Is A CHDK For Nikon Around The Corner?

Dec 27, 2011

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Is A CHDK For Nikon Around The Corner?

Dec 27, 2011

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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Is A CHDK For Nikon Around The Corner?

After last month’s notice about Nikon firmware getting decrypted by Simeon Pilgrim and Vitaliy Kiselev, I thought we may see a nice NHDK (kinda like CHDK, but colored yellow).

If you are unfamiliar with CHDK, it is a <cough, cough> custom firmware for Canon cameras that adds features to low end models, stuff like Raw shooting, manual modes to low-end models, scripting ability and more. It is great if you want to capture hi res time-lapses or capture lighting shots with little effort. I used it in a lot of projects with my faithful G9.

There is also a higher end <hi end cough> custom firmware that is oriented more towards the Canon HDSLR users called Magic Lantern. This one adds video related features to the DSLR Canon line.

I was wondering what the decryption of Nikon’s firmware will mean to the Nikon community and it seems like the first bird is a Star Wars themed control menu. Not too shabby for a test run. For now it only includes a text change for some of the menus, but I would be surprised if this pilot does not evolve into a bigger-better thing.

Here is the list of text changes (geeky, yet fun)

  • Holocron – Playback menu
  • Weapon System – Shooting menu
  • Super Stardestroyer – Custom Setting menu
  • Hyperdrive – Setup Menu
  • Go to Dagobah Luke – Format Memory Card
  • Death Star Codes – Firmware Version
  • A Jedi? – Update? (new update screen)
  • (help: StarWars v1.01)
  • The Cantina – Retouch Menu
  • My Menu – unchanged
  • Dark side of force! – Subject is too dark
  • Light side of force! – Subject is too light

I wonder what’s in store for the NHDK, and what features it will offer. One cool thing for sure would be the ability to load it from a card, similarly to CHDK,  rather than install it on the camera’s flash. Anything you’d like to see?

Nikon Hacker via PetaPixel, Nikon Rumors

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2 responses to “Is A CHDK For Nikon Around The Corner?”

  1. Adrien Shefla Avatar
    Adrien Shefla

    you can, but not on live view mode

  2. gregge Avatar
    gregge

    Breaking the 29 minute video limit on a Coolpix S6200 would be nice. It’s a ridiculous limit when it can take 64 gig cards, maybe even larger. 3,000+ 16 megapixel HQ images on 64 gig, 6,000+ at the lower quality setting. Drop down to the lower resolutions (it has 8, all the way down to 640×480) and the counter just says 9999. So another nice hack would be another digit or two on the image counter.

    Not that I’ll ever take that many pics, but some might. If it can be hacked to save RAW then the 64gig (or more) capability would be very useful.