After using my Coolpix 5700 for almost a year now, I decided on having the firmware upgraded to version 1.1. I didn’t do this before because I thought of the “Don’t fix what isn’t broken” paradigm. And besides that, two of the three fixes advertised were about RAW shootings, which I don’t use at all because of its slowness of recording to flash. However I found some discussion on the net that the update included some enhancements for low light focussing and automatic flash compensation for near subjects so I though giving it a try.
The firmware upgrade is very easy and I don’t know why lots of people seem to have difficulties with it. It involves the following steps (on windows):
I had no problems whatsoever in this upgrade and everything works as expected. The custom settings 1-3 are lost and you have to reconfigure these. I also cannot confirm that the focussing under low light/low contrast conditions is any better then before. Also I’m not sure if the flash compensation is different. It looks slightly better but that may be because I expect it to be better.
Note that the current actual firmware version can be easily identified by turning the camera off, change it to playback mode, press the menu button and turn the camera on. Instead of showing you the images on the card, it will show you the actual firmware version.