Nikon Encrypts D2X and D2Hs White Balance Data

April 19, 2005 | Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras | 1 Comment |

Nikon D2XPhotoshopNews are reporting that Nikon have encrypted the whilte balance data contained in NEF RAW files written by the new 12 megapixel Nikon D2X and D2Hs digital SLR cameras. This is a problem for all third-party RAW convertors, such as Adobe Capture RAW and Capture One.

“Adobe is still going to support the D2X in the upcoming Camera Raw 3.1 release. However, because of the white balance encryption, Camera Raw will not be able (unless Nikon backs down real soon) to read the “as shot” white balance from the camera, and users will be more likely to have to adjust the while balance manually in the Camera Raw dialog, since Camera Raw’s default white balance will not match the cameras default white balance.”

Website: PhotoshopNews - Nikon encrypts D2X white balance metadata

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#1 rvc

One could argue that the camera WB algorithm output is a trade secret that they don't want to make public. On the other hand, Nikon needs to stop shooting itself in the foot.

3:50 pm - Tuesday, April 19, 2005