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Nikon D3X now official

Yes, what was just a rumor a few days ago is now an official camera — the Nikon D3X. We had most of the specifications right since Nikon basically gave everything away from the very beginning, except of course for the “official news” tag. It will be everything we’d want in a top–level SLR, and then some. Here’s more of the specs as listed on DCResource:

  • 24.5 effective Megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor
  • EXPEED image processing system
  • Supports all Nikon F-mount lenses; DX-format lenses will have a 1.5x focal length conversion ratio
  • Ultra-rugged body resists dust, moisture, and shock; shutter rated to 300,000 cycles
  • 3-inch LCD display with 920,000 pixels; live view supported
  • Optical viewfinder has 0.7x magnification and 100% coverage
  • Full manual controls (obviously)
  • ISO range of 100 – 1600, expandable to 50 – 6400 (yes, that’s a lot smaller than on the D3)
  • 51-point autofocus system, with 3D subject tracking
  • Can shoot continuously at up to 5 fps in FX-format, 7 fps in DX-format
  • Numerous RAW formats supported (12-bit, 14-bit, compressed, uncompressed, etc)
  • Virtual horizon (from D3) can now be superimposed over live view
  • Active D-Lighting improves image contrast as the photo is taken
  • 5:4 aspect ratio allows for easy 8 x 10 shooting
  • Dual CompactFlash Type II slots (UDMA-enabled)
  • HDMI output
  • Optional GPS and wireless transmitter
  • Uses EN-EL4 or EN-EL4A battery; takes a whopping 4400 shots per charge
  • Shipping in December for under $8000

With the D3 and the D3X at the top of Nikon’s lineup, they’ve now got two full–frame cameras catering to the needs of sports photographers that require fast frame rates and a high–resolution variant for portrait shooters and fashion. This combo appears better than Canon’s 1Ds + 1D pair, which might suggest that the 1.3x crop factor on the quick–shooting 1D series may soon be a thing of the past. If I were Canon that’s what I’d do.

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Nikon D3X leaked?


News of a Nikon D3X, an update to the class–leading Nikon D3, has been making the rounds in photography forums the past few days. Ken Rockwell tells us about this with a photo of a cloaked Nikon camera which may be the new D3X. Most likely, the camera in the photo is a D3 but the D3X rumor should be true nonetheless.

Here’s the rumored specifications of the new camera:

  • 24.5 MP FX.
  • ISO 50 ~ 6,400.
  • Live View.
  • 5 FPS (7 FPS in DX crop).
  • Announce date: 01 December 2008.
  • Ship: Early 2009 (est.).
  • Price: $5,500 (est., USA).

Overall, it is basically the same solid Nikon D3 but with a 24 megapixel imaging sensor, putting it at par with Canon’s full–frame digital SLRs. It’s December 1 now here in the Philippines and we should be hearing more about this in the next few hours — if the rumors are true.

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Canon EOS-5D Mark II officially announced

Canon EOS-5D Mark II

Yes, it’s now confirmed, the Canon EOS-5D Mark II is a real camera! After months (or was it years?) of speculation on how Canon would update the full–frame 5D, it is now finally here. Unfortunately, it’s not even close to the rumored 5D update we wrote about last March.

Highlights of this new camera:

  • New 21.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor with improved EOS Integrated Cleaning System (E.I.C.S.)
  • New Full HD 1080 resolution movie recording
  • 3.9 frames per second continuous shooting
  • High performance DIGIC 4 providing superb image quality
  • Maximum 310 large JPEG images in a single burst with a UDMA card
  • 3.0” VGA (920k dots) Clear View LCD
  • ISO 100-6400 (expansion from 50 up to 25,600)
  • 9 AF points + 6 Assist AF points

Not to be outdone by Nikon’s D90, movie recording is available at HD 1080p, besting the Nikon which maxes out at the not–too–shabby 720p setting. Certainly, most of the changes are evolutionary, except for the new CMOS sensor which stands out, almost doubling the 12–megapixel model it replaces. And with sensitivity expansion reaching ISO 25600, the 5D Mark II will certainly be in the bags of Canon–shooting pros pretty soon.

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Canon EOS-50D photo samples

Canon 50D sample @ ISO 12800.

Are you interested how the Canon EOS-50D’s 15 megapixel DIGIC 4–powered imaging capability performs? You’d want to see these just released samples from a pre–production unit, tested at various ISO sensitivities. I’ve posted above a crop of a photo taken at ISO 12800, two stops above the maximum sensitivity of the 40D it replaces. The results are promising indeed and it looks like the 50D will be another must–upgrade for most Canon photographers.

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Full-frame Sony Alpha 900

Full-frame Sony Alpha 900.

Now the digital SLR market is getting undoubtedly interesting. The recent announcement of a DSLR that can do high–definition videos in the Nikon D90 got everyone listening, and now we have the first full–frame camera for the Sony Alpha system, the Sony Alpha 900. This provides a full–frame option for Minolta/Konica–Minolta shooters as well as those betting on the Sony Alpha DSLR system. Not that I think there are many of those, but having a third full–frame capable system puts pressure on the rest of the market, surely making cheap full–frame DSLR cameras a reality in the next few years.

Sony’s venture into full–frame would make Canon and Nikon think twice about their products, making it no longer simply a technogical race, but also a price–driven battle. And since we know that Sony also sells their sensors to other manufacturers, it wouldn’t be far–fetched to see Pentax and Samsung with full–frame digital SLR cameras in the next few months.

And as if it matters in a big way, here’s the specs for the Sony Alpha 900:

  • 24.6 MP 35mm format full-frame CMOS sensor (highest res in class)
  • SteadyShot INSIDE full frame image sensor shift stabilization (world first)
  • High Speed Dual Bionz processors
  • Eye-level glass Penta-prism OVF, 100% coverage, 0.74x magnification
  • 9 point AF with 10 assist points, center dual-cross AF w/2.8 sensor
  • 5 frames per second burst, newly developed mirror box
  • Intelligent Preview Function
  • 3 User programmable custom memory modes on mode dial
  • Advanced Dynamic Range Optimizer (5 step selectable)
  • 40 segment honeycomb metering
  • 3.0″ 921K pixel Photo Quality (270 dpi) LCD display, 100% coverage
  • Direct HDMI output
  • ISO 200-3200 (ISO 100-6400 expanded range)
  • User interchangeable focusing screens (3 options)
  • CF Type I/II and MS slots, LI-ION battery, STAMINA 880 shots
  • Weight 850g (without battery, card, accs)
  • New Image Data Converter SR software (includes vignetting control)
  • New Vertical Grip
  • Supplied with wireless remote control
  • Magnesium Alloy body and rubber seals for dust and moisture resistance
  • AF micro adjustment
  • $2999.99 body price; available late October 2008

As always, DPReview gets the first stab on this camera with their preview of the Sony Alpha 900.

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New Nikon D90 with HD Movie recording

Nikon D90

Here’s a world first: A digital SLR camera that shoots high definition (HD) video. Welcome the Nikon D90.

What its manufacturer may have intended to be just a simple replacement for the dated Nikon D80 may just be the dSLR to change it all. Armed with a 12.3–megapixel CMOS sensor, the D90 is capable of doing most things every digital SLR could do, but adds HD movie recording. Capable of capturing 720p (1280×720px) video, this camera enables video enthusiast to shoot footage utilizing SLR lenses that provide better depth of field control as a result of its larger sensor compared to typical camcorders. This may just revolutionize how videos are captured.

Here’s a rundown of other things on the Nikon D90:

  • 12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS imaging sensor: Coupled with Nikon’s EXPEED image processing technologies and NIKKOR optics, breathtaking image fidelity is assured.
  • Continuous shooting as fast as 4.5 frames-per-second: Combined with fast 0.15ms power-up and split-second 65ms shooting lag, dramatic action and decisive moments are captured easily.
  • D-Movie Mode—Cinematic 24fps HD with sound: Record cinematic-quality movie clips at up to 720p HD (1280 x 720 pixels) in Motion JPEG format, enhanced by NIKKOR interchangeable lens quality and versatility.
  • Low noise ISO sensitivity from 200 to 3200: High signal-to-noise components and design deliver exceptional performance, even at high ISO setting.
  • 3-inch super-density 920,000-dot color LCD monitor: High resolution, 170-degree wide-angle viewing guarantees confident image review and movie playback.
  • Built-in image sensor cleaning: Effective 4-frequency, ultrasonic sensor cleaning frees image degrading dust particles from the sensor’s optical low pass filter.
  • 11-point AF system with Face Priority: Consistently fast and accurate autofocus, reinforced by the Nikon Scene Recognition System, delivers razor sharpness in a wide variety of conditions.
  • One-button Live View: Easy to use Live View activates access to 3 contrast detection focus modes including Face Priority AF.
  • Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II with Scene Recognition System: Nikon’s renowned 420-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering II, teamed with the exclusive Scene Recognition System, evaluates images, referencing an on-board database of over 30,000 photographic scenes, for unmatched exposure accuracy.
  • Comprehensive exposure control: Five advanced scene modes plus Program Auto, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual.
  • Auto Active D-Lighting: Selectable and Automatic, Active D-Lighting optimizes details within shadows and highlights, taming high-contrast situations in real time.
  • Durable, high precision shutter: Testing to over 100,000 cycles assures shutter life and accuracy.
  • In-Camera Image Editing: Creative freedom stems from exclusive in-camera image editing, featuring Fisheye effect, Straighten and Distortion Control as well as D-Lighting, Red-eye Reduction, Image Overlay, Monochrome and more.
  • GPS geo-tagging: GP-1 GPS unit (optional) provides automatic real-time geo-tagging.

The announcement of Canon’s 50D made some heads turn as Canon delivers a new camera sooner than the market expected, however Nikon’s D90 clearly has the spotlight right now. As it stands, Nikon seems to have the more complete and diverse lineup compared to Canon’s digital SLR bodies, especially in the middle to the topmost range. If only Nikon had a more reputable service here in the Philippines, they’d easily leave Canon in their dust.

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Canon EOS-50D officially announced

Canon EOS-50D

Not too long ago, the rumored successor to the 40D just seemed too unreal with the 40D just more than a year old. But with the recent announcement of the Canon EOS-50D, we have now confirmed that Canon has finally picked up the pace to go head–to–head with its competitors.

Here’s the official spec of the 50D:

  • 15.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 6.3fps continuous shooting, max. burst 90 JPEGs with UDMA card
  • DIGIC 4 processor
  • ISO 100-3200, expandable to 12800
  • 9-point wide area AF
  • 3.0-inch Clear View VGA LCD with Live View mode & Face Detection Live AF
  • Magnesium alloy body, with environmental protection
  • EOS Integrated Cleaning System
  • HDMI connection for high quality viewing and playback on a High Definition TV
  • Full compatibility with Canon EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites

Certainly, the Canon EOS-50D is a solid camera just like the 40D it replaces. Worthy of note is the new 15–megapixel CMOS sensor that supposedly produces smooth images with less noise compared to its predecessor. Canon adopted a new manufacturing process and utilized redesigned photo diodes and microlenses, allowing for better light–gathering properties while fitting more pixels in the same sensor size.

Personally, I am not a fan of the megapixel race and stopped caring once it reached 10–megapixel. Photographers wouldn’t know mind though if all these changes result in the most important improvement — better image quality. Now, ISO goes up to 3200 with expanded options that give ISO 6400 and 12800. Now we’re talking really tangible improvements.

Everything seems promising if all promised improvements are indeed true. Pegged at $1399 USD, the Canon EOS–50D provides a viable upgrade path for EOS shooters looking to improve their arsenal.

For more information, here’s Rob Galbraith’s breakdown of the camera while DPReview has a hands–on of the 50D.

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Canon EOS-50D rumored specifications

Canon EOS-50D

It’s rumor time once again! Photography forums are abuzz with what is rumored to be a replacement for the Canon EOS-40D, named the Canon EOS-50D. Of course rumors like this should be taken with a grain of salt, especially when originating from popular forums known with a wide range of users. But here’s the specs anyway:

  • 12.2 Megapixel APS-C sensor
  • Single Digic III Processor
  • ISO 100-3200 (High 6400)
  • 6-8 fps depending on grip
  • 3″ High Resolution OLED LCD
  • Will accept EF and EF-S Lenses
  • 11 point AF
  • 35 Zone metering
  • Viewfinder: 100 percent coverage .95 magnification
  • Pop up flash
  • New Lithium Ion Battery
  • Weather sealing slightly better than 40D

With these rumored details, I don’t think it’s as exciting as it deserves to be. When considering the 40D and similarly–positioned cameras from Nikon like the D300 (and maybe the D700), this news bit better be false or Canon will continue losing market share.

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Canon EOS Rebel XS: $699 USD

Canon has officially set the US price for their new entry level EOS Rebel XS at $699 USD. This is for the complete kit that comes with the IS version of the 18–55mm kit lens. The kits will be available in August. Related to this, the updated flash Canon Speedlite 430EX II is also set to retail for $329 USD.

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Full-frame Nikon D700 Launched

Nikon D700

The recent release of the full–frame Nikon D700 has got the DSLR market talking again. Just like how proshooters responded when Nikon surprised us with their top–of–the–line D3, the D700 appears to raise even more interest and should sell more once it starts shipping.

The Nikon D700 is positioned to sell for 3000 USD, right in the range of the aging Canon EOS–5D. Though the camera is not a direct competitor to Canon’s offerings, it sends a strong message to the market that Nikon is back in the game indeed. With two full–frame FX–sensor cameras in just a year, it makes Canon and other digital SLR manufacturers appear lagging behind in terms of product development.

Here are the main features of the Nikon D700:

  • 12.1 megapixel full-frame sensor (8.45µm pixel pitch)
  • Image Sensor Cleaning (vibration)
  • ISO 200 – 6400 (with boost up to ISO 25600 and down to ISO 100)
  • Also supports DX lenses, viewfinder automatically masks (5.1 megapixels with DX lens)
  • 14-bit A/D conversion, 12 channel readout
  • Same ultra-fast startup and shutter lag as D3
  • Nikon EXPEED image processor (Capture NX processing and NR algorithms, lower power)
  • New Kevlar / carbon fibre composite shutter with 150,000 exposure durability *
  • Multi-CAM3500FX Auto Focus sensor (51-point, 15 cross-type, more vertical coverage)
  • Auto-focus tracking by color (using information from 1005-pixel AE sensor)
  • 95% coverage, 0.72x magnification viewfinder
  • Auto-focus calibration (fine-tuning), fixed body or up to 20 separate lens settings
  • Scene Recognition System (uses AE sensor, AF sensor)
  • Picture Control image parameter presets
  • 5 frames per second continuous with auto-focus tracking
  • Optional MB-D10 Battery Pack (same as D300), increases burst rate to 8 fps
  • UDMA compatible single CF card slot
  • 3.0″ 922,000 pixel LCD monitor
  • Live View with either phase detect (mirror up/down) or contrast detect Auto Focus
  • Virtual horizon indicates if camera is level (like an aircraft cockpit display)
  • HDMI HD video output
  • ‘Active D-Lighting’ (adjusts metering as well as applying D-Lighting curve)
  • Detailed ‘Control Panel’ type display on LCD monitor, changes color in darkness
  • Magnesium alloy body with connections and buttons sealed against moisture
  • Improved Info display on main screen

With the look of things, I think we have a market–changing camera in the Nikon D700. This should get Canon evaluating their product development plans as the market clamors for more value in their cameras. I truly believe the Nikon D700 will be one of the most used cameras in recent times.

Here’s more coverage on the Nikon D700 from Michael Reichmann and Rob Galbraith.

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Canon EOS-1000D Announced

Canon EOS-1000D

This is rather late news since every other photography site actually tried to scoop everyone else, but it’s still worth mentioning that Canon has just announced their entry level Canon EOS–1000D which will also be known as the Digital Rebel XS. Quite obviously, this camera is a response to Nikon’s three–headed entry–level team composed of the D40, the D40X, and the D60.

Anyone who’s familiar with Canon’s digital SLR lineup would surely notice that the EOS–1000D is a cross–breed of the older 400D and the current 450D. It carries a 10–megapixel CMOS sensor, 3 FPS continuous shooting, and a 2.5–inch LCD, features that were upgraded when Canon released the 450D. The body and button layout are inherited from the 450D, including the image–stabilized kit lens, but some features are clearly limited to make it a lower camera compared to the 450D. A blatant non–existent feature is the sensor found just under the optical viewfinder of the 400D and the 450D; this means that the rear LCD will most likely behave similar to Nikon’s models — you have to manually turn them off when you take them to eye level.

The introduction of this model is an interesting twist in Canon’s lineup, raising the doubts on the market value of the 450D since it is just marginally better than the 1000D. For less money, you get a camera of almost the same usability and value. If I were looking for a backup camera on a limited budget, I won’t hesitate picking the 1000D over the 450D. For first–time digital SLR owners though, it is too close to call and would largely depend on your budget and deals offered. Either way, you still get a perfectly usable camera. I think Canon just introduced another great seller in the EOS–1000D, I just hope it isn’t at the expense of the 450D.

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Canon EOS-5D Mark II Rumors

Canon EOS-5D Mark II

Speculations are alive about the reported replacement for the overdue Canon EOS–5D, expectedly marked as the Canon EOS–5D Mark II. Not necessarily revolutionary, the leaked specs still suggest a modest upgrade from the first generation full–frame digital SLR. As said in the DP Review forums:

The new 5D II will not be released at Photokina, but instead will be a surprise announcement on April 22, according to a source I am unwilling to disclose. The specs of the new camera are as follows (final name unavailable):

  • 15.3 MP full frame CMOS sensor (vastly improved light-gathering capacity per pixel: improved micro lenses; miniaturized micro circuitry; enhanced signal/noise ratio)
  • Weather sealing same as 1Ds Mark III
  • Dual Digic III with all-new “CXR” NR system reported to best 3rd party NR software. Available as a C.F with 4 levels of customizable parameters.
  • 14 bit A/D conversion
  • ISO 12800 (C.F. up to 25600)
  • Reported 1 2/3 stop sensitivity improvement
  • All-new 29-point TTL CMOS sensor with 12 cross-type for F/2.8 or faster lens (35% faster than 40D)
  • Micro lens fine adjustment for up to 14 lenses
  • 300,000 exposure shutter durability
  • 6.0 / 3.0 fps
  • 3.0″ LCD, 922,000 pixels
  • EOS Integrated Cleaning System
  • Live View (improved from 450D; latest generation)
  • 6/3 fps continuous shooting for up to 68 frames
  • MSRP $3499, available June 2

With this long list of realistic enough details, it seems the leaked info may prove to be true. What I’m not too happy about though is the ~$3500 USD price tag, putting it much higher than the first 5D. Quite unusual since Canon’s digital SLR line has a history of decreasing prices for newer and better models. $2500 USD would’ve been more right and puts it in a reasonale range compared to offerings from other DSLR makers.

But wait, is this really the Canon EOS–5D Mark II?

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The new Nikon D60

Nikon D60

Seriously big new: Nikon announces the new Nikon D60.

Much to the disappointment of Canon fans thinking the Canon EOS–450D/XSi will reclaim the entry–level dSLR market, Nikon continues to milk profits from its best–selling D40 by morphing it into another better product just like the D40x.

From the outside, the Nikon D60 is the same as the D40 but with some key changes, like:

  • 10.2–megapixel CCD sensor (up from 6 on the D40)
  • Active D-lighting (same as that on the Nikon D300)
  • EXPEED, Nikon’s digital image processing technology, a response to Canon’s DIGIC
  • 3x zoom AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
  • Stop-Motion Movie mode, allowing users to produce stop–motion movies that have been fairly popular these days
  • Image Sensor Cleaning function + Airflow Control System, a 2–step approach to keeping dust and dirt away from your sensor

The Nikon D60 adds a lot of consumer–aimed features, it being marketed to the beginner types just like the D40. Instead of using a 3–inch LCD, Nikon has decided to stick with the same 2.5–inch display and focus on adding relevant features instead. Compared to the new offerings from Pentax and Samsung, the D60 holds its own and should be a strong contender in this market segment.

Buying a digital SLR? The Nikon D60 should be just as good an option as those recently announced and soon available. There’s no reason not to get one soon!

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The digital SLR bunch

Almost released at the same time as the Canon EOS-450D/XSi, the Pentax K20D, Pentax K200D, and the Samsung GX-20 are three new digital SLR models aiming to grab a portion of the entry–level DSLR market that has rapidly been growing the past few years.

Pentax K20D

The Pentax K20D is an upgrade to their successful K10D, adding a 14.6–megapixel CMOS sensor now capable of live view functionality and an expanded dynamic range.

Samsung GX-20

The Samsung GX-20 is reportedly the same as the Pentax K20D, though Samsung claims that its model uses its own JPG processing algorithm.

Pentax K200D

Lastly, the Pentax K200D is an upgrade to the beginner–level k100D, now with a 10.2–megapixel anti–shake CCD inside a weather–sealed body.

With all these new digital SLR models crowding the market, prices should go further down — pleasant news to all consumers. So if you’re looking to buy your first digital SLR, there’s no better time than now!

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The new Canon EOS-450D/XSi

Canon EOS-450D/XSi

Just in case you haven’t heard about it, Canon has released their latest consumer digital SLR, the Canon EOS-450D/XSi.

Not simply an updated 400D, this model is a completely new creation that looks far more professional than previous entry–level Canon SLRs. Listed in it’s special site as highlighted features are:

  • 12.2–megapixel CMOS Sensor and DIGIC III
  • Image Stabilizer (IS) Lens Support
  • EOS Integrated Cleaning System
  • Continuous 3.5fps Shooting
  • Live View Shooting
  • Precise 9–point Auto Focus
  • Auto Lighting Optimizer
  • 3.0–inch LCD Monitor
  • Lightweight Body, SD Card Compatibility
  • Viewfinder with 0.87x Magnification
  • Comfortable, Easy Operation
  • Comprehensive System Enhancements

With all the other announcements in the entry–level SLR market, Canon is pressed to deliver a better camera that can compare well against other offerings, especially those from Nikon like the  D40 and the D40x which has handily captured a significant slice of the pie. The way it looks, the 450D appears to be a good contender, but is it going to be enough to reclaim their share of the market?

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Nikon D3 First Use

Nikon D3

Wondering how impressive the Nikon D3 can be in the wild? James Russell over at Luminous Landscape got to use one while shooting an assignment in Osaka, Japan and seems very impressed.

Being a RAW shooter, he was apprehensive about testing it since the RAW tools for the D3 were not yet up to speed. Because of this, he used JPG for his out. Surprisingly, the untouched JPG output was so good that he could apply his RAW workflow to it and achieve the results he wants.

I don’t think it would be a surprise to see most pros shoot with a Nikon D3 in 2008, because it seems to be every camera it was designed to be.

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Nikon D300 now shipping!

Nikon D300 now shipping.

In case you haven’t heard of it, the much–awaited Nikon D300 is now shipping and has started its first (though not few) lucky owners. Ken Rockwell shares his first thoughts on it too, just hours after got his D300.

Why do I see myself reading more about Nikon cameras these days?

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New Olympus E-3 & Zuiko Lenses

Olympus has just announced it’s new Four Thirds format body, the E-3. This new body can do 5 frames per second of continuous shooting, at 10 megapixels. To complement this new SLR body, they also have several pro–level lenses (and a 2x teleconverter) announced at the same time, namely:

However, with the market very much crowded by both Nikon and Canon, will the Olympus E-3 be commercially successful?

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Full-frame Nikon D3 released!

Nikon D3

If the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, Canon EOS-40D, or the Nikon D300 didn’t get you all excited, the Nikon D3 should. Being the first ever full–frame digital SLR from Nikon, the Nikon D3 stands proud with features than can easily equal or beat its rivals now, even if those are already in their third generation.

The Nikon D3 uses a full–frame CMOS sensor designated as the “FX Format,” as opposed to the DX format used in their 1.5x crop cameras like the D40 and and the D200. Here’s a breakdown of this model, as mentioned in their product page:

  • 12.2 megapixel FX CMOS sensor with high signal-to-noise ratio, wide dynamic range and 12-channel readout.
  • ISO 200 – 6400: extendable up to 25600 (equivalent) and down to ISO 100 (equivalent).
  • 9fps consecutive shooting (11fps in DX Crop mode)
  • EXPEED image processing engine with 14-bit A/D conversion and 16-bit image processing for superb tonal gradation.
  • Advanced Scene Recognition System combines the camera’s metering and AF sensors for precise exposures and sharply defined images.
  • Multi-CAM3500FX 51-point AF system. Individually selectable or configurable in 9-point, 21-point and 51-point coverage settings.
  • Picture Controls streamline in-camera image processing by enabling customization of image parameters before capture and offer complete control over sharpening, contrast, brightness, hue and saturation in various color modes.
  • 920,000 dot 3-inch VGA LCD monitor with wide, 170-degree viewing angle.
  • Live View with Autofocus enables composition of images using the LCD monitor. Two modes are supported: Handheld or Tripod.
  • Two Crop Modes: DX format and 5:4 ratio. The DX crop mode can be automatically enabled when a DX lens is attached.
  • Quick response: approx. 37 ms shutter-lag and 55 ms viewfinder black-out.
  • Highly accurate, durable Kevlar/carbon fiber-composite shutter unit: Standard rating of 300, 000 cycles, with a maximum shutter speed of 1/8,000 sec and flash synchronization at up to 1/250 sec.
  • Active D-Lighting enables superior high-contrast images by automatically applying tone compensation at the moment of capture.
  • Dual CF card slots: configurable for parallel (simultaneous) or serial (consecutive) recording.
  • HDMI video output interface enables connection to high-definition video systems.
  • Intuitive ergonomics with optimized button placement for fast and comfortable handling.
  • Durable Magnesium alloy body built to withstand the rigors of the harshest of environments.
  • Wireless LAN and Ethernet support via optional Wireless Transmitter WT-4.

Considering most of the features on the Nikon D3, especially the full–frame sensor capable of 9 frames per second continuous shooting, with an ISO range up to 6400 and expandable to 25600, it seems Nikon has clear winner compared to the Canon’s top end EOS-1Ds Mark III. This is the camera that Nikon digital shooters haven’t been expecting this soon — this is what full–frame Canon shooters always wanted their next camera to be. And Nikon produced it.

At a price 5,000 dollars, the Nikon D3 is inexpensive when compared to the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III. If all feature advantages or disadvantages were to be ignored, the Nikon still comes out as the better camera at a better value. I’m sure Canon engineers are now busy trying to outdo Nikon. Times are good, cameras are getting better at lower prices.