Nikon Recalls Defective Batteries
Nikon has issued a notice that certain lots of EN-EL3 batteries can experience a short circuit that causes the battery to overheat and possibly melt. Acccording to Nikon, there have only been four incidents worldwide, but they've decide to issue a recall to replace batteries from certain lots.
To see a list of the affected lot numbers and instructions on identifying if you battery is eligible for replacement, please see: http://www.nikonusa.com/email_images/nikonusa/service_advisory/battery.html
Nikon Updates Firmware for D2Hs and D2X
Firmware updates for the Nikon D2Hs and Nikon D2X are now available from Nikon's site. Version 1.01 of the D2Hs firmware fixes the following:
In addition to the above, version 1.01 of the firmware for the Nikon D2X fixes the following:
Head to Nikon's Knowledge Database to download and for instructions.
Olympus Posts a Loss and Konica Minolta Cuts Costs
Reported at Bloomberg.com, Olympus missed forecasts and the imaging divison posted a 69% drop in quarterly profit. In the three months ending on September 30, their net income was 1.77 billion yen versus 5.65 billiion yen last year. Despite the drop, the company raised its annual profit goal, expecting a rebeound in the second half of the year. Olympus is planning to eliminate 30% of the imaging group's workforce to cut costs.
Their shipping numbers also tell the tale. In six months ending on Sept. 30, Olympus shipped 3.7 million cameras, missing their target of 4.2 million units. They also revised shipping estimates for next year from 9.5 million to 8.1m million units.
In related news, Konica Minolta will be cutting about 3,300 of their 33,000 strong workforce. They're going to concentrate (like everyone else) on the higher-end products like digital SLRs.