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Firmware updates from Nikon and Sigma: D4, SD1 and SD1 Merrill updated

By dpreview staff on Jul 6, 2012 at 10:50 GMT

Nikon has updated the firmware of its D4 professional SLR to version 1.02, allowing more-vivid display of images shot in the Adobe RGB colour space, improving the stability of FTP upload connections and fixing various other minor issues. Meanwhile Sigma has released firmware updates for its SD1 and SD1 Merrill SLRs (versions 1.07 and 1.02 respectively), both of which promise to improve startup times, allow a dedicated flash to be used in manual mode with mirror lockup, and fix various bugs. Click the links below to download the updates.

Click here for Nikon D4 Firmware Update 1.02 

Click here for Sigma SD1 Merrill Firmware version 1.02 

Click here for Sigma SD1 Firmware version 1.07 

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Total comments: 11
By shaocaholica (Jul 7, 2012)

News blog space must be at a premium these days.

By Then4 (Jul 6, 2012)

Why don't give it the real name.... is it a Sony update or does Nikon and Sigma work together on the Foveon sensor ?

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By audijam (Jul 6, 2012)

some people just have problems to read...........

Hans Christian S
By Hans Christian S (Jul 6, 2012)

If I read Claudio NCs ironic post correctly the point is, that the two firmware updates concerns two very different cameras - thus making it difficult find a reason to post the news in the very same article. Well, english not my first language, so what do I know...

Claudio NC
By Claudio NC (Jul 6, 2012)


I understand you correctly?
Nikon and Sigma have created a new super Foveon camera, cannibalizing parts from D4, SD1 and SD1 Merrill and mixing the firmware?
How much... 108MP?

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Marcel Mutter
By Marcel Mutter (Jul 6, 2012)

Very confusing that news of two different manufactures is written in one news item.

Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Jul 6, 2012)

The wording has been changed - apologies for the earlier ambiguity. Nikon and Sigma are not collaborating (although I'd be interested to see the results if they did...)

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By Midnighter (Jul 6, 2012)

Combining this news from two different manufacturers into one item made me initially jump that Nikon was going to do something with Sigma. I believe this link best illustrates my reaction:

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By solarsky (Jul 6, 2012)

Well it's about time Sigma issued an update to bring the 15 MP Foveon sensor up to the advertised 46 MP! ;-) And for Nikon: By Foveon-means they should be more humble and revamp their advertisements for the D4 down to a mere M43- or a 4 resp. 5.3 MP FF cam. // End of logic chain (it IS Friday at last).

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By viking79 (Jul 6, 2012)

Sure, if you take a black and white image the Nikon has 16 MP. If you take a green image you might have 8 MP, a red image 4 MP, and a blue image 4 MP.

I don't prefer one over the other, but a Foveon sensor with lower MP will resolve more detail than a Bayer sensor with the same MP, especially on colored edges.

No, I don't think Sigma should call it 46 MP as a pixel is a unique location in the final image, having red, green, and blue values tied to it, but it definitely will resolve higher than a 15 MP Bayer sensor when colors are involved. My 4.x MP Sigma put up similar resolution numbers as my 10 MP Bayer sensors.

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Gary Dean Mercer Clark
By Gary Dean Mercer Clark (Jul 6, 2012)

It is well established that the SD1 produces an image comparable to a 24 to 30 MP camera depending on the colors in the image. It is still a young technology compared to the refined bayer sensor technology. I would love to see Nikon license the foveon technology from Sigma produce a Nikon foveon camera as Nikon has superb engineering know how. Sigma is a tiny company, so expect a slower development cycle. I think Sigma is in it for the long haul---hopefully.

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