Nikon has recently released an upgrade to the firmware of the Coolpix P600 camera, to version 1.2. This is not a major upgrade, and does not provide any new features. Its only stated purpose is to correct a problem that prevented recharging of the camera’s battery when it had been fully depleted. So, if you have not had problems with charging your camera’s battery, you can probably skip this update with no problem. But if you like to have the latest version of the firmware, just in case it could help with this or some other issue, it is now available. Here is a link to the site where Nikon makes the download available.
The Sony DSC-RX100 III camera has many great features, including a pop-up electronic viewfinder, a great lens with a wide aperture, a tilting LCD screen, and Wi-Fi capability. One feature it lacks is a flash shoe. So, in order to use an external flash unit with this camera, you need to use a flash with optical slave capability. I have put together a short video that demonstrates the use of an external flash with the optical slave feature. Here is the link to the video on YouTube:
For more information about using an optical slave flash with the RX100 III, or for general information about the camera’s features and operations, see Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 III, available through this site and through various sellers.
In my books about two of Sony’s compact cameras with Wi-Fi features, the DSC-RX100 II and the DSC-RX100 III, I discuss the fact that, with many Android smartphones and tablets, you can use those devices’ built-in NFC capability to establish a Wi-Fi connection with the Sony camera. NFC stands for near field communication, a feature involving the use of a radio antenna inside the device. When the camera and the phone or tablet are placed in physical contact with each other, their NFC antennas establish a Wi-Fi connection automatically so you can transfer images from the camera to the phone, and control the camera remotely using an app on the phone.
If the phone or tablet does not have NFC, then you have to establish the connection by going to the Settings app on the phone or tablet and selecting the Wi-Fi network that is generated by the Sony camera. The first time you do this, you also have to enter the password for the network. So, NFC cuts through one or two steps, and makes it considerably easier to get the camera connected with the phone or tablet over the Wi-Fi network.
In both of those books, Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 II and Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 III, I discuss the point that many Android devices include NFC capability, but iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad do not.
With the recent release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, both of which were said to include NFC features, I was hopeful that the new iPhone models would be able to use NFC to connect directly to these two cameras (and other cameras that have similar features). But no such luck. It has been disclosed that, at least for the near future, Apple is limiting the use of NFC to its new Apple Pay service, which will let you pay for purchases using the iPhone by pointing it at a device in a store or business that has the necessary equipment. For the time being, Apple is not permitting the NFC capability to be used for other purposes, such as communicating with camera apps. Here is a link to an article that explains the situation.
I will continue to monitor developments in this area, and, when and if Apple permits the iPhone’s NFC capability to be used for connecting to cameras, I will post an update on this site.
I’m happy to announce that White Knight Press has signed on with BitLit to offer bundled ebook versions of our paperback camera guide books at a discounted price. BitLit is an app for the iPhone or Android phones. With the app, you take a picture of the cover of a printed book, and, if the book’s publisher has signed up with BitLit, you can then receive a discounted ebook for that title.
This setup is similar to the Kindle MatchBook program offered by Amazon.com, which lets you purchase a discounted copy of a Kindle book if you have previously purchased a printed copy of that book from Amazon. The difference with BitLit is that it is not limited to Kindle books; you can also get a discounted PDF or ePub. (The ePub format is what is used with most e-readers other than Kindle, including Nook, iPad, and Kobo.) Also, of course, this system is not limited to books you bought through Amazon.
For White Knight Press books, the discounted price is $2.99. Here is a graphic provided by BitLit that shows how their system works:
As you can see from the graphic, you use your smartphone to take a picture of the book’s cover to find if that book is available through BitLit. If it is, you need to print your name in capital letters on the book’s title page to show that you own the book. BitLit will then send you the ebook upon payment of the discounted price. (White Knight Press is offering its camera guide books at $2.99, a substantial discount from the normal price of $9.99, and the same price that is used for these books in the Kindle MatchBook program.)