Warning: DO NOT update your Fujifilm camera using the app!

Fujifilm X-T5 testing
(Image credit: Alistair Campbell)

Fujifilm has issued an apology after customers reported an issue with their cameras freezing after installing the latest firmware via the Fujifilm app for smart devices.  

Firmware for a number of the best Fujifilm cameras (opens in new tab), such as the new Fujifilm X-T5 (opens in new tab), was released on November 29 2022 – and since then there have been several cases where the camera has become completely unresponsive. However, it would seem that the issue only occurs when the firmware has been updated using the Camera Remote App rather than downloading and installing it using an SD card. 

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The affected cameras and firmware updates are as follows: 

Fujifilm X-T5 (opens in new tab): Ver.1.00 and Ver.1.01
Fujifilm X-T4 (opens in new tab): Ver.1.70
Fujifilm X-T3 (opens in new tab): Ver.4.50
Fujifilm X-S10 (opens in new tab): Ver.2.60 and Ver.2.61
Fujifilm X-T30 II (opens in new tab): Ver.1.20
Fujifilm X-T30 (opens in new tab): Ver.1.50

"In response to the above issue, we will release the revised firmware on the firmware download page on Jan 19 2023," said Fujifilm. "Therefore, we apologize for the inconvenience, but we would like to ask you to update the revised firmware.

"When updating the firmware with the revised version, please be sure to update the firmware using an SD card according to steps below. (This phenomenon does not occur when updating firmware using an SD card.)"

So, to reiterate: until things are straightened out, do not update your firmware using the Camera Remote App. Instead, update to the revised firmware on January 19 using the SD card method, outlined below:

This is the screen that displays when the camera is switched on with the DISP/BACK button held down (Image credit: Fujifilm)

How to install firmware with an SD Card

1. Download the latest Fujifilm firmware using a memory card, make sure your camera battery is fully charged and your SD card has been formatted. Then head to the Fujifilm firmware download page (opens in new tab) and select your camera. 

2. Make sure it's the correct firmware which should be as follows: Fujifilm X-T5: Ver.1.00 and Ver.1.01, Fujifilm X-T4 (opens in new tab): Ver.1.70, Fujifilm X-T3 (opens in new tab): Ver.4.50, Fujifilm X-S10 (opens in new tab): Ver.2.60 and Ver.2.61, Fujifilm X-T30 II: Ver.1.20, Fujifilm X-T30: Ver.1.50

3. Copy the downloaded firmware onto the SD then safely eject it from your Mac or PC.

4. Put the card back in the camera and turn it on while pressing the DISP/BACK buttons. This will bring up a screen showing the firmware currently being used. Press Menu/OK to select the latest firmware.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen, click OK to update the firmware - this should take about 90 seconds to install. 

6. Once the installation is complete, turn the camera off then turn it back on again holding down the DISP/BACK button to double-check the firmware update has worked. 

When the new firmware is released in just a few days times, users should be able to download it via the app without experiencing any issues but until then, if you’re desperate to get up to date, make sure you download firmware the old-fashioned way. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.