Nikon CoolPix P7700 review at Imaging Resource: It's taken three tries but Nikon has finally produced a flagship Coolpix camera that stacks up well against its main competitor's class-leading cameras.

"No, the Nikon Coolpix P7700 isn't perfect and it still only uses a 1/1.7-inch sensor compared to the 1.5-inch chip in the Canon PowerShot G1 X and the 1-inch sensor in the Sony Cyber-shot RX100, but those are both considerably more expensive cameras.

But we genuinely liked the new, more original design of the Nikon P7700, which makes it more portable and more handsome looking. It's small and light, but boasts a solid magnesium body with several nice ergonomic touches, . . . read more

Bob Atkins on the Canon EOS 6D vs Nikon D600 question: In the absence of any special deals and rebates, where both camera bodies have an MSRP of around $2100, I'd probably opt for the Canon EOS 6D

"DxoMark give the Canon EOS 6D a sensor rating of 82, while the Nikon D600 sensor gets a rating of 94. Sounds like a big difference. 12 points or about 14%. But what does that mean and why does the D600 get a higher score? It's worth noting that when discussing sensor performance we're really talking about the performance of the sensor and its associated electronics (readout circuitry, amplifiers etc.), since the two cannot be separated. Even wit a RAW file, the signal has to pass through multiple electronic stages after leaving the sensor before it is encoded into image data. . . . read more

DP Review Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras roundup: Canon PowerShot G15 vs Canon PowerShot S110 vs Fujfilm X10 vs Fujifilm XF1 vs Nikon Coolpix P7700 vs Olympus XZ-2 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 vs Samsung EX2F vs Sony RX100

"If you're looking for a balance of size, image quality (even in low light) and direct control, we'd recommend taking a long hard look at the Sony Cyber-shot RX100, the Olympus Stylus XZ-2 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7. The Sony RX100's 20MP sensor gives it an advantage when it comes to resolution and the size of the sensor keeps it competitive in low light. There are some compromises to be made in terms of size and lens range but these models offer a compelling degree of versatility, especially if this will be your only camera. . . . read more

Nikon P7700 vs Olympus XZ-2 at Camera Hoarders: Very similar in image quality, but everything else is from two different worlds.

"Olympus XZ-2 focuses a bit faster, and benefits from touch screen. Manual focus implementation is excellent; at the click of the front switch front control ring starts to rotate freely and operates MF. Macro focus is not perfect though – XZ-2 sometimes struggled to focus and gave me false positives.

Nikon is a bit slower to focus with more traditional manual focus implementation – it has to be selected via dedicated button amongst several focus options and then use rotating wheel surrounding multi-way controller at the back. It . . . read more

Nikon 1 V2 review at Ephotozine: Despite its diminutive size it packs some serious punch, albeit at a pretty high price.

"The V2 has an extremely compact plastic body, with a substantial rubberised hand grip, a rubberised area for your right hand thumb. The 10-30mm even has a rubberised loop around the lens barrel, making the V2 extremely easy to grip. The 10-30mm lens also can be compacted when not in use, there is a button to release and lock it, when released the camera will switch on, when compacted back, it switches off.

Despite a small body there is room for a 3.0 inch LCD screen which fills the majority of the rear side. It has a 921k . . . read more

Nikon d600 review at Imaging Resource: The Nikon D600 is very much like a D7000 with a full-frame sensor, with better video, but some oil/dust splatter on the sensor issues as well, however, these issues appear to go away after a while.

"Put simply, the Nikon D600 is very much like a D7000 with a full-frame sensor. Nikon drew on the extremely popular design when building the D600. Its 24.3-megapixel sensor was the first available for under $2,100 body-only, followed closely by the Canon 6D's 20.2-megapixel design for the same price. Since many balked at the D800's 36.3-megapixel sensor, it makes good sense for Nikon's consumer FX camera to stick with 24.3.

Smaller and lighter than the D800 and D700, the Nikon D600 is still bigger than a D7000. It's hard to hide that large, . . . read more

Canon EOS 6D receives the DXO Mark special: Matches its more expensive siblings, but gets whacked (totally!) by the Nikon D600, and of course every other current full frame Nikon. Ouch.

"Canon now offers three full-frame CMOS sensor cameras within the EOS range. This could potentially confuse the buying decision; however the prices are very well stratified. So, how does the lowest priced model, the EOS 6D, fair against its more illustrious stable mates?

Interestingly, the overall DxOMark scores for the three models are very similar, with the EOS 6D actually matching the flagship EOS-1D X on a score of 82. Each of the three models has one area in the three testing metrics where it performs . . . read more

Pop Photo camera of the year: Canon 5D Mark III. Runner up(s): Nikon D800 and Sony SLT A-99. Honorably Mentions: Fujifilm X-pro1 and Olympus E-M5.

Since there's no entry in my lexicon for 'camera of the year methodology' will refrain from a rant flood, and pass you on to the article, as the Pop Photo editors explain the why and how of the whole thing:

"2012 proved a truly great year for cameras. In the wake of 2011’s devastating tsunami in Japan and flooding in Thailand, camera manufacturers released nearly two years’ worth of terrific models in 2012, all within a span of eight months.

But our Camera of the Year choice came down to just three real finalists—the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, the Nikon D800, . . . read more

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR review underway at Camera Labs: MTF and resolution charts looks very promising.

"These charts show the lens-performance at the largest aperture f4.0. Higher values are better and the closer the dotted and the continuous lines of each color are together the less astigmatism (= resolution depends on the orientation of the test-pattern) the lens has. The x-axis displays the distance from the optical axis (=center of the sensor) in mm. I'll show you the real-life performance at 4 mm (center), 13 mm (DX-corner), and 20 mm (FX-corner) on a D800.

From the charts the new lens should perform on a very high level regarding overall contrast. Sharpness on the long end . . . read more

Nikon Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 AIS lens on Ebay right now for $99.000: “No Fungas, No Bubbles, No Scratches. Glass is Clear and Beautiful!”

Fungas, heh. Before you bid, remember this is a manual focusing lens, and you'll also need an adapter for your modern Dslr. Also, this thing is bigger than whatever Dsrl you have, in every dimension.  Fun facts: it was released in 1970 and only built in a few hundred exemplars, comes with built in skylight (L1BC), medium yellow (Y 48), deep yellow (Y52); orange (056), and red (R60) filters, and consists of 93.7% Unobtanium:

"I am sure you can appreciate this True Gem! AMAZING! Very Bright at f2.8. Giant piece of glass. I have seen some . . . read more

Nikon CoolPix P7700 review at Neocamera: The fantastic optical qualities are more important than the minor niggles encountered, excellent second camera to your Dslr.

"The Nikon Coolpix P7700 is an impressive camera with an unmatched feature set. Already its stabilized 7X wide-angle optical zoom lens is unique among premium compacts, making it the only one in its class with telephoto reach. It is also the only one with three control-dials other than its predecessor. Add to that a digital level, a mini-jack for an external stereo sound source and a rare hot-shoe, and it becomes easy to understand the unprecedented versatility of this digital camera. The P7700 introduces a redesigned lens with a bright F/2 maximum aperture which only stops down to F/4 at the long end. . . . read more

DSLR-Check (Japan) runs the Nikon D800E, Fuji X-E1, Nikon D3200, Sony NEX-6, and Olympus E-M5 through ISO noise tests with interesting results.

Clearly the D800E outresolves all others, at any iso sattings, even base iso. However, the interesting thing is how close all the other entries are to each other. This test appear to be in no way scientific, so take it with a grain of noise salt. Click on the chart to see it in full resolution. Here's what Google pransklate has to say:

"The fact that even with only (it almost single-focus) lens angle of view of the standard, personally, but there can be no choice as X mount status quo, because the problem is almost the only lens lineup this happens, fast I just want you to . . . read more

Gizmodo chooses the 10 most important cameras of the year, proves that apparently they slept through a great part of it.

Yes, we know. Choosing the top 10 in a hallmark year like the 2012 was, is not an easy task. But for heaven's sake, when some of the cameras (like the Sony RX1 and RX100) have been hailed by most reviewers and people in the know as truly outstanding, you ought to include at least one of them. And speaking of Sony, what's the deal with preferring the NEX-5R over the NEX-6? And why, oh why include a half-baked experiment like the Lytro light field crapmera?

It is a known fact that Gizmodo was hit with an outage lasting some 7-8 days following hurricane Sandy, but no cameras were released during those days. And Sandy can't explain why they chose to include digicams like the Canon S110, a minor update to previous year's not-so-hot S100. Other notable omissions: The Fujifilm E-X1 (and affordable and modern AF version of the X-Pro1), and Panasonic GH3. Anyway, criticism is easy, so let's keep it at that, and . . . read more

Nikon: Your breath can destroy our $$$ nano crystal lens coating, seriously. (Update: Nikon USA just removed the...offending sentence from the page)

Ok, this is not really new, but it IS freaking hilarious. For the record, if our breath was that acidic, out teeth would have decayed long before the nano crystal coating:

"How do I clean the camera lens?

The best way to clean a lens is to use a piece of lint free lens cleaning tissue and a small amount of Lens Cleaning solution. Do not use anything containing abrasives or  solvents, only use Lens Cleaning Solution. First we recommend taking a small blower brush to blow off or brush away loose dust or debris. . . . read more

A great collection of small articles about everything related to the Nikon D800/D800E and video, by Ron Van Den Kolk.

There are currently almost 20 such articles, covering stuff from "How do I get a clean full screen hdmi output" to "Does the Nikon D800/D800E have an ISO sweet spot with video?" Ron (or is it 'Kolk'? Dutch names confuses me sometimes) also keeps an 'upcoming articles' list, where he mentiones stuff like auto focusing modes, external monitors, how to set exposure for video, and more. If you have a D800/E and like to shoot video with it, this is definitively bookmark worthy. . . . read more

Affordable full frame SLR cameras shootout: Canon 6D vs Nikon D600 vs the rain, at DigitalRev TV

Here's a cheat sheet on some basics:

Image quality: About the same
Auto focus points and speed: Nikon is superior om both counts
High iso: Canon wins
Low light focusing: Canon wins (-3 EV vs -1 EV)
Video quality: Canon wins
Size and weight: Canon is lighter and smaller
Other features: Nikon is less downscaled compared to the bigger model (D800), but the Canon 6D comes with Wi-fi (and a cool remote control app for Ios and Android devices) and GPS. . . . read more

Are there underexposure issues with the Nikon D600? Sohail Mamdani from BorrowLenses digs into the question, that original started as a Canon 6D issue.

"Earlier in the day, as I was picking up gear, one of my BorrowLenses colleagues remarked in passing that he thought the 6D might underexpose things a bit. I didn’t pay much attention to this; depending on the metering mode set and the part of the composition that the camera’s metering sensor is looking at, exposure in one of the automatic modes can vary wildly. I didn’t even bother making a mental note to check on it.

As part of the 6D test, I decided to take a Nikon D600 along with me as well to do a side-by-side comparison of images. . . . read more

Nikon Camera Control Pro 2.13.0 released, adds support for the D5200, Windows 8, and more.

Modifications enabled with version 2.13.0:
Support for the D5200 has been added.
When the focus area displayed in the Camera Control Pro 2 live view window is double-clicked with autofocusing in live view mode, the camera will now focus automatically.
However, the camera will not focus automatically with the following cameras when Hand-held is selected for Live view mode. . . . read more

Nasim Mansurov asks "What went wrong with Nikon 1 V1", but you're all probably too busy scooping up the remaining stock to read that. But it could also be a trick from Nikon to lure users to the 1 series mount :)

Bad product? Bad marketing? Predatory pricing? A simple act of desperation? Or everything above? Nikon has just slashed the price of the Nikon 1 V1 kit (with the 10-30mm VR lens) again, down to $299. A product that sold for $899 exactly one year ago when I reviewed it. Wait, there is more – the Nikon 1 J1 camera, which has far less impressive specifications sells for $100 more. Doesn’t make sense, does it?

How can a product get 3 times cheaper in less than a year? Usually, you don’t see a 66% discount on an electronics product . . . read more

Nikon CoolPix P7700 review at CameraLabs: Worthy of a recommendation, not least for the excellent handling and 28-200mm lens, despite missing EVF and Wi-Fi.

"As the market for advanced cameras fragments and compact cameras with slightly larger sensors and fixed zooms become just one choice among many for enthusiasts and improvers, it's increasingly important for manufacturers to understand what their customers want and to provide it. It's interesting to note where Canon, with the PowerShot G15 and Nikon with the Coolpix P7700 take the same or differening views on this. Both upgraded the sensor from a 10 Megapixel CCD to a 12 Megapixel CMOS and provided 1080p HD video along with a brighter lens. Where they differ is on the composition, Canon still . . . read more

Nikon D800E vs Pentax 645D review at Pentax Forums: A battle primarily between resolution, versatility, and value.

"Given its surprisingly-good image quality and comparatively low price, it seems that the Nikon D800/800E has taken away many of the advantages that the Pentax 645D held just a year and a half ago.  The Nikon D800E lets professionals and enthusiasts alike enjoy extremely high-resolution photos without having to step up to a medium format camera.  

Granted, you won't get the most out of your D800E without premium lenses and a sturdy tripod, but the fact that the D800E . . . read more

Canon still holds a vast lead among pro photogs: Reddit users compile the most popular cameras and lenses settings from Reuters '2012 Photos of the Year' into neat pie-charts.

"Not trying to make any point here, I just love cameras and also statistics. So, I copy, pasted, sorted and tallied the data from the "Reuters Full Focus - Best photos of the year 2012" page (look for the link and thread at the top of [1] http://www.reddit.com/r/photography/I'm an amateur and I like to absorb what I can from shot data. Here's what I tallied: Camera: Canon 1D Mark III (4), Canon 1D Mark IV (26), Canon 1D X (6), Canon 5D (3), Canon 5D Mark II (19), Canon 5D Mark III (8), Nikon D3, NIKON D3S, Nikon D4, Nikon D7000, Nikon D800, Sony DSC H5, Prime Lenses: 15mm, 16 . . . read more

Fake Chuck Westfall: The 5D Mark III proves itself; The D800 sucks b*lls.

Confrontative title, but this is fake C.W after all. This post somehow slipped under the radar, but is IS an interesting read nonetheless that raises some valid Q&A. Quoting mostly a statement by photographer Phil Banno:

"I have a 5D mark 3 and my business partner has a D800. It started as a personal preference but the L series canon lenses blast the nikons out the water, so much so my business partner is selling his virtually new D800 to buy a 5D mark 3 (& he’s a Nikon fan). A lot of you rant about high ISO usage but in a church where you aren’t allowed to use flash, the 5D on 5000 ISO with a 70-200mm f2.8 ISM L series 2  has no equal in the D800 arsenal. . . . read more

Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G DX ED VR lens review at Photography Life: A lens that excels at being bad, in a non MJ way.

"In summary, as you can clearly see from this review, the Nikon 18-300mm is a very average lens with average performance overall. It is optically worse than the 18-200mm and it is much bigger and heavier in comparison. It has plenty of distortion, chromatic aberration, vignetting and other issues, but worst of all – its optical performance and focus accuracy at long focal lengths is disappointing. Personally, I would rather opt for the 18-105mm kit lens or the 18-200mm, both of which are cheaper and better optically. Add the focus breathing “feature” and it becomes more like a 18-135mm lens, so you are not getting the full 300mm anyway (except if shooting objects at infinity)." . . . read more

Nikon 1 V2 review at PhotographyBlog.com: Nikon's second attempt at the 'V' moniker, is a much more serious effort than its dimunitive size hints at.

"Nikon have made some big changes to the original V1 to make this new model more appealing to keen enthusiasts, and in most regards they've succeed in making the new V2 a much more serious proposition. The new handgrip, shooting mode dial and control dial in particular make the V2 quicker to use, while the pop-up flash makes it more versatile, albeit at the expense of the V1's stylish and slimline appearance. We're also pleased to see the high image quality has been maintained despite a big jump in the megapixel count, although the high price tag of £799 / $899 is still rather eye-watering for a camera with such a small sensor. . . . read more

Roger Cicala of LensRentals: Yes, the D600 dust/oil/crap on sensor issue seems to go away after some time.

"hings are definitely better. Where 20 of 20 cameras required cleaning 6 weeks ago, only 11 of 20 did this time (our average for all SLRs would be about 5 of 20).

The location of dust also is looking more normal. When we took all 20 photos and stacked them up in the last article, virtually all of the dust was in the upper left 1/3 of the image, and they were large round specs. While there was still some upper left tendency this time, it wasn’t nearly as pronounced and dust was more evenly distributed around the sensor. And instead of . . . read more

Nikon D600 dust/oil on sensor problem will probably go away after a few thousand shots. Thankfully Nikon doesn't build Airplanes :)

Kyle Clements was the guy with the now famous Nikon D600 dust/oil time-lapse video, and here's what he's come up to, after a third round agaisnt the camera:

"In the comments, a number of people have mentioned that the problem is oil/lubricant spatter, not dust (which explains why the spots will not blow away). And that this is a problem with new cameras, one that will go away after taking several thousand shots. . . . read more

Nikon D5200 preview by Gordon Laing at Camera Labs: Apart from a broader distribution of non cross-type AF points and official support for smartphone control (with an optional accessory), I'd say the Canon T4i / 650D arguably enjoys an overall lead.

"The biggest rival for the Nikon D5200 will be Canon's upper entry-level DSLR, the EOS T4i / 650D. Both cameras cost roughly the same and are aimed at the same people who are looking for a step-up from an entry-level model without the cost of complexity of a mid-range or semi-pro option.

In terms of similarities, both cameras offer fully-articulated high resolution 3in screens, although Canon's is wider, matching the shape of images which fill the display and look a little bigger in Live View composition or playback. The . . . read more

Nikon 1 V2 English manual now available for download, and remember to only use genuine Nikon Brand accessories, or else :)

"Only Nikon brand accessories certified by Nikon specifically for use
with your Nikon digital camera are engineered and proven to operate
within its operational and safety requirements. THE USE OF NON-NIKON
ACCESSORIES COULD DAMAGE YOUR CAMERA AND MAY VOID YOUR NIKON WAR-
RANTY."

Nikon D800 review at Imaging Resources: Worth every penny and pixel, but get an extra battery or two, and learn to deal with the greenish indoors lighting tint.

"Overall, the Nikon D800 is a gentlemanly camera, one that is true to all that its external appearance and demeanor promise. It is big and burly, with a solid feel appropriate of a professional tool. Its controls are excellent for the serious photographer, because almost all of the important aspects have a button or dial. Drive modes, ISO, White Balance, Quality, and Bracketing are all available on the top left, for example. Having to dig for these features in a menu is a trial . . . read more

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