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Nikon releases D3 firmware update to correct photo corruption problem  
Friday, April 25, 2008 | by Rob Galbraith
Nikon has released a new firmware update for the D3 that is meant to correct a photo corruption problem brought on by this month's earlier firmware update. The A portion of the firmware remains the same as before, at v1.10, while the B portion is now v1.11.

The Nikon USA download pages note the following changes:

Modifications enabled with upgrade of B frimware from ver. 1.10 to ver. 1.11
When RAW images were caprtured at the combinations 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

Modifications Enabled with upgrade of A and B firmware from ver. 1.00 to ver.1.10

  • A "Vignette Control" item has been added to the "Shooting Menu".
  • A focus point brightness item has been added to the "a6: Focus point illumination" setting in the "Autofocus" category in the "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 when shooting in LiveView 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 1/250th - 1s to 1/4000s - 1s.
  • When a compatible Speedlight or Wireless Speedlight Commander is used, the AF assist illuminator now lights regardless of focal length.
  • When shooting in hand-held LiveView 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, white balance was not accurately calculated for images captured at a shutter speed of around 1/4s 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.

Follow a link below to download:
Nikon has also removed all references to a 24.4MP D3X in the new B v1.11 firmware. As widely reported on the Web, the earlier B v1.10 contained numerous hints that a higher-resolution counterpart to the D3 is on its way.
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