Nikon’s entry-level DSLRs are known for being well-built and easy to use. The same looks to be true for the D3200, just with a super-sized 24.2 megapixel sensor.
Like the D800 and its monster 36MP sensor, the D3200 is an escalation in the sort-of dormant megapixel war. The DX-format (sorry, full-frame hopefuls) CMOS sensor should allow for sharper stills than pricier options like the 16MP D7000 in ideal conditions. The added resolution makes increased noise in low light shots more of a concern, but compared to the D3100, the ISO range has been doubled from 3200 to 6400, which will hopefully offset any issues.
Beyond the sensor, the D3200 shares some specs with the D3100, but got a few bumps where it matters. The expanded ISO, for one, and a new Expeed 3 processor—the same one in the D800. It shoots at 4 frames-per-second continuous in full resolution, up from 3 frames-per-second on the D3100, and the LCD screen got a big resolution bump—a more-current 921k-dot, compared to the old 230k-dot screen. Still not touchscreen, though. Autofocus is still 11-point, and it’ll also have the D3100’s guide mode, which explains camera features to new users. On the video side, it shoots 1080p at 24 and 30fps, an HDMI-output, and a new 3.5mm microphone input jack.
There’s also an optional $60 wireless mobile adapter, the WU-1a, that will connect the D3200 to mobile phones or tablets. The adapter will you access the camera’s live view and control the shutter from the screen of your Android or iOS device.
The suggested retail for the D3200 and a basic 18-55mm VR kit lens is $700. No word on the body-only price just yet. It’s up for pre-order today, and will ship some time in late April. [gizmodo]
Scheimpflug Employees Jason Kolsch, and Jayson Jordan unboxed the Nikon D4 and made a quick movie, capturing it using the Phantom Gold with Zeiss CP2 Macro lenses. The scene was lit with a K5600 Joker 800, and two 400’s. Colby Moore was the Phantom Technician and editor. The Nikon D4 is now available for rent at Scheimpflug.
The new Nikon D4 DLSR is a beast. Its fires off 11 shots per second with gusto. The inner workings of such a task are hard to appreciate with the naked eye. But if you have a Phantom camera, your eye is considerably less naked. In this video, enthusiasts Jason Kolsch and Jayson Jordon used a Phantom Gold to capture the D4 at 1000 fps. Skip to about :55 seconds for the good stuff. [FStoppers]
The Nikon D700 was the last great pre-video DSLR. It was an excellent and very boring camera. Nikon’s newest, a $3,000 body called the D800, introduces two major features: HD video and a 36-megapixel sensor.
That sensor is what’s on everybody’s mind. Studio photographers will love its rich details, and for the hack on the street, it’s the sharpest sensor in this price range. Let’s be clear from the start: This is one of the best cameras you can buy for three grand, period. But it’s been overshadowed by the standard-bearer in this category, the Canon 5D Mark III. At a $500 lower price, could the Nikon D800 be a better buy?
Why It Matters
Thirty-six-point-three-million pixels. That number should smack you in the face. Megapixel counts can be misleading, but in this case, pay close attention. The camera’s success hinges on that sensor. See, a sensor like the Nikon D800’s shoots extremely high-resolution photos, which means a ton of detail in the images. When the conditions are right, it can get better results. But cramming more pixels onto an image sensor can hurt its ability to shoot in dark conditions. If this super sensor falls short, the camera will only be interesting to pros working in controlled environments.
The art of taking photos of skateboarders is a rich tradition, full of sublime maneuvers and scenes of epic urban shredding. But it’s not easy! Not any kid with a fisheye lens can make magazine-worthy images without some know-how. And if you can shoot an ollie well, you can shoot anything.
Here to share his wisdom Michael Burnett, photographer whose work has graced the pages of many a Thrasher magazine. In these videos published by The Ride Channel, Burnett offers up some sound composition tips that can enlighten any type of budding photographer. [YouTube via PetaPixel]
Canon and Nikon both have brand new professional DLSR cameras fighting for the wallets of photographers and videographers the world over. We recently reviewed the Canon 5D Mark III, and are whipping up a review of the Nikon D800. In the meantime, we put together a comparison of the video capabilities of these two foes.
The Canon 5D Mark III wins hands down in this category. Less noise, more even colors. No contest.
Detail / Sharpness
In full screen video, the Nikon D800 clearly has better overall sharpness and details. Update: Yes, we know sharpness depends partially on the lens used. We chose the most comparable lenses we had available.
Optically I expected both lenses to be fairly simple: the Sony has 5 single elements, the Olympus 6 elements in 4 groups, and both have the diaphragm about in the center of the lens elements. They seem very similar as we start opening up the backs: both have 3 screws holding in a light baffle / protection cap, and 4 screws holding on the lens mount, just like most other lenses. The Olympus (left) and Sony lenses with backs removed.
Each month Sal Cincotta answers your most pressing business questions applying the same principals and concepts he use in his own business to help you thrive. This month’s questions focus on promotions, pricing and more.
1. Special Offers and Promotions
I have been doing photography for almost 34 years now but the one thing I still have a problem with is coming up with specials to offer clients, and how to word them so people will take advantage of the offer. I keep hearing different photographs talk about the promotion they just ran and had such a great response but that’s where it ends. They don’t say WHAT they offered or anything about the promotion that was advertised. Can you please give me some ideas?
Sal Cincotta: Phil, great question for sure. Without knowing your area of specialty, though, it’s tough to really help you put together a targeted offer. However, I am going to give it a try. Let’s say you are going after weddings and you are at a local bridal show. One special I like to run is “a 10% discount if you lock in today.” While you might be thinking you are losing a ton of money by doing something like this, the reality is that I am locking in my bride right then and there with no additional meetings or follow-up… and no chance for another photographer to steal her away.
Even as pro-grade, mirrorless, interchangeable lens cameras threaten to overtake the user-base that once demanded budget DSLRs, not everyone is convinced. Sony has revamped one of its budget DSLR-like cameras for people who actually like having a bigger, more powerful camera in their hands.
The first thing you notice about the A57 when you compare it to last year’s A55 is how much bigger it is. The camera’s grip is larger, so the A57 will feel and carry more like a big-kid’s DSLR than before. Technically, it’s not a DSLR because it doesn’t have an optical viewfinder, but for the purpose of better understanding the camera, it’s very similar. It makes sense that Sony would try to distinguish the A57 from the excellent, compact Sony NEX cameras that have been released over the last year.
As for the camera’s guts, the A57 has been upgraded to Sony’s latest BIONZ processor, which enables the camera to shoot at full-resolution at slightly-higher ISO: Where the A55 went shot up to a standard ISO of 12,800, the new camera shoots up to 16,000. In the real world, you’re looking at slightly better photos in low-light conditions. The A57’s image sensor appears unchanged: it shoots with the same 16.1-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor as the A55, and presumably, the same excellent sensor that’s inside the compact Sony NEX-5N camera. As for other key specs, the A57 is capable of shooting at up to 12 fps continuous (impressive) and the camera, like its predecessor, shoots 1080p HD video.
The Sony Alpha A57 will be available in April at $700 for the body only and $800 with an 18-55mm kit lens. [Sony via The Verge]
Hold onto your hats, folks! Canon has officially unveiled its long-awaited EOS 5D Mark III, the 22.3-megapixel, full-frame, HD-shooting successor to one of the company’s most popular pro DSLRs of all time.
We got to spend some hands-on shooting time (see further down in this story) with a prototype of the Canon 5D Mark III this week, and as successors go, this camera is fairly loaded; even if its image sensor is only a tick higher in resolution that the 21.1MP 5D Mark II from 2008. (In contrast, the Canon 5D Mark III’s direct competitor, the Nikon D800, uses a 36.3MP full-frame chip.)
But let’s get the important stuff out of the way first: the 1080p-shooting Canon 5D Mark III is slated to go on sale at the end of March for $3,499 (body only) and as a kit with the 24-105mm f/4 L IS lens for $4,299.
While that’s nearly $1,000 more than the 5D Mark II initially sold for, Canon argues that the amount of new tech in the 5D Mark III justifies the bump up in price.
The Nissin Group recently introduced the MF18 Macro Ring Flash at the 2012 PMA annual convention in Las Vegas. The new flash includes an expandable flash head, macro lens mount adaptors, and a guide number of 16 at ISO 100. Among its other features are two flash tubes, side-to-side lighting ratio controls, four LED modeling lamps and six operation modes—Auto, TTL, Wireless, Manual, Fine Marco and Settings. The MF18 supports Canon E-TTL and Nikon iTTL systems as well as adjustable power ratios from 1/1 down to 1/1024 power in the Fine Macro mode. The basic package includes lens mount adaptors of 52, 58, 62, 67, 72 and 77mm, with optional adaptors available for 49, 55 and 82mm lenses. The Nissin MF18 is firmware upgradeable via the built-in USB port and can also be used with the optional Nissin PS300 power pack for faster recycling times and longer battery life. Powered by four AA alkaline/Ni-MH/lithium batteries, the MF18 retails for $439. (MINOX USA distributes Nissin flashes in the United States.) www.nissindigital.com