Compact cameras include vibration reduction, improved sensors
Nikon has revealed three new Coolpix cameras, including its first with a DX-format CMOS sensor. The Coolpix A aims to offer customers the image quality found in a DSLR but inside a compact camera, while the P330 expands on the groundwork done by the Coolpix P310, and the S3500 provides an upgraded feature set to the Coolpix S line, including lens-shift vibration reduction.
Includes 51-point autofocus, EXPEED3 image processing
Nikon has introduced a new addition to its prosumer line of DSLRs, the last camera to be upgraded following the introduction of the D3200 and D5200. The D7100, spiritual successor to the D7000, upgrades the 16.2-megapixel sensor to a new 24.1-megapixel DC-format CMOS sensor, and copies the D5200 in using the EXPEED 3 image processor.
Preview shots from an iOS or Android device
Photography is always a popular theme at the Macworld Expo, where Hyper brought its CameraMator wireless viewfinder for Canon and Nikon DSLRs. MacNN has taken a closer look at the Kickstarter-funded device, which enables users to preview snapshots or trigger the shutter from an iOS or Android device.
New 16, 18-megapixel cameras include 30x, 42x zoom
Nikon has extended its point-and-shoot Coolpix line with a pair of compact super-zoom cameras. The 16-megapixel Coolpix L820 is capable of recording Full HD video through its 30x zoom NIKKOR lens, while the more-powerful and higher-resolution 18-megapixel Coolpix P520 increases the zoom range of the lens to 42-times.
Coolpix additions include resistance to shocks, water, dust
Nikon has revealed two additional cameras to its Coolpix range, all designed for outdoor use. The budget-priced S31 offers a cheap point-and-shoot with protection from the elements, while the AW110 offers a bigger image sensor, larger zoom, increased protection, and other outdoor-related functionality, such as GPS.
Nikon lets us play with its new J3 and S1 cameras
Electronista had a chance to check out Nikon's recently introduced additions to the existing V2 in the mirrorless 1 System range at the CES show. The J3 and S1 are similar, but differ in some key technical specs. The J3 shares the same 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor and Expeed 3A image processing engine as the costlier V2, and is therefore the midrange offering in the three-camera range.
Coolpix S6500 adds Wi-Fi connectivity, smartphone controls
Nikon has unveiled expansions to its 1 Series line of mirrorless cameras, as well as a new model of Coolpix point-and-shoot camera. The J3 and S1 for the 1 Series were both revealed at CES, alongside two new 1 Nikkor lenses and the Coolpix S6500, complete with a 12-times optical zoom and built-in image retouching effects.
Upgrade from D5100 includes 24.1-megapixel sensor, added AF points
Nikon will be shipping the 24.1-megapixel D5200 DSLR camera in the United States later this month. The follow-up to the D5100, announced in November last year, will be making its way to North America at the end of January at the same time as a number of accessories, including a number of wireless remotes and adapters that will work with the camera.
Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Sony cameras added or improved
Apple has released a Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update, version 4.02, for Aperture 3.x and iPhoto '11. The new version improves the compatibility of the two applications with a number of new camera models that take pictures in RAW format. Models from Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, and Sony are among those included in the update, which is just 5.04MB in size. The update works with the now-combined iPhoto and Aperture libraries, meaning only one update needs to be issued for users of both -- or either -- programs.
Improved 39-point AF, same physical construction
Nikon has revealed its soon to be released follow-up to the D5100 DSLR. The third in the series of cameras, the D5200 has only marginal physical changes externally, but the internals have been upgraded significantly. The biggest improvement is the inclusion of the 24.1-megapixel DC-format CMOS sensor combined with the new EXPEED 3 image processor.
Lens sales up by 720,000 compared to last year
Nikon's recent financial results show an improvement in net sales compared to last year. Sales of 381 billion yen ($4 billion) are up by 56.5 billion yen ($700 million), though operating income has dropped 5.6 billion yen ($70 million) to 41.8 billion yen ($520 million) compared to the same period last year.
New 1 Nikkor lenses also announced
Nikon has announced the successor to the V1 mirrorless 1 System camera. The V2 uses an upgraded 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor with a light sensitivity of between 160 and 640 ISO. An Expeed 3A image processor is aided by the Advance Hybrid Auto Focus system, which can switch between a 73-point phase detection and a 135-point contrast-detect AF system.
Method to detect perfect shot at apex of camera throw
Nikon has received a patent for a way to protect a device being used in "camera tossing." The Japanese patent details how a camera could detect the highest point in its trajectory in order to take a photograph, as well as to brace itself for impact as it falls back down by retracting and covering the lens.
Company's most affordable full-frame DSLR
Nikon has introduced the D600, its smallest and most affordable full-frame DSLR. The camera features a 24.3-megapixel sensor, embracing the larger FX format and Expeed 3 engine of the company's professional-level D4 and D800. The body size and many other specs appear to take inspiration from the midrange D7000, which utilizes a smaller APS-C sensor, though the D600 brings other upgrades for video recording.
P7700 new high-end camera, S01 smallest Coolpix ever
In addition to the Android-powered S800c point-and-shoot camera, Nikon also announced three other cameras in the Coolpix line today. The P7700 is the newest high-end flagship model for the Coolpix line, while the consumer-oriented 16MP S6400 is a basic point-and-shoot camera available in several different colors, and the smallest and lightest Coolpix ever has been announced -- the S01.
Camera supports Google Play apps
Confirming recent rumors, Nikon has officially unveiled its first Android-based point-and-shoot, the S800c, which pairs camera functionality with smartphone features, sans calling capabilities. The Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system provides full support for Google Play apps, while enabling users to take advantage of Wi-Fi connectivity for image sharing and GPS for location tagging.
New Coolpix to run Android on 3.5-inch OLED
Nikon's forthcoming Android-powered camera has apparently shown up in pictures. Nikon Rumors has acquired the first images of the upcoming camera, and they appear to show that there will be two different versions of the camera when it is released. The site also provides some details on a possible release date for what will likely be the first Android-powered compact camera.
Nikon adds the J2 to its Nikon 1 lineup
Nikon has introduced a new mirrorless model to its Nikon 1 range, the new J2. The model is $100 cheaper than the J1 forerunner and includes some upgrades, but retains its 10.1-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor. From a purely price perspective, it is one of the most affordable compact mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras on the market.
Company may be first to bring smartphone OS to camera
Nikon may be the first company to release a point-and-shoot camera powered by a smartphone OS, with a formal announcement expected at Photokina. A filing with the Indonesian Communication Agency points to an unannounced Coolpix, labeled the S800c, that is claimed to be powered by Android 2.3, according to details posted by NikonRumors.
Company recommends temporary fix pending real solution
Less than two weeks after Nikon acknowledged problems with a batch of camera batteries, the company has confirmed that some D4 and D800 cameras also face reliability issues. Some users have reported that the DSLRs may lock up during usage, interrupting shooting sessions and forcing users to reset the camera by removing and reinserting the battery.
Nikon's $700 D3200 kit now available at Best Buy
As promised, Nikon's latest D3200 DSLR camera is now shipping over at Best Buy in black, with the red version still listed as coming soon. The $700 bundle includes an 18-55 kit lens and the $60 WU-1a wireless adapter isn't yet available, but Best Buy does allow customers to pre-order it. The accessory will let users send photos wirelessly to their smartphones or tablets on the go.
Models affected: 1 V1, D700, D800, D800E
A small batch of Nikon batteries for the 1 V1, D7000, D800, and D800E cameras are at risk of overheating and becoming distorted during the charging process, Nikon has announced. The company has announced a battery replacement program for the affected run of the EN-EL15 battery.
Nikon D3200 can share video online
Nikon escalated competition in one of the hotter fields of photography, entry-level DSLRs, with a midnight introduction Thursday for the D3200. The sequel to the D3100 ups the resolution dramatically, from 14 to 24 megapixels, while adding a unique Wi-Fi component. Adding a WU-1a wireless adapter will let users share photos directly to a nearby smartphone, letting photographers post online and even preview or control the camera remotely.
Nikon D3200 body, bundle prices leaked for Japan
The rumored Nikon D3200 DSLR may cost the equivalent of about $940 or less, according to a new report from Japan. One close-cropped image of the side of the camera shows off its red hue, which is also offered on the D3100. The Japanese prices are likely to be a little higher than the US equivalent, and two bundles may also be offered.
Nikon D3200 may make networking its feature
A rumor late on Wednesday had Nikon trying some uncharacteristic features for the long-in-development sequel to its entry-level D3100. Pegged as the D3200 by Nikon Rumors, the camera would jump from 14.2 megapixels to 24 megapixels, giving the DSLR a sensor whose density would only be challenged by the 36-megapixel D800. It may also be one of the first DSLRs with built-in networking, as it should have Wi-Fi with "very interesting new features."
Sony A99 said to get 102-point cross-point AF
The upcoming Sony Alpha 99 (A99) may sport with a 102-point cross-point autofocus system, Sony Alpha Rumors learned from trusted sources. Prototypes of the Single-Lens Translucent (SLT) camera are reportedly equipped with the feature, which offers nearly twice as many autofocus points as some flagship DSLRs from competitors. The Nikon D800 has 51 points, for example, while Canon's EOS 5D Mark III has 61. Sony's own A77 camera has 19 cross points.
Pro DSLRs hit US shelves by tomorrow
Two high-end digital SLRs have begun hitting retailers' shelves. The 36.3-megapixel Nikon D800 has started to ship to Japan and Europe as of Wednesday, and is expected in Australia today as well as the US tomorrow for Nikon Professional Services customers. The 22.3-megapixel Canon 5D Mark II was anticipated at US stores on Sunday, but B&H Photo has it in stock and already has begun shipping.
Nikon includes free XQD card, reader with D4s?
The Nikon D4 flagship DSLR is shipping in the launch countries with a free 16GB Sony XQD memory card and reader, NikonRumors reported. This applies to those who pre-ordered the camera, and is estimated to be worth about $185. XQD cards haven't shipped yet, however, so the free storage might be included only with the first batch. The D4 is priced at $6,000 for a body only.
Nikon pulls D800 promo videos with Canon content
In a promo video for its recently released D800 at its Bangkok launch, Nikon included footage that not only was used without permission but also shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Once the video was shared on YouTube (below), people who recognized their work began calling Nikon out on its mistake. One such party was Norwegian pro photographer Terje Sørgjerd, whose work is seen in Nikon's video, was used without permission, and was shot with a Canon 5D Mark II.
Sony may have DSLR-grade rival to Canon G1 X
Sony may be hoping to one-up Canon's PowerShot G1 X with a more ambitious camera of its own. A rumor originating from multiple "trusted sources" of Sony Alpha Rumors has a future camera using a DSLR-grade sensor at APS-C size but with a non-removable lens like its Canon alternative. The lens itself is described as a pancake-sized compact zoom that would keep the camera relatively small.
Canon lens patent confirms mirrorless camera due
A new patent application found online on Monday has lent strong support to the belief Canon is working on a mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera. The patent is for an 18-45mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens explicitly meant for APS-C mirrorless cameras. Allowing for the crop factor, the lens is equivalent to 29-70mm if it were full-frame.
DSLRs to hit dealers' shelves in March and April
Nikon's French subsidiary may have confirmed shipping dates for its newest DSLRs. The camera maker will begin shipping the flagship D4 to at least France on March 15, it said. The basic D800 will begin shipping March 22, while its sibling, the D800E will hit shelves April 12.
Nikon's GM of marketing hints at one more DSLR
Nikon will reveal more DSLRs in 2012, the company's general manager for marketing, Nobuaki Sasagaki, revealed in an interview with Amateur Photographer. Thus far, the company revealed the D800 and the D4, but Sasagaki said these won't be the only two. He gave no details regarding any of the upcoming cameras.
Nikon D800 made public
Nikon ended a years-long wait Tuesday by unveiling the D800. Its sequel to the D700 claims a record-setting 36.3-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor. The camera not only competes with medium format cameras in resolution (though not sensor size) but can boost the focal range by 50 percent while still keeping a 15.3-megapixel image.
Nikon D800 press shots and details slip
The Nikon D800 has had much of its mystery taken away after a leak of details and photos through Brazil. The full-frame DSLR will shoot at 36.3 megapixels, ZTOP saw, and will take a very different approach than the 16-megapixel D4. In return for more than double the resolution, it would have a smaller normal ISO sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 6,400 and a lower maximum ISO as a result, most likely the 25,600 of the D700.
Nikon posts loss after floods for the quarter
Digital camera maker Nikon has posted its third-quarter earnings on Friday, revealing the company took a one-time 10.9 billion yen loss (about $143 million) due to the flooding of its factories in Thailand. For the quarter ending December 31, Nikon called the loss extraordinary, though it did include the 500 million yen ($6.6 million) insurance payment as a result of the property damage. Any further insurance payments will be received as extraordinary gains when the amounts are fixed.
Apple takes Mac OS X 10.7.3 live
Apple on Wednesday afternoon posted Mac OS X 10.7.3 (release notes). The Lion upgrade adds several languages, including Catalan for Spaniards as well as Croatian, Greek, Hebrew, Romanian, Slovak, Thai, and Ukrainian. RAW photo compatibility has expanded to several new cameras, including the Nikon J1 and V1, Olympus' current PEN cameras, and current Sony Alpha and NEX cameras, such as the NEX-5N.
Nikon Coolpix S30, L810, and L26 appear
One more set of Coolpix updates from Nikon on Tuesday has focused on the budget end but included a new category of camera for the company. The S30 is one of the least expensive rugged cameras yet and can take going underwater, down to 9.8 feet, or drops of up to 2.6 feet. Its lens shoots at just 3X but is self-contained to minimize the impact.
Nikon Coolpix S3300, S4300, S6300, S9300 official
Nikon's Coolpix upgrades continued Tuesday with four S-series camera upgrades. The S3300, S4300, S6300, and S9300 all have 16-megapixel sensors. The S6300 and S9300 have backside-illuminated CMOS sensors that give them much better low-light performance.
Nikon P510 and P310 push long zooms
Nikon led a slew of Coolpix camera launches Tuesday night with two models straddling the line between pro and amateur shooting. The P510 has one of the longest zooms ever on a non-removable lens camera and can shoot at 42X (24-1,000mm equivalent) with a purportedly more aggressive image stabilization engine. A 16.1-megapixel, backside-illuminated CMOS sensor helps combat shake along with helping in low light and improving autofocus speed.
Sigma founder, CEO passes away at 78
CEO of camera and lens maker Sigma, sadly, has passed away. The 78-year-old Michihiro Yamaki succumbed in Tokyo, Japan on January 18 after a fight with liver cancer. Yamaki founded the company in 1961 and was heading up the company up to 2011, on its 50th anniversary.
Nikon D800 gets firmer release date leak
Nikon's long-expected D800 full-frame DSLR may have a firmer ship date from a collation of tips. The pro camera is now believed with confidence by Nikon Rumors to be unveiled on February 6, with numerous events scheduled on February 7. The timing would be a deliberate prelude to the CP+ camera show starting February 9 in Japan.
Japan's Astrodesign also joins the standard
Two Japanese camera lens manufacturers have signed onto the Micro Four Thirds standard pioneered by Olympus and Panasonic. They include Kenko Tokina and Tamron, while a third Japanese company, Astrodesign, has also jumped onboard, though it makes video measuring equipment and not lenses. This should give those how have bought into the new type of camera, which allows for interchangeable lenses on digital camera bodies that are smaller than DSLRs, more options for lenses.
D800 expected to launch in near future
Nikon appears to be in the process of discontinuing its D300s and D700 cameras, which have been added to the "old products" listing on the company's Japanese website. The discontinuations are viewed as an indication that Nikon may be ready to finally release the D400 and D800 models that have appeared in several leaks.
Nikon D800 spoiled early
Nikon Germany's camera page briefly posted (since edited) an image confirming the existence of the D800. The shot showed what was clearly a smaller FX-mount camera with the sloped shutter controls of the D4. A telltale angled logo on the right side lined up with a previous leak of a side photo.
Sony XQD cards arrive to complement Nikon D4
Sony has officially launched the first XQD flash memory card , a new high-speed format designed to replace CompactFlash cards. The new format is primarily aimed at high-end SLR cameras and uses the PCI Express serial communications link interface from computers to achieve transfer rates as high as 125MB/s initially.
Nikon D4 confirmed at last
Nikon late Thursday confirmed the D4. The new full-frame flagship DSLR moves up cautiously to a 16.2-megapixel sensor but is a major leap in image quality over both the D3 and D3s. It doubles the maximum sensitivity to ISO 204,800 and shoots as low as ISO 50 (normally 100 to 102,400). An upgraded 51-point autofocusing system can focus at f8 (up from f5.6) with face recognition an option, and a new color matrix metering system samples from 91,000 pixels.
Nikon revamps full-frame D4 at last
A premature Wells Fargo wire release has unwittingly leaked the full details of the Nikon D4. The new full-frame flagship DSLR moves up cautiously to a 16.2-megapixel sensor but is a major leap in image quality over both the D3 and D3s. It doubles the maximum sensitivity to ISO 204,800 and shoots as low as ISO 50 (normally 100 to 102,400). An upgraded 51-point autofocusing system can focus at f8 (up from f5.6) with face recognition an option, and a new color matrix metering system samples from 91,000 pixels.
Nikon D4 gets unveil date at last
A slew of invitations worldwide have given away Nikon's plans to unveil what will likely be the D4. Sometimes teasing it as "the image you are waiting for," the launches and demos are all pegged for January 6, with Nikon Rumors understanding that the US gets a midnight press release January 5. Along with the full-frame pro DSLR, an 85mm f1.8 AF-S prime lens is expected to show.
Nikon makes F-mount adapter available for $300
The Nikon 1 mirrorless compact camera range will get its anticipated F-mount adapter next week in Japan. The F-mount adapter will allow users of DSLR cameras who have collected standard lenses over the years use them in conjunction with the new CX-format camera. The FT1 adapter will go on sale on December 22 for the equivalent of $300.