FUJIFILM camera owners once again reap the benefit of the company’s guiding philosophy of “continual improvement” with the recent announcement of several new firmware versions.
New firmware versions will be available for the FUJIFILM X-H1, FUJIFILM X-T2, FUJIFILM X-Pro2, and FUJIFILM X-E3. Read on to find out more about your specific model.
The FUJIFILM X-H1 is due to receive a new firmware update in May 2018 named Firmware Ver.1.10. This update introduces a new feature called Focus Bracketing, which allows X-H1 owners to shoot one scene at a series of different focus distances. These frames can then be combined in post to create an image that is sharply in focus at all distances.
The update also enables compatibility with the new X Series cinema lenses, the FUJINON MKX18-55mmT2.9 and FUJINON MKX50-135mmT2.9. Once updated, the X-H1 offers T-stop or F-stop apertures, is able to display a distance indicator on the monitor, corrects distortion and color/brightness shading, and is able to calculate proper white balance based on lens position.
Bluetooth® functionality will also receive a boost with this update, which means that the FUJIFILM Camera Remote app will be able to synchronize date, time, and/or location information with the X-H1 from up to seven Bluetooth®-enabled smart devices.
And the list of enhancements doesn’t end there. The new software also lets users enlarge and reposition on-screen information, enhances phase detection AF while shooting video, increases AF selection point precision from five steps to six steps, and allows the Fn button to be used to activate image stabilization.
Firmware Ver.4.00, also due in May 2018, creates exciting new opportunities for macro photographers and videographers. This is thanks to a new Focus Bracketing feature and compatibility with the new FUJINON MKX18-55mmT2.9 and FUJINON MKX50-135mmT2.9 cinema lenses.
The new firmware also allows you to record F-log video to an internal SD card, and to shoot 1080P video at speeds of up to 120fps. This makes it possible to shoot spectacular ½, ¼, and ⅕ speed slow-motion footage. And for storing files, you will be able to create and name folders in camera.
Besides these changes, phase detection AF will also be improved by approximately 1.5 stops from 0.5EV to -1.0EV, resulting in faster and more precise autofocus in low-light conditions. Additionally, the minimum available aperture when using phase detection AF will be extended to F11, rather than F8. This change enables phase detection AF when shooting with a FUJINON XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens in combination with the XF2X TC WR teleconverter. This is news that is sure to please wildlife photographers who can now achieve a focal length equivalent to 800mm on a 35mm format camera while enjoying the benefits of fast, accurate phase detection AF.
The X-T2 firmware update also improves continuous autofocus performance while zooming, which can be helpful for those who shoot sports or other moving subjects. And for those who shoot sports indoors, the new firmware also introduces a Flicker Reduction feature, which prevents poorly exposed shots caused by the flicker speed of artificial lighting.
The new FUJIFILM X-Pro2 Firmware Ver.5.00, due in May 2018, brings enlarged and customizable on-screen elements to the X-Pro2, making it easier to see the information you need at a glance. Plus, to help you stay organized, you can now create and name folders in camera, making it easier to find the files you need.
The free firmware update also introduces a new Flicker Reduction feature to the X-Pro2. First seen on the FUJIFILM X-H1, Flicker Reduction allows you to shoot under artificial lighting without the “strobing” effect caused by the frequency at which some artificial lighting flickers. This issue is especially common with the lighting used in sports stadiums and gymnasiums.
Photographers who like to shoot in low light will be pleased to hear that the low-light limit for using phase detection autofocus on the X-Pro2 will be extended 0.5EV to -1.0EV. This is a 1.5-stop improvement that makes autofocus faster and more precise in dim environments.
And for X-Pro2 owners who like to shoot at small apertures or with long lenses, the new firmware update provides phase detection AF at F11. This is an improvement of one stop, which makes it possible to take advantage phase detection AF when shooting with a XF2X TC WR teleconverter and a FUJINON XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens attached to your camera.
FUJIFILM X-E3 Firmware Ver.1.20 is due in April 2018. With this update, the FUJIFILM X-E3 gains support for the popular FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO software. FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO allows X-E3 owners to plug their cameras into their computers via a USB cable and then to use their camera’s internal processor to edit and convert RAW files. The FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO software is free to download and also enables fast batch processing.
The firmware update also allows FUJIFILM X-E3 owners to backup and restore their camera settings via the FUJIFILM X Acquire software and to pair with up to seven smart devices using Bluetooth®. It also introduces compatibility between the X-E3 the FUJINON XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens. On top of that, X-E3 owners will also benefit from improved radio flash controller usability, and will be able to enlarge and/or reposition information on the LCD monitor and in the viewfinder.
To download the latest firmware updates for your FUJIFILM gear, visit FujifilmUSA.com.