Report: Nikon at PPE 2011

Nikon at PPE 2011

Nikon has a large stand at this year's show, right inside the entrance of the show. As well as display cases full of cameras and lenses, Nikon is also hosting talks and seminars
The longest lines were to get some 'hands on' time with the latest DSLRs and compacts. Although it has been a quiet year for the Nikon F mount, the Digital SLR display was swamped with eager photographers as soon as the show doors opened.

Nikon's stand is the first thing you see when entering the show this year, and judging by the race to get in line, it looks like it might be one of the most popular. A large glass cases highlights the cameras, lenses and accessories of Nikon's brand new 1 system, and Nikon is gearing up for several days of seminars and briefings. it has been a quiet year for DSLR news from Nikon, but there's a lot of buzz on the stand around Nikon's new Coolpix and 1-system launches.

The Nikon J1,  the entry level model in Nikon's new 1 system...  
And its big brother the V1, the more enthusiast-oriented camera, which offers similar ergonomics.  
Nikon is also showing a small number of mockups of possible future 1-system products, including dedicated video accessories. There's no denying that the 1-system is colorful... Nikon is displaying J1s in all the colors of the rainbow (plus a few that aren't).

Nikon's latest Coolpix cameras were on show as well of course, and at a packed stand, we managed to get our hands on the new P7100, T500 and S1200PJ, among others. 

The Coolpix P7100 is Nikon's flagship coolpix, bristling with manual controls.  
The Coolpix P500 is king of Nikon's 'bridge' camera lineup, boasting a 36x optical zoom lens which spans 22.5-810mm (equivalent).  
Nikon's first 'tough' digital camera, the Coolpix AW100 is waterproof, shockproof and also boasts built-in GPS.   
The Coolpix S8200 boasts a 14x optical zoom lens.   
The Coolpix S1200pj has a built-in projector, for projecting your photographs onto nearby walls  
The Coolpix L120's 21x optical zoom covers 25-525mm (equivalent).   
The Coolpix S9100 is Nikon's flagship 'travel zoom' camera, and offers an 18x optical zoom lens which covers 25-450mm (equivalent).  
The Coolpix P300 combines a 12MP sensor with 'luxury' styling and a small form-factor.   

It's been a quiet year for DSLR releases from Nikon, but the Japanese giant has found time to release one DSLR, the D5100, and two lenses, the DX-format AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm F2.8, and the full-frame AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G.

This is the AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm F2.8 for DX format cameras... And this is the long-awaited Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G for both APS-C and full-frame DSLRs.
The only DSLR released by Nikon so far in 2011, this is the D5100.  

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Comments

Total comments: 42
anirudht96
By anirudht96 (Apr 22, 2012)

thst is a great pics

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wahidkhalil
By wahidkhalil (Oct 30, 2011)

Wonderful, especially the new CAM, and the new features of the P7100

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wahidkhalil
By wahidkhalil (Oct 30, 2011)

Report of the wonderful and special. Comprehensive and integrated knowledge

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lmtfa
By lmtfa (Oct 29, 2011)

Nice job Barney on making the Nikon booth palatable than it must have been. I nearly fell off the chair laughing reading "And this is the long-awaited 50mm f/1.8 AF-S for both APS-C and full-frame DSLRs." What ground breaking news.

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Nov 1, 2011)

This is a stand report - we've been doing them for 10 years or so at tradeshows, it's not 'news' and isn't meant to be read as such ;)

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Bill Bezzant
By Bill Bezzant (Oct 29, 2011)

....and news of the D800? The world is waiting hour-by-hour for the rumored announcement of the 36mpix DSLR with no AA filter. Was anything asked about the D800?

Thanks for all the other eye candy!

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StephenMcCloud
By StephenMcCloud (Oct 28, 2011)

Nikon T500? Is that the P500? It says P500 on the top of the camera.

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Scrozzy
By Scrozzy (Oct 28, 2011)

I thought the T500 was replaced when liquid metal came along. I'm surprised they're exhibiting it, to be honest.

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Teru Kage
By Teru Kage (Oct 28, 2011)

To all the those complaining about lack of new models because of the disasters in Japan and Thailand: would it make you happier if Nikon apologized for your lack of new toys due the devasation that both countries have faced?

A little perspective, people.

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mollybigolly
By mollybigolly (Oct 28, 2011)

any of them take better photo,s than the nikon d40?

i doubt it,,,,, john

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Debankur Mukherjee
By Debankur Mukherjee (Oct 28, 2011)

Come on Nikon where is the D300s and D700 update ??

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larrytusaz
By larrytusaz (Oct 28, 2011)

The 50mm f/1.8 AF-S G lens was LONG overdue. I got one about a month ago for my D5000, and love it.

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justmeMN
By justmeMN (Oct 28, 2011)

I wonder if/when Nikon is going to run out of some DSLR models, due to the flood in Thailand.

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Josh152
By Josh152 (Oct 28, 2011)

If Nikon or Canon made everything in the U.S., the already ridiculously over priced cameras they make would be even more expensive.

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88SAL
By 88SAL (Oct 29, 2011)

Yes, it would be daft to make your product in the U.S when you are a Japanese company >_>

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Ibida Bab
By Ibida Bab (Oct 28, 2011)

Is it me or Nikons are getting ugly?

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b33g33
By b33g33 (Oct 28, 2011)

it's you

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larrytusaz
By larrytusaz (Oct 28, 2011)

Who cares what they LOOK like? The image quality, ergonomics, versatility etc THAT is what matters. It's not a woman in a bikini.

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nickbaskett
By nickbaskett (Oct 28, 2011)

I thought the same thing. and most people who pay out hard earned cash for something want an aesthetically pleasing form. nothing wrong with that.

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88SAL
By 88SAL (Oct 29, 2011)

Id consider it a bonus personally. Superzoom cameras are ugly period. Its Canon that needs to watch its weight. Nikons mirrosless are nicely styled.

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Paul Farace
By Paul Farace (Oct 27, 2011)

Dear Faintandfuzzy:
Quit your complaining!!! Three year old design?? It is a hellava tool (wish I had one!) -- the Nikon F was top line for 13 years, the F2 for eight years, the F3 was in the line up for 15+ years!!! OK, film was a mature technology, but digital tech has somewhat leveled a bit, thank goodness. New releases every 12 months just drives sales and marketing, not better product development!

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Andrei Todea
By Andrei Todea (Oct 28, 2011)

Today three years old may be too old.
The Nikon cameras you mentioned don't even autofocus. I think today we need faster upgrades because the electronics are so much better every day. While the body is still very important it's the electronics that matter more.
What would you prefer to use? A D1 or the 5 times cheaper D7000 announced 10 years later? Or maybe you would like to compare apples with apples and instead of the old DX you would get the D3s which was still announced at a lower price after a decade (or any other FX).
I think people realized that every other upgrade allows a full ISO stop with less noise even with the megapixel race still going on, so while we understand that the earthquake and the flooding had a huge impact on those companies we... still want newer models.
I wanted to get a D700 and I decided to wait because it's too old to use for another 3 years from now on (for low light photography at least).

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allenelc
By allenelc (Oct 28, 2011)

If you can't do low light with a D700....the problem is not the camera.

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flymodel
By flymodel (Oct 28, 2011)

if you think D700 cannot be made better for low light.... you don't know low light ;)
and yes, I own D700 and yes, I shoot in low light. with 1.4-2.8 lenses and iso 6400 and sometimes up and for fast moves in dancing, it's often not enough

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Crankybob
By Crankybob (Oct 28, 2011)

Really? A D700 too old to use 3 years from now? Does that mean that all of the pictures that you take now are garbage compared to those taken in the future? Gee, now I feel really silly worshipping all the the technology-inferior works of those "old" photographers.

The only reason that I cannot wait for a D700 upgrade is that it is delaying my purchase of the used D700 that someone will inevitably off-load for a ridiculously low value because they think it is sooo passe.

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Andrei Todea
By Andrei Todea (Oct 28, 2011)

Sorry if I wasn't clear. I respect the D700 a lot and I would love to have it. I am struggling with a D90. If you have enough light, the D90 does a good job and I assume the D700 is perfect.

If you don't have enough light and you can't use the flash (even bounced) you could get away with primes most of the time. But sometimes you can't and sometimes you don't have the prime you need (I won't buy primes for 200mm and 300mm and even if I had the money I don't think you could really use them during the first 5' of a concert).

Better ISO will change the way we take pictures and the lenses we use. With clean ISO 6400 you could use the 70-300 VR for concerts. It doesn't hunt, it's OK to use if you can afford to lose 2 stops compared to the 70-200.

And yes, all my ISO6400 (HI1, taken with the D90) pictures are garbage and most of the ISO3200 taken in very low light don't look too good. How are yours? :)

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Poss
By Poss (Oct 28, 2011)

We're lead to believe electronics are getting better every day but nothing ground breaking has happened really in the past years.

The laws of optics are still the same and light itself somehow kept its dual nature (wave and particle) intact. No fundamental progress has been achieved in optics and light transmission in the last years either.

And for what is worth, f/1.4, 1/30 at 6400 ISO is pretty dim. Good luck locking AF without a good assist.

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JakeB
By JakeB (Oct 28, 2011)

Excellent response, Andrei.

Some posters here love to "misunderstand" so they can knock down straw men.

Indeed, we're progressing quickly towards much better low-light capabilities -- that's why we're impatient to try out the latest bodies.

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JakeB
By JakeB (Oct 28, 2011)

@ Poss.

You leave out sensor sensitivity. That is what progresses quickly.

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Poss
By Poss (Oct 30, 2011)

As a wedding photog, higher cleaner ISO is always a bonus, there's no denying it. But (and thats a sizable but) D700 is perfectly capable of printable results even at ISO 6400. At ISO3200 it really shines. I've shot at f/2.8 and under (down to f/1.4) at that sensibility pretty often and I had no problem on any of the albums I've ever delivered to my clients.

D700 is a camera that will stay in use with me till the moment it breaks beyond repair. It's that good.

My point is that we'd all like updated DSLR bodies but the vast majority of people don't actually "need" one and whoever does, would be beautifully served by the existing lineup (if they could actually get their hands on one).

I'm not saying you don't have a point Andrei. It's just a bit more nuanced, that's all :-)

Toate cele bune!

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arri120fps
By arri120fps (Oct 30, 2011)

My D700 has been great so far. I am not really looking for an upgrade. But there is room for improvement. I do hope the upgrade is not simply just megpix. Who really needs 36 mgpix...

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Andrei Todea
By Andrei Todea (Oct 30, 2011)

Poss, thanks for your input. I never had the chance to use a D700. I envy you for that :). My first camera had decent ISO400. The next one had decent ISO800. The one I use now, D90, has good ISO1600. I paid the same for all of them. While I understand that the D700 has great ISO3200, since I'm not a pro and I can't afford to change it again after 3 years for the great ISO6400, I am thinking of waiting for the new model (or maybe even getting a D7000 before I buy my first FX). This is, of course, my choice :).

To make a long story short, I was just trying to say that the sensors are getting better and better and a 6 year old sensor (the D700 in three years) will not be able to compete at higher ISO with a current model (while it may still be very good).

Of course if Nikon announces a 36MP camera I'll just get a (then cheaper) D700 and love it for a long a time :)

Best regards, Andrei :)

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photomat74
By photomat74 (Oct 30, 2011)

photography is dead.

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beemerman2k
By beemerman2k (Oct 27, 2011)

That may be FaintandFuzzy, but that D700 is still on the front lines if you want a camera smaller than a D3x, yet with superior image quality. The fact that the 3 year old design of your camera still leads the pack says a lot about what Nikon put into that body.

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Faintandfuzzy
By Faintandfuzzy (Oct 27, 2011)

I'm just dissapointed with the lack of DSLR releases. My D700 is a 3 year old design.

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Rupert Bottomsworth
By Rupert Bottomsworth (Oct 28, 2011)

You might as well give your D700 to the local museum, given that it is now ancient technology. I mean, who in their right mind would use such an antique?

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CFynn
By CFynn (Oct 28, 2011)

No give it to me - I'm still using an F2

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88SAL
By 88SAL (Oct 29, 2011)

My D90 is a fighting force for casual use. Done lots of still life/ product with it. The D700 is still a camera I would gladly use today, it's solid. Go jump ship to the overweight cheaper canon market if you want

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Simon97
By Simon97 (Oct 27, 2011)

"The T300 combines the P7100's 10MP CMOS sensor with 'luxury' styling and a small form-factor."

Can someone clear up the confusion here? Either the T300 is some new model or this is a P300 and the sensor is not the same as the P7100 nor is it CCD.

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schaki
By schaki (Oct 28, 2011)

The lens in the P300 was designed for a 1/2.3" cmos and the P7100 uses 1.7" ccd. This T300 have virtually same zoom as the P300 but Nikon may have modified the hole/gap at the back so that the bigger 1/1.7" ccd can be used. That and some more image parameters and NR which can be turned off would be great.
I always thought that the P300 was something of a wasted opportunity with a small cmos combined with a fast lens at the wide end but no raw and limited possibilities to tweak the in camera jpeg output.
Hope that the T300, if it is true, will be the real thing.

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Oct 28, 2011)

P300, sorry. Fixed now.

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schaki
By schaki (Oct 28, 2011)

But it still says "The P300 combines the P7100's 10MP CMOS sensor with 'luxury' styling and a small form-factor"? Guess it is some error also then as the P300 clearly have a 1/2.3" cmos and the P7100 1/1.7" ccd.

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