January 14th, 2016

How Nikon Plans to Make Transferring Images to Your Phone Easier Than Ever

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While the D5 and D500 understandably took top billing, Nikon made another announcement at CES that’s worth highlighting.

That news is an update to the company’s SnapBridge wireless image transfer technology.

The new SnapBridge takes advantage of Bluetooth Low Energy, a wireless technology designed to maximize power consumption for tiny connected devices (the so-called “Internet of Things”). With Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), both your smartphone and your Nikon camera will stay connected, allowing image transfers from camera-to-phone to occur automatically and in real time.

Unlike the original SnapBridge, a user won’t have to manually initiate an image transfer to a mobile device–those will now happen as you shoot. You won’t lose Internet access on your mobile device while you shoot, either, so you can post images to social media as they populate your camera roll. Basically, BLE keeps the connection between camera and smartphone live and when it’s time to actually start transferring data, the connection switches to standard Bluetooth for better bandwidth, then back to BLE when you’re done.

You’ll only need to configure you camera and mobile device once, then it will be automatically recognized after that. You can pair up to five devices to a single camera.

To take advantage of the new SnapBridge, you’ll need to have the free SnapBridge app (iOS and Android) on your phone. The application allows you to key in image info (copyright, text and logos) as well remotely view your scene and activate your camera’s shutter.

By default, SnapBridge sends images as 2-megapixel JPEGs to your device, but you can also opt to wirelessly send full-sized JPEGs to your phone/tablet as well. It also takes time and location data from your mobile device and syncs it to the camera, so your camera settings are always aligned with the local time zone.

Nikon said that the updated SnapBridge technology will be rolled out to “almost every” Nikon camera in 2016, starting with the D500.

Get all the photo and filmmaking news from CES 2016.

 

November 18th, 2015

Nikon Says a D5 Is Under Development

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At some unspecified time, this will no longer be Nikon’s flagship DSLR.

Anyone speculating that Nikon would follow up its D4S with a D5 can bask in vindication. Nikon announced that it is indeed developing a new full frame flagship DSLR to be named the D5.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is all they said about it.

Nikon also revealed that a new wireless transmitter (the WT-6) and new speedlight (SB-5000) will also be joining the ranks, though again, no other information about them was disclosed.

In the absence of concrete information, feel free to speculate wildly as to what the D5 will deliver. Given the role the D4S plays for many professionals, we’re undoubtedly going to see a camera that delivers rapid burst modes, speedy autofocus and much, much more.

September 12th, 2014

Nikon’s New D750 Brings Several Firsts to the FX Line

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Nikon rolled out the pre-Photokina red carpet for its newest full frame digital SLR: the D750.

Situated between the D610 and D810, the D750 will have several firsts for Nikon’s full frame lineup including a new 24.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, Wi-Fi capability, a vari-angle LCD and a new build that makes it the thinnest DSLR in the company’s lineup.

According to Nikon, the slender build is due to its monocoque design. The body features magnesium alloy parts integrated with carbon fiber in the front and grip assembly to make a light yet weather-resistant package. The vari-angle LCD screen will be 3.2-inches in size and feature 1,229K dots for high-resolution viewing.

The D750 features a native ISO range of 100-12800 and can extend as high as 51200 or to a low of 50. It uses the same EXPEED 4 processing engine found on the D810 as well as its 91,000 pixel 3D Color Matrix Matrix III metering sensor. There’s also a highlight weighted metering option for shooting spot-lit details against black backgrounds. D750_24_120_top_2

The AF system features 51 points including 15 cross type sensors, 11 of which are compatible with teleconverter lenses shooting at f/8 or faster. The camera’s Advanced Multi-Cam 3500-FX II AF system can track objects in continuous shooting mode at the camera’s maximum burst speed of 6.5fps in either RAW or JPEG. A first for any Nikon DSLR, the D750 can lock focus on subjects in as little as -3 EV illumination.

It features a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000, shy of the D810’s 1/8000 and it’s rated for 150,000 cycles.

Nikon also added a new clarity parameter to its picture controls to adjust mid tone contrast. Like the D810, there’s also a flat picture control to deliver more dynamic range during video shoots (ideal for color grading in post-processing). All the picture controls are adjustable in .25 increments.

As noted above, the D750 is Nikon’s first FX-series camera to offer built-in Wi-Fi. Using the company’s Wireless Mobile Utility App you can  transfer images to smartphones or use mobile devices as real-time viewfinders and/or remote triggers. With the UT1 communications unit and the WT-5a wireless transceiver, you can enable wireless FTP transfers or trigger and operate the camera in HTTP mode through a web browser (where you’ll see a real-time live view preview as well as have the ability to start and stop recording).

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Video Features

When it comes to video, the D750 borrows heavily from the D810’s feature set. It offers 1920 x 1080 HD video recording with a choice of 60, 30 or 24fps with full manual control over exposure settings. The Power Aperture function gives shooters the ability to seamlessly and steplessly open and close the aperture during recording, another goodie derived from the D810.

Video is recorded to the D750’s two SD card slots and can also be simultaneously output to external recorders and monitors via HDMI.

On the audio front, there’s a built-in stereo mic, external mic input, and a headphone jack for audio monitoring.

The D750 will ship this month for $2,295, body only. A kit including the 24-120mm lens will ship in October, though pricing wasn’t announced.

More Gear

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In addition to the the D750, Nikon added  the AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED wide angle full frame lens to its lineup. It’s the company’s first wide angle lens with an f/1.8 aperture. It features a seven blade diaphragm, two ED elements, two aspheric elements and a 77mm filter size. It will ship in September for $799.

Finally, there will also be a new speed light in the Nikon lineup. The SB-500 has a guide number of 24 at ISO 100 and covers a 16mm angle for full frame cameras (24mm for DX sensors) with a head that swivels vertically at a 90 degree angle and rotates at 180 degrees. It incorporates a 100lux LED for video lighting and accepts a pair of AA batteries. It will also ship in September for $249 with a small stand so you can mount it to a tripod or on a table top for off-camera use.

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May 13th, 2014

Big Guns: Nikon Launches 400mm F/2.8 FL ED VR Super Telephoto Lens and 1.4x Teleconverter

Nikon unleashed a new super telephoto lens and tele extender this morning: the AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens and 1.4x magnifying AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III. Sports photographers and wildlife shooters should find a lot to like here; the Nikkor 400mm f/2.8 features improved autofocus, exposure accuracy and speed, while the teleconverter TC-14E III multiplies the focal length of Nikon lenses by 1.4x with reportedly only a one-stop loss of exposure.

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Unfortunately for those photographers looking to get their hands on these big guns they don’t go on sale until August 2014 and they won’t be cheap. The the AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens will sell for $12,000, while the AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III will retail for $500.

Read more of this story here.

February 24th, 2014

Nikon Announces Details for New 16.2MP D4S Flagship Full-Frame Digital SLR

Nikon-D4s_58_1.4_front-1Nikon unveiled its new D4S flagship digital SLR tonight, which seems, on paper, to be a minor upgrade to the previous model. (PDN was pre-briefed on the Nikon D4S, under NDA, prior to tonight’s launch but we were not given any hands-on time with the camera.) Like the D4, which was introduced in 2012, the new D4S uses a 16.2-megapixel, FX-format (full-frame) sensor, which Nikon describes as “newly designed.”

The revamped imaging chip in the D4S has an expanded ISO range, going all the way up to ISO 409,600 (Hi-4), which should be able to let it capture visible subject matter in near total darkness for forensic photography and other scientific applications. That extremely high ISO range could also, potentially, have photojournalistic applications such as war photography when flash is not permitted or advisable.

The Nikon D4S also has a new EXPEED 4 image processing engine designed to cut down on image noise when shooting at high ISOs in low light, and for better HD video quality and improved overall performance speed. The Nikon D4S can shoot at 11 frames per second with full autofocus (AF) and auto exposure (AE). (The previous camera could shoot at 11fps but AF and AE were locked on the first frame.) Nikon says the D4S has an “overall 30% increase in processing power.”

The Nikon D4S first premiered, under glass, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January, but details about the camera were not officially announced until tonight.

Read the rest of this story and see more photos of the new Nikon D4S here.

January 7th, 2014

CES 2014: Here’s a Photo of the New Nikon D4S Professional DSLR

We told you about the new Nikon D4S professional digital SLR yesterday and now here’s a rare photo of the camera, which is on display at Nikon’s booth at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Nikon announced yesterday it was developing the camera, which will replace the two-year-old D4 as the company’s flagship DSLR, but has not said when it will go on sale, what the price will be, or released any real specifications about the D4S. Read a few more tantalizing details about this forthcoming pro camera here.

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January 6th, 2014

Nikon Intros D3300 DSLR for Consumers and AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II and AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lenses

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STEP UP TO D-SLR PHOTOGRAPHY WITH THE NEW NIKON D3300 AND CAPTURE  BRILLIANT IMAGES WITH EASE

Compact and Lightweight, the Nikon D3300 and Redesigned AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Lens Offer an Easy Way to Capture Share-Worthy Images; The New AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Adds a Versatile FX-Format Prime to the NIKKOR Lens Lineup

MELVILLE, NY (January 6, 2014) – Today, Nikon announced the Nikon D3300 HD-SLR for those ready to take their photography to the next level. Complete with a 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor1 and EXPEED 4 image processor, the D3300 is capable of capturing stunning images and Full HD video with ease. Also featuring an enhanced Guide Mode for those discovering the joy of photography, optional Wi-Fi connectivity, in-camera effects that operate in real-time and kitted with the new compact AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens, the Nikon D3300 is ready to help capture and preserve every precious memory. For FX-format photographers, Nikon has also announced an addition to its lineup of f/1.8 prime lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G. At the popular and versatile 35mm focal length, the new 35mm f/1.8 provides stellar image quality and low-light performance whether shooting landscapes, portraits or travel photos.

“With the new 24.2-megapixel Nikon D3300 and compact 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens, capturing family vacations, dance recitals or the game-winning goal with clarity and brilliant image quality is effortless,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “As the latest addition to the extensive NIKKOR lens line-up, the new AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G lens reinforces Nikon’s commitment to providing versatile prime lens options to photographers of all levels.”

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January 6th, 2014

Nikon Says New D4S Flagship DSLR Is Coming; Camera Will Be On Display At CES in Las Vegas

Nikon_logo.svgNikon made what will perhaps be the only true professional photography announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas tonight, saying it’s developing a new flagship pro DSLR to be called the Nikon D4S. The company said the D4S will be on display at the Nikon booth at CES from January 7-10 in Vegas.

So, in other words, if you’re attending CES this week, expect to see big crowds of excited photographers huddled around the Nikon booth hoping to get a glimpse of the successor to the D4, which was announced exactly two years ago today.

Nikon is not offering many details about the new D4S, saying only in a press release that it will feature “enhanced image quality enabled with adoption of a new image-processing engine.” This could suggest the new camera will be using the same 16.2-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor as the previous model but we could not verify that.

Read more of this story and see the Nikon press release about the D4S here.

November 4th, 2013

Nikon Unveils Retro-Style Nikon Df Full-Frame DSLR with No Video Capture Mode (Hands-On Preview)

Nikon-Df_SL_50_1.8_SE_frttopA few days after the U.S. “fell back” and ended Daylights Saving Time for the year, Nikon turned back the clock in its own way with a new camera announcement: the distinctly retro, 16.2-megapixel, full-frame Nikon Df, which looks more like a classic Nikon film SLR than any digital SLR we’ve seen so far. The camera, which has been widely leaked in the last few days, uses the same FX-format (35mm-sized) sensor as Nikon’s flagship professional D4 DSLR but resembles a Nikon FM or FE film SLR from the 1970s or 80s.

I got some hands-on time with the new Nikon Df at a press briefing, under NDA, during PhotoPlus Expo last month, and found the camera to be an intriguing but slightly befuddling new DSLR for professional photographers and enthusiasts. Unfortunately, I was not allowed to take photos of the Nikon Df cameras shown to me during the briefing, so all the product images included here have been provided by Nikon.

Read more of my hands-on preview of the new Nikon Df here.

October 17th, 2013

Nikon Announces 24.2MP D5300 DSLR and Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G Lens

Nikon-D5300_BK_18_140_frontNikon has just announced two new products for photographers: the prosumer-friendly 24.2MP, APS-C sensor-based D5300 digital SLR, and the pro-worthy AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G portrait lens.

The Nikon D5300 will go on sale this month as a kit with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for $1,399. It will come in black, red, and gray color options, if you like your DSLR to have a little pizzazz.

The NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G, which is the higher end product of the two and designed for both full-frame (FX-format) and APS-C (DX-format) cameras, goes on sale this month for $1,699.

Read the rest of the story about this Nikon news here.