

      Also has a pretty good sensor too and If a you buy refurbished the V1 is still $300.

    • groucher

      Believe the owners. I was sceptical but use a V1 alongside my D800. IQ is good and the camera is unsurpassed for action shots. The firmware update that gives continuous shooting with the FT1 adapter is great news. Put the 300mm f4 on the V1 and you have 810mm equivalent at f4 and 60 frames per sec.

    • Esae.

      I am laughing. A few weeks ago I bought one as a gift for my wife. It was for her to take along in a trip where convenience and limited space would be the rule. Definitely not a trip where she could take her DSLR. When I bought it I didn’t think “Nikon” even though we are very much dependent on the F-mount. I simply handled a variety of cameras side by side at a well-stocked dealer. The V2 stood out and price was not a consideration. We tried and while I was somewhat disappointed by its low-light level performance, it is a camera I wish I had for myself.

  • Michael Sloan

    Need smaller system (i.e. FX, DX or CX) to achieve following goals:

    1.) Compliment my D4
    2.) Accept mounting of FX glass to get benefits of cropped sensor (i.e. Higher Pixel Density per square mm in the sweet spot of the image circle)
    3.) Great ISO performance to at least 6400
    4.) Must have a viewfinder (Optical or Electronic)
    5.) AF System must be very quick for tracking bird in flight, or sports/action
    6.) Ergonomics must permit changing shutter speed and aperture easily while looking through the viewfinder.

    7.) Smaller, lighter weight

    Currently considering, in order of preference D800E, D7100, V1, V2

    I would like to hear about other reader’s experiences with the Nikon 1 series gear when combined with FX glass, or even DX glass.

    I would also like to hear about other reader’s experiences with the Nikon D7000/7100 series when combined with FX glass.

    If anyone owns a D800/E and either the D7000/D7100 or V1/V2, and are using their FX glass to get crop factor gains on the DX/CX body, how does the smaller sensor hold up in lower light, or when you have to push the ISO to make up for a fast shutter speed, compared to the D800/E when cropped for equivalent FOV?

    Feedback about ergonomics, lens bokeh, reliability, etc. on any of those cameras I’m considering would also be appreciated.
    One last thought, what about bokeh for the various lens systems and sensor systems; what is your experience in being able to wash out the backgrounds using long telephotos (200mm-400mm) with a cropped DX or CX sensor at varying subject distances and subject to background distances? Has anyone used the 300mm f/4 AF-D on a CX Nikon 1 series?
    Thanks everyone!

    • Maji

      AF-D glass will become MF when used with the FT-1 adapter. I use V2+Ft-1+70-200+1.4x and like it. However, as with these super tele focal lengths are sensitive to atmospheric conditions a lot.

      • Michael Sloan

        Thanks for the feedback Maji! You make me curious now about the effects of atmospheric haze being multiplied by crop factor. I can see the issue when adding a TC, but I wouldn’t think the 2.7 CF would cause additional issues. I plan on using the 400mm f2.8 with either a Nikon 1, or D7100 (D400 if it comes out soon). Hmmmm…

        • Maji

          I think it will be the same for all lenses with long focal lengths, not just special because of the V2 system. A 400mm lens will have the POV of a 1080mm with the CF of 2.7, so any shimmer, haze etc. will be very evident. However, you will enjoy shooting it provided you are using high enough SS and a good support system. I am not sure if you have seen this example, but check this one out what your combo can do.

          http://www.imagema.com/blog/2012/04/v1-on-safari/

          Good luck.

  • Pat

    the support for AF-C mode instantly tripled the value of the Nikon 1 system.

    forget about the super-duper over-priced AF-S 80-400mm. Just get a V1/V2 and use FT1 plus the 70-200 f/4 (or f/2.8) VR. now you have a 190-540mm f/4 or f/2.8 with faster frame rate than the D800 ever can do.

    time to ditch my GH3. I would get a camcorder (probably Canon G30) for video and a V1 or V2 as my small camera.

    • HotDuckZ

      Is G30 better than HXR-NX30?

    • KnightPhoto

      Don’t forget V1/V2 also makes a great camcorder too.

      Tripled the value for me too, now I can do family sports and BIF when I’m just going casual and not bringing the big gear.

  • NikonCoach

    I refuse to use FT-1 with my Nikon V1 when Nikon limits the max shutter speed of this combo to 1/1.3s. Why did Nikon do that? I can only hope Nikon knows the answer.

    • Zograf

      Max shutter speed of 1/1.3s is VERY slow for a camera. How come from 1/4000s in mechanical mode is reduced to only 1/1.3s?

      • NikonCoach

        Slowest shutter speed (with FT-1 on Nikon 1 V1) only 1/1.3s, not 30 sec or B. I hope this is clearer than my earlier comment.

  • H.N.

    AF-C support for the FT1 adapter only works for still photography, not video…

  • Syco

    loved mine before love it even more now I have afc with my 70-200 f2.8 II ;)

    • Smudger

      But still only with the central focus point?

    • Smudger

      But still only with the central focus point?

  • Steve

    Can you get a larger sensor via a firmware release? LOL.

  • Martijn

    if anyone has a Nikon 1 and adapter, could they make a video of AF-speed in continuous focus? and check wether it will work in video mode? that would make it a nifty videocamera

  • Davis5

    wich kind of firmware upgrade need the taschen? :D

  • Mikko

    I did a little bit testing with the new FT-1 update and here are some amateur samples of BIF images. Only the first three are shot in AF-S mode, rest with the new AF-C mode.
    http://nikon1stories.blogspot.fi/2013/06/does-nikon-v1-fit-for-bird-photography.html

    • KnightPhoto

      Great suff, THANKS! I shot soccer last night and it was good, trying BIF this weekend…

  • disqus_nZSqTRnnpy

    They forgot to mention about the FT1 update (Continuous AF focus mode) that it doesn`t work for video mode, only for pictures.
    i updated my ft1 with 18-55 and the AF-C doesn`t work (the update it`s useless :P)

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