Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fuji x100 New Updated Firmware is out! Ver 1.20

FinePix X100 / X100Black Firmware Update Ver.1.20

This firmware is out just as I was complaining about mostly worthless metering in the day. The images will either be too dark or too overexposed. And worst of all, random colors will appear. Manual metering is not so bad, but even in raw, sometimes random colors gets absorbed into the camera.

The blue in the image is out of nowhere!

My previous version on my camera is 1.11, and it shoots perfectly indoors and at night, but when it is bright outside, it can't meter for nuts. With ND on or off, it plainly sucks.

With the new firmware, I took it out to shoot various things in situations where it previously sucks.

And yes, shooting at night, Macro, flash, just works fine as well.

I guessed they fixed it.

Here are some other updates.

1.Some functions, which can be set to "Fn" button and shown as "Fn BUTTON" in SET-UP menu, can be also set to RAW button. After pressing the command dial to right in the SET-UP menu of "Fn BUTTON", "Fn" and "RAW" are displayed and each of selectable them,
Also, by holding down RAW button for more than 3 seconds, same type of selection menu for RAW button is displayed, just as short-cut procedure.
2.By selecting in "ISO" menu in the shooting menu, either ISO sensitivity value or "ISO AUTO CONTROL" can be selected.
3.When AF MODE is set to "AREA" in Single AF (AF-S) mode, active focus point is zoomed in (magnified to approx 5x) by pressing center of the command control.
4.When "ND FILTER" is set to "Fn" button or "RAW" button, setting between ON ("ND" is displayed) or OFF ("ND" is NOT displayed) can be changeable by pressing "Fn" button or "RAW" button, which is set for "ND FILTER".
5.When the image is shot with vertical angle of the camera and played back the shot in the LCD, the image is displayed with whole area of LCD even after pressing "playback zoom in" button.
6.When the human face is shot, the detected face is displayed during the playing back, and pressing the command dial to down, detected face is magnified during displaying.
7.AE control system and AF performance including AF speed has been improved for movie recording mode.

Most of which are on my wishlist.

I would say, the x100 is much better now. The updating is also not difficult. just follow this link.

Preparing for updates

1.Prepare the target digital camera.
FinePix X100 (Version 1.00 - 1.13)
FinePix X100Black (Version 1.12 - 1.13)
2.Prepare a formatted memory card.
The firmware updating procedure requires a formatted memory card. Refer to the Owner's Manual for information on using "FORMAT" in the SET-UP menu to format a media.
Note that formatting procedure will delete all data on the memory card, including protected files. Always copy any important files that you do not want to lose to your PC beforehand.
3.Prepare the power supply.

Use the fully-charged battery.
4.Prepare the USB cable.

Have the USB cable bundled with your camera ready.

I basically downloaded from below


Placed it in my formatted SD card, and put it in the camera.
Follow the instructions here.

And note the version of my firmware before was 1.11 and my other friend had 1.10, and we updated the new .dat file and everything now works like a charm!

The camera works great now, but still, if you don't like photos like this.

Where the camera tries to be too intelligent and pulls in too much light out of no where, don't get the x100.

-- Robin Low