Nikon SB-700 Speedlight

Along with the new D7000, Nikon has announced a new Speedlight, the SB-700.

The Nikon SB-700 Speedlight looks to be sort of an SB-900 Jr., with the ability to use it as a Commander or Speedlight Remote in Nikon’s Creative Lighting System.   The SB-700 offers a number of other improvements over the SB-600, which make it appear to be a reasonable alternative to the Nikon SB-900.

The Nikon SB-700 should be available in November 2010 at an initial retail price of $329.95.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

There are plenty more details about this new Speedlight in the press release below. [Read more…]

Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.4G and AF-S 200mm f/2G ED VR II Lenses

Along with the new D7000 DSLR, Nikon has announced a couple of new lenses, the AF-S 35mm f/1.4G and AF-S 200mm f/2G ED VR II.

The AF-S 35mm f/1.4G should be available in November 2010 at an initial retail price of $1799.95. Check availability on Amazon.com.

The AF-S 200mm f/2G ED VR II should be available in October 2010 at an initial retail price of $5999.95. Check availability on Amazon.com.

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

Nikon Coolpix P7000 Announced

Nikon P7000

The P7000 is Nikon’s flagship point and shoot camera.  It is fitted with a 10MP sensor, 7.1x optical zoom, the ability to capture RAW format images (finally) and 720p video capture at 24 fps.  The P7000 also features a hotshoe for attaching an external Nikon Speedlight.

Additionally, Nikon steps up the game with an external mic input on the compact shooter, which will add to the functionality of optical zoom during video capture and full time AF.  By using an external microphone for audio capture, the P7000 allows us to avoid the problem of internal camera noise during video recording.  Of course, this feature is likely of limited use for most users, but certainly signals that Nikon is taking video customers seriously.

With the P7000, Nikon finally looks like it has the feature list to tackle Canon’s G-series (e.g., the new Canon G12) head on.

The Nikon P7000 carries an initial retail price of $499.95 and should be available in September 2010.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

Nikon P7000 Key Features

  • 10.1-megapixel, large 1/1.7-inch CCD sensor
  • 7.1x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass Lens
  • 5-way VR Image Stabilization System
  • 3-inch 921k dot resolution LCD
  • RAW file function compatible with Mac and Windows
  • PSAM (Program, Shutter, Aperture, Manual) exposure control
  • ISO 6400 at full resolution

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

Nikon Coolpix S80 Announced

The Nikon Coolpix S80 is 14MP point and shoot camera with a 5x optical zoom lens and a touch-sensitive 3.5-inch OLED screen.  The Nikon S80 should be available soon at an initial retail price of $329.95.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

Nikon Coolpix S80 Key Features

  • 14.1-megapixel CCD sensor
  • 5x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass Lens
  • 3.5-inch Ultra-High Resolution (819,000-dot) Organic LED (OLED) Clear Color Display
  • Full HD (720p) Movie with Stereo Sound and HDMI Output
  • ISO can be set as high as 6400.

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

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…]