May 16, 2005

D70 Firmware A/B Update 2.0

The promised firmware update the Nikon D70 dSLR is now available on their website.

D70 Firmware A/B Update 2.0
What is new/Content Description
Changes applied with the upgrade of A firmware version 1.01 and B firmware version 1.03 to A and B firmware version 2.00

* Performance of the 5-area AF system has been improved (Dynamic area and Closest subjct AF-area modes).
* Changes have been made to the design of menu displays.
* Page-size settings can now be applied from the camera with direct printing from a PictBridge-compatible printer.
* The number of exposures remaining, displayed in the control panel and viewfinder, when shooting at an image-quality setting of NEF (RAW) or NEF+JPEG Basic has been changed (the number is calculated based on the size of compressed RAW file).
Maximum number of exposures displayed when a 256-MB CompactFlash memory card is used:
Version 2.00: NEF (RAW): approx. 44 exposures; NEF+JPEG Basic: approx. 39 exposures
Version 1.03 or earlier: NEF (RAW): approx. 23 exposures; NEF+JPEG Basic: approx. 21 exposures
* The default setting for camera clock has been changed from 2004.01.01 to 2005.01.01. Now you cannot set the clock back to a date before 2004.12.31.
* A problem that sometimes caused communication between the camera and computer to be unexpectedly terminated when using Nikon Capture Camera Control has been corrected. (Windows)

To get the updates-

D70 Firmware A/B Update 2.0 for Windows

D70 Firmware A/B Update 2.0 for Mac

***Update-
As I own one of these cameras I just wanted to let you all know I applied the update successfully tonight to my D70. So far the biggest difference I can see is the nice new menu colours (more professional looking and easier to read) and the focusing is faster!

Make sure you follow the directions closely - and only apply the A update, then the B update seperately (not at the same time). Good luck!
Rick