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Purported Nikon D3H samples revealed? [U]

updated 12:35 am EDT, Thu May 22, 2008

Nikon D3H samples revealed

(Updated with accuracy challenge) A video from an alleged insider shows sample images from the as-of-yet unannounced Nikon D3H, which illustrate the overall scale of precision the camera could provide. With an advertised boosted ISO rating of 51,200 (25 to 12,800 native), it would indicate that Nikon is making great strides in reducing sensor noise. The video claims that the photographs were shot with a second generation prototype under various lighting conditions.

The video is not the first to surface from the individual, identified on YouTube as Lilkiwiguy87, who has also posted videos with specifications of both the unofficial D3H and D3X, as well as a sneak preview of the cameras' chassis designs. The sneak preview alludes that he is one of several worldwide to test the cameras, which may not see release this year.

The alleged leaks follow Nikon's unveiling of the standard D3 in August of 2007, which offered users a large upgrade from the company's flagship D2/H/X platform. An upgraded firmware was also unveiled, citing a maximum pixel size of 24.4 megapixels, which was not authenticated by Nikon.

Update: Electronista has received reliable information that the video creator routinely makes false claims about inside access and credentials, casting doubts on the accuracy of the report. Most observers still expect Nikon to launch D3H and D3X cameras and may do so this year, though their specifications are likely to vary from those described in the video.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Well known fraud

    Lilkiwiguy87 is the Youtube account of one Joseph N Spina of Ventura, CA, an individual who has misrepresented himself as both the "director of photography for National Geographic" and a third year student at Brooks Institute of Photography. He is neither of these things. He most certainly does not have the access to Nikon, Canon, and Sony prototype equipment that he claims.If he did, this would be in total violation of any non-disclosure agreements with Nikon, Canon, etc. and would expose both him and the publication he claims to represent to substantial liability.He has represented himself thus on the world's two largest photography websites and and has also shown pictures of himself standing next to an SUV with the National Geographic logo photoshopped onto the sides. As he offers his photographs for sale, this would appear to be rather an unethical thing to do.Please, remove this article. Do not provide a soapbox for this individual: he needs help, not additional outlets to feed his quest for attention.

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    Joined: Dec 1969



    I just can't believe this site posted this...

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