When Goole acquired Nik Software, they did not purchase the Capture NX software and have no intentions of supporting it. This information was provided to a reader who contacted the Nik software division of Google. Capture NX ($135) was initially developed by Nik Software after Nikon invested in the company back in 2006. It remains to be seen who will take over the future development of Capture NX and when NX3 will be released.
After Google purchased Nik Software, they started selling the entire plugin collection for $149. Existing owners can download all plugins for free.
Adobe released Lightroom 4.4, Camera Raw 7.4 and DNG Converter 7.4 with support and improvements for several Nikon cameras and F-mount lenses.
New camera support for:
- Nikon 1 J3
- Nikon 1 S1
- Nikon D7100
- Nikon Coolpix A
- Nikon Coolpix P330
In addition to the D600 and D800 updates, Nikon released also new firmware for the D4, D3S, D3X, D3, D7000 and D3200 DSLR cameras. All versions include support for the 800mm f/5.6 lens, the D4 and D3200 firmware contain several additional fixes. The D7100 currently doesn't have added support for the 800mm f/5.6 lens. Here are the download links and detailed change logs:
Update: the D800E A:1.01 / B:1.02 firmware updated can be downloaded here.
April 1st is now gone and I can finally post some "real" news: Nikon just released firmware upgrades C:1.01 for the D600 and A:1.01 / B:1.02 for the D800 DSLR cameras. One of the main D600 improvement is the 100% HDMI output. Unfortunately, Nikon still did not include a fix for the previously rumored Live View aperture bug.
Full list of modifications in the new D600 C:1.01 firmware:
This has been a DxOMark week - another set of test results were published today for the Nikon Coolpix A compact camera. The smallest APS-C camera today outperforms many other compact/mirrorless cameras and comes close to the capabilities of the D5200 and D7100 DSLRs in terms of high ISO and dynamic range performance. DxOMark's conclusion:
"The Nikon Coolpix A high-end compact offers similar or better image quality to many entry-level or mid range DSLRs, and although bettered by the higher resolution D5200 or D7100 DSLRs and the Pentax K-5 series, the Coolpix A still makes the top 10 for APS-C cameras."
Several other comparisons of the Coolpix A camera with other models:
The Nikkor 800mm f/5.6 lens ($17,896.95) is now shipping in Asia according to this forum post on mobile01. The US release date is currently listed as April 4th, 2013. More details on the lens can be found here. Few addition images from mobile01: