How To Update Nikon Firmware

So, there you are, casually browsing the latest camera news and you discover that Nikon has just released new firmware for your camera.

But the question is – do you update it yourself or send it in to Nikon for the update?

Well, save your packing tape for returning all the stuff you ordered on that internet shopping spree last week! In the video below, we’ll go through the process of updating your Nikon’s firmware, step by step.

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I just purchased a used d 7100 with only a 101 firmware and on the Nikon site they only list 104. How can I get lower number firmware (ie: 102 and 103)?

golfclash
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It appears to address the same issues as the update for the D850.

Robert D.
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Robert D.

Hi Steve, Great informative video. I was surprised that you had to use the primary XQD slot to upgrade the firmware but it is good to know. I have one question, I use two D850s, to update the firmware do I need a separate XQD card formated for each camera or can I use the same card for both cameras? I look forward to seeing you in Costa Rica in July and your next offering on Birds in Flight. Thank you.

Sue
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Sue

Thanks for the great video. I’m all set!

Sue
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Sue

Thanks you. Everything worked just fine!

Paul Bowman
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Paul Bowman

Thanks for the video on Firmware updating. I followed the video, and did update my D500 from C1.10 to C1.20. My question is does the update include all of the previous updates. I was never able to update the firmware before because I wasn’t doing it right. I contacted Nikon, and they told me to ship the camera to Nikon USA to get it updated, but I never did.

Peter
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Peter

Hi Steve, thanks for her another very helpful video. I’ve just finished updating my D500. It worked fine, although you have to do it twice. Nikon warns you may get the alarming “….return to service centre message…..” after the first update. But ignore this and perform the update again. When you do the second update the previous and update versions maybe the same or different . Either way ignore this and do the second update. In my case I didn’t get the warning message but the the two versions were the same. However all seems well!

Bruce Francy
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Bruce Francy

Very timely. Updated my D850 and worked just as you said! Thanks.

Bruce Francy
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Bruce Francy

Very timely for me. Updated my D850. Worked just like you said. Thanks.

COREY RAFFEL
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COREY RAFFEL

Steve,
Worked perfectly on the D850. As usual, you instructions were on target and easy to follow.
Thanks.
Corey

Karen Botvin
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Karen Botvin

Great instruction, thank you!

Vicki
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Vicki

How do you know if your in root on card Xqd? I put the D850_0110.bin file
On card under DCIM not Nikon. Camera did not show an update under firmware?

Gary Erbeck
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Gary Erbeck

Vicki, just drag the bin file to the XQD card “open space”; don’t put it in any of the folders you may see on the card. That is what is known as the root of your card.

Katherine Howells
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Katherine Howells

I hadn’t even realized that firm updates were a possibility. This was quick and painless on my d7200.

Your videos and books are so helpful- clear, concise and entertaining at the same time. I have both Secrets to Autofocus and Secrets to Exposure & Metering. Both are really good resources to which I frequently return for help.

Thanks so much for the education!
Katherine

Steve P
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Steve P

I already receive your emails and appreciate them. I have most of your ebooks and they are great. Your latest support email on firmware updates was great. Have done my first update on my D750 (and any camera for that matter) and it worked. Once again – very helpful. Just what I needed. Thanks. Regards – Steve

Mike Gifford
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Steve, One question I’m trying to get answered is about AF Auto-Tune on the D850. With the firmware update to v1.10 is your AF Auto-Tune information lost? I have 8 lenses that I’ve AF Fine Tuned (with you help). Is you Af Auto-Tune information saved along with your custom shooting and camera set-up settings so that you can reload after a firmware update?

Edward Walker
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Edward Walker

Steve on the play store as an app from Nikon that enables you to download and use all the instruction manuals. The beauty of it everything is on your device. No internet needed to read them

Edward

berthelsdorf
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Will I have to reprogram my camera after the update, or will it retain my custom settings? I need to update both a D750,D850, and my wife’sD7200.
Thanks:
Victor

Jay Amundson
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Jay Amundson

Steve, I use the D810 and found the messages below. Notice • The D810 “C” firmware can be upgraded directly from version 1.00 to version 1.14 with no adverse effects. While updating to this version reduces the bright spots customers have noticed in long exposures, it does require that an imaging adjustment be performed by a Nikon-authorized service representative. This update also reduces the bright spots that have been noted in photographs taken with 1.2× selected for image area. Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.13 to 1.14 • The SETUP MENU > Time zone and date > Time zone display… Read more »

STEVE WHEAT
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STEVE WHEAT

I have a Nikon D750 which has not been updated. I checked and there are several updates. My question is – do I install each of the updates in order or will the last update also cover the previous updates ? thanks

Gary Erbeck
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Gary Erbeck

According to the Nikon download page for the D750 firmware update to V 1.15: This update includes all changes made in previous updates.

STEVE WHEAT
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STEVE WHEAT

thanks

Gary Erbeck
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Gary Erbeck

There is also a firmware update for the D500. It appears to address the same issues as the update for the D850. Here is the link for the D500 update: ttps://downloadcenter.nikonimglib.com/en/download/fw/323.html

Gary Erbeck
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Gary Erbeck

Here is the complete link (I left out the “h” in “https”): https://downloadcenter.nikonimglib.com/en/download/fw/323.html