Nikon Coolpix S8100 Announced

The Nikon Coolpix S8100 is a compact point and shoot camera that features a 10x optical zoom and a 12.1MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor.  The new S8100 should be available in September 2010 at an initial retail price of $299.95.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

Nikon Coolpix S8100 Key Features

  • 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 10x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass Lens
  • Full HD (1080p) Movie Recording
  • Mode Dial for quick setting of key functions.
  • ISO can be set as high as 3200

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Canon 1D Mark IV vs. Nikon D3S – Autofocus Performance [Part 3]

Canon  1D Mark IV vs. Nikon D3s

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, I provided an introduction to this autofocus evaluation, as well as a brief overview of the Canon 1D Mark IV and Nikon D3S AF systems.  If you have not read the previous installments in this series, you can do so now by clicking the links below:

  1. Canon 1D Mark IV vs. Nikon D3S – Autofocus Performance [Part 1]
  2. Canon 1D Mark IV vs. Nikon D3S – Autofocus Performance [Part 2]

In Part 3 below, we will look more in-depth at images captured during basketball games with the 1D Mark IV and D3S. [Read more...]

Canon 1D Mark IV vs. Nikon D3S – Autofocus Performance [Part 2]

Canon 1D Mark IV vs. Nikon D3s

In Part 1 of this series, I provided an introduction to this autofocus evaluation, as well as a brief overview of the Canon 1D Mark IV AF system.  If you have not read part 1 of this series, you can do so now by clicking here:

Canon 1D Mark IV vs. Nikon D3S – Autofocus Performance [Part 1]

In Part 2 below, I provide a brief overview of the Nikon D3S AF system as it relates to sports photography concerns. [Read more...]

Canon 1D Mark IV vs. Nikon D3S – Autofocus Performance [Part 1]

Canon 1D Mark IV vs. Nikon D3s

We all know that the Canon 1D Mark IV and Nikon D3S are geared toward sports photographers.  While the cameras have found their way into many other photography niches, at their core, these cameras are made for shooting sports.  As an action-oriented camera, nothing defines its performance more so than its autofocus speed and accuracy.

When shooting sports, we can forgive images that are a bit noisier in one camera over the other, and we can forgive a camera with lower resolution than its competitor.  What we cannot forgive, however, is out of focus images.  When shooting sports and other action, autofocus performance is a paramount concern. [Read more...]

Nikon D3100 and New Lens Availability / Pre-Orders

Retailers are starting to list the Nikon D3100 and the 4 new Nikon lenses for pre-order.  Below is the short list of links those product pages.

Nikon D3100 Availability

Nikon AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Availability

Nikon AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Availability

Nikon AF-S 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Availability

Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.4G Availability