Sony Alpha a900 Full Frame Confirmed on 10 September 2008
September 5, 2008
With the retail price rumored to be at USD$2999, it shall be in the position to compete with Sony’s Alpha A900, the electronic giant’s first full frame, boosting a 24MP resolution sensor.The Nikon D700 is advertised as the foundation for one’s exceptional images using the famous Nikon D3 12MP Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor, where it’s known as the best lowlight performance DSLR by professionals. The Nikon D700 is capable of producing clean images from ISO200 through ISO6400. However, I am expecting it to produce better than the Nikon D3 if Nikon is really going to outsell the Sony’s A900 and the rumored Canon 5D Mark II. Using yesterday’s technology for today’s product is not going to get them anywhere.
Magnesium alloy body same as the Nikon D300, 51 point AF System and 3D Color Matrix Metering II is reported. The Nikon D700 is equipped with 16-bit EXPEED image processing and 14-bit analogue-digital conversion.
Electronista reported that we can expect Nikon D700 to be announced during Photokina 2008, where we are expecting the Sony A900 too. Is the 5D Mark III coming out too at Photokina 2008? Some new lenses are expected from Nikon too, namely PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm F2.8D ED and PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm F2.8D ED.
Where is the rumored Nikon D10? If there is no D10 then why the battery grip of Nikon D300 is called MB-D10 not MB-D300?
We shall wait and see, do send in if you have further info.
• 36 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor
• FX format
• RGB Color Filter Array
• Built-in fixed low-pass filter
• 12.9 million total pixels
• 12.1 million effective pixels
• 3:2 aspect ratio
Image processor:Nikon EXPEED
A/D conversion:14 bit
• 4256 x 2832 [L; 12.1 MP]
• 3184 x 2120 [M; 6.8 MP]
• 2128 x 1416 [S; 3.0 MP]
• 2784 x 1848 [L; 5.1 MP]
• 2080 x 1384 [M; 2.9 MP]
• 1392 x 920 [S; 1.3 MP]]
• NEF (12-bit or 14-bit, compressed or lossless compressed RAW)
• NEF + JPEG
• JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
• Nikon F mount with AF coupling and AF contacts
• No field of view crop (full-frame)
• When using DX lenses / DX mode 1.5x FOV crop
• Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All functions supported
• DX AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except FX-format (36×24)/5:4 (30×24) image size
• AF NIKKOR other than type G or D: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering II
• AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II
• Non-CPU AI NIKKOR: Can be used in exposure modes A and M; electronic rangefinder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster; Color Matrix Metering and aperture value display supported if user provides lens data
Auto Focus(自动对焦方式) :
• 51 focus points (15 cross-type sensors)
• Multi-CAM 3500FX
• AF working range: -1 to +19 EV
• Contrast Detect in Live View (Tripod) mode
• Program Auto [P] with flexible program
• Shutter-Priority Auto [S]
• Aperture-Priority Auto [A]
• 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering (non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data; metering performed)
• Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8, 15, or 20 mm dia. circle in center of frame or weighting based on average of entire frame
• Spot: Meters approx. 4 mm dia. circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
• Auto (1005-pixel CCD, image sensor)
• Presets (seven) with fine tuning
• Manual presets (four)
• Color temperature in Kelvin (2500 – 10000 K, 31 steps)
• White balance bracketing (2 to 9 frames, 10,20,30 MIRED steps)
• Auto (200 – 6400)
• Up to ISO 25600(expanded range)
Flash Sync Mode:
• Front-curtain Sync (normal)
• Red-Eye Reduction
• Red-Eye Reduction with Slow Sync
• Slow Sync
• Rear-curtain Sync
• Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
• Compact Flash Type I or II
• UDMA, Microdrive and FAT32 supported
• Lithium-Ion EN-EL3e (7.4 V, 1500 mAh)
• Included battery charger MH-18a
• Optional AC adapter EH-5a
• Optional MB-D10 battery pack / vertical grip
• Optional MB-D10 battery pack / vertical grip
• One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a, EN-EL4 or EN-EL3e or eight R6/AA-size alkaline (LR6), Ni-MH (HR6), lithium (FR6) batteries, or nickel-manganese ZR6 batteries
Updated with Photo (29 Jan 2008 0952 +8)
A source released a unofficial Nikon D60 press release which seems to making sense, judging from his previous genuine releases, the Nikon D60 should be a real thing.
Nikon D60 should come with 10.2 Megapixel with EXPEED digital imaging processing same as Nikon D3 and Nikon D300. Dust reduction is introduced. Read for more details.
Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the D60, one of the smallest Nikon digital SLRs ever. The Nikon D60 makes it fun and easy to take breathtaking pictures while also offering plenty of features for those who want to deepen their interest in creative shooting. With a split-second shutter response, the Nikon D60 captures pictures that cameras with longer time lags miss. Ease of use and creative options both come standard with the Nikon D60, whose exclusive Nikon technologies help deliver high-quality pictures with vibrant color and stunning, edge-to-edge detail. Such superior results are achieved through a high-resolution image sensor utilizing 10.2 megapixels and the world-famous Nikkor lenses delivering razor-sharp pictures.
Nikon D60 DSLR camera – 3D Color Matrix Metering II
Many cutting-edge Nikon features enhance your picture-taking experience. Nikon’s advanced 3D Color Matrix Metering II ensures consistently balanced exposures for images with natural color and contrast, while Nikon’s new digital image processing concept, EXPEED, makes it possible to deliver smoother tones and more accurate colors. Nikon’s fast, quiet and precise autofocus system adds significantly to the performance of the D60, capturing exact moments with astounding clarity.
Nikon D60 – Dust reduction & Image Sensor Cleaning function
Such clarity is reinforced by Nikon’s dust reduction countermeasures. To avoid picture-degrading dust particles accumulating near the imaging sensor, the Nikon D60 comes equipped with the innovative Image Sensor Cleaning function and Nikon’s exclusive Airflow Control System. These functions both reduce dust accumulation to give you even better picture quality.
Nikon D-60 reflex camera – Retouch menu
In addition to new dust reduction features, the Nikon D60 offers a variety of ways to experience more fun and creativity when taking pictures. Users can easily capture dynamic images in different shooting situations with a simple turn of the mode dial. The Retouch Menu offers even more creative excitement, letting you change your pictures into even more striking images – all fast, all simple and all without the need for a computer.
The Nikon D60’s Retouch Menu offers many exclusive in-camera editing features to choose from. Use the Filter Effects option to intensify a color (Red/Green/Blue) of your choice, or try the Cross Screen feature to produce star-like lines radiating from brightly lit objects in the image. In-camera NEF (RAW) processing is also available. RAW format images are “developed” within the camera after shooting, allowing you to control specific aspects of your pictures, such as image quality, image size and white balance. With the new Stop-motion feature, a stop-motion animation (the consecutive playback of still images) can be created from a sequence of images (in JPEG format). Also included is a convenient Quick Retouch option, which enhances contrast and saturation, to improve images without using a computer. The D60’s extensive Retouch Menu increases the fun and creative freedom of using a digital SLR.
Nikon D60 sensor – 10.2 Megapixels
The Nikon D60’s image sensor utilizes 10.2 megapixels to produce superb, high-quality images with incredible resolution, allowing you to make large prints, even if you only use part of an image. And thanks to EXPEED, Nikon’s unique digital image processing concept, your pictures will contain fine detail and smooth, natural tonal reproduction.
Nikon D 60 SLR – Integrated Dust Reduction System
The Airflow Control System used in the Nikon D60 leads air within the mirror box towards small ducts near the base, directing dust away from the image sensor. The Image Sensor Cleaning function also reduces dust accumulation near the sensor using specifically determined vibrations, which activate automatically or whenever the user chooses. This team of dust reduction countermeasures lets the user switch lenses confidently, taking advantage of the extensive lineup of Nikkor interchangeable optics while worrying less about the effects of dust in the camera.
Compact and comfortable, the Nikon D60 has so much to offer: amazing picture quality, simple operation, an Integrated Dust Reduction System for clearer pictures and an extensive selection of creative features. The result: fun, fantastic and inspired pictures. The world of stunning photography is just a step away, with the Nikon D60.
Nikon D60 D-SLR camera – Active D-Lighting
The Nikon D60’s new Active D-Lighting feature can adjust the look of the final image while you shoot. This automatic process works in the highlight and shadow areas, compensating for difficult lighting conditions and producing optimized exposures with rich, smooth detail.
Nikon D60 – Simple operation within a compact body
The Nikon D60 is not just compact; its shape is ergonomically designed to fit in your hand naturally and comfortably. The body design is inherited from the highly regarded Nikon D40 series. The bright and clear viewfinder ensures precise composition, while the large, 2.5-in. LCD monitor displays an easy-to-use menu system with a wide viewing angle so that anyone can navigate the settings and view images with ease. The new Eye Sensor function turns off the LCD monitor when the viewfinder is used. When the user moves away from the viewfinder, the LCD monitor turns on again automatically.
Nikon D60 digital SLR – Features
* Fast, 0.19-second power-up to respond to every photographic opportunity
* Split-second shutter response eliminates the annoyance of shooting lag
* Fast continuous shooting mode – up to 100 JPEG images at 3 frames per second
* Advanced three-point AF system offers fast, efficient and precise autofocus
* Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II for ideal exposures in almost any lighting situation
* Bright and clear viewfinder with 0.8x magnification for precise composition
* Long-life rechargeable lithium-ion battery – up to 500 images with the R709 on a single charge
* Digital Vari-Programs that adjust camera settings automatically for scene-specific pictures : Auto, Auto (Flash Off), Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close Up, and Night Portrait
* Manual control over shutter speed and aperture: P (Programmed Auto), S (Shutter-priority Auto), A (Aperture-priority Auto) and M (Manual)
* Built-in flash with Nikon’s dependable i-TTL flash control, supporting Auto flash, Red-eye reduction, Slow sync, Rear curtain sync and Flash exposure compensation
* Simultaneous recording of NEF (RAW) and JPEG basic data of the same image
* Camera setting menus can be customized to suit individual preferences
* Imprint date function prints the date of capture directly on the picture
* Electronic rangefinder display – indicates also focus distance when using manual focus mode
Nikon D60 digital SLR – Lens compatibility & Accessories
* Fully compatible with AF-S and AF-I Nikkor lenses, equipped with an autofocus motor
* Compatible with most F-mount Nikkor lenses when using manual focus mode)
* Supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System when using the SB-800, SB-600, SB-400, SB-R200 or the Wireless Close-Up Speedlight system R1C1. Offers accurate exposures via i-TTL flash
* Optional Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 for easy remote shutter release
*Included Nikon ViewNX software lets you share, organize and edit pictures with ease
Stay tune for photos of Nikon D60 body images and sample photos.
There are numerous speculation about the new Sony Alpha, but none of which is confirmed. I think that it shall at least have a Live-View with swivel LCD, printable ISO 1600 photos and also at least a 10.2 Megapixel sensor. I personally don’t really care about how high the ISO figure can go, as long as at this moment, I shall be satisfy with printable ISO 1600 as this is what I need now.Judging from the model number, it doesn’t seem to be a higher end model than the DSLRA-700, but then who knows. How about full frame? Honestly, if you ask me, I don’t think so. Talking about full frame reminds of the full frame telephotos lenses that were seen a while ago- Sony/Alpha Full Frame Lenses: 300mm f/4 and 600mm f/4 or200mm f/2.8? (Photo). Are these lenses going to be announced too?
PMA 2008, Sony is here to show off some great stuff, I am sure. Do stay tune for more Sony Alpha DSLR news here. Do send me some info if you have!
After the announcement of Sony Alpha 200, there is a rumor of a possible launching of yet another Alpha series DLSR by Sony. No technical specification is released on the Internet but it is obvious that the main attraction shall be its swivel LCD display similar to the one on Olympus E-3. The latest camera released by Nikon the D300 and Canon the40D are equipped with the live view ability too.
Sony Alpha-LV (Live View) LCD angle up
Sony Alpha-LV (Live View) Front View
Sony Alpha-LV (Live View) LCD low angle
Sony Alpha-LV (Live View) Back View
It may be possible that Sony is planning on releasing a lower priced DSLR with live view ability in addition to the swivel feature. Current DSLR with live view ability are priced from USD1, 699.00, the Sony Alpha-LV may be priced at sub USD1, 000.00. Sony will be gaining more of the DSLR market share this year, 2008.
Ed ecco il live view!
Some photos of potential replacement for Sony Alpha 100 (A100) are seen on the internet. These photos looks promising and I am expecting Sony to have something to show off during the upcoming PMA, which is only weeks away.
Canon might be launching their 400D and 5D replacement while Nikon may be launching their D40x replacement.
Updated: 3 January 2008
Several links confirm that Sony Alpha 100’s replacement is code named Alpha 200 (A 200). Sony Luxembourg’s website were seen to had published the A100 replacement for purchasing and later removed.
From the cache page, it is shown that they will begin shipping the A200 from 20 January 2008 and priced at 949.00 eur. According to the website, the Sony Alpha 200 shall be 12.24 megapixel, 3 inch hybrid LCD, PhotoTV HD and Super Steadyshot.
It is almost confirm that Sony A100 replacement is called A200 and shall ships very soon after viewing Sony Luxembourg’s website.
Updated: 07 Jan 2008