D800 Gets a Firmware Overhaul

D800 Gets a Firmware Overhaul

Today, Nikon released a major firmware update for their D800 and D800E HDSLRs as well as minor patches for the UT-1 transmitter and a few CoolPix cameras. This is the first significant update for the D800(E) since about this time last year. The update (v. A 1.10, B 1.10) brings with it something that I wish all Nikon cameras had.

In addition to some compatibility updates, a cool image transfer mode, and AF fine-tune fix the D800(E) will now allow you to assign the movie record button. As a stills-guy, I'd love to use the movie record button for ISO changes on my D610 — here's to hoping they bring this change to other models soon.

The changes made in this update include:


  • Custom Setting f13 has been changed to Assign Movie Record Button.

  • With Custom Setting f13 changed to Assign Movie Record Button, Assign MB-D12 AF-ON is now Custom Setting f14.

  • Custom Setting f15: Assign Remote Fn Button has been added.

  • The following functions have been added or renamed when the D800 is used with the Communication Unit UT-1 running firmware Ver. 2.0. A Network (UT-1) option has been added to, and Wireless transmitter has been renamed Wireless transmitter (WT-4) in, the setup menu.

  • Function that has been added:

  • HTTP server mode - Use to view the pictures on the camera memory card, or to take photographs, from the web browser on a computer or iPhone.

  • Functions that have been renamed:

  • FTP upload mode (previously Transfer mode (FTP)) - Use to upload photos and movies from camera memory cards, or to upload photos as they are taken, to an ftp server.

  • Image transfer mode (previously Transfer mode (PC)) - Use to upload photos and movies from camera memory cards, or to upload photos as they are taken, to a computer.

  • Camera control mode (previously PC mode) - Use to control the camera from a computer running Camera Control Pro 2 (available separately) and save photos and movies directly to the computer.

  • Support for the updated version of Communication Unit UT-1 firmware has been added.

  • Support for CompactFlash memory cards with capacities greater than 128 GB has been added.

  • When AF-ON only was selected for Custom Setting a4 (AF activation) and the AF-ON button was pressed to initiate autofocus during viewfinder photography, focus remained locked even after the user took their finger off the button, and the shutter could be released at any time. However, specifications have been modified so that the shutter cannot be released under the following conditions if the camera fails to focus.

  • Autofocus mode is set to AF-S (single-servo AF)

  • AF-area mode is set to Single-point AF

  • Custom Setting a2 (AF-S priority selection) is set to Focus

  • When values for 12 or 18 lenses were stored with AF fine-tune > Saved value in the setup menu, only some of the lenses for which values had been stored were displayed under List saved values. This issue has been resolved.

  • When the live view selector was set to live view photography with Custom Setting g4 (Assign shutter button) set to Record movies, a value for preset manual white balance could not be measured. This issue has been resolved.

  • When the built-in flash was set to Commander mode, remote Speedlights sometimes did not fire. This issue has been resolved.

  • In some rare cases, the memory card access lamp remained lit for longer than usual, and some time was required before any operations could be performed. This issue has been resolved.

The updates can be found here (USA models):

D800 | D800E

[Via NikonRumors]


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Biggest update is that Trap Focus is back , but sadly no RAW S like on D4 s

James Nedresky's picture

I'm still waiting (and probably will wait forever) for them to offer a digital body with a sensor like the DF, but otherwise virtually menu-less, that would operate like an old F3-HP of FE, complete with split prism interchangable focusing screens. Easy to focus with any lens/no digging through menus/no bells or whistles. There are already hundreds upon hundreds of camera choices if you want (or feel that you need) all that additional stuff to play around with, that become yesterday's news in a matter of months. The DF could have done that but Nikon tried to do things on looks alone and missed the mark.

Or you could just not access the menu if you don't want to use a menu? How on earth did that not occur to you?

Sean Shimmel's picture

Yet STILL no way to choose RAW file sizes!

Damn, still no 60fps at 1080:(

Whyyyyyy no small/medium RAW options?? Why Nikon? Why??????? Seriously, WHY?!?

Spend $5 and pick up another 32GB card. Problem solved. Stop whining. You bought a $2000 camera, spend a couple bucks to get the memory for it.

I don't actually own the D800 but would do it if had smaller RAW option. And memory isn't the problem, I just don't need 36 megapixels, plus I've had a go at editing a RAW from the D800 on my computer and it is slower.

It has nothing to do with CF cards, at least, for me. Also, lemme know where to pick up them $5 32GB cards.

Storage isn't the point, guy. It's a workflow problem. From file transfers to layer-heavy composites in Photoshop, large RAW files lag the hell out of our productivity. When I have a 30 layer image open, I want the efficiency of smaller RAW files. Ask FStoppers Mike Kelley why he often uses an older 10mp Canon for his complicated composites.

Guess I don't know about that since I run a really nice computer. Sure, I spend about 5Gs on it, but if you're going to be buying a several thousand dollar camera, and using several thousand dollar lenses, don't complain when your $1000 computer can't handle it.

Just like sports cars. Don't go buying a Porsche 911 if you can't afford the insurance, or if you can't afford to be replacing tires every 10000 miles.

Spending an additional $4,000 to get a machine like yours that can handle it sure seems to be different than dropping $5 on another SD card. I'm loving the tough guy talk though, it sure it endearing and helpful to the conversation.

It isn't a $2000 camera. It's a $3000 camera :)

Why in the world do you buy a 36 megapixel camera if you don't want/need them??????

Best part of this update is amending that "brain fart" mode the D800 would randomly do. Hopefully that stalling is gone for good. It always struck in the most inopportune times.

Patrick Hall's picture

Did the last update not fix that? I know I've had that problem many times

I've experienced the problem up until this latest update. Time will tell if it's truly gone.

Why don't you read the release notes before letting a fart?

Bracketing by more than one stop at a time!! Please, please do this!

The question is, does the "NEW" Camera control, screw over CamRanger users? I love Nikon, but it would be just like them to do that.

i'm already having problems with my camranger and D800e on the previous firmware. I can't tell who's at fault here cause' it worked perfectly on the same firmware previously

Austin Rogers's picture

What is appealing to everyone about a small raw file? Isn't the whole point of raw that you can get as much information as possible out of the sensor? I'd love to hear what you think.

if you do a 2x2 binning you get 1/4 the file size and possibly better signal to noise ratio i.e. better noise/high ISO performance

Sometimes we shoot more than 1 kind of subject and we want to use 1 camera/camera system (/have a specialised camera like the D800/E do back up duties). When I shoot products with the D800E, noise is not an issue as I have adequate light, I want the 36mp of details. But when I put the D800E on the field, I need noise performance more than I need details, so I'd rather get better performance there and less file to clog up my computer and slow down my processing. Instead, I had to get a D4 for that at the moment... doesn't help that the cameras from the same release have rather different control interfaces. Thankfully this update fixed part of it which is the movie record button that I use to control the ISO on my D4.

I think maybe people just mean less megapixels? That's what I meant anyway!

Ask Fstoppers own Mike Kelley. RAW small is incredibly valuable for composite photographers who light in layers and composite in Photoshop. I build composites out 10-20 layers of flash and ambient exposures on average, and my computer really struggles with that. I want raw small so badly to be able to do more process-economical edits to improve my edit workflow. The first thing I thought when I saw this firmware announcement was "please let it include RAW small options!!".

Does anybody know if the camera will still work with DSLR dashboard with this firmware upgrade?

They probably left out the part about third-party products rendered useless...

Its great that Nikon still made firmware updates on this camera at all. Fuji has been kicking butt with providing firmware updates on their fuji x100s long after other fuji devices have been made. If a company knows that a camera can be even better than it is by way of an update, they should do it. I'd love a firmware update on my canon 6D.

I went from a d40x to a d700 and from a d700 to D800e and is best decision I have made in equipment acquisition. Yes my hard drives are exploding also my iMacs ram. But damn I have control in everything, if something needs to be crop, I just crop it without risking anything. Hard drives and ram memory are getting everyday cheaper and if one day you want to move to medium format you should get used to.

I want to upgrade the firmware but I'm afraid about the captures one tethering, has someone upgraded and still works?? Well capture one is hard to know because is always crashing haha.