Pre-PMA 2005: Nikon has today announced an upgraded version of their high speed shooting D2H professional digital SLR. The new D2Hs features a range of improvements which have come out of the development of the D2X as well as specific improvements to the D2H design. Highlights; 8 frames per second shooting for up to 50 JPEG or 40 RAW images, 12 bit ASIC processing, WT-2 wireless support (802.11b/g, PTP/IP), improved AWB, 3D Matrix Metering II, higher resolution 'flicker free' LCD monitor, modified vertical shooting buttons, sYCC color space support and more. The D2Hs will be available in March with an MSRP of $3499. We have a five page preview article available.
Konica Minolta has today announced a four megapixel camera that is waterproof to a depth of 1.5 meters. The black and silver DG-5W is also dust proof and shock proof. It boasts a 28 - 78mm wideangle lens, a 2-inch LCD for viewing captured images (there is no optical viewfinder) and large buttons for easy operation under water. Other features include a 320 x 240-pixel movie mode at 30 fps. It is thought to be a Japan-only product and will cost ¥80,000 when it is launched in March.
Nikon has today announced that the D2X digital SLR will begin shipping on 25 February and its suggested street price will be $4,999 (approx €3,818) and MSRP of $6,299 (€4,810). The UK price will be £3,499. The successor to the D1X was announced in September and can shoot five frames per second at 12.4 million pixels, or 8 frames per second using the High Speed Cropped Image mode which reduces the resolution to 6.8 megapixels. New features include a CMOS image sensor and a WT-2A WiFi transmitter for wireless remote control. Nikon also announced that the AF-S VR Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens will have a retail price of $5,999 (€4,581/£3,999) and will be available this month.
Nikon has today posted firmware B update 1.03 for the D70. The upgrade addresses the problem of image editing programmes with color management functions recognizing JPEGs as having the Adobe RGB color space. This occured when images were captured with the mode dial set to an exposure mode (P, A, S, M), II selected for the Color mode setting in the custom item of the optimize image menu and an option other than Custom selected from the optimize menu. The D70 has two sets of firmware, A and B. This update affects the B firmware only.