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New Nikon D3100 Firmware available: Version 1.01

27 Jan Posted by Matt in Guides, News |
New Nikon D3100 Firmware available: Version 1.01

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We like the Nikon D3100 a lot - when it first came out last year we thought it could be the perfect beginner digital SLR, and it certainly hasn’t dissapointed.  As with all new models there were a few niggles though, so we reccomend that all users install the firmware update (version 1.01) released by Nikon this week.

There isn’t anything particularly revolutionary about this firmware update; as would be expected from a 1.01 version the release is attempting to address a number of concerns and issues that some users have experienced rather than add any new functionality.

Nikon D3100 Firmware v1.01 Bug Fixes

Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera

Nikon D3100

Nikon say that the issues fixed with the 1.01 release include:

  • A magenta tint was present at the bottom of still images captured at high sensitivities after shooting in live view mode or recording movies for an extended length of time – this has been reduced.  
  • Occasionally some photos taken with continuous shooting in live view mode were not properly displayed when viewed back on the camera – this has been fixed.  
  • In live view mode using Subject-tracking AF, occasionally the focus point moved from the chosen subject while autofocusing after the intended tracking subject had been selected. This has been fixed.
  • When using calendar view photos edited using in-camera retouch functions were assigned to dates based not on the date they were taken, but instead the date they were edited. This has been changed.

There have been some other minor changes, including an amendment to they way in which noise reduction is applied and some specific issues caused when doing advanced white balance editing with the Nikon Capture NX 2 or Nikon View NX 2 software.  For an exhaustive list of changed made in this v1.01 release, check out the Nikon website.

How do I update my D3100′s Firmware?

First off you should check what version of the firmware you currently have, especially if your camera is quite new.  You can do this by pressing the Menu button, selecting Setup Menu and then choosing Firmware Version. Already have version 1.01? Hurrah! You’re already up to date so you need not do anything.

Likelihood is that you will be on version 1.0 though, in which case updating the firmware is reasonably straightforward.  Before you go any further it’s a good idea to make sure you either have the AC adapter to hand or at least a fully charged battery… losing power whilst the update happens can upset your camera!

Updating the Firmware on Windows & Macintosh Computers

Before you start, make sure you have:

  • A formatted SD Card (you can format the card using the camera if needed)
  • A SD Card Reader (or computer with built-in SD Card reader)
  • A fully charged battery or AC adapter plugged into your D3100.
  1. Download the new firmware from Nikon; choose either the Windows version or Apple Macintosh version.
  2. Run either the .exe file you downloaded (Windows users) or .dmg file (Mac users) – you should now be able to see a .BIN file.  This .BIN file is what contains your new D3100 firmware.
  3. Using your card reader or by plugging the SD Card directly into your computer, copy the .BIN file to your formatted SD Card.
  4. After ejecting it from your computer, insert the SD Card into your D3100, then turn the camera on.
  5. Go back to the Firmware Version screen in the Setup Menu (see above), and follow the upgrade instructions displayed on the screen.
  6. Once you have completed all the steps, turn off the camera and remove the memory card. Now turn it back on and check the firmware version once more, it should now say version 1.01 is installed.
  7. Congratulations – you’re ready to go with your newly enhanced Nikon D3100!

If you’re having trouble installing the new firmware, then Nikon have some very detailed instructions for both the PC and Mac that we suggest you follow.


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