Nikon http://www.personal-view.com/talks/categories/nikon-cameras/feed.rss Fri, 06 Mar 15 17:02:37 -0700 Nikon en-CA Nikon D5500 topic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12112/nikon-d5500-topic Mon, 05 Jan 2015 19:26:57 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12112@/talks/discussions image

Specs

PR

A vari-angle monitor for which a touch-screen interface has been adopted

The D5500 is the first Nikon digital SLR camera for which a touch-screen interface has been adopted. This enables simple and intuitive operation by those who frequently use smart devices. It is equipped with a large and wide, 3.2-inch, approximately 1037K-dot TFT LCD vari-angle monitor with wide viewing angle. In addition to preserving more than sufficient visibility, the side-hinged vari-angle monitor opens up to 180° to the left, and can be rotated up to 90° clockwise, or up to 180° counter-clockwise while it is open. This ensures flexible shooting from a wide variety of angles, whether low or high, and even when capturing self portraits.

Touch Fn

One of eight frequently used camera settings (Focus-point selection, AF-area mode, Aperture, ISO sensitivity, etc.) can be assigned to this function for use with viewfinder shooting, enabling immediate modification of the assigned setting, and achieving practical operation by simply tapping or sliding a finger across the monitor while looking through the viewfinder.

A strong monocoque body, and the world’s smallest, lightest, and slimmest digital SLR camera equipped with a vari-angle monitor

A monocoque structure, with which the exterior serves as a frame that protects the internal structure with great strength, has been adopted for the D5500. Use of a carbon-fiber composite material for the front body, where important mechanisms such as the imaging unit are incorporated, and the front and rear covers not only ensures a light weight, but also preserves great strength and durability. In addition, positioning of the integrated circuit board, on which electronic components are mounted, and the imaging unit in nearly the same place, as well as optimization of drive unit positioning have helped to make the camera significantly slimmer. This, in turn, has enabled a deeper grip that provides a firmer, steadier hold on the camera, making it more portable and easier to handle.

A built-in Wi-Fi® function* that enables image transfer and remote shooting through collaboration with smart devices

The built-in Wi-Fi® function makes two-way wireless communications with smart devices such as smartphones and tablets possible. Full-scale photographic works (still images) captured with this digital SLR camera can be uploaded to a smart device from which they can be transferred or shared on SNSs via the Internet. In addition, the live view screen can be displayed on a smart device, enabling use of the smart device for a variety of applications, including capture of self portraits and group photos, as well as remote photography.

An effective pixel count of 24.2-million pixels, a Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor, and the EXPEED 4 image-processing engine enable superior image quality and excellent detail

Offering an effective pixel count of 24.2-million pixels and equipped with a Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, the D5500 is able to capture images that make the most of the superior rendering capabilities of NIKKOR lenses. In addition, the EXPEED 4 image-processing engine richly reproduces colors from those in the darkest portions of the frame to those in the brightest portions of the frame for smooth changes between bright and dark portions, which results in images with excellent detail and a three-dimensional appearance. The camera supports a broad range of standard sensitivities, from ISO 100 to 25600, making capture of images exhibiting excellent detail with little noise possible, even in dark surroundings.

Even better functions and performance as a full-scale digital SLR camera

The D5500 offers the superior performance and wide variety of functions that make the rich power of expression, possible only with a full-scale digital SLR camera, possible.

Improved Picture Control System

Support for the new Flat Picture Control, the new Clarity adjustment item (for still images only), as well as the ability to apply adjustments in finer increments, greatly expand possibilities for imaging suited to the subject or user intent regarding expression.

Scene Recognition System

In order to increase the accuracy of auto control functions, scene information is analyzed using the 2016-pixel RGB sensor and the image sensor. This makes it possible for the autofocus system to accurately track moving subjects, it enables exposure control that takes highlights into consideration, and it makes extremely accurate white balance control possible. In addition, information acquired from the image sensor is used to achieve greater accuracy with exposure and AF control in live view mode (including movie live view).

High-speed continuous shooting.

The D5500 supports high-speed continuous shooting at up to 5 fps* for a maximum of 100 shots (JPEG).

Special Effects mode, to which Super Vivid, Pop, and Photo Illustration options have been added, for a total of ten effects that enable more creative expression

The D5500 is equipped with a Special Effects mode, with which effects can be selected and applied with recording of both still images and movies. Preview in the camera monitor before shooting or recording begins allows users to confirm the results of effect selection in the camera monitor in real time. With the addition of Super Vivid, Photo Illustration, and Pop options, the D5500 offers selection from a total of ten special effects. This allows users to easily enjoy dramatic effects like those seen in art and the movies. This mode was adopted to respond to the creative intent of users searching for a way to express their own unique style and creativity.

D-Movie function for recording 1920 x 1080/60p full-HD movies

The D5500 is equipped with a D-Movie function that supports recording of smooth 1920 x 1080/60p full-HD movies. In addition to recording via the built-in stereo microphone, the optional Stereo Microphone ME-1 can also be used to record high-quality stereo sound.

A built-in Vignette Control function that reduces illumination falloff at image peripheries

The D5500 is the first Nikon DX-format model to offer the Vignette Control function, which processes images to reduce the drop in brightness at the edges of frames (illumination falloff) that sometimes occurs due to the characteristics of photographic lenses.

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Nikon D7200 topic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12499/nikon-d7200-topic Sun, 01 Mar 2015 09:41:44 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12499@/talks/discussions Officially announced

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Main specs:

  • 24.2Mp CMOS sensor
  • EXPEED 4 processor
  • 51 point AF
  • 6fps only speed shooting
  • 2x SDHC slots
  • 1/8000 to 30 sec shutter
  • Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Wireless mikes support
  • Very bad video options - up to 1080p30 only, 1080p60 is available in 1.3x crop mode only (m43 sensor size)
  • 20 minutes video limit (due to file size)
  • Mic input, and no headphone output
  • 3.2" Fixed screen (sic!)
  • Available - April 2015
  • Price - $1200 body only, $1700 with 18-140mm f3.5-5.6 lens
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Nikon D810 and D810A topic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/10667/nikon-d810-and-d810a-topic Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:28:02 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 10667@/talks/discussions image

Specs

  • 36.3Mp CMOS sensor
  • 3.2" 1,299K dots screen with new split-screen mode
  • CF and SDXC cards
  • Expeed 4 LSI
  • Optical low pass filter is absent
  • ISO 32-51200 in extended mode
  • 1/8000-30s shutter
  • Improved AF
  • 1080p50/1080p60 vide, do not shoot 4K

Available for preorder at:

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Nikon D5200 topic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/5118/nikon-d5200-topic Tue, 06 Nov 2012 01:08:36 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 5118@/talks/discussions image

Nikon introduces the latest D-SLR to its mid-range DX-format line-up, the 24.1 megapixel Nikon D5200, designed to bring out your creative side. From beautiful still photos to smooth Full HD movies, this camera empowers your freedom of expression, letting you capture your own unique view of the world.


  • 24.1 megapixel CMOS image sensor
  • Vari-angle LCD monitor: View life at a unique angle with a high resolution, 7.5cm (3.0-in), 921k dot vari-angle screen
  • ireless Mobile Adaptor WU-1a can transmit images from the camera to Apple™ or Android™ smart device and remote shooting*1
  • High ISO (100-6400) extendable to 25600
  • 39-point AF system with nine cross-type sensors in the center.
  • 2016 pixel RGB metering sensor
  • Scene Recognition System optimizes exposure, autofocus and white balance
  • Continuous shooting at 5fps
  • High dynamic range (HDR)
  • Active D-Lighting
  • Full (1080p) HD movies with smooth (up to 60i/50i) recording and a built-in stereo microphone (AF works, but slow as hell)

Available at:


Press release

Breath-taking image quality

The third camera in its series, following the D5000 and the D5100, the Nikon D5200 offers a massive leap in image-quality. In addition to the 24.1-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor for finely detailed images, the new EXPEED 3 image processor provides high-speed operation and excellent, rich colour reproduction – as well as enhanced movie recording. The high ISO sensitivity (100-6400 which is extendable to 25600) delivers brilliant shots in dark or poorly lit environments as well as producing clear images of fast moving subjects.

The Nikon D5200 shares an AF system, metering sensor and scene recognition with the Nikon D7000 series, giving this camera a new level of performance and much enhanced image quality. The superior accuracy of the 39-point AF system and nine cross-type sensors delivers razor sharp images by focusing precisely on the subject you choose. Meanwhile, the 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor provides precise data to the camera’s Scene Recognition System, which optimizes exposure, autofocus and white balance immediately before the shutter is released.

Image creations from any angle

The Nikon D5200’s versatile 7.5cm (3-in) vari-angle LCD monitor provides the ultimate freedom and flexibility to take beautiful shots and movies from virtually any position. You can flip, tilt or turn the swivel monitor to get really creative with your angles. In addition, the Nikon D5200 is an intelligently designed lightweight camera, with clear menus and superior ergonomics, making it a pleasure to maneuver and shoot with.

Wireless connectivity to share your creations

Wirelessly transmitting images from your camera to an Apple™ or Android™ smart device is possible by using the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter. This means you can share images that you are proud of with friends via social networks and email for instant reactions. It is even possible to control your camera remotely from your smart device to help you take beautiful shots without disturbing your subjects.

Distinctive HD movies

Effortlessly alternate between shooting stills and Full HD movies with smooth (up to 60i/50i) recording at the flick of a switch. The camera’s subject tracking of moving objects in three dimensions, with full time servo AF (AF-F), ensures focus of moving objects throughout filming. Adding to that, creating movies to be proud of can be achieved with in-movie editing and the camera’s built-in stereo microphone.

Inspirational Effect and Scene modes

Be even more original with the Nikon D5200 Effects mode. A range of seven special effects: Selective Colour, Miniature, High and Low Key, Silhouette, Colour Sketch and Night Vision can be applied in real time to images and movies through Live View so you can see what your final creation will look like before you shoot it. In addition, in-camera High Dynamic Range (HDR) and D-lighting capture detailed images of high-contrast scenes, increasing creative possibilities. You can also select from 16 different Scene modes – they optimize the camera settings, such as shutter speed, ISO and aperture – to the situation you are shooting. It is great for a quick shot or if you are still learning about D-SLR photography.


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Nikon d7100 Date/Time Stamp http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/10595/nikon-d7100-datetime-stamp Fri, 13 Jun 2014 05:05:34 -0600 KRN 10595@/talks/discussions Does anyone have a hack to add a Date/Time stamp directly on an image using the Nikon D7100. I am talking about jpeg output files with a date/time stamp directly printed on the image without needing a pictbridge DPOF printer. I am new tot the forum so please be patient with me.

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Nikon Gamma Controls v0.1 Beta Test http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/6292/nikon-gamma-controls-v0.1-beta-test Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:20:29 -0700 LPowell 6292@/talks/discussions Nikon Gamma Controls - v0.1 Beta Test

Overview

Nikon Gamma Controls bring interactive adjustment of the camera's gamma curve to video filming on DSLR's that support Nikon's custom Picture Control profiles. It is comprised of a set of calibrated gamma curves applied to Nikon's built-in Picture Profiles: Neutral, Portrait, Standard, Landscape, Vivid, and Monochrome. Unlike previous custom picture profiles such as Technicolor's Cinestyle, which provides a single, non-adjustable gamma curve that attempts to cover all types of shooting conditions, Nikon Gamma Controls enable the user to select a standardized gamma curve that best suits the illumination of each shot. And since Nikon Gamma Controls are calibrated to industry-standard grading tools, the selected gamma curve can be freely and accurately fine-tuned in a wide range of video editors without loss of image detail.

Gamma Control - Exposure's Hidden Dimension

One of the first challenges that confront videographers is gauging the proper exposure for each shot. While modern DSLR's provide a variety of illumination meters and exposure adjustments, high-contrast scenes can easily exceed the camera's limited dynamic range. In these situations it is often necessary to deliberately underexpose the darker areas of a scene in order to preserve highlight details in the brightest areas. This can result in starkly-lit video images that require significant grading to boost the visibility of shadow details. Unfortunately, the darkest areas in videos compressed with 8-bit H.264 encoders are recorded with noticeably degraded image quality, and this imposes a practical limit on the amount of enhancement that can be applied in post-production.

What is actually needed in these cases are controls that enable the user to set not only the exposure level of the highlights, but to independently control exposure of darker areas as well. When recording video, Nikon cameras convert the RAW sensor data into Rec. 709 video data and compress the scene's dynamic range into a format designed for viewing on consumer televisions. The core mathematical formula used in this conversion is known as the video gamma curve, and it determines the relative brightness of dark and midrange tones compared to the highlights. Broadcast engineers fine-tuned the Rec. 709 gamma curve for television viewing under subdued room lighting - a standard that is not well-optimized for image capture, particularly not for high-contrast lighting situations. For optimal image quality, the camera's gamma curve should ideally be adjusted specifically for each scene.

The Zen of Gamma Control

While there are many ways to adjust the perceived brightness of an image, the gamma function has a uniquely valuable property - it enables you to manipulate the proportional brightness of midrange tones while leaving the exposure of the brightest and darkest shades unchanged. That gives you the ability to protect highlight detail with a conservative exposure setting, while independently adjusting the overall brightness of the image with the gamma control. It is literally an extra dimension of exposure control, demonstrated in the video sequence below. The inset histograms measure the change in midrange brightness as gamma is varied from 1.0 to 0.4:

In practice, Nikon Gamma Controls are a set of seven gamma curves, in this case applied to Nikon's built-in Neutral Picture Profile. I have calibrated the curves with the base Neutral profile as gamma 1.0, decrementing with each step by 0.1 down to a gamma of 0.4. This provides a gamma adjustment range of 2.5:1, covering the full range of practical shooting conditions. The reason I chose this particular scaling is because it matches the calibration of the built-in gamma controls provided by a wide range of video editors. This calibration is so precise that you can grade each of the above clips back to gamma 1.0 simply by applying the same gamma setting that was used to record it. (In other words, to restore a video shot at gamma 0.5 back to the camera's default gamma 1.0 curve, simply grade it with a gamma curve set to 0.5. With a 32-bit video editor, this process is completely reversible - no image details are lost!)

Improving Image Quality with Gamma Control

If Nikon DSLR's recorded videos in uncompressed RAW format, there would be no practical advantage to using gamma control profiles. In addition to filming video, Nikon Gamma Controls can be used in JPEG still photography (e.g. to bring up shadow details in backlit photos). If you capture both JPEG and RAW image formats, however, you'll find that the RAW images are unaltered by Nikon Gamma Controls.

With video, however, the internal H.264 encoder burns the camera's gamma curve permanently into each recording, and it's here that Nikon Gamma Controls can visibly improve shadow detail quality. With a gamma of 0.5, for example, darker shades are recorded with about twice as much mathematical detail as that used in the camera's default gamma 1.0 picture profiles. An additional advantage is that boosting the recorded illumination of shadow details can give you the option of turning down the brightness when grading the video in post, instead of needing to dig image details out of the darkness. The example below shows how grading a video shot at the default gamma of 1.0 produces visibly coarser results than grading with gamma 0.7 or 0.5:

Nikon Gamma Controls Beta Test Info

This initial Beta Release of Nikon Gamma Controls has been thoroughly tested for accuracy and reliability on a Nikon D5100. In addition, I've verified proper operation on Nikon D5200 and D7000 cameras (and confirmed that Nikon D3100 and D3200 do not support custom Picture Controls). In addition, I've confirmed compatibility with the calibration of gamma controls provided in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects, versions CS5 - CS6.

My understanding of Nikon's documentation is that all contemporary pro and prosumer DSLR's support custom Picture Controls using a standardized, cross-compatible set of built-in picture profiles. Detailed information on the Nikon Picture Control System is available here:

http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/microsite/picturecontrol/catalog/PicCon.pdf

The reason I'm releasing this version as a Beta test is because there are additional compatibility issues I don't have the resources to investigate on my own. I would appreciate help in confirming support for Nikon Gamma Controls in the following areas:

  • Support for custom Picture Controls across Nikon's DSLR models.
  • Accurate gamma calibration on each of the built-in Picture Profiles.
  • Calibration of gamma adjustment controls in prominent video editing suites.

With Nikon Gamma Controls v0.1 Beta, I've included the complete set of gamma controls for Nikon's built-in Neutral profile, with default user settings adjusted for video recording. The Neutral profile is well-suited for video and provides a solid baseline for evaluation. Once we have confirmed compatibility with a broad range of Nikon DSLR's and video editing applications, I will generate calibrated gamma control profiles for all six of Nikon's built-in picture profiles and include them in subsequent releases.

Download and Installation of Nikon Gamma Controls

I've packaged Nikon Gamma Controls in a zip file attached to this post. After downloading and unzipping it, you'll find a folder named NIKON, which contains a CUSTOMPC folder that contains a set of Nikon Picture Control profiles. Copy the entire NIKON folder structure to the root folder of a compatible memory card and insert it into your camera.

To install Nikon Gamma Controls, find the "Manage Picture Control" option in the SHOOTING MENU. Select the "Load/Save" option, and then the "Copy to Camera" option. You should then see a list of the Nikon Gamma Controls profiles, starting with one named "Sepia". I included this profile as a convenient placeholder to fill in the seventh slot in the stock "Set Picture Control" menu, at the bottom end of the list of built-in picture profiles.

If your camera works like the Nikon D5100, it will accept up to nine custom profiles, labeled C1-C9. If you load Sepia into C1, it will be displayed along with the built-in profiles on the first page of the Set Picture Control menu. You can then load the seven Neutral Gamma profiles into C2-C8 slots, and they will all fit neatly on the second page of the menu. When loading each profile, the camera will give you the option to revise the profile name. You need to take care at that point, and press the +Magnify button instead of the OK button, to accept the custom profile without changing its name.

Usage of Nikon Gamma Controls

On Nikon DSLR's, video is recorded in Live View mode, and prosumer models work in a quirky manner that can subtly foul up the use of Nikon Gamma Controls. The fundamental problem is that the camera is unable to electronically update the lens aperture after you enter Live View - the lens iris will stay fixed even when the displayed aperture appears to change. In order to reliably set the aperture, you must exit Live View mode to do so.

Once you've set your aperture (in either M or A-priority modes), and returned to Live View, you may want to lock down your exposure with the AE-Lock button. This will work properly as long as you do not exit Live View mode. But beware, because there's a hidden pitfall - if you snap a still photo in Live View mode, the camera will exit and return to Live View. That will silently invalidate the AE-Lock exposure settings and your video exposure will no longer be correct. To be absolutely sure you're shooting with your intended exposure, always engage AE-Lock just before pressing the movie record button.

Once those glitches are under control, you can experiment with the seven profiles in Nikon Gamma Controls. As long as you stay in Live View mode, you can interactively select different gamma settings from 1.0 to 0.4, and evaluate their visible effects on the LCD screen. You can also use gamma bracketing - repeating a shot with a range of gamma settings - without leaving Live View between each recording. This is how I recorded the sample videos and it was very quick and convenient to adjust gamma on-the-fly while composing each shot.

If you examine the user settings in each Neutral Gamma profile, you'll see that I've set Sharpening to 0, Saturation to -2, and Hue to 0. These settings differ from the defaults in the built-in Neutral profile - they're what I found most useful for shooting video. If you experiment with these user settings, be sure to update each of the seven Neutral Gamma profiles the same way. That will preserve your ability to fine-tune the gamma profiles in post, with calibrated grading and intercutting among all Nikon Gamma Controls profiles.

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Nikon D750 topic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/11250/nikon-d750-topic Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:38:45 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 11250@/talks/discussions image

Specs

  • FF 24.3Mp sensor
  • EXPEED 4
  • 3.2" 1.2M dots monitor, tiltable (like Sony)
  • Improved mirror and shutter
  • 51 AF areas
  • RGB sensor, 91k pixels
  • Burst rate - 6.5fps
  • Video at 1080p24/25/30/50 / 60p
  • Manual control of ISO, shutter speed, and aperture
  • Integrated stereo microphone
  • Sealed body
  • Exposure preview and aperture control in Live View mode
  • Wi-Fi
  • Uncompressed clear HDMI at 8-bit 422
  • Size - 140mm x 112mm x 79mm
  • Weight - 751gr

  • Nikon D750 body price is $2300 or 2,149 EUR

  • Nikon D750 kit 24-120mm f/4 price - 2,699 EUR
  • Nikon D750 ki 24-85mm f/3,5 4,5 price - 2,699 EUR

Available at:

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Nikon D800 topic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/2210/nikon-d800-topic Tue, 07 Feb 2012 00:13:46 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 2210@/talks/discussions image

Specifications:

  • A 51-point AF system for improved subject acquisition and focus performance under dim lighting. In addition, 11 focus points (five at center with an addition three to each side) are fully functional when lenses with a maximum aperture of f/8 are used.
  • A 3.2-inch, approximately 921k-dot LCD monitor with reinforced glass, automatic monitor brightness control, and wide viewing angle
  • A virtual horizon that shows the degree to which the camera is tilted sideways (roll), or forward or backward (pitch) with display in the monitor and viewfinder
  • A new shutter unit that has passed testing for 200,000 cycles and supports a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 s and flash sync speed of 1/250 s
  • Continuous shooting at 4 (FX-format/5 : 4 image area) or 5 (DX-format/1.2x image area) fps*
  • CompactFlash and SD dual memory card slots
  • Support for SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0)

The D800 records movies exhibiting superior resolution with optimal processing of information acquired from the 36.3-million pixel image sensor. Recording of 1920 x 1080p/30-fps full-HD movies is supported, and users can choose to record using the FX-based movie format or the DX-based movie format according to recording conditions. The FX-based movie format offers a shallow depth-of-field with an emphasis on blur characteristics while the DX-based movie format enables recording of movies that bring subjects closer when lenses with short focal lengths are used. The D800 is also equipped with a headphone jack and supports precise adjustment of microphone sensitivity. In addition, it supports simultaneous display of movies or the movie live view display in the camera monitor and on an external monitor. Further, the D800 responds to the needs of professionals who require uncompressed movie files with the ability to record movies directly to an external HDMI recorder in movie live view mode. The D800 also offers a time-lapse photography function that captures images at a selected interval and then combines the images to create a time-lapse movie that shows the changes in a particular scene that occur over time.

Nikon D800 price: $2999.95 Nikon D800E price: $3,299.95

Available at:

Links:

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Nikon D5300 topic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/8453/nikon-d5300-topic Wed, 16 Oct 2013 22:01:24 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 8453@/talks/discussions image

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Final specifications:

  • 24Mp CMOS APS-C sensor, no OLPF
  • 1.04M dot 3.2" vari-angle LCD monitor
  • AF points - 39
  • 2016 pixel RGB metering sensor
  • LSI - EXPEED 4
  • Build in GPS
  • Wi-Fi
  • 1080p60/p50/p30/p25/p24. 720p60p/50 video
  • built-in stereo mike
  • 125mm × 98mm × 76 mm
  • 408 g
  • Price - $799 for body, $1399 for kit with 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens

Useful links:

Previews and samples:

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Nikon weird "I AM Advancing" firmware updates idea http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12136/nikon-weird-i-am-advancing-firmware-updates-idea Thu, 08 Jan 2015 17:07:16 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12136@/talks/discussions

Today, Nikon Inc. has announced its new “I AM Advancing” program for owners of Nikon’s line of digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. By registering with the program, photographers will be able to download advanced firmware updates, adding new functionality to their new Nikon DSLR cameras for up to 3 years. The program aims to reinforce confidence in the enthusiast and professional DSLR markets, and inspire photographers to make the most of their cameras, by connecting people to the latest Nikon software innovations.

“Nikon has created the most advanced DSLR cameras in the world. Each camera has the potential to advance further as innovation goes forward,” said Kazuyuki Kazami, General Manager of Business Development, Nikon Japan. “We are continuously listening to our customers, and incorporating their needs into our innovations. Many of our new innovations can be offered to our existing customers today, enhancing the value Nikon products and the Nikon brand.”

The program, which is free to join for registered owners of Nikon DSLR cameras, features a new web site (http://imaging.nikon.com/advancing) with information and software downloads covering a range of products. Each download lets users update their camera firmware with new options and features. After updating, the owner can enable or control the new features using the camera’s menu system.

Nikon is also announcing the “I AM Advancing” Update Manager software, available for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. The new software replaces Nikon’s individual firmware upgrade programs with a single new software program, and reinforces Nikon’s commitment to the “I AM Advancing” brand concept. The program is free to download, and features automatic camera detection, firmware download and management of camera updates.

Commenting on the new program, Jay Vannatter, SVP Sales and Business Development, Nikon Inc., said: “Each day Nikon thinks about the future, but we know the camera in your hand is the most important one. ‘I AM Advancing’ is about Nikon helping photographers maximize the potential of their Nikon DSLR cameras, from the moment of purchase and into the future.” He added: “This program is a way for Nikon to show a commitment to our customers and to our products.”

Features

The “I Am Advancing” program is starting with support for 6 full-frame Nikon DSLR cameras: Nikon D750, D810, D800, D800E, D610 and D600. All of the cameras in the program will receive a new White Balance update, containing Nikon’s latest algorithms for high-quality color balance in any light. Each camera is also receiving a brand new “Metallic” Picture Control option, providing photographers with a unique high-contrast setting which is both natural and eye-catching.

For photographers using Nikon RAW (NEF) mode, the most exciting new feature is Nikon’s new RAW Histogram. This feature displays impressive full-screen histograms for all 3 color channels (red, green and blue) simultaneously, based on data directly from the image sensor. The new feature allows advanced photographers to fine-tune perfect exposure for each shot. RAW Histogram is available for all cameras in the “I AM Advancing” program.

Finally, Nikon is bringing 2 of the best features of the revolutionary Nikon D810 camera to other cameras in the Nikon DSLR line-up. Nikon’s new “Flat” Picture Control, which allows photographers more options for adjustment in post-processing, is now available for all cameras in the program. In addition, Nikon’s Electronic First-Curtain Shutter feature, which eliminates vibrations caused by the shutter, is newly available for the recently announced Nikon D750 camera.

Visit the “I AM Advancing” web site (http://imaging.nikon.com/advancing) for the most current and detailed information on new features, supported models, and firmware release schedules.

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4k RAW 30/60fps Nikon 1 V1 $200 http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/6673/4k-raw-3060fps-nikon-1-v1-200 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 18:27:00 -0600 Butt 6673@/talks/discussions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=cEY9d9D9qCw&feature=endscreen

https://vimeo.com/groups/185640/videos/62412527

https://vimeo.com/groups/185640/videos/61441075

https://vimeo.com/groups/185640/videos/63269000

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new guy needs help nikon v1 4k http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/11706/new-guy-needs-help-nikon-v1-4k Wed, 05 Nov 2014 17:40:47 -0700 macatit 11706@/talks/discussions So i am trying to learn how to do the short 4k videos from raw images in burst mode on the nikon v1. I know how to take the stills on the camera but am at a loss after that. convert to dng? then? Someone please help me out, I am at a stand still. I use fcp x. Please help!

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Rare Cine-Nikkor lenses on Nikon 1 http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/11546/rare-cine-nikkor-lenses-on-nikon-1 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:13:24 -0600 eurocameraman 11546@/talks/discussions For video work, i am using my GH series (from 1 to 4) without any hesitation as it delivers what I am looking for. For Photography work, I am using a Nikon D800 to please my clients, as they often print big from the pictures I had done for their website at first. They need high resolution and they always prefer the photographer they hired, handling a big camera. In many people mind, bigger is still more professional. For my personal photography enjoyment, I fall in love with a camera which had never been considered as exciting by usual reviewer: Nikon1 V1. I bought it new for 200 USD or so in 2013. My interest in this camera started after trying a collection of old C-mount lenses with some of them designed for 16mm film camera. Most of those lenses were too tight to cover the M43 sensor (huge vignetting going on) , but they perfectly match with the CX format of the Nikon1. For those who don't know: FX = 2 x M43, FX = 2.7 x CX (in term of cropping factor) Nikon1 V1 sensor (10 millions pixels Alpina) delivers "film like" colors, contrast, noise and sharpness. I know what I am speaking about as I started my career in professional Photography back to 1986.

You can go and visit my webpage blog post and my flickr album to have an idea of the result of combining a Nikon1 V1 camera with this set of lenses:

  • Cine-Nikkor 6.5mm f1.8
  • Cine-Nikkor 13mm f1.8
  • Cine-Nikkor 50mm f1.8
  • Angenieux 25mm f0.95
  • Tamron 25mm f1.6
  • Manual Focus and Manual Exposure (confirmed by Histogram after test shots)

I am planning to shoot a vintage looking short film with this camera soon or later to take benefit of my set of lenses.

http://www.francperet.com/2014/10/01/nikon1-v1-and-cine-lenses/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/francperet/

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Nikon D3300 http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/9277/nikon-d3300 Mon, 06 Jan 2014 23:05:53 -0700 IronFilm 9277@/talks/discussions The Nikon D3300 DSLR camera is now officially announced. Here are the specs at a glance:

  • 24.2MP sensor
  • HD 1,920x1,080 / 60 fps
  • New new ultra-compact AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II
  • Compatible with the WU-1a wireless adapter for online photo sharing
  • New (also in D5300) EXPEED 4 that delivers up to 5 frames per second
  • Full 1080p HD video recording capabilities
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Movie Maximum recording time is 20 min.
  • Optional external stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter)
  • Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
  • HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
  • Video Output: NTSC, PAL
  • Eye-Fi Compatible

Info:

If this turns out to have the new Toshiba sensor in it which the D5200/D7100/D5300 have then I think this will be my next Nikon camera! But even if it doesn't, this is would still be the cheapest DSLR (so ignoring mirrorless for the moment) which does FHD 60fps.


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Nikon V3, affordable camera with price equal to Sony A7 http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/9869/nikon-v3-affordable-camera-with-price-equal-to-sony-a7 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 02:14:01 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 9869@/talks/discussions image

Specs

  • 18MP 1" CMOS sensor
  • Expeed 4A LSI
  • 1,037,000 dots tilting screen
  • 2,359,000 dots EVF (need to buy separate)
  • 1080p60, 1080p30p, 720p60, 720p30, 720p120,288p400,144p1200, 1080p24
  • Wi-Fi
  • No external mic/headphones connection possibility
  • 381 g
  • 111mm x 65mm x 33mm
  • Kit with grip and EVF will cost $1200

Previews:


Preorders:

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Nikon 1 J4, Asia oriented camera http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/10135/nikon-1-j4-asia-oriented-camera Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:37:06 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 10135@/talks/discussions image

Specs

  • All is the same, almost
  • Slightly more new sensor
  • Added Wi-Fi

Available at:

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Nikon Coolpix A, big sensor and big price http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/6328/nikon-coolpix-a-big-sensor-and-big-price- Tue, 05 Mar 2013 01:36:06 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 6328@/talks/discussions image

Specifications:

  • 16.2MP DX sensor
  • 18.5mm (28mm equivalent) F2.8 lens
  • 3.0" 920k LCD
  • 14-bit uncompressed NEF Raw
  • 4fps continuous shooting
  • 1080p movies at 24, 25 or 30fps (sic!)
  • i-TTL compatible hotshoe
  • No optical low-pass filter
  • $1100 price (yep :-) )

Links:


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Nikon J2, J3, S1, S2 topic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/4186/nikon-j2-j3-s1-s2-topic Thu, 09 Aug 2012 02:38:11 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 4186@/talks/discussions image


Specifications and annoucments:

  • 10.1 Megapixel, CX-format (1") CMOS sensor
  • Expeed 3 image processor
  • Supports all CX-mount lenses (of which five are now available) with a 2.7X crop factor; optional F-mount adapter lets you use your regular Nikkor lenses
  • Same AF system as the original 1 System models
  • Body and mode dial now made from metal
  • 3-inch LCD display with 921,000 pixels (double the resolution of the J1)
  • Full manual controls with RAW support
  • Shutter speed range of 30 - 1/16000 sec
  • ISO range of 100 - 3200, expandable to 6400
  • Scene Auto Selector for the point-and-shoot crowd
  • Creative Mode offers panorama, selective color, miniature, backlighting (HDR), and other special effects
  • Continuous shooting remains at 10 fps with continuous AF, 60 fps without
  • Built-in flash (same as the J1)
  • Records Full HD at 30p or 60i with stereo sound (no manual controls)


Available at:

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Nikon D4s http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/9701/nikon-d4s Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:48:36 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 9701@/talks/discussions image

Will be available March 6th for $6,499.95.

D4S is a multimedia powerhouse, allowing you to capture stunning and smooth 1080/60p video. Shoot scenes with tremendous depth and sharpness as well as with shallow depth of field or bokeh—and even capture 2MP stills simultaneously while recording video. For video, 2.7x Crop Mode extends the reach of lenses and produces outstanding video quality and detail. D4S adds real-time audio adjustments during recording, selectable sound ranges like Wide Range and Voice Range and improved wind noise reduction on the internal mic. Adjust color settings on the camera's LCD to better match an external monitor. Capture smoother Time Lapse sequences with reduced flicker and improved interval control (up to 9,999 shots), and even simultaneously record to internal CF or the latest high speed XQD cards and an external recording device. Create stories that move us.

Links

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Official Nikon D600 and D610 topic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/3009/official-nikon-d600-and-d610-topic Wed, 25 Apr 2012 18:31:21 -0600 bleach551 3009@/talks/discussions image

Specifications:

  • 24,3MP CMOS Sensor (total: 24.7 million)
  • The EXPEED 3 image-processing engine
  • ISO 100-6400 (boost up to 25.600 Hi-1)
  • Image sizes FX: 6,016 x 4,016 (L) 4,512 x 3,008 (M) 3,008 x 2,008 (S)
  • Image sizes DX: 3,936 x 2,624 (L) 2,944 x 1,968 (M) 1,968 x 1,312 (S)
  • 16:9 FX : 6,016 x 3,376 (L) 4,512 x 2,528 (M) 3,008 x 1,688 (S)
  • 16:9 DX: 3,936 x 2,224 (L) 2,944 x 1,664 (M) 1,968 x 1,112 (S)
  • 39 points AF (9 cross-type AF points)
  • 2,016-Segment RGB Meter
  • Frame Rate: 5,5 FPS.
  • Flash Sync: 1/200. Built-in Flash
  • Full HD 1080p24, 25 or 30. 720p60. / MPEG-4, H.264 (bitrate - 24Mbps or 12Mbps)
  • Uncompressed video recording via HDMI
  • Auto DX crop mode (for movie!)
  • 30 minute video limit(!)
  • Stereo mike input and headphone jack
  • Dual SD card slots
  • RAW editor
  • Built in time-lapse functionality
  • New external battery grip
  • Shutter: 1/4,000 ~ 30 sec, bulb. Carbon fiber and Kevlar, tested to 150,000 cycles.
  • Wireless support via WU-1a dongle
  • 100% viewfinder
  • 3.2-inch lcd with 921.000 dots
  • HDMI-output (clear, usable for recording!)
  • Battery - EN-EL15
  • Approximately 141.0 x 113.0 x 82.0 mm (W x H x D)
  • Weight - 760 gram
  • Price: $2100 for body, $2,700 for kit, very far from "entry level"

Reviews and previews:


Available at:


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Nikon D7100 topic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/6196/nikon-d7100-topic Wed, 20 Feb 2013 22:22:39 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 6196@/talks/discussions image

Nikon D7100 specsifications:

  • 24.1mp sensor
  • magnesium-alloy body, weather sealed
  • 6fps maximum shooting speed
  • no AA filter
  • 51 AF points, 15 cross
  • Same 2016-pixel RGB exposition sensor
  • 3.2" 1,229k dots LCD screen - only 640x 480xRGBW, very outdated
  • Dual SD card slots
  • EXPEED 3 LSI
  • ISO range 100-6400
  • 100% viewfinder coverage
  • 1080p @ 60i/50i/30/25/24fps, 720p@60p - not impressive
  • Mic input jack, headphone jack
  • HDMI Out - uncompressed 1080p output without an info overlay
  • Dimentions - 135mm x 106mm x 76 mm
  • Weight - 788g
  • MSRP - $1,200

Previews:


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Entry vs Semi-Pro DSLR http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/10872/entry-vs-semi-pro-dslr Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:42:24 -0600 RdC 10872@/talks/discussions Hello. It is so much difference between semi-pro and entry DSLR ?. For example: nikon d5200 vs d7000, d5200 has better low light performance and more portrait color depth, price is almost same. So why is Semi-Pro ,,Semi-Pro´´?

http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Compare/Side-by-side/Nikon-D5200-versus-Nikon-D7000___850_680

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Nikon AW1 waterproof system camera http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/8151/nikon-aw1-waterproof-system-camera Wed, 18 Sep 2013 23:01:10 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 8151@/talks/discussions image

Specs

  • 14.2mp CMOS image sensor
  • Waterproof down to 49 feet
  • Shockproof up to 6.6 feet
  • Freezeproof down to 14° F
  • 1080i60, 1080p30, 720p60 video
  • Slow Motion Movies - 400 fps or 1200 fps
  • Advanced Hybrid Autofocus (AF) system
  • 15fps with AF
  • 60fps with locked AF
  • ISO range 160 to 6400
  • Built-in GPS
  • Altimeter
  • Depth Gauge
  • Electronic Compass
  • Virtual Horizon Indicator
  • Waterproof pop-up flash
  • Available in October
  • $749.95 for 11-27.5mm kit
  • $949.95 for 10mm and 11-27.5mm kit.

Hands-ons and previews

Preorder at:

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Share your D7100 movie picture style http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/10661/share-your-d7100-movie-picture-style Tue, 24 Jun 2014 06:16:07 -0600 psychoanima 10661@/talks/discussions Hi all,

I am the proud owner of the D7100 and I don't know if you were desperate as I was while watching first movie tests recorded with this camera. You guess it: Horizontal noise, or bending if you prefer.

Of course I tried different picture styles for D7000 and they looked terrible because the sensor is not the same. The D7000's chip doesn't have same banding issues as Toshiba's on D7100.

So, I decided to experiment by myself with PictureControlUtility and create my own style that can satisfy my needs while shooting the video with my awesome D7100. My picture style can be found here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/3jwjilqgqtf4sgi/D7l00K.rar

It's based on Neutral pic style. With this look I can go up to ISO 4000 and to enjoy image quality, where grain looks more film like and less digital. It has more contrast than usual Neutral style, BUT less horizontal noise, and in my case I can recover dark parts very easily in DaVinci Resolve.

Anyway, I open this topic because I would like, as many others I guess, to see from other videographers their custom D7100 Picture style(s), to share it here with the other users as an alternative for shooting with less 'bending' headache :)

Cheers!

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Nikon new mirrorless cameras V1 and J1 http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/1000/nikon-new-mirrorless-cameras-v1-and-j1 Wed, 21 Sep 2011 02:36:37 -0600 bleach551 1000@/talks/discussions http://www.nikon.com/news/2011/0921_digital_01.htm

http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/21/nikon-unveils-v1-and-j1-mirrorless-cameras-10-1mp-cmos-2-7-inc/

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Nikon 1 J1/V1: 400/1200 fps with sound - is it possible ? http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/9823/nikon-1-j1v1-4001200-fps-with-sound-is-it-possible- Sun, 09 Mar 2014 13:36:02 -0600 pstone 9823@/talks/discussions Is it possible to have audio record also at the slow-motion modes 400 fps and 1200 fps (nikon 1 j1/v1) ? At this Youtube:
you can see a application which tried to measure the really time between video and audio.

I do not know really what you need to know. I'll describe it from the view of a audio engineer. The problem for all (smaller) post pro audio studios is to manage the right timing - as you can see at much videos the synchrony of pictures and audio are not really a solved issue. The problem is most audio workstations have literally no delay for replay audio, less then 10millisecounds is absolute normal.
If you produce CD or MP3 this is fine more and more small studios have to go multimedia - so video came in their business.

There customers now bring in some video and the good old audio studio now will make audio post. No problem for the first. The digital work station can handle video already and they have monitors. This monitors work very well but all but also the most expensive will have delays. The first delay is in depence of the codec you are using. The PC needs some time to decode the mp4 or the mpeg1 and needs different time for each format. After this the monitor needs some time to get the RGB and put it to the LCD. This video frame will be optimized at the monitor. This monitor get first the whole frame, after this it makes some sharpness and overscan this also costs time. At the end you'll have, in depence of your video, which is only played from your audio workstation (no further processing), delays up to 4 frames between reading on your hard disc and the time the picture is viewable at your screen or beamer. But is is not really exact whole frames. The result may is, the protagonist at the film has a perfect end on the street, but in the movie the body hits the ground 100 milliseconds after the really big boom and this, you can really see. ok.

So the vendors of good audio workstations know this and have timing preferences to be set. If you in a big studio you will find some experienced cutter which can really see picture sound differences up to 1/4th of a frame but a audio pro has at this point not really a chance. And the challenge is to find the right time delay for your equipment with the specific codec at your MAC/PC.

So big tolerances as described above are easy to compensate roughly but for professional look this way is mostly crap.

The next problem for smaller studios is the work prozess are not standardised, always timing troubles happen before you start, because the video editor makes on the top also often mistakes. Really this daily happens !

Now I think may the nikon came in. If you can record the picture of your LCD and time syncron also record the audio beeps or claps. Then you can really make sure the delay at the recorded movie. So you can make a really good quality check at all movies which are at your place. If you become source material of the filmset you'll always have claps to synchronize since the beginning of the movie sound - why when this is not a really problem ...

The movie at youtube shows a way you can roughly measure the visual clap/point/count what ever to a timesynchon recorded audio. It makes two separate signals (picture and sound - sound quality not matters) which you can move for and back against each other and the time you moving around is the time you have to put in the preferences of the workstation. But only the news phone will have a precision of 1/4th of a frame this will do it i think but with 1200 frames per second this can really be more precise.

After setting the right delay you have at your production no hassle with timing anymore.

Yep and the nikon has a microphone and has 1200 pictures per second so theoretically you have the hardware and you can measure with it picture and sound delays. (i know this will not a function which will be placed inside the cam, the cam has enough processing power to do this, but this is not a function of a cam) If you have a movie (5 seconds really enough) and you can count the pictures between sound and impact you have a really big source !

I hope this is really understandable - my english is not very well I know.

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Nikon D4. The new king with uncompressed HDMI output. http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/1715/nikon-d4.-the-new-king-with-uncompressed-hdmi-output. Mon, 12 Dec 2011 13:50:39 -0700 bwhitz 1715@/talks/discussions




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The D4 can record 1080p Full HD video at 30/25 or 24p in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format with broadcast quality full of fine tones and natural colors. Located next to the shutter-release button, the dedicated recording start button makes operation intuitive and easy to access. Maximum recording time for a single clip is 29 min. 59 s. Thanks to Nikon's latest image-processing algorithms, the D4's video ensures a smooth look with fewer "jaggies" and less moiré while maintaining sharp edges, even in dark conditions, by using noise-reduction technology designed specifically for video. With the D4, Full HD video is at your disposal in three formats: FX-based, DX-based or 1,920 x 1,080 crop movie format. The FX-based format renders exquisitely shallow depth of field (DOF) as well as wide-angle shooting. It ensures beautiful movies even at high ISO sensitivity with minimal noise. When a DX lens is attached, DX-based format is automatically selected. This format is useful for creating an extension to the focal length of an existing lens. For an even stronger telephoto effect, the 1,920 x 1,080 crop format brings an approx. 2.7x crop of the picture angle while delivering outstanding video quality and detail, obtaining 1080p Full HD. Versatility like this lets you explore different moods with the large and comprehensive selection of NIKKOR lenses.

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Just saw these latest rumors...

http://nikonrumors.com/2011/12/11/nikon-d4-specs-16-2mp-11-fps-102400-native-iso-xqd-memory-card.aspx/

Maybe 2012 will be the year of uncompressed DSLR video...?

One can only hope... With Nikon's dynamic range and organic high-ISO... a D4 with a recorder could be an Alexa killer for 1/10th the price and certainly send the C300 back to the drawing board.

Perhaps there's also still time to give the 1Dx uncompressed output to compete... ?


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Nikon Df http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/8659/nikon-df Mon, 04 Nov 2013 06:56:56 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 8659@/talks/discussions image

Specifications:

  • 16MP FF CMOS sensor
  • Expeed 3 LSI, USB 1.0 only
  • ISO - 100 - 12800
  • 3.2" 921kp screen
  • 30-1/4000 shutter
  • SDHC card slot
  • absolutely no video
  • 760g
  • 144 mm x 110 mm x 67 mm

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Links and hand-ons:


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Nikon D7100 noise banding effect in video http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/9565/nikon-d7100-noise-banding-effect-in-video Fri, 07 Feb 2014 06:16:45 -0700 loop_1 9565@/talks/discussions Hi, in this days i used my new D7100 for some tests... good camera, good sharp, all good!

But there is a problem!! :-O

In the attached file you can see a test screenshoot (from a video frame) where in the underexposed areas (like the blue) there are some noise (but not much) and many lines, like small banding... this at 400 iso...

why this? IT's a D7100 problmem? Anyone have this issue?

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Nikon D600 or Hacked GH2? http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/9563/nikon-d600-or-hacked-gh2 Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:14:36 -0700 mjwhitaker 9563@/talks/discussions Hey guys,

I've been using a hacked GH2 for a couple of years and have been really happy with the results. Just recently though, I had a shoot and the GH2 gave me some issues. My camera froze several times while using Moon T7, even with a 95mb/s Sandisk, causing me to miss several key shots. Also, when lighting conditions changed unexpectedly, the GH2 once again let me down with its poor low light performance. There were 2 other cameras on the shoot that picked up my slack, both were Nikon D600's. They smashed my low light performance and of course had no difficulties with their firmware. I've been wanting a full frame cam for a while anyway, so today I decided to buy a Nikon D600. Obviously I haven't really had a chance to do much yet, but after some brief initial tests, I think I'm coming down with a case of buyer's remorse. I was wondering if any of you guys had the opportunity to use both cameras on actual shoots and why type of results you got.

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