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Nikon unveils the Df: a retro-styled high-end D-SLR

Nikon Df

It was just a matter of time before camera manufacturers came back around to putting the emphasis back to taking photographs. For the past ten years we have been inundated with cameras boasting higher specifications after specifications, albeit very impressive specifications. Today Nikon officially announced their latest Digital camera the Df, this draws on Nikon’s heritage with producing high quality cameras that have inspired generations of photographers.

The Df is modelled on Nikon’s highly popular FM/FM2 camera, it contains all the bells and whistles of their digital camera range and at the same time it has the feel and handling of a traditional film camera. All past Nikkor lenses are compatible, with the exception of a handful of specialist lenses which require the mirror to be locked up. The lens mount has a coupling pin which indexes the aperture on Ai lenses, for non Ai lenses the coupling pin can be locked up and metering is achieved through stopped down metering.

The Df does not have any video capability, it is intended for pure photography. I was rather surprised at this omission, yet could also see the reasoning behind this. The Df is intended for those photographers who are passionate about their photography.

Specification wise, the camera has a 16.2 megapixel Full frame CMOS sensor, maybe Nikon should have gone for a higher pixel count for those photographers who demand the highest quality photos. ISO covers a range from 100 – 12,800 which is extendable up to  ISO 204,800 – now you can really photograph that black cat in a coal cellar without flash.

The CPU engine includes Expeed 3 for fast image processing, something that a photographer will not need to think or care about, it just works in the same way that your car does when you turn the key. Expeed 3 delivers results without second thought, you only need to think about the creative content of your photos.

The Df does look an interesting camera but also carries a hefty price tag. Nikon sees this camera as a desirable piece of equipment that a passionate photographer may want. The only problem that I see, comes from Nikon themselves, they have a fabulous line up of Digital cameras including the D800 which has a much higher specification and video capability all at a lower price point. Time will tell if the DF captures the imagination of the photographer or if it will be something for the camera collectors shelf.

Read the full specifications in the press release below

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Nikon UK Press Release

RRP: £2749.99 / 3350 (Selected retailers only)

Sales start date: 28th November 2013

Available in black or silver

 

London, UK, 5th November 2013 Nikon today announces the Df, a new  D-SLR dedicated to pure photography that boast looks inspired by Nikon’s iconic 35mm film cameras and technology from the latest professional models.

The Df expresses a passion for photography in both form and function. Sitting proudly in a class of its own, this retro-style camera paints a unique picture against the uniformity of modern-day D-SLRs. Equipped with the same image sensor as Nikon’s flagship D4, it offers uncompromised dynamic range and phenomenal light sensitivity. The Nikon Df is the lightest of Nikon’s current FX-format models, yet features the durable build and reliable operation that you’d expect from a high-end Nikon camera. Perfect for camera purists and design aficionados alike, the Nikon Df is set to capture the hearts and minds of photographers who are as passionate about their camera as they are about their art

Hiro Sebata, Product Manager at Nikon UK, says: “The concept for this camera was based on the emotion of photography and will appeal to passionate photographers who enjoy pure photography and cherish their cameras, as well as their images, old and new.

“The stylish, classic design of the new Df reflects Nikon’s heritage, whilst its capability to produce flagship quality images allows photographers to focus on the creative aspect of photography. This new camera is in a class of its own; it’s an emotive product that will inspire you from the moment you pick it up.”

Pure photography

At the heart of the Df is the same 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3 image processor found in Nikon’s professional flagship camera, the D4. Such a powerful combination of professional grade technology ensures the Df delivers superior image integrity under a broad range of lighting conditions. Photographs boast faithful, well- saturated colour and natural depth, even when shooting at the high end of the ISO range, which extends to a phenomenal ISO 204,800 (equivalent).

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16.2-megapixel FX-format (full-frame) CMOS sensor: Thanks to an optimised balance between the size of the FX-format sensor (36.0×23.9 mm) and an effective pixel count of 16.2 million pixels, the Df delivers images with stunning depth and detail, low noise, and wide dynamic range.

Superb light sensitivity: With ISO 100–12,800, extendable up to 204,800 (equivalent), the Df retains Nikon’s status as the sovereign of low-light shooting . Finely detailed images with minimal noise are possible even when you shoot under challenging lighting conditions.

EXPEED 3: From image processing to transfer, Nikon’s image-processing engine makes light work of data-rich tasks without sacrificing speed and quality. The 16-bit image processing offers optimal colour, perfect tonality, and minimised noise throughout the frame, delivering smooth gradations with abundant detail and tone all the way up the scale to pure white, even when shooting in JPEG. In addition, the powerful EXPEED 3 is fast, accurate, and exceptionally energy efficient, prolonging the camera’s ability to endure extended shooting.

Fast performance: Start-up time is approximately 0.14 s* and the shutter-release time lag is just 0.052 s* . High-speed continuous shooting is available at up to 5.5 fps in both FX and DX formats.

Iconic Nikon design: Tactile precision mechanics and flagship image quality

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The classic Nikon F and new Nikon Df

The Nikon Df may incorporate looks from Nikon’s iconic 35mm film SLRs, but it’s built to handle the demands of modern digital photographers. When you’re passionate about photography, you know that taking the picture is as rewarding as enjoying the final images, and the Df boasts the kind of rugged build and superior ergonomics that has made the Nikon name synonymous with durability and reliability. Crafted to respond perfectly to your command, this camera will delight the senses of any photographer who’s passionate about still images—and cameras.

Elegant mechanical dials: Comfort meets control with knurled mechanical dials that make operation simple and secure. The dials let you set ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, exposure mode, and release mode independently, enabling you to access all parameters relevant to still photography without using the camera’s menu.

Full-frame portability: Experience the creative thrill of FX-format photography wherever you go, thanks to a compact body that weighs approximately 710 g without the battery. Built to withstand severe conditions, the camera features tough yet lightweight magnesium alloy top, bottom, and rear covers, and is weather-sealed to the same degree as Nikon’s D800 D-SLR for enhanced resistance to moisture and dust.

 Durable shutter unit: The highly accurate shutter unit has been tested to 150,000 cycles, with a maximum shutter speed of 1/4,000 s and flash synchronisation at up to 1/200 s.

Self-cleaning sensor unit: Reduces the accumulation of dust in front of the image sensor.

Energy-saving design: Achieves approximately 1,400 shots* (when using the EN-EL14a battery, in single-frame mode).

Classic details: The Df body comes in classic black, or silver with black highlights. The textured grip, mechanical dials, and flat top-panel hark back to Nikon’s iconic silver-halide film SLR cameras such as the F2 and F3, and the GUI boasts an original monotone colour.

Vintage glass: Compatible with non-AI lenses

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Taking its dedication to pure photography a step further than any other D-SLR on the market today, the Df boasts a unique collapsible metering coupling lever that enables even vintage non-AI NIKKOR lenses to be attached directly to the camera. Nikon’s lenses are renowned the world over for their optical superiority, and NIKKOR celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. Photographers using the original F-mount NIKKOR lenses broke boundaries, and those same lenses remain well-loved by many today. But it’s never been possible to use them easily with a modern D-SLR, until now.

When shooting with a non-AI lens in A (Aperture Priority) or M (Manual) mode, the Df allows full-aperture metering—equivalent to that of AI lenses. Lens characteristics such as focal length and the widest aperture setting can be easily defined via simple camera settings, enabling the camera to recognise the aperture setting and calculate correct exposure.

Professional-quality still images

The Df’s wealth of cutting-edge image technology ensures still images of the highest possible integrity. Working alongside its formidable image sensor and processing engine, the camera’s highly sensitive AF system and 5.5 frames-per-second frame rate allow even the most unexpected photographic situations to be captured with outstanding precision. Meanwhile, advanced Spot White Balance metering and features such as the dual-axis electronic virtual horizon, high-performance optical viewfinder, and Live View shooting provide valuable freedom of composition.

Highly sensitive autofocus with Multi-CAM 4800 39-point AF system: Sensitive down to -1 EV, compatible with lenses up to f/8, and featuring four AF-area modes (including 3D tracking), the Df’s AF system delivers fast and precise coverage across the frame, even in difficult lighting conditions.

Spot White Balance metering: The Df enables highly accurate manual white balance settings by letting you quickly assign a Spot White Balance to the specific area of the frame you select during Live View shooting.

Scene Recognition System: The camera’s image sensor and its 2,016-pixel RGB sensor provide precise data to the Scene Recognition System, which optimises exposure, autofocus, and white balance immediately before the shutter is released, ensuring sharply defined images.

High-performance optical viewfinder: The glass pentaprism viewfinder offers approximately 100% frame coverage and 0.7x magnification, as well as a DX Crop Mode with viewfinder marking.

Large 8 cm (3.2-in.) 921k-dot LCD monitor with wide-viewing-angle and reinforced glass. Delivers bright, crisp image playback with a wide colour reproduction capacity.

Dual-axis electronic virtual horizon: Roll (horizontal inclination) and pitch (forward or rear inclination) information can be confirmed via the LCD monitor, and roll information via the viewfinder.

Live View: When shooting in Live View, optional assist grid-lines for 1:1 or 16:9 image ratios help with composition, and the contrast-detect AF system boasts enhanced operability, accuracy, and speed. You can also confirm exposure simply by pressing the preview button when shooting in M (Manual) mode.

In-camera tools

No matter which kind of photography you focus on, the Df’s range of creative and practical features can accommodate both your preferred style of shooting and your creative vision.

Quiet Release Mode: Perfect for discreet photography, the sound of the camera’s mirror return mechanism is noticeably reduced during the burst.

Crop Modes: DX format and 5:4 ratio. The DX Crop Mode can be automatically enabled when a DX lens is attached.

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.

Active D-Lighting: Nikon’s Active D-Lighting automatically retains the details in both dark and bright areas for stunning images with natural contrast when shooting in high-contrast situations.

 Retouch menus: Menus include options to correct red-eye and colour balance, as well as RAW processing and resize options. Filter effects include Skylight, Colour Intensifier and Cross Screen, in addition to Soft filter effects. Quick retouch options include distortion control, perspective control, straighten, and fish-eye.

Picture Controls: Customise the look of your stills by fine-tuning parameters such as sharpness, saturation, and hue before capture.

Nikon system

As an FX-format camera, the Df is fully compatible with Nikon’s extensive range of NIKKOR lenses, and the camera comes packaged together with a special edition of Nikon’s popular AF-S 50mm f/1.8G NIKKOR lens. Now boasting a retro look-and-feel to complement the Df camera body, this lens is one of the most popular primes in the Nikon lineup, thanks to its compact, lightweight build and its fast f/1.8 maximum aperture.

In addition to NIKKOR lenses, Nikon’s vast array of photographic equipment and accessories can help you realise your ideas in countless ways. For photographers who want to get creative with light, Nikon’s industry-leading Creative Lighting System includes a range of versatile Speedlights that offer extensive opportunities for on-camera or wireless flash photography. For image transfer, the Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter enables photos to be transferred straight from the camera to a smart device; and support for remote shooting comes via Nikon’s WR-R10 Wireless Transceiver and WR-T10 Wireless Transmitter, which let you control key camera functions from a distance even if there are objects between yourself and the camera.

Optional accessories

Exclusive leather straps and cases are available in classic black and brown.

* Approximate measurements are based on CIPA guidelines.

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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 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

 

PENTAX K-5 II

The PENTAX K-5 II is the latest model in the PENTAX digital SLR K series, featuring a newly developed, state-of-the-art AF sensor that boasts the widest range of exposure values in its class*

PENTAX RICOH IMAGING UK LTD is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX K-5 II digital SLR camera, its flagship model for the acclaimed PENTAX K series.

This new model is designed to be the successor to the PENTAX K-5 (launched in October 2010), which has been very well received for its compact, solid, functional body and high-quality image reproduction.

The K-5 II boasts a range of advanced functions and user-friendly features. These include a newly developed AF sensor assuring a broader AF working EV range, which lends itself well to a variety of shooting conditions and photographic requirements.

Launched in conjunction with the PENTAX K-5 II is the PENTAX K-5 II s, which is available without an anti-aliasing filter. The K-5 II s is perfect for photographers who value image resolution above all other factors and fully understand the function and characteristics of an anti-aliasing filter.

 Major Features

 1. A new SAFOX X AF module for the top AF performance in its class

The K-5 II features a newly developed, highly sensitive SAFOX X AF module. Thanks to the unit’s high-sensitivity AF sensor, which performs brilliantly in low-light conditions, this new module offers a broad AF working EV range (-3 EV to +18 EV).

SAFOX X can work with luminous flux based on F2.8 levels as well as at F5.6. This vastly increases the AF accuracy when used with very fast lenses.

Coupled with an upgraded AF algorithm, the camera delivers exceptional AF performance, including such useful features as a select-area expansion function, which automatically tracks the subject even when it moves away from a pre-assigned select point. This function is enabled as the distance data is assessed when collected by neighbouring focus sensors.

2. High-quality LCD monitor with outstanding visibility outdoors

The K-5 II comes equipped with a 3.0-inch, wide-view, airtight LCD monitor with approximately 921,000 dots. Sandwiched between the front glass panel (which is coated with an anti-glare film) and the LCD screen is a unique resin layer that cuts down the reflection and dispersion of light to effectively prevent ghost images and greatly reduce loss of brightness. The front panel is made of tempered glass to keep it scratch free.

3. High-resolution, true-to-life images with minimal noise

With its large sensor measuring 23.7mm by 15.7mm with approximately 16.28 effective megapixels, the K-5 II’s latest-generation CMOS image sensor assures high-speed image data readout. By coupling this high-performance image sensor with the acclaimed PRIME II (PENTAX Real Image Engine), the K-5 II delivers super-high resolution, rich-gradation digital images free of digital noise over a wide sensitivity range — from ISO 100 to ISO 12800 in its standard setting, or from ISO 80 to ISO 51200 when expanded via a custom function.

4. Bright, clear optical viewfinder

The K-5 II features a glass pentaprism finder with an almost 100% field of view and approximately 0.92-times magnification (with a 50mm F1.4 lens at infinity) which provides a sharp, clear view of the entire image field and improves the accuracy and speed of both focusing and image composition. It also comes with the renowned Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screen to facilitate manual-focus operation.

5. Compact, solid body perfect for outdoor shooting

The K-5 II’s exterior casing is made of sturdy yet lightweight magnesium alloy, while its chassis is made of highly rigid stainless steel. Thanks to the inclusion of 77 special seals in the body, it boasts a dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant construction, assuring reliable operation even under demanding outdoor conditions and at temperatures as low as -10°C.

The camera also features a dependable shutter unit that provides a top shutter speed of 1/8000 second and outstanding durability to withstand as many as 100,000 shutter releases.

6. High-speed continuous shooting

The K-5 II’s high-speed continuous shooting mode records as many as 30 images (in the JPEG format) in a single sequence at a maximum speed of approximately seven images per second. This allows the photographer to capture sharp, crisp images of active, fast-moving subjects, such as athletes, dancers and wildlife, with great ease.

 7. PENTAX-original SR mechanism with user-friendly options

The K-5 II features the PENTAX-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, which effectively compensates for the adverse effect of camera shake with approximately three shutter steps, to produce sharp, blur-free images. This image sensor shift-type SR mechanism works with almost all PENTAX interchangeable lenses — even those designed for film-format cameras.**

Thanks to its flexible design, which tilts the image sensor unit in all directions, the K-5 II offers several useful features to assist the photographer during shooting, such as auto-level compensation and image composition fine-adjustment functions. In combination with the optional GPS Unit O-GPS1, it also offers an ASTROTRACER function to simplify astronomical photography.

8. Innovative image-processing functions to produce distinctive photographic results

The K-5 II features a custom image function, which allows the user to easily select the desired finishing touch for an image. This function offers a choice of nine distinctive custom image modes, such as: Bleach Bypass, which creates a solemn visual effect similar to one used in motion pictures; and Cross Process, which produces eye-catching images with unique, dramatic colours. The K-5 II also offers 18 digital filters to add distinctive visual effects to images, without the need for a computer. The user can even apply several different filters to a single image to create more inventive visual effects.

9. K-5 II s achieves supreme resolution

The K-5 II s is available without an anti-aliasing filter. This filter, commonly found in DSLRs, helps smooth computer generated imagery by decreasing high frequencies and distortion, but it also reduces detail resolution. Without this filter included, the user can create rich, detailed imagery at supreme resolution levels and capture stunning landscapes and scenes with maximum depth of field and clarity. The K-5 II s is the perfect choice for studio and commercial photography where camera settings, lens selection and shooting conditions are controlled.

10. Other features

  • 77-segment multi-pattern metering system, for extra-accurate light measurement
  • Customisable slow shutter speed NR (Noise Reduction) setting, with a choice of auto, on and off modes
  • Customisable High-ISO sensitivity NR (Noise Reduction) setting, with a camera-dependent auto mode and a user-adjustable reduction strength preset for each ISO setting
  • Electronic level function, with a vertical level scale
  • Automatic compensation of distortion and lateral chromatic aberration (available only with DA, DFA and FA Limited-series lenses)
  • CTE mode, to automatically adjust the white-balance to emphasise the dominant colours of a specific scene
  • DR II (Dust Removal II) mechanism, to effectively shake dust off the CMOS image sensor using ultrasonic vibration
  • PENTAX-original hyper control system, which swiftly and accurately responds to the photographer
  • Dynamic range expansion function, to compensate for both whitewashed (overexposed) areas and black-out (underexposed) shadowy areas
  • RAW data retrieve function, which allows the user to save an original RAW data of a newly taken JPEG-format image
  • RAW/Fx button, for single-action switching of the image file format, as well as for assignment and instant recall of a specific function
  • A choice of three grid patterns while in live-view mode, including “Golden Section”
  • Long battery life, for recording approximately 980 images with a full recharge
  • PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4 software package, including RAW-data processing (based on the popular SILKYPIX RAW-data processing engine developed by Ichikawa Soft Laboratory) and a browser application

* Within the digital cameras that have an APS-C size sensor as of August 31st 2012 (based on PENTAX’s research).

** Lenses compatible with this mechanism: PENTAX K, KA, KAF, KAF2 and KAF3-mount lenses; screw-mounted lenses (with adapter); and 645 and 67-system lenses (with adapter). Some functions may not be available with certain lenses.

The PENTAX K5 II and K5 II s will available now

Price

K5 II

K5 II Body only                  £799.99

K5 II + 18-55mm WR          £869.99

K5 II + 18-135mm WR        £1,119.99

 

K5 II s

K5 II s Body only                £949.99

Olympus LS 12 & LS 14 PCM Recorders

Olympus launch LS-12 and LS-14 Linear PCM Recorders

 

Olympus, the world’s market leader for portable digital voice recorders and professional dictation devices, announces the release of the LS-12 and LS-14 Linear PCM digital handheld audio recorders.

Olympus LS-14 recorder

Successors to the overwhelmingly popular LS-5 and LS-11 PCM recorders, the Olympus LS-12 and LS-14 effortlessly capture and playback pristine, better-than-CD quality sound up to 130dB SPL with new on-board directional stereo microphones and amplifier.

Olympus LS-12 recorder

Ease of use is another key feature of the LS-12 and LS-14 as users can set optimal recording levels on a “Mode Select Dial” located on the face of the recorder rather than having to go through menu settings. There are also functions specifically for musicians, including overdub recording, Metronome and Chromatic Tuner capabilities.

Touch That Dial
While the 1 ¾ inch LCD menu screen is intuitive and easy to follow, recording professional sound is made even easier by the Mode Select Dial and Smart Mode features. The Mode Select Dial, located on the bottom right-hand corner of both recorders, can be set to the following modes: Tuner, Manual, Quick and Smart. Tuner Mode sets the recorder as a Chromatic Tuner for musical instruments. In Manual Mode, experienced users can adjust the recording level manually, adjusting the level while playing music or capturing sound. Smart Mode is ideal for anyone from the novice to the seasoned veteran. It will automatically adjust to the optimum recording level with a single touch of the record button. By entering the loudest sound, Smart mode automatically adjusts to capture the best and professional-quality audio. While in Quick Mode, the user can immediately begin recording without adjusting levels.

Professional Sound
A hallmark of the Olympus LS series has always been superior sound quality, and the LS-12 and LS-14 take that reputation to a new level. The LS-12 features two new internal 90-degree directional stereo condenser microphones with a frequency response of 60Hz to 20 kHz, allowing the user to capture lower-bass frequencies. The LS-14 compliments those directional stereo condenser microphones with a third omni-directional center “TRESMIC,” increasing the frequency response range to 20Hz – 20 kHz. This makes the LS-14 an ideal recorder for an incredibly loud environment. Both recorders support sound pressure levels up to 130 decibels, more than enough to capture extreme sound from a rock band without experiencing clipping issues.

Complimenting the new high-quality stereo microphones is a new amplifier circuitry. The audio and system circuitry are separated on the Olympus LS-12 and LS-14 to minimize sound degradation and keep the signal true. A switchable low-cut filter enables users to eliminate low-frequency sound at two different settings, 100Hz or 300Hz. With this feature, unwanted background noises can be greatly minimized.

A Musician’s Best Friend
Ideal for any musician’s gear bag, the Olympus LS-12 and LS-14 recorders feature overdubbing capabilities, allowing sound recording to take place over the original sound while simultaneously monitoring it through the Playback Synchro Recording feature. Playback speed control can be set anywhere from 50% to 300%, perfect for budding musicians to pick up tracks at their own pace. A Metronome feature allows users to keep flawless time, and the Chromatic Tuner function ensures accurate tuning for each musical instrument selected. Status for the Metronome and Chromatic Tuner are clearly displayed on the LCD menu screen. Metronome tempo is displayed through flashing buttons above the menu.

Specifications and Accessories
Files are recorded in PCM or MP3 modes and saved to the internal memory (2GB for the LS-12 and 4GB for the LS-14) or on SD / SDHC (up to 32GB) cards. The LS-12 and LS-14 operate on two AA alkaline batteries or two AA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries. The LS-14 recorder boast up to 48 hours of continuous recording while the LS-12 offers an impressive 50 hours. They also include mic, line-in, and ear jacks and a tripod hole on the back for a clip stand. The LS-12 comes in gunmetal grey, while the LS-14 comes in black. The LS-12 and LS-14 are packaged with a USB cable and two AA alkaline batteries. In addition, the LS-14 comes with additional accessories, including a case and our new stand clip, which attaches to the tripod hole by allowing the device to be clipped directly to a microphone stand or displayed on a table reducing surface vibration.

Pricing and Availability
Packed with cutting-edge technology and easy-to-use features, these handheld masterpieces will hit leading music resellers at the recommended price of £139.99 for the LS-12 and £189.99 for the LS-14.

They will also be available directly from Amazon www.amazon.co.uk.

HDSLR video

Digital photography has widened the creative possibilities for photographers, you don’t have to worry about how many exposures are left on a roll of film, just shoot away until the shot is “in the can”.  In recent years digital cameras have become more and more sophisticated, it’s now easy to produce technically near perfect exposures time after time. With compact consumer cameras the pixel count has steadily increased from 3 megapixels, to 10 or 12 megapixels. Professional DSLR cameras are producing 12 to 24 megapixel files. This, together with very advanced built in computer technology, means photographs are now technically superior to anything seen in the past.

So where are digital cameras going from here?

The next step was to produce digital cameras that could also capture the moving image. Although for some time compact digital cameras have been able to shoot short video clips usually 320 x 240 or 640 x 480 pixel dimension generally using a slow frame rate, of 15 fps (frames per second), some of the more advanced cameras offer larger resolutions and 30 fps capture.

Nikon D90

In 2008 Nikon introduced the D90, the world’s first HDSLR camera capable of capturing High Definition video (HD). Before the D90, it was not possible to capture video on a DSLR camera, due to the mirror which has to flip up in order to make an exposure. Although some professional DSLR cameras can achieve a frame rate of up to 10 fps, this rate is too slow and produces jerky video. Smooth action video needs to be shot at 25 or 30 frames per second and DSLR mirrors can’t flip up and down this fast. To get round this problem today’s Video-HDSLR cameras use Live View (as used on compact cameras) for monitoring and viewing. When in Live View mode the mirror locks up and a continuous live feed is given to the rear LCD screen.

The concept of just one camera that does it all sounds interesting, just imagine going out on a shoot and being able to switch between capturing stills and a High Definition movie at the flick of a switch. Well this is now possible with most manufacturers offering a choice of cameras,  Nikon D3s, D90, D7000, Canon 5Ds MkII, D7,  Panasonic GH1 etc. So let’s take a closer look at some of the features that will help you to decide which camera is the right one for you.

Recording formats

At one time there were two video formats VHS and Betamax, those days have gone forever. Now we have a plethora of format choices led by High Definition and they all have their uses.

Full – HD. – This is the largest frame size that most current HDSLR cameras offer, The frame size is 1920 x 1080 pixels, this produces stunning quality on large plasma and LCD screens. The downside is that this large size frame can make a lot of processing demands on your computer.

  • HD – Still high definition but at a smaller frame size of 1280 x 720. Nikon digital cameras use this format and although smaller than Full-HD it still offers outstanding picture quality. If you intend to produce DVDs or want to upload to the web then the 1280 x 720 HD format is a good choice.
  • HDV – High Definition Video, this format is mainly used on tape based camcorders. The format is 1440 x 1080 anamorphic. Once downloaded the frame expands to Full-HD (1920 x 1080), but because the frame is squeezed during capture it may lose some definition.
  • SD – Standard Definition. This format conforms to the 720 x 480 (NTSC – North America) or 720 x 576 (PAL – Europe) formats. Almost all commercial DVDs are produced in Standard Definition. The image format can be either 4:3 (720×576) or 16:9,(1024×576)  again the larger size is an anamorphic squeeze.
  • VGA – Video Graphics Array, this is now a dated format of 640 x 480, which has its uses for web video and other presentation clips etc. Many digital cameras still have this as an option
  • AVCHD – Advanced Video Codec High Definition, this is a system that supports tapeless recording media and has many options including 1080i, 1080p and 720p.  AVCHD was originally conceived for the production of Blu-Ray discs.

Full-HD 1920 x 1080 format

HD 1280 x 720

 

SD 1024 x 576 (16:9)

SD 720 x 576 (4:3)

VGA 640 x 480

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