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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Nikon D700: CAMERA GRAND PRIX 2009 Readers Award

. Thursday, May 21, 2009

Nikon D700, recipient of the Readers Award

Great news! Nikon D700 digital-SLR camera been awarded the CAMERA GRAND PRIX 2009 Readers Award by Nikon Corporation held last year while commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Camera Grand Prix. The way how such prestigious result was achieved is through polling of general users during the Photo Imaging Expo (PIE) 2009 held in Tokyo, March 26–29. This award showed the great popularity of the D700 with a majority of general users. Last year, the Nikon D3 was the recipient of this award as well as the CAMERA GRAND PRIX 2008 Camera of the Year, giving Nikon digital-SLR cameras the honor of winning these prestigious awards two years in a row.

The D700 is sold in Japan through Nikon Imaging Japan Inc., and has been extremely well received by users, primarily advanced amateur photographers, since its release last July.

As for the main reasons for Nikon D700 selection are as follow (source from main site of NIKON):
  1. The D700 is a digital-SLR camera equipped with the same large CMOS image sensor of 36.0 mm (h) X 23.9 mm (w) as the D3, which has been highly praised by professional photographers. It also offers great cost performance in a compact and lightweight body.
  2. Users who voted for the D700 were extremely pleased most notably with the camera's extraordinary image quality delivering outstandingly low noise characteristics at high sensitivities, its excellent cost performance, as well as its great flexibility and operability.

The Nikon D700 has the following major features:

  • 12.1 megapixel Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor (36.0 X 23.9 mm)
  • Extremely wide sensitivity range of ISO 200 to 6400 that offers an extraordinary image quality at low sensitivity settings, while also delivering outstandingly low noise characteristics at high sensitivities. In addition, sensitivities can be increased up to the equivalent of ISO 25600 and decreased down to the equivalent of ISO 100.
  • Quick response with a power-up time of approximately 0.12 seconds and a shutter release time lag of only 40 milliseconds (according to CIPA standards)
  • Continuous shooting at up to 5 fps for up to 100 frames. When the optional Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 is used, high-speed continuous shooting at up to 8 fps is possible.
  • High-speed image processing based on Nikon's exclusive comprehensive digital image processing concept, EXPEED
  • The Scene Recognition System redefines the scope, accuracy and performance of autofocus, auto-exposure, and auto white balance control
  • High-density 51-point AF system achieved with newly developed Multi-CAM3500FX autofocus sensor module
  • Two built-in Live View modes: Tripod and Hand-held
  • The highly durable shutter has passed release testing for 150,000 cycles
  • Body made of extremely lightweight and durable magnesium alloy
  • The Image Sensor Cleaning function, which vibrates the low-pass filter to remove dust and foreign matter

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Nikon D3X and D90 Got TIPA European Photo & Imaging Awards

. Friday, May 8, 2009


TOKYO – The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) has honored two Nikon products: Nikon D3X digital-SLR and D90 D-SLR with significant awards this year. TIPA named the former as Best D-SLR Professional in Europe 2009 and the later as Best D-SLR Advanced in Europe 2009.

Here are the additional features of The Best D-SLR Professional in Europe 2009 – D3X

Nikon D3X
  • "Modeled on the D3; the Nikon D3X with a 24.5-megapixel
  • Full-frame.
  • FX-format sensor size of 35.9 X 24.0 mm was made for highly skilled professional photographers.
  • Beautifully built, with a superb, approximately 100% viewfinder and a reassuringly comfortable grip,
  • The D3X combines very high resolution and a wide dynamic range with outstanding low-noise performance.
  • Means it has a great feature for quality, high-end photography."

As for The Best D-SLR Advanced in Europe 2009 – D90

  • "With its compact body, the Nikon D90 offers a true marriage of technology and innovation in its movie making capabilities.
  • Its CMOS sensor offers the definition and quality of the successful D300 for a much lower price.
  • A truly sturdy D-SLR, suitable for all terrains."

Nikon has always offered true enjoyment to users of Nikon products, creating links between people and generations. This year Nikon celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Nikon F mount, the lens mount that forms the link between interchangeable-lens SLR cameras and NIKKOR lenses. Adopted for the latest digital-SLR cameras as well, this mechanism acts as the foundation of photo imaging culture in this new digital age.

Throughout its 92-year history of developing and utilizing optical and other advanced technologies for use in the development and manufacture of cameras and lenses, Nikon has taken its role in the capture of "special moments," regardless of the age or situation, very seriously. By continuing to develop attractive products equipped with the latest in state-of-the-art optical technologies, Nikon will introduce new ways to enjoy light, in the hopes of increasing the number of people who know the joy and thrill of capturing and sharing "special moments" by even one.

Nikon has launched Nikon Next (, a new brand communications site that presents the future of digital-age photo imaging expression in a variety of formats. This site features information on Nikon digital cameras, beginning with the TIPA award winning D3X, and exhibits works by well-known artists in the digital imaging field.

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