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Nikon cameras get higher battery life; Canon updates Cinema EOS collection however pulls one patch

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Mike Tomkins

posted Friday, November 15, 2013 at 6:02 PM EDT



For this week’s Firmware Friday replace, we have now information of firmware tweaks for 9 cameras from Canon and Nikon, though two of Canon’s updates have since been pulled as a result of points. We’ll begin with Nikon, whose updates are for cameras most of us can afford. In all, the corporate has up to date 5 DSLRs — the D3100, D3200, D5100, and D5200 — and its P7700 fanatic compact.

For all 5 cameras, Nikon has formally added help for its EN-EL14a battery pack, a swap-in alternative for the EN-EL14 that shipped within the product bundle, providing higher cost density. The EN-EL14a is a 1,230mAh / 8.9Wh pack, as in comparison with the 1,030mAh / 7.7Wh of the EN-EL14.

Till now, you may use the EN-EL14a in all 5 cameras, however they would not extract its full battery life since they did not acknowledge the EN-EL14’s up to date variant. With the updates under, every digital camera will now extract the complete battery life from the newer pack, leading to a helpful enhance within the variety of pictures captured. The next desk lists the battery life enchancment for every mannequin:


EN-EL14 battery life

EN-EL14a battery life

Nikon D3100

550 frames

620 frames

Nikon D3200

540 frames

600 frames

Nikon D5100

660 frames

700 frames

Nikon D5200

500 frames

700 frames

Nikon P7700

330 frames

360 frames

Positively an excellent purpose to replace your firmware, and swap to EN-EL14a cells when subsequent shopping for spare batteries in your digital camera. Get the brand new firmware on the hyperlinks under:

Canon, in the meantime, has delivered the updates it promised for its Cinema EOS cameras again in September and October. Sadly, one of many updates has needed to be withdrawn after simply two days, as a result of stories of colour steadiness points. Meaning Canon EOS C300 and C300PL house owners might want to wait just a bit longer to get entry to the brand new options, of which there are lots of.


Canon has quickly withdrawn its promised firmware replace for the Cinema EOS C300.

House owners of the Cinema EOS C100, although, can get all of the goodies instantly. Among the many new options are peripheral lens correction for seven Cinema and eleven EF lenses, elevated ISO sensitivity to ISO 80,000 equal, and a document button lock operate. Firmware model for the Canon C100 additionally provides the power to maneuver the magnified view space to examine focus of off-center topics, and to navigate menus utilizing the digital camera’s buttons if the joystick is indifferent. Get extra particulars on the Canon C100 replace right here.



And final, however not least, we come to the Canon EOS-1D C, additionally a part of the Cinema EOS lineup. Right here, the modifications are extra easy: Firmware model 1.3.4 makes however two modifications. The digital camera can now retailer lens metadata in its movies for Canon EF-mount Cinema lenses, and helps them for Peripheral Illumination and Chromatic Aberration Correction features. Canon has additionally added an non-compulsory line-level audio enter mode for the three.5mm audio enter within the 1D C, along with the prevailing microphone enter mode. Get extra particulars on the Canon EOS-1D C replace right here.

(Digicam components picture courtesy of Kelly Hofer / Flickr; used underneath a Inventive Commons CC-BY-2.0 license.)

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