Nikon: SLR software, firmware, hardware updates|
(Tuesday, October 8, 2002 - 03:48 EDT)
Nikon USA has announced a number of updates which will be of interest to owners of its D100, D1X and D1H SLR digital cameras.
Described on Nikon's website, there are the following:
Nikon D1X Increased Buffer Size
Kodak were the first to announce a camera that would be memory-upgradeable, the DCS Pro 14n - but it looks like from November 1st, Nikon will be the first to actually bring such an upgrade to its customers. The enlarged buffer will let D1X owners increase their burst depth from 9 JPEG or TIFF images to 21, whilst RAW burst depths will increase 6 to 14 images. That translates to a two and a third-fold increase. Two service centers will be performing the upgrade for US customers, and further details can be found here.
D100, D1X and D1H Firmware Updates
New firmware for Nikon's three current digital SLRs offers compatibility with Lexar's recently-announced Write Acceleration technology, improved compatibility of Color Mode II with Adobe PhotoShop 7, and (for D100 users on the Mac platform) remote control functionality from your computer. More details for D1X and D1H customers are here, whilst D100 owners should go here.
Nikon Capture 3.5
A final update brings Nikon's Capture software from v3 to v3.5, with enhanced .NEF RAW file functionality. Amongst the changes are a new Vignette Control Tool to minimize the effects of vignetting, where the corners of an image are darker than the center. The upgrader will be posted here at the end of November 2002, and will require that your computer already has Capture version 3.0 and View 5.1.3 installed.