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Panasonic Launches the LUMIX GM1   

17th October 2013 – Panasonic today unveils the LUMIX GM1, marking a completely new series in its pioneering range of LUMIX G Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) cameras. Condensing the powerful performance of the a high-end system into the most compact and stylish LUMIX G body to date, the LUMIX GM1 is the ideal camera for anyone who demands both style and substance with superior image quality. From artists capturing their inspiration to photography enthusiasts looking for the perfect take-anywhere camera, the LUMIX GM1 is ideal for realising your creative vision, wherever you are.

In order to harness this model’s full potential, LUMIX GM1 also launches with a new, advanced 12-32mm /F3.5-F5.6 ASPH lens. Available in silver and black, this new kit lens complements the LUMIX GM1’s colour options of Stylish Black or Classic Orange body to create a powerful style statement.

Outstanding image quality
Featuring a 16 megapixel (MP) Digital Live MOS sensor based on the Micro Four Thirds standard, the LUMIX GM1 captures every scene in true-to-life detail, with accurate colour reproduction and swift, high-resolution rendering. The photodiode at each pixel site is larger, boosting dynamic range, ISO-sensitivity and improving the signal to noise ratio by 25% compared with previous models Compared with the DMC-GX1.

Coupled with Panasonic’s latest Venus Engine image processor, the sensor captures incredible detail even in challenging, low-light conditions. This enables smooth, natural images with finer detail reproduction and minimal noise. The Venus Engine’s advanced Multi-process Noise Reduction detects noise, irrespective of its size, and reduces it effectively while retaining texture and fine details.  The high-precision signal processing also ensures wider dynamic range and homogenised tonal reproduction to create more balanced images with perfect exposure of both highlights and shadows.

The image quality advances of the LUMIX GM1 also mean you can produce video creations in stunning cinematic quality, thanks to the LUMIX GM1’s ability to shoot Full HD (1080p) in AVCHD Progressive or MP4. High quality sound can also be recorded via Dolby Digital, while the Wind Cut function blocks out most of the noise picked up from background wind.

Blistering performance
With the LUMIX GM1 you need never miss another fleeting moment of inspiration. Using contrast autofocus (AF) technology for increased accuracy and speed, the LUMIX’s GM1’s AF Drive works at up to 240fps. This impressive Light Speed AF is possible due to the sensor read-out, image processing and AF-drive in the lens working seamlessly together with the highest possible speed.  The LUMIX GM1 also features high speed burst shooting at 5fps in full 16MP resolution, while AF Tracking enables consecutive shooting of a moving subject in sharp focus at 4fps.

Even more important than pure speed is AF-precision and flexibility.  The LUMIX GM1’s Low Light AF enables accurate focusing even in extreme low-light conditions (down to -4EV), allowing you to capture special moments such as a sleeping baby or wildlife at night in their natural habitat. For selective focusing, Pinpoint AF allows you to magnify one area of the picture from 3x up to 10x and set the focus point exactly where you want it with pin-point precision.  Fixed AF points are no longer a limiting factor and you can be confident that the eyes of your portrait or the delicate petal of a flower will be perfectly in focus.

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Redesigned, reengineered, reimagined for performance
In order to pack such powerful performance and incredible imaging into a sophisticated, compact body, Panasonic’s engineering and design teams took the whole concept of the LUMIX G series back to the drawing board, reworking key components to dramatically reduce the size and weight of the LUMIX GM1 without sacrificing image quality and performance.

Dramatic streamlining has been achieved by removing the traditional aluminium diecast frame bonded to the rugged magnesium alloy body, reducing the overall size by around 40 per cent.

The most impressive innovation is a completely redesigned shutter system featuring one physical curtain controlled by a stepping motor while the second curtain is created electronically, removing the large spring mechanism of traditional DLSM and DSLR models. The sensor unit’s Super Sonic Wave Filter (SSWF) and internal filters were also reworked and the integrated flash mechanism occupies a smaller footprint within the camera body.

Reflecting the advanced, sophisticated engineering beneath the surface, the LUMIX GM1 displays a traditional, refined style with aluminium dials.

A premium grip (DMW-HGE1) is available to purchase separately, featuring an aluminium frame and which perfectly complements the camera, both in terms of design and weight, when the 20mm, F1.7 pancake lens is mounted.

Miniature camera, limitless creative freedom 
The perfect camera for professionals and enthusiast photographers to explore their creativity on-the-go, the LUMIX GM1 offers full manual control as well as a host of creative features and easy-shooting guides for beginners.

The three-inch, 1036k-dot (approx.) touch control screen makes it easy to frame the perfect shot, set the focus and even trigger the shutter with just a touch of your finger. Images and video can be played back in stunning colour and incredible detail for immediate sharing, or simply reviewed to check that you get the results exactly as you want them.

A range of 22 creative filters allow you to add a personal touch to any image,  transforming your favourite shots into stylistic works of art with effects like Toy Pop, Dynamic Monochrome and Cross Process. You can create your own Time Lapse Shot or Stop-motion Animation to impress your friends, family and social media site followers.

The LUMIX GM1 also features intelligent auto modes, iA and iA Plus, providing point-and-shoot ease of use by identifying the scene conditions and automatically applying the most appropriate settings to capture the perfect image. Newly-added Intelligent Handheld Night Shot Mode and Intelligent HDR Mode overlay multiple exposures of the same frame to produce one perfectly-exposed image, giving you the freedom to focus on image composition.

Sharing and wireless control 
WiFi connectivity enables the LUMIX GM1 to easily connect with smartphones and tablets, allowing you to post images and clips to social media or email them to friends and family almost as soon as they’ve been recorded. With Instant Transfer, you can also archive your images wirelessly on a PC, using your home wireless network, safeguarding your favourite moments with minimal effort.

The wireless connectivity options also enable Remote Shooting using the Panasonic Image App which is available free of charge for Android and iOS operating systems from their respective app stores, allowing you to use your smartphone or tablet to act as a remote control for LUMIX GM1 – ideal for capturing dangerous situations or shy subjects where it isn’t practical to stay with your camera. You can even control settings such as focus peaking, aperture, shutter speed and ISO, before triggering the shutter release with your smart device and check the results with Remote View prior to retrieving your camera from its position.

Advanced optical performance 
As part of the LUMIX G system, the LUMIX GM1 provides access to the world’s largest range of Micro Four Thirds lenses and accessories, making sure you have the right set-up to capture every moment. This includes the new LUMIX G VARIO 12-32mm Equivalent to 24-64 mm on a 35mm camera /F3.5-F5.6 ASPH kit lens, which packs incredible optical power into a miniaturised body. With eight lens elements, including three aspherical lenses and one Extra-low Dispersion (ED) lens in seven groups, the lens offers a super-compact, lightweight but flexible zoom range.
You can explore the full range of LUMIX G lenses through the new LUMIX G App for iPad, which is available via the iTunes App Store. The app lets you discover the world of Panasonic LUMIX G Micro System Cameras and learn all about the advantages of the mirrorless system, the technologies used, the different models and available lenses.

The Lumix G GM1 will be available from mid November and RRP is £629.

 

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Introducing the D5300, Nikon’s DX-format D-SLR with built-in Wi-Fi and GPS

London UK , 17th October 2013             Nikon today announces the D5300, the first DX-format D-SLR to feature built-in Wi-Fi and GPS. Optimised for creativity and streamlined for flexibility, the D5300 is an upper entry-level D-SLR designed to inspire spectacular photos and videos. As the first Nikon D-SLR to boast built-in Wi-Fi, it offers creative explorers a fantastic opportunity to capture and share their world in incredible detail.

The camera’s innovative 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor is specifically designed with no optical low-pass filter (OLPF) so the finest details and textures are captured with stunning sharpness. Photos are ready to share immediately using the built-in Wi-Fi function, which connects the camera directly to a smartphone or tablet, and the GPS function adds geotags to pictures in-camera. Capable of bringing creative ideas to life with striking clarity, this is an inspiring camera that draws exciting new perspectives.

Simon Iddon, Senior Product Manager at Nikon UK, says: “The D5300 is a great camera for creative people who want to share their view of the world through high-quality images. This new model is bursting with impressive features, from the high ISO (12,800) capability for low light shooting, to the powerful new EXPEED 4 image processing engine, and large vari-angle screen for a unique view.

He adds: “Built-in WiFi makes it easy to share stunning images with friends and family, plus you can have some fun by tracking your route thanks to the camera’s GPS functionality. Ultimately, the Nikon D5300 is a pleasure to use and raises the standard of images we share.”

 Built-in Wi-Fi

As the first Nikon D-SLR to be equipped with built-in Wi-Fi, the D5300 takes photo sharing to a whole new level. Photos can be sent directly from the camera to any iOS™ or Android™ smart device1, ready for easy upload to social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. The Wi-Fi function also makes it possible to control the camera remotely using a connected smart device, plus you can preview the scene you’re shooting on the smart device’s screen. Together with the camera’s vari-angle monitor, the creative possibilities are endless.

 Built-in GPS

When it comes to sharing exciting images, the D5300’s built-in GPS integrates perfectly with the in-camera Wi-Fi function. Images can be geotagged simply without using any external adapters, by logging location information such as latitude, longitude, and altitude in the image’s EXIF data. Your travel pictures gain an extra level of detail, and since the GPS logger function works when the camera is turned off, you can actually keep track of your route even when you’re not taking pictures2. Nikon’s ViewNX 2 software can help create stunning travel maps which you can showcase on NIKON IMAGE SPACE, or any other social networking or photo-sharing website that support GPS, like Flickr.

 Incredible image quality

At the core of the D5300 is a 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor that has been designed without an optical low-pass filter (OLPF) to make the most of every megapixel, to faithfully render exactly what the lens sees. The texture of fine detail like hair or feathers are captured perfectly, and images burst with clarity — especially when captured with a NIKKOR lens.

High ISO light sensitivity (up to 12,800, extendable to 25,600 equivalent) combines with Nikon’s powerful new image processing engine, EXPEED 4, to ensure even clearer photos and movies than before when shooting in low light. The amazingly accurate 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor sends data to the Scene Recognition System, thus enabling optimum auto exposure, AF, and auto white balance for the best possible image quality. Fleeting movements or expressions can be captured at exactly the right moment thanks to continuous shooting speeds of up to 5 frames-per-second, and focus is spot-on thanks to the intelligent 39-point AF system, which boasts nine cross-type sensors in the centre for astounding accuracy.

 A fresh perspective

Designed to encourage photographers to find their own angle on photography, the versatile D5300 is fully equipped to help create interesting and inspiring images. The large 8.1 cm (3.2-in.) LCD monitor with wide-viewing angle and high 1,037k-dot resolution offers the ultimate freedom to capture unique shots, including great self-portraits, from any angle. Simply flip, tilt, or turn the monitor to explore fresh perspectives and add intrigue to your photos or excitement to your movies.

For even more possibilities, a range of in-camera tools put creative techniques conveniently at your command. Enjoy optimum results in high-contrast situations with HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode or quickly capture perfect shots in various situations using any one of the 16 scene modes. When you want to explore different ideas, let your creativity run wild with the camera’s range of special effects for photos and movies: evoke a certain mood by isolating specific colours, or create a retro look-and-feel with the Toy Camera effect.

 Inspiring Full HD movies

For those who want to take their creative vision to video, the D5300’s D-Movie function records smooth, finely detailed Full HD video clips at frame rates up to 50p/60p. Offering the kind of superior performance and sharp focus that’s critical for HD video, the camera begins recording with a simple press of its dedicated video record button. Continuous Live View autofocus keeps subjects sharp, even when the action is fast, and you can relax and let the camera keep track of your subject with subject-tracking AF or face-priority AF. Thanks to the camera’s built-in stereo microphone and compatibility with Nikon’s external ME-1 Stereo Microphone, it’s easy to capture footage with crisp, clear sound. And when it comes to sharing your latest creation, the HDMI output lets you connect your camera directly to an HDTV screen so you can enjoy your movies and photos in superb high-definition.

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Intelligent design

With a body that’s even smaller and lighter than its predecessor (the D5200), plus a larger vari-angle LCD monitor, the D5300 is a pleasure to shoot with. Available in black, red, or grey, the incredibly lightweight build (the body weighs only 480g without battery and memory card) makes this a great camera to travel with, and a stable grip lets you get a firm hold on the camera. The large, high-resolution LCD monitor lets you see every detail of your photos and movies, and you can adjust the monitor’s brightness for a clearer image on the screen when shooting under bright light or in dark situations. The newly designed pentamirror increases viewfinder magnification to approx. 0.82x, making it even easier to accurately compose your shots. Nikon’s superior ergonomics, clear menus, and one-touch buttons for frequently used functions like D-Movie and Live View make operation quick and intuitive, so you can focus on your ideas.

 NIKKOR, Speedlight, and system compatibility

One of the D5300’s greatest advantages is its compatibility with Nikon’s wide range of NIKKOR lenses and powerful system accessories. Combine the D5300 with such versatile partners, and your creative options become limitless. NIKKOR lenses are renowned across the world for their optical performance, and the D5300 is compatible with the full range of DX-format lenses. From compact zooms that are perfect for general use or travel, to fast prime lenses that enable beautiful bokeh (background blur), as well as wide-angle and micro lenses, there is a lens for every situation. Whichever you choose, you can enjoy the precision and flexibility to make the most of the camera’s 24.2-megapixel resolution and capture photos with vivid colour and striking contrast, or experiment with cinematic effects when shooting movies. In addition to lenses, Nikon Speedlights like the SB-400 and SB-700 open up opportunities to get creative with light, and optional wireless remote control devices like the WR-R10 and WR-T10 let you control key camera functions from a distance, even if there are obstacles between yourself and the camera.

 Summary of Key Features

·         Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS

·         24.2-megapixel DX-format sensor with no OLPF

·         Superb low-light performance with ISO 100–12,800 (expandable to ISO 25,600 equivalent)

·         Fast and powerful EXPEED 4 image processing engine

·         39-point AF system with nine cross-type sensors in the centre

·         2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor with Nikon’s Scene Recognition System

·         5 fps continuous shooting

·         Large vari-angle monitor: 8.1 cm (3.2-in.) LCD monitor with wide-viewing angle and high 1,037k-dot resolution

·         Full HD movies at 1080/50/60p

·         HDMI output supported

·         Built-in stereo microphone and compatibility with Nikon’s ME-1 Stereo Microphone

·         HDR and Active D-Lighting

·         Special effects for still images and movies

·         16 Scene Modes

·         Viewfinder with increased magnification (approx. 0.82x) using a newly designed pentamirror

·         Small, lightweight body: Approx. 125×98.0×76.0 mm. Weighs just 480g (without battery and memory card)

·         Stable grip for secure handling

·         Improved graphical user interface for clearer menus

·         Choice of three body colours: Black, red, and grey

·         Expandable system: Compatible with the full range of NIKKOR DX-format lenses and specific Nikon Speedlights

·         Compatible with the WR-R10/WR-T10 Wireless Remote Controllers

 

RRPs

Body only: £729.99 / €899.00

D5300 kit with 18-55mm VR lens £829.99 / €1029.00

FOOTNOTES

To prepare your smart device to receive photos, simply download the free Wireless Mobile Utility. The Wireless Mobile Utility is compatible with iOS™ and Android™ smart devices, and can be downloaded to your smart device from Google Play™ and the Apple App Store™. Android, Google, Google Play, YouTube, and other marks are trademarks of Google Inc.

Compatibility varies by country.

 

Nikon unveils a new jewel in its NIKKOR crown: The AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G

RRP: £1,599.99 / €1,949.00

Sales start date: 31st October 2013

London, UK, 17th October 2013             Nikon today announces the new AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G, an extraordinary FX-format prime lens that pushes the limits of image quality. Meticulously crafted to deliver exceptional imaging performance, this fast new prime lens is in a class of its own.

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The design concept pays homage to Nikon’s legendary Noct-NIKKOR lens, while the brand new optical construction enables astounding sharpness, contrast, and resolution. With outstanding resolving capability, exquisite bokeh, and unbeatable performance when shooting wide-open, this is a distinctive lens for those pursuing the holy grail of low-light photography or who want a lens with a truly unique signature.

Hiro Sebata, Product Manager, Lenses, Accessories & Software, Nikon UK, says: “Despite Nikon’s constant improvements to the optical and mechanical performance of NIKKOR lenses, its only once in a while that a lens like the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G comes along. Its qualities and characteristics transcend standard measurement conventions and can really only be appreciated when viewing the final image. Few lenses go down in history as “classic,” and this is poised to be one of them.”

 A modern legend

The AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G brings the advantages of Nikon’s renowned Noct-NIKKOR to today’s high-resolution photography. Thanks to concerted efforts in developing the lens, Nikon’s designers were able to significantly increase sharpness, contrast, and resolution, in addition to greatly reducing coma flare and enabling exquisitely smooth bokeh. The result is a unique lens that offers exceptional aesthetic control, enabling photographers to explore a broad range of creative expression and create images that stand apart from the rest.

 Drawing with light

Designed to meet the demands of discerning photographers, the exceptional resolving capability of the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G enables every component of a scene to be faithfully reproduced in exquisite high-resolution. Subjects are sharply rendered when shooting at the widest aperture of f/1.4, and high-contrast images of even distant subjects and low-light scenes can be obtained without needing to stop down the aperture. Sagittal coma flare is effectively minimised across the entire frame with the result that point light sources such as city lights are reproduced as fine rounded points, even at the periphery of the image, enabling unparalleled nightscapes. Despite being a large aperture lens, peripheral light falloff is effectively controlled to retain brightness across the entire frame when shooting at maximum aperture, even with focus set to infinity.

 Exquisite bokeh

Thanks to its unique optical design, the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G delivers images with exquisite bokeh and an additional sense of depth. Because the intensity of image blur transitions smoothly as the distance from the sharply focused point increases, bokeh appears with no rough edges. In addition, the fine gradation of bokeh from the focus point to the background enables an incredible sense of natural depth. By measuring the degree of resolution and bokeh across individual planes of the image (between foreground, focus plane, and background), Nikon’s designers achieved the perfect balance of resolution and lens aberrations, resulting in a ‘three dimensional’ look that cannot be measured with MTF curves. The benefits extend to movies, too: When pulling focus, bokeh transitions incredibly smoothly, providing a unique advantage when it comes to filming atmospheric scenes.

 Renowned NIKKOR quality

Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat provides outstandingly high anti-reflection effects throughout the visible light range, effectively reducing ghost and flare, and increasing the clarity and contrast of images. A three-element cemented lens technique ensures both optical clarity and reflection reduction, and the front lens element is located deep in the lens barrel to ensure that flare and ghost are effectively reduced even in backlit situations. Autofocus is smooth, quiet, and swift, thanks to Nikon’s SWM (Silent Wave Motor), and build-quality is solid.

This lens comes with dedicated lens hood and soft lens pouch included.

 

Nikon brings the power of full-frame photography with the NIKON D610

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 London, UK , 8th October 2013   Nikon today announces the latest addition to its formidable line-up of FX format (full-frame) D-SLRs, the Nikon D610.

An exciting option for those who are ready to take the next step in their photographic journey, this 24.3-megapixel D-SLR allows keen photographers to develop their skills and define their style whilst enjoying the superiour image quality that comes with the FX-format sensor.

Full frame, full detail, full freedom: The 24.3-megapixel FX-format image sensor captures every detail with lifelike sharpness, and continuous shooting speeds have increased to 6 frames-per-second (as compared to the camera’s predecessor, the Nikon D600). Nikon’s new Quiet Release burst mode allows you to shoot in near-silence at 3 fps, and a robust, lightweight build allows photographers to explore the advantages of full-frame in any environment. Combined with the optical prowess of NIKKOR lenses, the Nikon D610 is a superb option to explore new realms of creativity.

Hiro Sebata, Product Manager for Professional Products, Nikon UK, says: “We’re excited about the creative possibilities this camera has to offer thanks to its fast, powerful processing and impressive feature set that includes ‘quiet shooting’ for when you need it most.

“Plus, its solid yet lightweight design and stunning image quality makes this camera a serious choice for photographers looking to step into full-frame photography.”

The full perspective: Exceptional depth and detail

For those ready to take their photography to the next level, the D610’s 24.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor will open up new worlds of photographic depth and detail. From true wide-angle to super telephoto, the sensor captures every element with lifelike sharpness at up to 6 fps. Offering outstanding levels of detail and tonal range, plus superb low-light capability, the Nikon D610 captures images that are sharp, and video quality is impressive even at higher ISO settings. The ISO range goes from 100–6400, and is extendable up to 25,600 (equivalent) or down to 50 (equivalent) for maximum flexibility in all lighting conditions, whether shooting still images or video.

Always fast and quiet when necessary

Faster than its predecessor, the Nikon D610 shoots up to 6 frames-per-second (6 fps) in both FX and DX formats, making it easier than ever to capture fast-moving subjects. For situations when silence is key, Nikon’s new Quiet Release burst mode reduces the sound of the camera’s mirror return mechanism, so it’s easier to capture elusive subjects, such as wildlife, at up to 3 fps.

Pro Nikon image technology

The Nikon D610 is packed with technology inherited from Nikon’s professional D-SLRs, including the same EXPEED 3 image processor and AF sensitivity as Nikon’s flagship D4.

Highly sensitive autofocus system: The Nikon D610’s Multi-CAM 4800 39-point AF system boasts AF sensitivity inherited from Nikon’s flagship D4, enabling superior subject acquisition in any light. Compatible with lenses up to f/8 combined open aperture, and sensitive down to -2 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F), the AF system achieves sharp shots even under moonlight. Coverage is individually selectable or configurable 9-, 21-, and 39-point settings, and AF modes such as dynamic-area AF and 3D-tracking maintain focus on even the smallest subjects, however unpredictable their movements may be. Simplified selection of AF modes such as AF-A, AF-S, and AF-C is possible without taking your eye away from the viewfinder.

Advanced Scene Recognition with 2,016-pixel RGB sensor: The Nikon D610’s Advanced Scene Recognition system incorporates Nikon’s renowned 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor that meticulously analyses each scene for outstanding accuracy. It can detect human faces with startling exactness through the optical viewfinder, and recognise a scene’s colours and brightness with unprecedented precision. This level of detailed scene analysis is also utilised to support more accurate autofocus; auto exposure and i-TTL flash exposure results in a diverse range of compositional and lighting situations.

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EXPEED 3 image processing: Equipped with the same image-processing engine as Nikon’s flagship D4, the Nikon D610 makes light work of data-rich tasks without sacrificing speed and quality. The 16-bit image processing offers richer colours and tones than ever before, delivering smooth gradations with abundant detail and tone all the way up the scale to pure white, even when shooting in JPEG.

Full-frame D-Movies: Broadcast quality video

Designed to ensure large-format movie shooting at its best, the Nikon D610 features the same multi-area Full HD D-Movie as found in Nikon’s acclaimed D800. Since the camera offers a wide variety of movie applications, a comprehensive variety of frame rates, and convenient custom controls—which enable full control over live view operation when filming—photographers can move from inspiring stills to broadcast quality video with ease.

Frame rates: Full HD (1080p) movies can be recorded in 30p, 25p, and 24p, with 60p, 50p, and 25p options at 720p. Full HD movie clips can be up to approximately 29 minutes 59 seconds long.

Multi-area mode: Full HD (1080p) recording is possible in both FX and DX formats, enabling exceptional freedom of expression.

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High-fidelity audio control: With the Nikon D610, movies sound as good as they look. A microphone jack allows use of an external stereo microphone for crisp sound recording, and there is an audio out for external headphones.

Uncompressed HDMI output: The Nikon D610 offers the possibility to transmit an uncompressed live video stream at 1080p to external recorders, and output will automatically drop to 1080i if an external monitor is detected. The uncompressed data is output at the designated image size and frame rate, and is clean of the information overlay that can be simultaneously displayed on the camera’s TFT monitor.

In-camera creative tools

A range of creative and practical in-camera tools enable photographers to make the most of every shooting opportunity and take full advantage of the creative freedom that full-frame FX-format photography affords. They include:

Time-lapse shooting: Create time-lapse photography through simple menu operations, with no need for elaborate calculations and editing. Easily save images as movie files and view slow action in fast playback, with playback rates from 24 to 36,000 times faster than normal.  Use interval timer shooting to trigger the shutter at preset intervals.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode: shoots one overexposed and one underexposed frame in a single shutter release. The range can be widened by up to ±3 EV for different looks, full of saturation and tonal gradation, while the smoothness of the edg­e where the two exposures meet can be adjusted for a more natural appearance.

Picture Controls: Customise the look of your stills and videos by fine-tuning parameters such as sharpness, saturation, and hue. This feature can be directly accessed via a dedicated button.

Scene modes: 19 scene modes optimise settings such as shutter speed, ISO, and aperture for superior results every time. An ideal way to quickly capture perfect shots.

In-camera editing: Menus include an array of useful features, encompassing options to correct red-eye and colour balance, as well as D-Lighting, RAW processing, and resize options. Filter effects include Skylight, Cross screen, Miniature, Colour outline, Colour sketch, and Selective colour. Quick retouch options include distortion control, perspective control, straighten, and fisheye. There is also an movie editing feature that enables the start and end point of movie clips to be designated in order to save them more efficiently.

Full-frame freedom

With the Nikon D610, it’s possible to capture and share the full perspective from anywhere using Nikon’s wireless mobile adapter for wireless image transfer. Double SD card slots provide multiple options for recording and storing large files – it’s possible to write RAW and JPEG data to separate cards, copy from one card to another, and select a slot according to the remaining capacity during video shooting.

Wi-Fi: Nikon’s optional WU-1b Mobile Adapter allows images to be transferred directly to any smartphone or tablet, and enables the camera to be controlled remotely via the smart device. A great way to easily share high-quality images, preview shots on a larger screen, or experiment with full-frame self-portraits.

Efficient power management: A reworking of the D800’s circuits now enables approximately 900 shots[1] of still image shooting or approximately 60 minutes of movie live view.[2] All on one charge of a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL15.

Storage media: High-speed dual SD card slots support SDXC and UHS-I memory cards.

Full-frame strength

Built to withstand severe conditions, the lightweight Nikon D610 boasts the same robust build and responsive handling as its predecessor. Durable magnesium alloy is used for the camera’s top and rear frames, and the camera is weather-sealed to the same degree as Nikon’s professional D800 SLR, ensuring enhanced resistance to moisture and dust. The camera’s fast response, reliable operation, and conveniently placed buttons and controls enable smooth, comfortable handling and the flexibility to respond quickly to even unexpected shooting opportunities.

Fast response: Start-up is approximately 0.13 s[3], shutter release time lag is minimised to approximately 0.052 s3, with continuous shooting capability of approximately 6 fps capability in FX and DX formats.

High-precision, high-durability shutter: The shutter unit has been tested to 150,000 cycles of release to prove durability and precision. It boasts a speed range of 1/4000 to 30 s; and features an intelligent self-diagnostic shutter monitor and a drive unit designed to reduce the demand on power when the shutter is raised for extended periods during movie shooting.

Precision 8 cm (3.2-in.), approx. 921k-dot, wide-viewing-angle LCD monitor with automatic monitor brightness control: Delivers bright, crisp image playback with wide colour reproduction capacity. LCD brightness is automatically adjusted according to the viewing environment.

Glass prism optical viewfinder: With approximately 100% frame coverage and 0.7x magnification (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0m-1).

Dual-axis electronic virtual horizon: Offers accurate confirmation of level shooting by letting you check the LCD monitor, or the viewfinder, for both the camera’s position in relation to the horizontal plane and its pitch (forward or rear rotation).

The NIKKOR advantage

Whatever your ideas, experience, or creative vision, Nikon’s legendary NIKKOR lenses represent the only true option for complete FX-format integrity. Pair the Nikon D610 with a NIKKOR lens, and you have the optical power to draw out the full potential of the camera’s 24.3-megapixel sensor. The NIKKOR name has become synonymous with high-performance and unrivalled image quality, and 2013 marks the 80th anniversary of NIKKOR as well as the year in which the total production of NIKKOR lenses reached 80 million. With more than 80 types of lenses in their current line-up, Nikon ensures photographers have every chance to make the most of the FX sensor’s incredible properties, including stunningly shallow depth of field—a feature that allows for beautiful bokeh effects when paired with a fast NIKKOR prime lens.

Optional accessories

Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D14: Accommodates a variety of batteries including AA-sized batteries of various types and Nikon’s Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL15 (see specifications). The MB-D14 has its own dedicated shutter-release button and command dials for more comfortable composition when shooting with the camera in vertical orientation.

Creative Lighting System: Compatible with Nikon’s creative lighting system, the D610 supports the use of powerful and versatile i-TTL Speedlight flash units such as the professional SB-910 or the easy-to-use SB-700.

Capture NX 2—fast, powerful and creative image processing: To accommodate the imaging power of the D610’s 24.3-megapixel sensor, the latest Capture NX 2 is faster than before and boasts full 64-bit compatibility.

Camera Control Pro 2—versatile remote camera controls: The software offers numerous improvements to make the D610’s Live View operation exceptionally smooth. Aside from controlling exposure mode, shutter speed, and aperture, creative controls include remote start and stop for movie shooting and switching between Live View for stills and movies.

RRP

D610 (body only): £1799.99 / €2199.00

D610 with 24-85mm lens kit:  £2299.99 / €2799.00

Sales start date: 18th October 2013