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Nikon Coolpix 950 Firmware 1.2 details

Nov 6, 1999 at 04:00 GMT

Thanks to a reader for this item, details of the Coolpix 950 firmware 1.2 update which were included on the CD-ROM which came with his new 950 (which was pre-loaded with 1.2). Seq Xfer bug fix, support for larger CF cards, new sensitivity operation and improvements of LCD brightness. Here's the full text of the 1.2 update "What's New"

UPDATE: NikonTechUSA have posted the "1.2 what's new" PDF file.

Sensitivity

In earlier versions of the COOLPIX 950 firmware, the default sensitivity setting (dEF) was fixed at a standard value. With Version 1.2, the default value for sensitivity varies with lighting conditions. Under normal lighting conditions, sensitivity remains at the standard value. When lighting is poor, the camera will automatically raise sensitivity to compensate, to a maximum roughly equivalent to a setting of +2.0. Note that at sensitivities above the standard value, a slight amount of noise may appear in the final photograph. The icon is displayed in the LCD monitor whenever sensitivity is higher than the standard value. At settings of 100, +1.0, or +2.0, the current sensitivity setting is displayed next to the icon.

Seq. Xfer

In earlier versions of the COOLPIX 950 firmware, sequential file numbering was automatically set to OFF in A-REC mode. In Version 1.2, a new item, SEQ.XFER, has been added to the A-REC setup menu, making it possible to turn sequential file numbering on and off while the camera is in A-REC mode. These settings are the same as those described for M-REC mode in �The Camera Menus: The M-REC Menu� on page 35 of the COOLPIX 950 Reference Manual. The SEQ.XFER setting selected in A-REC mode remains in effect when the mode dial is turned to M-REC; similarly, if the setting is changed when the camera is in M-REC mode, the change remains in effect when the mode dial is turned to A-REC.

LCD Brightness

The brightness of the LCD monitor is conrolled by means of the LCD BRIGHT option in the setup menu for each mode. With firmware Version 1.2, setting LCD BRIGHT to �+� not only increases the brightness of the backlight, but also increases the overall brightness of the monitor. In another change from earlier versions, the brightness of the LCD backlight at a setting of �0� has been increased. Note that setting LCD BRIGHT to �+� also increases the brightness of images output on a television set when the cam- era is connected to a television or VCR. Under normal viewing conditions, this may make the image on the television appear slightly �washed out.�

Shutter Speed Display

At shutter speeds of 1 / 4 sec. or slower, noise in the form of colored dots may appear in the final photograph. At speeds of 1 / 4 sec., this noise is almost imperceptible, but the amount of noise increases as shutter speed slows. When the shutter speed is set to 1 / 4 sec. or slower, shutter speed will be displayed in the LCD monitor in yellow. Noise can be avoided by using the flash or, in M-REC mode, setting the exposure mode to aperture-priority auto and choosing a larger aperture.

CompactFlash Memory Cards

In addition to the memory cards mentioned in the Reference Manual, the following CompactFlash memory cards have been tested and approved for use in the COOLPIX 950 digital camera:

SanDisk SDCFB-4, SDCFB-8, SDCFB-15, SDCFB-30, SDCFB-40, SDCFB-48, SDCFB-64, and SDCFB-96 CompactFlash memory cards

Contact the manufacturer for more information on the above memory cards.

System Error

The message displayed when a system error occurs (see the COOLPIX 950 Reference Manual, �Troubleshooting: Error Messages�) is now the English �SYSTEM ERROR,� regardless of the language currently chosen in the M-REC or playback setup menus.