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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Miniature Bluetooth Transmitter Plugs Into Nikon DSLRs for Easy Geotagging

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 06:00 PM

http://www.photographyblog.com/news...om_foolography/

"Wiesbaden-based Foolography has released new GPS modules for the Nikon D3100, D5000, D7000 and D90, which enable these cameras to include location data captured by any Bluetooth GPS receiver in the EXIF."

Well this is a clever little device! Every other GPS solution I've seen has been bulky and ugly, but this looks like it's small enough to not get in the way - but remember that you'll still need to have a Bluetooth GPS to go along with it; I mistakenly thought this was an entire GPS unit unto itself at first, but it's a slightly less interesting product. 125.21€ is the price tag, which seems expensive for a Bluetooth receiver, and it looks like it's only available in Europe. While this looks like a decent solution, I'm really surprised that neither the Nikon D3100 nor the D7000 have a built-in GPS. It seems like a no-brainer at this point, but Nikon obviously doesn't agree, so devices like this are necessary.


Friday, September 24, 2010

The Nikon D3100 DLSR: Unboxing and First Impressions

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:30 PM

The D3100, announced back in August, is an entry-level DSLR from Nikon, but the list of features and specs might surprise you: the 14.2 megapixel CMOS sensor is at the heart of this camera, giving it ISO 100 to 3200 (with a high ISO 12,800 option), 3 frames per second continual shooting, 1080p 24fps MPEG/h.264 video with continual auto focus, an 11-point autofocus system with 3D tracking, 420-segment RGB II metering, automatic image sensor cleaning, in-camera retouch options (including trimming of video clips), and a built-in pop-up flash. It's a very capable camera for just under the $700 mark.

I've had a few entry-level Nikon DSLRs over the past couple of years; I got a Nikon D60, sold it, then bought the Nikon D5000 (and reviewed it here), and sold it to purchase the D3100. I quite liked the D5000, but the video functionality was hobbled by the lack of auto-focus. The D3100 brings 1080p video with auto-focus to the table, along with a slight bump in resolution and several other enhancements over the D5000. Check out the two-part unboxing and first impressions video after the break. Fire your questions my way after watching the videos. Read more...


Saturday, September 18, 2010

What is Nikon "Q"?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 12:00 PM

http://nikonrumors.com/2010/09/17/w...n-q-part-2.aspx

The rumours are starting to mount: it's looking like Nikon is going to be announcing something big at Photokina, but the speculation is it will be simply an announcement - no product yet. So what is it? Well, Nikon Rumors is guessing that it's going to be Nikon's mirrorless EVIL camera - and given that the "F" mount lenses are what Nikon DSLRs use, calling the new system's lens mount the "Q" makes a certain amount of sense. But in looking at the image above, I'm struck by how much the grip seems to stick out - that's not something you tend to see on EVIL/DILC cameras. On the other hand, it might be part of Nikon's design to make them easier to hold - and if the rest of the camera is quite thin, it might work out OK.

I'm honestly quite excited about whatever Nikon has cooking with their mirrorless camera; I'm an unabashed fan of Nikon and the image quality of their DSLRs, and if I could get near-DSLR image quality in a camera I could fit in my jacket pocket, well, sign me up!


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Make Way for Some Expensive, Awesome Glass: The NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G and the NIKKOR 200mm f/2G

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:04 PM

http://www.nikon.ca/en/Newfromnikon.aspx

"Mississauga, ON, September 15, 2010 - Nikon Canada today announced the addition of two new pro-level lenses to its legendary NIKKOR line. The new AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G and AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II deliver the performance, reliability and stunning image quality that photographers come to expect from a NIKKOR lens. The AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G and AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II produce sharp results with excellent clarity and colour reproduction whether capturing still images or recording HD video. In 2010, Nikon introduced a total of nine new NIKKOR lenses, reinforcing its role as the world leader in optics."

I've spent some serious green on lenses over the past two years, so I feel like I've got a decent array of lenses to chose from, but Nikon keeps tempting me with interesting lenses. The 35mm f/1.4 looks like a great lens, but the $1999 CAD price tag will keep most people away - never mind the $5999 CAD price tag on the 200mm f/2 lens! Anyway, if you're a fan of great glass and a Nikon shooter, these lenses are worth a look.

Full press release after the break. Read more...


Nikon Canada Announces the SB-700 Speedlight Flash

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:52 PM

http://www.nikon.ca

"Mississauga, ON, September 15, 2010 - Nikon Canada today introduced the versatile SB-700 Speedlight, the latest addition to Nikon's powerful and versatile Creative Lighting System (CLS). The SB-700 is a high-performance versatile Speedlight that brings simplicity to on-camera, remote and multiple flash photography. Building on the success of the popular SB-600 Speedlight and the advanced functionality of the SB-900 Speedlight, the SB-700 also incorporates a wide zoom range covering the most popular focal lengths, FX/DX format identification that optimizes zoom settings and provides a more efficient use of batteries and flash coverage, and three light distribution patterns for flash-to-scene customization. Whether used as an on-camera flash or as a wireless commander or remote, the Nikon SB-700 Speedlight offers dependable and consistent flash exposure even under the most challenging lighting conditions."

I have a real love/hate relationship with flashes; in general, I dislike flash photography, but that's mostly because I'm not very good at working with off-camera flash (and direct flash, even bounced, can be awful). I've tried putting my SB-600 into slave mode, and it was the most convoluted process I could imagine. I'm sure it would get better with practice, but it's not exactly simple. The SB-700 is on my "might buy" list because it has a user interface that looks much easier to figure out than my SB-600. I have a friend that works wonders with off-camera flash, so I know it's something I should add to my photographer's tool kit. Where do you stand on flash photography?

The remainder of the press release and more images are after the break. Read more...


Nikon Canada Announces the D7000: 16.2 megapixels, 1080p Auto-focus Video, Lots More

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:01 PM

http://www.nikon.ca/en/Product.aspx?m=17710

"Mississauga, ON, September 15, 2010 - Nikon Canada today introduced the D7000 digital SLR camera designed to fulfill the needs of passionate photographers who demand exceptional performance, reliability and unprecedented levels of control and versatility in a compact form factor. Engineered as an ideal balance of durability and functionality, the D7000 features a multitude of new enhancements and updated Nikon technologies to help photographers produce exceptional photos and full 1080p HD (High Definition) movies.

Continuing the tradition of innovative technology that began with the revolutionary D90, the first digital SLR to capture HD movie, the D7000 features a new 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with low-light ability never before seen in a DX-Format (APS-C) camera. The new EXPEED 2 TM image-processing engine fuels the enhanced performance of the D7000 along with a new 39-point AF system and groundbreaking new 2,016 pixel RGB 3D Matrix Metering System to deliver amazing image quality in a variety of shooting conditions. Additionally, the D7000 provides full 1080p HD movie capability with full-time auto focus (AF), enabling users to capture their world with both striking still and moving images."

The Nikon D7000 is one of the worst-kept secrets in the DSLR world as of late, so the announcement lacks much in the way of excitement other than to confirm the specs that pretty much everyone already knew as of a couple of weeks ago. However, I was able to sit in on a conference call a couple of weeks ago and got some details about the D7000. In short, it's a lot of camera for the price point - which will be $1279.95 CAD for the body only, and $1599.95 for the body plus the 18-105mm lens. And despite what some other sites are saying, the D7000 is the replacement for the D90. The D90 will continue to be sold into early 2011, then that's it.

The D7000 highlights: a new 16 megapixel CMOS sensor with native ISO from 100 to 6400, with support for ISO 25,600 on the High 2 setting; a 2016 RGB pixel metering sensor, up from a 400 pixel sensor on the D90; 39 auto focus points, 6fps shooting, magnesium alloy body, and twin SD card slots. That RGB metering system is a big deal: it has more than double the pixels of the D3x, and 4.6 times more than the D90. The auto-focus system is twice as fast as any focusing system before it - and the full-time contrast detection system apparently works really well in Live View mode. The video is 1080p in AVCHD (h.264) format, supporting 30/25/24fps. There's also a VGA video mode, but there's no high-speed video mode at that lower resolution. They've made some improvements to minimize the "rolling jello effect" from side to side pans when shooting a video, and there's also support for an external stereo microphone and basic movie editing directly on the camera.

The D7000 is built to last: it offers 150,000 shutter release cycles, new reinforced glass on the screen, and has the same level of weather sealing as the D300s. There will be a battery grip offered that is also built out of magnesium alloy; worth noting though is that Nikon has implemented an "authentication function" that verifies that a battery is a Nikon-created battery. This means no third-party batteries will work in the D7000; Nikon said this was to "protect users", but I think it's a bit of a protectionist move to boost Nikon's bottom line...though I really do have to wonder how many people purchase an extra battery for their DSLR. I used to be a big "always have an extra battery" guy, but DSLRs are so incredibly power efficient, you can usually shoot for days without needing a recharge. The D7000 uses a new battery as well: the EN-EL15, boasting 1900 mAh of power versus the 1430 mAh on the D90's EN-EL3e.

A note about the dual SD card slots: they support SDXC cards, and the new UHS50 interface, so really huge, really fast memory cards will work nicely in this camera. The dual SD cards can be configured in various modes: overflow mode: when one card gets full it writes to the second card; backup mode: records image to both cards; record raw to one card, JPEG to another. You can record movies to one card, images to another. Slick!

Full press release and lots of images after the break. Read more...


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Nikon P7000 Announced; Previewed by Digital Photography Review

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:38 AM

http://www.dpreview.com/news/1009/1...9nikonp7000.asp

Today's a day for Nikon announcements, starting with the Coolpix P700. The follow-up to the P6000 tries to counter the Canon G-series cameras with something... that looks like a Canon G-series camera. Sporting a 10 megapixel sensor capable of up to ISO 3200 without any trickery and 720p videos at 24 FPS, the camera boasts a 28-200/2.8-5.6 equivalent lens with VR as well as the very nice 3" VGA LCD screen (but no swivel, that's surely a miss on Nikon's part). Other niceties include a proper hotshoe, multiple manual controls (including an exposure compensation dial and a quick settings dial on the top along with two proper command dials), a microphone jack, the virtual horizon inlay for those who can't shoot a straight horizon and for some, an optical viewfinder. It's priced at US$500, and will be available some time later in September. Will this finally be the first decent Coolpix camera in a very long while? More photos after the break, and don't forget to check the preview at DPReview.com!

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Nikon Announces the Coolpix S8100

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:36 AM

http://www.dcresource.com/news/news...tem.php?id=4182

Continuing with the Nikon news, the Coolpix S8100 updates the S8000 with a a CMOS sensor that lops a couple of megapixels down to 12 for hopefully better light sensitivity with ISO 3200 available (not that I would use that), a 1080p movie mode at 30 FPS in h.264, and a new 10 FPS burst mode that takes 5 photos. The rest of the camera remains the same, including the 30-300mm equivalent VR lens and 3" VGA LCD, clad in what I consider a pretty nice design. The camera will be out later this month, for US$300.

More info about the S8100 at Nikon Canada, where the MSRP is $319.95 CAD.


Nikon Announces Coolpix S80 with OLED Touchscreen

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:35 AM

http://www.dcresource.com/news/news...tem.php?id=4181

Rounding up today's announcements is the Coolpix S80, now with more megapixels at 14 (instead of less like the other two) and with a 3.5" multi-touch OLED screen. Personally the multi-touch thing is a bit of a waste until there're more applications for it (Android camera anyone?), but the OLED is nice. The rest of the camera is mostly the same, with a 35-175/3.6-4.8 equivalent (how boring) folded optics lens, 720P movie mode, and the same "light rendering" (drawing on your photos) thing that the S1100pj has. Coming later this month for US$330.

More info about the S80 at Nikon Canada, where the MSRP is $349.95 CAD.


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Nikon USA Launches Online Store

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 11:36 AM

http://shop.nikonusa.com/

Nikon USA has launched their own online store - which is an interesting move. I wasn't even aware that Canon had their own online store until I searched - my instinct is to always shop via online stores that I'm familiar with. I wonder why Nikon wants to compete with their channel partners that are selling the products?


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Engadget Gets Hands On With The Nikon Coolpix S1100pj and S5100

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 12:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/08/19/...s5100-hands-on/

"Nikon's new projector-equipped camera has broken cover today and we've naturally had a little play around with it. Regrettably, the Japanese DSLR dominator had pretty early firmware on board and refused to let us take any sample pictures or video, but we were able to compile a few impressions anyhow. Firstly, as to the S1100pj's body, it's your typical compact affair -- feeling sturdy and light, it's basically fit for its intended purpose, but no more or less than that. We found accessing the compartment for the battery and memory card a pain, as it doesn't auto-lock when you close it, requiring an unnecessary bit of finger adroitness, and removing and replacing batteries can also be a fiddly affair. There's not much good to say about the built-in "tilt stand" at the bottom, either -- it only alters the angle of projection slightly and feels too plasticky -- but at least it gives you an extra option."

Technology moves so fast these days! I am constantly amazed how devices continue to shrink in size, yet grow in features and power. Engadget have given us a brief review of two new camera's from Nikon, one even contains a mini projector. I was just getting used to seeing the pico projectors as separate devices and now they can fit them inside a compact camera. Engadget also have a video on their site showing how you can get a decent 40" projected image if you have the right lighting conditions. Go check it out!


Thursday, August 19, 2010

dpreview Gets Their Sticky Fingers on the Nikon D3100

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:00 AM

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/Nikond3100/

"Nikon has developed a habit of making very attractive entry-level DSLRs, which are rarely the best specified but cleverly designed so that they're easy and enjoyable to shoot with. The D3000 fitted this pattern perfectly, a gentle refresh of the D60 (which was itself a slightly updated D40X), it added ease-of-use features to make it a pleasant little camera despite a specification that was beginning to look rather out-of-step with the rest of the market. The D3000 sold well, despite its rather aged 10 megapixel sensor and lack of both live view and video. However, there's only so long that clever product design and feature integration can make up for a specification that looks dated. So with this in mind, Nikon has announced the D3100 - probably the biggest refresh of its entry-level offering since it really attacked the low end market with the original D40."

Not surprisingly, Nikon send a D3100 over to dpreview - hey, if I were them, I would too - and a six page preview is the result. A few things I didn't know before: the videos are limited to 10 minutes long, which isn't such a bad limitation. Also, the Guide Mode looks pretty helpful for beginners. Definitely worth checking out of the D3100 is on your potential wish-list!


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Nikon D3100 Gets Official: An Impressive Intro-Level DSLR

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:02 PM

http://www.nikon.ca

"Mississauga, ON, August 19, 2010 - Nikon Canada Inc. today announced the D3100 as the newest addition to its family of quality DX-format digital SLRs. It's the world's first digital SLR to introduce full-time auto-focus (AF) in Live View and D-Movie Mode, allowing users to effortlessly achieve the critical focus needed when shooting in full HD 1080p video. The 14.2 megapixel D3100 also makes it easier than ever to step-up to digital SLR photography with its enhanced in-camera Guide Mode."

[click the image above for a high-res image of the Nikon D3100]

Readers of Digital Home Thoughts, I give you the Nikon D3100. For the first time, I've been invited to be under Nikon Canada's press embargo, which means I was given access to images and the press release early. This has allowed me to pour over the information Nikon has provided, and give it some thought.

The D3100, released about a year after the D3000, represents an significant jump forward in intro-level DSLR technology. If you watched my video review of the Nikon D5000, you'll know that my video experience with video on a DSLR was pretty much a complete failure - the lack of auto-focus made the video on the D5000 extremely hard to use. In a controlled environment - say, an interview subject that doesn't move much - it works great. But try any sort of scene with motion, and the whole thing falls apart. The D3100 is the first DSLR to introduce full-time auto-focus while shooting video. When combined with Nikon's 3D tracking, this should be a quantum leap forward in the ease-of-use department. Nikon's 3D tracking system allows you to lock onto a colour or pattern, and the focus system will track that subject as it moves through the frame as long as you keep the shutter release pressed halfway.

The 3D tracking system works pretty well most of the time - and the D3100 also brings face detection technology into the mix, allowing it to recognize and focus on up to 35 faces at once. Those three things combined should make the D3100 the first DSLR where video can be shot reasonably easily. That's a very big deal in my book - prior to the release of the D3100, I've openly told friends and family to avoid buying a DSLR for the video function because it's so hard to use. Looks like I finally have something to recommend to them! Read more...


Nikon Releases Four New Nikkor DSLR Lenses

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:01 PM

http://www.nikon.ca

"Mississauga, ON, August 19, 2010 - Nikon Canada today added four new lenses to the legendary NIKKOR line, meeting the needs of all types of photographers - from those looking for the ideal lens to capture memories of the school play to users who require a pro glass to capture client work in the studio. The new NIKKOR AF-S DX 55-300mm VR II, AF-S 28-300mm VR II, AF-S 24-120mm f/4 VR II and AF-S 85mm f/1.4 deliver optical excellence and stunning image quality. Nikon's engineering experience and devotion to extraordinary standards have contributed to the strength and reputation of the NIKKOR brand. With the addition of these four lenses, 2010 has seen the launch of a total of seven new NIKKOR lenses, reinforcing Nikon's role as the world leader in optics."

Lenses: the true cost of any camera system isn't in the camera body, but the lenses. Digital camera bodies come and go as technology changes, but a good lens will last years. Nikon has brought some interesting lenses to the table - see any that you like? Read more...


Monday, August 16, 2010

Nikon Coolpix S1100pj and S5100 Announced

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:07 PM

"Nikon Canada today introduced two new COOLPIX cameras to its popular Style series of compact digital cameras with the S1100pj and S5100. Building upon its award-winning projector camera, Nikon continues to broaden content sharing with the new COOLPIX S1100pj’s computer connectivity, offering a new way to view photos, movies and even presentations. The chic and vibrant new COOLPIX S5100 includes advanced Nikon technologies to help create amazing pictures even in low-light conditions and delivers the speed and ease-of-use that have made the S-series the preferred choice among consumers who seek style and performance."

Right on cue to make me look like an idiot with those belated-rumour posts is Nikon's announcement of its latest pair of Coolpixes, with the above S1100pj being the more interesting. "Interesting" in the sense that it has something different, with that pico projector built into the centre of the camera. Coming in at 14 lumens, the S1100pj also lets you use the camera as a projector for your computer via USB. This added functionality is certainly cool, although letting it talk with a Nikon DSLR would be even cooler. The camera also provides the ability to draw over the projected image via the touchscreen in real-time. The camera bits are quite standard: 14 megapixels with a 28-140mm equivalent lens in a folded optics configuration, and the lens itself has some kind of VR. The ISO goes up to 6400, but do you really believe you'll use that?

The S5100 (pictured with the press release after the page break) is a bit less exciting. 12 megapixels with 28-140mm equivalent lens packed in a compact body that is not too expensive and doesn't look too ugly. Press release after the page break.

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Rumour: Nikon D3100, New Coolpix Cameras, Lenses

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:30 PM

http://nikonrumors.com/2010/08/13/f...new-lenses.aspx

I missed some neat Nikon rumours last week while ill, so here's a quick round-up:

Nikon D3100: Nikon's never been fast to replace their DSLR cameras, save for the lowest rung. First we had the D40, then the D40x, D60 and D3000 in fairly quick succession. Now with the D3100, here's to looking to Nikon to doing something different with the low-end (or at least improve on what feels like a really dated line). With a rumoured ISO range of up to 12,800, I'm hoping it's using a new CMOS sensor based on the D300/D90's. That'd be a nice improvement over the half-decade old 10 megapixel CCD sensor used in the D3000. Lenses next!

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Battle of the Bokeh: Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D vs Canon 50mm f/1.8 II

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 03:00 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6aF...feature=channel

"Bokeh, for those who don't know what it means, refers to the blur or more appropriately the quality of the rendition of the out of focus elements. Everybody loves a bit of bokeh, but which lens produces nice looking bokeh? Well, we will be taking a look at various lenses, but this week we will be comparing the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D and the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II - both are very affordable 50mm lenses, but what's the bokeh like?"

Which lens has better bokeh? Watch the video to find out!

Tags: canon, blur, nikon, dof, bokeh

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Nikon D90 Replacement Imminent?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 11:32 AM

http://nikonrumors.com/2010/07/20/f...ikonRumors.com)

I follow Nikon Rumors on Twitter, and enjoy watching the crazy - and sometimes not so crazy - rumours about Nikon cameras and lenses get bandied about. They've definitely seemed more solid lately though, because it seems like Nikon is gearing up to release some new DSLRs. Today's rumour is focused on the D90 replacement DSLR. It's rumoured to have a 16 MP DX sensor (cropped), noise performance similar to the D700, full HD 1080p video, and feature the continual auto-focus system that was hinted at earlier. Noise performance similar to a D700? Sounds almost too good to be true, especially given the bump up to 16 megapixels, but Nikon has certain achieved a knack for superb noise performance in their cameras, so it's not unreasonable to think that some of that technology would trickle down to lower-end cameras. The rumour also says 8 frames per second, which I find quite hard to believe - Nikon uses FPS limitations to separate their cameras, and the D90 has 4.5 fps now. I'd say 5fps or 6fps would be reasonable; not eight.

Of course, what I'm really waiting for is the successor to the D300/D300s. I still love my D300, but I'd found myself tempted lately by the D700 to get the lower sensor noise - yet I'd hate to give up the 50% extra zoom reach I get with all my lenses on the DX body now. I have a whack of cash saved up for my next DSLR...I'm just waiting for Nikon to release it!


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Nikon Coolpix L110 "Life Series" Superzoom

Posted by Reid Kistler in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 PM

http://www.photographyblog.com/revi...PhotographyBLOG

"The Nikon Coolpix L110 is an affordable 12.1-megapixel camera with 15x optical zoom, sensor-shift Vibration Reduction, HD movie recording with stereo sound and a 3-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 460,000 dots.... Last year when we reviewed the Nikon L100, we found that ... there were quite a lot of things to criticize... so we were naturally curious to find out if its successor, the Nikon Coolpix L110, addressed the issues we had with the older model."

The Nikon Coolpix L110 comes with a famous name brand, and a fairly impressive feature set given its sub-$300 (US) price tag. In addition to the features noted above, the L110 offers High ISO (up to 6400), Nikon's "Best Shot Selector" (which saves the sharpest of up to 10 shots), and promises up to 7 hours of HD movie shooting with lithium AA batteries, while retaining the ability to use regular AAs if needed. The Photography Blog review goes into great detail, and gives the L110 good marks, particularly for Value, although they still find a few areas that could use improvement. The L110 stands at the top of Nikon's "Coolpix Life Series," which consists of 4 models intended to balance enhanced features with relatively low cost and simple operation, and might be a good match for a casual photographer seeking a step up from a basic digital camera. Experienced super-zoom users might prefer a model from Nikon's "Coolpix Performance Series," which add more advanced features - such as Manual Exposure ability - albeit in exchange for a higher price tag.


Friday, July 16, 2010

Nikon D3100 Rumours Start

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM

http://nikonrumors.com/2010/07/15/m...ikon-d3100.aspx

"Rumors about a new entry level DSLR between the Nikon D3000 and the D5000 started few months ago. This new camera will not be called D4000 as previously expected, but Nikon D3100."

Well, that'd make sense; Nikon switched to a 4 digit convention to avoid numbering congestion in this day of 2 year or less product cycles. What's interesting about the rumours (Photokina is 2 months away) is that Nikon appears to be following up on its announcement of coming up with some surprises. In this case the rumours are hinting that the new camera will support continuous AF in live view and video mode, something like the micro Four Thirds cameras.

If patent applications are to believed, Nikon has been working on this a while, and among the several patent diagrams shown, the interesting one is this:

In case you can't figure it out, it's a live view sensor with a separate AF sensor. I'm very curious to see if Nikon will implement a main pellicle mirrior (last seen in the Canon EOS 1n RS) in in a live view camera to cope with the AF issues in contrast detection AF methods. Problem with pellicle mirrors is that it robs light, as essentially you share some light with the other sensor.

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