News tagged with "nikon"
Just because I thought it wasn't big enough! (Sarcasm) I've now updated our Nikon D1x review to include a brief exploration of Nikon View 4 including image transfer via Firewire as well as updating the section on Nikon Capture 2 and remote camera control and capture (ideal for a studio situation) via Firewire. A few people also asked about Firewire transfer performance and so we've now tested that as well (turns out to be approximately 1.6 MB/sec).
Our good friend (and contributor) Peter iNova has just posted his own personal user review of Nikon's new Coolpix 995. Written in a way only Peter could he's attacked the camera from a day-to-day usage point of view. He also controversially (at least to me ;) counters some of the complaints other reviewers have made. Peter certainly likes the 995... "...there is virtually no difference in the sharpness of the 995's lens"
We've just posted our full review of Nikon's six megapixel digital SLR, the D1x. This is a mammoth review for a mammoth camera, by far our largest review yet. The D1x is the first of two new digital SLR's from Nikon based on the original D1. The review is based on a full production D1x with the latest v1.01 firmware. When Nikon announced it the D1x broke the mould by introducing a CCD with twice the horizontal resolution than vertical. The camera then downsamples horizontally and upsamples vertically to produce the final image. This obviously stirred up debate and discussion, so how does the final output measure up?
Today, in a press release issued by Epson three more companies have announced that they will be incorporating Epson's Print Image Matching (PIM) colour technology into their upcoming camera models. They are Nikon Corp., Pentax Corp. and Sanyo Electric Co. This now brings the total number of manufacturers supporting this colour matching technology (source to print) to twelve. Others already signed up include Sony, Olympus, Casio and Minolta.
In a fascinating story posted on Rob Galbraith's website, photographer David Bergman writes about how his D1x shot while on assignment at the US Open not only made it into the magazine but was printed as a two page spread in the 'Leading Off' section. "The photo was shot from a helicopter with a Nikon D1X as Bergman took in the US Open from acircling helicopter. Shooting info: 400mm f/2.8, ISO 200, 1/750 at f/5.6, JPEG Fine (16.9MB when opened into Photoshop), Cloudy WB, Normal Contrast and Sharpness".
Kudos to Dave Etchells for getting his hands on a production D1X before any of us (I should receive mine today) and posting up a full review. Here's what he thinks of Nikon's flagship digital SLR "They've managed to simultaneously improve nearly every operating parameter, from color quality, to resolution, to image noise, while at the same time incorporating numerous user-interface improvements and ergonomic niceties... ...Outstanding in every respect!"
Before the cameras have hit the shelves (at least outside Japan) Nikon Japan has announced that the Coolpix 995 problem (strange exposures when the swivel is twisted to the self portrait angle) is solved in firmware version 1.6 and that the D1X / IBM Microdrive incompatibility problem will be solved with its firmware version 1.01. The releases go on to state that these updates can be carried out at Nikon Service Centers (Japan). Although we haven't yet received confirmation from Nikon it's likely that shipping 995 / D1X's outside Japan will have the new firmware.
We have now received the official statement from Nikon Europe on the incompatibility problem between newer 512 MB or 1 GB IBM Microdrive's and the D1x digital SLR. We first picked up on this problem when it was published on a Nikon Japan site and then later on an IBM compatibilty chart. Nikon Europe say, "The incompatibility has arisen as a consequence of a manufacturing change to a key component within the MicroDrive...". There's also a note that the D1x can be upgraded to firmware v1.01 which will solve this problem.
Nikon has today posted new firmware for the Coolpix 880 digital camera. It's good to see digital camera manufacturers who show ongoing support to their customers. Firmware 1.1 fixes problems with operation with the USB cable, corrects some spelling errors in the menus and eliminates a system error when batteries are changed. Available for US, European and Japanese Coolpix 880's.
Here's a little fact we didn't know previously, the Nikon Coolpix 995 will support the EPSON driven innovation of Print Image Matching. This detail has been recently added to the Japanese 'Nikon Image' website. Print Image Matching works by recording additional information about the camera and scene in the JPEG header which is used later by a PIM compatible printer (or application) to produce more accurate, reliable colour.
The Japanese website 'Miscall' (who used to be associated with Dreamarts) posted a huge number of D1X samples about 3 weeks ago has just updated one of the galleries with new shots labelled 'D1X Ver 1.00'. We note that the previous samples were labelled 'D1X Ver 0.40'. At this stage it's not clear if Ver 1.00 refers to a final production camera but it'll certainly be further down the line.
We have just posted our full review of Nikon's new Coolpix 995. The 995 is the evolution to the extremely sucessful Coolpix 990, it has a new 4x optical zoom lens, pop-up flash unit, Compact Flash Type II support, ISO 800 and many other new features. This is probably my most exhaustive review to date, 25 pages, over 400 images and lots of hard labour! Get it while it's hot!
State Street Direct, our official affiliate have a batch of "factory remanufacturered" Coolpix 990's from Nikon, these cameras are recertified to "same-as-new" specifications and include a 90 day warranty. At the amazing price of $649.00 you're making a saving of $250 off the manufacturers list price for a new camera. You must click on the link inside this news article to get this special price.
EST: 2AM EST: Nikon has today announced the sucessor to the now
legendary Coolpix 990, a hard act to follow. The new Coolpix 995 has the
same 3.34 megapixel sensor (sorry guys, no 4/5 megapixels yet) but adds
several things which bugged 990 owners: Pop-up flash (designed to address
red-eye), a 4x optical zoom lens, CF Type II support (Microdrive MK 2
only), 1/2300 sec max shutter speed, noise reduction. Things some users
may see as negatives: plastic case instead of the much loved magnesium
alloy, proprietary rechargeable battery (though now included in the bundle).
MSRP $900, in stores June 2001.
Nikon has today introduced three new Nikkor AF-S lenses, the 400 mm f/2.8D IF-ED II, 500 mm f/4D IF-ED II and 600 mm f/4D IF-ED II. "Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce THREE new additions to their outstanding range of superior AF-S Nikkor super telephoto lenses designed for sport and nature photographers. In listening to the wishes of photographers, Nikon have succeeded in dramatically reducing weight AND achieving closer focusing distances than their predecessors."
EST: 2AM EST:Nikon has today announced the Coolpix 775, designed
as an entry level digital camera it sports a 2 megapixel sensor with a
3x optical zoom lens. Loosly based around the popular 880 the 775 shares
many of its features including pre-programmed scene modes, good news this
time is that the Lithium-Ion rechargable battery and charger are included!
MSRP US$450, in stores July 2001.
The Japanese digital camera news site "Digital Camera Express" (DCEX), run by the famous photographer Rio Enzo Fuzuki has just posted eighteen sample images from a Beta Nikon D1X. All of the images are in JPEG format and weigh in at about 2.3 MB. EXIF reports firmware ver 0.40. The D1X is Nikon's eagerly awaited six megapixel sucessor to the groundbreaking D1. UPDATE: Now Yamada Kumio has also posted four samples from a D1X. Japan Miscall have posted no less than ninety-nine (99) D1X samples including resolution charts and comparisons to other digital SLR's. PC Watch post samples.
In addition to the D1X and D1H digital SLR's (above) Nikon today also announce four lenses; Nikkor AF 28-80mm G, Nikkor AF 70-300mm G Silver, Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/2.8D II and Nikkor 45mm f/2.8 P. A new speedlight flash, the SB-50DX and the FM3A manual-focus, auto exposure 35mm film SLR (batteries not required!).
Thanks to the Japanese digital camera page DCEX and Rob Galbraith we now have more information on the new D1X and D1H digital SLR's from Nikon. It appears that Nikon's Australian distributor, Maxwell has published information pages on these cameras which, it was my understanding is embargoed but now appears to have made it into the public domain. UPDATE (6:00 GMT): Steve's Digicams updates specs.