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The Pentax K-01 is a bold new camera from Pentax and is certainly different to anything else made by anyone else – and perhaps that’s what Marc Newson and Pentax intended with the design of this new camera. It’s also the first mirrorless camera ever to use a full Digital SLR lens mount, supporting existing Digital SLR lenses. This causes the camera size to be larger than most other mirrorless cameras as the distance from the sensor to the lens has to be the same as that of a traditional D/SLR camera.
The two red and green buttons on the top can be customised, with the red button defaulting to record video in any mode. The battery is a large Digital SLR sized battery with a rating of 1860mAh, so should offer good battery life. The camera does not feature and electronic viewfinder, but could support an optical viewfinder in the flash hot shoe. The cameras screen is used for live view and focusing appeared reasonably quick, although not as quick as the quickest mirrorless cameras available.
The new AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II lens adds the latest Vibration Reduction image stabilization for up to four stops of camera shake compensation; Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat to minimize flare and ghosting; and a new A/M switch that protects the photographer from changing focus by accidentally moving the manual focus ring. The new AF-S 200-400mm f/4 VR II zoom lens uses the same, proven 27-element optical formula as its predecessor and is built to take the abuse dished out by working photojournalists and sports photographers.
A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to speak to Nikon’s PR team about the new lens. They wanted to point out that Nikkor lenses are the heart and soul of the Nikon system. Cameras are important, of course. I’ve had the pleasure of using the Nikon D3S for a few weeks now and it is really a mind-blowing camera. But without great glass, even the best camera can never reach its potential. Plus, with fast changing digital technology, most of us rarely use a camera for more than 3 or 4 years (and that’s being generous). But a great lens is something you can use for life. Hopefully that will be the case with the new AF-S 200-400mm f/4 VR II zoom lens.
The new 200-400 Nikkor, with VR II and the new Nano Crystal coatings, will be able to deliver in an even wider range of conditions – especially when paired with the incredible low-light ability of the Nikon D3S digital SLR
The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV offers higher resolution and an extended range of sensitivity settings as well as a significantly higher-resolution LCD monitor and new 45-point area AF system. Resolution has been increased to 16.1 megapixels (effective) and the 27.9 x 18.6 mm APS-H sized CMOS sensor has a focal length crop factor of 1.3x and a 3:2 aspect ratio.
photoreview reviews the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and writes:
“The camera body is supplied with a standard shoulder strap, LP-E4 lithium-ion battery pack and LC-E4 charger, AC-E4 AC adaptor kit, DR-E4 DC coupler, EG eyecup, plus USB 2.0 Hi-Speed and video cables. The supplied software disks include the latest versions of Digital Photo Professional (Win/Mac), ZoomBrowser EX (Win), Image Browser (Mac), PhotoRecord (Win) and EOS Capture (Win/Mac).”
CNET reviews the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and writes:
“Packing 16.1 megapixels on an APS-H-sized CMOS sensor, the 1D Mark IV is also laying claim to being the first professional level digital SLR with full high-definition video recording. Nikon’s recently announced D3S could have trumpeted this fact but it’s only capable of 720p recording.”
Canon EOS 1d Mark IV Video
Packing 16.1 megapixels on an APS-H-sized CMOS sensor, the 1D Mark IV is also laying claim to being the first professional level digital SLR with full high-definition video recording. Nikon’s recently announced D3S could have trumpeted this fact but it’s only capable of 720p recording.
Burst rates are also a bit special, at up to 10 frames per second with 120 shots able to be captured in succession. Like the D3S, the 1D Mark IV is capable of some pretty impressive high ISO sensitivities, all the way up to 102,400.
Nikon D3s digital SLR for the professional photographer
During the presentation, Nikon claimed that no less than 70% of the DSLR cameras of 3000 Euros or more is actually a Nikon digital SLR. This is an extensive part of the market where the Nikon D700, introduced in July 2008, undoubtedly takes up the largest share. Looking at Nikon’s entire professional DSLR offer, the structure is transparent and clear. It is all about meeting the demands of the professional photographer, with the emphasis on image quality rather than the actual pixel amount. And it is exactly that; the demand for improvements and enhancements, that justifies the introduction of the Nikon D3s.
Image quality of the Nikon D3s SLR
Whereas the ISO quality of the Nikon D3 was already high, Nikon has clearly raised the bar once more while developing the D3s. The Nikon D3s features a Hi-3 ISO boost and, with a maximum ISO base of 12,800, ISO can be expanded to an incredible 102,400 ISO. This remarkable performance is only made possible by entirely re-developing the 12.1 Megapixel image sensor. Thanks to the large pixel space for every single pixel and a fully changed internal structure at which a minimal in-camera editing takes place in order to retain sharpness and detail, the professional photographer is able to significantly expand his job location and freedom. Shooting in less ambient light is now also enabled, which extends the effective workday on location.
Nikon apparently held a press-event in beautiful Scotland. LetsGoDigital has been there to test the new Nikon D3s already. This Nikon D3s is a hands-on review and not a lab test. LetsGoDigital says that they will receive final Nikon D3s samples soon to test them in their lab.
For me it is more important how a camera works in real life.
One of the highlights of the new $5,000 Nikon D3s DSLRcamera is the ISO sensitivity. It can be expanded on the Nikon D3s from Lo 1 (ISO 100 equivalent) up to Hi 3 (ISO 102400 equivalent). LetsGoDigital says about this new capability in their hands-on Nikon D3s test: “Dinner was served in a dimly-lit environment, presenting the ideal circumstances to try out the high ISO performance of the Nikon D3s. It’s a pity we cannot show you the images, since it is simply incredible what the improved sensor of the D3s is able to do. Both pictures and videos benefit from the large ISO range, enabling shooting in the most difficult circumstances. If you have the possibility to shoot using a Nikon D3s in the near future, you will soon be convinced.” Read the full Nikon D3s review on LetsGoDigital.
Nikon D3S Video Review
As we all knew a year ago, the old D3 remains the top choice for news, action, low-light and sports, while the D3X is Nikon’s first digital camera ever that may have enough resolution to be a suitable camera for serious landscape and nature photography.
Heck, this is the first time since Canon entered the DSLR game behind Nikon that any Nikon has had more pixels than anything from Canon, although we’ll wait to see until Nikon can actually start shipping these to real customers.
The only thing new in the D3X, besides more pixels, optional reversed text in the menu system and a slower frame rate and ISO range, is an AUTO position for ADR (Automatic Dynamic Range). With the D3, I simply left ADR set to Normal, but with the D3X, just like the D700.
The reason that these new bodies were as large as they were was not because anyone particularly wanted them to be that bulky and heavy, but because they needed to be. It was simply impossible to put all of the electronics and required batteries needed to build and support a digital SLR in a body as “small” as a Nikon F5.
It’s for this reason that we have cameras like the current Nikon D3 series and Canon 1 Series. Kodak, in its final foray into DSLR building, with its DCS-14n of 2003, tried to shrink the full-frame camera, but it really wasn’t until the Canon 5D of 2005 that we had, for the first time, a traditional sized 35mm camera with a full frame sensor. The 5D was a breakthrough both in terms of price and resolution, not to mention just size. But, it wasn’t a “pro” level camera, in that it lacked features and build quality suitable for that designation, though many pros have used them successfully for the past three years.
Then just a few months ago, in Q3 2008, Nikon introduced the D700, offering almost all of the goodness of the large flagship D3 in a traditional sized body. Pro build quality, full frame sensor, identical image quality to the D3, and moderate price. What was not to like?
The mold had been broken. What Canon began with the 5D, Nikon now finalized. It was no longer necessary to build a large camera with integrated vertical grip to be able to provide top build and image quality. Optional vertical grips with additional batteries fill the bill nicely for those that require extra shooting speed, more juice, or different handling.
Which brings us to the new Nikon D3x, Nikons latest state-of-the-art pro level camera. With its almost 25 Megapixel full-frame sensor and tank-like body it offers everything that photographers might want in a camera, except for small size, light weight and low price
The D3x is designed for studio use, weighing a hefty 43 oz without battery or lens. While the D3x more than doubles the megapixel count of the D3, it does so at the cost of dropping the maximum frame rate from nine frames per second to five. In our lab testing, the D3x performed very well, but in general scored slightly lower than Nikon’s other full-frame offering, the D700. One area it excelled in was resolution, demonstrating remarkable sharpness. The great advantage of the D3x over most other cameras is its broad array of customizable features and manual controls.
Buy The Nikon D3X