Nikon updates aplenty: ViewNX, D7000, D5100


posted Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 3:40 PM EDT

Nikon's logo. Click here to visit the Nikon website!Nikon Inc. has released several updates in the last few days, covering its ViewNX imaging application and two single-lens reflex cameras.

Nikon ViewNX 2.2.3 for Windows and Mac OS X corrects issues relating to files that had been saved using ViewNX 2 Ver. 2.2.1. ViewNX itself would display resolution incorrectly for these files, and other applications might crash on attempting to open them. More details and the updater for both platforms can be found on the ViewNX 2.2.3 support page.

Nikon D5100 firmware v1.01, meanwhile, fixes three problems according to the release notes. Issues with certain memory cards not being recognized have been fixed, as has a problem with the selective color filter not retouching the borders of images shot as Raw+JPEG at medium or small resolution. The last change in D5100 v1.01 relates to HDR exposures shot in Manual mode with matrix metering, which previously had a fixed 2EV exposure differential even when configured for an automatic differential. This has now been changed so that a differential appropriate to the scene will be selected. More details and the firmware are on the Nikon D5100 v1.01 support page.

Finally, Nikon D7000 v1.03 corrects the same card recognition error as in the D5100, plus a variety of issues unique to the D7000. Several problems were all related to turning the camera's Mode dial to or from either of the User modes while the camera was powered off or the metering system was inactive. If this was done, the D7000 would sometimes prematurely create a new image folder, fail to display the number of exposures remaining at current settings, or switch the role of the secondary flash card without being commanded to do so. These errors have all been corrected, as have problems with the remaining charge level of AA batteries in the MB-D11 battery grip being overreported, the playback zoom failing to work with live view active, and saved photos displaying incorrectly if a movie was being viewed in Playback mode while the photo was saved. Finally, the message displayed when the Wireless Transmitter WT-4's internal memory was formatted has been reworded for clarity. More details and the firmware update can be found on the Nikon D7000 v1.03 support page.