Nikon D4 High ISO Sample Images

Mircea Bezergheanu has been posting some sample images from the Nikon D4. These are the first images I have seen that are not from Nikon or part of the Nikon advertising campaign. I’m not sure what type of post processing is involved, however the images do look great even up to ISO 12,800. I think some post processing would make them look even better. Until we get side by side comparisons of the D4 and the D3S, shooting the same subject in the same light, it will be tough to compare the two bodies directly. Right now though, the D4 is certainly looking good. View the images on Mircea’s Smugmug...

Nikon D4 Versus the Competition

Now that the Nikon D4 is official, we can compare specifications with its closest competitors.  To me, the two closest competitors are the Nikon D3S and the soon to be available Canon 1D-X.  I’ll throw in the Nikon D3X, Canon 1D Mark IV and Canon 1Ds Mark III as they are all pro bodies with similar capability.  I don’t consider the Nikon D700 or Canon 5D Mark II direct competitors to the D4 so I’ll exclude them here.  They can certainly be considered competitors for some applications and are themselves excellent cameras but they primarily target a different market.  I’ll also exclude the Sony Alpha A900, it’s a...

Finally! The Nikon D4 is Announced

Nikon did not have a good year in 2011 as they were affected by two major disasters. The earthquake in Japan and following tsunami forced the shutdown of their plant in Sendai.  This plant produces their professional line of cameras and lenses.  Later in the year, the flooding in Thailand submerged the Nikon factory at the Rojana Industrial Park.  This plant produces many of their consumer cameras and lenses.  Because of these disasters, their entire product line-up was affected and shortages of equipment were common.  Nikon planned to introduce a few new camera models and lenses in 2011 but all announcements were postponed while they...

Nikon D4 Leaked by the French

The rumours were flying around for months and the mill was in high gear for the last few weeks about Nikon’s new flagship camera, the D4.  Official announcement is likely to come on Friday, Jan. 6th (late Thursday in Canada/USA) but a French magazine spilled the beans early.  A scan of the article can be seen here.  Looks like a great body, and should compete well against the new Canon 1DX. Specs: 16 megapixels ISO 100-12800 (expandable to 50-204800) 51 autofocus points 100% viewfinder coverage 10-12fps 91000 point metering system 1080p video recording CF/XQD card slots 1.34kg weight €5,800 (likely to be about $6,000 USD) Full details...

Seven 50mm prime lenses for Nikon F-mount com...

Cary Jordan compares seven 50mm lenses for Nikon F-mount including several Nikkor lenses, Sigma, and Carl Zeiss.  Full results at the link below. Overall, your best bet is the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens.  You can buy the f/1.4 version at substantially more cost but most people don’t need the extra speed. More at Nikon Rumors

Internet Explorer drops below 50% market shar...

Interesting browser market share stats at Ars Technica.  Combined market share for IE is below 50%, Safari dominates mobile browsing.  Personally, I have switched to Chrome from Firefox and don’t see any reason to switch back.  I haven’t used IE in years other than to view pages that require it. Details at Ars...

A Six-Foot-Long Camera That Shoots Enormous P...

For some people film is superior to digital, for others film is a joke and medium format is the only way to go. for one guy, no existing camera was good enough so he decided to build this monster that produces negatives 3 feet long! Via Popsci.com

iPhone 4S vs Canon P&S vs Nikon D90

An image shootout between the iPhone 4S, a digital point and shoot (Canon SD870 IS), and a digital SLR (Nikon D90). I have tried to match focal length as best I can.  On the Canon I zoomed in slightly to try and get the same field of view.  On the Nikon I used a 14-24 lens at 24mm. iPhone Camera Sensor: 8 megapixel CMOS sensor (1/3.2″) Focal length: 4.28mm Aperture: f/2.4 Image dimensions: 3264 x 2448 Focal length multiplier: 7.61 35mm equivalent: 32.6mm Canon SD870 IS Sensor: 8 megapixel CCD sensor (1/2.5″) Focal length: 4.6-17.3mm Aperture: f/2.8-5.8 Image dimensions: 3264 x 2448 Focal length multiplier: 6.02 35mm equivalent:...

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