News tagged with "nikon"
Time magazine has named the Nikon Coolpix 990 "Machine of the Year", they go on to say "This was the year that digital photography finally plunged into the mainstream and the Nikon Coolpix 990 led the way."... "Manufacturers (ALL) shipped an astonishing 5.1 million digital cameras throughout the U.S. last year, up from 3.1 million in 1999. "
Peter iNova's eBook "Mastering Nikon Compact Digital Cameras" has been a long time anticipated by a large number of Coolpix owners, having just received my copy I can honestly say that it was well worth the wait. Never has there been a more comprehensive, detailed and off-the-cuff book guaranteed to help you take better pictures immediately. Peter iNova is a photographic and literary genius! DPReview guaranteed as an excellent buy for anyone with a Nikon Coolpix digital camera.
It's been some time since I first got my hands on a D1, and lots of things have conspired against me completing it. Here it is, to add to our expanding range of digital SLR reviews, Nikon's professional D1 SLR. 21 pages of full in-depth detail, timings, tests and image quality comparisons along with our views on several "D1 issues".
As a concequence of our upcoming D1 review and conversations we've had with Nikon Europe they have now posted a tech support item explaining the D1's out-of-camera colour and what can be done to bring the cameras colours closer to the intention. "An increasing awareness of Colour Management issues, possibly provoked by the changes in Photoshop version 5.0 has led to many customers asking about the colour space that the D-1 produces when images are processed in-camera."
Nikon really outdid themselves this time, they've printed a professionally taken Coolpix 990 image (of a Tyrannosaurus Rex from Universal Studio's Jurassic Park), interpolated it using Altamira Genuine Fractals, printed it at 64 x 43 feet and have hung it in New York's Time Square (1650 Broadway at 50th Street). Nikon believe this to be the "World's Largest Single Image Taken With a Digital Camera".
Nikon today announced two new instructional videotapes "The Nikon Guide to Coolpix Digital Photography" and "The Nikon Guide to Film Scanning". Of interest to readers of this site will probably be the Guide to Coolpix Digital Photography, "This video covers everything from the fundamentals of digital photography to basic image management, manipulation and printing techniques.". $29.95 a piece.
After the publication of an alternative way of performing a firmware update for the Coolpix 950/990 digital cameras, Nikon have issued an official "comment" on the Nikon-Euro website, to summarise "Cameras that have failed as a result of an attempted update by the direct method may be subject to chargeable service in the event of a consequential failure or malfunction."
Thanks to Don Hergert for discovering it and Steve Sanders for publishing it, there's a new wa to upgrade the firmware of your Coolpix 950 / 990 by simply placing the firmware file into a special directory of a CompactFlash card, inserting it into the camera and turning the camera to Play. Why on earth Nikon didn't make this method publicly available is beyond me, it's much more straightforward (and less prone to mistakes). Note - you'll need a card reader to upgrade using this method.
Just a few days ago we posted a complete list of updates for the new Coolpix 990 1.1 firmware, now Nikon USA, Nikon Europe and Nikon Japan have all put up a download page for the firmware. Improvements include better autofocus, better continuous shooting, improved BSS, shorter review times and better white balance (certainly sounds like a recommended update).
Someone just emailed me a link to a preliminary Nikon Coolpix 990 firmware 1.1 update. I feel it's my responsibility to warn you against trying to download / install this firmware even if you're told the link, Nikon have not yet officially announced it and it may still be open to update. It's obvious looking at the readme file that they haven't finished writing it. Patience. In the mean time we'll let you read what will be in this update. Nikon will make this update publicly available on 18th September.
Thanks to Huu Phuc, a forum contributor, for noticing a small detail on the Nikon-Image website, Nikon will be releasing firmware version 1.1 for download on September 18th. There aren't any specific details about what will be included in the new firmware other than support for some of the new accessories (MC-EU1 USB remote control, WC-E63 wide angle converter, ES-E28 slide copy converter). Obviously we're expecting some bug fixes and potentially new features but we haven't got any further details, yet.
Over the last two days there have been a few press releases covering the products included with the Nikon Coolpix 880 (at least the package sold in the US). First off there's Altamira's GenuineFractals 2.0 LE perfect for resizing your Coolpix 880 images for BIG prints. Secondly Lexar announce the 8MB CF card bundled with the 880 will be an 8 x USB-enabled CF.
As Digital SLR's become more prominent in the digital photography market
place it looks as though we will also have to keep an eye on SLR accessories.
Lenses in particular are so important to a Digital SLR, and especially
ones with smaller focal lengths. Today Nikon have announced:
AF Zoom-Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D IF Lens
AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D I Lens
AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens
AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Lens
Nikon N65 35mm camera
Today Nikon will announce the Coolpix 880, what appears a logical upgrade to the Coolpix 800 announced about the same time last year. And at first appearance it certainly looks that way. But this is no cut-down 990, rather it uses the same engine and flexibility and adds a whole range of user friendly features which makes the 880 a seriously good digital camera. Best of all we have a full in-depth review for you (even before the press releases get out!)
And you thought yours was big... Dan Slater has gone to the complete extreme, testing telescopic lenses from a Celestron 300mm through to a Russian made 1000mm lens and the amazing Perkin Elmer 4572mm f11 Missile Tracking Lens coupled with a Nikon TC301 x2 teleconverter giving a HUGE 9144mm... You just have to see his pictures to believe what you're seeing. Yes.. that's a car jack.
Just received an announcement from Modular One Designs about an alternative to Nikon's SK-E900 Flash Bracket, their bracket of a significantly different design offers a viable alternative to the Nikon bracket. "It consists of two parts: The main bracket for hand held flash shots and an Auxiliary Attachment (see it at their web site) that provides for a standard shutter release cable when used on a tripod."
Just received this exclusive press release (which will go out elsewhere tomorrow). Looks like Nikon are quite proud to announce they've been awarded Best Digital Professional Product 2000-2001 for the Nikon D1 and Best Digital Compact Camera 2000-2001 for the Nikon Coolpix 990 by TIPA (Technical Image Press Association).
Good news if you're in the US and considering the Nikon Coolpix 950 or Coolpix 800, Nikon has rebates of $100 on the Coolpix 950 and $75 on the Coolpix 800. These rebates are available on cameras purchased between July 1st 2000 (April 1st 2000 for the 950) and September 30th 2000. We have reviews of both cameras on this site and they should certainly be in consideration of you're looking for a 2 megapixel digicam.
"Nikon's Coolpix 990, 3.34 megapixel, 3X Zoom-Nikkor lens digital camera has won the PC World "2000 World Class Award'' for Best Digital Camera. Awards were announced in the July 2000 issue of PC World and winners will be honored at an awards ceremony to be held on Wednesday, June 28, 2000, from 5-8 p.m. at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York City. "