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Nikon D3300 DSLR launched at CES 2014: Features, Specs, Price

Somehow the naming conventions of Nikon’s entry level DSLR category indicated that this would happen soon. At first they brought the upgrades to the D5000 as Nikon D5100, Nikon D5200, Nikon D5300, and the upgrade to the D3000 as the Nikon D3100, Nikon D3200. The next one in the series was undoubtedly the Nikon D3300. What wasn’t certain was the list of features this beginner level DSRL would host. So finally, as the title suggests, at the CES 2014, the camera manufacturer Nikon launched its next to the series, Nikon D3300. Feature wise, it doesn’t host a great amount of changes than its immediate cousin, the D3200.

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“With the new 24.2-megapixel Nikon D3300 and compact 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens, capturing family vacations, dance recitals or the game-winning goal with clarity and brilliant image quality is effortless.”

Masahiro Horie

Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.

Nikon D3300 Features

The Nikon D3300 is a sleeker and enhanced DSLR over its siblings, which features a 24.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor for great image cropping experience, as well as the latest EXPEED-4 digital image processor. The Nikon D3300 is capable of shooting full HD videos.

In the Nikon D3300, to increase the image fidelity, the Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF) has been removed from the image sensor of the camera. The Nikon D3300 also boasts of a better battery efficiency and better performance at higher ISOs. A wide ISO range of 100-12,800 (expandable up to 25,600) is available for shooting photos and videos in challenging light, as well as the camera has got an 11-point Autofocus System for capturing subject with precision.

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What sets the this camera apart from the other older siblings is its higher capture rate of 5 frames per second, which is good for sports photography or people obsessed with clicking their kids and pets. Nikon boasts of its newest entry level DSLR to have a buffer size large enough to shoot up to 100 images continuously in jpg mode and up to 11 images continuously when shot in the RAW format at the speed of 5 fps. The Nikon D3300 also has an optional connectivity with Wi-Fi using the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter. Apart from that, the Nikon D3300 also has the in-camera effects, few of which are inherited from the Nikon D5x00 family.

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Nikon D3300 Price and Availability

The Nikon D3300 is not yet out in the market, but is up for preorder on the Nikon USA website for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $649.95. This will be the Nikon D3300 kitted with the AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens. It will be available in three colors, black, red and grey, and will be hitting the shelves from February 2014.

Nikon D3300 Detailed Specifications

Type Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)
Effective angle of view Approx. 1.5x that of lenses with FX format angle of view
Effective pixels 24.2 million
Image sensor 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor
Total pixels 24.78 million
Dust-reduction System Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)
Image size (pixels) Easy panorama mode: 4800 x 1080 (normal, horizontal pan) 1632 x 4800 (normal, vertical pan) 9600 x 1080 (wide, horizontal pan) 1632 x 9600 (wide, vertical pan) Other modes: 6000 x 4000 (Large) 4496 x 3000 (Medium) 2992 x 2000 (Small)
File format NEF (RAW): 12 bit, compressed JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control System Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified
Media SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards
File system DCF 2.0, DPOF, Exif 2.3, PictBridge
Viewfinder Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverage Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
Eyepoint 18 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment -1.7 – +0.5 m-1
Focusing screen Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
Reflex mirror Quick return
Lens aperture Instant return, electronically controlled
Compatible lenses Autofocus is available with AF-S and AF-I lenses. Autofocus is not available with other type G and D lenses, AF lenses (IX NIKKOR and lenses for the F3AF are not supported), and AI-P lenses. Non-CPU lenses can be used in mode M, but the camera exposure meter will not function. The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster.
Shutter type Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed 1/4000 – 30 s in steps of 1/3 EV; Bulb; Time
Shutter flash sync speed X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower
Release mode Single frame, continuous, quiet shutter release, self-timer, delayed remote; ML-L3, quick-response remote; ML-L3
Frame advance rate Up to 5 fps Note: Frame rates assume manual focus, manual or shutter-priority auto exposure, a shutter speed of 1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default values.
Self-timer 2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1-9 exposures
Metering mode TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
Metering method Matrix metering: 3D color matrix metering II (type G, E, and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses) Center-weighted metering: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame Spot metering: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
Range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F) Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0-20 EV Spot metering: 2-20 EV
Exposure meter coupling CPU
Mode Auto modes (auto; auto, flash off); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M); scene modes (portrait; landscape; child; sports; close up; night portrait); special effects modes (night vision; super vivid; pop; photo illustration; color sketch; toy camera effect; miniature effect; selective color; silhouette; high key; low key; HDR painting; easy panorama)
Exposure compensation Can be adjusted by -5 – +5 EV in increments of 1/3 EV in P, S, A, and M modes
Exposure lock Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) ISO 100-12800 in steps of 1 EV. Can also be set to approx. 1 EV (ISO 25600 equivalent) above ISO 12800; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-Lighting On, off
Autofocus Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including one cross-type sensor), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5-3 m/1 ft 8 in.-9 ft 10 in.)
Detection range -1 – +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Lens servo Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject statusManual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus point Can be selected from 11 focus points
AF-area mode Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points)
Focus lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Built-in flash Auto, portrait, child, close up, night portrait, super vivid, pop, photo illustration, color sketch, toy camera effect: Auto flash with auto pop-up P, S, A, M: Manual pop-up with button release
Guide Number Approx. 12/39, 13/43 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Flash control TTL: i-TTL flash control using 420-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, SB-400, or SB-300; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash mode Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off
Flash compensation -3 – +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Flash-ready indicator Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoe ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with built-in flash, SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, or SB-700 as a master flash and SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes, or SU-800 as commander; Flash Color Information Communication supported with built-in flash and all CLS-compatible flash units
Sync terminal AS-15 sync terminal adapter (available separately)
White balance Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine-tuning.
Lens servo Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time servo AF (AF-F)Manual focus (MF)
AF-area mode Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
Autofocus Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Automatic scene selection Available in auto and auto (flash off) modes
Metering TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Metering method Matrix
Frame size (pixels) and frame rate 1920 x 1080, 60p (progressive)/50p/30p/25p/24p, high/normal 1280 x 720, 60p/50p, high/normal 640 x 424, 30p/25p, high/normal Frame rates of 30p (actual frame rate 29.97 fps) and 60p (actual frame rate 59.94 fps) are available when NTSC is selected for video mode. 25p and 50p are available when PAL is selected for video mode. Actual frame rate when 24p is selected is 23.976 fps.
File format MOV
Video compression H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format Linear PCM
Audio recording device Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
ISO sensitivity ISO 200 – 6400; can also be set to approx. 1 EV above ISO 6400 (ISO 12800 equivalent)
Monitor 7.5-cm (3-in.), approx. 921k-dot (VGA) TFT LCD with 170 ° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment
Playback Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, auto image rotation, and image comment (up to 36 characters)
USB Hi-Speed USB
Video output NTSC, PAL
HDMI output Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Accessory terminal Wireless remote controllers: WR-1, WR-R10 (available separately) Remote cords: MC-DC2 (available separately) GPS units: GP-1/GP-1A (available separately)
Audio input Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter); supports optional ME-1 stereo microphones
Supported languages Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Battery One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL14a battery
AC adapter EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5A power connector (available separately)
Tripod socket 1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 124 x 98 x 75.5 mm (4.9 x 3.9 x 3 in.)
Weight Approx. 460 g (1 lb 0.2 oz) with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 410 g/14.5 oz (camera body only)
Temperature 0 – 40°C (+32 – 104°F)
Humidity Less than 85% (no condensation)
Supplied accessories EN-EL14a rechargeable Li-ion battery (with terminal cover), MH-24 battery charger, DK-25 rubber eyecup, BF-1B body cap, AN-DC3 strap, UC-E17 USB cable, EG-CP14 audio/video cable, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM

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Pentax changes its name, now will be called Ricoh Imaging

Pentax is a brand name when it comes to variety of digital cameras and imaging technologies including weather-resistant digital SLRs, expert and outdoor compact cameras, as well as lenses, flash units, binoculars, scopes, and eyepieces. The company was born in some 1919 with manufacturing of spectacle lenses, which it still manufactures.

In 2011, it became a part of Ricoh, a company known for printing related solutions. The company announced that Pentax will now be called RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. The change shall be effective from 1st of August 2013.

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However, in a press release the company has also unveiled its future product brand strategy: both PENTAX and RICOH products will remain in the market under the new name to reinforce the company’s commitment to the business with Pentax becoming the brand for all DSLR, interchangeable lens cameras and binoculars, and Ricoh becoming its brand for compact camera and new technological innovations.

Lets see what effect it creates in the market after the change of name, upward or downward.

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Camera Showcase: Canon EOS 70D Reviews, Specifications, Price

Canon recently has come up with the latest EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera that has been designed to Change the Way Photographers Capture Images and Videos to a great extent.  New Camera has replaced the previous EOS 60D and it comes four long years after the 60D, during which a huge amount has changed in the world of cameras. The high-performance, mid- range EOS 70D Digital SLR camera has incorporated advanced features for the  photo enthusiasts worldwide who have been looking for a step up from their entry-level digital SLRs featuring Newly-Developed Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology, Built-in Wireless Capability, 20.2 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, DIGIC 5+ Image Processor, and much More.

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The new EOS 70D Digital SLR camera is a game-changing DSLR model that incorporates advanced features for high-quality still and video capture and intuitive operation that allows photographers to evolve their creative vision from shooting still images to shooting moving images“, said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “This camera’s outstanding image quality combined with built-in wireless technology and popular creative functions and filters makes it easy to turn photos into works of art and share them immediately.

Focusing is one of the key highlights for the Canon EOS 70D. The camera provides an innovative new Dual Pixel CMOS AF system for instant and precise focusing of video as well as still images. This is a different system from all other Canon cameras; the first of its kind. This newly-developed Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a phase-detection autofocus (AF) technology on the camera’s image sensor plane, enables users to shoot video with the new EOS 70D close to the quality of a video shot with a camcorder. Dual Pixel CMOS AF employs a revolutionary CMOS sensor on which all of the effective pixels are able to perform both still imaging and phase-detection AF simultaneously to achieve dramatically improved AF performance over other EOS cameras during Live View shooting and when shooting video.

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Dual Pixel CMOS AF realizes advantages like exceptional tracking performance, shorter focusing times, and smoother auto-focusing during video shooting especially when compared with Canon’s conventional Live View AF systems. Now users can concentrate more attention on the subject and composing the photo when shooting because Live View shooting can be used in a manner similar to using the camera’s viewfinder, as simple as that! Dual Pixel CMOS AF also supports 103 models of EF lenses (including many earlier models), enhancing a photographer’s creative options as well as maximizing the benefit of Dual Pixel CMOS AF in a variety of situations.

The canon EOS 70D delivers superb still performance. It features a new 20.2 megapixel APS-C Canon CMOS sensor, Canon’s superb DIGIC 5+ Image Processor, as well as an extensive ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to 25,600). With such great specifications, the EOS 70D Digital SLR camera is capable of producing sharp, detailed images, even in low-light conditions.

EOS 70D allows photographers to easily capture accurately even the fast moving subjects with features like high-speed continuous shooting of up to 7.0 frames per second (fps)  and 19-point all cross-type AF system (including a high-precision f/2.8 dual cross-type AF center point). In addition, the camera’s Scene Intelligent Auto Mode delivers optimized photos and offers outstanding scene detection for amazing results even when shooting in low light.

The EOS 70D also incorporates a 63-zone Dual Layer IFCL (Intelligent Focus, Color & Luminance) AE metering system which enhances accurate exposures by minimizing random metering errors caused by varying subject colors and light sources. Other useful features include a built-in Electronic Level Function, Manual WB settings and AF Micro-adjustment.

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The camera comes up with an extremely enhanced EOS Full HD Movie Mode for Professional Quality Video. With the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system and Movie Servo AF, the camera provides continuous phase-detection AF during video recording for quick and accurate focus tracking of moving object. Motor noise from the lens is significantly reduced in the camera so it will only capture the stereo sound of the scene being recorded. For added flexibility, the EOS 70D Digital SLR camera also features a built-in stereo microphone with manual audio level adjustment and an attenuator function to reduce audio clipping, an accessory jack for external stereo microphones and Video Snapshot mode with editing for expanded video shooting options. When users select the EOS Movie Mode, the EOS 70D offers the ability to shoot in 1080p Full HD video up to 30 fps.

With an innovative range of in-camera imaging features such as High Dynamic Range, Handheld Night Scene, Multiple Exposure and HDR Backlight Control modes allow for expanded creativity. This way, the EOS 70D Digital SLR camera provides advanced amateur photographers and photo hobbyists looking to hone their creative and technical skills, a solid ground to enhance their creativity. The new camera is also equipped with built-in Image Resizing functions and RAW Image Processing.

Seven Creative Filters can be applied in Live View such as Art Bold, Fish-eye, Water-painting, Grainy Black and White, Soft Focus, Toy Camera and Miniature. Also, the users can preview the effect of the filter on the three-inch Vari-Angle Touch Screen monitor without having to shoot the image first.

All of these features, when combined with a high-resolution Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II with intuitive touch controls featuring multi-touch operation and Touch AF, make it the ideal camera choice for photographers looking for the best in imaging technology.

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The EOS 70D Digital SLR camera’s built-in wireless transmitter offers users several connectivity options to easily share their images. With the download of the free EOS Remote app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play store, users can connect to both IOS or Android smartphones and tablets to wirelessly transfer photos and videos from their camera to their device. They can also control aperture, shutter speed, and ISO from their smartphone. This camera also has the ability to connect directly to Canon’s IMAGE GATEWAY, making photos easily accessible and ready to share on social networking sites. In addition, the EOS 70D has the ability to connect wirelessly to computers, DLNA devices, Wi-Fi Certified Canon cameras and wireless PictBridge compatible printers, such as the PIXMA MG6320 Wireless Photo All-In-One printer model.

That Canon EOS 70D looks like a great new model in Canon’s mid-range. Although the exact Price and availability of Canon EOS 70D is yet to be announced by the company, The EOS 70D Digital SLR camera is scheduled to be available in September 2013 for an estimated retail price of $1199.00 for the body alone and $1349.00 bundled with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens or $1549.00 bundled with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens in the US, which translates to approximately INR 95,000 across the Indian Subcontinent.