Nikon just released new software for a camera that is 10 years old, giving the Nikon D7100 an update out of the blue. Even though Nikon isn’t making any new DSLRs, it’s good to know that its firmware is still being updated. Other brands, like Canon, have pretty much stopped developing their DSLRs.
The Nikon D7100 came out in February 2013 and was advertised as a high-performance DSLR that was small and could take high-resolution photos and FullHD videos.
It was an improvement on the popular Nikon D7000. It had a new sensor with 24.1 megapixels, 12 more focus points, a better dynamic range, a bigger screen, and better video capabilities. At the time, it was one of the best-cropped sensor cameras you could buy, and some say it could focus better in low light than the D600.
It was perfect for amateur and enthusiast photographers and could be used for portraits, landscapes, astrophotography, and street photography, among other things. Even now, it’s a popular choice for people who want to buy a used camera that won’t break the bank but will take better pictures than their phone.
Even though the latest firmware update isn’t very exciting, it’s great news for people who use live view a lot because it means you can use it for as long as you want. Live view used to stop working after 10 minutes because of a bug, but the new firmware update version 1.05 fixes the bug.
Nikon recently said that both the Nikon D5600 and D3500 would be taken off the market. They will join the Nikon D500, a popular camera for shooting wildlife, and the Nikon D750, the best camera for low light.
We have no idea how much longer Nikon will keep making firmware updates for older DSLR models. But for those who haven’t switched to a Nikon Z mirrorless system yet, it’s good to know that an old camera can still learn new tricks (or at least, have new tricks installed).