Nikon Releases Firmware Update for Lower End DSLRs and P7700


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

Nikon Updates Distortion Control Profiles on Many of its DSLRs


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 Hackers Remove Time Limits for Video on the D3100, D5100 and D7000

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon d5100 product shots (4 of 4)

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.

Cheap Photo: Rebates That Will Make Your Spouse Force You To Sleep on the Couch


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 Complete Nikon D3100 Review

This is it, and it looks good, the Nikon D3100. When I had my first hands-on I had hopes for this camera. Nikon did not let me down. If you are looking to buy an entry level DSLR camera, or a low cost one, the Nikon D3100 will be on your list. I have used it thoroughly, and had more fun with the Nikon D3100 than I thought I would. The Nikon D3100 has improved on the D3000, which I did not like. With its size, 11 points of autofocus, 95% viewer coverage, great metering, ISO capabilities and 14 megapixel CMOS DX sensor, it’s a very capable camera .

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Field Review: Nikon D3100 (Day 8)

The Nikon D3100 takes great pictures but let us not forget it shoots video also. On this entry level DSLR, we get HD Video. The Nikon D3100creates 1080p video and gives decent results under ideal settings. It makes 1,920 x 1080 (Full HD) 24p (23.976fps) files by default. The camera also shoots in frames sizes down to 40 x 424 (SD) 24p (23.976fps) All modes give a maximum recording time of 10 minutes.

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