Upgrading the Firmware for the COOLPIX P90



  Thank you for choosing a Nikon product. This guide describes how to upgrade the firmware for the COOLPIX P90 digital camera. If you are not confident that you can perform the update successfully, the update can be performed by a Nikon service representative.

The camera may be damaged if power is interrupted or camera controls are operated during the update. Do not turn the camera off, remove or disconnect the power source, or operate camera controls during the update. If the update is not completed successfully and the camera becomes inoperable, take the camera to a Nikon-authorized service representative for inspection.

Get ready

  To upgrade the camera firmware, you will need:
The camera
A computer equipped with an SD card reader or card slot
One of the following power sources:
  — An EH-62A AC adapter
  — A fully-charged EN-EL5 rechargeable Li-ion battery
A Nikon-approved memory card that has been formatted in the camera (note that formatting permanently deletes any data the card may contain; be sure to back up any important files to a computer before formatting the card)
The camera User’s Manual

Check the current camera firmware version

  1 Turn the camera on.
2 Press the MENU button to display the menus. Press the multi selector left and select the setup (setup) tab.
3 The Set up menu will be displayed in the camera monitor. Select Firmware version.

The current firmware version will be displayed. This upgrade can be used with firmware version 1.0.

5 Exit to the Set up menu and turn the camera off.

Download and extract the new firmware

  Click the I agree - Begin download link on the download site to download the file “F-P90-V11M.dmg”. Double-click this file to mount a disk image on the desktop containing the folder “P90Update”. This folder contains the following files:
firmware Folder containing camera firmware
  firmware.bin Camera firmware (in “firmware” folder)

Copy the firmware to the memory card

  The firmware can be copied to the camera memory card using a computer equipped with a card reader or card slot.
1 Insert a formatted memory card in the card reader or card slot. If Nikon Transfer or ViewNX 2 is installed, Nikon Transfer or Nikon Transfer 2 may start automatically; exit the application before proceeding.
2 An untitled volume will appear on the desktop. Copy the “firmware” folder from the “P90Update” folder to this untitled volume.
In Mac OS X, untitled volumes are labeled “NO NAME”
When copying is complete, open the “firmware” folder on the untitled volume and confirm that it contains the file “firmware.bin”.
3 Drag the untitled volume into the Trash and remove the memory card from the card reader or card slot.

Update the camera firmware

  During the update, do not:
Remove the memory card
Turn the camera off
Unplug or disconnect the AC adapter
Remove the battery
Subject the camera to powerful electromagnetic noise
Any of the above actions could cause the camera to become inoperable.
1 Insert the memory card containing the firmware into the camera memory card slot.
2 Turn the camera on.
3 Press the MENU button to display the menus. Press the multi selector left and select the setup (setup) tab.
4 The Set up menu will be displayed in the camera monitor. Select Firmware version.
5 A firmware update dialog will be displayed. Select Yes and press the OK button at the center of the multi selector to begin the update.
  The message shown at right will be displayed while the update is in progress.
  The message shown at right will be displayed when the update is complete.
6 Confirm that the update was completed successfully.
6-1. Turn the camera off and remove the memory card.
6-2. Check the camera firmware version as described in Step 2, “Check the current camera firmware version”.
6-3. If the version displayed is 1.1, the update was successful.
If the update was not successful, contact a Nikon service representative.
7 Format the memory card.
This completes the firmware update.