Cameras

By August 24, 2007 Read More →

Nikon announce 25,600 ISO flagship D3

Nikon has announced its newest flgaship DSLR, the Nikon D3.

Nikon D3

Nikon D3

The Nikon D3 has a few rather astonishing points in its specification. First of all, Nikon claim that the D3 has the fastest start up time of any DSLR and the shortest shutter lag. There’s also a 12.1 mega pixel, full frame CMOS sensor and a 190,000 pixel, 3″, LCD monitor on the rear. You also get a 51 point auto focus system. But the thing that’s truly amazing is the 25,600 ISO setting! Most DSLR’s have a 3200 or 6400 ISO maximum so clearly the D3 has one sensitive sensor!

The Nikon D3 will be launched in November and will cost around $4999 (£2600).

Posted by: Matt

[Post tag(s): smartphone blog, Pocket PC blog, Tracy & Matt, Nikon, Nikon D3, Windows Mobile Blog]

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By June 5, 2007 Read More →

Orange SPV brand… Axed!!!

The Orange SPV range, which has covered all smartphones and pdas on the Orange network, is no more

In the beginning, the Sounds, Pictures, Videos brand was given to the first ever Microsoft Smartphone. Commonly known these days as the SPV Classic, it may have been buggy, slow and horrifically irritating, but at the time it was a massive leap forward for the smartphone world. Indeed, without the Orange/Microsoft partnership, and the SPV brand, this site might not exist, and today’s HTC Touch may have been running Symbian!

So, not unexpected I guess, but a sad day for those of us who have been around a while! Orange phones will be branded HTC, in a similar way to Nokia, Motorola et al.

Posted by: Mark

[Post tag(s): smartphone blog, Pocket PC blog, Tracy & Matt, SPV, Orange]

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By March 6, 2007 Read More →

Nikon announce D40x

Nikon announces the arrival of the D40x, its smallest camera to date that packs a punch with a host of innovative features. Featuring a 10.2 megapixel CCD the D40x is loaded with everything a photographer needs, despite its miniature size. Within the stylish and compact casing of the D40x, Nikon has packed in a number of exciting features to ensure that the user is able to achieve optimum results.

Nikon D40x

With 10.2 megapixels image quality is excellent and the D40x comes with Nikon’s exclusive 3D Colour Matrix Metering II and auto white balance which enables the user to produce quality shots that capture the vivid detail and true colour of the subject matter.

The D40x is equipped with a compact lightweight 55-200mm Zoom-Nikkor telephoto lens. This lens – the R708 – is fitted with an ED glass element, making it easier to achieve images with higher resolution and high contrast. The Silent Wave Motor offers quiet and smooth autofocussing.

For those taking pictures in a hurry the D40x is fast, despite its petite design. It has near instant power-up (0.18 seconds) whilst a continuous shooting mode enables the keen photographer to capture 100jpegs of images as fast as three frames per second. And with autofocus built-in even shots taken in a hurry are crisp and clear. Nikon’s innovative i-TTL flash control evaluates ideal flash exposure so the image light is always correct, whatever the conditions.

An ample 2.5-inch LCD screen means the budding photographer can view, manipulate and navigate their images at ease. Unique Nikon innovations make it possible to manipulate the images in-camera, enabling amateurs to achieve results that a professional would be pleased with. Nikon’s unique D-Lighting function improves underexposed images or shots taken with too much back light by creating a copy of an image with added light and detail wherever necessary, leaving well-exposed areas untouched. Photographers can even fix red eye at the touch of a button or use the D40x’d monochrome effect to make an image black and white. Nikon’s exclusive PictureProject software also makes it easy to edit, organise, transfer and share the high quality images.

For the creative photographer the fast and simple vari-program modes (the D40x has eight of them) also enable the enthusiast to be adapt the photographs at will, with the flick of a rotating mode dial.

The Q560 is world’s lightest D-SLR with interchangeable lens using 10-effective-megapixel-class APS-C size CCD, without battery, memory card or body cap, as of March 6th, according to Nikon a survey.

Nikon D40x Specification:

Type of Camera

Single-lens reflex digital camera

Effective Pixels

10.2 million

Image Sensor

RGB CCD, 23.6 x 15.8 mm; total pixels: 10.75 million, Nikon DX format

ISO Sensitivity

100 to 1,600 in steps of 1 EV with additional setting one step over 1,600

Storage Media

SD memory card, SDHC compliant

Storage System

Compressed NEF (RAW): 12-bit compression, JPEG: JPEG baseline compliant

White Balance

Auto (TTL white-balance with 420-pixel RGB sensor), six manual modes with fine-tuning and preset white balance

LCD Monitor

2.5-in., 230,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment

Playback Function

1 frame; Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments); Magnifying playback; Slide show; Histogram indication; Highlight point display; Auto image rotation

Video Output

NTSC or PAL

Interface

High-speed USB: Mass Storage and MTP/PTP selectable

Text Input

Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input available with LCD monitor and multi selector; stored in Exif header

Picture Angle

Equivalent in 35mm [135] format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length

Viewfinder

Fixed-eyelevel penta-Dach mirror type; built-in diopter adjustment (-1.7 to +0.5m-1)

Eyepoint

18mm (-1.0 m-1)

Focusing Screen

Type B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark V with superimposed focus brackets

Viewfinder Frame Coverage

Approx. 95% (vertical/horizontal)

Viewfinder Magnification

Approx. 0.8x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1

Viewfinder Information

Focus indications, AE lock indicator, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure/Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure mode, Flash output level compensation, Exposure compensation, Number of remaining exposures, Flash-ready indicator

Autofocus

TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM530 autofocus sensor module with AF-assist illuminator (range approximately 0.5-3.0m/1ft. 8in.-9ft. 10in.); Detection range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F)

Lens Servo

1) Autofocus (AF): Instant single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status, 2) Manual focus (M)

Focus Area

Can be selected from three focus areas

AF Area Modes

1) Single Area AF, 2) Dynamic Area AF, 3) Dynamic Area AF with Closest Subject Priority

Focus Lock

Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button

Matt

[Technorati tag(s): smartphone blog, Pocket PC blog, Tracy & Matt, Nikon, Nikon D40x, Windows Mobile Blog]

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By February 23, 2007 Read More →

Nikon announce COOLPIX S200

The new COOLPIX S200 model brings world-class photographic results to professionals and amateurs alike, packed into a sleek compact casing.

Coolpix S200

Measuring just 18.5mm, the stylish aluminum body of the COOLPIX S200 blends pleasing classic design with modern features, demonstrating Nikon’s commitment to quality state-of-the-art craftsmanship.

Combining 7.1 effective megapixels of image resolution with an impressive 38-114mm 3 x Zoom-Nikkor lens, this camera is able to faithfully capture the detail of the closest portrait to the broadest panorama, even after enlargement of the shots.

Image quality is further guaranteed by the Vibration Reduction function (activated in Anti-Shake mode), which compensates for camera shake and delivers clear pictures even in unsteady conditions. In combination with the High-Sensitivity mode which extends to ISO 1000, the VR function also enables the user to take quality photographs in lower light conditions.

Fast-moving and shaded shots present no challenge to the COOLPIX S200, and the results can be enjoyed with friends on the ample 2.5-inch LCD screen. This also allows easy navigation of the new menu interface which offers quick access to a variety of exciting modes and functions.

Packaged within the COOLPIX S200, three unique Nikon innovations make it possible to manipulate the images in-camera, enabling amateurs to achieve results that a professional would be proud of. Face-priority AF detects people’s faces to achieve sharp focus on them, no matter where they happen to be located in the frame; In-Camera Red-Eye Fix tackles this effect by providing automatic compensation for more flattering, natural-looking portraits in low light. Finally, Nikon’s unique D-Lighting function improves underexposed images or shots taken with too much back-light, leaving well-exposed areas untouched.

Nikon’s exclusive PictureProject software allows the user to further manipulate images once they have been uploaded onto a computer. This is an easy-to-use programme which makes it simple to edit, organise, transfer and share the photographs taken with the COOLPIX S200.

Nikon COOLPIX S200 Specification:

  • Effective pixels: 7.1 million
  • Image sensor: 1/2.5-inch type (Approx. 7.41 million total pixels)
  • Lens: 3x Zoom-Nikkor; 6.3-18.9mm (35mm [135] format picture angle: 38-114mm); f/3.1-5.9; 6 elements in 5 groups; Digital zoom: up to 4x (35mm [135] format picture angle: 456mm)
  • Focus range (from lens): 60cm (2 ft.) to infinity (∞), Macro close-up mode: 10cm (3.9 in.) to infinity (∞)
  • Monitor: 2.5-in., 153,000-dot, TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
  • Storage media: Internal memory (approx. 20 MB), SD memory cards
  • Movie: With sound: TV movie (640) at 30fps, Small size (320) at 30fps/15fps, Smaller size (160) at 15fps; Without sound: Time-lapse movie at 30fps, Stop-motion (640), Electronic VR (Vibration Reduction) available except with Time-lapse movie
  • Vibration Reduction (VR): Electronic VR
  • ISO sensitivity: ISO 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1000, Auto (auto gain ISO 50-800)
  • Built-in flash: Range: (W) 0.3 to 4.6m (11.9 in to 15 ft. 1.1 in.), (T) 0.3 to 2.5m (11.9. in to 8 ft. 2.4 in.)
  • Interface: USB
  • Power sources: Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL10 (supplied), AC Adapter EH-62D (optional)
  • Battery life: Approx. 230 shots with EN-EL10 battery (based on CIPA standard)
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): Approx. 91.5 x 56.5 x 18.5 mm (3.6 x 2.2 x 0.7 in.) excluding projections
  • Weight: Approx. 125 g (4.4 oz.) without battery and SD memory card
  • Matt

    [Technorati tag(s): smartphone blog, Pocket PC blog, Tracy & Matt, Nikon, Coolpix S200, Windows Mobile Blog]

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    By February 22, 2007 Read More →

    Nikon announce COOLPIX S500

    Nikon has announced the COOLPIX S500, a camera that packs fantastic features and the latest technology into a compact exterior.

    Coolpix S500

    This solid yet lightweight camera is encased in a stylish stainless-steel body. Sleek design and classic contours make this model as striking to look at as the quality pictures it produces, and is testament to Nikon’s commitment to quality.

    The technology and the features inside the COOLPIX S500 are worthy of their impressive casing. The combination of a full 7.1 megapixels of resolution and the powerful 3 x Zoom-Nikkor lens with a healthy range of 35-105mm enables the COOLPIX S500 to deliver excellent picture detail whether the subject is a close-in portrait or a broad panorama, even after the photograph has been enlarged.

    The Vibration Reduction function is able to compensate for camera shake to produce clearer, steadier pictures, and also prevents blurring in lower-light conditions. Light-sensitivity of up to ISO 2000 further guarantees picture clarity in unsteady or poorly-lit conditions.

    Nikon is constantly seeking ways to make the experience of taking a photograph as simple and as exciting as possible. All functions are optimised to respond immediately, ensuring that the user never misses a fleeting opportunity for a great shot. The COOLPIX S500 powers up in an impressive 0.8 seconds and has a practically imperceptible shutter release time lag of less than 0.005 seconds.

    The results achieved with the COOLPIX S500 can be fully appreciated using Nikon’s exclusive PictureProject software, which makes it simple and straightforward to edit, organise, transfer and share images. Compatibility with a range of feature-extending plug-ins also makes it easy to add new capabilities on demand.

    Nikon COOLPIX S500 Specifications

  • Effective pixels: 7.1 million
  • Image sensor: 1/2.5-in. CCD; total pixels: approx. 7.38 millions
  • Lens: 3x Zoom-Nikkor; 5.7-17.1mm (35mm [135] format picture angle: 35-105mm); f/2.8-4.7; 5 elements in 5 groups; Digital zoom: up to 4x (35mm [135] format picture angle: 420mm)
  • Focus range (from lens): 50cm (1 ft. 8 in.) to infinity (∞), Macro close-up mode: 15cm (5.9 in.) to infinity (∞)
  • Monitor: 2.5-in., 230,000-dot, TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
  • Storage media: Internal memory (approx. 26 MB), SD memory cards
  • Movie: With sound: TV movie (640) at 30fps, Small size (320) at 30fps/15fps, Smaller size (160) at 15fps; Without sound: Time-lapse movie at 30fps, Stop-motion movie
  • Vibration Reduction (VR): Optical lens shift VR
  • ISO sensitivity: ISO 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, Auto (auto gain ISO50-1000)
  • Built-in flash: Range: (W) 0.5 to 7.5m (1 ft. 8 in. to 24 ft. 7 in.), (T) 0.5 to 4.0m (1 ft. 8 in. to 13 ft. 1 in.)
  • Interface: USB
  • Battery life: Approx. 180 shots with EN-EL10 battery (based on CIPA standard)
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): Approx. 88 x 51 x 22 mm (3.5 x 2.0 x 0.9 in.) excluding projections
  • Weight: Approx. 125 g (4.4 oz.) without battery and SD memory card
  • Matt

    [Technorati tag(s): smartphone blog, Pocket PC blog, Tracy & Matt, Nikon, Coolpix S500, Windows Mobile Blog]

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    By February 21, 2007 Read More →

    Nikon COOLPIX S50c WiFi enabled camera

    Consistent performance has earned Nikon the reputation for being the pioneer of state-of-the-art photographic technology. The new COOLPIX S50c model is the next stage in this legacy, combining stunning, exciting features with chic good looks along with Wi-Fi capability.

    Nikon S50c

    Excellent image quality is guaranteed by an impressive 38-114mm Zoom-Nikkor lens and 7.2 effective megapixels of resolution. The COOLPIX S50c is able to capture the finest detail, whether the subject is a close-in portrait or a broad vista, making the experience of photography simple and enjoyable for the camera user.

    The Vibration Reduction function is able to compensate for camera shake and poor lighting, delivering clear pictures even in unsteady or dark conditions. The light sensitivity of up to ISO 1600 also liberates the photographer, making it possible to explore opportunities in new conditions that would be too dark to capture with other models.

    The results achieved by the COOLPIX S50c can be immediately appreciated on the impressive 3.0-inch wide-angle LCD monitor, with room for a few friends to gather around. This ample screen also provides an excellent platform for the Pictmotion function, which allows users to select and combine their favourite movies, images and graphics, enabling them to create and share media in a dynamic, innovative way.

    Packaged within the COOLPIX S50c, three unique Nikon innovations make it possible to manipulate the images in-camera, enabling amateurs to achieve results that a professional would be proud of. Face-priority AF detects people’s faces to achieve sharp focus on them, no matter where they happen to be located in the frame; In-Camera Red-Eye Fix tackles this effect by providing automatic compensation for more flattering, natural-looking portraits in low light. Finally, Nikon’s unique D-Lighting function improves underexposed images or shots taken with too much back-light, leaving well-exposed areas untouched.

    The COOLPIX S50c’s Wi-Fi capabilities open up a new world of possibilities to the camera user with COOLPIX CONNECT. Picture Mail is one of the services within this package; it triggers an email notification to the user’s friends when new pictures are available to download and view. Picture Bank sends a large volume of images to the server at once, backing up images in case the camera is lost and uploading all images automatically when the battery is recharged.

    Nikon’s exclusive PictureProject software allows the user to further manipulate images once they have been uploaded onto a computer. This is an easy-to-use program which makes it a simple and straightforward to edit, organise, transfer and share photographs taken with the COOLPIX S50c.

    Nikon COOLPIX S50c Specification:

  • Effective pixels: 7.2 million
  • Image sensor: 1/2.5-in. CCD; total pixels: approx.7.41 million
  • Lens: 3x Zoom-Nikkor; 6.3-18.9mm (35mm [135] format picture angle: 38-114mm); f/3.3-4.2; 12 elements in 9 groups; Digital zoom: up to 4x (35mm [135] format picture angle: 456mm)
  • Focus range (from lens): 30cm (1 ft.) to infinity (∞), Macro close-up mode: 4cm (1.6 in.) to infinity (∞)
  • Monitor: 3.0-in., 230,000-dot, wide viewing angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
  • Storage media: Internal memory (approx. 13 MB), SD memory cards
  • Movie: With sound: TV movie (640) at 30fps, Pictmotion (640) at 10fps, Small size (320) at 30fps, Smaller size (160) at 15fps; Without sound: Time-lapse movie at 30fps, Stop-motion movie (640) at 5, 10, 15fps, Electronic VR (Vibration Reduction) available (except for Time-lapse movie)
  • Vibration Reduction (VR): Optical lens shift VR
  • ISO sensitivity: ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, Auto (auto gain ISO 100-800)
  • Pictmotion: 5 styles selectable to playback movies or up to 200 still images, 5 music files pre-installed, max. 10 music files loadable
  • Built-in flash: Range: (W) 0.3 to 6.0m (12 in. to 19 ft. 8 in.), (T) 0.3 to 4.0 (12 in. to 13 ft. 1 in.)
  • Interface: Hi-Speed USB, IEEE 802.11b/g
  • Power sources: Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL8 (supplied), AC Adapter EH-64 (supplied)
  • Battery life: Approx. 130 shots with EN-EL8 battery (based on CIPA standard)
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): Approx. 97.5 x 59 x 21 mm (3.8 x 2.3 x 0.8 in.) excluding projections
  • Weight: Approx. 125 g (4.4 oz.) without battery and SD memory card
  • Matt

    [Technorati tag(s): smartphone blog, Pocket PC blog, Tracy & Matt, Nikon, Coolpix S50c, Windows Mobile Blog]

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    By February 20, 2007 Read More →

    Nikon introduces the COOLPIX P5000

    The P5000 is an addition to the popular COOLPIX range, demonstrating the style, performance and ease of use that has earnt Nikon its reputation for producing cameras with cutting-edge technology and consistently excellent results.

    Nikon D5000

    The COOLPIX P5000 combines stylish looks and a solid yet lightweight feel with a range of features that enable the user to explore the joy and artistry of photography. Textured finish gives the appearance of real leather and a new grip with grid-pattern rubber allows the user a comfortable secure hold.

    However, it is the range of fun and exciting features that makes this camera stand out from the crowd. An impressive 10 megapixels of sharp resolution enable the photographer to capture images with incredible detail, even after enlargement. Picture quality is further guaranteed by Vibration Reduction, which compensates for the blurring that can be caused by camera shake or lower light. A light sensitivity range up to ISO 3200 also enables the COOLPIX P5000 to capture quality images of fast-moving or poorly-lit images.

    This is a camera designed to ensure an experience of smooth and easy use for the photographer. The COOLPIX P5000 is highly responsive, offering swift start-up and fast continuous shooting. The new Mode dial provides quick access to a selection of 16 different scene-optimised modes, seven movie modes, Anti-Shake mode and High-Sensitivity mode. Images can be composed carefully, and the excellent results appreciated immediately, on the high-quality 2.5 inch LCD screen.

    The fun need not stop there. The COOLPIX P5000 has compatibility with a number of add-on system components that can really liberate the creative possibilities of this new model. A variety of lens options enable the experimental user to explore different ways to use this camera. The COOLPIX P5000 comes equipped with the 36-126mm Zoom-Nikkor lens which delivers excellent results when shooting anything from portrait to panorama, but this can be swapped for the Telephoto Converter lens which extends the reach of the zoom to 378mm for long-distance shots, or the Wide-angle Converter lens which realises a focal length of 24mm.

    With the COOLPIX P5000, the user can achieve results that should be shared with family and friends. This camera comes bundled with Nikon’s complimentary PictureProject software which makes editing pictures, organising shots and sharing images remarkably simple.

    Nikon COOLPIX P5000 Specifications

  • Effective pixels: 10.0 million
  • Image sensor: 1/1.8-in. CCD; total pixels: approx. 10.37 million
  • Lens: 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor; 7.5-26.3mm (35mm [135] format picture angle: 36-126mm); f/2.7-5.3; 7 elements in 6 groups; Digital zoom: up to 4x (35mm [135] format picture angle: 504mm)
  • Focus range (from lens): 30cm (1 ft.) to infinity (∞) [W], 70cm(2 ft. 4 in.) to infinity (∞) [T]; Macro close-up mode: 4cm (1.6 in.) to infinity (∞) [W], 40cm (1 ft. 4 in.) to infinity (∞) [T]
  • Monitor: 2.5-in., 230,000-dot, wide viewing angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
  • Storage media: Internal memory (approx. 21MB), SD memory cards
  • Movie: With sound: TV movie (640) at 30fps/15fps, Small size (320) at 15fps, Smaller size (160) at 15fps, Sepia (320) at 15fps, Monochromatic (320) at 15fps; Without sound: Time-lapse movie at 30fps
  • Vibration Reduction (VR): Optical lens shift VR
  • ISO sensitivity: ISO 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, 3200, Auto (auto gain ISO 64-800)
  • Built-in flash: Range: (W) 0.3 to 8.0m (1 ft. to 26 ft. 3 in.), (T) 0.3 to 4.0m (1 ft. to 13 ft. 1 in.)
  • Interface: USB
  • Battery life: Approx. 250 shots with EN-EL5 battery (based on CIPA standard)
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): Approx. 98 x 64.5 x 41 mm (3.9 x 2.5 x 1.6 in.) excluding projections
  • Weight : Approx. 200 g (7.1 oz.) without battery and SD memory card
  • Matt

    [Technorati tag(s): smartphone blog, Pocket PC blog, Tracy & Matt, Nikon, Coolpix D5000, Windows Mobile Blog]

    Posted in: Cameras
    By November 30, 2006 Read More →

    Nikon and Crumpler exclusive SLR bags

    Nikon and iconic bag manufacturer Crumpler have joined forces to develop two camera bags specifically designed for owners of SLR cameras.

    Nikon and Crumpler bag

    The first fruits of the partnership are the ultra cool Nikon-Crumpler the ‘This’ & the ‘That’ bags, featuring Nikon’s world-renowned black and yellow colours, which accommodate Nikon’s best-loved products.

    Both bags can fit one compact SLR body, two lenses such as the AF-S DX 18-55 or the AF-S DX 55-200 and an external speedlight.

    The bags can also carry a host of other essential accessories such as battery, charger and manuals, making both the ‘This’ and the ‘That’ bags an absolute must for all Nikon lovers.

    The Nikon-Crumpler the ‘This’ & the ‘That’ bags are made of custom-dyed original ‘1000d Chicken Tex Supreme’ hyper performance accessory fabric with a waterproof ‘Rip stop’ Lining.

    Additionally both the “This” & the “That” come with a lifetime guarantee on material and workmanship.

    Exclusively available in Europe from December 2006.

    Matt

    [Technorati tag(s): Nikon, Digital Camera, photography, SLR, Nikon D40, Digital SLR, Tracy & Matt]

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    By November 16, 2006 Read More →

    Nikon announce the D40

    Nikon have just announced their latest digital SLR camera, the Nikon D40.

    Nikon D40

    “Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the D40, a new interchangeable-lens digital SLR that combines the brilliant performance of world-famous Nikkor interchangeable lenses and the practicality of a remarkably small and light camera body. The D40 has been designed with
    handling and performance advantages that do away with the frustrations often associated with compact digital cameras, making it ideal for anyone who wants to capture spectacular digital pictures without complications.

    Thanks to Nikon’s leading digital and optical technologies, the D40 makes it amazingly simple to capture beautiful pictures in almost any situation. The D40’s body* is light and compact, making it easy to carry anywhere, and its design incorporates fewer potentially confusing controls and other distractions, allowing anyone to take breathtaking pictures while eliminating the need to “learn” photography.

    The D40 features a high-resolution 6.1-effective-megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD image sensor and a highly advanced Nikon Image Processing Engine. These combine to produce exceptional image detail with true, vivid colors. Nikon’s exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II assures accurate exposure control even in difficult lighting conditions. Using its 420-pixel sensor, the D40 instantly assesses and compares each scene’s brightness, contrast and color with its built-in database of information from over 30,000 real-world lighting scenarios, then instantaneously determines and sets the accurate exposure.

    It will be interesting to see the D40 in action as 6.1 megapixels may seem low to some poeple but Nikon are putting the emphasis on quality rather than quantity. I need to get my hands on one!

    Matt

    [Technorati tag(s): Nikon, Digital Camera, photography, SLR, Nikon D40, Digital SLR, Tracy & Matt]

    Posted in: Cameras
    By August 5, 2006 Read More →

    Review of Sony DCR-HC35 Handycam

    [color=#6200aa]Matt bought me the Sony Handycam DCR-HC35 for my birthday this year and as I have now had it a couple of months I thought I would write a review of it. [/color]

    Sony DCR-HC35

    [color=#6200aa]The Camera is very small and light, and has been easy to use. But I will come back to those things later. [/color]

    [color=#6200aa]In the box you get: [/color]

  • [color=#6200aa]The DCR HC35 Camera [/color]
  • [color=#6200aa]Handycam station [/color]
  • [color=#6200aa]AC-L25 AC Adapter [/color]
  • [color=#6200aa]AV Cable Stereo AV [/color]
  • [color=#6200aa]Lens Cap [/color]
  • [color=#6200aa]NP-FP30 Rechargeable Battery Pack [/color]
  • [color=#6200aa]Picture Package Editing Software [/color]
  • [color=#6200aa]USB Cable [/color]
  • [color=#6200aa]USB Driver [/color]
  • [color=#6200aa]Wireless Remote Commander RMT-830 [/color]
  • [color=#6200aa]The first thing you need to do when you get the camera is charge the battery – for this you have two options you can either put it in its docking station or you plug the charger into the camera direct. The battery that is supplied with the Camera takes less than two hours to charge. [/color]

    [color=#6200aa]The only thing that is a bit annoying is you do not get any tapes in the box – so if you buy this remember to pick up a pack of tapes at the same time! [/color]

    [color=#6200aa]Once the battery was charged and I had a tape I picked the camera up and started using it without looking at the instruction book at all – it is that easy to use! The camera runs through a quick set up which just involves entering the date and time and then you can start using it. [/color]

    [color=#6200aa]It has as ‘Easy’ button on it for first timers to use but I didn’t find this necessary at all as it is easy enough to use anyway. [/color]

    [color=#6200aa]The viewing screen flips out and also swivels up to 180 degrees and has a touch screen facilities for using the menus. It also has record and zoom buttons next to the viewing screen. [/color]

    [color=#6200aa]I have used the camera at several dog agility shows to video my friends and it is so lightweight that it is easy to carry around and I have really nice footage of this fast moving sport! [/color]

    [color=#6200aa]I have since bought an extra battery and a carry case to keep it all in! But although I have bought another battery I have not used it until I have run out of battery and needed to change and I have used it quite a bit in one day! Although I think that when we go to Florida that may well change! [/color]

    [color=#6200aa]I have also installed the software on my PC and copied it on to there so at some point in the future I can edit it or put it onto DVD. The software supplied is very basic and if you are into editing you may wish to look at different software. [/color]

    [color=#6200aa]You are also supplied with a cable for viewing on a TV and this can be plugged into the camera direct or to the docking station. The video I took looked great on a large screen. [/color]

    [color=#6200aa]As well as video the camera does take still photos. [/color]

    [color=#6200aa]Overall I think this camera is excellent – I can’t fault it! I love my birthday present! 😀 [/color]

    [color=#6200aa]Tracy [/color]

    [Technorati tag(s): Sony, Video Camera, digital camera, Camcorder]

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