Firmware update 1.10 for Nikon D300?

Someone @ Nikonians claims to have a brand new Nikon D300 with firmware version 1.10. The question is what does this update contain?


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  • The user reports that the minimum shutter while using Auto ISO has gone from 1/250 to 1/4000.

    I don’t suppose there’s an on-screen Record button while in live mode…

    Seems to me that the D3, D300, D700 should be able to record 720p via a firmware update.

  • Rob

    HD Video and 24 MP, maybe?


  • Pablov

    I don’t guess a good Movie mode could be achieved on those cameras only via firmware, unless they were already designed with some kind of Movie mode in mind.

    But I could be wrong.

    Even though if a movie mode is possible, I don’t think it would be good quality.
    If I remember well, the LV mode in the D300 is able to run only for a period of time until it turns off automatically to avoid overheating. Thus, they are limited in that feature…

    NIKON: say something !! :O

  • clark

    uhhhh, yeah, so is this new firmware going to make it grow a microphone too?

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  • Rob

    See, I don’t think that video can be added via firmware. Ignoring the audio issue, I don’t think the camera can pass much more than the 8 fps the camera shoots in stills. Any video at that frame rate would be 1920’s still movie quality.

  • dnhjr

    Well I hope it’s all the little neat extra features I like that are on my D700.

  • The D300 and D90 likely have the same chip. They also have a very similar chassis with regards to heat distribution.

    The D300 can capture 12,212,224 pixels 8 times per second for a total of 97,697,792 pixels per second.

    720p is 1280×720 pixels or 921,600 pixels.

    921,600 pixels at 30 times per second is 27,648,000 pixels per second.

    720p @ 30 fps is 27,648,000 pixels per second.
    The D300 buffer: 97,697,792 pixels per second.

    I think the buffer can handle 720p. I would think that the firmware could be made to shut down all but the middle 1280×720 pixels. That would keep the chip heat down. Live view on the D300 pulls data from all 4,288 x 2,848 pixels which generates much more heat. The camera is also processing the data to compress it to fit on the screen. The processing power generates heat. It’s the heat buildup that causes LV to shut down after a fixed internal temperature is reached.

    Capturing few pixels would require less processing to display on screen. It would produce less heat.

    …come on guys I can hope can’t I? I don’t think it’s entirely unfounded hope. I would even consider paying for a firmware upgrade that would enable video capture.

  • Anonymous

    Well, somebody hacked a 40D to capture video via a firmware hack..

  • Yakka

    The new firmware will make the D300 transform into a 1966 Corvette Stingray. It’s more than meets the eye.

  • steele

    actually movie mode could be done in firmware without any major hardware issues.

    First off the D90 does not use it’s shutter to create the frames in the video. It is used just like a point and shoot. It has an electronic shutter programmed into the software that switches the sensor on and off. It avoids the heating issue by not using all the sensor’s pixels at once. My guess is that it switches between lines to create an interlaced image. That is why you can’t use your viewfinder during filming.

    Doubtful though, because there is no audio. And that is what would keep video from being on the D300.

    I’ve have seen the results and they suck. My friend and I played around with his new D90 last night and the video just wasn’t there.

    Everyone makes a big deal about interchangeable lenses and what film makers can do with it. A good camera will have interchangeable lenses. Usually not many. Even if it is fixed you have control over the iris (in motion we don’t refer to it as fstop). Believe me when you spend 10k on a camera it better have an iris that can open wide.

  • It is possible for video to exist, and be useful, without audio.

    You can’t use your viewfinder during video recording because the mirror is flipped up so that light can hit the sensor to record.

    I don’t the sensor is alternating lines because with standard SLR optics, the image would shift with every line slip, thought it’s possible to do so at a fast enough rate so as to be imperceptible to the human eye.

    I don’t think I’ll be filming a movie with a DSLR any time soon, but there are times when it would be very handy. Especially if one could burst at 720p at 90 or 120 fps for 2 or 3 seconds.

  • Daniel

    So, in your opinion, D90 can pass much more than the 8 fps the camera shoots in stills?

  • MarkDphotoguy

    Video mode in the hands of a creative person CAN yield good results. check out this video shot with the D90:

    Now imagine shooting a macro video of a spider making a kill, or the internal working of a fine watch in action. Low light at 1.4. Imagination and creative drive are all it takes to make a feature like video fun and useful.

  • Pablov

    if we had $17K+ to spend in a camera, we probably wouldn’t be talking about DSLRs

    The fact is that a DSLR can (or will be able soon to) deliver a good HD quality Movie mode, if well implemented, for a extremely lowest cost, and with the advantages of letting use the line of lenses, and the low light shooting.
    And of course, in one smaller package alltogether

  • Pablov

    yes, I knew about hacking firmware (specifically Canon’s) some time ago, to get some features the camera didn’t let to.

    But it’s not the best way, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • MikeQ

    I wouldn’t be surprised if among other things the firmware *removes* the ‘feature’ of the 8fps without the MB-10 trick.

  • JJ

    I bought a couple of D300s a week or so apart (they’re never “in stock” as such – they arrive at the shop and get sold or reserved that same day) and the second one is 1.10 – one feature I’ve found is that you can’t save your settings on one version of the firmware and load them on to the other body (unless of course I’vce missed something – wouldn’t be the first time). I hope Nikon release it as a firmware patch ASAP!

  • cameron

    you would need to register your product on nikon USA website ((or europe if you live in europe)) then go to customer service > downloads > firmware updates then select your camera model and check if there is a firmware update available. if one is available, download and unzip ((mac’s automatically unzips the file, on pc’s, right-click > uncompress the zip file)) and there should be 2 files with “A” and “B” along with other letters. grab your memory card, insert it, the FIRST folder you open on your memory card, click & drag ONE of the files onto the memory card’s root folder then put your memory card in the camera and go to setup menu > firmware > update, the camera will ask you to confirm ((for example, ver 1.01 โžŸ 1.02)) then start the update. let your camera sit and dont even touch it until it finishes updating the firmware. format the memory card, back to the computer, repeat the steps for next file to update. your camera should have 2 new firmwares updated. remember, one file at once, not both files. good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Stan

    I wish that new firmware allow turning off annoying AutoISO in Manual mode with ISO button….

  • I want there to be an option for auto ISO off in M mode. Sometimes I want auto ISO on in M.

  • PHiLiPZ

    one thing I’d love to have in new FW would be if AutoISO changed the min shutter speed according to the focal length used (1/f, maybe even 1/(f*user_constant))

    unless this feature is there using the AutoISO with my zoom lenses is quite limited

  • JJ

    To get back to original question, “What does it contain?” – apparently an increase in the flexibility of the auto-ISO function. Nothing else that I can find in my copy of V1.10, which is a shame because I don’t use auto-ISO yet

  • dnhjr

    That was a great video. I think something that was not really meant for time video the D90 work very well if you know what you are doing which this guy did. People that complain the video from the D90 sucks really don’t know what they are doing and are probably not using a tripod when filming which this guy did and that’s why it looks so good.

  • Mike

    Why on earth would you want that? Auto ISO in manual mode is essentially Program mode by another name. It completely defeats the object of having manual mode in the first place.

  • sloma_p

    It would be useful if you could set a maximum shutter speed you would think you can handle and have camera changing ISO if you reach it. For example – you shoot with flash in manual mode and want to balance ambient/flash light but you’re using longer lens – say 85/1.4, so you want at leat 1/125th shutter speed – it would give you freedom of choosing any shutter speed shorter than that, but once you reach it you would be changing ISO with rear wheel. Sounds complicated, but I’m for example quite often in a situation, where I have changing light condition, flash on manual to do fill-in and wouldn’t want to have to resort to ISO butoon as it breaks interaction. Just a thought ๐Ÿ™‚

  • M with Auto ISO is not even close to Program mode.

    Say I need f/8 for my lens to be sharp. Say there’s something fast moving. I’ll choose F/8 in M and play with shutter speed until it’s as slow as it can be and still freeze the action. I’ll let Auto ISO deal with the exposure.

    …of course that won’t work until I can have Auto ISO set and shutter speeds faster than 1/250.

  • Anonymous

    Auto ISO in manual mode is great for sports in changing light (half of the field in sun, e.g.).

    You set shutter speed to freeze the action, aperture for DOF and use Auto ISO for proper exposure. Works great.

  • Any body got a screen shot of the firmwear 1.10 on a D300 ??

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