How to Update Firmware on Fujifilm Cameras

If you have a camera from the Fuji X-Series and you don’t routinely update the firmware on your camera, you can lose out on a lot of the features that are available for your camera. The software that runs your camera is called firmware, and it is responsible for an astonishing amount of the functions that your camera is capable of doing.

Even while hardware components like the CPU and the sensor are what get the majority of the attention, the software that manages these components is what makes them useful. This holds true for many manufacturers, but Fujifilm places a hefty emphasis on software in the development of its cameras. Before we get started with how to update the firmware, we are going to have a look at three reasons why it is crucial to always have the most recent version of the firmware installed on your Fujifilm camera.

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Update Firmware To Fix Problems

It is just as much a part of essential maintenance to keep your firmware up to date as it is to keep the software on your phone or computer current. The vast majority of modern electronic gadgets are equipped with some mechanism for software upgrades. Firmware updates are a necessary step in the process of ensuring that your camera is operating in an optimal manner since they contain bug fixes. When they were initially made available to the public, both the Fuji X-H1 and the Fuji X-T3 were plagued with the issue of randomly turning off or blacking out.

However, if you used your camera without changing the firmware, it may be a very irritating experience for you because Fuji provided a remedy for the bug relatively fast after it was discovered. Throughout the years, Fuji has addressed a multitude of problems, both minor and significant, by releasing firmware updates. If you take the time to upgrade, you can rest sure that your equipment is operating correctly and is capable of achieving its full potential.

Update Firmware For New Features

Fixing bugs is necessary, but Fujifilm also provides another essential incentive (and one that is far more exciting!) to upgrade the firmware: new features. Fuji, as a corporation, practices the continuous improvement strategy known as Kaizen.

Fuji’s developers are constantly developing new features, and as soon as they are ready, Fuji will release them via a firmware update. Although it is not unusual for new capabilities to become available following the installation of a software update, it is surprising that Fuji is able to do so at such a rapid pace and on such a large scale.

In earlier generations of cameras, Fuji has made available, by means of a firmware update, a number of enhancements to the autofocus system, new film simulations, 4k video features, Auto-focus custom settings, and extra extended range ISO choices. These are just some of the features that have been made available.

When a new function is produced, it is typically distributed to all of the cameras in the system that have hardware that is capable of managing the newly developed functions. It is not uncommon for Fuji to make an announcement on the specs of a new camera, and then shortly after, the company would provide a significant number of the newly announced capabilities for older generations of cameras through a firmware update.

Update Firmware For Compatibility With New Hardware

When Fuji introduces new pieces of hardware, including lenses and teleconverters, the company’s firmware needs to be updated so that it can support the new gear and ensure that it is compatible with existing pieces. If you are using the most recent version of the firmware in both the camera and the lens, you should not experience any issues when taking pictures.

Fuji provides a compatibility table for its cameras and lenses. With this chart, you may determine which version of the firmware your camera has to be running in order to be compatible with a specific lens, teleconverter, or other accessory. Nevertheless, the most straightforward approach to ensuring compatibility is to check that the firmware on both the camera and the lens has been updated to the most recent version.

How To Update Firmware on Fujifilm Cameras

Updating firmware is actually a straightforward process. I’m going to walk you through it here, but Fuji offers step-by-step directions on their website as well. It’s also important to note that Fuji also releases firmware updates for its lenses.

Lens updates are not released as often as camera updates; however, they do occasionally release autofocus updates for lenses, so it’s essential to keep those up to date as well. Lenses sometimes require a firmware update to work with newly released accessories such as teleconverters. The process for updating lenses is essentially the same as updating the camera firmware.

1. Check the Current Firmware Version For Your Camera (And Lens)

Checking what version of firmware you are presently using in your Fujifilm camera (and lens) is the first thing you need to do in order to update the firmware in your Fujifilm camera (and lens). Simply turning on the camera while simultaneously pushing the disp/back button allows you to view the most recent version of the camera’s firmware.

The most recent version of the software for both the camera and any lenses that are attached should be shown on the screen. You will be asked if you want to update, but as we haven’t arrived at that point just yet, you should exit the menu for the time being.

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2. Check For Updates

Once you have determined the version of the firmware that is currently installed on both your camera and lens, you can next check Fuji’s website to find out what the most recent version is. The most recent firmware updates for Fujifilm X-Series cameras and lenses are outlined in the following chart. Click the “firmware download” button that is located next to the update to check if a newer version of the camera’s (or lens’s) software is available for download.

Fuji updates are created in such a way that they will always allow you to access the most recent version of the firmware. For instance, if the most recent version of the firmware is 4.0 and you are running version 1.0, all you need to do to bring your camera up to date is install the most recent version of the firmware, which is 4.0.

3. Charge the Camera Battery And Prepare An SD Card

It is essential to make sure that the battery in your camera is ultimately charged before attempting to update the firmware. You run the same danger of permanently damaging your camera as you do with other electrical equipment if the battery in your camera dies (or if the camera itself turns off) while it is being updated.

You will require an SD card in addition to a battery that has been fully charged. The size of the update determines the minimum capacity of the SD card required; however, in general, updates are rather minor in size (the most recent one I updated was around 50 MB). Before loading the update onto the memory card, it is best practice to first format the card in the camera (to format the card, navigate to the user settings option in the camera menu).

4. Download the Update Onto the SD Card

You should have been sent to a website containing information about the update, a short overview of the guidelines on how to update, and the licensing agreement for that software update when you clicked the “Firmware Download” button in step 2.

You then click the button to indicate that you are okay with the licensing agreement and start the download. Either the program may be downloaded onto the SD card directly, or it can be downloaded into the computer first and then copied onto the card. Both options are available to you.

5. Install Firmware Update

At this point, you should have a camera with a full battery and an SD card containing the software update. Insert the SD Card into the camera, then turn the camera on while pressing the display/back button, as we did in step 1. The camera will prompt you if you want to update the camera or the lens. Select whichever you are updating and click ok to confirm, and the update should begin automatically.

The size of the update will determine how long it takes for the software to install, but it shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. Make sure to leave the camera alone while it is updating, and do not turn it off during this process, or it may ruin your camera.

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When the update is complete, the camera will tell you that it’s finished. Pop out the SD card and enjoy the new features that your camera now has to offer!

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