Nikon is planning firmware updates for three of its digital SLRs that will bring some of the new features of the D2Xs to earlier models. The D2X, D2Hs and D200 will see their functionality grow, to varying degrees, when the new firmware is released later this year.
The D2X, says Steve Heiner of Nikon USA, will receive the lion's share of the D2Xs' enhancements, including additional increments between ISO 800 and ISO 1600 (aka H 1), autofocus algorithm changes, a FUNC button that can serve dual purposes, the ability to verify image files using Nikon's Image Authentication Software and more.
Thirteen changes in all are in the works for the D2X, nine of which will also make their way into the D2Hs. The D200 will gain one new feature: image authentication. The D200's firmware revision will also add support for the upcoming Wireless Transmitter WT-3/WT-3A.
The table below summarizes the firmware changes being developed for the D2X, D2Hs and D200. A square indicates that the camera will gain this feature courtesy of the fall firmware injection. A square means that the camera has a similar or identical feature already.
The updates are expected to be free, downloadable from a Nikon web site and user-installable. They are tentatively scheduled for release in the fall of 2006, says Heiner. The release of the WT-3/WT-3A for the D200 has been pushed back to the fall of 2006.