Nikon DSLR Firmware Encryption Cracked, Let the Hacks Begin!


One of the things that I've always liked about Canon DSLRs is that there's an army of hackers out there, beavering away on projects such as the Magic Lantern firmware modification. This brings extra goodies to certain Canon DSLRs such as better movie modes, trap focus, very long exposures, and much more.

At the moment there is no such project for Nikon DSLRs, though that may soon change with the announcement by Simeon Pilgrim on his blog that the encryption used for Nikon firmware has now been broken.

An update yesterday reveals that, not only can custom firmware now be flashed on the D7000 and D5100 (and most likely all other Nikon DSLRs including the D3100, D3s and D300s), but that the process is reversible - meaning that the original, non-modified firmware can be flashed over the hacked version. This means that warranties can be preserved, without fear of Nikon refusing to service a camera if they notice it's running a hacked version.

There is no custom firmware available as yet, but it is now surely only a matter of time. I for one can't wait to see what those clever developers come up with and will be tracking this one very closely indeed.

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  1. Tim
    Posted November 26, 2011 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    thats great ;D

    but what things can be hacked?
    Im hoping to get the Nikon D7000 and would like to have
    9 frame bracketing, 11fps shooting, like on the D3, get the Selective color & Night vision scenes and In-camera HDR thats featured only on the Nikon D5100

  2. Posted December 22, 2011 at 5:46 am | Permalink

    full manual video control for D3100/D5100 pleeeeaaaaaaase !

  3. Andri Florin
    Posted January 17, 2012 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    I own two Nikon D3100. A fantastic camera for the price. All it needs is:
    1- Live view full exposure simulation function.
    2- A movie mode with manual controls.

  4. mnchs30
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    yes pleaeseee full manual video control for D3100!!!

  5. Dan
    Posted February 15, 2012 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Wish we had bracketing.

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