Nikon D3x Concept Rendition

UPDATE: The Nikon D3x is now a real camera. You can read about it on Photography Bay’s Nikon D3x Reviews and Resources.

You can order the Nikon D3x at the following online stores:

Amazon

Adorama

Calumet

Ritz Camera

Wolf Camera

Camera World

Over the past several months we’ve really seen the Nikon D3 rumors heating up. While we know that they go back to 2003 or so, PMA really stirred the pot this year with the now infamous Jim Seaholm rumor.

I’m not reporting any further rumors today. In fact, it’s been rather quiet on the rumor mill this week. Hmm….does that mean something? ;)

I just wanted to pass along some impressive renditions of Norm Olsen’s Nikon D3x Concept. Norm originally posted these shots in the forums over at DPReview.com. Someone actually suggested to Norm that these we’ll end up as the next “leaked” evidence for the D3. I contacted Norm to see if he would allow me to feature these concept renditions here. I thought it would be cool to feature these renditions here for a couple of reasons.

First, as much as I love a good rumor or two, if I can track down something bogus and keep it from propagating more rumors, then all the better. Second, and perhaps more importantly, I think Norm’s work here is really cool. He has obviously spent a lot of time making this look great. Norm’s disclaimer:

I am a digital graphic artist coming from a decade-long run in the electronic gaming industry. I never worked for Nikon, nor am I some top secret tester having possession of any D3 prototypes.

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I really dig this LCD screen. I think it’s got a lot of great potential. I’m really big on getting info quick and clear. I think Norm’s onto something here.

Here, we get a glimpse into the amount of detail and effort that went into this impressive rendition.

Norm welcomes any feedback. Feel free to comment here or join the forum discussion over at DPReview.com.

Finally, do Norm and the rest of us a favor. If you see these shots accompanying some rumor mill on the Nikon D3, let us know. In the mean time, dream on.

UPDATE 6/8/07: Just when I thought things were quiet this week, Norm’s renderings found there way into the rumor mill. Also, you can find them on Cnet (with the disclosure that they really are fictitious renderings).

[tags]nikon, d3, d3x, artist, rendition, concept, rumors[/tags]

Nikon Coolpix 360

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What is it?

It’s a concept of a point and shoot camera from Nikon. Seems like they’ve got all the cool toys here lately (see last few posts).

A panoramic view is ‘an unbroken view of an entire surrounding area’. Often, this means one has to turn around 360 degrees, to receive this unbroken view. As we translate this to an image captured in print, the concept of Nikon 360 is the solution. Based on an ergonomic cylindrical form lens, the 360 is a camera that allows you take an all-round picture. An angle indicator provides a gauge on the direction of the rotating head and is also an additional detail to provide the camera with a stronger and steadier feel while in operation. A built-in inclinometer indicates the horizontality of position prior to execution. The 360 is designed with much emphasis on the user interface, with the main operating function designed as a touch sensor, thereby maintaining a flushed surface on the exterior. 360 is an innovation that captures all that meets the eye, and more. (via Yanko Design)

[tags]nikon, coolpix, 360, panoramic, panorama, design, concept, digital camera, point and shoot[/tags]

Rumor Alert – Nikon AF-S 100-500mm f/4-5.6 ED-IF VR III

Is this for real?

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There are a couple more pictures here.

It showed up in a Thai-based Nikon forum yesterday. Anyone care to translate the forum postings and tell me what it says?

The specs read as follows:

  • VR III system offers the equivalent of using a shutter speed 5.5 stops faster (when used with compatible camera bodies incorporated with Nikon’s O.B. VR technology), or 4 stops faster when used with conventional camera bodies
  • Two VR Modes: Normal mode or Active Mode for when taking pictures with extreme movement
  • Automatically detects when photographer is panning and compensates
  • 5 Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements minimizes chromatic aberration and provides higher resolution and superior contrast
  • Lightweight Magnesium die-cast construction (approx. 5.2lbs) with tripod mounting foot
  • Internal Focusing (IF) design for smoother focusing and great body balance
  • Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor enables ultra-high speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and super-quiet operation
  • High-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating offers superior color reproduction and minimizes ghost and flare
  • Rounded diaphragm (9 blades) for natural blur
  • New tripod mounting foot design, compatible with Arca style quick-release system
  • Compatible with Nikon TC-14E, TC-17E II, and TC-20E II Teleconverters, AF operation only with TC14E II

Seems a little too good to be true and some of the grammar seems a little too broken for such an official looking Nikon ad/press sheet. It certainly got me excited though. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. The rumors sure do seem to be picking up here lately. The Nikon 50 f/1.2 has been getting some buzz of late too.

[tags]nikon, 100-500, af-s, ed-if, VRIII, VR-III, 50, f/1.2, 1.2, rumors, news, lens, lenses[/tags]

Latest Nikon D3 Buzz

Thom Hogan’s comments in the DPReview forums regarding the Nikon D3 (found via this blog):

Expect a late June announcement with ship in August/September instead and you might be less disappointed ;~).

Additional rumors, purportedly originating in France suggest 18.7MP and the highly-speculated 1.1x crop factor sensor. As stated in the DPReview.com forums (including spelling/grammatical errors):

In France the magazine “Reponses Photo” declares in the new june issue of their popular magazine th New D3…

They inform us that it will be a 18,7 Mpix with a 1.1 frame ( near full frame) and it allows to maintain the Nikon F mount. As the D2X this DSRL has 8 im/sec with a DX frame and 5 im/sec with the 1.1 frame.

DX lenses won’t suit the 1.1 frame and will be maintaint for the actual DSRL’s and the future amateur Nikon DSRL’s.

The 18,7 Mpix chip will come from Sony and will be exclusif for Nikon dor the 12 months after the launching of the camera (as it was always done in the past …)

Nikon director and spokesman in France Benoit de Dieuleveult declares that he can’t give any comments on this proposals, but he states : ” Nikon don’t want to reduce their Pro Market. On the contrary, our intention is to increase our parts in this market. We have developed very nice new pro products that will make us take back the lost parts and increase our position in the Pro market. Actuelly i can’t say more but you want be disappointed …”

Even more:

I have unconfirmed report that on June 22, 2007 Nikon have NPS meeting in Europe, they might announce some lenses and new body at that time.

[tags]nikon, d3, d3x, d3h, rumors, news, announcement, july, june[/tags]

Nikon D40x Review Roundup


The Nikon D40x is the 10 megapixel sibling of the 6 megapixel Nikon D40.  The D40x offers a wider ISO range of 100-3200 and is available as a kit and as a body only.  The D40x was replaced by the D60, which was announced in January 2008, just prior to PMA.  The D60 offers minor updates overall; however, the most significant upgrade for the Nikon D60 is the inclusion of a kit lens that features Nikon Vibration Reduction (VR) technology.

Reviews

Photography Review

The D40x will make a great entry-level digital SLR for beginners or a compact second body for photographers who want a backup. It’s well-built, sturdy, and performs well for such an inexpensive camera. Standout features of the D40x are the image quality and high resolution, high-ISO performance, Nikon’s D-Lighting in-camera image processing, and the built-in Help system.

Photography BLOG

The Nikon D40x is essentially a 10 megapixel version of the slightly older 6 megapixel D40, and thankfully the increase in resolution hasn’t negatively affected the overall image quality. Indeed, I couldn’t see any noticeable difference in terms of noise between ISO settings on the D40x and the same settings on the D40, which means that the D40x delivers a bigger image without the usual trade-offs of unwanted image artifacts.

DPReview.com

Popular Photography

By Thom

Let’s Go Digital

Cnet

Camera Town

Camera Labs

Digital Camera Resource Page

Photo.net

Georg N. Nyman

Where to Buy

First off, consider going to your local camera store (and I don’t necessarily mean Wolf Camera at the mall). By going to your local camera store, you’re supporting your community and you just might build a lasting relationship with people you can rely on when you need some help or answers. If you’re buying online, I recommend sticking with Amazon, B&H Photo or Adorama. These three vendors are reliable, trustworthy and generally have the best (legitimate) prices.

[tags]nikon, d40x, review, test, deal, cheap, kit[/tags]

A Picturetown, Geo-Tagging, Vista Horrors, Zero D, Flickr Censorship and More . . .

Consider a visit to Picturetown, SC . . . just pack your Nikon D40 though.

Everybody knows once you go DSLR, you never go back.

If you like geotagging your photos in flickr, save some time and do the tagging via your hotshoe.

Thinking of upgrading to Vista? Are you ready for the full horrors?

Ever hear of a tricked out infrared camera, modified by removing the infrared filter? Me either . . . but some people really dig it.

We’ve all heard that the Nikon D40x is one bad mombo jombo. Well, you can see all (maybe not all, but a lot) of the reviews of the new killer camera over at Digital Camera Tracker. It’s one hot ticket right now!

Forget the Canon 40D, get a Canon 0D (that’s “zero” D).

Save some cash when you buy a Nikon DSLR and a point and shoot camera at the same time.

Perspective on the acquisition of DPReview.com by Amazon.

Read why flickr = censorship.

Word is Canon’s gonna make a “big” acquisition this year.

Ever wonder how Canon’s self-cleaning sensor works?

If you’re interested in getting more familiar with Adobe’s software products, consider the 200+ videos available free, online in the Adobe CS3 Video Workshop.

[tags]picturetown, dslr, geotagging, windows, vista, infrared, nikon, d40, d40x, canon, 40d, 0d, deal, digital camera, dpreview, amazon, flickr, censorship, rumor, self-cleaning, senor, adobe, cs3, photoshop, video[/tags]

Nikon D3

A summer announcement is reportedly due for the D2- successor, presumably a Nikon D3. That’s the story over at DPReview.com anyway. This appeared in a recent forum post:

UK Nikon rep who made her yearly visit to us at a regional awards evening last week quite bluntly in fact HOWEVER we have been assured that a new camera is imminent, a summer announcement btw, and furthermore she will deliver the new camera to us for useage in september and if it fails to be a canon mk3 beater then she’ll take them off her hands with no questions asked. When pressed on names ie d3h or x she declined to say as this has not been decided as of yet (it’s just a code number at the moment apparently) but said the camera would be at least as big file size as the current d2xs and faster than the d3hs, other than that there was no further information ie full frame etc., sorry but it was an awards evening and by the time we spoke it was fairly late on.

[tags]nikon, d3, d3x, d3h, d2xs, rumor, news[/tags]

Nikon Reporting Record Sales

Forbes has the info:

Nikon chief financial officer Ichiro Terato told a press conference: ‘High-margin single-lens reflex digital cameras and interchangeable lenses are selling well thanks to the aggressive release of new models such as the D-80, D-40 and D-40X.’

He remarked: ‘The entry into the SLR digital camera market of Sony (nyse: SNE news people ) and Matsushita Electric helped increase the size of the market.’

Nikon sold 2.09 mln SLR digital cameras in the last fiscal year, up from 1.34 mln the year before.

It sold 2.64 mln interchangeable lenses for SLR digital cameras, up from 2.02 mln.

‘Brisk sales of high-end digital cameras and interchangeable lenses more than offset sluggish sales of our compact digital cameras,’ Terato said.

Raise your hand if you have something to do with this.  I know I’ve enjoyed my new D40!

I think its pretty clear from these numbers that the release of the D40x over a D3 was more beneficial to Nikon’s bottom line.  We all want a D3 though… or two of’em.

[tags]nikon, sales, profits, d40, d80, d40x, slr, digital, camera, news, money, financial[/tags]

Nikon D3 Due “Around Fall” 2007

Here’s the latest and greatest from the long string of rumors dug up from the forums over at DPReview.com from someone who knows someone in the know:

I was today on a major event from a camera store (big one at VA region), and the Nikon representative that I know was there, also the Canon guy with a Mark III demo.

I teased my Nikon guy friend about the June 1st (Canon III date), and he told me that Nikon will have a BIG answer for that around fall, and will be BIG.

He was the one that gave me some tips around the D200 launch day.

Right, I know. Real solid stuff here. The post author does catch a little flack from the certainty of his prediction. Certain or not, its more for the rumor mill and that’s what we’ve got to deal with until Nikon makes an announcement.

[tags]nikon, d3, rumor, news, dslr, d3x, d3h, d2, successor, 2007, digital, camera, may[/tags]

Nikon D40 at $539

_________________________________________________________ I was tooling around on Amazon tonight looking at some Nikon gear when I saw this. Amazon is currently offering the Nikon D40 for $539 with the 18-55mm kit lens AND free shipping and no sales tax. You simply can’t beat this deal with a stick!

[tags]nikon, d40, price, deal, cheap, free shipping, no tax, kit, lens[/tags]