Editor’s note: The links and changelogs in the article have been replaced with the copy and downloads from the Nikon USA website.


Twenty-two months after originally announcing its intentions to do so, Nikon has released a trio of firmware updates for its D5, D850 and D500 cameras that, amongst other updates, brings CFExpress Type B support for to all three DSLRs.

This new support means Nikon D5, D850 and D500 DSLRs, like the Z6, Z6 II, Z7 and Z7 II mirrorless cameras, can now use CFExpress Type B cards, which are now more readily accessible and come in higher capacities than their similarly-designed XQD counterparts.

In addition to the CFExpress Type B support, the firmware updates also address a few other issues for each of the cameras, which you can find in the changelogs below.

You can download each of the new firmware updates using the link below:

Firmware version 1.30 for the Nikon D500

Firmware version 1.20 for the Nikon D850

Firmware version 1.40 for the Nikon D5

Changelogs:

Nikon D500 (Version 1.30):

  • • Added supported for CFexpress cards (Type B). For more information, see the Nikon support website for your country or region.
  • • Fixed an issue that caused both the Entire frame and Background only options for Custom Setting e3 Exposure comp. for flash in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU to produce the same results as Entire frame during flash photography.

Nikon D850 (Version 1.20):

  • Added supported for CFexpress cards (Type B). For more information, see the Nikon support website for your country or region.
  • Changed the default for Custom Setting b6 Center-weighted area from ⌀8 mm to ⌀12 mm.
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • When shooting with the lens aperture ring rotated to maximum aperture on a non-CPU lens for which lens data had been supplied via Non-CPU lens data in the SETUP MENU, the camera would sometimes fail to display the correct aperture value in the monitor or record it to the Exif aperture value field for photographs taken with On (Mode 2) selected for Silent live view photography in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU.
    • When movie live view was output to an external recorder via HDMI, the R and L volume indicators in the camera monitor would show the reverse of the indicators for the HDMI device.
    • A portion of the display would dim during silent photography if all the following conditions were met:
      • On (Mode 1) selected for Silent live view photography in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU
      • ▹ Continuous low speed (CL) selected for release mode
      • 2 fps selected for Custom Setting d1 CL mode shooting speed in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU.
    • When a VR lens was attached, the camera would stop responding if all the following conditions were met:
      • ▹ Photo live view enabled
      • ▹ Shutter speed set to 1.3 s or slower
      • On selected for Long exposure NR in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU
      • On (series) or On (single photo) selected for HDR (high dynamic range) > HDR mode in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU
      • ▹ ON selected with the lens VR switch

Nikon D5 (Version 1.40):

  • • Added support for Type B CFexpress memory cards. For more information, see the Nikon support website for your country or region.
  • • Users can now choose the band (2.4 or 5 GHz) for the host SSID when connecting to wireless networks via a WT-6 or WT-5 wireless transmitter attached to the camera. The band is listed in Connection Wizard network-selection dialog and post-connection in the Network display.
  • • Fixed an issue that prevented normal shutter release and caused an error to be displayed if all the following conditions were met during shooting in photo live view:
    • – A Type E lens and a flash unit such as the SB-5000 were attached.
    • – A shutter speed of 1/500 s or faster was selected with Auto FP High-Speed Sync enabled.
    • Single frame was selected for release mode, or self_time (Self-timer mode) was selected with the number of shots for Custom Setting c3 (Self-timer) set to 1.

Note: For information on the license for the open-source software included in the camera’s NVM Express driver, see “BSD License (NVM Express Driver)”.