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Nikon D3 Firmware Update A 1.10 / B 1.11

As promised, Nikon has released a new firmware update for the D3.

This new revision fixes a photo corruption problem in the firmware update earlier this month.

The A portion of the firmware remains the same as before, at version 1.10, the B portion is version 1.11....


Check-out the Nikon D3 specifications & reviewsWith the discovery of an issue that, in some rare cases, resulted in corrupted images captured with continuous shooting at 9 fps and RAW 14-bit recording option, the D3 firmware download released on April 15th 2008 was temporarily withdrawn on April 18th 2008.  This new firmware download corrects that issue. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused to any customers who updated their D3 Digital SLR camera with the previous version.

To download D3 Firmware:

US - D3 Firmware A ver 1.10 ; B ver 1.11 - Windows

US - D3 Firmware A ver 1.10 ; B ver 1.11 - Macintosh

EU - Firmware A ver 1.10 / B ver 1.11 for Windows

EU - Firmware A ver 1.10 / B ver 1.11 for Macintosh

About this firmware update
This service provides software for upgrading D3 A firmware to Ver 1.10 and B firmware to v1.11. When performing this firmware upgrade, be sure to upgrade both A and B firmware. Be aware that operation of your D3 is not guarenteed if either A or B firmware is upgraded while the other firmware is not upgraded.

The following improvements have been made in version 1.10.
- A Vignette control item has been added to the shooting menu. For information regarding supported lenses, see the supplemental manual.
- A Focus point brightness item has been added to the a6: Focus point illumination setting in the Autofocus category of Custom Settings.
- The Highlights playback display option has been moved from Display mode>Basic photo info>Highlights in the playback menu to Display mode>Detailed photo info>Highlights.
- When shutter speed and/or aperture are locked with shooting in live view mode, using the “L” (command lock) button, an “L” icon is now displayed in the camera monitor.
- The size and color of “Demo” displayed in the monitor with playback, when No memory card? in the Custom Settings is set to Enable release, have been modified.
- The range of settings available for ISO sensitivity settings>ISO sensitivity auto control>Minimum shutter speed in the shooting menu has been increased from 1/250–1 s to 1/4000–1 s.
- When a compatible Speedlight or Wireless Speedlight Commander is used, the AF assist illuminator now lights regardless of the focal length.
- When shooting in hand-held live view mode and the frame is magnified prior to autofocusing, operation has been modified so that display returns to the magnified display rather than full-frame display.
- In some rare cases, the image area visible through the viewfinder and the image area actually recorded differed when Image area>Choose image area in the shooting menu was set to DX format (24x16). This issue has been resolved.
- In some rare cases, white balance was not accurately calculated for images captured at a shutter speed of around 1/4 s in P and A exposure modes. This issue has been resolved.
- When attempting to crop images at an aspect ratio of 4:3 using the Trim option in the retouch menu, the cropped image did not have an accurate 4:3 aspect ratio. This issue has been resolved.

The following improvements have been made in B firmware version 1.11.

When RAW images were captured in the combination of settings noted below with B firmware Ver.1.10 installed, it led, in some rare cases, to image data corruption. This issue has been resolved.  

- 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

- NEF (RAW) recording>Type:  Lossless compressed, Compressed, or Uncompressed

Further details on the new firmware changes can be found in the additional PDF manual here

Additional information: Check-out the Nikon D3 specifications & reviews
April 26, 2008
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