Monday, August 27, 2007

The Nikons Are Coming! The Nikons Are Coming!

Just when I went and sold all of my old manual 35mm Nikon lenses, Nikon goes and announces the Nikon D3, the successor to its amazing D2x and D2xs cameras, which sports a full frame sensor.

It figures.

Anyway, the specs look good on the new 12 megapixel D3. According to Nikon:

New 12.1 effective megapixels FX-format (23.9 x 36mm) sensor
The D3’s new and original 12.1 effective megapixel FX-format CMOS image sensor features a series of technologies that enable it to deliver superior quality pictures throughout the camera’s exceptionally broad ISO range. In addition, the sensor’s high-speed 12-channel readout allows the camera to shoot 12.1 megapixel images at up to nine frames per second.
Wide sensitivity range
The camera’s ISO sensitivity range is extremely broad, allowing photographers to shoot low noise photographs in a variety of situations. The camera’s normal range is from ISO 200 to 6400, and this range can be extended using the camera’s built-in settings of Lo-1 and Hi-2 for the equivalent of ISO 100 and ISO 25,600, respectively.
High-speed performance
The D3 is designed to deliver high-speed performance in virtually any situation. With a shutter release time lag of only 37 milliseconds, camera start-up time of 0.12 seconds, and continuous shooting speed of up to nine frames per second with full resolution 12.1 megapixel images, the D3 is the world’s fastest digital SLR camera in its class. The D3 is also capable of shooting at up to 11 frames per second when using the camera’s DX-
format mode, with 5.1 megapixel images. The Nikon D3 is also compliant with UDMA memory cards, enabling recording speeds of up to 35 megabytes per second.
New EXPEED Image Processing System
The D3 features Nikon’s new EXPEED Image Processing System that is central to the speed and processing power of the camera. EXPEED delivers optimized performance for the camera and its features and ensures high-image quality and high-speed image processing.

Not bad for $5,000.

Nikon also announced the D300, its successor to the D200. The D300 is expected to sell for $1,800.