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Official Nikon DSLR Pro Body Press Releases

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I've decided to collect all official Nikon Pro body DSLR press releases in this thread, beginning with the D1, announced on June 15, 1999:

Nikon Introduces New Digital Professional SLR Fast, Light, Flexible and Professional Standard 2.7 Megapixel Resolution

NIKON PROFESSIONAL DIGITAL SLR CAMERA D1
Nikon Professional Digital SLR Camera D1. (PRNewsFoto)
MELVILLE, NY USA

MELVILLE, N.Y., June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The technological innovation,
optical excellence, and superb handling and response that are hallmarks of
Nikon professional cameras are now available in a 2.7 megapixel Nikon Digital
Professional SLR. Combining the immediacy of high-quality digital with Nikon
Total Imaging System versatility, the D1 is the ideal camera for
photojournalism professionals and virtually every other category of
professional photography. Available by end of September 1999, the Nikon D1
Digital Camera Set ships with the D1(TM) camera body, neck strap, a NiMH
rechargeable battery (EN4) and quick charger (MH-16), video cable, Nikon View
DX software and carries a suggested retail price of $5,580.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990615/NYTU001 )

The D1 is an original design Nikon digital SLR, not a hybrid adaptation.
Designed from the ground up for the demanding task of photojournalism, The D1
lets photographers make a seamless transition from film to digital.

High digital image quality is rendered by the camera's large 23.7 x 15.6mm
2.74 megapixel CCD, producing ultra-high definition 2,012 x 1,324 pixel
images. A super-thin infrared ray-cutting lithium niobate (LiNB) Low-Pass
Filter is located directly in front of the CCD, and optimal signal processing
is delivered by Nikon's original algorithm set.

The new Nikon D1 features fast 0.5 second bootup; a responsive.05 second
shutter release lag time (pegged from the time the shutter release button is
lightly pressed), and the ability to shoot 4.5 frames per second in bursts of
up to 21 consecutive shots (the fastest rate of any digital camera). For
professionals in high-pressure, high profile shooting situations the D1
delivers "the money-shot" and ensures that now-or- never news photos,
fast-breaking sports shots and elusive wildlife images are captured with
instantaneous accuracy and Nikon's renowned optical precision.

Like the Nikon F5(R) and F100 -- the D1's preeminent, professional
film-based counterparts -- this professional, digital SLR features exacting
Nikon 3D Matrix Metering (tuned specifically for digital technology) and a
high-speed autofocus system that includes Dynamic AF operation. Indeed, the
synergy of the D1's design and technology make it a powerful component of
Nikon's Professional Total Imaging System. Its innate flexibility allows D1
to accept more than 80 Nikon F-mount lenses (with a focal length magnification
of 1.5) and accessories, keeping additional outfitting costs to a minimum.

For superior results, the D1 is equipped with Nikon's new 3D Digital
Matrix Image Control which consists of Nikon's 3D Color Matrix Metering, TTL
White Balance and Tone Compensation. Image Control uses Nikon's exclusive
1,005-pixel CCD for optimum results. The camera also offers comprehensive
exposure control via its three exposure metering systems -- (3D Color Matrix,
Center-Weighted and Spot Metering), three auto exposure modes (Programmed,
Shutter-Priority and Aperture-Priority), and the exposure compensation and
automatic bracketing functions. Manual exposure control is also provided.

The D1 shutter speeds range from 30 seconds to a maximum of 1/16,000 of a
second and 1/500 of a second sync speed. The long shutter speeds work
perfectly with the D1's high performance CCD for very low-light photography.
Flash photography is extended to even wider conditions with the newly
available 1/500 top flash sync speed for use with TTL flash control. The new
Nikon SB-28DX Speedlight also provides FP sync with manual exposure control
for use with still faster shutter speeds.

Consumer Inquiries: 800-NIKON-US

SOURCE Nikon Inc.

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Nikon D1H / D1X Press Release (Feb 2001)

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Nikon Sets a New Benchmark in Digital Photography With Two New Professional Digital SLR Cameras


Nikon D1X(TM) - Optimized for High Image Sharpness and
Nikon D1H(TM) - Optimized for Action Photography and Fast Workflow
Significantly Advance Pro Digital SLR Photography

MELVILLE, N.Y., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Nikon, the leader in professional
precision optics, 35mm and digital imaging technology, is again setting the
standard in digital camera technology, performance and image quality with the
introduction of two new professional digital SLR cameras, Nikon models D1X(TM)
and D1H(TM). The D1X and D1H offer the most advanced image quality, speed,
operation and functionality never before available in a professional digital
SLR camera. Both models include advanced capabilities for color reproduction,
white balance and precision exposure control, while the D1X is optimized for
superior image quality, and the D1H is optimized for action photography, with
continuous shooting up to five (5) frames per second, making it the fastest
and most action-oriented pro digital SLR available today.

The new models were developed in response to the needs of pro
photographers who require the most sophisticated technology for making
pictures: image quality, image management, creative color reproduction,
superior file management and file transmission. The D1X is optimized for
higher resolution and the more demanding image resolution requirements for
high-tech, publishing, scientific and other photography that requires
extremely high detail, whereas the D1H is designed for fast-action based
photography and faster post photography workflow processing. Each model
concentrates on selected key aspects of picture taking and presents
photographers with a choice that handles virtually every type of photography.
Together, the new models combine with the Nikon Total Pro Imaging System to
advance any pro photographer's ability to most effectively implement digital
photography into their workflow.

The new models evolved from Nikon's highly successful D1(TM) Professional
Digital SLR Camera and ensuing in-depth research to discover how photographers
and their businesses are developing the use of digital photography. Since its
introduction in June 1999, the D1 has set a new standard for image quality,
speed, operability and performance in digital imaging. It has quickly become
the world's leading pro digital SLR camera, and brought digital photography to
the same level of performance for which Nikon's superior 35mm SLR cameras are
known worldwide.

The D1X and D1H form the digital core of Nikon's Professional Total
Imaging System, which together with world-class 35mm SLR models F5(R) and
F100(TM), Nikkor optics, Speedlights, System Accessories and Nikon
Professional Services Support, present a complete system that has time-proven
its formidability. The System includes the newest tools that photographers
will need as they create the world's greatest pictures and meet the challenges
of sophisticated clients. Nikon's Professional Total Imaging System will now
boast the amazing combination of two 35mm SLRs, the F5 and F100, plus the D1
and the new Nikon D1X and D1H models.

"The D1X and D1H push the boundaries of digital photography to a higher
standard of total image quality and greater picture taking performance," said
Richard LoPinto, vice president, SLR Camera Systems, Nikon Inc. "The cameras
reflect Nikon's commitment to provide advanced capabilities to pro
photographers who demand the ultimate combination of total image quality,
performance, durability and system compatibility," he added.

Digital-ness, Camera-ness and Nikon Total Image Quality
The D1X and D1H were developed with a combination of what Nikon refers to
as "camera-ness" and "digital-ness." Camera-ness refers to the ergonomic
design, created to allow photographers to follow their instinct, and to feel
totally comfortable as they use the camera.

Digital-ness implies the image recording, as well as post-picture making
processes such as saving, file transfer, transmission and issues of assuring
necessary image quality for each picture's intended use; all of which are
serious issues for ensuring effective use of digital photography.

Both D1X and D1H have nearly identical camera-ness. When shooting,
photographers will hardly notice differences among the camera models.
Controls, operation, weight, balance and other handling characteristics are
virtually identical among the digital models and very similar to those in
Nikon's 35mm cameras. Reaching into the camera bag and shooting with a D1X,
D1H or D1 as well as a Nikon 35mm F5 and F100 will be a seamless transition;
controls are highly consistent, as are features such as exposure metering, TTL
flash and other essential controls. Among the digital SLR cameras, the
differences include certain aspects of how the digital functions operate, as
well as the imaging design priorities for each model. Photographers will
choose the model that best suits the imaging priorities for the assignment.

Digital-ness establishes the essence of the difference between the
two models. The D1X is designed for professionals requiring higher image
quality for use in a wide range of applications, including pre-press,
advertising, graphic arts, commercial photography, education, technology,
scientific and others.
The D1H expands the potential for newspaper photographers and other
fast-breaking communication industries as well as professional sports
photography where speed is an essential component of the workflow process.

D1X - Optimized for Color Reproduction and Exposure Management
The D1X features a 5.47 mega pixel CCD and powerful algorithm set.
Through interpolation it can produce 8-bit 17.7-megabyte TIFF files, and with
the next Nikon Capture Version it will produce 16-bit 34.4-megabyte TIFF
files. Advanced capabilities for color reproduction, white balance and
precision exposure control help assure superior image quality. With the newly
enlarged file sizes comes higher spatial resolution, higher image sharpness
and a host of additional advanced features, all derived from Nikon's newest
digital advances for color reproduction, color balance and exposure
management.

D1H - Optimized for Fast-Action Photography
The D1H is optimized for action and sports shooting and faster work-flow
operations by providing picture taking speeds up to five (5) pictures per
second and a buffer that will hold up to 40 pictures for 7.9 megabyte files.
With this performance, the D1H becomes the fastest and most action-oriented
pro digital SLR on the market (as of February 2001).

Using Nikon's 2.74-megapixels CCD and the camera's newly advanced
image-processing algorithms, the D1H's high-quality action capability will
clearly establish new standards of performance. Faster workflow will also be
evident from the camera's IEEE-1394 image transfer system, which provides
faster image processing and data transfer from Compact Flash Card media for a
computer's hard drive.

Nikon Capture Software - The Next Revolution in Digital Image Software
Complementing the new models will be a new version of Nikon Capture. This
new version advances performance with full 16-bit image quality and control
that is ideal for post-processing of Nikon's NEF (Nikon Electronic Files) raw
files as well as a host of other file formats that are produced by the D1X and
D1H. The new Capture will also work effectively with the Nikon D1. NEF files
are composed of raw CCD data that is later processed into final images using
Nikon Capture software.

Product Availability
The Nikon D1X Professional Digital SLR camera will be available in
Spring 2001, with an anticipated street price of approximately $5,500. The
Nikon D1H Professional Digital SLR camera will be available in Summer 2001,
with an anticipated street price of approximately $4,500.

About Nikon
Nikon Inc., the world leader in precision optics, 35mm and digital imaging
technology, is recognized for setting new standards in product design and
performance in consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc.
distributes the Nikon Total Imaging System of consumer and professional 35mm
film and digital SLR cameras, Nikkor optics, Speedlights and System
Accessories; Advanced Photo System cameras; 35mm compact cameras; Coolpix(R)
compact digital cameras; Coolscan(R) digital film scanners; Nikonos(R)
underwater photographic systems; and Nikon sports and recreational optics.
The company plays an active role in supporting aspiring and advanced
photographers through a variety of organizations, educational programs, events
and workshops. For product information, contact Nikon at (800) NIKON-US or
visit http://www.nikonusa.com , which links all levels of photographers to the web's
most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.

Nikon D1X and D1H Professional Digital SLR Cameras
Major Features and Specifications

Total Image Quality

Exclusive feature for D1X: 23.7 x 15.6mm 5.47 megapixel CCD, which
interpolates the files to a 5.9 megapixel equivalent. The camera produces a
selection of JPEG files, TIFF formats at 17.7 megabytes, and Nikon NEF saved
as TIFF 17.7 megabytes at 8-bit color depth or when using new Nikon Capture
software, 34.4 megabytes at 16-bit color depth; (4024 x 1324) sensor processed
to 3,009 x 1960 pixel output); 5.4 megapixel CCD can also operate to produce
output performance as a 2.7 megapixel CCD; ISO equivalency 125-800; Continuous
picture rate up to 3.0 pictures per second with 9-frame buffer for files sizes
up to 17.7 megabytes.

Exclusive feature for D1H: 23.7 x 15.6mm 2.74 megapixel CCD; produces a
selection of JPEG files, and TIFF file size of 7.9 megabytes with 8-bit color
depth and using NEF files with Nikon Capture produces up to 15 megabytes
16-bit color depth; 2012 x 1324 sensor processed to 2,000 x 1,312-pixel
output); ISO equivalency 200-1600; Continuous picture rate up to 5.0 pictures
per second with 40-frame buffer for file sizes up to 7.9 megabytes.

The following features are provided in both D1X and D1H:

Imaging Processing System

* Newly designed Advanced Image Processing System featuring Nikon 3-D
Digital Matrix Image Control with new algorithm. Provides (1) Precise
exposure control using exclusive 3-D Color Matrix metering, (2) TTL
White Balance with combination of Automatic and manual controls, (3)
Tone compensation and Unsharp Masking.

* Two color modes selectable for choice of color space environments
(Mode 1 optimized for sRGB and Mode 2 optimized for Adobe RGB color
spaces).

* Advanced noise reduction performance throughout the effective ISO
equivalency range. D1X ISO-equivalent 125-800, D1H
ISO-equivalent 200-1,600.

Enhanced speed
* Fast shutter release time and start-up

* One-touch playback and return to picture capture mode

* Enlarged playback and thumbnail playback (choice of 9 and 4 thumbnail
display)

* 100% playback coverage on color monitor

* Super high-speed image processing with newly developed system LSI for
rapid throughput and shutter availability

* Fast picture taking speeds, with D1H up to 5 frames per second* for 7.5
megabyte images (*world's fastest digital Interchangeable-lens digital
SLR camera as of Feb 2001) and up to 3 pictures per second with D1X for
17.7 megabyte files

* Advanced image buffer system for up to 40 consecutive shots in JPEG mode
with D1H and up to 9 consecutive shots in JPEG mode for D1X

* Top shutter speed of 1/16,000 sec.; D-TTL flash sync speed up to
1/500 sec; FP flash sync up to 1/8000 using Nikon SB-28DX speedlight

* Faster IEEE1394 interface

Camera operation
* Supports Compact Flash(TM) Card (Type I/II) and Microdrive(TM)
(1Gbyte Type) (does not support 340 MB Microdrive)

* Newly developed 130,000-dot TFT color monitor with white-light LED
backlighting

* Camera set-up via Custom Settings selectable on TFT color monitor for
simple, quick operation (in four languages: French, German, English,
Japanese).

* One-touch playback for quick review and instant return to Shooting Mode.

* Image segment viewing playback and thumbnail playback (in either 9 or
4 segments) for quick image evaluation after shooting.

* 100% area-accurate playback coverage on TFT color monitor.

* GPS position information saved within image data file (if connected to
GPS unit via RS-232C interface)

* 3-D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash with five-segment TTL Multi Sensor
with newly developed algorithms for enhanced performance

* Compressed NEF file (raw CCD data) save mode to increase CF card
capacity and image transfer speed without sacrificing image quality.

* Shared ergonomics and F-mount system compatibility with Nikon
professional SLR body and accessory range.

* Lightweight, durable magnesium (Mg) body

* Image aspect ratio compared to 35mm format, factor 1.5X

Nikon System Compatibility
* Uses Nikon F lens mount and full selection of autofocus Nikkor optics;
best performance when used with D-type AF Nikkor versions

* Uses Nikon D-TTL compatible speedlights (SB-28DX, new SB-50DX, other
Nikon Speedlights operate with non-TTL operation)

* Uses same broad selection of individual Nikon accessories as Nikon D1;
refer to Nikon Full-Line Product Guide for details

* Uses same interchangeable battery, battery charger, AC adapter and other
dedicated accessories as Nikon D1

Product Availability and Price
* Nikon D1X Professional Digital SLR Camera Set is scheduled for delivery
during Spring 2001. Anticipated street price is $5,500

* Nikon D1H Professional Digital SLR Camera Set is scheduled for delivery
Summer 2001. Anticipated street price is $4,500

* Both D1X and D1H are Nikon Professional Digital Products and are offered
by Nikon Inc. through Authorized Professional Digital Products Dealers

D1X and D1H Accessories
* Set consists of: respective SLR camera body model, neck strap, Video
cable, Nikon View Software, Rechargeable battery EN-4, Quick Charger
MH-16, body cap BF-1A.

* Optional accessories: AC Adapter EH-4, Replacement/additional batteries
EN-4, Capture Software, IEEE-1394 Connecting cable SC-D1 and E-Type
Interchangeable Focusing Screen, MH-17 Automobile Recharge Adapter

* Replacement charger MH-16, Nikon Capture Software, Nikon View

Notes:
Set requires the following additional products in order to become fully
operational:

Compatible Nikkor lens, (2) Type I or II compatible compact flash data
storage card, (3) Compatible computer system, (4) Nikon Capture software is an
optional product, but is required in order to use the IEEE-1394 connecting
cable to handle NEF raw data files and for remote control operation from a
compatible computer
* Nikon Speedlight SB-28DX or SB-50DX is required for TTL flash exposure
control.

* Other Nikon speedlights can be used for non-TTL operation.

* The EN-4 battery is used exclusively with the D1H, D1X and D1 models

* The MH-16 charger is used exclusively with the EN-4 battery. Nikon's
MH-15 battery charger is also compatible.

* AC Adapter EH-4 is recommended when cameras are used for long studio
picture taking sessions. Do not use any other AC adapter.

* Nikon View software is provided with the Set and provides image
management capabilities

* For additional performance add the optional IEEE-1394 cable and Nikon
Capture software.

* IEEE-1394 performance differs among computers, so confirm specifications
for IEEE-1394 computer performance.

* AF, AF-G, AF-I, AF-S AI and AI-S Nikkor lenses and many other special
Nikkor lenses are compatible with the cameras; highest performance is
possible when using any D-Type AF Nikkor lens. Performance with lenses
and speedlights other than Nikon's brand cannot be assured.

* Capture software includes Windows and Macintosh versions.

Nikon, Nikon View and Nikon Capture are trademarks of Nikon Inc.
Products and brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective companies.

SOURCE Nikon Inc.

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Nikon D2H Press Release (July 2003)

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Nikon(R) Announces High-Speed D2H(TM) Professional Digital SLR Camera

* D2H Becomes World's Fastest Full System Performance Digital SLR;
* Captures Ultra-High Quality Images at 8 Frames Per Second;
* Available Wi-Fi Transmission Capabilities, Groundbreaking New Features

MELVILLE, N.Y., July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Nikon (http://www.nikonusa.com), the
world leader in photography, today introduced the new D2H(TM) professional
digital SLR camera, designed for photojournalists and sports/action
photographers. Featuring the fastest full system performance in a digital SLR
camera, the D2H sets a new standard in speed and accuracy while achieving
exceptional image quality. Virtually every aspect of the camera's performance
has been designed from the ground up to facilitate high-speed photography
under demanding conditions. The D2H is capable of continuously shooting
8 frames per second and buffers up to a staggering 40 JPEG images. It
incorporates an all new 11-sensor autofocus system with 9 cross type sensors
and versatile performance, a revolutionary new DX format 4.1 effective
megapixel JFET imaging sensor called 'LBCAST' designed by Nikon and Wi-Fi
capabilities for 802.11b wireless transmission of images.

The D2H boasts an extensive new feature set that is designed for extreme
performance at every level. The camera is central to a complete new imaging
system for photojournalism and sports/action photography that includes new
Nikon Capture(TM) 4.0 software, new NikonView(TM) 6.1 software, new i-TTL(TM)
speedlight technology, new WT-1 Wi-Fi transmitter accessory, and three
exciting new lenses including the world's first extreme wide-angle AF DX
Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED lens and the new AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm
f/2.8G IF-ED lens, both designed exclusively for Nikon digital SLR cameras,
and the world's first super-telephoto AF-S VR 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED lens with
Nikon's advanced Vibration Reduction technology designed for Nikon's 35mm and
Digital SLR models.

"Motivated by Nikon's heritage in sports/action photography and
photojournalism, the D2H is introduced to set a new standard for high-speed
digital photography. Every function within the D2H system is optimized for
fast, accurate and extreme performance with Total Image Quality. Using a newly
developed original Nikon imaging sensor, the D2H is able to produce data-rich
files that are compact enough for immediate transmission and rapid workflow,
yet yield dramatically high image quality," said Richard LoPinto, vice
president of SLR camera systems, Nikon Inc. "While photographers routinely
associate image quality and especially image sharpness with mega pixel count
alone, engineers understand that there are a multitude of additional factors
that affect sharpness and total image quality. The D2H's imaging sensor was
developed together with associated support technology, to overcome nearly
every aspect of image quality degradation, including false colors, noise,
'artifacting' and 'jaggies' to name a few. With the D2H system, Nikon is
leading action oriented digital photography into a new realm where Total Image
Quality takes precedence over any individual image specification. With
exciting new wireless compatibly, this new digital SLR system truly sets new
standards for performance and quality," he added.

While the camera retains the familiar look and feel of Nikon's D-series
digital SLR cameras, it is completely redesigned under the hood, and
incorporates a host of new features and technologies that enable it to deliver
sports and action shots with impeccable image quality and detail.

Image Quality That Surpasses Every Camera In Its Class

There are many factors that affect a digital camera's final image quality.
These include color rendition, color accuracy, tone, contrast, sharpness,
pixel count, dynamic range, white balance, exposure accuracy, noise, digital
artifacts, false coloring, moire patterns and the appearance of 'jaggies.'
The D2H achieves unparalleled image quality in its class by aggressively
addressing each of these issues and utilizing new technologies to overcome
them. As a result, the D2H produces highly refined digital images that have
visibly noticeable superiority in image sharpness, detail, color and
resolution compared to other cameras in its class.

Exclusive New Nikon 4.1 megapixel JFET Imaging Sensor LBCAST
The D2H features a new 4.1 effective megapixel (2484 X 1636) DX format
JFET (Junction Field Effect Transistor) Imaging Sensor, called LBCAST (Lateral
Buried Charge Accumulator and Sensing Transistor Array). The new sensor's
technology and performance, as developed by Nikon meets the challenging needs
of photojournalists and sports/action photographers, and provides the
foundation for the D2H system's advanced performance. The new sensor is not
only capable of producing high image quality, but also delivers high-speed
performance. The sensor reads 2 channels of data from each pixel -- while also
handling brightness data in the same process to achieve maximum image
reproduction speed.

Additionally, its JFET technology, combined with a host of new
innovations, enables this sensor to render extremely low noise performance
with extraordinary color accuracy, detail, sharpness and overall quality that
is unparalleled by any other similarly sized sensor. A new ASIC (Application
Specific Integrated Circuit) design significantly reduces color artifacts and
'jaggies' on oblique lines, while helping improve overall image sharpness.
Next generation signal processing algorithms improve automatic functions such
as auto white balance, auto tone control and auto color correction to ensure
optimal accuracy for each scene. A new color-processing engine minimizes false
colors, while maintaining superior color rendition, accuracy and consistency.
A high signal-to-noise ratio combined with high-level image processing offers
enhanced performance at high ISO settings.

With a new sensor design, powerful algorithms and new total image quality
control technologies, the D2H produces images far superior compared to other
4-mega pixel cameras. With the added convenience of producing both NEF (Nikon
Electronic Format raw files) and JPEG files simultaneously, photographers will
find it easier than ever to harness the full power of NEF using Capture
4.0 software.

Advanced New White Balance System

The D2H features an intelligent new white balance system that accurately
measures and calculates color temperature and white balance settings for
complex conditions and thereby supports the highest total image quality. It
achieves this by employing Triple Sensor metering, and determines values from
three different sources: a "third eye" incident meter located on the prism of
the camera measures environmental light, Nikon's exclusive 1,005 pixel RGB
color meter sensor continuously measures reflected light from the viewed
image, and the DX image sensor measures color temperature in real-time during
the actual exposure. Advanced algorithms process the perfect white balance
setting for any given scene, using analysis of values from each of the three
sources. The D2H's white balance system has a wide color range of 2,500K to
10,000K, and is able to detect and compensate for artificial light flicker.

For additional convenience, the D2H features five preset-memory settings
that can be alphanumerically labeled in the camera so photographers can store
white balance settings for venues they frequent, like stadiums, indoor courts,
etc. They can even extract white balance settings from a picture taken by the
camera, and using the white balance preset functions, apply it to subsequent
images.

Fast, Accurate, Responsive -- It's All About Timing

The D2H is the world's most responsive digital SLR camera. It has
virtually no start-up lag time, and is ready to shoot the instant it is turned
on. Its shutter lag time is a mere 37ms -- the lowest among all digital
cameras, and comparable to Nikon's legendary F5(TM) 35mm film SLR camera. The
D2H is capable of a continuous shooting rate of up to 8 frames per second at
full resolution and all file formats and ISO settings. The frame rate remains
consistent when any combination of the D2H's focus points is selected, or even
when older, non-CPU based Nikkor lenses are used. The D2H's enormous buffer
allows photographers to shoot up to 40 continuous images in JPEG mode and
25 in NEF (RAW) mode, rendering buffer-stall virtually a non-issue.

All New Autofocus System: Nikon Multi-Cam 2000(TM) technology

The D2H features the new Nikon Multi-Cam 2000(TM) next generation
autofocus system that is not only fast enough to keep up with the camera's
rapid continuous frame rate, but it is remarkably accurate in detecting focus
even in challenging situations, including dim lighting conditions as low as
EV -1. This new autofocus system consists of 11 AF sensors, 9 of which are
cross-type sensors laid out consistently with the rule of thirds for
composition, and an additional two sensors placed at the horizontal ends of
the frame. This ensures that the D2H has over 75% horizontal autofocus
coverage -- the widest cross-type sensor coverage in its class. Photographers
have the option of setting preferences for AF sensor selection, including
choosing each sensor individually or combining them into groups to ensure
ideal coverage in diverse picture taking compositions. The D2H also features
enhanced Dynamic AF and a new Group Dynamic AF detection option, as well as
Focus Tracking with Lock-On(TM) technology to ensure razor sharp pictures.

Taking the D2H's remarkable autofocus system one step further is its
capability for 'extreme focus detection.' A typical camera can detect focus in
a scene up to a certain 'defocus' limit, beyond which the camera enters a
scanning mode. During this mode, the camera's autofocus system scans through
the entire focusing range of the lens before detecting a focus point. This
process can waste precious time, especially when photographing high-speed
action. The D2H's autofocus system can detect focus in scenes with about twice
the defocus limit of other cameras, ensuring more accurate and consistent
operation.

High Speed Image Transfer For Faster Workflow

Not only does the D2H process images faster, it is also equipped with
high-speed image transfer options that ensure the quickest transfer from
camera to workflow. The D2H has Lexar Media's(TM) Write Accelerated (WA)
technology standard, allowing faster write-to-card speeds when used with
Lexar's WA enabled CompactFlash(R) cards. The D2H features Hi-Speed USB 2.0
remote connectivity as well as compatibility with Wi-Fi for image transfer
over a wireless Local Area Network (LAN).

Wi-Fi Connectivity

For added speed, convenience, performance and potential, the D2H features
integrated Wi-Fi connectivity when used with the optional WT-1 accessory.
Based on standard IEEE-802.11b technology, the WT-1 can be attached to the
bottom of the D2H, and connected to the camera via its USB 2.0 port. It
transmits images via a local area network to a host computer access-point
using File Transfer Protocol (FTP) method, and can wirelessly transfer data
over a radius of approximately 30 meters (100 feet) with a supplied one-inch
antenna. An optional antenna is available for an extended range of up to
150 meters (approx. 490 feet). To ensure secure wireless data transmission,
the D2H offers multiple levels of security including Wired Equivalent Privacy
(WEP) encryption, MacAddress, and ESS-ID. The camera and optional WT-1
accessory can be set to various transmission configurations, including the
option to save images on the CompactFlash card and transmit simultaneously.
All the configurations and settings for wireless transmission can be written
separately in a computer text file and applied to multiple cameras by
downloading the file to a CompactFlash card and loading the settings into each
camera. The WT-1 draws its power supply from the D2H battery, consuming
roughly 20% of its charge during normal usage. Its robust magnesium chassis
construction and water resistant connectors match the camera's construction
and durability.

Comfortable, Logical Design for Faster Handling

The D2H features significant improvements in user interface design that
facilitate faster and easier handling of the camera. The most noticeable
difference on the back of the D2H is its oversized LCD monitor that is
50% larger than previous models and centrally positioned on the camera's back.
The 2.5-inch (diagonal) screen has an anti-scratch surface and displays
larger, easier-to-read fonts. A new 8-way multi-selector enables diagonal
movement and makes scrolling through menus and panning over images easier and
faster. New larger controls and oversized buttons make operating the camera
with gloves effortless. An improved vertical shutter release interface offers
photographers greater control and handling while the camera automatically
detects orientation and tags vertical images to be rotated in Nikon View
software.

New Battery System Geared For Power, Accuracy

The D2H utilizes a new Lithium-Ion based battery system that not only
powers the new technology and extreme performance in the camera very
effectively, but also offers new automatic calibration and comprehensive
performance monitoring features. The D2H battery meter indicates accurate
battery life on a percentage scale, with 5 percent increments, while a picture
meter indicates the number of images taken on a single battery charge.
Additionally, the battery information screen also specifies calibration status
and overall battery life in five stages, giving ample notice to photographers
to replace a battery that is exhausted and is unable to hold a charge. The
high-powered Li-Ion battery has a reduced memory effect, is lighter in weight
and provides improved cold weather performance.

If the Picture Matters, The Camera Matters

The D2H is central to a growing system of cameras, software, lenses,
speedlights and accessories that not only enhance performance, but also offer
photographers potential for immense postproduction image control, faster
workflow and innovative new features. Highlights of the new system include:

Capture 4.0 Software

New software that significantly extends the capabilities of the D2H and
unlocks the full power of NEF (Nikon Electronic Format) files while offering a
degree of NEF image control unmatched by other third-party software. Capture
4.0 also boasts unique new features including Image Dust Off(TM) technology
that automatically eliminates the appearance of sensor dust from a series of
images.

SB-800 Speedlight Featuring New i-TTL Advanced Wireless Lighting:

An entirely new generation of speedlight technology was developed to
realize the full potential of the D2H. Featuring new wireless i-TTL flash
control, the SB-800 offers advanced wireless control of up to 3 remote groups
with any number of SB-800's in each group, providing photographers a new
dimension in multiple flash photography. The SB-800 also incorporates advanced
flash control including Flash Value Lock (FV-Lock), Auto FP High Speed Sync,
and Flash Color Information communication, for extreme color accuracy. The
SB-800 provides standard D-TTL functions when used with other D-series Nikon
digital SLR cameras.

DX-Nikkor Goes Wider With Two New Wide-Angle Lenses:

Nikon defies convention by introducing two new DX-Nikkor wide-angle
lenses, designed exclusively for Nikon D-series digital SLR cameras. The AF DX
Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED is the world's first extreme wide-angle
fisheye lens designed for a digital SLR camera, offering a groundbreaking
180 degree angle-of-view coverage (diagonally). Also, the new AF-S DX
Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED significantly expands the range of DX-Nikkor
lenses, expected to become the standard lens for Nikon digital SLR camera
users. By virtue of being DX-Nikkor, designed exclusively for DX-format image
sensors in Nikon's digital SLR cameras, these new lenses are not only compact
and light-weight, but also offer outstanding edge-to-edge sharpness and image
quality. DX Nikkor lenses now cover the angles of view from 180 degrees to
28 degrees 50'!

World Premiere D2H Appearance

The D2H will make its first public appearance at the 9th annual IAAF World
Championships in Athletics, at Stade de France, Paris starting August 23,
2003. This worldwide public appearance will be followed shortly by a series of
appearances at prolific U.S. sporting events. A schedule will be announced
shortly.

The Nikon D2H digital SLR camera is compatible with over 40 world-class
Nikkor lenses, and now three new DX Nikkor lenses designed exclusively for
Nikon's D-series digital SLR cameras. The D2H will be available in the 4th
quarter of 2003. The new WT-1 wireless transmitter accessory, new SB-800
speedlight, new DX Nikkor lenses and Capture 4.0 software are scheduled for
release with the D2H.

About Nikon

Nikon ... If the picture matters, the camera matters(TM). Nikon Inc. is
the world leader in precision optics, 35mm and digital imaging technology and
is recognized worldwide for setting new standards in product design and
performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic
equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes the Nikon Total Imaging System of consumer
and professional 35mm film and digital SLR cameras, Nikkor optics, Speedlights
and System Accessories; Advanced Photo System cameras; 35mm compact cameras;
Nikon Coolpix(R) compact digital cameras; Coolscan(R) digital film scanners;
Nikonos(R) underwater photographic systems; and Nikon sports and recreational
optics. Through the Nikon Spirit Initiative(TM), the company, plays an active
role in supporting aspiring and advanced photographers through a variety of
philanthropic organizations, educational programs, events and workshops. For
more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links
all levels of photographers to the web's most comprehensive photo learning and
sharing communities.

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Nikon D2X Press Release (Sept 2004)

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Nikon(R) Advances Its Commitment to Professional Photographers With Introduction of Two Flagship SLR Cameras


* Nikon D2X(TM) Digital SLR Surges Ahead as a True Workhorse Camera with High
Resolution, Superb Image Quality and Innovative New Features

* Nikon F6(TM) Becomes the Next Legendary F-Series Camera That Offers
Cutting-Edge Technologies in 35mm Film Photography

MELVILLE, N.Y., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Nikon
(http://www.nikondigitalusa.com), the world leader in photography, today
announced two new flagship SLR cameras that reflect Nikon's commitment to
offer professional photographers tools of the highest caliber. The new Nikon
D2X(TM) 12.4 megapixel professional digital SLR camera and the Nikon F6(TM)
35mm film SLR camera embody Nikon's hallmark quality, design, uncompromising
construction and radical new features that promise to inspire photographers to
push the limits of their creativity.

"Nikon's rock-solid commitment to provide professional photographers with
the best solutions in photography and imaging is evident with announcement of
the D2X professional digital SLR and the F6 35mm film SLR cameras," said Jerry
Grossman, vice president for Marketing, Nikon Inc. "As the landscape of
photography changes, so do the needs of the professional, and we are committed
to providing photographers with the tools they need to stay on top of their
game. With the introduction of these two new flagship cameras, Nikon is
building on its heritage and success as the designers of the world's finest
professional camera and imaging system."

D2X Solves the Digital Dilemma

The D2X professional digital SLR camera blends for the first time the high
levels of resolution commercial clients demand with superb image quality,
color consistency and class-leading speed. Using brand new innovations in
sensor design and image processing, the D2X delivers sharp images with very
fine gradations of tone and 12.4 megapixel resolution. Photographers are now
rid of the dilemma of choosing between high resolution and high speed, because
even at a tremendous size of 12.4 megapixels, the D2X can comfortably shoot
full resolution images at 5 frames per second (up to 21 consecutive JPEGs and
15 NEFs). In fact, when the situation demands yet faster frame rates, the D2X
offers photographers the option to employ a unique 6.8 megapixel 'High Speed
Cropped' mode that boosts the shooting rate to 8 frames per second (up to 35
consecutive JPEGs and 26 NEFs), by cropping the number of pixels used to
record the image on the sensor. With this dual versatility, photographers
accomplish most of their assignments successfully by using just one camera
body.

To keep up with the ever changing landscape of professional photography,
the D2X also offers remarkable new innovations that will inspire creativity
among photographers. The revolutionary Nikon Creative Lighting System,
arguably the most robust and accurate wireless lighting system in the world,
allows photographers the portability of setting up creative lighting schemes
anywhere they can carry a set of compact speedlights. With the freedom of
complete wireless functionality and the accuracy of full TTL control, Nikon's
i-TTL technology promises to open up excellent new possibilities for
photographers. Additionally, the newly introduced WT-2A Wi-Fi transmitter
achieves full wireless remote camera control and data transmission with the
D2X, making it the only camera in the world to fully harness the capabilities
of IEEE 802.11g Wi-Fi technology.

F6 offers New Features for Film Fanatics

The Nikon F6 35mm film SLR camera earns its right to become the next
flagship Nikon F-Series professional camera by incorporating remarkable new
technologies and design enhancements that give photographers who prefer film
the highest level of performance in an SLR camera. The F6 inherits Nikon's
latest advancements in photographic technologies such as the new Multi-CAM2000
11-area AF system for exceptionally high-speed autofocus operation with
outstanding accuracy, and the powerful Nikon Creative Lighting System for
unprecedented i-TTL controlled flash photography.

The F6 also incorporates several refinements in design and construction.
It features an improved Nikon Advanced 3D Color Matrix Metering system for
greater accuracy in scene recognition and exposure, as well as a new shutter
unit crafted from DuPont(TM) KEVLAR(R) and a special aluminum alloy for
unparalleled reliability, lightning-quick movement and precision. Nikon
engineers have successfully subdued the camera's operational sounds by using a
professional echoic chamber to measure sound and vibration meticulously and
then craft the camera with parts that have been highly refined for absolute
minimum vibration, and frequency of movement attenuated to a level below that
detectable by the human ear. The F6 undoubtedly goes beyond Nikon's
uncompromising standards of quality, durability and rigidity that
photographers around the world expect and trust.

The D2X digital SLR camera is scheduled to be available in January 2005 at
authorized Nikon dealers, while the F6 is scheduled to be available in October
2004.

About Nikon
Nikon ... If the picture matters, the camera matters(TM). Nikon Inc. is
the world leader in precision optics, 35mm and digital imaging technology and
is recognized worldwide for setting new standards in product design and
performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic
equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes the Nikon Total Imaging System of consumer
and professional digital and 35mm film SLR cameras, Nikkor optics, Speedlights
and System Accessories; Nikon Coolpix(R) compact digital cameras; Coolscan(R)
digital film scanners; 35mm compact cameras; Nikonos(R) underwater
photographic systems; and Nikon sports and recreational optics. Through the
Nikon Spirit Initiative(TM), the company, plays an active role in supporting
aspiring and advanced photographers through a variety of philanthropic
organizations, educational programs, events and workshops. For more
information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links
all levels of photographers to the web's most comprehensive photo learning and
sharing communities.

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Nikon D2XS Press Release (June 2006)

Post by Webmaster » Mon Dec 01, 2008 7:01 pm

Nikon(R) Introduces the D2xs(TM) Professional Digital SLR Camera, Delivering Performance Advancements and Enhanced Features


* 12.4-Megapixel D2xs Offers Unique Combination of Extraordinary Image
Quality, High-Speed and High-Resolution in a Single Camera Body

* Internal and External Refinements Make D2xs a Commendable Successor to
Nikon's Flagship D2x Digital SLR Camera

MELVILLE, N.Y., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Nikon(R)
(http://www.nikondigital.com), the world leader in photography, today
introduced the new D2xs(TM) professional digital SLR camera, incorporating
an impressive range of refinements that improve overall camera performance
and enhance the user experience. The D2xs shares many performance and
design innovations with the current and highly successful D2x camera,
including the 12.4 million pixel DX format CMOS image sensor that renders
images with high resolution and sharp detail, necessary for demanding
professional assignments. The D2xs also hosts a range of upgraded features
that make operation significantly more responsive -- including refined
viewfinder performance that makes for easier composition when shooting in
Nikon's exclusive High-Speed Crop mode, a new 2.5 inch LCD with a
170-degree wide viewing angle, individually calibrated at the factory to
ensure consistent color fidelity, significantly increased battery life and
a wide range of firmware enhancements.

With its numerous refinements, the D2xs is truly equipped to meet the
widely varied demands of today's professional photographers who strive to
create photographs that push the boundaries of what's possible. Not only
does the camera successfully combine high resolution, speed and quality,
but it also incorporates exclusive technologies that enable unfettered
creativity. Options such as the WT-2A Wi-Fi transmitter achieves full
wireless remote camera control and transmission, while the revolutionary
i-TTL Speedlight technology included in the D2xs ensures radical new
possibilities in creative lighting.

"Increasingly, professional photographers have chosen the D2x as their
primary workhorse camera due to its remarkable performance and versatility,
making it Nikon's best selling professional digital SLR camera. With the
introduction of the D2xs, Nikon has built upon the proven performance of
its predecessor and added new technologies and refined features that will
offer professionals an enhanced overall experience," said Edward Fasano,
general manager for Marketing, SLR Systems Products, Nikon Inc. "The D2xs
is poised to become the next Nikon DSLR of choice among professional
photographers."

Versatility Refined

Many of the capabilities that made the D2x such a success have been
retained. The D2xs is capable of capturing 12.4 megapixel JPEG or RAW (NEF)
images at a rate of up to 5 frames per second in continuous shooting mode,
and maintains a rapid start-up time, the world's shortest shutter release
time lag of just 37ms, as well as a viewfinder blackout time of just 105
milliseconds. The D2xs also inherits the popular High-Speed Crop mode that
uses a specific central area of the sensor to capture 6.8 megapixel
resolution images at an incredible rate of up to 8 frames per second. A
newly developed viewfinder in the D2xs automatically superimposes a mask
over the cropped area within the viewfinder while in the High-Speed Crop
mode, for easier and more confident composition.

The D2xs features Nikon's acclaimed Mutli-CAM2000 high-speed AF system,
with eleven autofocus sensors -- nine of which are cross-type and placed in
the rule of thirds layout. The D2xs offers improved subject acquisition and
tracking capabilities as well as a new option for controlling the duration
of Lock-On(TM) focus tracking, making it easier to adjust for shooting
different types of scenes and action.

New Image Rendering and Menu Options

With a combination of powerful image-processing technologies and
Nikon's exclusive 1,005 pixel 3D-Color Matrix Metering II, the D2xs makes
it possible to capture beautiful 12.4-megapixel images that meet and exceed
professional photographers' needs for larger files that are rich in detail,
color and smooth tonal range. The D2xs has also been refined so demanding
photographers can take advantage of Nikon's 3D-Color Matrix Metering II
even in the High-Speed Crop mode. Professional photographers will
appreciate the ability to select Adobe RGB in any of the three color modes
-- making it possible to work with a wider range of colors to match highly
diverse assignments and workflow environments, while ideally complementing
the NEF file. In-camera creative possibilities are extended even further
through the addition of a new Black & White (sRGB) color mode.

Photographers shooting in RAW (NEF) will have the ability to shoot in black
and white and still retain the color information in the RAW image data,
allowing them to easily reverse a black and white image to color using
Nikon's new Capture NX software.

RAW and JPEG images taken using the D2xs can be trimmed within the
camera to produce images of reduced display sizes ranging from 640 x 480 to
2,560 x 1,920 pixels. The resulting smaller files can help improve workflow
efficiency by eliminating the time required to download and perform
software editing within a computer.

New ISO sensitivity options offer greater convenience to photographers
who work under constantly changing lighting conditions such as weddings. A
new Auto ISO feature allows photographers to maintain a specific shutter
speed while letting the camera automatically select an appropriate ISO
setting, within a predefined range of sensitivities, based on the existing
lighting conditions. This feature helps achieve optimum exposure while
freeing the photographer to concentrate on composition. ISO sensitivity can
also be manually set between ISO-equivalent 100 and 800 in increments of
1/3 EV, or boosted using HI-0.3, HI-0.5, HI-0.7, HI-1 or HI-2 settings when
high sensitivity is a priority. The 3 settings between 800 and HI-1 are
newly added to give the D2xs finer control over sensitivity.

Refined Ergonomics and Design

The D2xs body is consistent with the exterior styling of the D2-series,
adopted from a design created by famed industrial designer, Giorgetto
Giugiaro*. The body is proportionate and well balanced, with a well
designed interface that is intuitive and seamless.

The D2xs improves upon its predecessor's energy efficient design, and
when combined with the newly developed high-energy EN-EL4a rechargeable
lithium-ion battery, the camera boasts an unprecedented 3,800** shots per
charge. Nikon's highly sophisticated, real-time battery Fuel Gauge system
in the D2xs allows photographers to determine the precise level of
remaining charge, number of shots taken per charge and the overall life of
the battery -- all at the touch of a button.

A new 2.5-inch, 235,000 dot LCD monitor in the D2xs allows a 170-degree
wide viewing angle, and is individually calibrated at the factory to ensure
consistent color fidelity. The D2xs also features a new color scheme for
menu displays.

Expanded Software Options

The D2xs features a unique Image Authentication feature that, when used
with Nikon's new Image Authentication Software, marks the authentication of
an image captured by the camera and can determine whether or not it has
been altered since capture. Image data is a critical link in the "chain of
evidence" for verifying image authenticity, and D2xs's hardware and
software-based image authentication solution allows easy, secure
authentication of images for a wide range of requirements. The software
enables verification of JPEGS, TIFF and NEF (RAW) images taken with the
Nikon D2xs.

A new remote control software called Camera Control Pro is also
available for the D2xs, enabling unprecedented remote control operation of
many camera functions from a personal computer. Camera Control Pro software
is the next generation of camera control software, previously bundled with
Nikon's Capture 4 software, and features substantial advanced features that
offer limitless creativity to photographers who need to control their
camera remotely. Camera Control Pro can control the D2xs remotely tethering
a high-speed USB cable or optional WT-2a wireless transmitter.

The D2xs is also compatible with Nikon's soon-to-be-released Capture
NX(TM) software -- a highly versatile yet elegantly simple photo editing
solution that provides easy, yet powerful and visually intuitive
image-editing and enhancement tools. With Capture NX, photographers will be
able to tap into the full potential of D2xs's RAW (NEF) files, while also
apply powerful photo image processing and editing tools to JPEG and TIFF
files.

The D2xs will be available from Nikon authorized retailers in late June
for an estimated street price of $4699.95***. For more information, please
visit http://www.nikondigital.com

About Nikon

Nikon, At the Heart of the Image(TM). Nikon Inc. is the world leader in
digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is
globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and
performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic
equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes the Nikon Total Imaging System of
consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, Nikkor optics, Speedlights
and System Accessories; Nikon COOLPIX(R) compact digital cameras;
COOLSCAN(R) digital film scanners; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software
products and Nikon sports and recreational optics. At the heart of every
Nikon camera is Nikon's Exclusive Feature System, making it easy for anyone
to take amazing digital pictures. Through the Nikon Spirit Initiative(TM),
the company, plays an active role in supporting aspiring and advanced
photographers through a variety of philanthropic organizations, educational
programs, events and workshops. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US
or visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers
to the web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.

* GIUGIARO
** Based on Nikon test conditions
*** Estimated selling prices listed are only an estimate. Actual prices
are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

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Nikon D3 Press Release (Aug 2007)

Post by Webmaster » Mon Dec 01, 2008 7:04 pm

Eight Years After Changing Professional Photography Forever, Nikon Does It Again By Introducing The D3 Digital SLR

MELVILLE, N.Y., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Eight years after Nikon's D1
camera changed professional digital photography forever, Nikon today
introduced the D3 - a new digital SLR camera that is poised to once again
revolutionize photography for professionals. The 12.1 effective megapixel
D3 features Nikon's new FX-format CMOS sensor, measuring 23.9 x 36mm, which
is nearly identical to the size of 35mm film. With the fastest startup
time, shortest viewfinder blackout time, and shortest shutter lag of any
digital SLR camera as well as the capability to shoot up to nine frames per
second at full FX-format resolution, the D3 is the world's fastest digital
SLR camera in its class.*

Designed with sports photographers and photojournalists in mind, the
Nikon D3 introduces an astounding list of brand new features and
technologies that make it the most sophisticated and advanced Nikon digital
SLR to date. In addition to the new FX-format CMOS sensor, the D3
incorporates Nikon's new EXPEED Image Processing System that is central to
the blazing speed and processing power needed for many of the D3's new
features.

Images taken with the D3 reflect exceptional overall quality, broad
tonal range and depth, along with extremely low-noise throughout its normal
ISO range of 200 to 6400. By setting the camera to its built-in options of
Lo-1 or Hi-2, the ISO range of the camera can be expanded to the equivalent
of ISO 100 or ISO 25,600 respectively, offering unmatched versatility in
practically any shooting situation.

The D3 also features an entirely new 51-point auto focus system with
Nikon's 3D Focus Tracking feature and two new LiveView shooting modes that
allow photographers to frame a photograph using the camera's
high-resolution LCD monitor. The D3 uses the world's first Scene
Recognition System to greatly enhance the accuracy of auto focus, auto
exposure and auto white balance detection in the camera by recognizing the
subject or scene being photographed and applying this information to the
calculations for the three functions.

"Nikon is proud and excited to once again respond to the needs of
professional photographers by introducing the D3. Nikon engineers have
successfully combined ultra high-speed shooting capabilities and handling
with outstanding low-noise image quality, offering professional
photographers an ideal tool for a broad range of shooting disciplines,"
said Edward Fasano, general manager for Marketing, SLR Systems Products, at
Nikon Inc. "Sports, commercial and press photographers are increasingly
demanding higher ISO sensitivity, better resolution, wider dynamic range
and a familiar depth-of- field in relation to picture angles. With the D3,
Nikon is excited to deliver a solution that represents an ideal unification
of unsurpassed image quality, high-speed operation and professional
durability, without compromise. Nikon fully expects the D3 to positively
affect the photographic community in a way that hasn't been seen since the
introduction of the Nikon D1."

Nikon's Sensor Formats: FX and DX

Nikon's digital SLR cameras based on its DX-format sensor have been
hugely successful and represent an excellent combination of high image
quality, size and value. And while the DX-format has been widely accepted
by professional photographers and photo enthusiasts around the world, there
is an increasing demand among professionals for a digital SLR camera that
features higher ISO sensitivity, wider dynamic range and offers the same
relationship between picture angle and depth-of-field that were the
hallmarks of the 35mm film format.

Responding to this demand, Nikon has developed the D3 as its first
digital SLR camera that features the Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor to meet
the real- world requirements of its professional customers. The D3 delivers
full resolution 12.1 megapixel images at up to nine frames per second when
used with conventional AF-Nikkor lenses. When used with DX Nikkor lenses,
the D3 automatically switches to the DX-format mode that uses a cropped
portion of the sensor to generate 5.1 megapixel resolution images. While in
this mode, the D3 automatically masks the portion of the viewfinder that
will not be photographed and enables the capability to shoot up to 11
frames per second.

Both Nikon FX and DX-formats provide their own advantages, and Nikon
recognizes that both formats are necessary in order to satisfy its diverse
customer demands. Based on this recognition, Nikon will strengthen its
D-SLR lineup with the addition of the D3 FX-format SLR camera and a
broadened assortment of Nikkor interchangeable lenses, while continuing to
develop and market high-performance DX-format cameras and lenses.

The Most Intelligent Nikon Ever

The D3 introduces a range of innovative technologies and features that
significantly improve the accuracy, control and performance professional
photographers can get from their equipment. Nikon's exclusive Scene
Recognition System advances the use of Nikon's acclaimed 1,005-segment
sensor to recognize colors and light patterns that help the camera
determine the subject and the type of scene being photographed, before an
image is captured. This information is also used to improve the accuracy of
auto focus, auto exposure and auto white balance detection functions in the
D3. For example, the camera can track moving subjects better in all
directions and by identifying them it can also automatically select focus
points faster and with greater accuracy. It can also analyze scene
highlights and more accurately determine exposure, as well as infer light
sources to deliver more accurate white balance.

The D3 incorporates Nikon's new Multi-CAM 3500FX auto focus module that
features an intelligent array of 15 cross-type sensors and 36 horizontal
sensors. These sensors can either be used individually or in groups, with
the option for Single Area AF mode and Dynamic AF modes using groups of
either 9, 21 or all 51 focus points. The system also features 3D Focus
Tracking with automatic focus point switching that takes advantage of all
51 AF points as it uses color and light information to accurately track the
subject. Nikon's new Scene Recognition System and improved focus algorithms
also contribute to the impressive performance of the new 51-point AF
system.

Nikon's new Picture Control System makes it easy for users of all
experience levels to select and apply adjustments to how their pictures are
rendered and create optimized settings to suit their individual
preferences. The same settings produce consistent picture tone, even when
using different camera bodies. The Picture Control System offers four basic
setting options - Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome. These can be
directly modified for easy adjustment and customization of image
parameters, such as sharpening, tone compensation, brightness and
saturation. Photographers can customize and store up to nine customized
options in the D3 and export up to 99 to a CF memory card, enabling
photographers to share settings among multiple D3 cameras.

Taking a cue from the popularity of Nikon's D-Lighting technology, the
D3 features a new Active D-Lighting mode that, when enabled, provides
remarkable real-time highlight and shadow correction with optimized image
contrast. Active D-Lighting produces broader tone reproduction in both
shadows and highlights by controlling highlights and exposure compensation
while applying localized tone control technology to achieve a more pleasing
level of contrast across the entire image. And because the advantages of
Active D-Lighting are applied as images are captured, image editing time
can be shortened.

The D3's LiveView feature offers two modes for confirming subjects and
composition on the new 920,000-dot, high-resolution 3-inch LCD monitor
while shooting. The Tripod mode is designed for precise focus and accuracy
when the camera is on a stable platform and the subject is not moving. In
this mode, the camera focuses on the subject using focal-plane contrast and
any point on the LCD screen can be selected as the focus point for the
picture. The second mode, called Handheld mode, allows photographers to use
the camera's conventional TTL focusing system, with all 51-points and 15
cross-type points available. When using this mode, the camera activates
focusing immediately when the shutter button is pressed, to ensure accurate
focus.

The Fastest Camera in its Class

The D3 has the fastest reaction times of any camera in its class. Its
shutter release time lag is only 37 milliseconds, and its start-up time is
approximately 0.12 seconds. It is capable of continuously shooting
approximately nine frames per second in full resolution with FX-format, up
to 64 consecutive frames in JPEG, Normal compression. For NEF (RAW) files,
the D3 can shoot up to 20 or up to 17 consecutive frames depending on
whether it is set to 12-bit or 14-bit images. When using a DX-format lens,
the camera automatically switches to DX-format mode, adjusting the
resolution of the camera to 5.1 megapixels. In the DX-format mode,
photographers also have the opportunity to increase the speed at which the
camera can take pictures by limiting the auto exposure and going up to 10
frames per second or limiting both auto exposure and auto focus and going
up to 11 frames per second.

Refined Ergonomics and Usability

The D3 reflects Nikon's most streamlined, functional and aesthetically
pleasing layout in a digital SLR camera, all designed so photographers can
take pictures with less fatigue, greater accuracy and comfort.

The camera's viewfinder provides virtually 100 percent coverage for
accurate framing, while an ultra-high definition, 920,000-dot VGA LCD
screen on the rear of the camera displays images with vivid color and
clarity. The 170-degree wide viewing angle makes composing shots using the
LCD screen in LiveView mode easy. The D3 also features a unique Virtual
Horizon digital level sensor that indicates the camera's alignment relative
to the true horizon on the rear LCD screen or in the viewfinder.

The D3 also features two CompactFlash(TM) card slots that can be used
for consecutive recording (overflow), simultaneous recording (backup),
separating recording of RAW and JPEG files or even copying pictures between
the two cards. Images can be displayed directly from the camera to a
high-definition monitor using the camera's HDMI port and an optional cable.

The D3 is designed for professional use in demanding conditions. The
exterior of the D3 is crafted of magnesium alloy and the camera's shutter
mechanism is tested to 300,000-cycle releases. The 3.0-inch LCD is
strengthened with tempered glass and the D3's comprehensive array of rubber
gaskets and seals protect vulnerable entry points from dust and moisture.

Price and Availability

The D3 will be available from authorized Nikon Professional Dealers
beginning in November 2007 for an estimated selling price of $4,999.95**.
With the introduction of the D3, Nikon's current lineup of digital SLR
cameras now includes the new D3, D2xs, D300, D200, D80, D40x and D40.

* As of August, 2007; among cameras featuring an imaging sensor similar
to the size of 35mm film
** Estimated selling prices listed are only an estimate. Actual prices
are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

About Nikon

Nikon, At the Heart of the Image(TM). Nikon Inc. is the world leader in
digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is
globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and
performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic
equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes the Nikon Total Imaging System of
consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, Nikkor optics, Speedlights
and System Accessories; Nikon COOLPIX(R) compact digital cameras;
COOLSCAN(R) digital film scanners; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software
products and Nikon sports and recreational optics. At the heart of every
Nikon camera is Nikon's Exclusive Feature System, making it easy for anyone
to take amazing digital pictures. Through the Nikon Spirit Initiative(TM),
the company, plays an active role in supporting aspiring and advanced
photographers through a variety of philanthropic organizations, educational
programs, events and workshops. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US
or visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the
web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.

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Nikon D3X Press Release (December 2008)

Post by Webmaster » Mon Dec 01, 2008 7:06 pm

Nikon Unveils a Digital Masterpiece: The D3X Digital SLR

With Extreme 24.5-Megapixel Resolution, Processed Image Files Exceeding 138 MB, Five Frame-per-Second Burst Speed and Nikon Core Technologies, the D3X Ushers in a New Level of Image Quality

MELVILLE, N.Y., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Nikon Inc. today announced the D3X, an FX-format digital SLR featuring extreme 24.5-megapixel resolution and superb low-noise capabilities, which provides professional photographers with commercial-quality image performance in a familiar and extraordinarily versatile D-SLR form factor. In conjunction with the groundbreaking Nikon FX-format D3, the D3X tops off a collection of flagship level, rugged, professional caliber digital single lens reflex cameras engineered to excel in all types of professional photographic disciplines from photojournalism and sideline sports, to commercial in-studio applications.

The foundation of the enhanced performance of the D3X is its FX-format, 24.5-megapixel (6048 x 4032) CMOS sensor providing commercial, high fashion, fine art and landscape photographers with the extreme resolution, dynamic range, color depth, detail and sharpness that clients demand. Whether creating catalogs, magazine covers, billboards or gallery prints, the large 5.49-micron pixel size and high signal to noise ratio produces vibrant images with breathtaking image fidelity while reducing lost highlights and shadows, and ensuring smoother tone reproduction with minimized noise. With full resolution shooting speeds of up to five frames-per-second (fps), and 14-bit files, that when processed are approximately 138 MB, the D3X offers today's photographic artists an extreme level of performance and versatility ready for demanding assignments in the studio or on location.

"In 2007, the 12.1-megapixel FX-format D3 delivered groundbreaking digital SLR image quality, coupled with incomparable high ISO, low noise performance and high-speed handling. In doing so, the D3 broke photographic barriers, enabling photographers to work in ways never before possible," said Edward Fasano, general manager for Marketing, SLR Systems Products at Nikon Inc. "Now, the new 24.5-megapixel FX-format D3X D-SLR provides the extreme resolution and high dynamic range capabilities needed to meet the extraordinary needs of photographic disciplines such as high fashion, commercial advertising and fine art. The D3X delivers this remarkable capability while fitting seamlessly within the Nikon system, taking full advantage of Nikon's world-renowned collection of NIKKOR lenses and Speedlights."

ImageQualityTakesCenter Stage

To re-emphasize the importance of image quality above all else, the D3X delivers an incredible level of digital SLR performance to provide photographers with extremely high resolution, exceptional dynamic range, phenomenal total gradation and outstanding color reproduction. Image files can be recorded as TIFF, JPEG or NEF (RAW) formats in either 12- or 14-bit compressed or uncompressed formats, and recorded to UDMA compatible CompactFlash(TM) cards for optimum speed. Photographers can save image files directly to the dual card slots as overflow, backup, or as separate file formats to different cards. Building on the D3X's flexibility, users have the creative option to shoot in the 5:4 crop mode with 20.4-megapixel resolution, the ideal format for creating 8 x 10-inch portraits. While using DX-format lenses, faster continuous shooting of up to seven frames per second can be achieved at a resolution of 10.5 megapixels.

The exceptionally low noise of the D3X is essential to any professional commercial application, and it provides photographers with an ISO range of 100 to 1600, expandable to 50 (Lo-1) and 6400 (Hi-2). The ultra smooth tones and lack of grain at ISO 1600 as well as at low sensitivity settings result in smooth, natural skin tones and exacting detail that, before the D3X, required larger and far costlier studio-bound camera systems.

Advanced Technologies, Meticulously Executed

In a commercial setting or on location, imaging professionals need high performance in both speed and processing. The Nikon D3X can shoot at up to five fps at full resolution or up to seven fps in DX crop mode, allowing photographers to catch the split-second difference in a model's expression or capture all of the action in a sequence. Just like the D3, the D3X achieves a start-up time of a mere 0.12 seconds and a shutter release time lag of 0.04 seconds.

The D3X's speed, as well as high levels of performance, leverages Nikon core technologies including a newly enhanced EXPEED(TM) Image Processing System, specially designed for the D3X to provide superior image quality, faster processing speeds and lower power consumption. This advanced system is able to achieve extremely precise color reproduction for a broad spectrum of hues, in addition to vivid saturation and smooth gradation. What's more, Nikon's advanced noise processing function is engineered to minimize noise at all sensitivities and operate seamlessly without interfering with other image color parameters.

The D3X also features Nikon's exclusive Scene Recognition System, which continuously analyzes information from the 1,005-pixel RGB light sensor, to further refine auto exposure, auto white balance and autofocus calculations. This results in flattering portraits and awe-inspiring landscapes that portray accurate color and fine details. Nikon's exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II helps ensure accurate exposures, even in the most challenging lighting conditions. Instantly evaluating each scene before capture, input data from the system's sensor is automatically referenced against an internal database of more than 30,000 images derived from actual photographs to calculate correct exposure values. Active D-Lighting, used in combination with 3D Matrix Metering II, helps to determines proper exposure, and creates realistic contrast while compensating for lost shadows and highlights. Prior to shooting, users can choose from Extra High, High, Normal, Low or Off settings, as well as an Auto mode.

Additionally, the D3X features Nikon's exclusive Multi-CAM 3500FX focus module, with 51 AF points, 15 cross type sensors and 36 horizontal sensors that easily track and lock onto moving subjects, delivering the same fast and accurate AF performance that helped make the D3 immediately successful. Users can select any of the AF points, making it easy to consistently attain accurate focus right on a subject's eyes, frame after frame. Additionally, three AF-area modes - Single point, Dynamic-area AF and Auto-area AF - are available to maximize the use of the 51 focus points by selecting the most suitable one to match subject conditions. AF is also available in one of two Live View modes optimized for the studio, including a phase detection handheld mode and a tripod mode. This feature allows the user to zoom in up to 27x on the LCD screen to ensure critical focus. While in Live View, the graphic indication of a virtual horizon is also available, making it easier than ever to confirm camera orientation.

To further ensure each photographer's ability to balance their personal style, Nikon's Picture Control System enables users to adjust their images to pre-set parameters such as Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome that apply tweaks to image sharpening, tone compensation, brightness, overall tone and saturation. Photographers have creative control over these image parameters with the use of up to nine available customizable presets.

Synchronizing Both Form and Function

Engineered for real-world functionality, the D3X retains a rugged shell with moisture, dust and shock resistance that has become a hallmark of flagship Nikon D-SLRs, while preserving the usability and ergonomics that allow the camera to remain an extension of the photographer's vision. Attention to detail goes so far as to include a self-diagnostic shutter system that is tested to exceed 300,000 cycles for maximum durability and longevity. The camera's body also maintains the resilient magnesium alloy construction and form factor of the D3, promoting consistent Nikon system synergy.

A bright and accurate viewfinder offers 100 percent coverage with 0.7x magnification. The body also houses Nikon's acclaimed 3.0-inch super density LCD screen, now relied upon by so many photographers. The high-resolution 920,000-dot screen is viewable at wide angles up to 170 degrees, and will allow photographers to quickly zoom in to confirm critical focus. Users can also output the video signal to an external display via HDMI to allow client viewing. Thanks to incredibly efficient internal circuitry, the D3X can capture up to 4400* shots per single charge of the camera's Lithium ion battery.

System Strength Withstands the Test of Time

The D3X is fully compatible with Nikon's Creative Lighting System (CLS) to give photographers a mobile lighting solution that is easy to manage. To further enhance mobility, the D3X is compatible with Nikon's GP-1 GPS receiver to gather information such as latitude, longitude, altitude and date of shooting. Photographers can easily shoot tethered via USB, or use the WT-4a wireless transmitter to send images wirelessly when speed and mobility are essential. D3X users will also enjoy the system strength of more than 50 genuine NIKKOR lenses that provide outstanding sharpness and high resolution across a broad range of focal lengths.

Price and Availability

The Nikon D3X will be available at Nikon Authorized Professional Dealers starting December 2008, and will be available for an estimated selling price of $7999.95.**

About Nikon

Nikon, At the Heart of the Image(TM). Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX(R) compact digital cameras; COOLSCAN(R) digital film scanners; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics. For the second consecutive year, Nikon D Series digital SLR cameras are recognized as "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with digital SLR cameras, Two Years in a Row, Tied in 2008." according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2007 and 2008 Digital Camera Usage and Satisfaction Studies(SM). Nikon Corporation, the parent company of Nikon Inc., recently celebrated its 75th anniversary of NIKKOR optics and announced the production of over 45 million NIKKOR SLR interchangeable lenses. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-UX or visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the Web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.

* Based on CIPA Standards

** Estimated selling price listed is only an estimate. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

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Re: Official Nikon DSLR Pro Body Press Releases

Post by NIKON KIU » Tue Dec 02, 2008 3:32 am

I like how the F6 sneak'd in here...

Keep up the good work Jarle,

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Nikon D3X Press Release (October 2009)

Post by Webmaster » Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:12 pm

THE IMAGING EVOLUTION CONTINUES: THE NIKON D3S ILLUMINATES NEW LEVELS OF POWER AND PERFORMANCE FOR PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS

Nikon Once Again Redefines Possibilities with D-SLR Photography with Six-Figure ISO Sensitivity for Stills and Video While Enhancing Overall Performance

MELVILLE, N.Y. (Oct. 14, 2009) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the FX-format D3S D-SLR, providing professional photographers with a powerful tool that redefines the boundaries of digital SLR versatility, while maintaining the strength of superior image quality and high speed performance inherited from the groundbreaking D3. The D3S enables not only new opportunities in low-light photography, but also provides photographers with added shutter speed and aperture freedom with a base ISO sensitivity range from ISO 200 to a remarkable 12,800. Additionally, expanded ISO equivalent settings up to a staggering 102,400 are available, enabling photographers to create images previously thought impossible.

The Nikon D3S builds upon the success of the Nikon D3—the professional digital SLR that set new standards for D-SLR performance and utilizes a newly designed, Nikon original 12.1-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor that also integrates its amazing low-light ability to High Definition (HD) video, creating a uniquely capable multi-media tool to meet the needs of a changing imaging landscape.

“When the Nikon D3 was released, it ushered in a new era of professional digital imaging. Today, the D3S will further reinforce Nikon’s leadership role in the photographic industry as a pioneer in performance-driven technologies that will again break once-rigid picture-taking barriers,” said Edward Fasano, general manager for Marketing, SLR Systems Products at Nikon Inc. “The ruggedly constructed D3S was engineered to address the real-world needs of professional photographers and provides them with a tool that, when combined with their skills, delivers stunning images in a broad range of shooting conditions and assignment requirements.”

Creative Vision Beyond the Human Eye
The Nikon D3s, with a base ISO sensitivity from ISO 200 to 12,800 makes it possible to capture previously impossible images—image opportunities which were often ignored because of low light levels. Now, in even more demanding lighting conditions, photographers can select expanded sensitivity settings of ISO equivalent 25,600, ISO equivalent 51,200 and an incredible ISO equivalent sensitivity of 102,400 which reveals detail in extreme low-light environments that challenge even the human eye’s ability to discern subject content. In addition, a setting of ISO equivalent 100 is provided.

This industry-first, groundbreaking ISO sensitivity range will make the D3S the camera of choice for photographers who typically face extreme lighting challenges, such as indoor or nighttime sports, spot news, wedding receptions and ambitious nature photography. This broad ISO sensitivity also affords the ability to shoot at faster, action-stopping shutter speeds. D3S shooters will enjoy a major advantage in any situation where light is limited and the use of supplemental lighting is not an option. For the photojournalist, even the highest ISO setting delivers image quality to satisfy the needs of offset printing.

Big Pixels Equal Greater ISO Capabilities
The amazing low-light ability of the D3S, as well as its astounding image quality can be attributed in large part to the engineering behind the newly designed, Nikon original 12.1-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, which measures 36x23.9mm. While the pixel size and count that served the D3 were maintained to deliver the pinnacle of image quality, dynamic range, phenomenal tonal gradation and outstanding color, other aspects were engineered to add versatility through broader low-noise ISO sensitivity. Individual pixels measure a large 8.45 microns, which support enhanced sensitivity to light and other qualities leading to superior image fidelity. The D3S captures light and renders images in a way that no other Nikon camera has yet to achieve, with a higher signal-to-noise ratio and an unmatched dynamic range for both stills and HD video throughout its broadened ISO range.

The Nikon D3S adds the extra benefit of an Image Sensor Cleaning function to reduce instances of image degradation resulting from dust accumulation on the optical low pass filter (OLPF) in front of the image sensor. The OLPF oscillates at four specific frequencies to release particles that would disrupt image quality. Sensor Cleaning can be set by the user to cycle automatically when the camera is powered on, turned off, or on demand.

Share the Vision with D-Movie Creativity Whether on the frontlines or sidelines, the amazing ISO range of the D3S can also be applied while recording HD video clips to give unprecedented low-light ability for movie clips. The refined D-Movie mode for the FX-format offers smooth 1280x720 video at a cinematic 24fps, with a new algorithm that severely reduces the phenomenon of “rolling shutter” typical to D-SLRs while panning. The motion JPEG codec allows for easy extraction of single frames from a video clip and the ability to save it as a JPEG file, while the 720p HD format eases storage, provides faster wireless transfers, and offers video files that are generally easier to use in the field. Photographers can also trim movie clips on the fly by revising the start and end points, and save the edited clip as a copy while maintaining the original. Additionally, the D3S features a built-in monaural microphone, augmented by a stereo microphone input, which is perfect for hot-shoe microphone mounting or the use of wireless microphones for interviews or spot news.

Photographers and film makers alike will appreciate the full aperture control from a wide f/1.4 to f/16, as the FX-format sensor renders low-noise movie clips with outstanding clarity, aided by the large selection of renowned NIKKOR lenses to produce a dramatic depth of field. High Sensitivity Movie Mode allows the utilization of the entire ISO range to capture otherwise hidden details in challenging lighting conditions, more effectively than cameras with smaller sensors. Now, users can benefit from available natural light for applications such as telling a story in a journalistic style in the field or to create a gritty film noir masterpiece without CGI post production. While recording, users also have the ability to control exposure, and will enjoy the added benefits of improved contrast-detect type AF while in Tripod Live View mode.

Performance and Features Defining Versatility
The emergence of the D3 in 2007 provided photographers with a unique fusion of ruggedness, speed, versatility and image quality—characteristics which the D3S now takes even further. Photographers are able to capture images at 9 frames per second (fps) in the FX-format or at up to 11 fps in the DX crop mode, while data is transferred through a 16-bit pipeline for optimal processing speed. Additionally, the buffer has been increased, enabling continuous bursts approximately twice that of the D3 in the JPEG, TIFF or NEF (RAW) formats. Files can also be captured in either 12- or 14-bit compressed or uncompressed formats to maintain the images data integrity. Photographers can also select the new 1.2x crop mode for a modest telephoto effect, while minimally impacting resolution, as photos are captured at approximately 8.4 megapixels (9 fps).

The D3S also features two UDMA compatible CompactFlash™ card slots that can be used for consecutive recording (overflow), simultaneous recording (backup), separating recording of RAW and JPEG files or even copying pictures between the two cards. One or both can also be designated for data-heavy D-Movie recording. Images can be displayed directly from the camera to a High Definition monitor using the camera's HDMI port and an optional cable.

The D3S features Nikon’s exclusive Multi-CAM 3500FX focus module, with 51 AF points, 15 cross type sensors and 36 horizontal sensors that easily track and lock onto moving subjects, delivering the same fast and accurate AF performance that helped make the D3 immediately successful. Users can select any of the AF points, making it easy to consistently attain accurate focus, frame after frame. Additionally, three AF-area modes – Single point, Dynamic-area AF and Auto-area AF – are available to maximize the use of the 51 focus points by selecting the most suitable one to match subject conditions. AF is also available in one of two Live View modes, including a phase detection handheld mode and a tripod mode. While in Live View, the graphic indication of a virtual horizon is also available, making it easier than ever to confirm camera orientation.

To alleviate another kind of noise, the D3S also features a Quiet Shutter Mode which substantially reduces the sound of the camera’s mirror-down cycle, which is perfect for shooting in sensitive environments, such as movie sets, meetings, ceremonies, or while photographing wildlife.

Technologies Engineered for Professionals
The D3S’ speed and performance is the culmination of many Nikon core technologies including the latest generation of the EXPEED™ Image Processing System. The latest iteration of this system is specially designed to keep pace with the D3S’ blazing performance to provide amazing image quality, faster processing speeds and lower power consumption. This advanced system is able to achieve extremely precise color reproduction for a broad spectrum of hues, in addition to vivid saturation and smooth gradation. Nikon’s advanced noise processing function is engineered to minimize noise at all sensitivities and operate seamlessly without interfering with other image color parameters.

The D3S’ accelerated Scene Recognition System analyzes information from the 1,005-pixel RGB light sensor for use in auto exposure, auto white balance detection and autofocus calculations. The Scene Recognition System also assists autofocus by tracking subject position and automatically shifts the AF points used to match the subject’s movement within the frame.

Nikon's exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II assists in ensuring accurate exposures, even in the most challenging lighting conditions. Instantly evaluating each scene before capture, input data from the system's sensor is automatically referenced against an internal database of more than 30,000 images derived from actual photographs to calculate correct exposure values. Active D-Lighting (ADL), used in combination with 3D Matrix Metering II, helps to determine proper exposure, and creates realistic contrast while compensating for lost shadows and highlights. Photographers can also use ADL bracketing for up to five frames of ADL compensation.

To further enhance each photographer's expression of personal style, Nikon’s Picture Control System allows selection of Picture Control settings including Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome. Additionally, adjustment can be made to Picture Controls to image sharpening, contrast, brightness, saturation, hue and more. Photographers then have the flexibility to save up to nine personalized Picture Controls on camera and 99 additional Picture Controls externally.

Ready for Work
Engineered for real-world functionality, the D3S is ruggedly constructed with moisture, dust and shock resistance that has become a hallmark of flagship Nikon D-SLRs, while preserving the usability and ergonomics that allow the camera to remain an extension of the photographer’s vision. Attention to detail goes so far as to include a self-diagnostic shutter system that is tested to 300,000 cycles for maximum accuracy and longevity. Rigid and precise magnesium alloy construction and the familiar form factor of the D3 extend consistent Nikon system synergy.

A bright and accurate viewfinder provides 100-percent coverage with 0.7x magnification. The body also houses Nikon’s acclaimed 921,000-dot, 3.0-inch super density LCD monitor which is viewable up to 170 degrees, and is safeguarded by a tempered glass cover. Thanks to incredibly efficient internal circuitry, the D3S can capture up to 4200* shots per single charge of the camera’s Lithium-ion battery.

System Strength Withstands the Test of Time
The D3S is fully compatible with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS) affording photographers a mobile lighting solution that is easy to manage. D3S is also compatible with Nikon’s GP-1 GPS receiver to gather information such as latitude, longitude, altitude and (satellite) date of shooting. Photographers can shoot tethered via USB, or use the WT-4A wireless transmitter to send images wirelessly when speed and mobility are essential. D3S users will also enjoy the system strength bolstered by a comprehensive selection of NIKKOR interchangeable lenses—long heralded for their optical superiority.

Price and Availability
The Nikon D3S digital SLR is scheduled to be available at Nikon Authorized dealers beginning in late November 2009 at an estimated selling price of $5,199.95**. For more information, please visit www.nikonusa.com. Users can see the new D3S, along with Nikon’s entire line of photographic, optical and digital imaging solutions, including the recently announced new AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR lens, on display at the Nikon booth (#501) at the PhotoPlus Expo in New York, from Oct. 22 to Oct. 24, 2009.

* Based on CIPA Standards **Estimated selling price listed is only an estimate. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time

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