Nikon D5 firmware update now available

Nikon's D5 may already be pretty much as good as it gets for DSLR users, but some fresh firmware promises to make the flagship FX model even better.

The new v1.20 firmware update provides a range of fixes and adjustments, and also arrives with two new AF Area modes.

Named group-area AF (HL) and group-area AF (VL), the new modes allow the user to respectively specify a row or column of AF points for the camera to use. When the camera is set to AF-C option, priority is given to a selected point in that row or column that contains the subject closest to the camera.

Nikon has also used the update to broadened its support for AF-P lenses. This follows the news of its first full-frame AF-P lens, the AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR, which was announced earlier this week.

Other changes include updates to the photo info display to show the colour temperature of images captured using the Auto white balance setting, as well as the addition of an EXIF tag listing to show the difference between the local time zone and UTC. 

Nikon has also announced a v1.13 firmware update for its D500 DSLR and v1.3 firmware for its B700 compact camera. While these are far less significant than the above – only containing a single fix per update – the D500's firmware does promise to improve the reliability of Snapbridge connections with Android devices, which is very welcome to see given the problems many users have reported with the feature.

Nikon has also announced updates to its Camera Control Pro and ViewNX programs, principally to support the D5's new AF area modes.

All of the above updates can be dowloaded via Nikon's Download Centre.

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Matt Golowczynski

The former editor of Digital Camera World, "Matt G" has spent the bulk of his career working in or reporting on the photographic industry. For two and a half years he worked in the trade side of the business with Jessops and Wex, serving as content marketing manager for the latter. 

Switching streams he also spent five years as a journalist, where he served as technical writer and technical editor for What Digital Camera before joining DCW, taking on assignments as a freelance writer and photographer in his own right. He currently works for SmartFrame, a specialist in image-streaming technology and protection.