A nice freshening of what already was an amazing camera. Not enough to get me to upgrade however....maybe a D5 some day.
We are going to Baja next month to see the whales in the lagoons. I've been toying with what underwater camera to get, and I have not been happy with my choices, at least on my budget. The nikon aw110, the canon d20, and most of the rest aren't good enough as cameras for me. The oly tg-1/2 seem a bit better, at a higher price. What I think I am going to do is to get the polaroid housing for my nikon v1 which is only $130 and most people seem to like it.
There is a limited market for cameras such as this. The nikon comes close but doesn't quite make it imo..the lens is best in class and now with articulating screen and evf that is also something the competition does not offer, but to date the nikons have been relatively bad performers for some reason. It is not like nikon doesn't know how to make fast a/f and generally snappy performing cameras, but for some reason they have not been willing or able to do so with their high end p series.
For me the perfect p camera would be the same lens and screens as 7800 with performance as fast as canon g series and wireless. That would be a great camera. Still too many compromises with the 7800.
I have a D4 and am happy to be able to use my 3d glasses now to get better viewing from its images... :)
Seriously, more three dimensional? If the already great white balance is further improved that would be great and any improvement in the already great iq is fine as well...but the hyperbole on this is a bit much.
Fun read, I learned a couple of things. Not about the cameras, which are about a dead heat, but about how they think about their equipment.
Scottish Kev: Forgive me if this has already been covered but I spent a long time looking for a backpack that would carry camera gear and hiking gear, as when you are out in the wilds you dont have "just" your camera gear and then wear everything else. This bag like many out there only does camera gear.
Why dont more bag manufacturers actually design bags to carry camera gear and personal gear.
Oh and I did find a 1 or maybe 2 manufacturers who do what I think is a sensible back pack for hiking/carrying personal gear and I bought one but it was stupidly expensive (such is this camera/hobby/addiction ah well) but it does an awesome job!
Clik Elite is about the only game in town for you. I focus on hydration capabilities because if you can't carry enough water you can't use the pack for very long. Only Clik has camera packs that can take a 100oz bladder plus camera and other gear. Cool company as well.
Any time I see a new 'active' photographer pack the first thing I check for is hydration support. Any bag that doesn't fit a 100oz bladder in my book falls short of the mark...which unfortunately is the case with these packs. They can hold a 1.5l bladder in a side pocket which is not nearly enough for a serious hiker or mtn biker. plus it looks like you will have to buy that bladder (non-standard size) seperately. So for me this doesn't work, and i'll keep my Clik Elite bag for those times when I want to bring my camera while being out on the trail all day.
A companion for my d4 perhaps? Although I can't imagine preferring how this would handle, but Nikon sure seems to have nailed most features for a dx camera with this bad boy!
I'm wondering why they even bothered with this firmware update. There are likely some other tweaks they could have tossed in which would have been greatly appreciated, but just this one little fix on startup? Surprised they bothered.
marike6: What did we learn? That the 24-70 Nikkor is still the best standard zoom money can buy, the D800E the highest resolving camera DSLR in existence, and that the Tamron 24-70 VC, especially on the D800, is a great value.
I haven't read the article yet, but from the comments I think I learned that both Nikon and Canon put out some pretty amazing gear, and that the third party lens companies do as well.
any quesses on pricing of the 70-200?
it is good to see some serious entries in the underwater camera market, small though it may be. i hope the camera does underwater white balance well...
interesting, but i'll wait to see how it performs in the real world. i have a clik elite probody sport which is much smaller than this but which performs much of the same function as this pack for less than half the cost. i usually use my gura gear kiboko when i need to take my 500mm vr, and it sounds like this new pack won't take that long piece of glass, which is a shame. i take my gura gear when i need the long glass, and the clik when it's more landscape and general scenic photography.
this looks fantastic to me, but i will be waiting for the full win8 version next year before seriously considering purchase. i've been using a kindle fire for the past year which is a nice little tablet for what it is, which is pretty limited.
how much bigger than the v1/j1 is it? if it is too big it loses a big reason for ownership imo..i bought my j1 as a higher quality replacement for a p&s when i can't bring my big boy camera...
i welcome the onboard flash, that was the single biggest reason i chose the j1 over the v1. i think the v2 is too expensive however, and believe the market will sort that out in the coming months. you can get a decent dslr with kit lens for this money...
so overall a mixed bag, but if the v2 isn't too big and if it comes down in price i could be interested.
sean000: I may have to revisit my neglected G+ account, but only to participate as a photographer. When it comes to sharing photos with friends and family, all of them are on Facebook. Unfortunately Facebook is absolutely horrid when it comes to photography. Yes they finally got around to allowing higher resolutions with less compression, but Facebook albums are clunky to manage.
I have had an almost entirely neglected Flickr account since Flickr first started. I have always found Flickr to be a frustrating site to navigate. The social aspects of it were appealing, but as a photo sharing site it always seemed lacking to me.
i agree with you about fb...lousy ui, but i guess resolution has gotten better. i'm using smugmug now which i like, but the interface to fb isn't great as it doesn't seem that most of my friends see the post on my wall..as opposed to my loading the album myself directly onto fb.
the only thing i use fb for is to post photos, and i hate the interfaces and quality of images on that site...that being said, they have the eyeballs (friends) so it's a bit of catch-22 for using g+...not much point to use it until the people are there, but hard to draw them there just to see pix. it's actually amazing to me how bad fb is regarding image sharing and display considering it has 1 billion members...they could do a lot better, not sure if they could do worse.
his shots could use a bit less dof....
i just recently bought a j1 kit with 10-30 and 30-110 lenses and while still learning the system, so far am pretty pleased. i am hoping to use this not as my primary (the d3s with a bunch of fast and heavy glass will have to soldier on for that), but more as a carry around camera primarily on mtn bike rides, hikes and other outdoor activities. what i like about the camera so far is size, fast focus, decent iq, and if you don't mind digging into menus, reasonable flexibility on how you shoot. also the price for these has collapsed (no surprise given the j2 announcement). i paid $500 for the kit in mint condition (with some other goodies), and the new kit is only $650. i am likely going to be selling my p7000 p&s once i'm all comfy with this. while the camera isn't perfect, it seems to have the attributes that most of the target audience wants...
GeorgeZ: Nice to see an update.Of course one has to ask why it took them 10 months to do some minor tweaks.
this is not the only example of nikon putting out a firmware update on a model that was being updated...the p7000 comes to mind. in that case the update was welcome, and as a new j1 owner i welcome any improvements as i try to figure this camera out.