SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-I SD Card in the Nikon D7000

The Nikon D7000 is the first DSLR to take advantage of the new UHS-I SD card specification.  Unfortunately though, it doesn’t appear to take full advantage of that speed potential.  The Nikon D7000′s buffer seems to cap at 10 frames during continuous high speed shooting no matter which SD card is inserted.

I got my hands on the latest SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-I SDHC cards, which are due out in March, to see just how well they worked in this first-generation UHS-I camera.

While the difference between the SanDisk Extreme and Extreme Pro SD cards is marginal in the D7000, there is still an obvious difference.  After capturing the full complement of 10 frames at the D7000′s max frame rate of 6fps, the D7000 delivered the following results with each of the cards. [Read more...]

Firmware Friday: Nikon D7000, Fuji 3D W3, Leica S2

Camera     Firmware Update

Below you will find this week’s firmware updates.  Hit the manufacturer website links for more details and download instructions for the firmware.

Nikon D7000 version 1.01 – “Bright spots were sometimes noticeable with live view mode or movie recording of especially dark scenes or subjects. Occurrence of this issue has been reduced.” [Nikon Website]

Fuji FinePix REAL 3D W3 version 1.10 – “In [HD][1280] movie recording mode, Economy mode [HD][1280]E) can be selected. In this Economy mode, movie quality for long period is optimized. For long continuous recording of 3D HD movies, Economy mode setting is recommended.” [Fuji Website]

Leica S2 version 1.0.0.24 – “The FW 1.0.0.24 firmware update enables a multitude of enhanced camera functions.” [Leica Website - login required]

Nikon D7000 Availability Update

Speaking of the Nikon D7000 . . . .  B&H Photo now has the D7000 “available for pre-order,” which (as many of you may know) means B&H will have real stock of this camera very soon.

B&H doesn’t do long lists of pre-orders that take months to fill.  Instead, they only open up the pre-order list when stock is confirmed and then shut it down when stock runs out.

Here’s the link while it lasts:  Nikon D7000 w/ 18-105mm lens at B&H