Fire up Capture NX2 and what do you see on the first line of the splash screen? You see copyright notices for Nikon Corporation and Nik Software.The U point technology is the brainchild of the latter. Who now owns NIK Software? Answer, Google. So, maybe this is the heart of the problem - some sort of impasse between Nikon and Google with regards to usage rights for that U point technology.
I love the U point technology and so it looks like my future workflow for images from any new camera I buy will have to be: Nikon NX- D for processing the NEF, save as a TIFF, import the TIFF into the last version of NX2, use the U points as required, save back to a TIFF, import the TIFF into Photoshop. That adds one extra thing to my current workflow. A PITA but not the end of the world.
Remarkable photographer. Remarkable man. His autobiography 'Unreasonable Behaviour' is a must have.
Whenever anyone criticizes my B&W images for lack of detail in the shadows, I tell them to go take a look at McCullin's work.
His images from the 1960s and 70s are stunning and his unwittingly prophetic photo of John Lennon playing dead whilst the other Beatles look on sad-faced (taken in July 68) is outstanding.
For me, he counts as one of the photographic greats.
Martyn McMad: Thanks, Nikon, I'll stick to my D300 a wee while longer. I have a feeling of utter disappointment at being totally shafted !
Are you serious?!
It is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Scotland became part of Great Britain in 1707.
SiPat: All I have to say is that I preferred cameras being tested in London -- somehow the images had more character and told a story, the full 1000 words. The images posted here are less vibrant and seems like someone just threw away half the words...
Unless I'm missing something, I don't understand the issue here. Surely, like other 'up-market' Nikon bodies, you just set the camera to AF-C, move focus acquisition control solely to AF-ON (i.e. also divorce it from the shutter button). That way, you effectively have 'AF-S' if you press and release AF-ON and you have AF-C if you keep AF-ON depressed?
Peter Evans: I'm interested in this camera only as, well, a matter of interest. As someone who earns his living from photography and, as a career-long Nikon owner, I've already bought heavily into one system and so have no intention of taking up another.
What I would like to voice here, as several other already have, is my disappointment in the 'red-top journalism' English used by DPReview in this announcement. "Put a dent in your pocket" and "the amount you'll have to scrape together" are phrases we shouldn't be seeing on a respected site such as this. It's sufficient merely to state what the new price is expected to be and leave it at that.
Finally, and just my 2 centimes on the camera system itself, from what I've seen so far, it looks pretty good to me - ideal for those photographers who hanker after a Leica system but can ill afford the Leica prices.
I'm sorry; I'm struggling to find DPR's "opinions" on the pricing. Perhaps you can point them out to me?
I'm interested in this camera only as, well, a matter of interest. As someone who earns his living from photography and, as a career-long Nikon owner, I've already bought heavily into one system and so have no intention of taking up another.
GodSpeaks: At last, a camera I could care less about. Two thumbs down.
Bring on the NEX-7
A camera you "could care less about" ?
That means you don't dislike it too much then.
AnselWannaBe: Disappointed with Nikon as I have been a faithful for 40 years and am still seeking a small, fast P&S. Alas, it looks like the new iPhone 4S, while not really a camera but a phone with a camera, is looking better than this camera. OK, Nikon users, what is your favorite "take anywhere" camera from any brand that can capture the moment fast... with thumb controls?
>>But since it won't fit in my pocket, then I need a camera bag. And what's with the interchangeable lenses - so they really do want me to take a camera bag, don't they! Great - I've already got a camera bag. Hey, it's got a DSLR in it already.<<
My sentiments entirely!
What is of far more interest to me is when we're going to see a review of the Fuji X10. Now, at first glance, that does seem like a proper 'take with you anywhere anytime' camera for photographers. OK, so it won't fit in my jeans' pocket, but it will fit in a jacket pocket or in my 'man-bag' - which is pretty much obligatoire for men here in France ;-)
slncezgsi: I would say let's wait for a few decent reviews and user produced samples before judging too hard on the image quality. The JPEG engine may still be tuned.
Right now it is just a cute little camera with interesting specs.
For now let's just hope that $600 does not mean ₤600 or 600€ ...
It means £529.00see http://www.warehouseexpress.com/buy-fuji-finepix-x10-black-digital-camera/p1527165