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Nikon D5100 unofficial “StarWars” theme firmware now available

After Nikon's firmware was successfully decrypted, we now have the first unofficial "StarWars" firmware update for the Nikon D5100. The new beta firmware includes only changes of the camera's menu labels:

  • Holocron - Playback menu
  • Weapon System - Shooting menu
  • Super Stardestroyer - Custom Setting menu
  • Hyperdrive - Setup Menu
  • Go to Dagobah Luke - Format Memory Card
  • Death Star Codes - Firmware Version
  • A Jedi? - Update? (new update screen)
  • (help: StarWars v1.01)
  • The Cantina - Retouch Menu
  • My Menu - unchanged
  • Dark side of force! - Subject is too dark
  • Light side of force! - Subject is too light
 

 

Please note that this is not an official Nikon firmware release - try at your own risk. According to the author, the original D5100 v1.01 firmware can be restored at any time.

You can get the full details on flickr and reddit. There is also a new forum at nikonhacker.com that is looking for beta testers, assembly programmers, graphic designers and other volunteers for future firmware updates.

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  • Spy Black

    I don’t know what’s funnier, that Star Wars hack, or all the people up in arms and upset about it. Either way, LOL!

    • http://fotografolowcost.blogspot.com Fran

      Is Nikon upset about this? It is a very stupid thing to do, but I don’t see the harm in it…

  • http://www.truphotos.com gnohz

    Wow this is really happening! :D

  • Rich in TX

    This is retarded

    • Not Surprised

      Its just a first test — besides, you have to let the geeks have their fun; its what motivates them to do more (other than money — and how much have you donated so far to the cause?).

    • Soap

      Gotta expect a simple resource swap to be the first thing out of the gate. It’s easy.

  • hq

    cute. now let’s do something more useful like chdk… (or nhdk rather)

  • a cookie

    This is a proof of concept that doesn’t hurt anyone and is quite funny at the same time.

    Read between the lines, and you’ll see the real message that the door is open to adding new features into the D5100 via firmware modifications.

    • Not Surprised

      I’m sick of Star Wars — but totally +1 on your comment.

      Now when is Star Wars going to die already?

    • Luke

      This doesn’t prove anything. There’s a BIG difference changing some text strings and adding new features to the firmware. Any real developer/hacker (or whatever you want to call it) will tell you the same. This is just plain silly.

      • a cookie

        What it does prove is that they were able to decrypt the firmware, locate the strings and change them without breaking things, and get the camera to accept the modified firmware via the standard firmware upgrade procedure.

        Is it silly? Yes. But it does prove that they have the potential to implement useful features and deliver those useful features to normal users.

        And changing strings can be non-trivial when looking at disassembled code. For example, if you change the lengths of the strings….you need to know where something starts in memory and how big it is in order to access it properly, and changing string lengths can change the memory locations of subsequent items (making a mess).

        • Not Surprised

          +1 again.

          Man, people want everything, immediately, and perfect.
          Even stuff that is free, unrequested, and experimental.

          Here’s an idea: Those with negative feedback — go hold your breath until you come up with working software. You can breathe again when you accept that someone else is trying and to shut up or donate money/support to them.

          • Soap

            No, this is the difference between IpodWizard and Rockbox.

        • Soap

          If you’ll notice they didn’t change the length of any strings.

    • Anton

      To add nontrivial new features they would need to at least know how the cpu works (that is disassemble the binary code, which implies they would need to know the instruction set and the cpu architecture). It is a lot harder to do such a thing in comparison with changing some strings.

  • Yavuz Paksoy

    We want a modified firmware for d7000 which brings modified specs like more bracketing range and more options for video recording.

    • Davix

      + 1000

      Who cares about star wars names, ok that’s funny for 5mn then you start to wonder sh.. what’s is death star function ahah ..we do photography guys.

  • larry

    this is stupid

    • Allan M

      +1

    • sirin

      you almost make it sound like it’s a bad thing

      • Allan M

        It is just that, and btw not legal

        • John The Digby

          Thank you Jack McCoy

        • sirin

          making fun is stupid? you must be one sad sad man.

    • http://dundermifflin.com dwight shrute

      I was going to say the exact same thing.

  • Hector

    At last somebody could.
    I hope many cameras can get improvements or special functionalities like its been done on canons for a long time.
    I now there`s a risk in all that but there`s a lot of fun too.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/he_an/ Chua He An

    I’m not sure why so many peoples out there “HATE” this mod?Those developer are just trying to make the camera better and they are not making money using this “Hack”.I know the “Star War’ naming is “dumb” but this is just a BETA release so they might be testing out to see if they had successfully “Hack” the camera(But I hope that the won’t use that “Star War” naming when they officially release the “Hack” ). And by making this “Firmware” we might have FULL MANUAL control in video mode that so many D5100 user had wish for in the future?

    • Dollar wars

      did they pay the licence to use this brand?? Don’t use it in your camera or you will be in breach of the US intellectual property laws.

      • Calibrator

        Congrats, layman laywer!
        Your question (did they pay) is the most idiotic one in this thread, so far!

        • Dollar wars

          Of course you noticed it was ironic. Who’s the idiot now?

          • Gandalf

            Still you

            • sirin

              +1

            • Not Surprised

              Ha.

    • Chua He An

      Oh I see.I didn’t know that hacking a software is illegal! But why does Canon allow it on their camera.

      • Dollar wars

        hacking a firmware is one thing..using a license is something different.

        http://lucasfilm.com/divisions/licensing/

        • sirin

          it’s a joke for Christ’s sake. jokes fall under Fair Use. and even if they didn’t – making a lawsuit about it would make Lucas a dick. being legally right doesn’t waive that.

          • Not Surprised

            Nikon, Distributors, and Retailers are not selling this program — therefore, the owner of this camera can do whatever he wants with his property.

            If you put an Apple sticker on your Android phone, Apple can’t sue you for it. They will try — because Apple are dicks — but they can’t win. Same thing if you hack your own software and make it display a Windows sign instead of an Apple.

            Does anyone think this would have been waayy funnier/gotten a lot more attention if they had hacked it to display “CANON” (50% interest) instead of “Star Wars” (1% interest). Newspapers would have written about it; they love turn-about stories.

            By the way — does this mean that pretty soon we can no longer trust “Shutter Counts”?

            • Jerry Show

              shutters counts can be easily modified indeed

            • Calibrator

              I speak for specific brands/models but I’ve seen several types of devices (TVs, copiers etc.) with different numbers of counters (operating hours, processed paper etc.).

              All had one thing in common: Every counter can be reset. In fact this is almost always a service option in the firmware of the device.

              It’s far trickier to set a counter to a specific value (many/most? firmwares don’t support this), but you can often do it the hard way (TV with 5,000 hrs. gets reset to zero and then run in a garage for 200 hrs to be sold as good as new…).

              With an open firmware everything is possible, though, especially when it’s well documented, and I’m sure that some people will try to exploit this to make a quick buck.
              Therefore my personal opinion & wish is that the people that modify firmwares don’t integrate menu options to easily manipulate shutter counters etc.

              Note, that I’m pro open-firmware and use a custom firmware in my Canon compact – it gave me options that should be naturals: RAW-format, battery indicator, live-histogram etc.
              I don’t have a problem with this and would also sell modified stuff – with the proper information for potential buyers. In my experience this does generate additional interest in the item.

  • http://www.shwoodwind.co.uk Stephen Howard

    I don’t see a problem with hacking the firmware – it’s not like it’s never been done before on other electronic goods, and to much advantage.
    Region hacks for DVD players are commonplace, plenty of people use hacked routers and the unlocking of phones is practically a high street service. There’s at least one PVR out there whose main selling point is that it’s completely hackable – and very popular it is too among the group of users who want to tweak their machines to fit in with the way they want to use them.

    I doubt I’d use such a hack on my D700 because although I use it a great deal I still haven’t explored half of what it’s capable of – but if a hack could, say, increase the size of the live view output I’d be very tempted indeed.

    Regards,

    • Chua He An

      Agree.Not sure why so many people get so angry over a “Mod”.If they don’t like it then don’t use it.I don’t see any copyright issue in this.

      • Dollar wars

        Sure?

        The SOFTWARE and electronic documentation are provided with RESTRICTED RIGHTS. Use, duplication, or disclosure by the U.S.
        Government is subject to restrictions as set forth in DFARS 252.227-7013 or subparagraphs (c) (1) and (2) of the Commercial Computer Software Restricted Rights at 48 CFR 52.227-19, as applicable. Manufacturer is: Nikon Corporation, 2-3, Marunouchi 3-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8331, Japan.

        • Not Surprised

          Nikon — is that you!?!? Why don’t you go back to making products, instead wasting our time.

          The future is here. It will never stop. And you will not win.

          Get used to it. Now.

        • John The Digby

          Put a cork in it Marcia Clark

      • Dollar wars

        Except as otherwise stated in this Agreement, you may not make or distribute copies of the SOFTWARE to others or electronically transfer the SOFTWARE from one computer to another over a network. The SOFTWARE contains trade secrets, and in order to protect them, you may not decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble or otherwise reduce the SOFTWARE to a human-perceivable form, except as may be permitted by law. YOU MAY NOT ALTER OR REMOVE ANY COPYRIGHT, TRADEMARK OR OTHER PROTECTIVE NOTICES CONTAINED IN THE SOFTWARE. YOU MAY NOT ASSIGN OR OTHERWISE DISPOSE OF, MODIFY, ADAPT, TRANSLATE, RENT, LEASE, LOAN, RESELL, DISTRIBUTE, NETWORK, OR CREATE OR HAVE CREATED DERIVATIVE WORKS BASED UPON THE SOFTWARE OR ANY PART THEREOF.

        • fergz

          But for those of us who live in China it’s all good. Bring on the hacks.

          • Dollar wars

            on the fiels yes ..but not for long red this:

            Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on Amending the Copyright Law of the PRC, the Copyright Law is readjusted, re-promulgated by PRC Presidential Order No. 26, and in effect as of 1 April 2010.

            • Not Surprised

              Holy crap, its like you actually give a care about this issue. What’s wrong with you? Give it up. This will happen and no one — especially not the PRC, Nikon Inc., or even the US of A will be able to stop it.

              Its our cameras, and just like our computers and phones, whatever we screw around with it, will be our own business. Anonymous postings will be made. Forum requests will be made. Information will not be stopped.

        • a cookie

          Part of the EULA, I guess? Are you sure that’s enforceable? DFARS seems to refer to regulations applying to the government for acquiring goods and services, and if so isn’t relevant for private citizens. 48 CFR 52.227-19 also reads like it applies soley to the US government operations. Except for the second EULA excerpt that you posted, I see nothing regarding ordinary citizens. But I’m not really sure that Nikon can stop firmware redistribution even with the EULA – iPhone jailbreaking was declared legal for example. Furthermore, there’s evidence that most users do not read all the license agreements they encounter, and mass, not-negotiated contracts can be less binding. Have fun trying to get a court ruling to stop modified firmware distribution.

          Not allowing people to modify things they buy to make them better…this is the kind of thing that’s killing innovation. Now if we wouldn’t put so much effort into keeping motivated and talented people from making the world a better place….

        • Sahaja

          Whatever the notice says, I don’t think Nikon can stop anyone modifying a copy of something they own and have paid for.

          That would be like GM or Toyota saying you can’t make make any modifications to your car.

          OK it may void the warranty.

          • Not Surprised

            No one’s going to go to jail for it — and fines will only be made if it can be shown to have hurt business (somehow — maybe making a cheaper camera function like a higher grade one and distributing the code widely and openly?). And it will be damned expensive to take to court and a waste of everyone’s time — since someone else will just pick up where the previous guy left off, since its such a harmless thing. This isn’t stealing music — it amounts to tweaks valued in the tens of dollars on hardware/software that costs hundreds to thousands of dollars. Any company crying about this enough to actually take it to court on a mass level would be not only grossly mismanaging resources, but would be in defiance of their consumer base. Rather, an intelligent company would help direct/guide/contribute to the development of 3rd party tweaks, put a nominal price tag on it, and basically ensure that its too expensive for others to join the game (in terms of time, because most needs will already be admit and the software will be semi-certified). It could be a profit source for Nikon if they wanted it to be.

            “Nikon Tuner v.2.0″ — made by 3rd party, licensed by Nikon, certified clean, $1.99, or — in Nikon’s world — $50.

            Making themes — or being able to rearrange your menus. Or slight tweaks will actually make users LOVE their cameras more = more sales.

            So no one has anything to fear here, unless the hardware is being intentionally crippled by software to use in two bodies of vastly different pricing.

  • photdog

    I can at least tell you why I don’t like it. Beside all legal aspects to it, it is the allover development which kinda scares me. I need products perform well and reliable (!) in their original purpose. But, however, in other areas we can observe how things develop in practice. Some may embrace just that – I don’t.
    Cell phones once came along with an outlook for a wealth of possible functionalities. Well, a modern cell can do almost everything. But if you take a closer look, you know what I’m talking about: there are bazillions of apps available. Besides most of them are some sort of games or fun stuff there is only a really minor percentage of real useful applications. And even those can hardly held what initially was targeted in the outlook. Whether its kinda tricky to get them installed right away (the iPhone might be better in that concern, I don’t know…), or you need permanent internet access to use them at all, and /or they trace you, collect your data and so on.
    I also do not need my camera to get hooked up with social networks!

    See where the cells have arrived: they can do everything but yet nothing perfect – not even perfect calls. Just tell me your technique enthusiasts, would you take one of these going to a remote location, where you’d have to really depend on it? As far as I’m concerned I would not but rather trust in specialized and proven equipment. And the reason why I’m not happy about this developments is, that there is apparently a huge strive to wear that specialized equipment down, by integrating all the other stuff.

    Right, there is always some space for optimization. And we could and should push the makers to do this stuff for us per firmware update or what have you. But above that I really would NOT like to see my DSLRs going the same avenue like the cells.
    I don’t mind doing all that stuff to a Coolpix, maybe to the degree that it can wipe your ass and flush the toilet. But keep off semi-pro and pro DSLRs!

    • Calibrator

      This is all well and beautiful what you write here – but where is the connection to user-modified firmwares?

      The cell phone market developed itself *completely* without any such input – modified Android firmwares are a new development and only appear because boneheaded companies don’t supply updated OS versions to their existing customers. They are only interested in selling you the device and then immediately drop software support for it. In other words: They give a SHIT about longterm customer relationship!

      Ask Samsung who announced on Dec. 23 (fitting date – people did their Xmas purchases by then) that they won’t update their first Galaxy phone even though it still has enough muscle to run Android 4.0. I wonder how many new Samsung phone owners now realize that their newer Galaxy model won’t ge updated in the future…

      But back to cameras: If you rely on them to make a living – and this is perhaps why you chose Nikon as your brand – why should open firmware in any way influence the performance of your camera? Open firmwares aren’t virusses that attack your camera, you know?

      • photdog

        @ Calibrator
        You got a good point with your Samsung cell example and I’m with you on that one.

        However, I tried to draw a larger picture here pointing on a development, that finally any (electronic) device could or should be driven via the internet or whatever software offered in the internet. For now, you are right: I don’t have to download or install firmware or whatever I don’t like.
        But don’t you realize, that the first step is already in full progress? Before firmware updates were possible makers had to launch more perfect products because the product simply was and remained what it was at the launch time. Now companies place more value on what they call: “time to market”. Hence they push out necessary developments, tests, improvements and bug removals to a time past the initial launch.
        I think in Chances and Risks. Well I sure do not deny that there are chances of improvements, which couldn’t have been seen by the launch since technology develops so fast. Nevertheless I see in maybe 90% (my estimation) that it rather is the effect of products ripe at the customers instead of the company’s R&D.
        Thus I think, today it’s the firmware, which I certainly can decide on. But what will it be tomorrow –if going down this route– which I might have no decision on?

        Furthermore, though I didn’t really touch on it in my previous comment, the easiness of reasoning “why should it be illegal if it is fun” disturbs me a bit. That’s is similar to how it all begun: “why shouldn’t I eat from the forbidden fruit if it looks fun?” In case you despise this example you can transfer it into our days: the hackers Anonymous wired moneys of various accounts to help organizations because they considered it fun. How if an account holder find it fun to shoot one of the thieves in the head? I mean, if you accept this reasoning where would the boundaries be? Is it then left to the individual to determine what still goes and what not?

  • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

    FYI: U.S. Declares iPhone Jailbreaking Legal, Over Apple’s Objections

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/07/feds-ok-iphone-jailbreaking/

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

      I don’t see how hacking a camera firmware is any different.

      • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

        from Wired article:

        But the Copyright Office concluded that, “while a copyright owner might try to restrict the programs that can be run on a particular operating system, copyright law is not the vehicle for imposition of such restrictions.”

  • Tony

    Whats to stop Nikon setting a limit to the number of firmware updates that a device will accept. They don’t generally publish more than 2 or 3 per camera so they could set it so that the firmware update facility ‘greys out’ after the 3rd go…

    • Sahaja

      “Whats to stop Nikon setting a limit to the number of firmware updates that a device will accept”

      Well that limit could be hacked as well …

      • Zeke

        The hardware could blow a fuse in OTPM every time a firmware update is performed and refuse further updates once the limit is reached. That wouldn’t be hackable in firmware. But it would be royally stupid of Nikon to do. The would be sabotaging their own products and their own customers.

        So often companies fight tooth and nail to prevent stuff like this when in reality, nothing would happen if they just quit worrying about it. Usually they convince themselves the fight is necessary to avoid customer support issues that never actually come up.

        Besides, Nikon doesn’t even “support” their own releases.

  • rich in tx

    trust me, I am not mad about this hack. I just think it’s retarded
    funny to see so many people rise to it’s defense like it was a personal attack against them!

    • Trust

      Trust me, I’m not mad about your comment, I just think it’s retarded.

  • broxibear

    Here’s a photographic trade show calendar for 2012, whatever you’re waiting for is bound to turn up at one of these events…well…maybe.
    http://www.1001noisycameras.com/2011/12/trade-show-calendar.html

    • PeterO

      Thanks broxibear.

  • Bravo51

    If you own the camera and you love star wars do it it’s your camera have fun and have something that stands out a little from the rest of the cookie cutters. I would like a “Firefly” hack for mine and every time a error comes it would yell “GORRAM”

  • frAnk

    These so called “talented” hackers are nothing more than two thing:

    1. They are “half educated”, and have NO respect to other people’s property and ideas. If they were so “talented” and restless, they can write the codes from ground up instead of reverse engineering other people’s work. They might even get repect from Nikon and get paid for their mischievious behavior that way.

    2. They are cowards! Just like they pointed out, hacking other people’s commercially licensed property breaks the law, but often faces no criminal consequences. If they truly wants to show their talent, go trying to hacking the drone planes. This way, you can show all of us how big your balls are!
    Hacking a camera codes only shows you got a dingle berry sized balls (no balls )!

    • a cookie

      1. But it would be practically impossible to write code ground-up without getting some details of how to interact with the hardware – and hacking the firmware is pretty much the only way to get details of hardware interfaces, short of disassembling the camera and looking up chip numbers (and even that doesn’t help as much as firmware hacking)

      2. Does it break the law? What laws are violated when you modify your own property to better suit your needs? And even if there is such a law, the legality of iPhone jailbreaking would make the law very difficult to enforce.

      3. Instead of insulting those who are working towards making the camera better (jokes aside, nice photography-related features are on their to-do list), try this: Relax, get some sleep, and eat a cookie. When you’re feeling better, write some code, take some pictures, and just have fun and be happy.

    • Uytutf

      LOL so your saying that instead of trying to do something potentially helpful to others, they should hack into military equipment and face many years jail time. Why? Because you think they’re trying to show the size of their balls…

      Either you’re trolling or just plain stupid.

  • Jabs

    @Administrator and others here:
    The problem here is that most of you here do NOT know what you purchase in a camera plus what are Business ethics, so keep slinging this crap until when Nikon sues YOU.

    This is really irresponsible and not a good thing to add to NikonRumors and thus you are on your own, as I just merely pointed out what I see wrong.

    You buy the camera for your use and the Firmware clearly belongs to Nikon, Inc. Star Wars also is a registered Trademark of Lucas Film, Inc and though one is often free to use things for personal projects (up to a point) and even for journalistic uses, clearly promoting using it by distributing it to others and then PUBLISHING it within an Online Blog, makes you now an accessory after the fact as in promoting something yourself.

    I personally would talk to an Attorney before you too get sued, as this is unethical and detracts from your otherwise excellent Web site. The situation between Apple and the ‘jailbreakers’ is NOT the same here, so just a warning to you again, as some never learn until they lose everything.

    No more comment on this issue from me – your problem now!

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

      Keep in mind that I did not create this hack, nor do I have it hosted on my servers. I just reported the “news” from reddit and flickr. Today Wired also covered that:

      http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/12/nikon-d5100-gets-hacked-star-wars-themed-firmware/

      I am sure Wired has checked with their legal department before posting it online.

    • a cookie

      When you buy the camera, the firmware is clearly part of the purchase. Part of the money you’re paying goes towards the hardware, and part of the money goes towards the software that makes the hardware usable. I don’t see how this differs (legally) from the iPhone jailbreaking. Both scenarios involve users modifying the firmware of their devices, circumventing manufacturer-imposed restrictions in the process.

      About the registered trademark – unless people start thinking that the D5100 is something from a star wars movie, I see no problem. The law’s intent is to prevent customer confusion, and I really don’t see that happening here. If anything, this firmware serves to help Lucas Film by promoting their movie series.

      I’d bet that an attorney would say that adding something like this to a blog is completely ok. Furthermore, I’d bet that an attorney would say that firmware modifications are ok as well.

      Do you know what isn’t ethical? Restrictions put in place to prevent firmware hacking. Users should be allowed to modify products they buy to fit their wants, and such restrictions hurt innovation and progress.

    • Dollar wars

      +1

      At least someone that understand the issue in promoting a hack violating LucasFilm licensing rights as well as Nikon property rights on their softwares. This is not because the car next to you drive too fast that you are allowed to do so…

    • Mock Kenwell

      Perhaps the most ill-informed post of the entire thread…

    • Zeke

      Bring it on. You seem to have mistaken the USA for the Islamic Republic of Iran. There is nothing unethical or illegal going on here.

    • Jabs Non-follower

      There was a time when I would wait to hear Jabs comments on an issue as I took him to be an expert in photography. On this issue here (given that he was also the first to comment), Jabs you have terribly disappointed me. I am glad you have decided to keep quiet (even with a “now your problem” claim) otherwise ALL respect for your opinions I would have totally trashed.
      Even though one of your main comments on caution against being sued is valid yet so many of your other comments are TOTALLY wrong:
      1) “masquerading as fun or innovation”, with ANY programming basic graphic output such as Hello World is the very first STANDARD basic test. This Beta actually indicates that these hackers know what they are doing. Thats their Hello Wold and they clearly state this on Flickr.
      2) “Sorry, but messing with your camera means that you are an idiot with nothing better to do with your time or equipment.” Open source approaches on similar electronics devices prove this statement wrong and for someone who lives in a world with Android devices and numerous open source derivatives this statement is totally contrary to the high quality and factual comments that Jabs usually posts.
      3) “Electronics gives us freedom to be better or more idiotic and this reeks of the type of illiterate use of electronics.” Its interesting that Jabs, you are aware of electronics/software developments that give more freedom for the user. What SURPRISES me is Jabs inability to see how THIS hacking can actually result in better controls of the camera. That is the main purpose of firmware hacking.

      These are just examples of Jabs’ comments like I said I am glad for once that you have decided to keep quiet.

      BTW: The caution on copyright (though worded terribly and with excess non-factual emotion) is valid because even if Admin is “reporting news” on this hack, caution is needed on his part in the manner in which the reporting is done. Because Admin’s claim seems to imply that he would not have reported it if reddit or Flickr had not first reported it. But all the same (being first reporter or not) if the only motivation is reportage then the report should not necessarily seem to be encouraging the hacking but should simply be reportage hence there should be no need for Admin to argue for the validity or wrongness of hacking. After all Admin as s/he claims is just being a reporter.
      Legally if Admin is reporting then there is no problem with him reporting on Nikon related events.
      On hacking Jabs is actually right. If you reverse engineer or modify someone’s code then there is a problem. Its pretty much similar to someone taking your original raw file and photoshoping it and publishing/distributing it (even for free). Even if it were a free hacked distro it is legally wrong in that this hacking starts with reverse engineering Nikon’s Firmware. So taking Windows 7 and reverse engineering to obtain the original code is wrong even if modifications are done to enhance Windows 7 and freely distributed. So if the hackers were to start THEIR OWN Firmware that is LEGIT pretty much what opensource programmers do. But these hackers are different in that they are modifying Nikon’s firmware code that is where legally there is a problem.

      In conclusion as long as Admin is reporting on the hack then there should be no legal problem. Going beyond that, Admin needs to be rather cautious. Should this have been posted, definitely yes, because its a Nikon interest that some will erronously think is “idiotic” though its only a Hello World, and some will welcome but more importantly Nikonians will be appropriately be kept informed about whats happening in their Nikon Hello World.

      Thanks Admin for the post.

      • Jabs

        Sorry to burst your bubble -
        The point has been:

        1. YOU own the camera that you legally purchased.
        2. Nikon OWNS the Firmware and all rights to it, as it is proprietary to them.
        3. Open Source, which Android is and also based upon – Linux in this case – has a clause where you can modify it.
        4. Modifying your camera Firmware is your own risk, but then distributing and promoting this makes you culpable AFTER the fact – a crime.
        5. Even if it is better, it still is a violation of Nikon’s copyright as you bought the camera (a product) and NOT the Patents nor Copyrights of Nikon, Corporation used in the camera or lens.

        Next:
        Stop trying to raise me to some ‘Internet Guru’, as I hate that – learn to think for yourself and then improve your photography as a result.
        Reckless hacking has a penalty as smartphones are mainly based upon software that interacts with hardware, WHILE cameras as Manufacturer specific items are based upon Patented and Copyrighted parts, processes and algorithms. You violate that and you are wrong, unethical and can be sued.

        Reverse Engineering is not the same as hacking, as Reverse Engineering discovers HOW an item was designed and then often seeks to get the same or similar results in a slightly different manner to avoid using the Patented way = big difference.

        Hacking and now publicising your code PLUS inviting others to use it makes you now offering publicly a VERSION of what is also Patented and thus you are directly competing with the Manufacturer, as Firmware is not mere UI.

        There are at least TWO Patent and Copyright violations here:
        Nikon’s and Lucas Film!

        I kept quiet because most of the posters here are not learned enough in these items to have a debate with them, so why bother?

        • Jabs non-follower

          Ah the old Jabs is back with a lot better commenting and facts. Let the other Jabs of the last few posts go away with 2011 and the old Jabs to continue into 2012. Welcome back.

          Moving onto whats likely to be a most fun-filled 2012 with the anticipated new products.

          BTW
          On making you a guru far from it just merely a more learned and more correct facts poster. By your own claim, “MOST of the posters here are not learned enough in these items to have a debate with them” (emphasis added) and by your own implication you are more learned (not a guru but definitely more learned) than most posters. I would not want to disagree with you on this point hence thats why I tend to respect your more learned comments. In agreement, you are not a guru and definitely you make yourself out to be a more learned poster which I was stating as a poster of more correct and well argued facts except for last few posts.

          On you main point of the last post I already agreed to this and hence cautioned Admin on keeping to reportage and not promotion of illegal hacking, thanks for repeating the fact as that tends to add to the emphasis of the point which is good given that you have a much clearer argument now.

          And finally respect for some more learned person doesn’t necessarily mean I don’t think for myself. I do have a brain in my skull and do use it to think but that doesn’t stop me from having a high regard for more well-learned pips. In fact I use the high regard to more effectively identify who to learn from, filtering the noise so to speak (wish I had an anti-aliasing filter in my brain to help cancel noise effects but yet again the brain does more advanced noise processing anyways as part of the thinking process). Most learning processes do have teachers and learners and that does not mean learners do not think. Like my name says I am not your disciple but do hold some regard for your comments along with TIM, Ron, Mr Lee and a few others, well at least I think so, lol!

          To a most eventfull and exciting 2012 from down here in South Africa.

          And finally I think most everyone has moved on from this thread so lets move into 2012 shall we! Thanks for your more clearer arguments this time round, my regard for your comments is a little bit restored..

          • Jabs

            With more knowledge comes more responsibility.
            Many people here like to say bad things about what I post, so I just keep quiet often. Thanks for your kind words and not much to say in response, as a human being here with human sensibilities and concern, plus a photographer for decades.

            Have a good one.

        • Jabs non-follower

          Oh I do hate bubbles , thanks for bursting my one.

  • http://www.detgyldnesnit.dk dgs

    I am so much waiting for the Spiderman hack…

  • MF

    Lame.

  • R!

    It”s evident that real hacks like ones on panasonics and canons is really needed since Nikon’ s software developer are so retarded….

    • R!

      specially for video !!

  • GeorgeofSacramento

    Heaven forbid that someone creates a hack that displays Canon menus!

  • Fabrys

    What’s we really need on the D5100 is manual controls on video.

  • Kingyo

    Lol! So many weirdos here getting so cranky about this Star Wars firmware hack? Really??
    None of this affects your own personal camera so what do you care? Let people have fun..geez
    I hope your D5100 camera gets mysteriously hacked in the middle of the night rendering it totally useless and you switch to Canon! ..oh wait they have firmware hacks for Canon too huh..oh well :D

  • Spacedog

    The Death Star thing must ba a bug, I’m sure that Canon is on the dark side of the Force

  • Bhoveyga

    Looks pretty cool, but I think I’d have liked it better if it was a Star Trek mod. When your SD card’s getting full, Scotty could say, “She canna take much more o’ this, Captain.” Or Sulu says, “Oh My!” when you set an ISO above 3200. And put those Scene Modes (that nobody I know ever uses) in Klingon.

  • Chuck Norris

    It isn’t illegal, it will void your warranty of course but it isn’t illegal at all… geez…

    If I could I would roundhouse kick everyone here and then use your skulls for my beard to drink some vodka…

    As a matter of fact I’m going to roundhouse kick you now…

  • Jeff

    Really, someone cares?!?!

  • mikus

    and what about the nikon d7000

  • http://www.jsvfoto.com jsvfoto

    Can they get rid of motion jpeg for video and use something that’s open source? That would be awesome, because then people could make movies without having to shell out big bucks that they would otherwise have to using Nikon video-capable DSLRs.

  • bob

    Maybe someone can hack the D700, so it could do video, even if it is not HD. It already does liveview, so I have a feeling that Nikon intentionally software crippled the camera, like Apple does to many of its products so features can be added back in future releases.

  • arex

    Dum Dum Dumm Dumm DumMMM – Dumm Dumm Dumm Dumm!!!!

  • http://www.jsvfoto.com jsvfoto

    Video with the D700 would be amazing!

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