Nikon http://www.personal-view.com/talks/categories/nikon-cameras/feed.rss Thu, 24 Apr 14 15:05:46 -0600 Nikon en-CA 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.

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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 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

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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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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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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

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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:


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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

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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:


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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 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 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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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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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 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

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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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Official Nikon D3200 topic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/2933/official-nikon-d3200-topic Thu, 19 Apr 2012 05:28:17 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 2933@/talks/discussions image

Nikon D3200 offers the full HD experience of high quality 1080p video. Users can create memorable, cinematic quality videos at 24 or 30 fps and easily share HD content online with friends and family or on their own HDTV via the HDMI output.

Continuing down the path that its predecessor, the Nikon D3100, started, the D3200 implements full-time AF during video recording to help capture crisp video even during the most action-packed situations. To boost the production value of any home video, the camera offers manual or automatic exposure control, and a stereo microphone input to attach an optional external microphone such as the compact ME-1 Stereo Microphone. Furthermore, the D3200 offers other HD-SLR advantages including the ability to create a shallow depth of field, amazing low-light video performance and NIKKOR lens versatility.

Capturing videos on the D3200 is simple, even when in Live View. With a dedicated video record button and easy access to the Live View switch, users can capture video clips before the moment is gone. Additionally, videos play with astonishing detail and clarity on the D3200’s 3-inch, high resolution 921,000-dot LCD screen.

  • Resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (30,25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps
  • Format - H.264
  • Manual control

Links:

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/04/19/Nikon-D3200-with-WiFi-Option

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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 :-) )

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Nikon J2, J3, S1 topic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/4186/nikon-j2-j3-s1-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)


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Unusual Timelapse Flicker http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/7856/unusual-timelapse-flicker Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:46:08 -0600 Xenocide38 7856@/talks/discussions Having some issues with a Nikon D600 that I have been using for timelapses recently. I am getting exposure flicker throughout the timelapse and I can't seem to figure out the problem.

Of course all manual settings: ISO, APERTURE, and SHUTTER Using an old manual Nikkor 24mm so setting f-stop on the lens itself Using the D600 internal intervalometer Shooting raw

Unfortunately the only thing that got missed was the camera was accidentally set to auto white balance. However, I selected a specific white balance in Camera Raw in After Effects and that should apply to all of the images. Would auto white balance affect exposure?

The only other possibility I can think of is that I had a mild variable-ND on the lens. I doubt it would have moved but maybe it was shifting somehow with each exposure?

I've got some more trouble shooting to do but thought I'd ask to see if anyone has had a similar issue. I haven't had this issue with previous timelapses I've done with Canon 60D and 5Ds so I'm concerned it's an issue specific to the Nikon D600 but I guess it could be user error too.

Thoughts?

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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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Inside Nikon V1 http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/1361/inside-nikon-v1 Fri, 04 Nov 2011 10:48:45 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 1361@/talks/discussions
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The manufacturer of CMOS image sensor is none other than Aptina, and the device’s part number is C1CC. Die markings on the device are: /APTINA/IMAGING/(M)C1CC©/2010.

The image processor found inside is the EXPEED 3, or EI-160, manufactured by Nikon. Package markings on the device are: //JAPAN/EI-160 1108 Z09.

The Samsung K4X2G323PC-8GD8 DDR SDRAM was one of the memory devices found inside the Nikon V1. Package markings on the device are: SAMSUNG/104/ K4X2G323PC-8GD8/EEL633GJN.

Also found on the circuit board were two Elpida EDE4232A2MA DRAM devices, on both sides of the EXPEED 3 processor. This looks like a total of 1GB of DDR2 memory.

The flash memory found on the device was the M29W128GH-60ZA6 128 Mbit nonvolatile flash memory device. This device was manufactured by STMicroelectronics

One of the devices behind video capture is the Epson E03100F0A video processor chip. Package markings on this device are: E/E03100F0A/F0Z0112/JAPAN.

The TDA9989 is a very low power and very small size high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) 1.3a transmitter.

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Nikon D7100 vs Panasonic Gh2 sharpness test http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/7505/nikon-d7100-vs-panasonic-gh2-sharpness-test Fri, 12 Jul 2013 08:53:07 -0600 danyyyel 7505@/talks/discussions I already posted that in the Nikon D7100 thread, but I thought that it warranted it own Topic as it was quite revealing and might be of some interest to the community in general.

So I have a little time now and been investigating a bit more the video capability of my newly acquired D7100 (Nikon photo shooter) vs my Panasonic gh2. What I really wanted to know is the sharpness compared to the gh2, because the DR, low light etc... are more or less well documented. I made a series at different sharpness setting in camera, I was going to upload them little latter when I have finish uploading some work. But meanwhile I thought about doing a blind test, because I was surprised how close they looked. I use the same Tamron 17-50 at 50mm on both of them.

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Raw for Nikon?? http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/7405/raw-for-nikon Mon, 01 Jul 2013 14:02:49 -0600 ahbleza 7405@/talks/discussions This looks like something interesting. Would you believe 24p Raw for the D7000?

http://www.thephoblographer.com/2013/07/01/magic-lantern-is-hacking-nikon-cameras-raw-video-possible/

Canon DSLRs have been stealing lots of the spotlight recently with the hacked 5D cameras. Magic Lantern, who did the hacks, are now stating that Nikon’s cameras are being hacked now. Mitch from Planet 5D has seen an early sample from a D700–but it’s only recording around 1.5 frames per second. That’s essentially a time lapse. However, the D7000 can record at 24p.

More details here. I hope this isn't a hoax. Careful reading suggests it's not possible.

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Four thirds (not MFT) lens on Nikon bodies? http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/6864/four-thirds-not-mft-lens-on-nikon-bodies Wed, 01 May 2013 17:35:18 -0600 ahbleza 6864@/talks/discussions A question: is it possible to use an Olympus 4/3rds lens (not MFT) on a Nikon body? Does someone know where I can get an adaptor?

I found this, but it looks like a conversion rather than just an adaptor: http://www.leitax.com/OlympusOM-lens-for-Nikon-cameras.html

According to the Wikipedia film to flange distance chart the Four Thirds mount has a measure of 38.67mm while Nikon F mount is 46.5mm.

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GH2 vs Nikon D800 http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/6579/gh2-vs-nikon-d800 Tue, 02 Apr 2013 14:10:35 -0600 ssh 6579@/talks/discussions I'm thinking about selling my aging D700 to get D800. I am totally satisfied with D700's stills, and the only reason I'd get D800 is the video. Right now I carry GH2 for video and D700 for stills, would be nice to have the best of both worlds in one body. I bet some of you handled or even own both GH2 and D800. Would you be so kind to share your impressions?

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Nikon D7100 or Lumix GH3, next investment http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/6507/nikon-d7100-or-lumix-gh3-next-investment Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:10:29 -0600 andres 6507@/talks/discussions I am hesitating into my next camera and perhaps other are in the same situation, I use my gh1 mostly for private work, interviews, backstage's and teasers for personal projects, Know I am looking for an upgrade, I have leica r lenses that can be fitter on to nikon or m43 so that is not a concern, from what I've seen so far (not much) the D7100 has more noise on the shadows but that is also with much more flat profile compared to the gh3, so it is not fair to say. Resolution wise I think the gh3 wins here but in the dynamic range area the points go to the d7100.

What I need is headphone jack and stop doing double sound for unimportant interviews, so the d5200 is out of the question for me.

d7100 pros The plus is the extra superb photo mode that is great for some stopmotion project I happen to have sometimes. (Communicates with dragon frame) The low gama profiles that combined with a external recorder could develop into something interesting if I wanted to. Low Moire (as far as I've seen) Big Sensor Nice nikon zoom lenses with aperture ring that work with every camera. Aps Sensor 1.5x

cons The sadness of not getting a swivel screen and the unhackability of the camera nature (a big thing). No timelapse, No silent shutter so shutter wear will be a concern. 730g

Gh3 pros The video camera wholeness, The screen, and evf, silent shutter and timelapse mode. posibility of combining it with the metabones adapter to make it 1.3x (we would need to wait and see if it is worth it) (add 400$) Crazzy hacking possibilities Nice to have as a compliment to the bmcc, same adapters and lenses. (possible bcam perhaps) 550g

cons A little moire has been reported Smaller sensor than my gh1 !!!!! need to buy metabones Price is with some big boys. No stopmotion DragonFrame control.

I would like to know members opinion here,

questions for the d7100 Does the camera has histogram with manual leica lenses???? this is really important Does anyone know if the hdmi output is 25p or 50i for pal land or is it 60i like the d5200??? and 422 ???? Do the low isos of the d7100 also have so much noise.????

thanks,

Andrés

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Possible photo of Nikon D400 http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/6361/possible-photo-of-nikon-d400 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 19:35:17 -0700 bleach551 6361@/talks/discussions Here is what could be a photo of the Nikon D400 with a battery grip, but it might just be a photoshop creation. Here is also the link that i got it from.

http://translate.google.de/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=de&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fanscharius.wordpress.com&act=url

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Nikon D7100 Initial 8-page Brochure http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/6342/nikon-d7100-initial-8-page-brochure Wed, 06 Mar 2013 02:05:13 -0700 bleach551 6342@/talks/discussions Here is the Initial 8-page brochure that Nikon has put out for the Nikon D7100. There might be another one coming later with more pages.

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