Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fuji X-T1 - Firmware Update 3.0 - Update Tip "New Firmware Not Be Found"

Like many Fuji X-T1 owners, I was very excited to hear that Firmware 3.0 released today. The laundry list of improvements to their flagship camera is truly impressive, but what impresses me more is that they released updates to their older model cameras like the X-Pro 1 which was released in 2012. It's refreshing to see a company not abandon their older line - something Sony should think about especially with their Sony A-Mount cameras. Now more than ever am I itching to pick up a native lens for what seems like a brand new camera to me. 

Upon downloading the firmware file, I noticed I ran into a problem with the upgrading process. I got the message "New Firmware Not Be Found. Turn Off The Camera." I downloaded the files multiple times and even triple checked that I was pulling from the right link. According to Fuji, I need to make sure I upload the firmware file onto a formatted memory card which I did 3 times over.

I read from the Fuji site and saw that firmware 3.0 is named "FWUP0005.DAT". My computer however was downloading the file under the file name "FWUP0005 (1).DAT". To avoid the aforementioned problem, simply rename the file and delete any suffix after the 5 and upload to the memory card.  This fixed my problem and I was able to update my firmware without a hitch. I have read elsewhere that sometimes the files comes with a prefix so be sure to upload the file with this exact file name - FWUP0005.DAT

Update: It has come to my attention from a colorful viewer, who has recently been moderated, that the suffix issue is a user generated error. While my download history seems to tell me otherwise, I will keep this tip live as I find more utility in identifying a problem and offering a solution, than determining whether or not this was caused by human error.   

I don't know about you but I can't wait to try out all the new upgrades especially the new feature to print directly to the Fuji SP-1 printer.  Just in case you didn't know, here are all the updates as summarized by Dpreview.

  1. AF (Auto Focus) Area direct selection – Users can select the focus area with the 4-way controller, without pressing the Fn Button.
  2. Function replacement for the AE-L/AF-L buttons – The currently locked AE-L/AF-L button function will now be interchangeable, depending on the user’s preference.
  3. Focus Area size variability during MF (Manual Focus) – Users will be able to change the focus area in Manual mode during One Push AF with the AF-L button.
  4. Macro Mode direct selection – Users will be able to directly turn ON or OFF the Macro function in Auto Focus mode to expand the distance measurement range to the short-distance range. This will be possible without accessing the pop-up menu screen.
  5. Q Menu customization – The update will render the items and layout of the Q Menu, used for quick access of frequently-used items, changeable to the user’s preference.
  6. Video frame rate selection – In addition to the existing 60fps and 30fps selections, 50fps and 25fps, as well as a 24fps selection will become available to users. 50fps and 25fps allow video editing in the PAL region, such as Europe and elsewhere, without converting the frame rate. The 24fps will offer movie-like video capture and play back.
  7. Video manual shooting – Users will be able to select ISO sensitivity prior to shooting videos, as well as adjusting the aperture and shutter speed during video shooting.
  8. Phase Detection AF support for One Push AF – With One Push AF, operated by pressing the AF-L button during manual focusing, the update will enable Phase Detection AF with quicker focusing speeds.
  9. Metering area focus area interlocking – The update will enable users to interlock the AF area position with the metering area when spot metering is selected.
  10. Expansion of the Program Shift setting area – The update will enable the current Program Shift, in which the low-speed side is 1/4 second, to be shifted to a maximum of 4 seconds.
  11. Electronic Shutter – Adds electronic shutter function to original X-T1 Black bodies with a maximum shutter speed of 1/32000 second.
  12. New “Classic Chrome” Film Simulation – Film simulation that delivers muted tones and deep color reproduction.
  13. Support for INSTAX Share Printer – Photos can be sent directly to the INSTAX Share Printer for instant prints.
  14. Lock Function – Users can lock the camera to prevent unexpected dial and button operations.
  15. AF+MF Setting – Users can half press the shutter to autofocus, and then make fine adjustments using the manual focus ring.
  16. Three Custom White Balance options – Expands number of white balance users can store.
  17. Expanded EVF/LCD display types in Manual Exposure Mode – Users can now customize the way the image is displayed on the EVF or LCD.
  18. LCD Brightness and EVF/LCD Adjustment Control – Users can customize display brightness based on environment.
  19. Flash Compensation in Fn Button Setting – Users can now add Flash Compensation to any of the six custom function buttons.

Happy Upgrading,

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