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Nikon updates firmware for D3100, D3200, D5100, D5200, and P7700

By dpreview staff on Nov 14, 2013 at 17:11 GMT

Nikon has posted firmware updates for the following cameras: D3100, D3200, D5100, D5200, and P7700. More accurate detection of the remaining charge for the EN-EL14a rechargeable li-ion battery is the only fix.  

Get the latest firmware: 

Source: Nikon

Comments

Total comments: 30
eye4get
By eye4get (5 months ago)

I updated my D5200 to C 1.01 immediately after purchase (and before reading these comments). I can't comment on changes as I am new to this camera. I am hoping third party batteries still work, as I have two in the mail from Amazon. I am experiencing problems using Live View using Sofortbuild. Live View will not work, but it does work using Nikon's (expensive) Camera Control Pro 2. I can activate the Live View with the camera unplugged, but as soon as I connect it, the mirror drops and Live View stops. I fear Nikon might have sneaked in a patch for third party batteries and software.

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opiecat
By opiecat (5 months ago)

i patched my D5100. wasabi battery DOES work.

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ngc894
By ngc894 (5 months ago)

Yet another one by Nikon I wonder what my friend Thom Hogan will have to say about this one...

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panoviews
By panoviews (5 months ago)

Unofficial Nikon Firmware Patching Tool:
http://simeonpilgrim.com/nikon-patch/nikon-patch.html
http://simeonpilgrim.com/nikon-patch/nikon-patch-beta.html

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peevee1
By peevee1 (5 months ago)

The same battery used in Df - probably found the bug testing it.

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Jimmy jang Boo
By Jimmy jang Boo (5 months ago)

Really, Nikon updating FW? This must be a hoax.

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Jack Simpson
By Jack Simpson (5 months ago)

be nice Jimmy :D

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Ben Herrmann
By Ben Herrmann (5 months ago)

CAUTION: Be very careful - I just did the firmware update for the Nikon P7700, and now, 3rd party batteries no longer work. The camera will not respond to any of the 3rd party models that I have - including the Wasabi's that are superior. Once you turn off the camera (after firmware update), it will not start up again with a 3rd party battery (at least in my case). But it will function just fine with Nikon batteries. Way to go Nikon!!!! You Tu_ds....another way for you to make an extra buck now having to buy your batteries exclusively.

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Escape
By Escape (5 months ago)

Are you able to revert back to an older firmware version or is that not supported?

And that's assuming you have a copy of the older firmware file somewhere...

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Ben Herrmann
By Ben Herrmann (5 months ago)

I have the older firmware - but is that feasible? I don't want to screw things up - so generally, when you introduce the most recent (previous) firmware, should this set things back the way they were?

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Escape
By Escape (5 months ago)

Well, the question is whether the camera will allow you to install a lower version firmware. Sometimes these things are programmed in such a way that the camera will ignore the "new" (old in your case) firmware if this firmware's version number is lower than what's currently in the camera.

I've got a D5200 and now I'm wondering if this upgrade would make my non-Nikon battery stop working as well. For now, I'm just not going to install this new firmware at all.

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photoholiko
By photoholiko (5 months ago)

Same here on my D5100, Third party batteries don't work.

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b traven
By b traven (5 months ago)

HA! That's just what I was going thinking, that the update would do that. I have a D3100 and P7700 and use Wasabi EN-EL14s with no problem for both. Boy am I glad I checked out these comments before I did anything. Thanks, I hope you can get it squared away. How do you like that P7700?

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BonsaiZG
By BonsaiZG (5 months ago)

After updating firmwera on my D5100 I have no problems with batteries.

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falconeyes
By falconeyes (5 months ago)

I guess the new firmware must identify EN-EL14 vs. EN-EL14a and the check fails with a 3rd-party battery. Probably a bug in the new firmware as Nikon may simply have skipped a test for 3rd-party batteries in the lab. Solution would be to fall back to EN-EL14 behaviour in the firmware.

Not sure though if there will ever be another FW update. Nevertheless, I still don't think Nikon did it on purpose or that all 3rd-party batteries cause problems.

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epo001
By epo001 (5 months ago)

There is no way to know if a non-factory firmware downgrade is safe. I doubt if Nikon even test for this. It can't be as simple as just reflashing because saved parameters have to be preserved. Simplest and safest way is for the camera to check firmware binary for an embedded version number and only apply newer versions.

Also safest and simplest to calibrate camera behaviour for Nikon's own products. Why would they do anything else?

Interestingly the P7100 also uses EN-EL14s but hasn't had a firmware update.

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JimW-203
By JimW-203 (5 months ago)

I just did the firmware update on my D5100; the only non-Nikon battery I have seems to work fine thus far (Power 2000 from B&H).

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Nightwings
By Nightwings (5 months ago)

Lesson to the rest of us ... if your camera is working fine, leave the camera firmware as is and only install lens profile update firmware.

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Carlos Loff
By Carlos Loff (5 months ago)

It´s always better than nothing to see some Firmware updates... AND NOW.. UP WITH THE DAM D400, Cum´onnnnnnnnnnnnnn - Show Me the D400...

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Alex Akai
By Alex Akai (5 months ago)

5200 fw LINK IS WRONG. It points to 5100 update ! Nikon file extracts as 5100.bin ...

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Escape
By Escape (5 months ago)

They've fixed it now. Still, based on the downsides and no benefits, I don't see why anyone would actually install this FW on their 5200.

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marike6
By marike6 (5 months ago)

I'm thinking about taking advantage of the special for the D5200 / 18-140 kit. It's such a great all around camera and that lens is pricey, but with the $400 instant rebate special, the kit is extremely reasonable. The only thing keeping me from doing it now is the D7100 is so excellent, and the D5300 has added 1080p60, a first for any Nikon.

But since IQ is so close on all three bodies, it's a really tough choice.

For the D3200 firmware, if they added 1/3 EV steps to the ISO, it would be a heck of a lot more desirable of a body for me. As it is, I can't deal with full stops in ISO.

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Horshack
By Horshack (5 months ago)

This should breathe more life into these discontinued camera models.

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88SAL
By 88SAL (5 months ago)

D3200 is D/C?

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Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (5 months ago)

Only thing they did is only thing they fixed i see no reason why would that "breathe more life into these discontinued camera models."

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Alberto Tanikawa
By Alberto Tanikawa (5 months ago)

Would've liked to see a firmware update for my D7100 to allow dual functions to Fn and Pv, like I have it in my D3. As it stands it's single function only: either press or press+turn, not both.

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Danica
By Danica (5 months ago)

Is the D5200 link correct? The download says f-D5100-V101W.exe

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rb59020
By rb59020 (5 months ago)

Hardly worth it. All it does is update for use of a battery that's not even out yet. EN-EL14a

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Alex Akai
By Alex Akai (5 months ago)

I think they got it mixed up. The link points to 5100 update NOT 5200 ! When the file extracts, it's for 5100...

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Escape
By Escape (5 months ago)

Yeah, I noticed that too. The link on the 5200 firmware page points to the same file as the 5100. Pretty sure Nikon got the link wrong.

And I also agree, seems like it's not really worth upgrading at this point.

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