Nikon’s had a big day for firmware updates today. Along with releasing them for two of their Coolpix cameras and their entire mirrorless line, they had some major upgrades ready for two of their DSLRs as well. If you own a D800 or a D800E, head on over and download it from the company’s official website through the links after the break. Considering Nikon rarely updates these cameras, you’ll want to take advantage of whenever they do. One of the most significant changes brought forth in this one is the fix to the memory card lamp, which is something Nikon’s tried addressing before. Hopefully they have it down this time, along with the rest of their changes.
It is a fairly known fact that Canon videographers can magically “upgrade” their cameras using the Magic Lantern custom firmware. This firmware gives the camera some nice control features, but I suspect that this firmware is usually installed for the better video it provides (raw video, dual ISO, better dynamic range and so on).
Sadly, Nikon users do not have that option. Until now.
The folks at Nikon Hacker recently released a beta load with an upgrade to the camera bit rate output. Depending on the Nikon Body, you can get up to 64mbps (D7000) as opposed to the 24mbps that the camera ships with from Japan.[Read More…]
Just a quick news flash, if you’re not up to date yet with the Magic Lantern.
Similar to CHDK, a firmware hack that allows you to take control over all the hidden features in your Point & Shoot, Magic Lantern unlocks some very nifty features on your New and shiny Canon 5D Mark 2.
Magic Lantern Firmware is mainly focused on video, but hey – if you’re techie enough, feel free to jump in and download the source code and add whatever feature you’d like. (A movie, feature list and some thoughts after the jump).