Nikon Releases Several Firmware And Software Updates, Adds New Features To The D5

Nikon releases several firmware and software updates, adds new features to the D5

Nikon has pushed out several updates today, increasing its D5 firmware from version 1.10 to 1.20, its D500 firmware from version 1.00 to 1.12, and its Coolpix B700 firmware from version 1.2 to 1.3. In addition to updating camera firmware, the company also updated its ViewNX-1 software from version 1.2.7 to 1.2.8, and its Camera Control Pro 2 software from version 2.25.0 to 2.25.1.

All of the updates are minor with the exception of the D5 firmware update, which brings a substantial number of changes including new features and a handful of bug fixes. The full change-logs for each update are listed below.

Nikon Releases Limited Edition Camera Posters For 100th Anniversary

Nikon releases limited edition camera posters for 100th anniversary

If a gunmetal grey Nikon D5 doesn't really suit your fancy, and the thought of weighing down your stationary with a crystal Nikon effigy just doesn't get the blood pumping, then maybe Nikon's latest 100th anniversary product will hit the spot. Nikon has teamed up with portfolio and printing company Level Press to create a series of limited edition camera posters that are actually pretty sweet.

There are 10 posters in all, each of them showcasing a different iconic Nikon camera model alongside the year the model was released as well as a small blurb about that model's history. In order, they are the Nikon I, Nikon SP, Nikon F, the Calypso, Nikon Photomic FTn, Nikon F2 Photomic, Nikon F3, the Nikonos-V, the Nikonos-RS and the Nikon D1.

Official Statement: Nikon Currently Developing New Mirrorless Cameras

Official statement: Nikon 'currently developing' new mirrorless cameras

This past week, the blogosphere blew up with the 'news' that Nikon was developing a new mirrorless camera. Unfortunately, those reports were entirely based off of a translated interview answer by Nikon's president, so we reached out to Nikon for confirmation and an official statement. They responded.

In a statement sent to DPReview this morning, a Nikon spokesperson said:

New Nikon Mirrorless Camera Confirmed To Be In The Works

New Nikon Mirrorless Camera Confirmed To Be In The Works

When it comes to mirrorless cameras, it's safe to say that Nikon doesn't exactly come to mind. The company has a pretty long and solid reputation for churning high-quality DSLR cameras, but in terms of mirrorless cameras, the company's Nikon 1 series wasn't exactly what you might call a runaway success.

However Nikon isn't quite ready to throw in the towel yet because in a recent interview with Japanese newspaper Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun (via Nikon Rumors), Nikon President Kazuo Ushida revealed that the company had a new mirrorless camera in the works. Note that this interview was given in Japanese so there is a chance that something might have been lost in the translation.

Nikon Reveals Full-frame Af-p Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6e Ed Vr

Nikon reveals full-frame AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR

After introducing an AF-P 70-300mm telezoom for its crop-sensor DSLRs last year, Nikon is adding a full-frame version to the mix. The AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR is the first FX Nikkor lens to offer a pulse (stepping) motor, with quieter autofocus ideal for video shooters.

It claims 4.5 stops of stabilization, which is two stops better than 2.5 claimed on Nikon's website for the current 70-300mm F4.5-5.6. This updated version also provides a shorter minimum focus distance of 1.2m / 3.94ft (compared to 1.5m / 4.9ft), 'dust and drip resistance,' a 9-blade aperture and an ED element to reduce chromatic aberration. It also has electronic aperture control for smooth exposure transitions while shooting video and bursts.

Nikon Coolpix W300 Rugged Digital Camera With 4k Uhd Video Recording

Nikon COOLPIX W300 Rugged Digital Camera With 4K UHD Video Recording

Nikon hits back with their new rugged digital camera namely the COOLPIX W300. This waterproof, freezeproof, shockproof and dustproof adventure camera sports a 16MP 1/2.3-inch CMOS image sensor, a 5x optical Zoom NIKKOR glass lens, a 3.0-inch 921k-dot LCD monitor, an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, a high-speed USB port, a micro-HDMI output port and built-in WiFi, Bluetooth & GPS connectivity.

Nikon Coolpix W300 Rugged Compact Shoots 4k, Costs $390

Nikon Coolpix W300 rugged compact shoots 4K, costs $390

The Coolpix W300 updates Nikon's rugged compact lineup, offering a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, 4K/30p video recording, a 3" LCD, 24-120mm equiv. optical zoom and wireless connectivity via Snapbridge.

The all-weather W300 is freezeproof to -10° C / 14° F, waterproof to 30m / 100ft, dustproof and shockproof to an improved 2.4m / 7.9ft over the Coolpix AW130's 2.1m / 7ft rating. Also new compared to its predecessor is an Active Guide mode, offering quick access to data like altitude and location. 

Nikon Announces Budget-friendly Af-p 10-20mm F4.5-5.6g Vr Lens For Dx Bodies

Nikon announces budget-friendly AF-P 10-20mm F4.5-5.6G VR lens for DX bodies

The AF-P DX Nikkor 10-20mm F4.5-5.6G VR is one of three lenses released by Nikon today, and the only one designed for APS-C bodies. This lightweight and inexpensive lens, equivalent to 15-30mm on crop-sensor cameras, gains 3.5 stops of shake reduction from its Vibration Reduction system (which is a rarity on ultra-wide zooms itself). It uses a Pulse Motor (a kind of stepping motor) so it can focus quickly and quietly in live view and video, and has a minimum focus distance of 22cm/8.6in.

Something it doesn't have is electronic aperture control (it's not an 'E' lens), which may limit the ability to adjust the aperture in live view or movie mode on some entry-level and midrange Nikon bodies.

Full-frame Nikon 8-15mm F3.5-4.5e Ed Fisheye Zoom Now Available

Full-frame Nikon 8-15mm F3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom now available

The Nikon AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15mm F3.5-4.5E ED is a circular fisheye for the company's full-frame DSLR bodies. At its wide end it has a 180-degree vertical and horizontal angle-of-view, changing to a non-circular 180-degree diagonal AOV at its long end. The lens has three ED and two aspherical elements as well as Nano Crystal and fluorine coatings.

The 8-15mm F3.5-4.5E ED is available immediately for $1249.95.

Nikon Adds To Fast Prime Series With Af-s Nikkor 28mm F1.4e Ed

Nikon adds to fast prime series with AF-S Nikkor 28mm F1.4E ED

Nikon has added a sixth lens to its collection of fast F1.4 primes (the others being 24mm, 35mm, 58mm, 85mm and 105mm). The AF-S Nikkor 28mm F1.4E ED lens features nine rounded aperture blades, two ED and three aspherical elements, and Nikon's Nano Crystal Coating. The lens is made of magnesium alloy and is sealed against dust and moisture.

As you might imagine, this is a pricey lens – it'll go on sale in late June for $1999.95.

Nikon Announces A New Silicone Immersion Objective Lens For Super-resolution And Multi-modal Imaging

Nikon announces a new silicone immersion objective lens for super-resolution and multi-modal imaging
Nikon today announced the release of a new silicone immersion objective lens, CFI SR HP Plan Apochromat Lambda S 100XC Sil, for super-resolution and multi-modal imaging. Nikon's new silicone immersion objective lens combines high numerical aperture and working distance to enable super-resolution imaging of thick samples as well as correlative imaging with applications such as confocal. Super-resolution imaging techniques are becoming widely used to extract molecular-level spatial information. Nikon's new CFI SR HP Plan Apochromat Lambda S 100XC Sil objective and silicone immersion medium provide high resolution, long working distance imaging capability to support these needs.

The Nikon CFI SR HP Plan Apochromat Lambda S 100XC Sil objective is designed for use with Nikon's new silicone oil (ne≒1.40), to provide high resolution imaging of thick samples. Nikon's silicone oil closely matches the refractive index of the specimen (ne≒1.38) to reduce spherical aberration when imaging through thick samples, resulting in bright and clear images. Nikon's highly acclaimed, proprietary, anti-reflective Nano Crystal Coat is utilized to achieve high transmission from UV to near IR wavelengths. Nikon CFI SR HP Plan Apochromat Lambda S 100XC Sil will be presented at 17th International European Light Microscopy Initiative Meeting (May 23-26 at Dubrovnik, Croatia).

Nikon Reshuffles Management Structure

Nikon reshuffles management structure

Nikon Corporation announced today the reorganization of its corporate structure. Nikon's Core Technology Division will be closed and replaced by Research & Development Division and Production Technology divisions. As you'd expect, the former is dedicated to research and development, the latter integrates the functions of group production strategy planning and production technology development. The objective of this move is to clarify functions and responsibilities and enhance the efficiency of the production system.

In addition Nikon is integrating its Medical Business Development Division and Microscope Solutions Business Unit to form a new Healthcare Business Unit with the goal to create business synergies. 

Nikon Updates Firmware For Its W100 Camera - Get Version 1.4

Nikon Updates Firmware for Its W100 Camera - Get Version 1.4

Today, Nikon has announced the availability of a new firmware package developed for its W100 digital camera, namely version 1.4, which promises to remove a bug that caused a rapid depletion of the battery.

Specifically speaking, the present update fixes an issue where the camera is left without battery when the device is unused after a full charge with the charging AC adapter and USB cable.

Nikon In Legal Tussle With Asml And Carl Zeiss Over Alleged Patent Infringements

Nikon in legal tussle with ASML and Carl Zeiss over alleged patent infringements

On Monday this week Nikon initiated legal action against the Dutch company ASML Holding NV, which is one of the market leaders in the field of semiconductor lithography machines. Germany's Carl Zeiss AG is ASML's optical supplier. Nikon said both companies were using its lithography technology without permission and that it was seeking damages and to prevent ASML and Zeiss from selling the technology.

Nikon and ASML have contested IP rights for more than fifteen years, as ASML has come to dominate several aspects of the market for semiconductor manufacturing equipment previously divided up primarily between Nikon and Canon.