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Friday, September 14, 2012

Nikon Announces D600 FX DSLR Camera, 18.5mm f/1.8 Nikon 1 Lens

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:46 AM

Well, after months and months of leaks, here it is. The Nikon D600. It is basically a D7000 with a 24 megapixel FX sensor, and the video functionality from the D4 and D800. So basically the rest of the camera almost reads like a D7000 spec sheet, with a 39 AF point system, 2016 pixel colour meter, a 5.5 FPS frame rate, a new 3.2" VGA LCD, a 100% viewfinder with 0.7x magnification, 1/200 flash sync speed, and a whole raft of manual features. On the video side, it does 24, 25 and 30 FPS at 1080p, and it can stream uncompressed video over the HDMI port. Nikon seems pretty confident that they will be able to deliver on September 18th (a local Nikon employee mentioned their Thailand plant has been fully restored), and the camera will be available for US$2100 for the body alone, or US$2700 with the AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 VR lens. Check out the DPReview link for more photos, and a preview of the D600. On a personal note, I am somewhat crushed that there is no D400 - I have been waiting for a D300 replacement for a very long time. Even if I were to not buy it, I wanted to see Nikon's continued dedication to issuing a pro-level DX body. I guess Nikon has given their intentions here.

On the Nikon 1 side, there is the new 18.5mm f/1.8 lens, which brings a fast prime to the 1 Series. On paper it looks like a decent lens, but there is still the issue of having some cameras that are decidedly not targeted at photographers who like to be in control of their camera. Ships in November for US$190. Photo of the lens at the link.

DPReview.com: Nikon D600

DCResource.com: Nikon 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8


Monday, October 10, 2011

Nikon J1 Reviewed by Digital Camera Resource Page

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/nikon/j1-review

"The Nikon 1 J1 (priced from $649) is the entry-level model in Nikon's brand new line of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. The 1-System cameras feature a new 10 Megapixel CX-format sensor, which is smaller than Micro Four Thirds and APS-C, but larger than what you'll find on compact cameras and the Pentax Q. It also uses new CX-mount lenses, which have a 2.7X crop factor. Image stabilization is built into select lenses, rather into the body itself."

DCResource.com has a review of the Nikon J1 up, and the samples here look much better. Image quality is quite close to a Micro Four Thirds camera, but dynamic range seems to suffer a bit. The "small" sensor does not look so bad now, does it? The camera really is quite small, as you can see. Nikon really needs to release a set of zoom lenses that can match the size of the camera, just like what Panasonic has done. Read the review for all the details, including the performance of the hybrid AF system built in to the imaging sensor!


Nikon J1 Reviewed by Digital Camera Resource Page

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/nikon/j1-review

"The Nikon 1 J1 (priced from $649) is the entry-level model in Nikon's brand new line of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. The 1-System cameras feature a new 10 Megapixel CX-format sensor, which is smaller than Micro Four Thirds and APS-C, but larger than what you'll find on compact cameras and the Pentax Q. It also uses new CX-mount lenses, which have a 2.7X crop factor. Image stabilization is built into select lenses, rather into the body itself."

DCResource.com has a review of the Nikon J1 up, and the samples here look much better. Image quality is quite close to a Micro Four Thirds camera, but dynamic range seems to suffer a bit. The "small" sensor does not look so bad now, does it? The camera really is quite small, as you can see. Nikon really needs to release a set of zoom lenses that can match the size of the camera, just like what Panasonic has done. Read the review for all the details, including the performance of the hybrid AF system built in to the imaging sensor!


Nikon J1 Reviewed by Digital Camera Resource Page

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/nikon/j1-review

"The Nikon 1 J1 (priced from $649) is the entry-level model in Nikon's brand new line of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. The 1-System cameras feature a new 10 Megapixel CX-format sensor, which is smaller than Micro Four Thirds and APS-C, but larger than what you'll find on compact cameras and the Pentax Q. It also uses new CX-mount lenses, which have a 2.7X crop factor. Image stabilization is built into select lenses, rather into the body itself."

DCResource.com has a review of the Nikon J1 up, and the samples here look much better. Image quality is quite close to a Micro Four Thirds camera, but dynamic range seems to suffer a bit. The "small" sensor does not look so bad now, does it? The camera really is quite small, as you can see. Nikon really needs to release a set of zoom lenses that can match the size of the camera, just like what Panasonic has done. Read the review for all the details, including the performance of the hybrid AF system built in to the imaging sensor!


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Engadget (Sorta) Reviews the Nikon J1

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/03/...1-review-video/

"Nikon isn't targeting pros or even advanced amateur shooters with its latest addition to the interchangeable lens camera family. Instead, the company is marketing its J1 to soccer moms (and dads), fashion-conscious young folk, and casual shooters who want some of the versatility of a DSLR, but are willing to sacrifice excellent image quality for a more compact design. But what about the rest of us? Will Nikon one day reward our patience with a true class competitor? Perhaps, but that's definitely not what we have here."

Well, I have ranted before that Engadget may not do the best camera reviews, and I am sure you guys have read my thoughts on the Nikon 1 system, so I will just skip those and say that this time, I have discovered that Engadget does post full size samples, bundled in a zip file located at a link at the bottom of the review, that goes to... Megaupload. After struggling with that abomination of a download site, the samples are not encouraging. Instead of images that look better than its sensor size would suggest, it is the complete opposite: They look more like something from a much smaller sensor. I will be looking out for other reviews as well, but the early signs are not looking good.


Friday, September 23, 2011

Thoughts on the Nikon 1 Camera System

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Talk" @ 08:00 AM

Nikon's latest mirrorless system is notable as it marks the entry of one of the Big Two into this area. Panasonic and Olympus, who started the trend, were after all failed DSLR manufacturers whose original Four Thirds system hardly made a dent against the combined market stranglehold by Nikon and Canon. Nikon's entry in a way shows that the mirrorless system camera is here to stay (for several years at least), but will it be successful in its own right? I have my doubts, but surprise: they are not based on the one thing most people are complaining about.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Nikon Announces Nikon 1 Mirrorless System with V1 and J1 Cameras

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:52 PM

Nikon has decided to reach back into the past and use the "1" name from its Nikon One rangefinder (Nikon's first camera). While not quite the clone the original One was, the new Nikon 1 cameras are not quite the groundbreaking devices the Nikon F was either. First up, the new cameras use a new mount, dubbed CX-mount , and I assume the label will apply to the new sensor size: 13.2x8.8mm, which is about half of that of Micro Four Thirds. That will spark quite some massive disappointment among a lot of photo enthusiasts. Also not mentioned is any kind of backward compatibility with the F-mount, which means, for all intents and purposes, the 1 series will have to stand on its own with just three lenses on launch. [Correction: There is a VT1 adaptor, though without mention of price, nor is there a photo of it. It looks like the adaptor will likely work with AF-S lenses, and may not be available at launch. Thanks Marlof!] It clearly is marketed at casual shooters, with the colour options for the J1 including a very bright pink.

The J1 and V1 cameras are quite similar, with both using the same 10 megapixel CX sensor, featuring an ISO ceiling of 3200, and 1080p videos at 30 FPS. The camervtas can also do high-speed videos at up to 1200 FPS, with no mention of resolution. Both cameras will feature a 73 point hybrid AF system, which does both contrast and phase detect AF, and is claimed as the world's fastest mirrorless AF. We shall see about that. The cameras can do 10 FPS still capture, with an option of 60 FPS if AF is locked. I am going to assume this means an electronic shutter on the 1 cameras, which should mean a very quiet camera compared to the other mirrorless cameras on the market.

The V1 differs from the J1 in having an 1.4million dot EVF and an accessory port, while the J1 is slightly smaller due to lacking the EVF hump, but offers a built-in flash. The V1's accessory port is proprietary, like Sony's, so again, kiss goodbye to all your Nikon flashes and whatever hotshoe accesories you might have. Also, the LCD on the V1 is a 3" VGA LCD, while the J1 sports a 3" HVGA LCD. The V1 will ship with the 10-30/3.5-5.6 kit lens (equivalent to 27-81mm) in October for US$900, and the J1 with the same lens for US$650. Personally at those prices I really am not sure of their future. Press release after the break.

Engadget Coverage

DCResource Coverage

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