Nikon Adds CFexpress Compatibility to D5, D850, and D500 Cameras


Nikon has announced a trio of firmware updates that will add much-anticipated CFexpress Type B memory card compatibility to its D5 (v1.40), D850 (v1.20), and D500 (v1.30) DSLR cameras. In addition to this performance boost, small updates have also been made to each camera, as well.

With the new update installed, D5 owners will be able to select the band (2.4 or 5 GHz) for the host SSID when connecting to wireless networks via a WT-6 or WT-5 wireless transmitter. It also fixes a bug that affected shutter release during certain instances when using photo live view. Download the D5 update here.

Nikon D5

D850 owners will also receive fixes for several minor bugs pertaining to presenting aperture values for non-CPU lenses, display issues when working with external recorders, and display issues when shooting in silent live view. Download the D850 update here.

Nikon D850

Finally, the D500 update fixes an issue with custom flash settings. Download the D500 update here.

Nikon D500

Once you install the update, be sure to check out the many CFexpress Type B cards B&H offers to get the most out of your camera.

Are you excited to incorporate CFexpress Type B cards into your Nikon DSLR workflow? Let us know in the Comments section, below!


Hi, there!

I'd like to know: if I upgrade the firmware version of my D850 to C 1.2.0 will the camera work with both card types: XQD and CFExpress Type B?

Thanks for your time.

Best regards

Paulo Ricardo Ferreira

Yes.  By updating the firmware in your Nikon D850 DSLR camera from “C” Firmware Version 1.11 to 1.20, it adds support for use with CFexpress cards (Type B).  As the Nikon D850 was natively compatible for use with SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II) and XQD memory cards on the camera's release, updating the firmware would make it compatible for you to use both CFexpress Type B memory cards and XQD memory cards in the "Slot 2" memory card slot inside the camera.

I upgraded my D850 to firmware version C 1.20 and it still does not recognize my CFexpress Type B Card.

Why?  Do I still need to flip some switch somewhere in the menu?

I am sorry to hear about the issues you are experiencing with your camera.  If the firmware is installed correctly, there should be no need to do anything else for the CFexpress Type B memory card to work inside the Nikon D850 DSLR camera.    The link below is the link from Nikon USA's website indicating the CFexpress Type B memory cards that have been tested and approved for use in the Nikon D850 DSLR Camera with firmware C: Ver 1.20 or later:



If you are still having issues with your camera and your memory card, I would recommend to contact Nikon USA directly by calling them toll-free within the United States of America at 1-800-NIKON-US (1-800-645-6687) between  9AM-8PM ET, Monday to Friday, or you may use the following link to create an account and send an e-mail to Nikon regarding your inquiry using the Contact Us form on their website.