Nikon http://www.personal-view.com/talks/categories/nikon-cameras/feed.rss Tue, 22 Aug 17 16:36:57 -0600 Nikon en-CA Nikon D850 upcoming camera http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17265/nikon-d850-upcoming-camera Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:04:53 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17265@/talks/discussions image

Preliminary specs

  • 45.7MP new CMOS sensor, lack of AA filter
  • Slightly improved DR, lower read noise
  • SnapBridge slight improvement
  • AF system identical to D5, 153 points, AF points @ -3EV, center crosshair sensor @-4EV
  • 180k RGB meter
  • No flash
  • GPS available only as option
  • Tiltable LCD screen made for video shooters
  • Touchscreen
  • Two memory slots - SDHC card slot and XQD card slot, SD slot supports UHS-II
  • Wi-Fi and bluetooth
  • Back illuminated buttons
  • Joystick selector
  • Fully silent electronic shutter mode up to 30fps @ 8MP
  • Announcement in July
  • 8K time-lapse video
  • 4K video, no sensor cropping
  • 1080p120 video
  • Focus stacking for up to 300 pictures
  • Improved battery life
  • Serial shooting - 7fps without grip, 9fps with grip
  • Buffer - 51 images raw 14-bit raw
  • Price - from $3199 up to $3600
  • Will be on display at the Photo+ Expo in October

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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 D500 official topic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/14382/nikon-d500-official-topic Tue, 05 Jan 2016 13:21:39 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14382@/talks/discussions image

Specs

  • DX APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Touchscreen
  • 10fps continuous shooting (200 shots RAW)
  • UHD 4K Video
  • ISO 100 to ISO 51200, expands to ISO50 to ISO1,640,000
  • Nikon SnapBridge BlueTooth Always On Connectivity (Low Power)
  • Available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01A7Q0J3Y/
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Nikon D5600 official topic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16002/nikon-d5600-official-topic Sun, 06 Nov 2016 12:45:18 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16002@/talks/discussions image

Specs

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Nikon KeyMission 80, 170, 360 cameras topic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/14384/nikon-keymission-80-170-360-cameras-topic Tue, 05 Jan 2016 15:14:48 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14384@/talks/discussions image

Today, Nikon Inc. announced its entry into the action camera market with the development of an exciting lineup of products that build on Nikon’s legendary excellence in optical technology and imaging innovation. The first in the lineup will be the Nikon KeyMission 360 a rugged camera capable of recording true 360-degree video in 4K UHD allowing users to share new perspectives and explore imagery like never before.

The Nikon KeyMission 360 features an image sensor and lens on opposite sides of the device, with images from each combining to create a single immersive, ultra-high-definition 360-degree video and still image. A terrific companion for a wide range of travel, sports or when an adventure takes a turn off the beaten path, the camera is designed to be easy to use and withstand the elements. Waterproof (approx. 100 ft./30m), and ready to stand up to dust, shock and low temperatures, the KeyMission 360 also features electronic Vibration Reduction (VR), enabled through applications during playback, that reduces the effects of camera shake to help produce sharp and crisp video quality.

Nikon will exhibit reference models of the KeyMission 360 at the Nikon booth at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) from Wednesday, January 6 to Saturday, January 9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The KeyMission 360, the first of Nikon’s lineup of action cameras, along with a variety of dedicated accessories, will officially be released in Spring 2016.

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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 mirrorless hype out of nothing http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17318/nikon-mirrorless-hype-out-of-nothing Sun, 09 Jul 2017 06:57:50 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17318@/talks/discussions

Structural reform does not exclude all possibilities. In terms of product, you should also compete with medium and high-end SLR single lens reflexes. While targeting genre top, earn profits even if sales falls. With generations grew up on smart phones I will give out a "Nikonashii" mirrorless camera that made a difference to other companies in terms of performance. I want to overwhelm the performance of the lens by making use of industrial lens technology, but also need playfulness

From http://newswitch.jp/p/9613

Nikon has serious issues, so next move is PR noise. Lot of Nikon paid hamsters from stupid ones to smart like Thom started to made circles around mirrorless camera mention.
They also want to move attention from previous sentence typical for capitalist regressive company - to increase profits and focus on elite.

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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

Useful links:

Previews and samples:

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Nikon D7500 camera topic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16727/nikon-d7500-camera-topic Tue, 11 Apr 2017 23:02:16 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16727@/talks/discussions image

Specs

  • 21MP CMOS APS-C Sensor
  • Expeed 5 LSI
  • 3.2" 922k LCD tilting LCD with touchscreen
  • 100% view optical viewfinder
  • Video modes
    • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
    • 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
    • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 144 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
    • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 48 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
    • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 24 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
    • 1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 48 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
    • 1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 24 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
    • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 24 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
    • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 12 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
    • 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 24 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • Mic and headphone ports
  • Clean HDMI out
  • 640 g
  • 136 x 104 x 73 mm
  • $1,249.95 body at https://www.amazon.com/Nikon-D7500-DX-format-Digital-Body/dp/B06Y5ZCFHX
  • $1,749.95 kit with 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens at https://www.amazon.com/Nikon-D7500-DX-format-Digital-18-140mm/dp/B06Y5RTN1T/

Important things

  • UHS-I only controller, hence slow
  • Worst strap lugs position
  • No peaking
  • Removal of one SD slot
  • Cheap low res LCD used
  • Cheap small battery
  • NFC was also cut to increase margins

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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:


Samples and videos:

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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 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 D5, official topic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/14371/nikon-d5-official-topic Mon, 04 Jan 2016 15:35:33 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14371@/talks/discussions image

Specs (available in two kinds)

  • Camera come in two variants - CF and XQD
  • 20.82Mp CMOS sensor
  • 4K video shooting
  • EXPEED 5 LSI
  • 153 AF points, 99-point cross sensor, 15 points work at F8
  • 12fps continuous shooting with AF, up to 200 frames in RAW
  • 14fps continuous shooting without AF
  • 3.2" 2.36m dots LCD touchscreen
  • 2 XQD or 2 CF cards
  • up to 1/8,000 sec shutter
  • 100% coverage, 0.72x mag
  • USB 3.0 SuperSpeed
  • EN-EL18a battery
  • 1.4kg weight
  • Available in March
  • $6500 / £5199 body only
  • XQD - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01A7Q0HEK/
  • CF - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01A7Q0DVM/
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Nikon D3400 camera topic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15526/nikon-d3400-camera-topic Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:02:39 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15526@/talks/discussions image

Specs

  • 24.2Mp CMOS APS-C sensor, same as D3300
  • New guide mode for beginners
  • Most else is derived from D3300
  • No 4K video, no mike socket
  • 1,200 shots (CIPA) battery life


Available for preorder at https://www.amazon.com/Nikon-D3400-NIKKOR-18-55mm-3-5-5-6G/dp/B01KITZKDE/


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Nikon in bad way, rumour Fuji here to help http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17105/nikon-in-bad-way-rumour-fuji-here-to-help Tue, 06 Jun 2017 05:12:14 -0600 alcomposer 17105@/talks/discussions Fujirumors reports that the Japanese Government has asked Fujifilm to 'help out' Nikon.

Currently its only in Japanese and only Google translate.

http://www.fujirumors.com/japanese-goverment-wants-fujifilm-help-suffering-nikon-company-says-japanese-report/

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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 1 J5 - flop with "4K video" http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12592/nikon-1-j5-flop-with-4k-video Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:22:20 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12592@/talks/discussions image

Specs:

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Nikon D7500 old http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16708/nikon-d7500-old Fri, 07 Apr 2017 07:43:33 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16708@/talks/discussions image

  • 20MP CMOS APS-C sensor
  • 4Kp30 and 4Kp24 video modes
  • 51 points AF
  • 8 fps serial shooting
  • Tiltable screen
  • Wi-Fi and bluetooth
  • SnapBridge
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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 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

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Nikon D7300 will get 4K video http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16515/nikon-d7300-will-get-4k-video Mon, 27 Feb 2017 23:13:34 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16515@/talks/discussions
  • Will have 20MP CMOS sensor
  • 4K video, most probably 24 and 30fps
  • 51 points AF
  • Nikonrumors and own sources used

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    Nikon DL mirrorless cameras, 4K and 1080p120 http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/14614/nikon-dl-mirrorless-cameras-4k-and-1080p120 Fri, 19 Feb 2016 15:38:40 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14614@/talks/discussions Nikon DL 24-85mm

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    • 20.8Mp 1-inch BSI CMOS image
    • EXPEED 6A image processor
    • 3.5x NIKKOR lens 24-85mm
    • Fast F1.8-2.8 maximum aperture range
    • Dual Detect Optical VR image stabilization
    • Hybrid AF system
    • Super Macro Mode allows for true 1:1 marco shooting at 35mm
    • Tilting LCD screen
    • Optional DF-E1 electronic viewfinder (EVF)
    • Hot shoe for external flash units
    • 4K UHD video recording 25/30fps, 1080p120
    • Burst shooting at up to 20fps
    • 105.4 x 61.5 x 50.0 mm
    • 350g
    • $649.95
    • Preorder - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01C3LEIGU/

    Nikon DL 18-50mm

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    • 20.8Mp 1-inch BSI CMOS image
    • EXPEED 6A image processor
    • 2.8x 18-50mm lens
    • Fast F1.8-2.8 maximum aperture range
    • Dual Detect Optical VR image stabilization
    • Hybrid AF system
    • Tilting LCD screen
    • Optional DF-E1 electronic viewfinder (EVF)
    • 4K UHD video recording 25/30fps, 1080p120
    • Burst shooting at up to 20fps
    • 105.5 x 62.5 x 56.6 mm
    • 350g
    • $849.95
    • Preorder - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01C3LEKT0/

    Nikon DL 24-500mm

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    • 20.8Mp 1" BSI CMOS image
    • EXPEED 6A image processor
    • 20.8x NIKKOR lens covering 24-500mm equivalent focal range
    • Fast F2.8-5.6 maximum aperture range
    • Dual Detect Optical VR image stabilization
    • Hybrid AF system
    • Built-in OLED EVF with over 2 million dots
    • 4K UHD video recording 25/30fps, 1080p120
    • Burst shooting at up to 20fps
    • 122.5 x 89.9 x 139.4 mm
    • 830g
    • $999.95
    • Preorder - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01C3LEG94/
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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

    Videos:

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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:


    Available at:

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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 J1 exposure bracketing http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15961/nikon-j1-exposure-bracketing Sun, 30 Oct 2016 14:04:43 -0600 mosaster 15961@/talks/discussions Gentlemen, does anyone know whether it is possible to add exposure bracketing function to Nikon J1(or any Nikon 1) firmware? It is so much frustrating that none of Nikon 1 series cameras is equipped with exposure bracketing while they have very smooth and high-speed shutter. Obviously, Nikon designers did not want competition for their high products. Though, I assume, this function is purely missing due to the circumsized firmware. Is it possible to have Nikon 1 shoot exposure bracketing?

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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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    Nikon 1 related panic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15553/nikon-1-related-panic Fri, 19 Aug 2016 21:33:15 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15553@/talks/discussions

    we’re leaving Nikon 1 cameras out of the list, as we believe the series is no longer being developed

    All started from small note in one article on DPReview. Actually, it is just observation.

    Nikon 1 is interesting little system, never sold good, Nikon always wanted to push it via their friends and representatives (I mean press and reviewers) at premium prices.

    All this panic means nothing, even if Nikon will stop any development it will be done same as Samsung did. Without announcement and fanfare.

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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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