I got a confirmation from Nikon Norway that a D2X firmware upgrade will be made available this fall. It will include "most of the upgrades that can be done through firmware". Sweet!
Also, here's a Babelfish translation of a Japanese article:
"Nikon on the 1st, around fall version raised the firmware of digital single-lens reflex camera "D2X" business, made that it is the schedule which is offered with download service and the like clear.
According to the same company, you say that by the fact that this firmware is introduced, trimming function inside improvement of AF efficiency and subdivision of AF lock on function, increase and the camera of the serial radiography quantity at the time of crop high-speed photographing, detailed ISO sensitivity setting and the automatic control sensitivity and black mode, without the AC adapter it can designate as the almost same specifications, as the up-to-date high ended model "D2Xs" of June 29th sale schedule such as mirror rise and correspondence to the picture genuine characteristic verification software."
I am happy to hear this, but it does seem to be taking longer than the firmware upgrade for the D70 after the D70s came out... can anyone confirm/deny that? I thought the D70 firmware upgade (corresponding to the D70s) was within a month of the D70s release?
Thanks Nikon, It is really appreciated after all we are loyal users and have invested many thousands of £/$ in kit and it is good to know that customer loyalty is rewarded in this day and age. June 29th marked on the calendar!
A GPS can't sense direction without movement. It's not actually a compass, it can only sense position. It's just able to figure out which direction it must be facing in order ro move from where it was to where it is.
Some gps units (my Garmin GPSMap 60CS is one of them) have a built-in electronic compass that gives heading information when the unit is not in motion. I hope the heading information feature is one of the items that makes it to the firmware upgrade (can't imagine why not).
Given that it is highly unlikely that most people will be taking their photographs from a moving vehicle the GPS direction field must be taken from a digital compass inside the GPS. My Gecko 301 has exactly that feature, hence the reason such a feild will be of use to me.
If the only direction indicator is the GPS track then such a field would be absolutely useless since the track heading usually goes haywire when stationary due to minor errors in signal reception. I've often seen non digital compass GPS's have thier heading track rotate in circles while stationary.
Good point about the attitude indicator for height but for my use most subjects will be on the ground so a simple poistion, direction and range would be sufficient.
"$GPHDT (Heading, True) Actual vessel heading in degrees Ture produced by any device or system producing true heading. or $GPRMC (Recommended minimum specific GPS/Transit data) Field 8 is "Track made good in degrees True" but I don't know if all GPS units output it and if you're stationary you doon't have a 'track' as such. or $GPVTG (Track Made Good and Ground Speed) Which shows true course and magnetic course (but see above re-tracking)"
If this means that the direction data are substituted by electronic compass data if no heading through GPS can be determined, it is very interesting. I myself use a Magellan Sportrak Color (w/ electronic compass). Let's see when the upgrade is available. Interesting!
looking on the 'net some GPS's have digital compasses but they still need to output the direction in NMEA format. Personally, I've never had a GPS with a built in compass so coujldn't comment but if you plug it into a PC and run Hyperterm at 4800 baud you should see the output as plain text ('sentences' in NMEA speak) and see what the GPS unit gives you.
>If this means that the direction data are substituted by >electronic compass data if no heading through GPS can be >determined, it is very interesting.
The GPSMap 60CS does exactly that. When the calculated speed goes to zero, the heading data is based on the electronic compass. When the unit starts moving again, the heading is once again calculated from the satellites.
I was absolutely peeved when I was informed of the D2Xs. Its not like I just spent $50 on a camera only to be informed that its now obsolete. I may not be a big corporation where D2X's are like water but I'm an individual who has spent their share of money on Nikon products and if they want my future business they should consider their current customers.
With my emotions and heart under control I personally like some of the upgrades and completely understand why an upgrade would be beneficial. i.e. I have a few shots where I cut the head off an animal not realizing I was in crop mode. Making the crop more promenent only makes sense. Speed isn't a concern - I have pushed that shutter to the max. and never ran out of buffer.
What about the battery? Will the current D2X's be able to change over and increase their life or is that a D2Xs only? Which would be my guess.
I'll be happy and relieved once I get the upgrade. I love my D2X but when the D3X is released I'll be sure to wait a year before jumping in. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me!
It has been reliably reported that the new batteries will be fully compatible not only with the D2X but also with the MH-21 battery charger that came with your D2X.
I'm not sure in what way you were "fooled." What specific amount of time after you buy a camera should the manufacturer wait before announcing an upgraded model? And what of the people who want to buy a camera between that date and the availability of the new models?
Let's see... the improved battery is backward-compatible, the "old" body is going to get a free upgrade as far as that is possible with firmware, and the new body and the old body are both compatible with almost every Nikon F-mount lens produced in the last 30 years. If that constitutes Nikon not "consider[ing] their current customers," I must say I'm curious to know what camera manufacturer you think does better in that regard.
I love >my D2X but when the D3X is released I'll be sure to wait a >year before jumping in. Fool me once shame on you, fool me >twice shame on me!
Then you run the risk of being "disappointed" again! The only way to guarantee that an upgrade will not be released within what you presumably see as a reasonable period is buy a new camera on day one. But then you run the risk of early adopter problems. I think Nikon have done nothing wrong - all the major electronics companies release new stuff when it's ready and they cannot possibly warn the consumer, that's just ridiculous - I don't think Nikon are too bad = try Apple or Sony! The days of a camera lasting 10 years between major releases have long gone.
Christat, add me to the list of people who are curious why you would really be upset with Nikon either for announcing a new camera just after you purchased your old camera.
First off, your "old" D2X is not "obsolete". It is the same camera as it was before the D2Xs announcement.
If you have been a consumer of any type of electronics gear in the last 15 years or so, you should realize that manufacturers are constantly updating their products with more features and usually at better prices. Nikon could wait 5 years before releasing a new model to replace a previous one, but then they would be out of business because they would be left behind by other companies. And even if they did wait 5 years, the guy who buys the last camera just before the new announcement of the new camera could always make the same complaint that you have made about a 1.5 year old model.
There is always going to be a newer better model and it is only a matter of time before it comes to market. If you are ever going to purchase any electronics in the future, you should keep this in mind. So I cannot see how Nikon "fooled" anyone. What should they have done in your opinion so that they would have earned your trust without fooling you?
I also do not understand your statement about waiting a year after a new model next time. This is just what you did when you purchased your D2X and you were not satisfied. So how is waiting a year after the D3X is announced going to be different? I got my D2X in February of 2005 or 16 months ago. And it was announced months before that. So you waited over a year after the D2X and you complain, then say that you were fooled by this so next time you would again wait a year. I am having a difficult time following this logic.
Personally, I am very happy to hear that the D2X will benefit from the firmware upgrade for many of the new features in the D2Xs. I think that Nikon, in this example, has done (or will do) everything that I could of hoped for by releasing the new updated firmware. The newer battery is simply a higher capacity battery. I do not expect Nikon to replace my old batteries at no charge so that I can take advantage of the new capacity. But I am glad that they made the new battery backward-compatible with the old D2 cameras. If I choose to, I can purchase higher capacity batteries for my D2H and D2X. This is all good news and Nikon has certainly not "fooled" me by doing things like they did in the case of the D2Xs release. While I may have held issue with how Nikon has conducted themselves for other issues, I commend them for everything that they are doing regarding the D2Xs and D2X.
This is brilliant news. Well done Nikon! When Nikon do a minor tweak to a model, those with the old model get the 'update' for free as much as is possible in firmware. Really great. I don't see Canon users getting a 20D firmware update
I emailed Nikon a while back (a month or so?)and the reply was that the updates have been free with the exception where it would require the camera being sent in (to Nikon) for the update - as in the D1x buffer upgrade, etc.
>Download to a mac? >How long until its available the USA?