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Nikon confirms D3 firmware v1.10 problems

A few days ago, an announcement was made on the Nikon website that the Ver. 1.10 firmware update for the D3 digital-SLR camera was available for download.

However, it has been confirmed that when some settings are applied with the updated firmware, image data may, in some rare cases, be corrupted.

Therefore, Nikon has terminated the firmware update download. A new version is expected in late April...

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Check-out the Nikon D3 specifications & reviewsThis is what Nikon states about the problem on the various Nikon web sites (like Nikon in the USA, Nikon in Europe):


Termination of D3 Digital-SLR Camera Firmware Ver. 1.10 Download

On April 15, 2008, an announcement was made on the Nikon website that the Ver. 1.10 firmware update for the D3 digital-SLR camera was available for download. However, it has been confirmed that when the following settings are applied with the updated firmware, image data may, in some rare cases, be corrupted. Therefore, we have terminated the firmware update download. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused.


Release mode: Continuous high speed (CH), or Continuous low speed (CL) with Custom Setting d2 set to 9 fps
Image area: FX format (36x24) or 5:4 (30x24)
Image quality: NEF (RAW) or NEF (RAW) + JPEG fine/normal/basic
NEF (RAW) recording>NEF (RAW) bit depth: 14-bit
*The issue related to NEF (RAW) recording>NEF (RAW) bit depth may occur regardless of the option selected for NEF (RAW) recording>Type (Lossless compressed, Compressed, or Uncompressed).
If you have downloaded the D3 Ver. 1.10 firmware update but have not yet updated the camera's firmware, please do NOT perform the update. If you have already updated the D3 firmware, please do not shoot with the combination of settings indicated above. This issue does not occur with other combinations of camera settings (for example, when NEF (RAW) bit depth is set to 12-bit, or when shooting in continuous low speed (CL) release mode with Custom Setting d2 set to 8 fps or lower.)

The download version of the revised firmware update is expected to be available in late April. For more information regarding this matter, please contact Nikon Customer Support.

Again, we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused. We hope that you will continue to choose Nikon for your photography needs.

Additional information: Check-out the Nikon D3 specifications & reviews
April 19, 2008
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