Modifications enabled with A and B firmware Ver. 1.01
Bright spots were sometimes noticeable with movie recording of especially dark scenes or subjects. Occurrence of this issue has been reduced. *After the firmware is upgraded, bright spots may be visible in the monitor while the camera is autofocusing with the shutter-release button pressed halfway in live view mode. However, these bright spots are not recorded with still images and movies and are not visible in the monitor while the camera is autofocusing during movie recording.
UPDATE: I JUST SAVED THE .BIN TO THE FORMATTED SD CARD, IT WAS THE ONLY FILE ON THE SD CARD. IT LOADED THE UPDATE WITHOUT A PROBLEM. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT A "ROOT" THING IS, I DO NOT KNOW IF IT IS A "PC" THING OR NOT; HOWEVER, IT DOES NOT MATTER NOW.
#10. "RE: New Firmware fixes the bright spots" In response to Reply # 9
The problem I've run into trying to describe the proper location is the word "root", not everybody understands it refers to the top level of the "drive". Some interpret it as the top-most named directory, in the case of the Nikon cards "DCIM".
I guess all photographers should receive UNIX training, or some such.
#13. "RE: New Firmware fixes the bright spots" In response to Reply # 11
No, you can't download directly to the sd card. At least for Windows the download comes in the form of a xxx.exe file. Once on your computer (preferably desktop so you can find it) run the program, it will then generate a folder. Inside the folder is the .bin file that should be copied to the sd card.
#14. "RE: New Firmware fixes the bright spots" In response to Reply # 13 Wed 22-Dec-10 05:58 PM by billD80
>No, you can't download directly to the sd card. At least for >Windows the download comes in the form of a xxx.exe file. >Once on your computer (preferably desktop so you can find it) >run the program, it will then generate a folder. Inside the >folder is the .bin file that should be copied to the sd card. >
Thanks for making that clearer than I did... I assumed the download had already taken place...
#18. "RE: New Firmware fixes the bright spots" In response to Reply # 17 Thu 23-Dec-10 02:51 PM by KnightPhoto
>I guess since the hot pixels are visible during shooting (I >presume in the rear LCD) but not in the video file, the >on-board processor is interpolating them out. > >Peter
That is interesting because it means the LCD is somehow receiving a different or unfinalized stream (perhaps after the downsize or interpolation that causes the problem but prior to the interpolation that fixes it?)
Since I believe it was the downsize/interpolation (or absence of normal hot pixel suppression logic?) that is causing the problem in the first place it is only sensible that they fix this by an improved interpolation process.
My sense is that with video our nearest next neighbor photosite is much further away than when using all photosites for stills and this video shortcoming was then evident. If you read Thom's D7000 review he seems to confirm that Nikon is not pixel binning to reduce resolution down to 1080P from the far greater still sensor resolution. A DSLR that did pixel binning to produce the video stream would not have these same interpolation issues. Maybe we just need a Cray computer in our Expeed 2 server farm and we would be good to go.
#21. "RE: New Firmware fixes the bright spots" In response to Reply # 18
Hi Steve. Yeah, like I said, I am only guessing. Perhaps the image chip and downstream processors generate two video feeds: one for LiveView and one for video creation (of whatever format chosen by the user as in PAL/NTSC/resolution/fps, all independent of LiveView). In this case the latter will have had the firmware changed to colour in the hot pixel with neighbouring pixels (what I call interpolation). I wish a Nikon engineer were in the room! Peter