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Nikon announce 3 stunning new lenses

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Nikon announced three stunning new lenses today, the 24mm f/1.8G, 200-500mm f/5.6G VR and 24-70mm f/2.8G VR

AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED

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Today Nikon extends its versatile f/1.8 line-up of prime lenses with the all-new AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED. Lighter and more compact than its brother, this fast FX-format lens easily captures dynamic, immersive images.

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This new lens is a great addition to Nikon’s f/1.8 line-up and gives the wide-angle series a definitive edge. It offers exceptional image quality and low-light performance, ensuring photographers can capture beautiful scenes and atmospheric shots. Not only this, movie shooters who want to create a cinematic feel can achieve this and deliver excellent video. The compact and lightweight design also makes it an ideal travel companion, and ensures that it is built to last.

Available to pre-order soon, RRP £629

AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR

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Nikon updates its ‘holy trinity’ of fast zoom lenses with the brand new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR. The beneficiary of a complete overhaul, the most widely used professional zoom lens in the NIKKOR line-up is now faster, stronger, and steadier than ever.

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The 24-70mm is a new and improved update to the already successful 24-70mm f/2.8G. Nikon has improved every aspect of this legendary lens in terms of image quality, construction, build and speed, as well as adding more stability with VR, minimising camera shake and allowing photographers to shoot at slower shutter speeds. This is an exceptional lens built to keep up with the demands of the professional photographer.

Available to pre-order soon, RRP £1849

AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

Nikon unveils a brand new ‘big zoom’ and introduces a whole new level of super-telephoto versatility. Packed with the latest lens technologies, the AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR offers incredible reach.

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Whether you shoot wildlife, birds, planes, or amateur sports, this powerful new FX-format zoom delivers unwavering performance. The new 200-500mm lens is an exciting addition to Nikon’s super-telephoto range, as it offers exceptional reach, enables consistent speed and smooth control, and it won’t break the bank. The 200-500mm is an exciting option for photographers who want that extra reach when capturing distant subjects at an affordable price.

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Available to pre-order soon, RRP £1179

Fujifilm announce the X-T10

Monday, May 18th, 2015

The FUJIFILM X-T10: a stunning addition to the X series

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Boasting outstanding image quality thanks to unique color reproduction technology, the new model, which is aimed at photography enthusiasts, combines a compact and lightweight body with a new AF system that excels at capturing moving subjects, as well as an electronic Real Time Viewfinder, which boasts an impressive 0.62x*1 magnification ratio, high-definition precision 2.36 million dot display and the world’s shortest time lag of 0.005 seconds*2.

The X-T10 features an APS-C X-Trans™*3 CMOS II sensor with built-in phase detection AF. Coupled with a high-performance image processing engine and FUJINON lenses, the camera delivers excellent resolution and outstanding image quality, backed by unique color reproduction technology. The X-T10 uses a new AF system. This offers Fujifilm’s conventional 49-point AF mode for high speed and precision focusing, as well as new Zone and Wide/Tracking modes that track subject movement across a larger 77-point area, substantially improving the camera’s ability to capture moving subjects. Combined with the AF-C capability and the continuous shooting speed of up to 8.0fps*4, the camera delivers the high quality images that have become synonymous with the X Series, across a broader range of photographic situations.

Key features of the Fujifilm X-T10

All-new design packs X Series’ operability into a compact and lightweight body

The design of the compact and lightweight body bears all the hallmarks of an X Series camera. Both top and base plates are made of a lightweight, but highly rigid, die-cast magnesium. The top plate features three precision-milled aluminum dials which give the X-T10 a premium feel and allow users to intuitively adjust the combination of aperture, shutter speed and shooting functions while concentrating on picture taking. Additionally, the back panel has a 3-inch 920K-dot tilting LCD monitor suitable for both above head and close to the ground shooting. Two colour options will be available: Black and Silver.

It is equipped with an Auto Mode Switch lever for selecting the fully-automatic Advanced SR Auto mode. In this mode, the camera automatically chooses the optimum settings for a given scene to make shooting effortless.

Each of the two command dials and seven function buttons featured can be customized so that you can tailor the camera to your needs.

The body also features an integral pop-up flash, positioned in the center of the top plate. The built-in Super Intelligent Flash automatically adjusts light output according to the scene type.

Real Time Viewfinder

With a magnification of 0.62x and a display lag time of just 0.005sec, the X-T10 has a large, fast viewfinder. It offers a clear, high-definition live view thanks to the new 2.36million-dot organic EL electronic viewfinder, plus visibility has been improved by automatically controlling finder brightness according to the ambient light levels. The live view display can also be set to the “Preview Pic. Effect” option to reflect the shooting conditions and offer a natural view close to that of the naked eye. The viewfinder’s eye sensor will also automatically orientate the information when the camera is positioned vertically; something that’s not possible on models with optical viewfinders.

The X-Trans™ CMOS II Sensor and EXR Processor II engine combine to deliver outstanding image quality and high speed performance

The camera features Fujifilm’s APS-C 16.3 megapixel X-Trans™ CMOS II sensor. Its unique, random color filter array reduces moiré and false colors without having to use an optical low pass filter. The elimination of the low pass filter, which compromises image quality, means a greater amount of light reaches the sensor. Combined with the EXR Processor II image processor, this means the sensor delivers outstanding resolution and low noise.

Fujifilm combined the processor’s noise reduction function with the technology for mounting circuit boards to reduce noise in high sensitivity images. This has enabled the ISO setting of up to 51200*5. Even at an ultra-high sensitivity, the camera produces low noise and strong blacks, thereby broadening photographic potential in low light conditions.

The camera features the unique Lens Modulation Optimiser (LMO) *6 image processing technology to deliver the best possible image quality. Using optical performance and other characteristics of each lens, LMO corrects optical defects such as diffraction*7 to achieve edge-to-edge sharpness and a realistic three-dimensional effect.

The unique on-sensor phase detection AF system focuses in an ultra-fast 0.06 sec*8 With the high-speed EXR Processor II image processor, the camera starts up in just 0.5sec*9, has a shutter time lag of 0.05sec and shooting interval of 0.5sec*10.

New AF system with Zone and Wide/Tracking modes for effortless capture of moving subjects

The new AF system offers the standard 49-point Single Point mode for high speed and precision focusing, as well as the new Zone and Wide/Tracking modes that use a larger 77-point area to capture moving subjects.

Zone mode allows users to select a 3×3, 5×3 or 5×5 zone out of the 77-point AF area. During AF-C focus, the camera continually tracks a subject, positioned at the center of the zone. The centrally positioned 3×3 and 5×3 zones, in particular, delivers fast focusing thanks to the on-sensor phase detection AF.

  • The Wide/Tracking mode is a combination of the Wide mode (during AF-S), in which the camera automatically identifies and tracks the area in focus across the 77-point AF area, and the predictive Tracking mode (during AF-C), which uses the entire 77-point area to continue tracking a subject. This feature enables continuous focusing on a subject that is moving up and down, left and right or towards and away from the camera.
  • The Single Point mode divides the focus area into smaller sections to accurately determine the distance to the subject for greater focusing precision. The working range of the on-sensor phase detection AF has been improved from 2.5EV to 0.5EV so phase detection AF works at high speed even in low light conditions or on a low contrast subject.
  • The camera features Eye Detection AF, which automatically detects and focuses on human eyes. The function allows you to easily focus on the eyes even in difficult conditions – when shooting a portrait with a very wide aperture to obtain strong bokeh effects, for example.
  • The Auto Macro function automatically activates the Macro mode while maintaining AF speed, eliminating any need to press the Macro button to capture a close-up. This allows you to re-assign the Macro button to a different function.
  • The optimized algorithm delivers a smoother and more natural AF action during video recording.
  • With the combination of the phase detection AF data and subject motion predictive AF, the camera is capable of continuous shooting with AF-C at up to approx. 8.0fps.

18 high-performance FUJINON X-mount lenses that deliver premium image quality and expand the scope of photography

The very latest digital technologies have been used to develop X-mount lenses, which offer high-precision optical designs to deliver the highest possible image quality. When designing the lens range, the aim was to achieve edge-to-edge definition for high-resolution imagery across the entire frame and offer the brightest possible maximum aperture for maximum creativity, while maintaining a compact and portable size. The current line-up of 18 lenses ranges from ultra wide-angle to telephoto, including five fast aperture prime lenses. These lenses bring out the very best image quality from the X-T10. Optional accessories such as mount adapters and macro extension tubes further broaden photographic potential.

Perfect your photos with Film Simulation modes and other creative features

Fujifilm’s unprecedented image quality has been created through 80 years of development of photographic films. This technology helps the camera to reproduce warm skin tones, bright blue skies and rich green trees, just as photographers remember the scene. The X-T10 features the latest CLASSIC CHROME Film Simulation mode, which delivers muted tones and deep colors. Users can choose from ten other modes that simulate the effects of traditional Fujifilm films. These include color reversal film effects (VELVIA/PROVIA/ASTIA), professional color negative film (PRO Neg.Std / PRO Neg.Hi), monochrome filters (MONOCHROME, Ye filter, R filter and G filter) and SEPIA.

Advanced Filter functions are also available on the X-T10. Users can choose from eight different artistic effects:

  • Pop Color – Emphasises contrast and color saturation.
  • Toy Camera – Creates shaded borders as if you were taking a photo on a toy camera.
  • Miniature – Adds top and bottom blur for a diorama or miniature effect.
  • Dynamic Tone – Creates a fantasy effect by boosting tones.
  • Partial Color – Retains one selected original color and changes the rest of the photo black & white. Colors can be selected from red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.
  • High Key – Enhances brightness and reduces contrast to lighten tonal reproduction.
  • Low Key – Creates uniformly dark tones with few highlight areas.
  • Soft Focus – Creates a look that is soft throughout the whole image.

The Multiple Exposure function offers users the chance to combine two separate subjects into one photo, perfect for adding people into photos.

The camera’s aspect ratio can be selected from 3:2, 16:9, and 1:1 (square) to accommodate a wide range of photographic styles.

The camera also features an ADVANCED SR AUTO mode, which recognizes faces and every scene type to automatically optimize the focus, exposure, ISO and other settings.

Interval timer shooting for time lapse photography is available with intervals of one second to 24 hours and up to 999 frames.

A completely silent electronic shutter that is capable of exposures up to 1/32000sec. has been added. Photos with a shallow depth-of-field can now be shot with the aperture wide open on snowy fields or the beach under clear skies. As there are no mechanically operated parts, candid shots of animals and sleeping babies can be captured more easily than ever before.

Other features include the Digital Split Image for precise manual focusing, and Focus Peaking, which highlights high-contrast areas of the subject’s outlines. These areas can be highlighted in white, red or blue, providing a focusing guide even when photographing a scene that’s tricky to focus on.

Full HD video with the X-Trans™ CMOS II sensor

60fps smooth Full HD movies can be shot with the X-T10. 50fps, 30fps, 25fps and 24fps frame rates are also available.

Film Simulation modes, including the latest CLASSIC CHROME, and detailed white balance setting is also possible.

Manual exposure can also be set during movie shooting. Aperture, shutter speed*11 and ISO sensitivity can be changed enabling movies to be shot using an exposure of the user’s preference.

High-speed, high-precision focusing is made possible by activating Intelligent Hybrid AF, which switches between phase-detection AF and contrast AF according to the scene, even during movie shooting. Manual focus is also possible.

Six types of scene recognition functions can be used, or it can be left up to the camera to capture beautiful movies.

A high bit rate of 36Mbps enables high definition capture of delicate movements.

Built in Wi-Fi for shooting from your smartphone or tablet devices*12.

By downloading the free FUJIFILM Camera Remote app to your smartphone or tablet device, users can use the Remote Control function, which allows a wealth of control, even from a distance. This functionality is great for a wide variety of shots, including group photos, self-portraits and animals in their natural habitat.

Photos and videos can be sent to devices such as your smartphone with an easy one-touch operation. Pictures and videos on the camera can be browsed, selected, and imported using your smartphone, all without the hassle of inputting an ID or password. It is also possible to add location information acquired by the smartphone or tablet to the image.

Photos can be sent directly from the camera to the Instax SHARE Smartphone Printer for instant Instax prints.

Wi-Fi® Transfer*13 is supported, enabling wireless backup of the data to a computer*14.

UK AVAILABILITY AND PRICING:

The FUJIFILM X-T10 will be on sale in the UK from mid-late June 2015. It will be available in both Black and Silver versions. All kit lenses will be Black.

X-T10 Body Only – £499.00
X-T10 XC16-50mm Kit – £599.00
X-T10 XF18-55mm Kit – £799.00

Premium accessory line-up

Leather Case BLC-XT10

  • A stylish, authentic leather case that has a wonderfully tactile feel and perfectly suits the X-T10’s classic design. With the X-T10 snugly protected, you can even change batteries without removing the camera. A matching leather shoulder strap and protective cloth are included.
  • Hand Grip MHG-XT10
  • To increase the camera’s grip. Both battery and memory card can be swapped with the grip in place. Additionally, a tripod screw hole can be placed in center of the optical axis and the base parts are equipped with a 38mm width dovetail protrusion plate, allowing use as a quick shoe mount when using a dovetail groove tripod pedestal.
  • M Mount Adapter for additional lens compatibility
  • Macro Extension Tube MCEX-16/MCEX-11
    Two tubes (16mm and 11mm) are available for fitting between the camera body and an interchangeable lens to enable high magnification macro photography.
  • Shoe Mount Flash
    There are three types of FUJIFILM external flash, all of which are capable of high-precision TTL auto flash control. The EF-20 and EF-X20 both have a guide number of 20, while EF-42 has a guide number of 42.
  • External Stereo Microphone MIC-ST1
    Make realistic voice recordings for your high-quality Full HD videos.
  • Protector Filters (PRF-39, PRF-52, PRF-58, PRF-62, PRF-67, PRF-72 and PRF-77)
  • DC coupler CP-W126
  • AC adapter AC-9V
  • Remote Release RR-90

Notes

  • *1: Market leading viewfinder magnification ratio. Approx. 0.62x magnification 50mm (35mm format equivalent) at infinity and diopter set to -1.0 m-1.
  • *2: Fujifilm research as of April 2015.
  • *3: X-Trans is a trademark or registered trademark of FUJIFILM Corporation.
  • *4 In CH mode, focus area is limited inside of central 3×3 in Single point and 5×3 in Zone and Wide/Tracking.
  • *5: Extended output sensitivity.
  • *6: Unique signal processing technology that reproduces the sharpness of images blurred by diffraction, etc.
  • *7: When a fine image that should be sharp is blurred when using a stopped down aperture.
  • *8: Fujifilm research based on CIPA guidelines using the X-T10 equipped with XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR lens in High Performance mode as of April 2015.
  • *9: Equipped with XF27mmF2.8 lens in High Performance mode.
  • *10: MF mode.
  • *11: Aperture and shutter speed can be changed during shooting. Only shutter speeds faster than the set frame rate can be set.
  • *12 Android™, smartphone and table devices, iPhone / iPad.
  • *13 Wi-Fi® is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance®
  • *14 Requires advanced installation of the free dedicated software FUJIFILM PC AutoSave to your computer.

Sony release HX90

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

The Sony Cyber-shot HX90 is an 18-megapixel superzoom camera with a 25.750mm equivalent lens and a pop-up OLED viewfinder. Other key features include a fast, intelligent AF system with an improved spatial object detection algorithm, a control ring around the lens, a tiltable LCD screen plus on-board Wi-Fi and NFC. The camera can record full HD 60p movies using the XAVC S codec. The Sony Cyber-shot H90V model additionally features a GPS module that automatically tags your shots and clips with location information to enjoy on a map using PlayMemories Home. The cameras wil be available from June.

Sony Press Release

Travel light with new high performance; high zoom compact cameras from Sony

Premium quality 30x optical zoom ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lenses with an array of cutting-edge features

  • Cyber-shot™ HX90/HX90V[1] feature OLED viewfinder, and control ring for professional style control and results
  • Cyber-shot™ HX90/HX90V and Cyber-shot™ WX500 offer ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 30x zoom; 18.2mp[ii] Exmor R™ sensor; BIONZ X processor; Full HD video; Fast Intelligent AF; Optical SteadyShot® with 5-axis stabilisation and 180-degree tilt LCD for perfect framing of selfies

Carry less, shoot more: two new travel-friendly cameras from Sony put fabulous holiday photo opportunities in closer reach this summer. The world’s most compact cameras in their class[iii], the Cyber-shot DSC-HX90 and DSC-WX500 are big on sheer picture quality plus plenty of easy-to-use pro-style functions.

Despite sharing a raft of technologies that deliver amazing picture quality, the two cameras offer a distinct choice for photographers looking for a compact high- zoom camera. Both are built around extremely high quality optics with a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 30x zoom lens and benefit from the power of an Exmor RTM CMOS sensor with 18.2mpii and BIONZ X™ processor but for the photographer who prefers to frame their shots more traditionally, the HX90 features a pop-up OLED viewfinder and a Control Ring that can be assigned to functions like manual focusing or step zoom. The feeling of control when using the HX90 is further enhanced by a new ergonomic grip for comfortable handling in any situation. For photographers who want to add perfectly framed selfies to their repertoire, the HX90 and WX500 have a 180 degree tilt LCD screen so you can see exactly how you will appear in your shots.

Despite their pocket-sized dimensions, both the HX90 and WX500 benefit from 5-axis image stabilisation[iv] which keeps pictures blur-free even when exploring the outer limits of the camera’s zoom range whilst shooting movies.

ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 30x optical zoom/60x Clear Image Zoom

Packing a huge 30x optical zoom range into the tiny camera bodies, the high-quality ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens pulls friends and family, wildlife and distant scenes closer. The advanced design ensures impressively sharp, low-distortion images, even at high zoom settings where budget optics struggle to maintain clarity and definition. Want to go larger still? Clear Image Zoom boosts magnification to a gargantuan 60x, with Optical SteadyShot and 5-axis image stabilisationiv keeping handheld camera wobbles in check for crisper handheld Full HD videos.

Exmor RTM CMOS sensor with 18.2mp and BIONZ X™ processor

The subtlest details in any scene – even moonlit beaches and café interiors – are captured effortlessly by the back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor with 18.2 effective megapixels. Sony’s advanced BIONZ X image processor ensures stills and Full HD movies with incredible colours, richness and realism.

OLED Tru-Finder™ precision electronic viewfinder

Available on the HX90/HX90V only, the framing shots on sunny days is a pleasure with the OLED Tru-finder that pops up whenever it’s needed. Images are bright, crisp and clear, with high contrast and vivid colours.

Top-notch selfies are a doddle with the 3.0-type LCD that tilts up to 180 degrees for comfortably framed arms’ length portraits. The high resolution (921k dots) monitor is also handy for composing and retouching shots with the camera’s built-in Photo Creativity and Beauty Effect functions.

Fast Intelligent Auto Focus

The Fast Intelligent AF system on the new models has been inherited from Sony’s award winning α7 series of cameras. An improved spatial object detection algorithm realises a more optimal and accurate lens drive to make auto focus even faster for capturing fleeting moments with ease.

Serious snappers will also appreciate extensive control modes, Memory Recall and a Control Ring[v] that can be assigned to functions like manual focusing or step zoom.

Better-looking movies are assured by Full HD 60p/50p[vi] recording using the XAVC S[vii] format at 50Mbps for great-looking video – with no on-screen noise and artefacts, even when you’re capturing fast-moving kids, pets or jet-skis. P/A/S/M modes give extra creative control over your video footage, while Intelligent Active Mode with 5-axis image stabilisationiv steadies image wobbles when you’re following moving subjects.

There’s a built-in flash for low-light shooting, and Wi-Fi with NFC for One-touch wireless sharing of photos and movies on your phone or tablet.

Cyber-shot HX90V with GPS

The Cyber-shot™ HX90V adds GPS that automatically tags your shots and clips with location information to enjoy on a map using PlayMemories Home.

PlayMemories Camera Apps

Shooting possibilities for both cameras can be expanded at any time with PlayMemories Camera AppsTM, Sony’s growing range of creative tools and utilities. Further information on the full range of compatible apps can be found at playmemoriescameraapps.com.

LCJ-HWA body case

Available in black, brown or light brown, the optional LCJ-HWA body case with lens jacket and shoulder strap features a quality leather-style finish to protect either camera while offering a sure, stable grip. The smart design allows easy access while you’re out and about – shoot, adjust LCD angle or connect the USB multi terminal without removing the camera from its case.

The new Cyber-shot™ HX90/V and WX500 high-zoom compact travel cameras from Sony will be available early summer.

Nikon announce the D7200

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Today, Nikon announce their new flagship DX sensor camera body, the D7200

The Nikon D7200 is a sophisticated, high performance DX-format DSLR aimed at the passionate and serious photographer looking for superior image quality, class leading performance and enhanced movie capture capability. Designed to inspire enthusiasts who want to develop their photographic skills, the D7200 features professional-level technologies such as a 24-megapixel CMOS sensor, 51-point AF system, an ISO range of 100-25,600, 6fps continuous shooting and Full HD 1080p movie recording.

Available late March, Body £939, 18-105VR Kit £1119

pre-order now

Nikon D7200: Key Features

  • 24-megapixel DX CMOS sensor
  • 51-point AF system
  • AF Detection down to -3 EV
  • ISO 100-25,600 (Exp. to 51,200 and 102,400 in BW)
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processor
  • Up to 6 fps shooting (7fps in 1.3x crop mode)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Full HD 1080p video recording
  • Exposure Smoothing / Time Lapse
  • 15% improved battery performance

View the Nikon D7200 and D7100 comparison sheet here.

Rich 24.2-megapixel detail
Achieve a new level of image quality. Specifically designed without an optical low-pass filter (OLPF), the D7200’s DX-format image sensor makes the most of its 24.2-megapixel resolution to sharply capture images with wide dynamic range, low noise, and rich colour gradation.

EXPEED 4
Boosts the camera’s overall performance for extraordinary results. Enables superb image rendering and ISO performance, and allows high frame rates when shooting movies.

Multi-CAM 3500 II 51-point AF
With an autofocus system inherited from Nikon’s professional cameras, the D7200 offers phenomenal precision. The system is sensitive down to -3 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F), so you can shoot sharp, even in the dark. Fifteen cross-type sensors in the centre deliver superior subject acquisition. One centre point is f/8 compatible, enabling more lens/teleconverter combinations.

1.3x crop
Gain extra reach, speed, and wider AF coverage. Crop mode extends the reach of DX lenses by 1.3x, almost doubles the telephoto effect of FX lenses, and lets you shoot at up to 7 fps. This mode also enables the AF system’s 51 focus points to cover the entire frame.

Picture Control 2.0
Take complete control over sharpening, contrast, brightness, hue, and saturation when shooting stills and video. Ease postproduction with Flat setting for maximum dynamic range; achieve crisp detail with the Clarity setting. Settings can be visually adjusted as you shoot, and you can streamline the shooting process by saving different options for movies and stills in a dedicated menu.

Multi-area D-Movie
Shoot broadcast-quality video with markedly reduced noise in multiple frame formats. Record DX-format Full HD movies at up to 25p/30p, or switch to 1.3x crop mode for extra telephoto reach and record at up to 1080/50p/60p. The camera offers clean HDMI out, plus simultaneous capture of full-resolution footage in-camera and on an external recorder.

Moviemaking freedom
An array of settings let you take complete control over footage. Transition smoothly between dark and bright areas with Auto ISO control in M mode. Shoot in Zebra mode to see exactly where highlights are blown on the camera monitor. Apply Flat Picture Control for easier colour grading in post. A dedicated movie menu lets you store all movie settings in one place.

High-fidelity audio
Record movies that sound the way you want with the D7200’s superior options for audio control. You can select the sound range (wide/voice), and wind noise can be reduced when recording with the built-in microphone. For maximum freedom to record sound direct from the source, the Nikon ME-W1 wireless microphone records high-quality audio from up to 50 m away.

Bright viewfinder
offers approx. 100% frame coverage and exceptional visibility outdoors, even with harsh backlit situations. Boasts an organic EL display element for a bright, high-contrast information display with low power consumption.

Colour-tune monitor
Push the colour balance and brightness of the screen in any direction to suit your personal preference. The anti-reflective 8.0-cm (3.2-in.), 1229k-dot RGBW LCD screen enables easy operation under all conditions.

Tough and durable
Built to withstand diverse conditions, the D7200’s body is dust, weather, and drop resistant. Magnesium alloy top and rear covers enhance durability, and the shutter unit is tested to 150,000 releases.

NIKKOR lenses
the D7200 is compatible with the Nikon’s full range of DX-format lenses and a wide range of FX lenses. With their exceptionally high resolving power, NIKKOR lenses deliver exceptional results, and the compact size of DX-format lenses is a real advantage when you want to travel light or shoot telephoto. Shoot in 1.3x crop mode and you can extend the telephoto reach of a lens like the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5–6.3G to 390 mm, equivalent.

Built-in flash
With intelligent i-TTL flash control and a commander function that lets you wirelessly trigger and control up to two groups of remote Nikon Speedlights from the camera.

Creative Lighting System
Use the D7200 with a range of versatile Speedlights for creative flash photography on- or off-camera. Nikon’s industry-leading Creative Lighting System includes fast high-end flashes like the SB-700 as well as flash units like the SB-500, which boasts an onboard high-intensity LED light that’s ideal for movie recording.

Remote operation
Dedicated accessories give you multiple options for wireless control and image transmission. Release the camera remotely via a smart device using the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi and the dedicated WMU app.¹ To take further control over wireless shooting, use the WR-R10 Wireless Transceiver and the WR-T10 Wireless Transmitter, or control your camera settings with the WR-1 Wireless Remote Controller. To connect to Ethernet and wireless LAN, use the optional UT-1 Data Transmitter together with the WT-5 Wireless Transmitter.

NFC support
Easily transfer images to an NFC compatible smart device. Simply touch the D7200 with a smart device and you can transfer the image that’s showing on the camera’s LCD screen.

Energy saving design
Shoot for longer on one charge. Capture up to 1,110 still images and up to 80 minutes of movie footage³ on a single charge of the ultra-compact and lightweight lithium-ion rechargeable EN-EL15 battery.

Storage media
Two SD card slots enable a smooth shooting experience. Both card slots are compatible with high-capacity SDXC and UHS-I cards.

Included software
Continue the creative process after the shoot. Dedicated Nikon software provides a comprehensive way to import, organize, edit, and share photos or movie clips. Benefit from a wide range of editing options for your movie files, including the option to adjust Picture Control parameters. Take advantage of functions that enable instant uploads to social networks.

New Nikon COOLPIX range

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Hot on the heels of the D810A announcement, Nikon follows up with an expansion to its popular COOLPIX compact camera range with a number of exciting new products.

Bridge range

Two new additions to the Nikon COOLPIX bridge line-up are announced today, bringing exceptional performance for recording life in exquisite detail.

COOLPIX P610

The 16-megapixel COOLPIX P610 offers new possibilities in everything from night shoots to nature photography, with an astonishing 60x optical zoom, extendable to 120x Dynamic Fine Zoom. An electronic viewfinder and large high resolution 921k-dot vari-angle screen with bright RGBW technology inspire creative framing, plus sharing is instant with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC support – as simple as tapping the camera to a smart device. Built-in GPS and GLONASS track shooting locations, while Dual Detect Optical VR (vibration reduction) keeps the camera stable for sharp details even at full zoom or when shooting one-touch Full HD movies (1080/60p).

COOLPIX P610: £339.99  – Available 19th February 2015

COOLPIX L840

It’s easy to zoom in on life’s special moments with the 16-megapixel L840. Capture landscapes and wildlife or take amazing close-ups at family celebrations with the 38x optical zoom, extendable to 76x Dynamic Fine Zoom. Taking detailed shots of the moon or wildlife are made simple with Scene auto selector, plus you can create a unique viewpoint with the large LCD tilt screen and shoot Full HD movies (1080/60i) at the touch of a button. Favourite images can be shared instantly with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC support.

COOLPIX L840: £209.99 – Available 26th February 2015

SuperZoom range

Two new high zoom cameras with instant sharing are announced today – the vari-angle COOLPIX S9900 and the slimline S7000.

COOLPIX S9900

The 16-megapixel COOLPIX S9900 makes it easy to find your own unique perspective. This high performance camera gives you the freedom to frame images creatively with the large vari-angle LCD screen whilst the powerful 30x optical zoom, extendable to 60x Dynamic Fine Zoom, allows you to get close to the action. Share instantly with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC support – it’s as easy as tapping the camera to a smart device – and record shooting locations with built-in GPS and GLONASS. Track up to 30 locations on a built-in world map, shoot Full HD movies (1080/60p) or create impressive time-lapse movies easily in-camera too. The mode dial gives easy access to exposure modes (P/S/A/M) to give your images the personal touch.

COOLPIX S9900: £279.99 – Available 26th February 2015

COOLPIX S7000


The 16-megapixel COOLPIX S7000 a 20x optical zoom into a very slimline body, for catching all the action – near or far. It’s simple to be social, sharing photos easily with NFC support just by tapping the camera to a smart device, or using the dedicated Wi-Fi button. Full HD movies (1080/60p) come at the touch of a button, time-lapse movies are easy to make and stunning travel scenes are captured effortlessly with easy panorama.

COOLPIX S7000: £169.99 – Available 26th February 2015

All weather range

Nikon today announced two new additions to its all-weather camera range, the adventure-proof COOLPIX AW130 and the go-anywhere COOLPIX S33, make it easier to capture all your outdoor explorations and fun in the sun with stunning photos and Full HD movies.

COOLPIX AW130


The 16-megapixel COOLPIX AW130 fits your active lifestyle like a glove. Wherever you go, it can go with you – as deep as 30m underwater, equivalent to Advanced Open Water certification, plus it’s resistant to -10oC, dustproofand shockproof to 2m. It’s a social camera too, with NFC support and built-in Wi-Fi, so images can be shared instantly just by tapping it to an NFC-enabled smart device, or using the dedicated Wi-Fi button.

COOLPIX AW130: £279.99 – Available 26th February 2015

COOLPIX S33


The 13-megapixel COOLPIX S33 makes holidays and daily life even more memorable. It’s ultra-tough, simple to use and can easily keep up with even the most adventurous of travel plans. Swim with it at up to 10m depth or use underwater face framing to detect faces without having to get in the water at all. It’s shockproof to 1.5m, resistant to -10 oC and dustproof too, so it can take anything life throws at it.

COOLPIX S33: £89.99 – Available 5TH March 2015

New lenses from Nikon including compact 300mm f/4

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Nikon has announced two new lenses today including an exciting compact 300mm f/4 with a Fresnel element.

AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

Overview

Close the distance with this FX-format 300 mm lens. As the first F-mount NIKKOR to be equipped with a phase Fresnel element, it offers the ultimate balance of compact build, telephoto reach, and high image quality.

Ideal for sports and wildlife photography as well as travel shots and tight, detail-oriented portraiture, this lens is the smart choice when you want to fill the frame but not your bag.

The combination of f/4 maximum aperture, 300 mm focal length, and impressive VR technology enables superb results in diverse conditions. The phase Fresnel lens element significantly reduces size and weight, and a fluorine coating repels water, dust, and dirt for enhanced durability.

Lens release date and pricing information to follow shortly.

Key Features

High-performance telephoto lens: offers 300 mm focal length and f/4 maximum aperture. (450 mm focal length when used with a Nikon DX-format SLR.)

Phase Fresnel element: this telephoto lens delivers great optical performance and boasts a remarkably compact build. Use of a phase Fresnel (PF) lens element noticeably reduces the weight, without degrading image quality.

Vibration Reduction (VR): with SPORT mode. VR minimises the effects of camera shake and lets you shoot at shutter speeds up to 4.5 stops slower.¹ SPORT VR mode delivers a stable viewfinder image when shooting high-speed movement, and allows a continuous shooting frame rate with reduced release time lag, similar to those that are possible when VR is turned off.

Advanced optical performance: Nano Crystal Coat effectively reduces ghost and flare, increasing the clarity and contrast of images. An ED (extra-low dispersion) glass element minimises chromatic aberration.

Electromagnetic diaphragm: enables consistent, more precise exposures, especially when shooting at high frame rates.

Fluorine coating: actively repels water, dust, and dirt without compromising image quality. The coating enhances durability and makes it easier to clean the glass without damaging the surface.

Minimum focus distance: 1.4 m.

RT-1 tripod collar ring (optional accessory): enables the lens to be rotated freely for smooth transition between vertical and horizontal orientation.

AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II

An all new DX-format telephoto lens that boasts a serious size advantage. With a versatile 55–200mm focal range and an ultra-compact design, this telephoto is the perfect partner for smaller DX-format D-SLR cameras.

Compact, light, and easy-to-handle, this lens is great for close-ups of distant subjects, travel shots, sporting adventures, and amateur wildlife photography. The compact design ensures comfortable handheld shooting, and the retractable lens mechanism enables superior portability. Autofocus is fast, precise, and super-quiet, and Nikon’s Vibration Reduction system enables blur-free images.

Lens release date and pricing information to follow shortly.

Key Features

Portable telephoto zoom lens: covers a versatile 55–200mm focal length range (35mm equivalent: 82.5–300mm). Great for travel shots, distant subjects, sporting adventures, and amateur wildlife photography.

Retractable lens mechanism: retract the lens when it’s not in use for superior portability.

Ultra-compact and lightweight: weighing just 300 g, this lens is a mere 83 mm long when retracted.

Vibration Reduction (VR) system: delivers clear, blur-free images. Enables more stable handheld shooting and lets you shoot at up to four stops slower. VR operation is quiet, even when filming.

Nikon quality images: this lens produces beautifully sharp photos and videos, even when shooting handheld. One extra-low dispersion glass element helps minimise chromatic aberration for high-contrast images.

SWM (Silent Wave Motor): for fast, precise, and super-quiet operation.

Minimum focus distance: 1.1 m throughout the zoom range.

Small system: with its streamlined design, this telephoto lens offers great versatility and portability. By combining it with a small Nikon D-SLR camera body and the NIKKOR 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6G VR II zoom lens, you’ll have a powerful double zoom kit that won’t weigh down your bag.

Nikon announce the D5500

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Nikon has upgraded the D5300 with the D5500, which is the first DX-format model to feature a vari-angle touchscreen. The slimmer, lighter model also features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity alongside a full specification, which includes a 24.2 megapixel resolution, 39 point AF system and ISO sensitivity up to 25,600.

Pricing and release date information to follow shortly. For full details on the new model, take a look at the official press release below:

D5500 Summary Overview

Do your world justice and capture your best images yet with the D5500. Lightweight and powerful, this slimline D-SLR with familiar touchscreen operation frees you to do more with your photography.

From fast movement to challenging low-light situations, the D5500 doesn’t disappoint. Even when printed large or shown on a big screen, your photos and movies will be crystal-clear reflections of the way you see the world.

The responsive Vari-angle touchscreen offers intuitive operation, and built-in Wi-Fi makes it simple to share your high-quality photos via a smart device. Exceptionally portable and incredibly comfortable to handle, this D-SLR puts perfection within your reach.

Inspiring image quality

Leave image-blur behind and enjoy vibrant, richly detailed images. From fast movement to low-light situations, your shots never looked this good.

Vari-angle touchscreen

Control your camera like a smartphone. Flip, tilt or rotate the touchscreen to compose shots from exciting angles, and then tap to focus and shoot.

Built in Wi-Fi

Your smart device will be one of your favourite camera accessories. Use the built-in Wi-Fi function to easily share impressive photos via a compatible smartphone or tablet.¹

Perfect grip

Curve your fingers around the deep grip and you won’t want to put this camera down. Combined with its lightweight, slim-line body, the D5500 is all about comfort.

Superior light sensitivity

Shoot brilliant photos and movies even when the light is scarce. With an ISO range of 100–25600, you’ll achieve crisp, clean images more often than ever before.

Summary of Key Features
• Incredible image quality: 24.2-megapixel DX-format sensor with no OLPF
• Superior low-light performance: ISO 100–25,600
• Vari-angle monitor: large 8.1-cm (3.2-in.) LCD with wide-viewing angle and high 1,037k-dot resolution
• Responsive touchscreen: tap to focus and shoot, or adjust settings such as aperture, ISO, and shutter speed
• Touch Fn function: quickly adjust key settings with a finger swipe when shooting through the viewfinder
• Built in Wi-Fi: easily share impressive photos via a compatible smartphone or tablet
• Streamlined design: monocoque structure and a deep grip. Approx. 124×97×70 mm, this camera weighs just 420 g (without battery and memory card)
• 39-point AF system: with nine cross-type sensors in the centre
• Improved contrast-detect AF: 20% faster than the D5300 when shooting in Live View
• Fast and powerful EXPEED 4 image processing engine
• Up to 5 fps continuous shooting
• Full HD movies: at 1080/50/60p and Full HD/60p output supported
• Picture Control 2.0: invaluable tools for shooting photos and movies just the way you want. Includes the new Flat setting for maximum dynamic range
• Built-in stereo microphone: and compatibility with Nikon’s ME-1 Stereo Microphone
• Viewfinder: approx. 95% frame coverage with approx. 0.82x magnification
• 10 special effects for still images and movies
• 16 Scene Modes
• Creative tools: retouch menu, bracketing functions, HDR photography, interval timer shooting, vignette control
• Expandable system: Compatible with the full range of NIKKOR DX-format lenses and specific Nikon Speedlights
• Compatible with the WR-R10/WR-T10 Wireless Remote Controllers

New Canon 100-400mm lens!

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Canon announce the all new 100-400mm!

Finally the wait is over, the perfect companion to the 7DmkII, the 100-400mm has had a complete redesign and is better than ever.

As you can see, gone is the old push pull zoom mechanism, replaced with a conventional twist style. Dramatically improved optical performance through a revolutionary new lens coating technique called ASC and a huge bump in IS performance.

Available early Dec for £1999, Pre-order information to follow shortly.

New cameras from Canon

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Canon has been busy!  Today they unveil 8 new products, which includes a new entry-level DSLR, an exciting new companion App, high performance Macro Ring Lite and 5 new DSC models.

EOS 1200D – Embrace every opportunity


Capture the emotion of the moment, with a DSLR camera that’s easy to use and delivers results you’ll love.

  • Record life’s special moments with high quality photos and movies
  • Capture detail and ambience, even in dark conditions
  • Shoot with the right settings using Scene Intelligent Auto mode
  • Simple step-by-step Feature Guide and EOS Companion app
  • Enhance your memories and be artistic with Creative filters
  • Change your view with Canon EF and EF-S lenses

EOS 1200D Companion App – Get the best start in photography with the EOS 1200D and Companion app


Get to know your EOS 1200D. Learn the basics of DSLR photography with step-by-step exercises and hands-on video tutorials. Practical assignments will help you find new subjects and shooting styles.

  • Feel comfortable using your EOS 1200D with a button guide
  • Discover the basics of DSLR photography with video tutorials
  • Learn new skills and improve your photography, with step by step exercises
  • Be inspired! Discover new subjects and new photographic styles

Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II – Lighting up the macro world

A high performance Macrolite flash delivering creative lighting solutions for photographers shooting close-up images, both on location and in the studio.

  • Ring-flash design for versatile lighting when shooting close-up
  • Powerful performance with guide number 14 (ISO 100, m)
  • Independently variable dual flash tubes for creative lighting control
  • LED modelling lamps make composition and focusing easier
  • Quick and easy to use: controllable from camera or flash

PowerShot G1 X Mark II – DSLR-like performance. PowerShot portability


With its large sensor and fast f/2 zoom lens, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II delivers DSLR-like performance and versatility from the body of a compact camera.

  • DSLR-level image quality from a large 1.5-type sensor
  • Work in a range of situations with a bright f/2, 5x zoom lens
  • DIGIC 6 processing for fast response and superb quality
  • Intuitive handling, with Dual Control Rings
  • Wi-Fi for remote shooting and wireless backup

PowerShot D30 – Shoot deeper underwater


Enjoy advanced underwater performance down to 25m with the tough and reliable PowerShot D30. Ideal for every outdoor adventure it features HS System for superb shots and GPS to track the thrills.

  • Shoot underwater down to 25m
  • Shockproof (2 m) and freezeproof (-10 oC) for taking on any adventure
  • Excellent results in any light with HS System
  • Intelligent IS keeps your photos and movies sharp and steady
  • Keep track of your travels with GPS and Logger

PowerShot SX700 HS – Travel light with an ultra compact 30x zoom

Travel light with the ultra-compact PowerShot SX700 HS, which packs a big 30x zoom for superb long distance close ups plus HS System, Full HD 60fps movies and Wi-Fi with NFC for quick and easy sharing.

  • Travel light with an ultra compact 30x optical zoom
  • Shoot superb images day or night with 16.1MP HS System
  • Sharp shots and smooth, steady movies with Intelligent IS
  • Connect, share and backup easily with Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Capture rich in detail and smooth Full HD movies at 60fps

IXUS 150 – Sharp style and results


It’s easy to shoot sharp, detailed photos and movies with this slim, stylish 16 Megapixel IXUS that’s equipped with an 8x optical zoom and optical Image Stabilizer, and is small enough to fit in your pocket.

  • Focus on the style with a slim, easy to use IXUS
  • Capture fine detail and crop further with 16 Megapixels
  • Get close with 8x optical zoom and 16x ZoomPlus
  • No more shaky photos or videos with Intelligent IS
  • Beautiful shots with one simple click using Smart Auto

IXUS 145 – Point and shoot in style


Just point and shoot and this slim, attractive 16 Megapixel IXUS with Smart Auto will take care of camera settings for you – so you can enjoy beautiful Canon quality photos and HD movies every time.

  • Focus on the style with a slim, easy to use IXUS
  • Capture fine detail and crop further with 16 Megapixels
  • Get close with 8x optical zoom and 16x ZoomPlus
  • Beautiful shots with one simple click using Smart Auto
  • Easy viewing and sharing with 6.8 cm (2.7”) LCD

Fujifilm release the X-T1

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Fujifilm have released what many people have been waiting for, a fully fledged professional standard X-Mount body, the X-T1. Designed to reclaim their spot at the top of the mirrorless tree, Fujifilm have incorporated many new features into this camera which makes it serious proposition for professionals and advanced users alike. This camera is clearly aimed at knocking the crown from the head of the O-MD series. Features on the X-T1 including WiFi, tilting screen, an advanced electronic viewfinder, weather sealing, fast AF will ensure this camera’s success.

Available to pre-order now, the Fujifilm X-T1 will be available mid/end February for £1049 body only

A premium interchangeable lens camera, the X-T1 features evolved SLR-style handling, mechanical dials and weather-resistance (when paired with a weather resistant X mount lens), together with all the benefits of an X-Series camera, such as compact size, excellent mobility and high-speed performance. What’s more, its newly developed electronic viewfinder is almost indistinguishable from an optical viewfinder thanks to its ultra-fast display speed.

The real time viewfinder revolution

Combining a unique wide-angle view, along with the world’s highest magnification (0.77x) for a digital camera (*1), the X-T1’s electronic viewfinder provides a truly immersive shooting experience. But it’s the viewfinder’s display speed that really sets it apart; with a lag-time of just 0.005 sec, that’s one tenth the speed of conventional digital cameras.

Perfect alignment of the viewfinder with the optical axis of the lens

With its 2.36m dot resolution OLED display producing a crisply detailed view of whatever you’re shooting, the X-T1’s EVF lets you immerse yourself in the action, just as you’d feel with a traditional optical viewfinder.

But while the vision it creates is the smoothest and purest yet on a digital camera, the X-T1’s viewfinder also packs in breakthrough technologies to help your photography. The viewfinder’s newly designed Graphic User Interface provides a fresh shooting experience with clear details and a comfortable at-a-glance view of your settings.

Its four display modes offer a shooting experience impossible with an optical viewfinder:

  1. “FULL” mode takes full advantage of the high magnification ratio of the X-T1’s viewfinder to give an unrivalled view of the scene
  2. “NORMAL” provides an optimum view, including shooting settings
  3. “DUAL” is specially designed for manual focusing with a clever split view. Where the regular view and manual focus area can be simultaneously checked (with Digital Split Image TM or Focus Peak Highlight) (*4)
  4. For a “PORTRAIT” view in ”NORMAL” and ”FULL” modes, the interface automatically rotates when the camera is held vertically

World’s fastest AF speed

The perfect view needs autofocus to match and with its EXR Processor II and X-Trans™ CMOS II sensor the X-T1 delivers. The new X-Trans™ sensor has phase detection AF built in so a world-beating response of just 0.08 seconds is achieved and the EXR Processor II allows a super-fast 0.5 second start-up time, 0.05 second shutter time lag and a 0.5 second shooting interval. It also allows up to 8 frames per second with tracking AF and is the first-ever model to be compatible with SDXC UHS-II format memory cards, so the data writing speed in continuous mode increases to about twice that of a conventional card.

Tough, weather-resistant design

As good as it looks and handles, the X-T1 is also tough enough to take on almost any shooting assignment. Thanks to approximately 80 points of weather sealing, the camera body is dust-resistant and water-resistant, giving it plenty of protection from dirt and moisture. With it offering freeze resistance to -10°C, it enables full-fledged field photography without worrying about the weather or the season and the LCD features tempered glass for additional outdoor protection.

The optional Vertical Battery Grip (VG-XT1) has the same hardy structure, so when twinned with the XT-1 body, it’s completely secured against the elements.

Fujifilm is launching three weather-resistant zoom lenses to complement the X-T1 camera, these will all be available during 2014, with the XF18-135mm launching in June. The three lenses are the XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R OIS WR, XF16-55mmF2.8 R OIS WR and the XF50-140mmF2.8 R OIS WR.

Traditional handling, modern response

With five mechanical dials on the top-plate, two command dials on the front and rear and six fully customisable function buttons, the X-T1 feels and functions like a proper photographic tool in the hand. The top-plate includes machined-aluminium double-deck dials for the shutter speed, exposure compensation, ISO sensitivity, metering and drive modes, and each is designed to turn with a reassuring click, while their textured surfaces gives a firm purchase when setting up a shot. With their exposure values clearly marked, settings be checked at a glance without using the rear LCD and the dials are perfectly arranged so that functions can be changed without removing your eye from the viewfinder. The six customisable function buttons and two command-dials arranged on the front and rear complete the picture, ensuring whatever setting is desired it can be reached in an instant.

Advanced X Trans II Sensor and EXR II Processor

Featuring the same X-Trans CMOS II sensor as the celebrated X-E2, the X-T1’s X-Trans II sensor controls moiré and false colour generation by using an original colour filter array with a highly randomised pixel arrangement. This removes the need for an Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF) that degrades resolution.

The EXR Processor II corrects even fractional blurring at the edges of the lens, as well as diffraction blur caused when narrowing the aperture. Image quality is further enhanced by the inclusion of a Lens Modulation Optimiser (LMO) for interchangeable lens cameras. This advanced technology has been made possible by the integrated development of lens, sensor and processor and is based on the optical performance and characteristics of each individual lens to maximise its resolving power.