Nikon releases a so-so solution for the D5's paltry 4K recording times

nikon d5 firmware update extends recording time 53740976 l
Stefan Holm
While Nikon’s announcement of the D5 earlier in January was eagerly anticipated, there was one big sticking point — the headlining 4K feature could only record in three-minute clips. But that’s changing with a new firmware update Nikon announced earlier today.

With the 1.10 firmware update, Nikon D5 users can get up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds of 4K video recording, a big step up from the previous three-minute limit. The Canon 1D X Mark II, by comparison, can only record a ten-minute 4K video at the highest frame rate, though it has had that capability since the beginning.

The firmware update is a big improvement for video — but there is a catch. That 30-minute video is divided into as many as eight separate files, of up to 4 GB each, which can be merged using Nikon’s included software, ViewNX-Movie. Essentially, Nikon D5 users still have only three-minute clips to work with, but won’t have to restart the camera and can stitch the files together without the gaps that would arise from starting a new recording. Whether or not that makes the D5 more viable for video is up for debate, with questions remaining as to whether the stitching is truly seamless and how long merging those large files will take.

Along with the increase in video recording, the firmware update also includes flicker reduction, fixing uneven exposure under some fluorescent lights that some early users were experiencing. The D5’s 153-point autofocus also now has a nine-point option for focusing on a smaller region. The update also introduces electronic image stabilization for video, though that mode will limit the angle of view and isn’t available with the 1080p resolution.

The update also adds more options to the shooting screen, including a silent shutter-release mode and a display for the time remaining in continuous shooting. The option for exposure compensation now also reaches three on both ends. The firmware also fixes some minor bugs, Nikon says, including some Wi-Fi connection issues.

The firmware update is available from Nikon’s download center.

Photography

Sony crams its best camera tech into the new $900 A6400

Love Sony's autofocus, but can't stomach the full-frame price? The Sony A6400 mirrorless camera uses some of the same autofocus technology and the processor of the A9 in a compact, more affordable crop-sensor camera.
Mobile

If you want Samsung's advanced folding phone, be prepared to pay a lot for it

Samsung has been showcasing bendable display tech for a few years and now a folding smartphone might finally arrive. The Galaxy X, or perhaps the Galaxy Fold, may be the company's first example. Here's everything we know about it.
Movies & TV

New trailer for 'The Punisher' season 2 teases a bloody showdown

The Punisher is getting a second season on Netflix, with Jon Bernthal returning to play Marvel Comics' gun-toting antihero Frank Castle. Here's everything we know about season 2 of The Punisher so far.
Mobile

Android Q: Everything we know so far about Google’s next mobile OS

Android Pie recently rolled out, but it's already time to look ahead to Android Q, the next version of Google's mobile OS. We've seen a number of rumors and leaks come out about the operating system -- here's everything we know so far.
Movies & TV

From premiere date to footage: Here's all we have on 'Game of Thrones' season 8

With the eighth and final season looming, Game of Thrones fever has officially become a pandemic. Our list of all the relevant news and rumors will help make the wait more bearable, if you don't mind spoilers.
Photography

These point-and-shoot cameras make your smartphone pics look like cave paintings

If your smartphone camera just isn't giving you the results you're looking for, maybe it's time to step up your game. The latest and greatest point-and-shoot cameras offer large sensors, tough bodies, and long lenses -- something no phone…
Photography

GoPro bumps resolution on Fusion 360 cam to 5.6K with new firmware

Currently available in public beta, Fusion firmware version 2.0 offers a new 5.8K mode that results in 5.6K output when the 360 camera's two hemispheres are stitched together. It also adds support for 24 fps video and RAW time-lapse…
Photography

With 5-stop optical stabilization, Fujifilm GF 100-200mm is ready for adventure

Fujifilm revealed a new lens designed to deliver on the GFX system's promise of adventure-ready medium-format photography. The GF 100-200mm F5.6 R is a weather resistant, relatively lightweight, 2x telephoto with impressive stabilization.
Photography

Olympus teaser shares glimpse of OM-D camera that’s good for more than sports

Is Olympus about to release a new mirrorless camera geared toward sports photographers? The latest teaser offers a glimpse of an upcoming OM-D camera set to launch on January 24, and by the looks of the teasers, it's capable for landscapes…
Photography

Nikon A1000, B600 pack big zooms into compact, budget-friendly cameras

The new Nikon Coolpix A1000 packs in a 35x zoom lens, 4K video, and an optical viewfinder, while Nikon's B600 brings a 60x zoom lens to the table. The cameras are modest updates to Nikon's budget-friendly zoom models.
Social Media

Nearly a million Facebook users followed these fake Russian accounts

Facebook purged two separate groups behind more than 500 fake accounts with Russian ties. One group had ties to Russian news agency Sputnik, while the other had behavior similar to the Internet Research Agency's midterm actions.
Photography

From DIY to AAA, here's how to take a passport photo in 6 different ways

If you're applying for a passport or renewing one, you need to submit a photo in your official application. There are strict guidelines, but fortunately, it's something you can do at home. Here's how to take a passport photo.
Emerging Tech

The best drone photos from around the world will take your breath away

Most of today's drones come equipped with high-end cameras, which are quickly revolutionizing the world of aerial photography as we know it. Here are some of the best drone photos from around the world.
Photography

Photography news: Careful, self-driving cars can ruin your camera sensor

In this week's photography news, learn how self-driving cars destroyed a digital camera via lasers. Find out how many patents Canon filed for in 2018. Read about what Tamron lenses are available for the Nikon Z6.