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Firmware update roundup: Fujifilm, Nikon, Sony and Panasonic: Digital Photography Review

Fujifilm

Fujifilm’s X-H2 cameras both gain a series of improvements, including tap-to-track AF in movies, improved AF tracking performance in stills mode and direct Frame.io connectivity.

Photo: Richard Butler

Fujifilm has issued a series of firmware updates for its GFX100 II, X-T5, X-H2, X-H2S and X100VI.

All five cameras gain some bug fixes and the ability to upload Raw files using the Xapp smartphone app, along with promises of more consistent Wi-Fi connections.

The X-H2S, X-H2 and X-T5 gain more, though, with the addition of AF tracking and the ability to tap-to-track in movie mode. The company also promises improved stills AF performance, with AF tracking less likely to lose focus.

They also gain the ability to upload files directly to the Frame.io platform (the X-H cameras previously required the File Transmitter FT-XH accessory grip.

Firmware can be downloaded from your local Fujifilm website or via Xapp.

Sony

The Sony a9 III gains some features promised at launch, including the ability to use its full shutter speed range when shooting 120 fps bursts.

Photo: Richard Butler

Sony has released the promised firmware v2.0 for the a9 III, adding a series of features including the ability to use the camera’s full shutter speed range when shooting at 120fps.

It’s also re-released an updated version of the firmware for the a1, which it announced in March and then withdrew. Firmware v2.01 fixes a networking bug that was present in firmware v2.00.

Firmware for both cameras can be downloaded from your local Sony support website.

The company has also started selling the paid-for licenses that allow users of the a7 IV, a1, a9 III and a7S III to install custom grid-line displays on their cameras. The feature is aimed at professional photographers who produce large volumes of photos and need a high level of consistency between shots to speed-up their workflow. The $150 license fee can be paid at Sony’s professional products website.

Nikon

Nikon has released a series of firmware updates this month, including ones for the Z5, Z8, D7500 and D850. These primarily resolve a minor bug relating to the handling of Wi-Fi passwords when the cameras are reset.

Zf owners gain a more extensive series of bug fixes, with firmware v1.20 ensuring details such as consistent white balance in images shot in pixel shift mode.

These updates can be downloaded from the Nikon website for your region, or via the Snapbridge app.

OM System

OM System has issued firmware updates for its OM-5, OM-1 and OM-1 II models. The firmware for all three offers bug fixes, with the OM-1 models also gaining the ability to choose which security protocol is used to communicate with smartphones. This lets you force the camera to use WPA2 if the WPA3/WPA2 option isn’t working.

Updates can be downloaded from OM System’s website.

Panasonic

Panasonic’s Lumix DC-S5II and S5IIX received updates adding camera-to-cloud connectivity, some additional subject recognition modes and pre-burst shooting.

Coincidentally, Panasonic North American has also released a paid-for firmware option for professionals generating high volumes of images. This can integrate with several workflow tools and Panasonic’s own barcode/QR code scanner and also offers framing masks to aid consistent composition. This $199 upgrade is available now.

Any we’ve missed?

We’ve searched around for firmware updates but if there are any significant ones we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments.

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