Quite a few people end up here to try to get answers to their million-dollar questions, such as: “Is my D50 motorized or not?”, “Can my D100 focus and meter with manual focus lenses?”, “Is my D3100 geo-tagging (GPS) capable?”, and so on. I have concocted a compatibility table that pretends to answer these questions all at once. One-stop shopping to solve your Nikon DSLR doubts, so to say. It is so large that it does not fit my standard blog page, which is why I’m providing the table both in HTML and PDF. Because to err is human and to forgive divine, I would greatly appreciate you dropping me a line if you find any errors. Thanks!
For the HTML version click here, for the PDF version click here. Note that cameras are ordered chronologically by launch date.
Today, Nikon replaced the Nikon D5200 – launched on November 5, 2012 – with the D5300. The D5300 is a far more significant update than it’s predecessor, which was – as I pointed out in this article – apart of a few details, virtually indistinguishable from the D3200. The D5300 is the first Nikon DSLR to feature built-in GPS (including the A-GPS known from smart-phones) and Wifi capability, the first with the new Expeed-4 processing engine and the second APS-C or DX Nikon – after the D7100 – to forgo the optical low pass filter (OLPF), sometimes also called anti-aliasing filter.
The new camera has a SRP of $ 800, which is $ 100 more than the D5200, while the gap with the D3200 grows to $ 250. This difference is more justified now that Nikon have made these improvements, even though that is hardy an entry-level camera price tag anymore. Coupled with the – also new – 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G DX VR Nikkor (27-210mm FX equivalent), the kit will set you back a cool 1400 bucks.
The large majority of specs are similar to those of the D5200, however, the sensor is different: 24,2 vs. 24,1 Mp., and – more importantly – OLFP-less, which ought to lead to sharper images. Also, the size of the vari-angle monitor grows from 3 to 3,2 inch, while its resolution goes up to 1.037 K dots. Nikon claims that the new Expeed-4 image-processing engine is optimized for faster high-performance digital SLR cameras while providing significantly better results with noise reduction (NR), auto white balance, color reproduction and tone processing. Finally, the camera includes a few new scene modes or special efects to the arsenal, such as Night vision, Color sketch, Toy camera, Miniature effect, Selective color, Silhouette, High key, Low key and HDR painting. For more information and specs, click here.
One of the first things I did upon the arrival of my D7100 was to check if it would properly work with my GPS, because the one thing that I have been missing dearly during my recent travels was the ability to properly geo-locate my shots. Here’s what I have found.
Fig. 1. Control panel D200 (top) vs. D7100: no GPS icon...
Compatibility and Setup Unlike the D200, the D7100 does not show the GPS icon of my Promote on the top control panel (fig 1, right), which had me initially worried that it was not compatible. Fortunately, the rear display does show the GPS icon, either blinking when the device is acquiring the necessary satellites or steady once so-called “lock-on” has been achieved (fig. 2) Still, this is annoying because you must either push the i or the info button to confirm that the device is properly connected, while it cannot be confirmed at a glance, as it is supposed to. While Nikon’s own GP-1A will likely work properly, other third party devices may give similar results. Meanwhile, the D600 apparently suffers from the same glitch (if you can call it that).
All flagship and semi-pro Nikon cameras since the D1X and D200, mid-range models since the D90 and “Baby-Nikons” since the D5K/D3100 are capable of automatically recording geo-referenced meta-data into image headers (Exif), a practice popularly known as “geo-tagging”. Geo-tagging has become increasingly popular over the last couple of years, and many sites, like Flickr, Facebook and Google Earth/Maps – for example – can now extract and show these data, either automatically or manually.
Similarly, the Nikon View NX2 software includes a (Google) geo-location module, which allows reviewing photos per their shooting location and shows so-called “path-views”; the route(s) along which these were taken, while a program like Adobe Bridge – among many others – is also capable of extracting these data from Exif.
UPDATE (10-08-14): NewCapture NX-D, a piece of Nikon software that I’m actually exited about. It is fairly fast, works well and beats ACR hands down. Best of all: it’s free! UPDATE (12-03-2012) It seems that the latest updates solve most of the mentioned problems. If you have not done so already, I'd strongly suggest updating to 2.3.0 (article here) UPDATE (15-12-2010): I followed the suggestion of one of our visitors and updated my display drivers. NX2 now runs without the most annoying glitches I mention in this article, but still responds sluggish and is considerably slower than its predecessors. If you have not updated your display drivers lately, my suggestion would be doing so before installing NX2.
I thought it could not get any worse after testing Capture NX2 and View NX1.5 - a while ago - but I was wrong. NX2 is a major problem, at least from where I am standing. So much so, that I have not been able to thoroughly test it; not on Windows XP Pro x64 SP2 (Intel Core Duo 1.6 Ghz., 1 Tb. RAID 10, 4 Gb. RAM, GeForce 7300 GS/256) nor on a “normal” XP Pro SP3 32-bits system. Do Nikon beta-test any of their programs at all, or do they just throw us to the lions? Worse yet: do they even care about us entrusting our precious images to their cripple-ware?