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Nikon Releases the DX-Format Nikon Z 50



Nikon is pleased to announce the release of the APS-C size (Nikon DX-format) Nikon Z 50 mirrorless camera, as well as NIKKOR Z DX lenses.

The Z 50 is Nikon’s first DX-format mirrorless camera. It inherits its design and operability, reliability, and future possibilities as a mirrorless system from the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6, further improving on those characteristics and condensing them into a compact, lightweight, and durable body capable of superior rendering capabilities and rich power of expression. It is equipped with the Z mount, which is compatible with both the NIKKOR Z DX and NIKKOR Z FX, ensuring support for all NIKKOR Z lenses and allowing users to enjoy great variety in imaging expression.

The Z 50 has an effective pixel count of 20.9 megapixels, and is the first Nikon DX-format camera to be equipped with a CMOS sensor that incorporates focal-plane phase-detection AF pixels. Adoption of this image sensor, along with the EXPEED 6 image-processing engine, has made a broad range of standard ISO sensitivities – ISO 100-51200 – possible for superior image quality with very little noise throughout the range.

The camera is also equipped with features such as mid-range sharpening and Creative Picture Control, enabling support for creative imaging expression equivalent to that offered by the Z 7 and Z 6. When NIKKOR Z lenses are used, the Z 50 demonstrates superior resolution and rendering capabilities with both recording of still images, and videos.

It has a 3.2-inch, approximately 1040k-dot tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD monitor that supports touch operation that enables recording of still images and videos from a variety of angles, and also supports selfies. The Z 50 also supports recording of 4K UHD movies without any crop. Further, the SnapBridge app can be used to transfer photos and videos recorded with the camera to a smart device, allowing users to easily share them with others via social media.

The Z 50 is compact and lightweight, high-performance mirrorless camera that combines the rich power of expression afforded by still images and videos exhibiting superior image and picture quality with simple and intuitive operation. It empowers users looking to express their own individuality through high-quality images. Releasing the Z 50 for a wide variety of users, including those advancing from smartphone photography, will help Nikon to expand its foothold in the Z mount system mirrorless camera market.


Nikon Introduces NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 Lens



Nikon announced the fast, wide-angle NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S, the latest addition to the ever-expanding NIKKOR Z lineup of lenses. The 24mm f/1.8 S is optimized for capturing everything from cityscapes to environmental portraits and is built to take advantage of Nikon’s large Z-mount, delivering the ultimate combination of fast, bright, and sharp performance in nearly all lighting conditions.

The NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S joins the S-Line of high-performance NIKKOR Z lenses, giving creators an essential focal length to add to their kit of fast prime Z-mount lenses. The lens takes advantage of the most advanced NIKKOR technologies to deliver optical superiority, exceptional sharpness, beautiful bokeh and high-resolution across the entire frame, even at maximum aperture.

Thanks to the advantages of the lens’ bright and fast f/1.8 maximum aperture along with the wider Z-mount, Nikon Z series users can capture exceptionally sharp images in dimly lit settings, with a lens that’s ideal for nighttime shooting and astrophotography.

The NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S features 9 rounded aperture blades, allowing users to capture beautifully circular bokeh that adds a level of dimentionality to help capture compelling content. Users can confidently explore their creative potential in nearly any landscape thanks to the lens’ reliable dust and drip resistant design, ideal for tough weather conditions.

The lens construction also consists of four Aspherical Lens Elements and one Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass element to combat aberration, while Nikon’s patented Nano Crystal Coat helps eliminate ghosting and flare. The 24mm f/1.8 S is further equipped with Nikon’s Multi-Focusing System, which uses two AF drives in tandem to deliver superior resolving power and active fast and accurate autofocus, even at minimum focus distance.

The NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S is also optimized for video capture. As a popular cinematic focal length, the 24mm f/1.8 S will be a welcome addition to Z series shooters’ arsenals, boasting near-silent stepping motors for ultra-quiet performance, reduced focus breathing, a customizable control ring for smooth control of aperture and exposure compensation and the ability to take advantage of the in-camera 5-axis VR + eVR of the Nikon Z series cameras.

The NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S will be available in mid to late October 2019 at a suggested retail price (SRP) of $999.95.


Nikon COOLPIX W150 is Waterproof



Nikon announced the U.S. retail availability of the COOLPIX W150, the latest rugged yet family-friendly compact digital camera. Thanks to being both waterproof and shockproof, the COOLPIX W150 allows users to easily capture and share unforgettable moments on every adventure, vacation or get-together.

The W150 boasts an extremely easy-to-use design, sharp image quality and variety of unique scene models, making it a great travel camera for the whole family.

With a 13.2-megapixel image sensor, 3x optical zoom and full HD video recording, the COOLPIX W150 offers the flexibility to easily capture both stunning still images and Full HD videos, wherever life takes a person. Even those who have never used a camera will immediately be comfortable snapping shots due to the simple menu system, 2.7-inch 230-k dot LCD screen, and Target Finding autofocus, which allows for easy detection and focus on the primary subject.

Built to capture memories, the COOLPIX W150 is waterproof up to 10m (33 feet), shockproof from 1.8m (6 feet) and freezeproof up to ~10° C (14° F). Additionally, the COOLPIX W150 is equipped with a variety of scene modes and editing functions, allowing users to seamlessly upload to their phone wirelessly for sharing, all with the Nikon SnapBridge app.

The COOLPIX W150 in white will be available in the U.S. in early September 2019 at a suggested retail price (SRP) of $169.95.


Nikon Releases New Z Series Version 2.0 Firmware Upgrade



Nikon announced the release of firmware Version 2.0 that will further enhance the performance of its full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6.

Users will enjoy three main additional features following the Version 2.0 upgrade. These include:

  • Eye-Detection autofocus (AF) for still-image shooting
  • Extensions of the low-light AF detecting range
  • Addition of auto exposure (AE) tracking and capability to the continuous high-speed (extended) mode.

Primary Features of the New Firmware:

Eye-Detection AF for still-image shooting

The new firmware offers Eye-Detection AF functionality that automatically detects and focuses on human eyes when using the Auto-area AF mode in both AF-S and AF-C. When the eyes of multiple subjects are detected, the multi-selector or sub-selector can be used to select the eye upon which the camera should focus. This enables precise focus on the eye of the intended individual, even when looking through the Electronic Viewfinder. This function is applicable even when the subject’s face is partially covered by another object, or in the event when a subject is frequently changing their pose.

AF performance improvements in low-light situations

The new firmware enables even faster autofocusing when capturing photos and video in dark or dimly lit scenes, for both stills and video. It will extend the AF detection range from -1 EV to -2 EV with the Z 7, and from -2 EV to -3.5 EV with the Z 6. In addition, the Z 6 will be able to autofocus with even darker scenes, as the available low-light AF detection range will be extended from -4 EV to -6 EV when the Low-light AF function is enabled.

AE Tracking in continuous high-speed (extended) mode

With earlier firmware versions, auto exposure (AE) was locked with the first shot in a burst of high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 9fps (Z 7) or 12fps (Z 6) in continuous high-speed (extended) mode. Firmware Version 2.0 adds support for AE tracking in continuous high-speed (extended) mode, allowing the cameras to track exposure just as it does focus (AF tracking). This helps to ensure that all images captured with a burst of high-speed continuous shooting are in focus and exhibit optimal exposure, even when the brightness of the scene changes.

The new firmware can be downloaded (free of charge) from Nikon’s Download Center Users will be prompted to follow the instructions provided to successfully install the firmware.


Nikon Introduces the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6



Nikon introduced the full-frame Nikon FX-format mirrorless cameras Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6, as well as NIKKOR Z lenses, featuring a new, larger-diameter mount.

The Z 7 and Z 6 are equipped with a new backside illumination, Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with focal-plane phase-detection AF pixels, and the latest image-processing engine, EXPEED 6.

The Z 7 has 45.7 effective megapixels, and supports a standard sensitivity range of ISO 64-25600. In combination with NIKKOR Z lenses, the camera achieves an outstanding level of sharpness and detail, all the way to the edges of the image.

The Z 6 is an all-purpose FX-format camera with 24.5 effective megapixels, and supports the wide range of ISO 100-51200 standard sensitivities. With superior performance at high sensitivities and full-frame 4K UHD movie recording with full pixel readout, the Z 6 responds to a variety of needs such as shooting in dimly lit environments, and movie recording.

Primary features of the Z 7 and Z 6 include:

  • Equipped with a new backside illumination Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with focal-plane phase detection AF pixels
  • A hybrid AF system with focus points covering approximately 90% of the imaging area
  • The new EXPEED 6 image-processing engine for sharp and clear imaging, and new functions that support creative imaging expression
  • An electronic viewfinder that utilizes Nikon’s superior optical and image-processing technologies to offer a clear and natural view
  • An ergonomic design unique to Nikon that enables intuitive operation
  • Movie functions such as 10-bit N-Log that captures a wide dynamic range, and timecoding, responding to professional needs
  • Nikon’s first in-camera vibration reduction with approx. 5.0-stop effectiveness

In addition, Nikon also released three new lenses compatible with the Nikon Z mount system’s full-frame (Nikon FX format) mirrorless cameras, for which a new larger-diameter mount has been adopted, as well as the Mount Adaptor FTZ.

The three new lenses are the standard zoom NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4S, the wide-angle prime NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8S, and the standard NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8S.

They are S-Line interchangeable lenses. The S-Line is a newly designated grade of NIKKOR Z lenses that adhere to a new benchmark in optical performance, creating new definitions of design principles and quality control.


Nikon Superzoom COOLPIX P1000 Offers an Astounding Zoom



Nikon announced the COOLPIX P1000, the new undisputed powerhouse of superzooms. With an incredible 125x optical zoom (24-3000mm equivalent), powered by high performance NIKKOR optics; the P1000 is the ideal camera for birding, sports, wildlife, and celestial-photographers seeking superior performance from extreme distances.

Beyond its incredible zoom range, the versatile 16-megapixel COOLPIX P1000 captures 4K UHD video and offers a myriad of manual controls, as well as user-friendly functions including built-in WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, letting photographers of all levels explore and share their creativity.

The COOLPIX P1000 incorporates state-of-the-art NIKKOR technology, designed with ED and Super ED lens elements, boasts the world’s most powerful 125X optical zoom lens (24-3000mm f/2.8-8) and 250X Dynamic Fine Zoom, equivalent to a staggering 6000mm from macro to extreme distances.

This powerful zoom range gives the P1000 the versatility to chronicle an adventure filled vacation, capture a favorite ballplayer from the top tier of a stadium or fill the frame with celestial objects like the moon, that normally only a telescope could reach.

The COOLPIX P1000 makes it easier than ever for photographers to express their personal creativity. Through its host of manual functions and RAW (NRW) image output, the P1000 is great for advanced users seeking precise control from point of capture to post-production. The COOLPIX P1000 offers an innovative control layout complete with a function button, command dial and mode dial to bring frequently used functions to a photographer’s fingertips.

The camera’s built-in Wi-Fi capability can only be used with a compatible iPhone, iPad, and/or other iPod touch or smart devices running on the Android operating system.


Nikon Releases the D3400 Digital SLR Camera



Nikon D3400Nikon has announced the release of its new D3400. It is an all-new entry-level DX-format digital SLR with easy connectivity to smart devices. This camera easily captures visual content for instant sharing to social media.

The D3400 is the first entry-level digital SLR enabled with SnapBridge connectivity. With the D3400’s built-in Bluetooth low energy technology, it is easy to connect the camera and a smart device via the SnapBridge app. All photos taken with the camera are automatically transferred to a smart device with simple, one-step setup. This eliminates the need to manually reconnect the camera to a smart device for each image transfer.

The D3400 offers a number of enhancements over its predecessor, the D3300. The camera’s ISO sensitivity has been expanded to ISO 100 – 25600 for capturing vibrant and clear pictures in low-light environments with less camera shake. Improved battery performance supports capture of approximately 1,200 shots with a fully charged battery.

It is also equipped with Guide Mode, which provides step-by-step instructions. This makes taking pictures and recording movies easy, even for first-time users of a digital SLR camera. It weighs approximately 395g, which makes it handy for users who are constantly on the move.


Nikon Enters Action Camera Market with KeyMission 360



Nikon KeyMission 360Nikon announced its entry into the action camera market at CES 2016 with the Nikon KeyMission 360. It is the first in a lineup of products that build on Nikon’s legendary excellence in optical technology and imaging innovation. The KeyMission 360 will officially be released in Spring of 2016, along with a variety of dedicated accessories.

The Nikon KeyMission 360 is a rugged camera capable of recording in true 360-degree video in 4K UHD. It features an image sensor and lenses on opposite sides of the device, with images from each combining to create a single immersive, ultra-high-definition 360-degree video and still image.

The camera is designed to withstand the elements. It is waterproof (approx. 100ft./30 m.), and able to stand up to dust, shock, and low temperatures. The KeyMission 360 also features electronic Vibration Reduction (VR), enabled through applications during playback, that reduces the effects of camera shake to help produce sharp and crisp video quality.


Nikon D5 DSLR Camera Available in March



Todd Cochrane reports that Nikon D5Nikon announced its new D5 DSLR camera at CES 2016. It is the upgrade to Nikon’s popular D4 DSLR camera. The D5 can be preordered right now and will be available in March of 2016.

The D5 is Nikon’s full-frame flagship camera. It is an FX-format DSLR that makes the impossible possible. Huge advancements in sensor design, autofocus, metering, and image processing have resulted in new capabilities – and therefore, the release of the D5. Nikon decided to replace the D4 with the new D5 because technological innovation demanded it.

The D5 has the following stats:
* Image Sensor Format: FX
* 20.8 million megapixels
* 12 FPS continuous shooting (or 14 FPS with mirror up) at full resolution
* 100-102,400 ISO (expandable to 3,280,000 ISO)
* 4K UHD (3840 x 2160 at 30/25/24p)
* Sensor size: 35.9 mm x 23.9 mm
* Storage Media: CompactFlash (CF) (Type 1, compliant with UDMA)
* XQD Type Memory

The D5 is engineered to reduce the stress factors of shooting all day. Improved ergonomics and an expanded illuminated button layout puts key controls at your fingertips. A high resolution XGA Touchscreen LCD with a smartphone-like interface makes it easy to select AF points or Spot White Balance in Live View, swipe through shots, pinch to zoom, edit file names and more.

It has new double XQD card slots, which is a new modular design for memory. It lets you select a model with either dual XQD slots or dual high-speed CF slots.The body of the camera is light and made of a durable magnesium-alloy body with extensive weather sealing.