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Firmware update for CP990

peterpepper

New Member
Hi Forum,
Ive just bought a S/H Coolpix 990, very happy with it, but as a compulsive "fiddler", I visited the Nikon website & found a firmware update from V1.0 to 1.1. I,m quite computer literate & have done similar upgrades to other equipment (freeview adaptors etc.). I know its possible that an update can fail & leave a camera with no op. system. Has any other user done this update ? Any problems ?.

Replies appreciated

Peter
 

jimmomary

Member
> [Can't say about the 990. I did the same thing for an 8700 I just acquired > used. Heart in throat, but download, transfer and system upgrade was A-OK. > Now I have improved menus in corrected Spanish and the ability to use a > 4GB compact flash card. Wish I spoke Spanish and could afford the 4 GB. > Just kidding ... but it all went OK. Hope this helps. Just follow the > instructions to the letter. Big Jim.]
 

peterpepper

New Member
Hi Jim,
did the firmware upgrade tonight, worked OK!.
I have only had the 990 for about a week but noticed that autofocus seemed a bit slow & sometimes fuzzy at infinity. Seems better now. I bought the 990 second hand,(very cheap) with faulty autofocus & zoom. Turned out to be fairly easy to strip & repair the lens assembly, with the help of diagrams found on the net. Anyway I,m now a very happy Nikon owner!
Any other user care to comment on this upgrade?


Thanks for your encouragement
Peter
 

jimmomary

Member
Pete - Camera works fine, it did not become a doorstop. As to whether or not I needed to do the upgrade, that's debatable. Only caution again is to follow directions explicitly.

I've noticed one perhaps "peculiarity" with some/many Coolpix cmaeras. When zoomed to max telephoto and under less than bright light, they tend to hunt for focus and often do a crappy job. With either bright light or less than long telephoto-zoom under dimmer light, they do a bang up job in the focus department. My 2 cents ... just seems to be a trait of the beasts.
Happy photos
 
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