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Nikon plans firmware updates for the D2X, D2Hs and D200

Nikon has published their plans for firmware updates for the D2X, the D2Hs and the D200 digital SLRs. No updates are planned for the D2H. The D2X and D2Hs firmware includes functions and options that we have seen on the recently announced D2Xs. Furthermore, the D2X, D2Hs, and D200 will be made compatible with the Image Authentication Software of the D2Xs. The D200 firmware update also adds support for the optional Wireless Transmitter WT-3....
Nikon plans firmware updates for the D2X, D2Hs and D200 - digital camera and photography newsQ&A ON NEW FIRMWARE FOR THE D2X, D2Hs and D200

1. Do you plan to offer a firmware update for D2-series cameras that will enable those cameras with functions adopted for the D2XS?  If so, when?

We plan to offer a firmware update for the D2X and D2HS in the fall of 2006.
We do not plan to offer a firmware update for the D2H.


2. What will change with the scheduled D2X and D2Hs firmware updates?

Primarily, a number of features will be added or modified as described below.  

o H 0.3 (ISO 1000 equivalent), H 0.5 (ISO 1100 equivalent), and H 0.7 (ISO 1250 equivalent) options will be added between the ISO 800 and HI-1 sensitivity settings (D2X only).

o Autofocus subject acquisition and tracking capability will be improved.

o A "Black-and-white (sRGB)" option will be added to the "Color mode" settings in the shooting menu (D2X only).

o An "Image authentication" item will be added to the setup menu. However, the optional Image Authentication Software is required to verify image authenticity.

o A "Trim" item will be added to the shooting menu (D2X only).

o The "Custom" option in the shooting menu's "Tone compensation" item will be modified so that up to 3 user-defined curves can be downloaded to the camera.  

o An upgrade of Nikon Capture 4 Camera Control is scheduled to support download of 3 curves to the camera.  The optional Camera Control Pro software can also be used to download curves to the camera.

o A "Save/load settings" item will be added to the setup menu.  

o The "Mirror lock-up" item in the setup menu will be modified so that the mirror can be locked in the up position under battery power as well as AC adapter power.  

o The number of options available for the "Lock-on" item in the Custom Settings menu will be increased to 4:  "Long", "Normal", "Short", and "Off".

o "Max. sensitivity" and "Min. shutter speed" options will be added to the "ISO auto" item in the Custom Settings menu.

o The "Maximum shots (Max No. of shots taken in continuous shooting)" item in the Custom Settings menu will be modified to allow a maximum setting of 60 shots.

o The "FUNC. button" in the Custom Settings menu will be divided into two items: "FUNC. button press" and "FUNC. button + command dials" (D2X only).

o A "Recent settings" item will be added to the setup menu.


3. Are there any other cameras, besides the D2XS, with which the Image Authentication Software is compatible?

Yes.  We plan to provide compatibility with an additional 3 models, the D2X, D2HS, and D200, via firmware updates for those cameras.


4. What will change with the scheduled D200 firmware update?

Primarily, features will be added or modified as described below.  

o An "Image authentication" item will be added to the setup menu.

o Support for the optional Wireless Transmitter WT-3 will be added.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Combined notice at the Nikon US Support Website
Notice of the D200 at the Nikon EU Support Website
Notice of the D2X at the Nikon EU Support Website
Notice the D2Hs at the Nikon EU Support Website
June 15, 2006
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