Nikon adds CFexpress Type B card support to its D500, D850 and D5 DSLR camera systems

Ten 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. One of SanDisk's Extreme Pro CFexpress Type B cards, with max read and write speeds of 1700MB/s and 1200MB/s, respectively. 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 (machine translated) changelogs below. Currently, the firmware updates are only available to download on the Nikon Japan website. While the firmware itself should be identical to that released on other Nikon sites, we will update this with the Nikon USA links once we notice them go live. In the meantime, you can find each of the firmware downloads using the (translated) links 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: Supports CFexpress card (Type B). For details, please refer to the support page of each region / country of Nikon. The following phenomena have been fixed. When shooting with a flash, the same shooting result as [Correct overall] is obtained regardless of whether [Correct overall] or [Correct background only] is set in [Custom menu]> e3 [Exposure compensation when using flash]. Nikon D850: Supports CFexpress card (Type B). * For details, please refer to the support page of each region / country of Nikon. The initial value of b6 [Center-weighted metering range] in the custom menu has been changed from φ8 mm to φ12 mm. The following phenomena have been fixed. ▹ [Still image shooting menu]> [Silent shooting (still image Lv)]> [Yes (mode 1)] ▹ Release mode: Low-speed continuous shooting (CL) ▹ [Custom Menu]> d1 [Low-speed continuous shooting speed]> [2 frames / sec] ▹ Still image live view shooting ▹ Shutter speed: 1.3 seconds or more ▹ [Still image shooting menu]> [Long-time noise reduction]> [Yes] ▹ [Still image shooting menu]> [HDR (High Dynamic Range)]> [HDR mode]> [Yes (continuous)] or [Yes (once)] ▹ Lens VR (camera shake correction) switch: ON --Attach a non-CPU lens, register the focal length and open aperture value in [Lens Information Manual Setting] in [Setup Menu], and select [Silent Shooting (Still Image Lv)] in [Still Image Shooting Menu]. When [Yes (Mode 2)] is selected, the F-number display on the image monitor and the F-number of the captured Exif information are not displayed correctly depending on the type of lens, even if the aperture ring of the lens is set to the maximum aperture value. --When HDMI is output to an external recorder during live video view, the R and L displays of the audio level indicator on the camera's image monitor and the audio level indicator on the external recorder are reversed. --During silent shooting, part of the screen may become dark when all of the following conditions are met. --When the VR lens is attached, the camera does not work when all of the following conditions are met. Nikon D5: • Supports CFexpress card (Type B). For details, please refer to the support page of each region / country of Nikon. When wearing the WT-6 and WT-5 wireless transmitters to connect wirelessly to a network, you can now select the frequency band (2.4GHz or 5GHz) of the SSID to connect to. In addition, the frequency band of the SSID can now be confirmed on the selection screen for the wireless connection destination to be connected and the [Network] screen after the connection is completed in the connection wizard. When shooting with still image live view, the phenomenon that the release cannot be performed normally and an error occurs when all of the following conditions are met has been corrected. Equipped with an E-type lens and a speedlight such as SB-5000. Set the shutter speed to 1/500 second or higher with FP emission. Set the release mode to [1 frame shooting]. Alternatively, use self_time (Self-timer shooting) to set the number of shooting frames for c3 [Self-timer] to one. For the license applied to the open source software included in the NVM Express control part of this camera, refer to “BSD License (NVM Express Driver)”.

Nikon adds CFexpress Type B card support to its D500, D850 and D5 DSLR camera systems

Ten 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.

One of SanDisk's Extreme Pro CFexpress Type B cards, with max read and write speeds of 1700MB/s and 1200MB/s, respectively.

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 (machine translated) changelogs below.

Currently, the firmware updates are only available to download on the Nikon Japan website. While the firmware itself should be identical to that released on other Nikon sites, we will update this with the Nikon USA links once we notice them go live. In the meantime, you can find each of the firmware downloads using the (translated) links 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:

  • Supports CFexpress card (Type B).
    • For details, please refer to the support page of each region / country of Nikon.
  • The following phenomena have been fixed.
    • When shooting with a flash, the same shooting result as [Correct overall] is obtained regardless of whether [Correct overall] or [Correct background only] is set in [Custom menu]> e3 [Exposure compensation when using flash].

Nikon D850:

  • Supports CFexpress card (Type B).
    • * For details, please refer to the support page of each region / country of Nikon.
  • The initial value of b6 [Center-weighted metering range] in the custom menu has been changed from φ8 mm to φ12 mm.
  • The following phenomena have been fixed.
    • ▹ [Still image shooting menu]> [Silent shooting (still image Lv)]> [Yes (mode 1)]
    • ▹ Release mode: Low-speed continuous shooting (CL)
    • ▹ [Custom Menu]> d1 [Low-speed continuous shooting speed]> [2 frames / sec]
    • ▹ Still image live view shooting
    • ▹ Shutter speed: 1.3 seconds or more
    • ▹ [Still image shooting menu]> [Long-time noise reduction]> [Yes]
    • ▹ [Still image shooting menu]> [HDR (High Dynamic Range)]> [HDR mode]> [Yes (continuous)] or [Yes (once)]
    • ▹ Lens VR (camera shake correction) switch: ON
    • --Attach a non-CPU lens, register the focal length and open aperture value in [Lens Information Manual Setting] in [Setup Menu], and select [Silent Shooting (Still Image Lv)] in [Still Image Shooting Menu]. When [Yes (Mode 2)] is selected, the F-number display on the image monitor and the F-number of the captured Exif information are not displayed correctly depending on the type of lens, even if the aperture ring of the lens is set to the maximum aperture value.
    • --When HDMI is output to an external recorder during live video view, the R and L displays of the audio level indicator on the camera's image monitor and the audio level indicator on the external recorder are reversed.
    • --During silent shooting, part of the screen may become dark when all of the following conditions are met.
    • --When the VR lens is attached, the camera does not work when all of the following conditions are met.

Nikon D5:

• Supports CFexpress card (Type B).

  • For details, please refer to the support page of each region / country of Nikon.
  • When wearing the WT-6 and WT-5 wireless transmitters to connect wirelessly to a network, you can now select the frequency band (2.4GHz or 5GHz) of the SSID to connect to. In addition, the frequency band of the SSID can now be confirmed on the selection screen for the wireless connection destination to be connected and the [Network] screen after the connection is completed in the connection wizard.
  • When shooting with still image live view, the phenomenon that the release cannot be performed normally and an error occurs when all of the following conditions are met has been corrected.
    • Equipped with an E-type lens and a speedlight such as SB-5000.
    • Set the shutter speed to 1/500 second or higher with FP emission.
    • Set the release mode to [1 frame shooting]. Alternatively, use self_time (Self-timer shooting) to set the number of shooting frames for c3 [Self-timer] to one.
  • For the license applied to the open source software included in the NVM Express control part of this camera, refer to “BSD License (NVM Express Driver)”.