Nikon releases new firmware upgrades for the D600 and D800 cameras

Nikon D800 firmware update

Update: the D800E A:1.01 / B:1.02 firmware updated can be downloaded here.

April 1st is now gone and I can finally post some "real" news: Nikon just released firmware upgrades C:1.01 for the D600 and A:1.01 / B:1.02  for the D800 DSLR cameras. One of the main D600 improvement is the 100% HDMI output. Unfortunately, Nikon still did not include a fix for the previously rumored Live View aperture bug.

Full list of modifications in the new D600 C:1.01 firmware:

  • Support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR has been added.
  • Subject tracking performance in AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) autofocus mode with framing using the viewfinder has been improved.
  • Frame output size has been changed from 95% to 100% when movie live view display is changed to "Information off" and an HDMI-compatible device is connected.
  • An issue that caused the right edges of images to be somewhat white when captured at an Image area setting of DX (24x16) 1.5x with Active D-Lighting set to Off has been resolved.
  • When the camera's shutter-release button was pressed repeatedly for uninterrupted shooting with the "Record to:" option in Camera Control Pro 2's Storage tab set to "PC+CARD", the camera would stop responding with displaying "Err" in its control panel. This issue has been resolved.
  • In some very rare cases, colors would change with shooting when white balance was set to a specific color temperature, as with Preset manual or Choose color temp. This issue has been resolved.

The new Nikon D800 A:1.01 / B:1.02 firmware update contains:

  • Support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR has been added.
  • Subject tracking performance in AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) autofocus mode with framing using the viewfinder has been improved.
  • Gamut for Adobe RGB images displayed in the camera's monitor has been changed. This enables more vivid display of images.
  • With live view photography in [M] (Manual) exposure mode, exposure preview was always on.  This issue has been resolved.
  • 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.
  • 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, colors would change with shooting when white balance was set to a specific color temperature, as with Preset manual or Choose color temp.  This issue has been resolved.
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  • Aldo

    I wonder if they also improved the auto wb of the d800… anyone? I have a gig this sat I won’t know till I do a few tests.

  • Ana

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

    • Spy Black

      Are you debating whether to buy it or not because of it? As I mention to you at FS, it’s really not a deal-breaker. If you want it, just go for it. All cameras need their sensors cleaned, obviously this one needs it more up front, but it’s not a big deal. I’m so glad I went ahead and got this camera, I was on the fence between it and the D7100, which is actually a better equipped machine. But the full-sized sensor (and viewfinder!) is a sigh of relief for me.

  • Michael Choong

    Updated today my d800, everything is fine, lens fine tuning still in memory, or every setting is remain the same before update.
    The other thing is, when pair with SB-700, when the red AF assist beam is operate, back focus still remain existing, nothing change on this problem. Not sure this problem need a firmware update on SB-700? Since never read any statement from Nikon.

  • Spy Black

    I’m curious, what’s the “A” and “B” business about?

  • Scott M.

    After installing new firmware my D800 is focusing MUCH more consistently. I am so glad I didn’t send it in to service. Before is was a struggle and now it performs as it should. This is really a fantastic upgrade for me. It was driving me crazy before.

    • Long tread of discussion and no one mentions this till now. It’s the single most crucial fix. So far it’s worked out well and focus is spot on – seriously I was starting to be brain washed and looking at switching to cannon given Kenrock’s constant advertisement

  • D800Guy

    Doesn’t look like a very critical update…

    • D800Guy

      For D800 that is…

  • PL

    Hi everyone, I have a d800. I just did the firmware update. Now I cannot get live view to show changes in exposure in shooting mode even changing the aperature and/or shutter speed.. It only works in recording mode… This is frustrating as I do lots of interior architecture stills professionally and it worked fine before the update. Anyone else experience this after the firmware update? Is there a menu function to turn it back on?

    • KnightPhoto

      Yes, Thom had indicated the OK button, but I wasn’t sure I understood him correctly. Thanks for confirming. Hopefully we now have the best of both worlds.

  • I don’t see any information regarding how the D600 firmware upgrade addresses the excessive oil and dust on the sensor issues 😉


    i have sold my d800 and no i have canon 5dmk III it is a better camera overall more focuspoints and crossover faster fps higer iso range better Movie editing more battery life and 3d tracing is better also AND not al dose silly ISSUES THAT D800 HAS IT WAS AN HALF DONE PRODUCT

  • J Miqueleiz

    Careful with the update. I Followed all the steps closely (I’ve had 3 bodies over the years) but my D800 died. It doesn’t reset with the two-button reset, LCD not working, Menu button not working and so on. 3k dollar camera not restorable by user after firmware update…lovely.

  • Aldo

    I had my first wedding with the updated firmware (on d800) and I’m pleased to announce that I see big improvements on the auto white balance and the color temp setting color rendition as well. Images also look sharper can anyone else confirm this? Also the sensor doesn’t seem as sensitive to motion blur as before. Anyone out there can confirm any of the things I noticed or any other changes please do share.

  • Mel from Canada

    I’m having problems updating the D800 firmware. I reformatted my CF card, ensuring that the primary card slot was CF. I got to the D800_0102.bin (15.1 MB) file and dropped n dragged it over to the NIKON D800E icon, but cannot access the update in the Firmware version option on the camera. ???

    • I had the same problem – charge your battery and try again.

      • Mel from Canada

        Thanks for the feedback… in my case, the battery was fully charged before I started the process. I must be doing something wrong, but I really tried following Nikon’s instruction. ???

        • KnightPhoto

          There are separate downloads for D800 from D800E, not sure if that is your problem?
          Also the bin file must be placed on the root directory of your card (not in a sub-directory). If you do this then you get the “update?” option when you goto the Firmware menu item.

  • A

    What they should release is a firmware update for the 18-35G that supports auto distortion control. There’s a lot of barrel distortion especially at the wide end of this lens and right now you can’t fix this in-camera. Boooooh!

  • koenshaku

    Its sad that I really was rubbing my pennies together to buy a D600 this summer. I thought they would fix the oil issue, but I guess not.. I don’t prefer to have the large megapixel count and the couple extra bucks for the D800 even still did they fix the focusing issues with that?

  • Stanley

    OK so I bought 3 d800’s like 4 months ago & they all had the impetuous focus issues so I was able to get ah refund. So question. It’s almost 5-months later & there are newer issues with it. Can I trust it and give it another try or should I try ah d600 instead? I’m ah foto journalist and I need to get some new bodies because my 5 d3h’s are all beat to shit and I need new stuff. My peers say give 1 d800 or 1 d600 ah try before I buy 4 new ones ….. any suggestions before I jump ship to Canon ? ? I’ve about had it with Nikon but to replace all my glass & get 4 bodies would that ah 2nd mortgage on my apt; what say you . . . . .

    • Crusty

      Canon fanboy with language problems methinks…

  • hers some Interesting opinions: The Nikon D600, an introspective from a landscape photographer.

  • Jason

    They still have not fixed the exposure metering bar in video mode? in harsh sunlight i cannot judge by the screen if it is under or over exposed i need that bar, nikon please its not that hard u have the histogram there why not an exposure bar 🙁

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