Nikon S6100 and S4100 Discontinued in Asia Due to Japan Disaster

Nikon has discontinued its recently-announced Coolpix S6100 and Coolpix S4100 in Asia markets, citing that the earthquake in Japan has lead to production and supply issues with the camera.  No word yet on whether there is a similar effect in the US and other markets for these or other Nikon models.

For more info, see the statement issued by Nikon below. [Read more…]

Nikon Image Authentication Software Cracked, Rendered Useless

Image authentication doesn’t quite mean what it used to.  It was just back in November 2010 that Russian forensic software firm, ElcomSoft, cracked Canon’s image authentication software.  Now, it’s done the same to Nikon’s $500 Image Authentication Software.

Nikon states that its Image Authentication Software allows users to “Verify JPEG, TIFF and NEF (RAW) data taken using a compatible Nikon digital SLR. This secure software checks if an image has been processed or edited after taken.”

The authenticity of a photograph is of the utmost importance in court cases and other commercial and industrial applications.  The discovery of vulnerabilities in Nikon’s software adds yet another hurdle to a previously proven method of image authentication.

ElcomSoft claims that it has notified Nikon of this vulnerability; however, ElcomSoft noted that “Nikon has provided no response nor expressed any interest in the existence of the issue.”

Note that Canon Europe posted a request of users of its software to contact the company to discuss the issue.

More details on this development in Elcomsoft’s statement below. [Read more…]

Nikon D5100 Availability Update

It seems that Nikon D5100 is quite hot item.  Amazon is pretty thin on stock right now and appears to only have availability through third-party vendors at the moment.

B&H Photo has updated its stock status to show the D5100 as “Available for Pre-Order” which generally means that B&H has stock on the way and will be shipping it out in a matter of days.  Here’s the link to the D5100 product page at B&H Photo.

Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G Launches, Priced at $220

We have been waiting for this news since Nikon posted its new AF-S 50mm lens on its website and then removed it last week.  Finally, the lens has been officially unveiled (permanently this time) and it’s got a decent price point of $220.  All I can say is that it’s about time!

The Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8 lens should be available beginning on June 16, 2011.  You can watch for availability on Amazon (update: pre-order up on Amazon), B&H Photo and Adorama.

More details in the official press release from Nikon below. [Read more…]