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November 8, 2005

Firmware Upgrade for D2X, D2Hs Cameras


Nikon appears to be rolling out the first firmware upgrade for its D2X and D2Hs digital SLR cameras.

Nikon Asia's website now offers a Mac and Windows updater for firmware version 1.01 for both of these professional cameras. The A and B camera firmware are both updated, and installing both modules is required for proper camera functionality. According to Nikon's Asian website, the firmware upgrade addresses the following:

-Autofocus performance has been increased.
(Note: some of our readers are reporting vastly improved AF ability with their recently upgraded D2X cameras)

-An issue that prevented the AF-assist illuminator from firing when the Speedlights listed below were used has been corrected.
SB-29S, SB-29, SB-23, SB-22S, SB-22, SB-20.

-In images captured at a shutter speed of 1/250 s with a Speedlight SB-800, set to Distance-priority manual flash (GN), or Manual flash (M) with flash output set to full (M1/1) mounted on the camera, the top portion was often dark. This issue has been addressed. However, under the circumstances described above only, the guide number is reduced from that of full flash output level by approximately 0.6 EV.

-Images captured at white-balance settings of Incandescent, Direct sunlight, Cloudy, Shade, and Choose color temp. tended to have a reddish tint. This issue has been addressed.

-Errors in Dutch menus have been corrected.

The firmware updates can be downloaded from Nikon Asia's website. Currently, neither Nikon Europe nor Nikon USA list these upgrades as available.
In order to perform the upgrade, you will need a USB cable or memory card reader, a Compact Flash card (Microdrives are NOT supported), the AC adapter for your camera (or a fully-charged EN-EL4 battery), and the camera Guide to Digital Photography.

Links to downloads:
D2X firmware update 1.01: (Macintosh) (Windows)
D2Hs firmware update 1.01: (Macintosh) (Windows)

Update: As of 10:30am EST today, the updates are available from Nikon USA's site.

Posted by drjay32 at November 8, 2005 4:16 PM