Nikon has released firmware version 1.20 for its D500 camera. The firmware update, which comes two years after the camera was initially released, adds the ability to connect via Wi-Fi to devices running SnapBridge (version 2.5.4 or later) and fixes a number of additional issues.

Specifically, Nikon says it's addressed an issue where focusing on the edge of the frame wasn't accurate, a problem where the camera would sometimes stop working while shooting in continuous high-speed release mode and a bug where the camera would sometimes remain on even after the power button was turned to 'Off.'

Nikon does note the firmware needs to be installed twice if upgrading from firmware version 1.00 through 1.12, as it will show an update error the first time around (which is normal, according to Nikon). Below is a screenshot of the relevant note on the firmware update page:

In an email from Nikon, a spokesperson shared that 'Nikon recommends that those who need assistance uploading the latest firmware update to their Nikon camera reach out to Nikon Customer Support for assistance.'

You can download the firmware version 1.20 for the Nikon D500 from Nikon's website.


Update (April 23, 2019): The article has been updated to clarify that this firmware update needs to be installed twice if updating from certain previous firmware versions.


Nikon releases firmware version 1.20 for the D500

Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.15 to 1.20

• The camera can now connect via Wi-Fi to devices running SnapBridge. Before using this feature, upgrade to the following version of the app:

- SnapBridge version 2.5.4 or later

• Fixed the following issues:

- The camera sometimes had trouble focusing on subjects in the focus points at the edges of the frame.
- The camera would sometimes stop responding during shooting in continuous high-speed (CH) release mode.
- The camera would sometimes not turn off after the power switch was rotated to “OFF”.