Chilling: A timelapse video of the D600 sensor dust accumulation problem, by Kyle Clements.

"And, from that I’ve seen, dust on the D600 is indeed a serious issue. Right out of the box, after taking the very first picture, I could see several dust spots, but as my time-lapse series progressed, I could see more and more spots appearing on the sensor. Keep in mind that I am not changing lenses; all this dust is coming from inside the camera." . . . read more

Nikon D4 review at NeoCamera: A behemont deserving the title as best professional Dslr of 2012.

"This full-frame DSLR is built for professionals with a sturdy weather-sealed body that provides a large number of accessible controls including dual control-dials and an 8-way joystick on each of its two grips. The Nikon D4 has most features ever built into a full-frame DSLR save for a built-in flash. It adds plenty of its own include an FTP client, built-in HTTP server and Time-Lapse Video."

Nikon 1 J2 Gets the DXO mark treatment: Nothing new under the sun, still just a notch above small sensor prosumer cameras.

"With a dynamic range score of 10.8EV, the Nikon 1 J2’s 1" CMOS sensor does not come close to the potential of certain other recent Sony sensors that reach 14EV. However, it should be noted that the 1 J2 is tied in this category with the Canon Powershot G1 X.

As for low-light sensitivity, the Nikon 1 J2 is still handicapped by its modest sensor surface size. Only Fuji expert compacts . . . read more

Nikon D600 review at Dpreview: It is both a beefed up D7000 and a slimmed down D800

"An issue that has been reported widely on the web concerns the unusual frequency with which the D600 attracts dust and/or residue on its sensor, particularly in the upper left area of an image, which of course corresponds to the bottom right portion of the actual sensor. . . . read more

Nikon D600 teardown at Ifixit: A lot of nuts and bolts, and too much plastics.

"We like cameras. We also like taking cameras apart. Today, we vivisect the D600. With the release of a "budget" full-frame camera, Nikon hopes to lure the mid-level/Prosumer camera junkies into taking the plunge into full-frame wonderland. Unfortunately, a "budget" full-frame camera still means a price tag of $2,099, so . . . read more

NASA astronaut Donald Pettit talks about photography in space, and why he needs 10 Dslrs to do the job

"NASA astronaut Donald Pettit has called the International Space Station home for a total of 370 days. While there, he’s captured some of the most mind-blowing photos of space – and Earth – we’ve ever seen. Donald gives us an inside look into what it’s like to take photos of space, why bringing 10 DSLRs with him is actually necessary, and the reason why hard drives tend to fail in zero gravity." . . . read more

Nikon D5200 hands on, preview, samples and everything else round up, rated edition.

Yup, we checked them all out, rated in no particular order:

Techradar: A pretty complete preview,
comes with an early verdict.   Rating 3.5 out of 5

The Verge: Just the basics.   Rating 1 out of 5

Engadget video first look (there's a second video & pics here):
Not bad.   Rating 2 out of 5 . . . read more

Nikon d5200 released, ups resolution to 24 mpixels but wifi and gps are optional.

Just in time for the Christmas rush, the D5200 with its distinguished looks, inheritance of the D7000 series AF module, a vari-angle monitor and full HD video will probably sell like hot cakes. For the time being there's no information about US pricing or availability.

Nikon UK Press Release . . . read more

Nikon D600 review at CameraLabs: Not so much different from the D800.

Another interesting point that this (and every other) review brings up is the ability to use Aps-c lenses (Nikon DX) on Nikon full frame bodies, something that Canon's counterparts sorely lack:

"The D600 has a number of other features that the 6D lacks including a built-in flash, twin SD card slots (versus only one on the 6D), interval timer and a shutter durability of 150 thousand actuations - 50 percent more than the 6D. But not . . . read more

2012 DigitalCameraInfo Best of Year Awards

Yes, its this time of the year, the 'award and predictions (that mostly fail) for the next year' time. DCI is first, with, in some categories, slightly peculiar selection:

"2012 has been one of the most exciting years yet for the staff here at DigitalCameraInfo.com, as the photographic industry put the woes of 2011 behind it to release some truly amazing cameras. From flagship DSLRs to incredible compacts, there . . . read more

Nikon D600 review at the Phoblographer: Amazing image quality, works fine with old manual lenses too.

"When it comes to the Nikon D600 it’s all about perspective really. First of all you’re looking at this camera because you are thinking about a full frame. You may have been put off by the D800 hoping for something more along the lines of the D700. This is the closest you’re going to get to it if you can look past the feature set. Will I buy this camera? Being that I have not had the D700 that long, and it does everything I need at the moment, no. In the future there is a strong chance though. Like the D800 there are endless things you can do with this camera. After all my doubts this camera, it turned out to be a good piece of gear."

Nikon 1 J2 review at PhotographyBlog: Stylish, but peculiar control layout.

"The J2 may only be the junior member of the Nikon 1 family, but its significantly cheaper price and more targeted approach make it a better choice than the V1 for compact camera users looking to upgrade to a more advanced system. It is still expensive though compared to rivals like the Sony NEX-F3, Olympus E-PM2 PEN Mini, Samsung NX1000 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5, so you'll need to decide if the out-and-out speed and beginner-friendly approach are really . . . read more

Nikon D600 vs D800 noise comparison at Camera Labs.

What's better than an iso train? Well, TWO iso trains, especially if they run in parallel and compare the noise quality of these two cameras. Let the civil war begin!:

"With both sets of images processed using the same RAW recipe, the crops from each camera below are unsurprisingly similar in style and to my eyes, preferable to the JPEG versions, at least at lower sensitivities. The RAW recipe described . . . read more

Nikon 1 V2 camera, and 3 new lenses announced. Nikon gets (more) serious about their mirrorless lineup.

The Nikon 1 V2 looks like a photographer's camera, certainly got the features, and the price. Also, of extreme interest to 1 series users are the 3 new lenses announced, finally adding the wide angle this mount family needed:

Nikon Press Releases: . . . read more

Does the Nikon D600 come with sensor dust issues?

Discovered by Roger Cicala of Lens Rentals (com). Issue seems legit, we wonder how Nikon is going to respond:

"The dust kept reappearing with every rental, and more impressively – it was generally in the same location (upper left 1/3 of the image). That did get our attention, so we started looking into the matter a bit. We kept dust pictures for 20 consecutive D600s returning from rental and saw the problem was very real." . . . read more

Nikon CoolPix P7700 review at TechRadar: Very good, but not as stellar as the Sony RX100.

"Now a camera that is much more pocketable, it still retains all the mode dials and manual controls that appeal to the more advanced photographer. Image quality is generally pretty good, though it's not any better than rival cameras in the market, and is a worse performer than cameras such as the Sony RX100, which features a larger sensor in what is a smaller body. . . . read more

Nikon D600 Review by Nasim Mansurov

This review includes some interesting sections, like the D600 VS 6D & D7000 comparisons. A Quote:

"Without a doubt, the Nikon D600 will be a very popular camera. I suspect it will be far more popular than the Nikon D800/D800E, especially after people realize that it is not some crippled camera, but a very functional DSLR with impressive . . . read more

Nikon D600 review by Photographyblog

Nikon's entry level full frame DSLR is already available in many places worldwide, and the review flood has begun. First of the major ones, is done by Zoltan Arva-Toth:

"At full resolution, the Nikon D600 captures an astonishing amount of detail - not quite as much as the D800 but still more . . . read more

Nikon D600 review at Tech Radar

Nikon's youngest, andcheapest ever full frame camera gets on the review bench:

"It certainly fulfils its brief of being an easy to use full-frame DSLR, with a control layout and menu design based on consumer rather than professional cameras. As such it makes for a compelling upgrade for those seeking the . . . read more

Nikon D800 sleeps with the fishes, an underwater review by Berkley White and Sterling Zumbrunn: The D800's big sensor can be as beautiful and dangerous as a white shark.

"On the stills side, it was more complicated than I first expected. The advantages of the added resolution were obvious when shooting macro. It was possible to shoot tiny subjects from farther away, crop the resulting frame, and still end up with at least a 10 megapixel file. The images have far more depth of field then would be possible if shooting them at close range. On wide angle, it was a different story. Only the best optics, the best dome port, and perfect technique will suffice. . . . read more

Nikon D800 vs Olympus OM-D E-M5 side by side video shootout: Olympus wins, mostly.

"Olympus's new flagship Micro four thirds camera the OM-D E-M5 Versus Nikon's Shiny new D800 Full frame shoooter. (& yes, dedicated reviews of both cameras are coming soon ;) )

Olympus OM-D E-M5 with the fantastic M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.8
The Nikon D800 with the much lusted after Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G...
It's as close as makes no real difference an equivalent (effective) focal length FOV on each camera.
(the D800 is full frame, and the E-M5 has a 2x crop factor, giving the 45mm lens an 35mm equivalent focal length of 90mm)
. . . read more

Canon EOS 6D vs Nikon D600 Key Differences, at the Photography blog

Why can't we all be friends and focus on the similarities instead (1/4000th sec shutter and both are generally stripped down brutally) but anyway, the war has begun, and blood is still being shed on both sides: . . . read more

The end of medium format superiority? Nikon D800E vs Hasselblad H4D40 by Alex Koloskov at Photigy: Technically, not yet, but we're close.

"I was pleased to see the performance of Nikon D800E. Despite the huge difference in a price, D800E was able to deliver the quality comparable to 5+ times more expensive Hasselblad. Great shadow and highlight recovery was actually a big surprise for me, considering 14 Bit small sensor vs 16 bit in Hassy (more bit depth means more colors and wider dynamic range).

Also, we need to keep in mind that it was not a true sensor-to-sensor performance test, as the glass was playing a big part of the resolution and details quality of the shots. Nikon had cheap, and most likely it would deliver even better . . . read more

Nikon reveals the 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8, a 50mm equivalent prime lens priced just right.

 Nikon Press Release

1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8

I AM LIGHT AND BRIGHT . . . read more

Nikon unveils the D600, one of the most affordable full frame DSLRs on offer, but sacrifices some essentials.

It has been a really badly kept secret (or was it?) for the better part of this year. What was not known was the detailed specification list which spells some good and some bad news. For fans of video, mostly good. For photographers, not so: Among the specs lowered to reflect on the entry level price is a max shutter speed of 1/4000 sec and flash sync at  max 1/200 sec. . . . read more

Android meets Nikon, and a new breed of smart cameras is born.

We were used to see phones or tablets with built in cameras, but now Nikon developed a new line of COOLPIX compact cameras that runs Android OS.

All the things you can do with a smart phone ( except making a phone call ) are now available in your camera. The image quality is surely better than the average smartphone, but lets not forget that these new contraptions are first and mostly cameras. Let's wait and see how he performed in the field. The new cameras comes with built in WiFi and GPS.

Nikon press release  . . . read more

Nikon 18-300mm VR DX AF-S G ED NIKKOR review by Ken Rockwell

"For DX cameras, this lens is an easy recommendation. There is nothing on Earth like this lens. Nothing else covers this huge range with VR and instant manual-focus override. Mud brands like Tamron usually offer cheap copies, sometimes with even broader zoom ranges, but they usually lack full-time manual focus override or good VR, and certainly lack mechanical quality and often lack future compatibility with new Nikon cameras." . . . read more

Robotic cameras have bird's eye view of Games

"At the 2012 Games, Marit and colleague Antonin Thuillier will set up a dozen robots: 10 on the roofs – including one above the Olympic Stadium – and two in the swimming complex. Among the robots deployed for aerial shots, two will have a double camera enabling wide-angle panoramic shots. With 16-to-400 mm zooms, and three axes of rotation, no angle will escape the cameras’ Cyclopes vision."

Nasa keeps so many Dslr cameras in the ISS, it sometimes jettisons some of them into space...to make space for more.

This, and other interesting factoids about photography in the International Space Sattion:

"All the cameras are Nikons, you'll notice; it may be that he's just a Nikon guy, but NASA chose to buy and modify Nikon bodies years ago, so chances are at least some of the ones Pettit is using are from the . . . read more

Nikon D800 review by Thom Hogan: It has a ton of megapixels, and that's good...and bad.

"Whole Lotta Pixels. One of the D800's pluses is also a minus for some. You need to be prepared for big files (17MB JPEG, 41MB NEF typically). You need plenty of RAM on your computer, and lots of storage (don't forget backups). You really have to ask yourself whether you need that many more pixels if you're not ready for multiple Terabyte drives." . . . read more

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