Firmware updates for Nikon D5100 and D7000

Nikon just released new firmware upgrades for Nikon D5100 and D7000. Lots of issues has been fixed especially in D7000. D5100’s memory issues and D7000’s random folder creation issue also included in the updates.

List of D5100 updates:

  • An error recognizing some memory cards has been addressed.
  • When Selective color from the retouch menu is performed on a picture taken with the image quality set to NEF (RAW)+JPEG and an image size of M or S, the edges of the image may not have changed color. This issue has been resolved.
  • When Metering was set to Matrix metering, the exposure mode set to M (Manual), and the HDR exposure differential set to Auto, the exposure differential was fixed at a value equivalent to 2 EV. This has been changed to enable automatic adjustment of exposure differential so that it is appropriate for the scene.

D7000 updates:

  • An error recognizing some memory cards has been addressed.
  • The following issues occurred when the mode dial was rotated from U1 or U2 to another shooting mode or from another shooting mode to U1 or U2 when the power was off or when the exposure meters are off (Auto meter-off). These issues were resolved.
    – A new folder is sometimes created despite the fact that the current folder does not yet contain 999 files and none of the files are numbered “9999”.
    – The number of remaining exposures may not be displayed as specified in the settings.
    – The setting for Role played by card in Slot 2 may change between Overflow, Backup, and RAW Slot 1- JPEG Slot 2.
  • An issue where Battery info in the setup menu sometimes showed sufficient remaining charge even when the remaining charge for the AA batteries inserted in the MB-D11 battery pack was low has been resolved.
  • An issue where a saved photo may not have been displayed properly when a movie was displayed in playback mode while saving the photo has been resolved.
  • An issue where zoom in or zoom out may not have performed properly when the playback zoom in or playback zoom out button was pressed while in Live view has been resolved.
  • The message displayed when the internal memory of the Wireless Transmitter WT-4 is formatted from the Format transmitter’s memory under Device settings in Wireless transmitter of the camera’s setup menu was changed fromDone to Built-in memory formatted.

Download firmware update for D5100 : here
Download firmware update for D7000: here 

Another award for D7000 from CameraGP2011 Readers

Nikon D7000 received another award. This time is from CameraGP2011 Readers. The winner was selected with voting by casual users between March 28 and April 10, 2011. learn more from Nikon press release


Latest D7000 stock status:

the camera is still in-stock at Amazon. Body+Kit for $1500 ! and Body Only for $1400

New housing for Nikon D7000 , Subal ND7000

Subal has announced Subal ND7000, camera housing for Nikon D7000. It has maximum depth rating of 80m and can be upgraded to 120m (390ft) by request. Suggested retail price is $4800 !

Technical info: Seawater resistant aluminum alloy, machined from solid, extreme surface hardening and corrosion resistance through HardCoating. 3-layer powder coating. All parts manufactured from anodized and hard coated aluminum, acid proof stainless steel or high quality plastics. Seals are seamless precision O-rings. SUBAL QuickLock latching system.


Read more about Subal ND7000 here

New China battery grip for Nikon D7000

Nikon MB-D11 now has a competitor ! New battery grip for Nikon D7000 from China manufacturer , Galaxy Electronics. There is no info about its price yet but i’m sure it’ll be cheaper than Nikon MB-D11 ($219)



  • Brand Name: GLX
  • Dimension: 133*72*49mm
  • Weight: 240g
  • Standard Accessories:
    • AA battery slot
    • Li-ion battery slot
    • Infrared remote control
  • Optional Accessories:
    • AA battery
    • EN-EL15/EN-EL15A battery
  • Compatible for: Nikon D7000

More detail on GLX website


Nikon D7000 firmware update 1.02

The rumor is true. Nikon finally announced fimrware update for Nikon D7000. Version 1.02 list of changes:

  • Noise reduction processing is now performed with shutter speeds slower than 1 s (previously 8 s) when On is selected for Long Exp. NR in order to reduce the bright spots that occur with shooting still images at slow shutter speeds.
  • An issue that prevented the opening of movies recorded with the D7000 in certain movie editing software applications has been resolved.
  • When the camera was connected to a television via the A/V cable and a movie was played back, playback was normal the first time but when the movie was played two or more times, the sound was played back at extremely low volume and seemed to play intermittently.  This issue has been resolved.
  • When white balance for RAW images created using the camera’s image overlay function was fine tuned with Capture NX 2 or ViewNX 2, the images acquired a magenta cast.  This issue has been resolved.
  • An issue that caused 0.00” to be displayed for heading information when the GP-1 GPS unit was connected to the camera has been resolved so that —.– is now displayed.
  • When Viewfinder virtual horizon was the role assigned to the Fn button or the preview button and the applicable button was pressed, errors in the virtual horizon indicator were displayed.  This issue has been resolved.
  • The following errors in Help displays have been resolved.
    – “Maximum sensitivity” help was displayed for shooting menu>ISO sensitivity settings>On or Off help.
    – German help displayed “Select focus priority for AF-S mode.” for Custom Settings>a1: AF-C priority selection help.

The firmware available for download at Nikon Europe.


DxOMark score: D5100 vs D7000 vs D3100

DxOMark just published their final score for Nikon D5100. Although some minor differences, we clearly see that D5100 sensor performance is similar to D7000 ( overall score: 80) and way better than the Nikon D3100 (67).


DxOMark focuses only on image quality performance but does not cover many other criteria that are important when looking for cameras or lenses that fit your needs.

Aquatica AD7000 housing review ( available at Amazon )

Aquatica AD7000 is a camera housing designed specifically for Nikon D7000. This is the very first review of the product by Kery Wilk , young but talented underwater photographer. The review is long and very detail about Nikon D7000 and Aquatica AD7000. Overall , he’s agree that D7000 is the best DX DSLR so far and quite happy with AD7000 housing.

The Nikon D7000 is easily the best DX format camera that I have ever used

Overall, I was very happy with the AD7000’s performance.Including a moisture alarm and a hydrophone as standard housing features was a very generous gesture, which I’m sure users will appreciate. And if the multifunctional port-lock/lens-release is any indication of the capability of Aquatica’s engineering team, they have a bright and innovative future ahead of them.


The Aquatica AD7000 housing now available at Amazon , as i’m writing only 2 stock available , quick !

Read the full review at WetPixel

Sea&Sea announces MDX-D7000: housing for Nikon D7000

MDX-D7000 is the latest Sea&Sea underwater housing and designed specifically for Nikon D7000. Build from a solid block of alumunium , it is optimized for performance and ergonomics. Other interesting features are high corrosion resistant coating, two fiber optic cable sockets, built-in Leak sensor alerts and has depth rating of 330ft/100m.


The housing should be ready for shipping to US in March 2011. Its price are still to be announced.


Nikon D7000 Experience The Still Photographer’s Guide to Operation and Image Creation e-book

New Nikon D7000 book e-book available for order/buying. Written by Doug Klostermann, the e-book is more like an advanced manual guide for Nikon D7000. Available in PDF format so you can open the book anywhere anytime from your smartphone,ipad,pc etc. Also available in Kindle and Nook format.


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