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Nikon Price Raises hit US

Nikon Price Raises hit US

As you’ve probably aware, due to plunging of the major currencies against raising yen, Nikon has begun to implement a price raise to most of its Digital SLR optics, globally. First country to confirm new pricing came from our friendly neighbor to the North, then the UK, Australia and is now taking its toll in US major retailers.

An official announcement of the US prices adjustment was never revealed to consumers, but was shortly reported by camera vendors and Nikon Guru Thom Hogan with manufacturer’s plan to change in pricing term coming in the beginning of February. Camera bodies and bundle kits are said to hold its current pricings, only DLSR lens pricings are going up. As advertised, new prices are set in on number of camera lens, as much as 10-15% increases are being shown major online retailers such as B&H.

Nikon is not the only one that’s raising camera price, other camera and optical lens makers such as Sigma and Canon in Europe regions have announced similar pricing scheme to battle the currency fluctuations. An advice for Canon’s shooter, it’s time to practice your L-fever, store ‘em used L-lens up.

Nikon launches S-series slim and compact performance CoolPix

Nikon launches S-series slim and compact performance CoolPix

The last batch of Coolpix to join Nikon’s 2009 digicams’ releases are company’s stylish and slim-line S-series lineup. They are much advance and packed with high-end features you don’t get it from the budget L-series. All the cameras, namely the S630, S620, S220 and S230 include the basic Nikon’s Smart Portrait System, Nikkor Optics, 4-Way VR Image Stabilization, motion captures up to VGA size, and Scene Auto Selector; and each has it own unique feature targeting different audiences. Additionally, unlike the L-series and P90, the S series are finished in a variety of colors.

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Nikon Coolpix P90 gets 24x Optical Zoom

Nikon Coolpix P90 gets 24x Optical Zoom

Nikon is expanding its Coolpix lineup to include a superzoom digital camera, P90, a 12.1 MP flagship covering wide range of shooting distances from 26-624mm (35mm equiv.). This new model will compete directly with the latest 12mp ultra zoom series from rivalries Kodak Z980 with 24x and Olympus SP 590UZ with 26x.

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Hacked Nikon D700 captures video

Hacked Nikon D700 captures video

We know the Nikon D90 shoots HD format video at 720P but the rest of the DSLR members don’t, but there’s a hack enabling Nikon DSLR Live View motion images to be captured in PC. With little twist and work in manufacturer's supplied SDK, programmer has found way to record live feed via USB, and the good news is, it could work for other Nikon DSLR with live view such as D3 and D300.

[samples of video capture after the cut]

Nikon got Black Dots problem too, claimed on a firmware fixes

Nikon got Black Dots problem too, claimed on a firmware fixes

What do you know? With all the complaints on 5D Mark II’s black-dot glitches ( we reported a hands-on firmware fix) , no ones seems to notice there are similar occurrences on Nikon lineup as well, not until the manufacturer pointed it out on a recent firmware fixes. According to Nikon, in an extremely rare occasion, images taken in a long exposure from D3 and D700 may exhibit black dots if the Noise Reduction feature was on.

“- An issue that, in extremely rare cases, resulted in noticeable black dots in images captured with Long exp. NR in the shooting menu set to On has been resolved.”

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“Big Two” continue to stomp Digital SLR market in Japan

“Big Two” continue to stomp Digital SLR market in Japan

BCN Japan took stock of the 20 best-seller DSLR in Japanese market for the year of 2008. According to the data, which accounted for 93.3% overall DSLR sale in that region; the “Big Two” held its spots, continue to dominate the cutthroat DSLR market despite threaten by the new Four-Third Standard from Olympus and Panasonic, as well as the increasingly popular Sony Alpha.

20 best seller list after the cut

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Nikon unveils My Picturetown for iPhone, free app

Nikon unveils My Picturetown for iPhone, free app

Nikonians doubt the lack of Apple supports got their answer today; their favorite camera brand is on speaking term with Apple after all. Nikon has released its first “iApp” for the use of iPhone and Nikon’s photo storage and sharing site, My Picturetown online, most importantly, it’s free!

The “My Picturetown for iPhone” enables users of Nikon's My Picturetown get access to online images stored in their Picturetown account via their iPhone. Additionally, they can also view, create and upload photos as well as tagging and accessing EXIF data directly from their iPhone.

Nikon's My Picturetown is giving up 2GB of free photo storage online with the option to purchase up to 200GB through the Gold Account. The app is already up for downloading from Apple's App Store.

Nikon D3x Sensor is Manufactured by Sony

Nikon D3x Sensor is Manufactured by Sony

Nikon has officially responded to the question many have asked about who manufactured its Nikon D3x CMOS sensor. It is indeed manufactured by Sony; however Nikon clarified that they design the CMOS sensor. Here is the official statement from Nikon:

The Nikon D3X’s 24.5-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24.0mm) CMOS sensor was developed expressly for the D3X in accordance with Nikon’s stringent engineering requirements and performance standards, with final production executed by Sony. Featuring refined low-noise characteristics, 12 and 14 bit output, Live View capability and more, the D3X’s unique sensor design was carefully blueprinted to perform in perfect concert with proprietary Nikon technologies including EXPEED Image Processing and the Scene Recognition System. Meticulous efforts allowed the sensor to become one of the many essential components and technologies which contribute to the D3X’s superior image fidelity.