Sony XQD ‘S Series’ Memory Cards Deliver 168MB/s Data Transfer

Sony XQD S Series

Sony has announced a new S Series XQD card that will give photographers read and write speeds of 168MB/s.  The existing H Series XQD card is rated at 125MB/s. Of course, the only camera to currently utilize the new XQD format is the Nikon D4.

With the new S Series cards, the Nikon D4 will be able to capture a burst of 108 RAW images at 10 fps.  As Sony notes, “this lets photographers document the men’s 100m sprint final from start to finish in a single, sustained burst of RAW images.”

The 64GB S Series XQD card will ship later this month.  And, a 32GB model will be available in the September/October time frame.

Nikon D4 Officially Unveiled

Nikon D4

After many leaks and rumors, Nikon has officially unveiled its new flagship DSLR – the Nikon D4.  In several ways, the Nikon D4 exceeds what Canon offers in terms of HDSLR-video features, all the while maintaining a powerfull still-imaging machine as well.

There are plenty of details below; however, expect some up-close action next week at CES 2012.

Nikon D4 Overview

  • 16.1 megapixel FX format CMOS sensor
  • ISO range from 100-12,800, expandable from 50-204,800
  • 10 fps with full AF/ AE or 11 fps with AF locked
  • Magnesium alloy body sealed to resist the elements
  • Accepts CF and new XQD memory card format
  • 91,000 pixel 3D Matrix Metering system
  • 15 cross type points, with nine points that work with lens speeds of f/8 and below
  • Advanced video features
    • Uncompressed HDMI out
    • Mic and audio jacks
    • Full 1080p in FX, DX and 2.7X crop modes
    • Full manual control of Exposure
  • Available February for $5999.95
  • Check availability at B&H, Amazon and Adorama.

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

    Nikon D4 Official Specs Confirmed, $6K Price Point

    Nikon D4

    Lots of leaking on the Nikon D4 around the web today.  Basically, all the specs that we’ve heard recently turn out to be the real deal.  The price is gonna hurt a bit at $6000.  Hopefully, Nikon will keep the D800 in the sub-$3000 market, eh?

    Regardless, it looks like the Canon 1D X has a real bit of competition from Nikon now – not to mention that the D4 looks to beat the 1D X to market by a month or so.

    Take a look at the specs below to see how closely these cameras match up. [Read more...]