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Did latest Nikon firmware prevent cameras from using off-brand batteries?

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A hot topic on Nikonrumors right now is a rumor concerning a side-effect of Nikon's latest firmware for its low to mid-level dSLRs, the D3100, D3200, D5100, and D5200 as well as the P7700 point and shoot. The problem: users are reporting that their cameras no longer work with third-party batteries.

So, what's the scope of the problem?

As is being reported by web chatter, some Nikon users are reporting that their cameras no longer work with third-party batteries or battery grips. The catch here: some others, responding to the complaints, are reporting that their third-party batteries and/or grips are working just fine. End result: the problem is hit and miss with no (as of yet) rhyme or reason.

However, the reports of problems with non-Nikon accessories is a bit troubling.

It is nothing unusual for third-party manufacturers to make accessories for name-brand gear by ways of reverse-engineering the name brand goods. Unfortunately, since these off-brand accessories are reverse-engineered, there can be problems with them wanting to work and even a chance that they could damage name-brand gear, a problem that the camera makers are quick to point out, along with the fact that the only way to avoid compatibility issues is to buy name brand. However, until this point, all manufacturers did was recommend that people buy their products over the more affordable, but occasionally problem-prone third-party ear.

Now, that may have just changed.

Is this problem being reported by Nikon shooters just an isolated issue or is it just the tip of the iceberg? Is this a deliberate attempt by Nikon to force its users to buy Nikon gear over that of other manufacturers? Who knows for now, but, if people start reporting such problems with other manufacturers, this could be a manufacturer conspiracy to steer consumers' dollars a specific direction.

Only time will tell . . .

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