July 30, 2009
Nikon unveils two new cameras, two new lenses
Nikon has announced an enhanced version of the popular Nikon D300 and a new beginner's-oriented Nikon D3000 to its digital single lens reflex line-up. Nikon's lens inventory has also grown, with the introduction of two new vibration reduction (VR) zoom lenses. One of those lenses will look very familiar...
The newly announced Nikon D300s adds D-Movie capabilities (with contrast detection autofocus during video capture) to the previous D300 feature set.
It is significant to note that thus far the Nikon D-Movie cameras (D90 and D5000) have not provided autofocus during video capture.
The video mode includes 720p HD video (as in the D90 and D5000). The D300s also features a first for Nikon D-Movie cameras in the audio department. External stereo audio inputs are now included.
It also adds an SD card slot, giving photographers the ability to use both CF and SD cards simultaneously.
The D300S boasts the ability to shoot as fast as 7 frames per second with Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL3e (included) and up to 8 frames per second when using the optional Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 and Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a. That’s an extra frame per second with both battery options over the D300.
Complete details (and a downloadable brochure) on the Nikon D300s can be found at Nikon's Product Lineup site.
The new Nikon D3000 takes the sum total of some of the best features found in the intermediate range of Nikon DSLR's, adding here and subtracting there, to come up with a new budget minded and user friendly beginner's camera.
If all the Nikon DSLR's on the market went crazy one night in the middle of the mating season, the D3000 would be the inevitable offspring.
It features Nikon's Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module (same as the D200, D90 and D5000) providing 11-point autofocus speed and agility.
Beginners with a passion for movie making won’t find D-Movie or the versatile “flip-flop” rear LCD monitor, but they will be happy with the size of the D3000 monitor and the completely new User’s Guide menu selection system.
The 3-inch 230k-dot TFT LCD monitor delivers a text size that is 20% larger than on previous Nikon digital SLR cameras.
That large text is quickly evident in the new guide mode designed for user friendly selections of shooting modes.
It also comes in handy when D3000 owners decide to take advantage of advanced in-camera editing features. These features are graphically depicted much the same way a photo-kiosk at the local department store would prompt you for instructions.
The D3000 produces 10.2-megapixel images at a bargain price and adds the ability to produce prints without the use of a computer. Point and shoot Nikon owners looking to step into the DSLR ranks will likely find this camera to be a friendly gateway.
Complete details and a downloadable brochure can be found at Nikon's Product Lineup site.
The two new lenses introduced today are the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II and the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II.
The new 18-200 is an enhanced version of the popular AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED introduced by Nikon in 2005. That lens had the annoying habit of allowing the lens to extend and retract based on sheer gravity. The new model weighs just about 5 grams more than the 2005 version and it resolves the "zoom creep" problem by adding a zoom lock switch.
The new AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II provides a fast f/2.8 lens in the full-frame line-up with vibration reduction (VR) and a Silent Wave Motor. This is an improved VR II version of the previous AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens.
Posted by flashdeadline at July 30, 2009 8:01 AM