Nikon Rumors has received word that the Nikon 1 V3, successor to the 1 V2, will be announced next week, alongside a new 10-30mm kit zoom and the 70-300mm super monster telephoto zoom lens that we recently reported on. The new kit lens is said to be an f3.5-5.6 PD VR, which means it’ll be stabilized and it’ll feature an electric zoom motor–which indicates that it might be a bit smaller than the current 1-series kit lens. In addition to the camera and the two lenses, Nikon will reportedly present a new accessory light, but no information is available on it so far.
The Nikon 1 V3 will feature a completely redesigned body, and it’ll be the first V to come without an integrated viewfinder. Instead, there will be an optional accessory EVF with a very high resolution of 2.4 million dots. On the rear, there’ll be a swiveling screen that can be tilted 180°. The sensor will also be new, with a significantly increased resolution of now 18 megapixels. The V3 will sport a pop-up flash that can be used as a wireless commander, plus a regular hot shoe compatible to Nikon’s speedlights. Finally, there will be an accessory grip for the 1 V3.
That’s quite a lot of significant changes over previous 1-series models–provided the information that Nikon Rumors received is true. While the V3 will be closer to its J and S siblings in terms of general body styling, it is also clearly aimed at the more demanding photographers with its high-resolution EVF, swiveling screen and additional hand grip. It remains to be seen how the new 18 megapixel sensor performs in terms of high ISO and dynamic ranger. But since it is–reportedly–only a week until the camera gets announced, we’ll soon know for sure.
The Nikon D800 has been doing spectacularly well and in many aspects is probably the best DSLR that you can get your hands on. Very little in the market can begin to touch its excellence, but early reports are hinting that manufacturers may have to try even harder. According to a post on Nikon Rumors, the company may be refreshing the camera this year. Weird, huh? Considering that the D700 lived on its own for so long without a refresh, it’s a bit odd that we’re hearing about this due to the fact that the camera was released in 2012.
The camera already has two variations: the D800 and the D800E–the latter not having a low pass filter to allow for better resolution of images. We’re curious as to what could possibly be coming as it doesn’t totally make sense in Nikon’s lineup unless they wanted to take the D610′s imaging sensor, the D800′s autofocus and merge the two to be a sports shooting speed demon aimed at photojournalists and discerning consumers. In which case, this could be something like a D800 lite.
Considering that this year is also a Photokina year, we’re bound to see something spectacular.
With the four-digit P-series, Nikon has had a number of high-end compact cameras in its setup for some years now. However, simply putting all the latest point-and-shoot tech into a body with lots of buttons and dials doesn’t cut it anymore these days. With its relatively small 1/1.7″ sensor and medium-fast zoom lens, the current P7800 isn’t really up there with the best of the bunch, and so a replacement can be expect to come soon. According to Nikon Rumors, the P7800′s successor will be the P8000, and it will up the ante just enough to make it a more attractive option to potential buyers.
The P8000 will reportedly sport a larger 1″ sensor, which is the same size as in Nikon’s 1-series of interchangeable-lens cameras. In addition to the larger sensor with its better overall image quality, the P8000 will also sport a slightly faster 5x zoom lens, which still starts at f2 but only goes down to f3 at the telephoto end, as opposed to the P7800′s f4. Speaking of telephoto, the P8000′s lens will be a 24-120mm equivalent, so this is a significant step down from the P7800′s 28-300mm equivalent.
Additional features of the P8000 will be a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 second, Expeed 3 image sensor, a magnesium body, and of course the ever-present 3″ screen on the back. The camera is reported to appear some time between April and May, so we won’t have to wait much longer until we can be certain whether it’s real.
There’s also news for users of Nikon’s 1-system, which might soon see the addition of a 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 VR zoom lens. To put things into perspective, due to the 1″ sensor’s 2.7x crop factor, this lens would be equivalent to a 190-810mm lens on a 35mm full-frame camera! That’s quite a lot of telephoto. In order to keep the size of the lens down–after all, it must fit with the tiny 1-series cameras–, it’s going to sport a collapsible design just like the recently announced 18-55mm DX kit lens. Unlike the P8000 camera, the 70-300mm 1-Nikkor will already be announced this month, according to Nikon Rumors.
We talked to photographer Alexandre Buisse a while back when he showed the world just what the Nikon D800 could take while out in the field. Alex has been a photographer for years and has embraced trekking to remote locations to capture images that embody the spirit of adventure and the passion that goes along with bringing wonderful scenic spots to viewers. He takes this even further by sometimes combining it with outdoor sports.
Alex is super busy, but he had some time to catch up with us and answer a few questions about what it’s like to photograph in the great outdoors.
You’ve bought your first camera and now you have some good shooting time beneath your belt. You’re waiting to move beyond that kit lens and there is some money burning your pocket, begging to be spent on new glass.
When I’m asked for advice on what a photographer’s next lens should be, my response is usually, “What do you like to shoot?” The answer to this is the best way to determine what the next lens should be. With that in mind, here are my recommendations for the lenses which should follow your kit lens.
Magic Lantern has done some amazing things with Canon cameras by hacking the firmware. Recently, they expanded the dynamic range of the 5D Mk III by a stop. Now, user Jonathan Zdziarski did an informal test comparing the results of the Canon full frame DSLR and the Nikon D800–which has enjoyed quite the reign as a camera with a kick ass sensor.
Using what the hack calls Dual ISO, it is able to capture more information in a photo–therefore expanding its dynamic range. To do this, the camera takes two photos at different ISO settings and merges them together. According to Jonathan,
“Each individual scan-line is interleaved as its sampled from the sensor, so you’re capturing one image with every other scan line at, say, ISO 100 for example, and the next scan line at ISO 800, 1600, or whatever you specify in ML.”
Crazy cool, huh? What’s even crazier is that it seems to be improving the image quality at lower ISO settings too. Of course, this is really best with still images and not really for video–the added capabilities of RAW video though are a nice touch.
You can find more over at Jonathan’s blog. We also wonder if Canon is paying attention to this.