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Unboxing Video: Glidecam XR-2000 Series Handheld Camera Video Stabilizer



Today, we received our Glidecam XR-2000 camera stabilization from Glidecam. We made an unboxing video to give you a first hand look and what is included. The Glidecam product line is great for those who are interested in doing videography. Be sure to check back as we'll have a full review on how to set it up and how well it works once we spend time with it.


You can purchase the XR-1000 ($269), XR-2000 ($359) and XR-4000 ($479) from B&H Photo. The XR-1000 is designed for compact, low profile cameras weighing up to 3 pounds. XR-2000 is designed for compact, low profile cameras weighing from 2 to 6 pounds. And XR-4000 is designed for compact and full size cameras weighing from 4 to 10 pounds.

Project 365: Day 31 - Photographic Pioneer


The economy is rough. Even pioneers can fall victim to changing times. (Instagram style)

Project 365: Day 29 - Seventh Day of Chinese New Year


Green Tea Cake with Fresh Fruit and Cream from Yeh's Red Leaf Bakery in Flushing, NY.

The 7th day of the Chinese New Year is also called "Yun Yat" ("Everybody's Birthday"). In essence, everybody is a year older according to the Lunar Calendar.

Project 365: Day 28 - Culture


Everyone's culture is unique in their own way.

Review: Stroboframe Stroboflip VH 2000 Rotating Camera Flash Bracket


Review: Stroboframe Stroboflip VH 2000 Rotating Camera Flash Bracket

Overview : The most compact approach to flash rotation.

The ultra-compact, "gripless", flash rotating bracket. It cradles the camera unobtrusively while maintaining an over-the-lens flash position with a design that lets you hold the camera rather than a grip, and rotate the flash for horizontal or vertical composition. What's more, the stress and weight of the flash unit is transferred from the light-duty camera shoe to the rugged Stroboframe mount. The Stroboflip is made for shoe-type flash units.

Features :
  • Accepts Digital SLR's, 35mm SLR's and smaller 6 x 4.5 cameras.
  • Supplied with a machined, positive-locking shoe mount and a 300-SLR Anti-Twist plate (interchangeable with other AT Plates).
  • Strong, lightweight aluminum construction with baked-on finish for hard use and durability.

Quality/Usability : If you've taken pictures with a flash in a vertical position, we all know that your flash is no longer technically at the top but on the side. With the flash on the left/right side, your light is no longer coming from the front. The Stroboframe Stroboflip VH 2000 is to help solve that problem.

The Stroboflip is able to accommodate both gripped and non-gripped cameras. There are two (2) screws on the side of the arm that allows you to adjust the height. To adjust the height of the arm you'll need a 3/32 allen key. Loosen the two nuts and slide the arm to the appropriate height. No need to unscrew it completely. Just loose enough so that the arm slides.

To attach your camera to the Stroboflip, simply screw the bracket to the bottom of your camera's tripod mount. If you have a grip on your camera, trying to use the shutter button on the grip when shooting portrait (vertical) mode may be uncomfortable as the metal from the bottom of the bracket will get in the way. You may have to resort to using the shutter button that is on top of the camera.

With the camera mounted and no grip, I was left with no room to hold my Nikon D7000. I couldn't get my fingers in between the camera and Stroboflip. With a grip attached to the camera, I was able to slide my fingers in between and be able to grip my camera.

Review: Stroboframe Stroboflip VH 2000 Rotating Camera Flash Bracket Review: Stroboframe Stroboflip VH 2000 Rotating Camera Flash Bracket

Once the camera is mounted to the flash bracket, simply attach your flash cable to your camera and flash. With the flash mounted, it was sturdy but the arm started to wobble. I ended up tightening the nuts. Although it did help lessen the wobble, it made it slightly tougher to rotate the flash. This will require some playing around to get the right tension without having it wobble too much. Putting a LED light would probably be fine as its probably lighter than a flash unit but I don't have one to confirm that nor do I know the weight of a LED light.

Review: Stroboframe Stroboflip VH 2000 Rotating Camera Flash Bracket

Conclusion : Overall, the Stroboframe Stroboflip VH 2000 Rotating Camera Flash Bracket works as it should but having described the flaws of the Stroboflip, I'm confident its a fake. The box looks exactly like the real deal, however certain things stick out that point to a fake. Requires an allen key? From looking at pictures on the web, the nuts are longer and the real Stroboframe doesn't use an allen key. The screws require a philips screwdriver (+). I guess the price would also give a hint as well.

I liked that I was able to stand the camera up without it tipping forward and resting on the lens.

If you're looking for a cheap flash bracket and won't be using it a lot, I suggest picking this up since its really affordable. However, if you're using this full-time or often, I suggest getting the real Stroboframe. Of course, it will cost more.




Manufacturer:
Site: Buy from LighTake
Price: $33.36

Project 365: Day 25 - Gold Rush



Project 365: Day 23 - Delivery


Receiving packages in the mail is like Christmas. But receiving bills makes me put on a sad face.

Deal: Outdoor Photographer 1-Year Subscription for $4



Today only, DiscountMags offers an Outdoor Photographer 1-Year Subscription for $10.99. Coupon code "DEALNEWS" drops it to $3.60. It includes 10 issues, and you can purchase up to a 3-year subscription at this per-year price.

Project 365: Day 19 - Every Penny Counts


The only reason we work...is to put food on the table. (Note: This is not my paycheck.)

Review: CPTech B-Grip Travel Kit Backpack Shoulder Strap


Review: CPTech B-Grip Travel Kit Backpack Shoulder Strap

Overview : The B-Grip Travel Kit enables you to attach your B-Grip Camera Belt Grip not to a belt, but to a backpack strap. If you attempted that trick with the B-Grip quick-release system but without this Travel Kit, you'd have a horizontally oriented DSLR lens knocking against your swinging arm as you hike.

The Travel Kit allows you to attach the B-Grip and your camera to your backpack strap with the proper orientation: lens pointed down. Whether it's a backpack strap or another closed-circuit strap, the Travel Kit lets you mount the camera/lens/B-Grip parallel to the strap – rather than perpendicular, as you typically want with a belt (and as the B-Grip on its own enables).

By using the Travel Kit to mount it to your backpack strap, you can keep your B-Grip-mounted DSLR secured to your chest and ready to shoot.

Note! Requires separate purchase of B-Grip Evo Belt Clip – not included.

Features :
  • Includes a security tether, which provides a second line of defense against dropped equipment
  • The included camera raincoat protects your camera & lens in inclement weather

Quality/Usability : The B-Grip Travel Kit is to be used in conjunction with the B-Grip Evo Camera Clip Holder.

Some of us are active photographers who go on daily hikes or an adventurer. So having a camera dangling around your neck or by your side may not be an ideal spot to have your camera. The B-Grip Travel Kit allows you to mount your B-Grip Evo Camera Clip Holder to the strap of your backpack.

Here is a video of the installation:


As you can see from the video, installation is fairly straight forward and easy. The only struggling part I had was trying to get the last end of the strap threaded through the "ears" of the holder. The thicker your shoulder strap, the more you'll have to tug. I suggest trying to get the top corner threaded through the "ear" on the B-Grip holder. Once you get enough through, slide the plastic peg through. This holds the strap in place. Slowly wiggle the remaining of the strap through the slot while pulling it at the same time. Once its in, slide the plastic peg completely into the hole of the strap.

Once the travel kit is securely in place, I was able to adjust the height but when the camera is placed on the B-Grip holder, it didn't slide down. Included a black with a thin string on each end. This helps prevent the B-Grip holder from sliding down but to me, this is optional.

Conclusion : Overall, the CPTech B-Grip Travel Kit Backpack Shoulder Strap is a great alternative other than having your camera hang on your side and on your belt. If you like to hike, walk or an active photographer who wears a backpack, this is a must. Having the camera near your shoulder gives you more mobility and easier access to your camera.

The total cost for the B-Grip holder and Travel Kit will run you $80.




Manufacturer: CPTech
Site: Buy from AmazonBuy from B&H Photo

Project 365: Day 17 - Life Has its Ups and Downs


Life has its ups and downs but for me, there is only up from now on!

Project 365: Day 16 - My Dream Job


I wish I can sit around all day and do nothing but someone has to pay the bills

Project 365: Day 15 - Looking Fresh


Looking fresh for the ladies...in my case, my wife.

Project 365: Day 14 - The City That Never Sleeps



Sneak Peak at Latest M-Plate Design from Custom SLR


We reported back in October about the Kickstarter page about the M-Plate. Custom SLR was at CES 2012 and revealed the new form factor and design of the M-Plate. It's elegant yet functional and all proudly made in the USA. The M-Plate will retail for $74.95 when released.

A sneak peak at the latest M-Plate design that features the world's first camera tripod plate to integrate the Manfrotto RC2 and Arca-Swiss plates in one. Also features modular attachment points for hand grips, flash brackets, video rigs and more.

Camera in the demo is a Canon 5D Mark II with a 85mm 1.2L lens attached. C-Loop and Camera Split Strap attached to the M-Plate.

Project 365: Day 13 - So Sparkly


Millions of stars glimmering

Project 365: Day 12 - Living Life on the Edge


Daredevil

Glidecam Camera Stabilizer XR-Series Now Available


Pictured above is the Glidecam XR-1000, XR-2000 and XR-4000.

With DSLR's now including HD video function, more and more photographers and videographers rely on DSLR's for video. But who likes to watch a shaky camera footage? There are camera stabilizers such as the Steadicam Merlin but who can afford $800 for a setup? Glidecam has released their own that will transform your shaky camera footage to smooth and steady footage.

Deal: Think Tank Photo Rain Cover Special Offer


Free Eyepiece + Free Gear with Every Rain Cover

For a limited time you can get a free eyepiece with Think Tank Photo’s Think Tank Photo’s Hydrophobia rain covers. The Hydrophobia 70-200 and Hydrophobia 70-200 Flash rain covers accommodate a DSLR with up to a 70-200 lens and, in the latter, a flash. Its Hydrophobia 300-600 rain cover protects a DSLR with a super telephoto lens (300 f2.8 up to a 600 f4) attached, with the lens hood in position. These heavy-duty rain covers provide protection during even the toughest downpours, wind storms, or other challenging conditions. What's more, you can actually attach your DSLR and simply carry it by the rain cover. The sleeves are big enough to not only let you control the camera (with the help of a clear window around back), but swap out batteries or memory cards as well. When you check out of the shopping cart you will be asked which eyepiece you would like to receive for free.

Project 365: Day 10 - End of the Line


The line ends here

Adobe Introduces Lightroom 4 Public Beta


Lightroom 4 Public Beta has been posted to the Adobe Labs site. This new version incorporates many exciting features which have been long requested. You can discuss the Public Beta over at the Adobe Labs Community Forum.

As with any beta releases, there is always a warning. This is a beta release for you to try on copies of your files, certainly not for use with your main Library. There are some fundamental changes to the way images are rendered in Lightroom 4, so the strong recommendation is to copy a subset of your images to a different folder or disk and experiment with those. Don’t use your main image set! There are no guarantees, that the final release of Lightroom 4, will support any changes you make in the Public Beta.

The new feature list is extensive. To view them all...

Review: BlackRapid FastenR-T1 for Manfrotto 200PL-14 QR Tripod Plate


Review: BlackRapid FastenR-T1 for Manfrotto 200PL-14 QR Tripod Plate

Overview : The FastenR-T1 for Manfrotto 200PL-14 QR Plate from Black Rapid allows you to make your Manfrotto 200PL-14 quick release plate compatible with Black Rapid's innovative R-strap. The R-strap is worn diagonally across the torso from shoulder to hip and is adjustable to fit most photographers. It holds your camera ready to be quickly and easily accessible and with the FastenR-T1, to go from R-strap to tripod or monopod. The FastenR-T1 is made from stainless steel, with a black nickel finish and it has a 1/4"-20 bolt and D-ring.

Features :
  • Stainless steel, black nickel finish
  • 1/4"-20 bolt and D-ring
  • Compatible with Manfrotto 200PL-14 for the RC2 quick release system
  • Includes replacement bolt, C-clip, spacing washers and instructions
  • Quick release plate not included

Quality/Usability : Using any of the BlackRapid Camera Sling Straps requires you to use the tripod socket on your camera. But what if you want to use your tripods or mount a quick release plate? You would have to unhook the camera from the strap and twist off the mounting screw at the bottom of your camera. When you're done, you have to put everything back. This is a hassle.

BlackRapid has solved this issue by releasing a new mounting screw that is compatible with their straps. Unfortunately, this only works with Manfrotto RC2 (200PL-14) Quick Release Plate. It won't work on Gitzo's, Manfrotto RC4's or Arca-Swiss.

But why a new mounting screw when you can just use the one that came with the quick release plate? Well, the reason why is because the ring on the screw that came with the RC2 was not designed to have a strap hanging from it. It was only meant to allow you help you screw and unscrew the plate from your camera. The FastenR-T1 is a replacement screw that is much sturdier and allows you to attach a camera strap to it without the risk of your expensive camera gear falling to its death.

The FastenR-T1 includes three pieces: replacement screw, c-clip and metal washer. The "instruction" is on the back of the cardboard hang-tab on the packaging and all it shows you is where each piece goes.

Review: BlackRapid FastenR-T1 for Manfrotto 200PL-14 QR Tripod Plate

Here is a video on how to install the FastenR-T1 to a Manfrotto RC2 Quick Release Plate:


As you can see, installation was very simple. The screw fits all cameras that have a tripod socket. Trying to use finger nails or your fingers to try and remove the small c-clip may be hard. That is why I used and suggest using a flathead screwdriver. But using a tool will make little scratch marks on the bottom of your plate.

Conclusion : Overall, the BlackRapid FastenR-T1 for Manfrotto 200PL-14 QR Plate does what it is suppose to do. I am now able to leave my quick release plate on my camera and still be able to clip my BlackRapid strap to my camera without having to remove them each time.

Everyone has different quick release plates for their tripods and ball heads. It would be nice if BlackRapid expanded their market by releasing different FastenR's that will fit other brand plates such as Gitzo, Arca-Swiss, Manfrotto RC4, etc. The perfect product would be a universal FastenR but I can only dream.

Some may think skip paying the $18 or so because it's stupid to buy this when the plate already comes with a similar ring. Don't forget though, the plates screw/d-ring was only designed to help you tighten and untighten the screw. Manfrotto never designed it for camera straps. So the durability and the way it was designed/mounted is not sturdy enough. With the FastenR-T1, it replaces the original screw and is designed to hold the weight of your camera gear.




Manufacturer: BlackRapid
Site: Buy from Amazon / Buy from B&H Photo / Buy from Adorama

Press Release: Canon Introduces PowerShot G1 X Compact Camera



Today, Canon has introduced the PowerShot G1 X. This is a new compact camera with a large CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 processor, flip-out screen, full HD video and many more features. The camera will retail for $799.00 USD with an expected release date of March 31, 2012. You can preorder the PowerShot G1 X from authorized retailers such as Amazon, B&H Photo and Adorama.

For a full press release, read below.


London, UK, 9th January 2012 – Canon today introduces the PowerShot G1 X – a revolutionary new compact camera with a large CMOS sensor, designed to produce DSLR levels of image quality and control in a highly portable metal body. Created for professional and serious photographers, the PowerShot G1 X creates a prestigious new category at the top of Canon's legendary G-series line-up, and redefines the performance achievable from a compact camera.

A high-quality camera in its own right or the perfect complement to a professional DSLR, the PowerShot G1 X combines EOS sensor technology with DIGIC 5 processing power, a new precision Canon lens and extensive manual control – creating the finest compact camera Canon has ever produced. Designed to be highly portable, the PowerShot G1 X features a zoom lens which retracts into a discreet, robust metal body, providing photographers with an unimposing camera that delivers high quality images and superior handling.

Professional levels of image quality

Incorporating Canon-developed technologies and expertise trusted by professionals worldwide, the PowerShot G1 X offers a level of image quality previously only possible with a Canon DSLR. It's Canon's first compact camera to feature a large, 4:3 aspect, 14.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor measuring 18.7mm x 14mm – similar in height to the APS-C sensors used within EOS DSLR models. Featuring the same pixel size and structure as the EOS 600D, and a surface area approximately 6.3 times larger than the sensor in the acclaimed PowerShot G12, it provides DSLR image quality in a body small enough to carry anywhere.

The increased sensor size allows photographers to have greater control over the depth of field, with increased potential to creatively and artistically isolate a subject from its background. Improved dynamic range enables users to accurately capture shadows and highlights within the same frame, while the 14.3 Megapixel resolution allows for the output of large-sized prints, or permits images to be cropped for more powerful compositions.

The PowerShot G1 X also features a range of benefits that result from the advanced CMOS sensor technology developed within Canon's EOS range. On-chip noise reduction ensures images are clear, even at high ISO speeds, while a 4-channel read-out provides high speed image capture – ensuring fast, responsive performance in all conditions.

Combining the large sensor with the DIGIC 5 image processor, the HS System in the PowerShot G1 X sets new standards for low-light performance, with a maximum fullresolution ISO range of 100 to 12800 – a level never before seen in a Canon compact. Photographers can shoot using the ambient light in even the darkest of conditions, capturing natural shots with incredible detail and low noise – providing a powerful basis for low-light photography.

Precision lens technology

Developed using the same design, manufacturing and quality processes as the world renowned EF lens range, the lens in the PowerShot G1 X is built to achieve professional levels of image quality. Utilising Ultra high refractive index Aspherical (UA) elements and precision glass moulding technology, the lens achieves both a compact size and pin-sharp clarity for the most discerning of photographers. The lens retracts compactly into the camera body while offering a flexible 4x optical zoom range of 28mm – 112mm, giving photographers the option to use the zoom creatively and change the framing and perspective of their shot. A 6 blade aperture also combines with the largesized sensor to produce beautiful background blur.

To help ensure optimum image and Full HD movie clarity, the lens features a 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer (IS), allowing photographers to shoot in darker conditions and use shutter speeds up to four stops slower than would be possible without IS. The optical Image Stabilizer is supported by Intelligent IS which analyses the focal length, focal distance and type of camera movement and applies the most appropriate Image Stabilizer mode1. For example, when a panning motion is detected, Panning IS is activated and stabilises in only one direction for more artistic capture of movement across the frame. Hybrid IS technology is also included to capture macro subjects without the blur associated with shift camera shake.

The lens also includes an in-built 3-stop Neutral Density (ND) Filter, permitting the use of wider apertures in bright light to achieve a shallower depth of field, or to use slower shutter speeds to intentionally blur motion.

Extensive control

Following on from the control historically offered by the PowerShot G-series, the PowerShot G1 X offers Full Manual Control with shooting mode and exposure compensation dials for quick and intuitive access to a range of settings. For maximum control over the final image, the PowerShot G1 X fits seamlessly into the EOS photographer's workflow, supporting 14-bit RAW capture for smooth gradations and natural colours which can be fine-tuned using the supplied Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software.

Giving photographers the option to capture split-second action, the PowerShot G1 X features High-speed Burst HQ, capturing bursts of six full-resolution shots at 4.5fps to freeze fast-moving action. Alternatively, users can shoot continuously at 1.9fps right up to card capacity in JPEG format – ensuring longer sequences of action are captured.

High quality, Full HD movies

The PowerShot G1 X supports Full HD (1080p) movie capture instantly at 24fps, via a dedicated movie button. Taking advantage of the camera's large CMOS sensor, users can experience high quality movies, even in low light conditions, with the shallow depth of field associated with a larger sensor. Additionally, the 4x optical zoom can be used whilst filming, offering versatility, while stereo sound is also captured.

Professional handling

With its robust, stainless steel chassis and compact design, the PowerShot G1 X offers professional-quality handling. A large vari-angle, 7.5cm (3.0") PureColor II VA LCD screen allows photographers to shoot from virtually any angle or position, to get the composition they desire. The bright, high-resolution, 920k dot LCD provides a sharp, detailed platform for image framing and review, while an optical viewfinder (OVF) with dioptre adjuster gives photographers the option to shoot according to their individual style. A newly-integrated manual pop-up flash provides the option to add additional light to a scene, and, using the hotshoe, external Canon Speedlite flashes can also be used.

Advanced shooting modes

A range of advanced shooting modes are provided to assist photographers in capturing challenging scenes and situations. When shooting in very dark conditions without a tripod for example, Handheld Night Scene captures a high-speed sequence of shots, combining the data to produce one well-exposed image with minimal blur.

Additionally, High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode captures scenes with a particularly high range of bright and dark tones, taking multiple exposures and combining them to deliver rich detail in shadows and highlights.

Expanded potential through accessories

Ideal for EOS DSLR users, the PowerShot G1 X is compatible with a range of EOS System accessories, allowing photographers to instantly expand the potential of the camera. Canon's EX Speedlite flash units can be used for creative lighting, while the WP-DC44 waterproof case provides protection to a depth of 40m – ideal for shooting in the heavy rain or taking shots underwater – with full access to all controls.

An optional lens Filter Adapter, FA-DC58C, also enables photographers to use a range of filters, such as a circular polariser to enhance blue skies or remove reflections. For more even lighting when shooting macro subjects, a Macro Ring Lite adapter (MLA-DC1) allows Canon's Macro Ring Lite or Twin Lite flash units from the EOS System to be used.

Offering truly advanced levels of professional control alongside unprecedented image quality, the PowerShot G1 X is the ideal camera for professional and serious photographers who demand DSLR flexibility and quality from a compact camera.

PowerShot G1 X – key features:
  • Large 14.3 MP CMOS, DIGIC 5, HS System
  • Compact 4x zoom; Intelligent IS
  • 7.5 cm (3.0") vari-angle LCD; OVF
  • Full Manual, RAW, DPP
  • Full HD, HDMI
  • High-speed Burst HQ
  • Smart Auto
  • Extensive accessories
  • HDR mode and ND filter
  • Optional 40m waterproof case

Project 365: Day 9 - Zzzzzzz's


Just 5 more minutes...

Project 365: Day 6 - Favorite Day of the Week


It's pay day and the start of the weekend.

Press Release: Nikon Announces D4 'Multi-Media' DSLR



Nikon has announced the D4, its latest professional DSLR. The 16MP full-frame camera is capable of shooting at 10 frames per second with full autofocus. In addition to a host of ergonomic improvements, the D4 also sees the expansion of its video capabilities, to the extent that Nikon is describing it as a 'multi-media DSLR.' The cameras gains an Ethernet port, a 91,000 pixel metering sensor and an uprated AF sensor that can work in lower light and with smaller aperture lenses. Its sensitivity range can be expanded to the equivalent of ISO 204,800 and adds illuminated controls to make it easier to work in the low-light situations in which such a setting becomes useful. The D4 also becomes the first camera to make use of the XQD memory card format. Retail

The Nikon D4 will be available for preorder (and to purchase when released) at Amazon, B&H Photo, Adorama and other authorized retailers. It will retail for at a whopping...$5,999.95 USD.

Full press release below...

The New 16.2 Megapixel Nikon D4 Wields a Formidable Fusion of Swift Performance, Battle-Tested Technologies and Innovative New Features to Create High Caliber Photo and HD Multimedia Content

MELVILLE, N.Y. (Jan 5, 2012) – The new Nikon D4 digital SLR builds upon the legacy of the proven Nikon flagship D-SLRs before it, engineered to give today’s professional multimedia photographers a new apex of speed and accuracy with unparalleled image quality, low-light capability and Full HD video. The Nikon D4 hosts a multitude of advanced new features and useful functions that deliver speedy performance and amazing image quality for when missing the shot is not an option.

Every aspect of the new Nikon D4 D-SLR has been designed to emphasize rapid response and seamless operation to help professional photographers consistently capture incredible content. Nikon’s proven 51-point AF System has been further enhanced for maximum speed in a variety of challenging shooting situations, even at 10 frames per second (fps). Considered the new Nikon flagship, the D4 renders supreme image quality, a feat accomplished with a new 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, coupled with the latest generation of Nikon’s EXPEED 3 image processing engine to help produce images and videos with stunning clarity and color. Photographers are also able to shoot in even the most challenging environments and lighting conditions with the assistance of Nikon’s new 91,000-pixel 3D color matrix meter and a broad ISO range from 100 to a staggering 204,800 for low-light capture like never before. The Nikon D4 is engineered for the modern professional and incorporates never before seen HD-SLR video features for those who also need to capture multimedia content from the field.

“Speed without accuracy is irrelevant,” said Bo Kajiwara, director of marketing, Nikon Inc. “The status of a Nikon flagship camera is not given lightly; this next generation of Nikon’s most professional body exceeds the needs of a wide variety of both still and multimedia professionals that rely on Nikon to make their living. Besides overall performance and burst speed, the D4 provides Nikon’s most advanced AF system to date, as well as enhanced workflow speed to give professionals the edge in the field.”

Velocity Meets Versatility

Speed is a necessity for today’s multimedia photographer as milliseconds matter when the action commences. Whether an assignment relies on fast processing power, burst rate, write speed, enhanced workflow or even streamlined camera controls, the D4 is the epitome of professional-caliber photographic horsepower. Ready to shoot in approximately 0.012 seconds, the new Nikon D4 can capture full resolution JPEG or RAW files at up to 10 fps with full AF / AE or up to 11 fps with AF / AE locked. Immediately before image capture, the camera interprets data from the AF sensor, including subject color as detected on the 91,000-pixel RGB sensor, to deliver consistently tack-sharp focus frame after frame. Whether a photographer is shooting a full-court fast break under gymnasium lighting or the downhill slalom in the bright sun and frigid temperatures, the D4 will instill the confidence with consistently great results.

The Advanced Multi-Cam 3500 AF autofocus system is the next generation of Nikon’s proven 51-point AF system. The fully customizable system offers users the ability to capture fast moving subjects and track focus with precision or select a single AF point with pinpoint accuracy. The Nikon D4 D-SLR aligns 15 cross-type sensors in the center to detect contrast data in both vertical and horizontal planes. In addition to detecting each AF-NIKKOR lens with an aperture of f/5.6 or lower, the camera also utilizes nine cross-type sensors that are fully functional when using compatible NIKKOR lenses and TC14E or TC17E teleconverters or a single cross-type sensor when using compatible NIKKOR lenses and the TC20E teleconverter with an aperture value up to f/8, which is a great advantage to those shooting sports and wildlife. For maximum versatility in situations such as photographing nature from afar or competition from the sidelines, photographers are also able to select multiple AF modes, including normal, wide area, face tracking and subject tracking, to best suit the scene.

The Nikon D4 D-SLR also employs a new 91,000-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix metering system that meticulously analyzes each scene and recognizes factors such as color and brightness with unprecedented precision. This data is then interpreted and compared against D4’s on-board database to implement various settings, resulting in vibrant images with faithful color reproduction and balanced exposure. In addition, this new AF sensor now has the ability to detect up to 16 human faces with startling accuracy, even when shooting through the optical viewfinder, allowing for correct exposure even when the subject is backlit. Additionally, to capture every brief moment from a bouquet toss to a photo finish under nearly any condition, the 51 focus points deliver fast and accurate detection down to a -2 EV with every AF-NIKKOR lens.

All of this image data is funneled through a 16 bit pipeline and are written to dual card slots which have been optimized for the latest UDMA-7 Compact Flash™ cards, as well as the new XQD™ memory card. The D4 is the first professional camera to harness the capabilities of this new durable and compact format, which offers blazing fast write times and extended capacity essential for multimedia professionals shooting stills and video.

Image Quality That Hits the Mark

The heart of the new D4 is the Nikon-developed 16.2-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24mm) CMOS sensor that provides amazing image quality, brilliant dynamic range and vivid colors in nearly any lighting condition. By achieving the optimal balance of resolution and sensor size, professional photographers will realize exceptionally sharp, clean and well saturated images throughout the entire ISO range.

Like the D3 and D3s before it, the Nikon D4 retains Nikon’s status as the sovereign of low-light capture ability, with a native ISO range from 100 to 12,800 ISO, expandable from 50 (Lo-1) to an incredible yet usable 204,800 (Hi-4). From a candlelit first dance to nocturnal wildlife, the large 7.3µ pixel size absorbs the maximum amount of light to excel in any situation. Additionally, the sensor’s construction features a gapless micro-lens structure and anti-reflective coating which further contributes to images that retain natural depth and tones with smooth color gradation. For ultimate versatility, photographers can also take advantage of the camera’s extreme high ISO ability while recording video.

Another factor contributing to the camera’s rapid performance and stellar image quality is Nikon’s new EXPEED 3 image processing engine that helps professionals create images with amazing resolution, color and dynamic range in both still images and video. From image processing to transfer, the new engine is capable of processing massive amounts of data, exacting optimal color, perfect tonality and minimized noise throughout the frame.

There are also a variety of shooting options available to help capture the highest quality images and video. In addition to standard NEF (RAW) files, the D4 is also capable of shooting smaller compressed RAW files to ease storage and speed up workflow. Users are also able to capture even more dynamic range with the in-camera High Dynamic Range (HDR) function that merges consecutive exposures. For deep contrast and further tonality, Active D-Lighting can also be activated during shooting for balanced exposures even in backlit scenes. Additionally, the camera features a dedicated button for quick access to Nikon’s Picture Controls, allowing users to quickly select one of six presets.

Professional Multimedia Features

The Nikon D4 D-SLR is engineered with innovative new features for the multimedia professional that needs the small form factor, low-light ability and NIKKOR lens versatility that only an HD-SLR can offer. The new features add functionality for those professionals looking for the best possible experience to capture a moment in Full HD 1080p video at various frame rates, providing footage that is more than suitable for broadcast.
  • Full HD video recording - Users have the choice of various resolutions and frame rates, including 1080p 30/24fps and 60 fps at 720p. By utilizing the B-Frame data compression method, users can record H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC format video with unmatched integrity for up to 20 minutes per clip. This format also allows for more accurate video data to be transferred requiring less memory capacity. The sensor reads image data at astoundingly fast rates, which results in less instances of rolling shutter distortion.
  • Full manual control of exposure - Shutter speed, aperture and ISO can be changed while recording to adapt to lighting and alter depth of field for professional cinematic results that help realize a creative vision.
  • Uncompressed output: simultaneous Live View - By using the camera’s HDMI port instead of the CF or XQD card, users can stream an uncompressed full HD signal directly out of the camera. This footage can be ported into an LCD display or appropriate external recording device or routed through a monitor and then to the recording device, eliminating the need for multiple connections.
  • Audio recording for professionals - The Nikon D4 features a stereo headphone jack for accurate monitoring of audio levels while recording. Output can be adjusted in up to 30 steps for precise audio adjustment. The D4 offers high-fidelity audio recording control with audio levels that can be set and monitored on the camera’s LCD screen. The microphone connected via the stereo mic jack can also be adjusted with up to 20 steps of sensitivity for accurate sound reproduction.
  • Multi-area Mode Full HD Video: FX/DX, and 2.7x crop mode at 1080p video modes - Whether shooting for depth of field in FX format mode, or looking for the extra 1.5X telephoto benefits of DX mode, the high resolution sensor of the D4 allows videographers to retain full 1080P HD resolution no matter what mode they choose. With the 2.7x crop, users can experience ultra-telephoto benefits in full HD resolution all at 16:9 aspect ratio.
  • Simultaneous live view output without display / simultaneous monitor - Shooters have the option to send the display signal directly to an attached monitor via the HDMI port. This signal can be viewed on the camera’s LCD screen and external monitor simultaneously. Additionally, the image data display can be cleared from the screen, to remove distracting data or when feeding a live signal.
  • Full-time AF - In addition to manual focus, four modes are available, including normal, wide area, face detection and subject tracking, which uses fast contrast detect AF to accurately focus while recording video and in live view.
  • New LCD screen - The large high resolution 3.2-inch LCD screen is 921K dots, and includes auto brightness adjustment. User’s can also zoom in up to 46x to check critical HD focus.
  • Time lapse shooting - This new feature combines a selected frame rate and “shooting interval” in a dedicated time lapse photography menu. Playback can be achieved with a wide variety of speeds from 24x to 36,000x while producing a fully finished movie file output for faster multimedia workflows.
  • Remote shutter operation - Using dedicated Movie Custom Settings, recording can be set to be engaged by the shutter release button -users can now use a variety of remote accessories to trigger video recording.
  • NIKKOR lens compatibility - The highest caliber optics are vital to creating HD images and Nikon is the world leader in optics manufacturing with a legacy spanning more than 75 years. Nikon has a vast NIKKOR lens system, with more than 50 lenses with a variety of focal lengths and features, including VR II vibration reduction.
Professional Construction, Superior Operability

The reputation and respect bestowed upon a Nikon D-Series flagship camera is earned from those who use it; therefore the chassis of the Nikon D4 is machined from magnesium alloy for maximum durability and reliability. The body of the camera is sealed and gasketed for resistance to dirt and moisture, as well as electromagnetic interference. Photographers are able to easily compose through the bright optical viewfinder, which offers 100% frame coverage. The shutter has been tested to withstand 400,000 cycles for maximum durability, while sensor cleaning is employed by vibrating the OLPF. The self diagnostic shutter unit also encompasses a mirror balancer to minimize the residual “bounce” to enhance AF and extend viewing time. What’s more, the viewfinder is coated with a new thermal shield finish which works to resist overheating during prolonged use, enhancing overall reliability. Users can easily compose on the camera’s wide, bright and scratch resistant 921,000-dot high resolution 3.2-inch LCD screen.

The overall controls and operability of the camera has also been engineered with a renewed emphasis on speed and functionality. During critical moments, users will appreciate refined button layouts with renewed ergonomics, such as a quick AF mode selector placed near the lens mount for fast access on the fly. A new joystick style sub-selector is also placed on the camera’s rear for AF point and option selection, while vertical controls have been enhanced for improved operability. Finally, to continue the D4’s moniker of the best tool for just about any condition, key control buttons on the back of the camera can all be illuminated, making the camera simple to operate in complete darkness.

Nikon has also made enhancements to overall workflow, adding options to streamline the process and maximize shooting time. Users are now able to automatically generate IPTC data for their images and image sets, making organizing and chronicling images easier for both the photographers and their editors. A wired Ethernet port is also utilized so that a user can shoot tethered and transfer images easily and quickly to clients. Nikon has also introduced the new WT-5A wireless file transmitter, to transmit via FTP server or computer. The device can be set to transfer either automatically or manually selected images. This device also allows for remote operation of the camera using Nikon’s Camera Control Pro 2 software. A mobile application is also in development to control the camera using this accessory, which will include the ability to trigger the shutter and record video, making this a must-have remote accessory for many professionals.

Price and Availability
The Nikon D4 will be available in late February 2012 for the suggested retail price of $5999.95.

Project 365: Day 5 - "Together, We Are One"


We together, write our chapters for the present and the future...

*taken with our new Canon PowerShot S100

Unboxing Video: Canon PowerShot S100 Digital Camera


On the hunt to replace our old Canon PowerShot SD1000 7.1MP camera with a new digital camera, we decided to get the Canon Powershot S100 12.1MP Digital Camera. Stock has been going in and out of stock since its release but its starting to finally showing some signs of availability at stores like Amazon, B&H Photo and Adorama. So we purchased ours and we received it yesterday.

The Canon S100 is the successor to the popular Canon PowerShot S95. The S100 uses Canon's new DIGIC5 Image Processor, CMOS sensor, RAW + JPEG, 1080p video at 24fps, 24-120mm f2.0-5.9, up to ISO 6400 and many more!

But if you want more information about the Canon PowerShot S100, visit Canon's website. In the mean time, check out our unboxing video of the Canon S100:


After we spend some time with the camera, we'll have a full review on the camera. So check back soon.

Deal: Popular Photography Magazine 2-Year Subscription for $7



Discount Mags offers a Popular Photography Magazine 2-Year Subscription (12 issues per year; 24 issues total) for $27.94. Coupon code "DEALNEWS" cuts it to $7. For US only.

Project 365: Day 4 - Expensive Hobby


Expensive Hobby = Evil

Deal: Canon Powershot S100 In Stock at Amazon for $418



Amazon has the Canon Powershot S100 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (black) for $418 and is showing it as in stock! Camera ships FREE with Super Saver. This camera retails for $429.99 and has been going in and out of stock at many retailers such as B&H Photo, Adorama. Finding a deal on this camera for under retail price is great!

The Canon S100 uses Canon's new DIGIC5 Image Processor, CMOS sensor, RAW + JPEG, 1080p video at 24fps, 24-120mm f2.0-5.9, up to ISO 6400 and many more!

We ordered one ourselves and will have it today. It's on the truck as we speak (type). We'll have a full review of the camera once we spend some time with it. We'll be ordering some accessories as well such as an extra battery, screen protector and probably a Joby Gorillapod.

Amazon also has a deal on a Canon PSC-910 Deluxe Leather Case for $10 (free shipping via Prime or orders over $25). It says its for S95 but it will fit the S100. I'll be using my BlackRapid SnapR-20 (review) which can hold the charger, cables and other small accessories.

Project 365: Day 2 - Entertainment


Nothing like passing time by playing mahjong and gambling

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