I treat my camera like I treat a car, it has one core job and that’s what I use it for with very little interest or need for the peripheral add-ons and shiny new features that may also be part of that product. A car gets you from point A to B and everything else is fairly superfluous, sure there are often quality-of-life features but when it comes down to it, we buy a car for transport not seat warmers and illuminated mirrors in the sun visor. A camera, like a car, is a tool.
According to Nikon Rumors, Nikon is about to drop a bomb into the firmware update process that stayed relatively similar throughout the 12 years or so since DSLRs became common. NR received a pastebin mail copy presumably from Nikon suggesting that Nikon is working on a new firmware download program which is “free to join“. The program suggests that Nikon shooters will be able to “download advanced firmware updates” that “add new functionality to their cameras“.
Joining the program is free to join for the first three years, but it is not clear what will happen afterwards, and once the following link becomes live, you will be able to join it here: http://imaging.nikon.com/advancing.
According to the mail the first batch of firmware update will be available for FX format cameras (Nikon D750, D810, D800, D800E, D610 and D600) and will include the following features:
It seems that Nikon is finally ending the fiasco they had with the D600 once and for all. As you may recall, the D600 suffered a terminal illness which caused dust (or oil) spots to accumulate on its sensor. At first Nikon denied, than offered a free repair, and finally they were ordered to stop selling the camera altogether and brought on the D610 which solved the issue.
If you spent $1,800 on this camera this must have been a frustrating 2 years for you. Now Nikon is ending this marketing disaster once and for all and doing it quite well (although pretty late).
Procedure is not hard, but it seems limited to the persons who were in the initial lawsuit: