The Nikon 1 V3 takes another step towards offering a truly enthusiast-friendly 1 Series camera, yet still I find it hard to make sense of the company's Mirrorless strategy.
When it was launched, the 1 System appeared to be aimed at what would, in the US, be called the 'Soccer Mom' crowd. It's a slightly awkward piece of demographic shorthand but it's an evocative image - someone who perhaps doesn't have the time or the interest to learn about cameras and wants to get photos of fast-moving kids (playing Association Football, perhaps). The 1 J1 did a good job of offering something unique to that market: a camera that offered much better image quality than a conventional compact or smartphone, with unmatched autofocus capabilities. Some of the initial implementation was a bit odd but it showed tremendous promise.
|Nikon's latest 1 System model, the V3, is its most convincingly enthusiast targeted. And yet...|
What didn't seem quite so convincing was the more expensive 1 V1 model, whose price suggested it was gunning for a more committed photographic audience. It added a mechanical shutter, electronic viewfinder and, rather oddly, removed the flash. What it didn't do is add any control points over and above the very point-and-shoot-friendly J1 model. The V2 improved in this respect, and the V3 gets a bit closer to finally offering the levels of control you might reasonably expect from an enthusiast compact.
Just how enthusiastic?
However, despite this move further towards the enthusiast market - and presumably this is what the company means by saying it plans to 'reconsider product planning of Nikon 1' - the V3 still doesn't seem particularly focused on enthusiast use. It may have gained two full command dials, but neither controls exposure compensation. Instead that's relegated to the awkward four-way dial on the back of the camera. This dial is better than most - with a good amount of resistance allowing it to be turned with precision - but it's an odd way to do things, especially when there's such an obviously better way of working.
This could be a cultural difference, of course. Mirrorless cameras have been much more successful in Japan and Asia, so it's possible those markets have differing expectations from those I recognize - it just seems odd to me that virtually every twin-dial camera on the market (including Nikon's DSLRs) uses one of its main dials to control exposure comp, yet the V3 doesn't.
|Not only does the V3 offer two control dials, it also has the option of an additional grip, which duplicates the front dial and adds an extra function button.|
In addition to the V3's controls, a lot of the interesting new modes it gains, such as automatically capturing and selecting stills during movie shooting, don't seem like they've been developed with keen photographers in mind: they sound like Nikon's still thinking about Soccer Moms. Sadly, all the market data we've seen says Soccer Moms simply aren't buying 1 Series cameras (or any mirrorless cameras, really).
"Just two enthusiast lenses"
Perhaps I'm inferring a confused message from the company's Nikkor 1 lens line-up: a range of light-sapping consumer grade F3.5-5.6 zooms, a fairly modest 27mm equivalent F2.8, a useful 50mm equiv F1.8 and an 85mm equivalent F1.2. That's just two serious enthusiast-targeted lensed, and one of them costs $900. On the plus side, this doesn't compare too shabbily with the number of dedicated primes Nikon has made for its DX shooters (three, in the nearly 15 years since the launch of the company's first DX format camera, since you ask), but it doesn't give a clear picture of who 'CX' is for.
Yes, you can put a mount adapter on a 1 System camera and shoot full F-mount Nikkor lenses, but it rarely makes sense to do so - the 2.7x crop factor means anything longer than a 16mm lens ends up as a telephoto and, other than a 50mm making a 135mm equivalent longish portrait lens. Rarely is using lenses designed for other formats much of a substitute for having access to the focal lengths you want.
"The technology put into the 1 System cameras is incredible"
I suppose my point is this: the 1"-type sensor format can offer something for enthusiasts. Sony's RX100, despite my personal reservations about it, is an exciting camera for keen photographers, thanks in no small part to its F1.8-4.9, 28-100mm lens and its tiny form-factor. I'd be even more interested if the lens remained a bit brighter, even if it did mean the camera got a little larger and more expensive, but it is clearly possible to make a 1"-type camera attractive.
|The Nikon 1 V3 has a removable electronic viewfinder. But in the US, at least, it's not optional - the only kit being promoted requires that you buy the EVF.|
The technology Nikon and Aptina have put into the 1 System cameras is incredible - impressive tracking AF, huge potential for good quality video, and really solid image quality should result in some really interesting cameras. Yet the V3 still leaves me confused about what Nikon is doing with the 1 System. The camera doesn't feel like a wholeheartedly enthusiast design, and the lenses don't yet exist to let it work to its full potential (and, if the camera costs over $1000, I'm not sure many people will be willing to pay the extra money to buy them, even if they did). Is this just about protecting DSLR sales? I don't think so. But then again, this is a model with an optional viewfinder so that people who don't want a viewfinder don't have to pay for it, that Nikon US plans only to sell in bundles with the viewfinder. At which point, I'm beginning to wonder whether any of this makes sense.
Feb 28, 2016
Dec 30, 2015
Dec 28, 2015
Dec 23, 2015
|.....the ROYAL LOTUS 2017/08/25-NEW YORK..... by Chiwat|
from Wild flowers
|Coffee and Mango cake by clicker88|
from Another cup of coffee
A Craigslist poster has discovered the worst possible way to photograph a car: taking pictures of pictures displayed on a cracked and scratched up smartphone screen.
With the iPhone X coming out soon, the title probably won't last, but the iPhone 8 Plus is officially the best smartphone camera DxOMark has ever tested, and the iPhone 8 is second.
Kodak's new Facebook Messenger chatbot is trying to bring back the 'Kodak Moment' by digging up your old social media photos and trying to sell you prints and custom coffee mugs.
Affinity Photo for iPad was touted as "the first full blown, truly professional photo editing tool to make its way onto the Apple tablet." This update makes it that much more convenient.
Yashica has released a new teaser video, and this one claims they'll be releasing an "unprecedented camera" in October on Kickstarter. Ready... set... speculate!
Storage solutions company Synology has just released its very first 6-bay NAS tower. Combined with the DX1215 expansion units, it can hold and control up to thirty drives.
We're always expanding our collection of product overview content, and we've just added videos for the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, the EOS Rebel SL2 and EOS M6.
The venerable Canon PowerShot G1 was announced seventeen years ago this week, marking the start of a line of enthusiast-focused compacts that's still alive and kicking.
Super macro photographer Can Tuncer captured these incredible close-ups of a single peacock feather using a special setup and three different microscope lenses.
After successfully crowdfunding the Biotar 75mm F1.5, Oprema Jena is at it again. This time they're bringing back the Biotar 58mm F2: the world's only lens with a 17-blade aperture.
Adobe's move to a subscription model is treating it very well indeed. The company has posted record revenue for the second quarter in a row, hauling in a mind-boggling $1.84 billion.
More details have emerged about the potential sale of Blackstone's 45% stake in iconic camera brand Leica.
Popular mobile editing app Snapseed just got a major update that includes a new interface and 11 new presets for both Android and iOS, as well as adding the Perspective tool to the iOS version.
It might sound like a strange idea, but taking macro photos of boiling water can actually result in some really cool photographs. A good photo experiment for a rainy day.
The database was created to "break with the narrow lens through which history… has been recorded" by equipping those who commission photography with "the resources to discover photographers of color available for assignments.
Lensbaby has released two new optics for their special "optic swap system." The Lensbaby Sweet 80 Optic gives you that trademark sweet spot of focus, while the Creative Bokeh optic gives you 9 different drop in aperture plate options to play with.
TechCrunch has already posted their review of the upcoming iPhone 8 (not yet the iPhone X), and they're calling it "a look into the augmented future of photography."
Affinity Photo is a $50 photo editing software with no subscriptions. That's it – pay for it once and you're done. And we think it's actually pretty darn good.
Instagram is currently testing a major change to the app's profile layout: replacing the 3-photo across grid with a 4-photo grid... and some users are NOT taking the news well.
A report by USSRPhoto is shedding some light on the return of the famed Zenit camera brand. It seems the full-frame mirrorless camera they're working on will be made in part by Leica using components from the Leica SL.
According to a reliable Korean report, Samsung is developing a smartphone sensor that's capable of super slow motion. Translation: Samsung's next batch of Galaxy smartphones may be able to shoot 1,000fps.
This simple photograph of a seahorse and Q-tip has taken the internet by storm. We spoke to photographer Justin Hofman about how it was captured, and what it means to him.
After a massive leak last week, Profoto has officially debuted the Profoto A1: the company's first on-camera flash system that they're calling "the world's smallest studio flash."
"When the first hyperfocal distance charts were designed, someone decided that an acceptably sharp background contained some blur — enough to notice in a medium-sized print [...] After that point, nearly every other hyperfocal chart followed suit."
The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 (also known as the EOS 200D) is the company's impressively compact entry-level DSLR. Packing a 24MP APS-C sensor, DIGIC 7 processor and Dual Pixel AF, it promises a lot of bang for the buck. And while not mind-blowing, it handles most tasks very well.
Correct these four common composition mistakes and your photos will be more balanced, tell a better story, and lead your viewer's eye where you want it to go.
The rugged, compact 360° action camera Kodak unveiled at Photokina in 2016, the Kodak PixPro Orbit 360, is finally available in the United States.
iOS 11 launches tomorrow, and it'll save all of your pictures in a new high efficiency image format called HEIC. Fortunately, there's now a converter that will let you turn those photos back into JPEGs.
Photo protection company ImageRights recently released a new service that lets non-subscribers take advantage of their streamlined copyright registration system that checks for errors and fills out all the required forms for you.
What's the difference between a $200 circular polarizing filter and a $100 circular polarizing filter? Roger Cicala at Lens Rentals put six different filters through a few tests to find out.