Also released: firmware updates for Nikon D4, D3S, D3X, D3, D7000 and D3200


In addition to the D600 and D800 updates, Nikon released also new firmware for the D4, D3S, D3X, D3, D7000 and D3200 DSLR cameras. All versions include support for the 800mm f/5.6 lens, the D4 and D3200 firmware contain several additional fixes. The D7100 currently doesn't have added support for the 800mm f/5.6 lens. Here are the download links and detailed change logs:

Nikon D4

  • Support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR has been added.
  • Auto white balance performance has been improved.
  • Images are sharper and appear more three dimensional.
  • With live view photography in [M] (Manual) exposure mode, exposure preview was always on. This issue has been resolved.
  • With shooting at an image quality setting of TIFF (RGB) and an image size setting of Small, the right edge of images contained a purple line. This issue has been resolved.
  • In some rare cases, images recorded in JPEG format could not be opened by some software applications. This issue has been resolved.
  • In some very rare cases, colours would change with shooting when white balance was set to a specific colour temperature, as with Preset manual or Choose color temp. This issue has been resolved.

Nikon D3s

  • Support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR has been added.

Nikon D3x

  • Support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR has been added.

Nikon D3

  • Support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR has been added.

Nikon D7000

  • Support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR has been added.

Nikon D3200

  • The following functions have been changed with shooting using the Wireless Mobile Utility.

- When the camera's shooting mode is set to Auto or Auto (flash off), it now operates in Auto or Auto (flash off) mode. Prior to this upgrade, the camera functioned in [P] (Programmed auto) exposure mode.
- Live view can now be initiated even when the camera is set to "Auto" or "No flash" in GUIDE mode.

  • In some very rare cases when certain memory cards were used, movie recording would stop, even when the time remaining display indicated remaining recording time. This issue has been resolved. In some very rare cases, colours would change with shooting when white balance was set to a specific colour temperature, as with Preset manual or Incandescent. This issue has been resolved.
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  • Woohooo, now I can finally order that 800mm lens for my D3s!

    • SkintBrit

      LOL, yes that was the only reason why I hadn’t bought one for mine too! 🙂

      • Great, finally. Now I’ll buy two!

        You need a backup, right?

  • syd

    Images appear sharper and more 3D….

    WTF? I want this in all my gear!

    • Vin

      Its only for the new 800mm, and 3DS together, ha ha 20 grand later.

  • Rudi
    • Rudi

      5.02 of course

      • Rudi

        Oh well, not quite sure but date said 03/27/13:

        SB-900 5.02 firmware update

        Answer ID


        Published 11/17/2008 10:09 PM |
        Updated 03/27/2013 04:17 PM

        • DY

          I’m confused. I just checked my Sb900 and its already on 5.02? Did I upgrade in my sleep?

        • Richard

          I did wonder whether the update to this update might have fixed the curious bug that makes the SB900, with firmware 5.02 report, on both D700 and D3s, 5.002! But, no! Ah well! Anyone with SB910 have the same extra Zero?

  • Richard

    Yes, indeed! An e-Mail from Nikon Support telling me, “This firmware update makes various changes to improve the operation of
    your camera. It is recommended that you update your cameras firmware to
    ensure that you have the latest improvements available for your product.” but when I go to the web-site (no link provided, oddly, but no hassle) it is only (for the D3s) “Support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR has been added. ”

    How many of these 800mm monsters have yet been delivered?

  • jc

    should’ve gave the same AF upgrade from the d600 to the d7000.


  • Merv S

    Wonder what it is about the D90 that doesn’t it it fully compatible this 800mm lens while the D5000 doesn’t even require a firmware update.

    • rdunnell

      Maybe it is the in-camera lens correction stuff. The D90 has that but maybe doesn’t work fully with that for some reason. The D700 doesn’t have this if I remember correctly, other than auto vignette control. I don’t think the D5000 has that feature either, so there’s no database to update.

  • strange that no update for d300/s becasue they released update for d3 which is mush older camera

    • shadowfoto

      also nothing for D700

      • Aldo

        I thought the d700 was perfect? What issues are there?

        • shadowfoto

          i thought the same for D3(s)…

          however, there’s one annoing thing – D700 cannot into AutoISO with flash like newer cameras do.

          • Micah Goldstein

            What’re you talking about? Auto ISO works fine for flash with the D700. Works the same way it does on all the new cameras.

            • shadowfoto

              i’m talking about flash photography when iso goes up to 3200-6400. every D700 i’ve seen were tending to use lowest ISO set in AutoISO (sometimes even lesser – e.g 400 when lowest was set to 1600, completely ruining ambient light) and increased it only in rare cases, probably when flash fired at power levels close to 1/1.

              D7000 always stays in range and tends to use -1 step from maximum ISO setting, providing perfect exposures most of time.

            • Micah Goldstein

              I found their behaviour to be exactly the same. Depends how you set shutter and max/min ISO. Also depends on the flash you’re using and the distance from the subject. I suspect if you compared them side by side with similar focal length/angle of view, distance, aperture, in the same situation they do similar things. That was my experience with the D7000 for the year I owned one, slinging them both side by side with a pair of f2.8 zooms.

              I found the D7000 meter to be generally inferior in low light. It was ok in bright light, but a bit on the hot side.

            • shadowfoto

              well, i did that comparison when had both cameras at hand and the result was exactly as stated in my previous comment. it looks like D700 was programmed to increase iso only as a last effort to get exposure right, while D7000 has more freedom in guessing best flash/iso combo.

              and in really low light i prefer to switch to manual mode.

            • Micah Goldstein

              And again, I used them for more than a year together and when set the same, they don’t do that. You sure you weren’t using aperture priority or had the shutter minimum set different in each camera? Or maybe different max ISO set? If set differently, they behave different–because that how you set it!

              This sounds like user error to me. Anyway, use what you like. The D7000 got sold because it couldn’t focus. I’ll be holding on to my D700 until it dies. I’ll use different stuff for a second body, but there’s nothing that does what the D700 does for me.

            • shadowfoto

              nope, there was same settings. also confirmed on couple of friends’ 700&7000’s

              lol, i’ve sold D7000 for the same reason.

    • D300 / D300s does’nt need an update to work with the 800 lens.

      • fred

        That is nice to know!

        My lotto win is just around corner 😉 .

  • Gpereir4

    Why do these bodies need new firmware to use the new 800mm? What is different about this lens?

    • shadowfoto

      i think it’s related to electromagnetic aperture in the lens (the ‘E’ letter)

    • Micah Goldstein

      Things like vignette correction, CA correction, and distortion correction have settings for each model lens. Not important if you shoot raw.

      • fred

        Does 800 prime have distortion?

        • Micah Goldstein

          Historically, long primes like this have very, very little distortion. But we won’t know until somebody tests it. Or try it yourself!

  • adampad

    So does the new 800mm work with older cameras like a D2x or a D200? Sounds like all the new stuff has to be updated to work with it.

    What is different about the AF-S with the 800mm?

    • s.dunn

      I think it’s largely the electronic aperture control? Also as others have noted, distortion control vingetting etc done in camera.

  • skipow

    I just did a quick test on the D4 of video modes in FX and the 2.7 crop
    factor which video is premium & sharp. The FX mode has been soft but
    it looks sharp and as crisp as the 2.7 crop with the new firmware
    update. Can anyone confirm this? Many thanks!

    • Adrifter

      I think you might be right. I haven’t had chance to do an in depth test yet, but it seems to be the case.

      • mac

        post examples asap!!!!!!!!!!

    • The FX video might have been a very bit improved, but I just updated my D4 and then made a comparison between my D4 and my D800 and the sharpness of the D800 is still much better. Sorry.

      • Adrifter

        Is the D800 video sharper than the improved FX mode, the 2.7x crop, or both?

  • Micah Goldstein

    What are the chances of mounting a D3200 on the 800/5.6 vs a D700? Yet I see no D700 firmware update. Go Nikon!

    • Good point.

      • Micah Goldstein

        …meh, it’s not a big deal. As soon as I thought about it, I just realized that this was about in camera picture processing, and nothing to do with my raw work flow. This is unimportant for anybody who shoots raw.

    • neversink

      Just keep on waiting for the D700 replacement!!! Heh Heh!!!! Just joking. The D800 is the replacement. I have just finished downloading the firmware for the D800 and D4 and am psyched to see the difference, especially on the D4. Will be on assignment all day tomorrow starting before dawn as long as the weather holds out. Will be using both cameras. Good night all.

      • Micah Goldstein

        See my comment below–this update is pretty unimportant, except the D4 enhancements.

        There is no D700 replacement, which is why I’ll keep on…using my D700! Ain’t waitin for nothin. I’ll pick up a D800 sometime this year, but it’s a luxury, not a necessity. People they say I don’t need the FPS just don’t know how to use high FPS.

        Weather? PCh! As long as the light is good/interesting, then the D4 will giterdone! Rain is the only thing lens hoods are good for!

        • neversink

          High FPS is nice but not necessary. People who rely constantly on continuous fps don’t know how to use single shot and have no idea about composition. Blah blah blah….

          Lens hoods are also good for protecting filter and lens against dings.
          With a lens hood you can block all of the glare some of the time, some of the glare all the time, but you can’t block all of the glare all of the time. Abe Lincoln said that.
          Lens hoods are also great contraceptives…..

          • Micah Goldstein

            I’m not sure if you’re being sarcastic. Motor drive is abused by some, but mostly I hear people who have slow/low fps cameras complain about “spray and pray” and make excuses why they don’t need what they don’t have. I use high fps bodies, and they do what I want. End of story. Let the whiners whine.

            Lens hoods add bulk. In a Lowepro Offroad I can fit: A D700 with grip, a D300 with grip, four primes and my 70-200, if I let it stick out the top (with a hood!) I sometimes hang a 17-55 off the strap in a cushy case. The primes I have don’t flare any more or less with or without hoods or filters, so I leave filters on for protection and hoods off for bulk. I can fit the hoods for all the primes in the bag too, but it makes things tight and slow on the draw–I eschew that which I don’t need.

            In the rain, I just take a completely different bag and gear, since 3 of my four primes aren’t weather sealed.

            But yeah, lens hoods are great prophylactics for splashed and dings, but none of my lenses gain any anti-flare benefit.

            I said that.

            • neversink

              I was being tongue and cheek, but a bit serious also. Back in the good old days of film (which I still shoot on occasion) I used my beat up F, F2 and F3 with and without motor drive to cover everything from sporting events to protest marches to riots. Just waiting for the right shot to appear and press a single shot with your finger is often is the best thing. I still shoot my D4 in single mode as well as high fps setting…. Have fun either way….
              I agree with you about the primes. I often leave my lens hoods in the case, but they are good protectors against dings and rough weather.

            • Micah Goldstein

              Memory is cheap. And film wasn’t very expensive. I used to keep two bodies for events, just so I was never caught missing something while loading film. Now I do the same to not be caught out changing lenses, and I rarely fill memory cards (because they’re so bleedin big!)

              Fact: the clip on eye-piece cover for an F100 will clasp on to the end of a bare roll of film. I was prepared to make a film bandoleer when I “went digital”. Also considered rolling my own, just to get more shots before changing rolls.

              Today I buy the biggest fastest cards I can (screw the outdated CW about piles of smaller cards, which can get lost or cost you missed shots).

              D4 fps = better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

  • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR


    • Mr. Mamiya

      Did you read the linked support document? Your D3100 is compatible with your AF-S 800 without firmware upgrade!

      • Lucien Hughes

        Think it just might have been a joke, no one uses an 800mm lens with a D3100.

  • Emanuele.A

    where is the firmware update for my Nikon 1? I wont the 800mm on my Nikon V1!!!

  • alvin

    i cant believe they say of a D4 (say to a NPS member..) ” images appear (..) more 3d and sharper..” naa..impossibile… !!! their marketing dept …omg…!! hahahah!

    • neversink

      Just tested the D4 with new firmware. Man, it is like the twilight zone. It is not more 3D it is more like 4D, hence the camera name D4. You have just entered the fourth dimension….

  • Nikon D600 works great with this update! HDMI uncompressed signal is 1920×1080.


    My D4 just became a miracle machine after the latest firmware update!

    I have not seen anything like the images it started to produce. They just pop out of my 37 inch screen. I thought my D800 was the best camera ever… Now it is D4. The difference is sooooo huge!

    • Mr. Mamiya

      I’m curious how they did this? “Images are sharper and appear more three dimensional” sounds pretty amazing for a software update. But does it apply to JPEGs only, or did they tweak the RAWs as well?

  • ckasano

    Why no updater for my D700, as well D300?
    Are they too old?
    But, D3s has it. Why?

    • SleeperSmith

      You have a 800mm?

  • Syco

    Finding the images are sharper – video is definitely sharper, wb is good in mixed light.

    Interesting though when i put my d4 side by side to my calibrated display the rear lcd matches the display 95% but to the naked eye it still feels a touch green?

    very very pleased with the LV fix about freaking time.

    very very pleased with the af update from 1.04

    now give me my focus trap and ability to lockout the dials with the L-lock and they have pretty much got me covered.

  • Wow! I don’t know what they did to the white balance, but it’s a night (pun intended) and day difference!

  • Brian

    I thought Nikon was saying the 800 wasn’t recommended on a DX body?

  • shivaswrath

    Images are sharper and appear more three dimensional.
    WTF? My D4 shoots 3D now?

  • Michael_Foley

    *Question to admins*: According to Nikon the only update in the firmware for most of these cameras is compatibility with the 800mm 5.6. If I own a D7000 is it even worth taking the time to update the firmware? Are you aware of any other slight tweaks to the firmware, or is compatibility with this lens the only change?

    • no, I am not

      • Up $#!t’s creek!

        any idea how to update the firmware on sb900s if you own a d800 or d80? according to nikon not all cameras can do this

  • angelique always trust on nikon d3200

  • angelique prefer nikon d3200 then others

  • Aldo

    no F1 firmware update? shame on you nikon

  • Adhisa


    I’ve just update my d7000 to 1.4 (from 1.3) and guess what!? Now my d7k can shoot more frames in CH! Its look like in this update nikon tweak the d7000 buffer too! With 1.3 in jpeg large fine I got 13 frame before the camera switch to crawl mode, now with 1.4 I got 24 frame!

    In jpeg medium fine before this update I barely got 25 frame now I got 100 frame! Thats non stop shooting at 6FPS all the way to the maximum jpeg continuous release!

    I’m using sandisk extreme HD class 10 sd card and no single setting changed, just applying this update.

    Anyone confirm this too?

    • app

      nope, just updated mine. tried with both extreme pro 95MB/s and extreme 45MB/s both 16gb. still goes to crawl mode after frame 13 at Ch and jpeg fine large settings.

      • Adhisa

        Well okay I’ve found the culprit, I remember that days ago I flick one setting, it was the AUTO DISTORTION CONTROL at shooting menu that reduce your buffer!!! Try leave it at OFF to double your D7000 buffer!

        Let me know if you tried that.

        • apps

          Holy shit… JUST GOT 100 FRAMES STRAIGHT AT CH USING EXTREME PRO 95MB/S WITH AUTO DISTORTION CONTROL OFF AT JPEG LARGE FINE! Can anyone confirm if this is true even before the update?

          • Adhisa

            Told ya…

            • Roca

              Hi Adhisa any solution about “Now my d7k can shoot more frames in CH” ?

          • Micah Goldstein

            Yeah, that sounds right. Gives you extra frames if you shoot compressed raw too. Them fast Sandisk parts are good gear. Even my 45mb/s cards surprised me. Made the small buffer a non-issue most of the time. Buffer flushes faster than my D700 or D300. Too bad it couldn’t focus for shit, or I’d have kept it.

  • calibrator

    WTF? No Update for the D400?

    • fred

      Nikon did not slip up and put D400 in list by mistake :(.

      If they did, Nikon Rumors explode!

  • Ana

    anybody continues have problems oil spots with sensor D600 ???
    when you bought the D600? when shots already done?

    • steve

      Firmware update fix that. Turn off oil spray tube.

  • Hello!! How can I get de new firmware for my D3200? Thanks!

  • Tommy Brown

    Is this update cover the D4s or is it just the D4? Is it assumed to cover both if not stated?

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