If you’ve got a Nikon D5100, D5200, D3100, or D3200 as well as a P7700, then you’ve got some updating to do. But no, you’re not getting a massive firmware update. Instead, this one has to do with juice.
The new firmware update brings with it more accurate battery life readings in addition to the battery life performance being optimized to allow the user to get more from one charge.
In all honesty, Nikon didn’t need this. When we reviewed these cameras, we found the battery life to be incredible. But now it’s even better.
Via Nikon Rumors
If you’re a Nikon DSLR owner, you’re in luck. The company has today offered a firmware update for lots of their cameras–and this one is specifically about distortion control. The firmware updates the lens profiles to tell the processor exactly how to react to certain images from certain lenses. The data is meant to correct barrel and pincushion distortion during shooting and editing.
Version 1.09 is available for Nikon D4, D800(E), D90, D7000, D5100, D5000, D3200, and D3100 cameras.
Firmware download links: Mac | Windows
Installation instructions: Mac | Windows
Distortion control can usually be found in the green camera menu of your DSLR–but consult your manual just in case.
Via Nikon Rumors
Nikon may not have Vitally or Magic Lantern behind them but they do have support from some diligent hackers. Today these brave souls have unlocked the first door to Nikons encrypted guts. Inside was the ability to record video without a limit of the usual 29 minutes. This patch is available for the D3100, D5100 and the D7000. Depending on the quality that you choose you are still limited to the archaic limitations of FAT32 of a 4GB maximum file size. A beta tester released these times on the dedicated forum page for the patch:
1080p 30 frame high quality – ~24 minutes
1080p 30 frame normal quality – ~42 minutes
1080p 24 frame high quality – ~24 minutes
1080p 24 frame normal quality – ~42 minutes
720p 30 frame high quality – ~42 minutes
720p 30 frame normal quality – ~59 minutes
720p 24 frame high quality – ~49 minutes
720p 24 frame normal quality – ~59 minutes
640p 30 frame high quality – ~59 minutes
640p 30 frame normal quality – ~59 minutes
Of course we at The Phoblographer can’t be responsible for whatever you decide to do with your personal time. If you would like to jump head first into the hack head over to the announcement page. Thanks to DIY Photography for the heads up.
There are currently a bunch of rebates going on at B&H Photo; but here are some of the best.
- First off, there is a deal on the Canon 600 EX-RT when you purchase it with Adobe Lightroom 4. We recently reviewed that piece of software and overall found it to be favorable.
- There are also bundled rebates on the Canon T3i and T2i. We gave the T3i our editor’s choice award. If you don’t think that is the Canon DSLR for you, you should check out our buyer’s guide.
- Not to leave you Nikon users in the dark, there are also rebates on the D5100 and D3100. I own a D5100 and highly recommend it.
- T3i or D5100? We’ve got you covered.
- Panasonic’s most current mirrorless cameras are all available with rebates.
- There is a one day special today on SanDisk SD cards.
The Upgrade Path
While this is really a choose-your-own-adventure and depends on what kind of photography you focus on, there are some guidelines. Take a look at this list for some ideas of one good order and why, and mix it up from there based on what you need.
With the recent announcement of the Nikon D5100′s technical specs, it only makes sense that some consumers may be confused about whether to purchase the Nikon D5100 or D7000. Here’s a quick comparison of the two to help you figure out which one is right for you.
Update: Available with the kit lens or body only on Amazon and also available at B&H in both kit and body only.
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