First truly representative Nikon D800 video footage. DXOMark says sensor is ‘best ever’.

Above: frame grab from Longshan’s Temple shot on the Nikon D800 in Taiwan. Click here to go to the Vimeo page and to download the original.

These findings have rather taken me aback.

Not only is the Nikon D800’s video quality far better than the Nikon D4 and more detailed than the 5D Mark III, the low light performance of the raw sensor data is nip and tuck with the Nikon D4 despite having double the megapixel count.

Even more surprising is that the D800 just scored the number 1 position overall on DXOMark… out-performing a PhaseONE digital back!

Needless to say this camera is now on my radar.

Read moreFirst truly representative Nikon D800 video footage. DXOMark says sensor is ‘best ever’.

Nikon may add 4K video to future cameras (J1 sensor already capable)

Consumer 4K is on the way, it is now as inevitable as the first 1080p stickers were on your TVs and cameras of 5 years ago. In an interview with DPReview, Nikon’s Tetsuya Yamamoto says that the Nikon J1’s (Aptina produced) sensor is already capable of a 4K horizontal resolution in video mode (although he doesn’t reveal the vertical resolution which I suspect would be lower than 2K).

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Sony, Nikon were asked to join Micro Four Thirds and new pro mirrorless coming

“Don’t be afraid to cannibalise yourself” said Steve Jobs. “If you don’t do it, someone else will”.

In an interview with Imaging Resource, Toshiyuki Terada of Olympus speaks candidly about Sony and Nikon.

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The Nikon 1 system – will it succeed?

Photo by Rob Galbraith

Soon the single lens reflex design will be obsolete. Mirrorless technology is the next evolution of the DSLR into a fully electronic camera. An electronic shutter, OLED EVF, better AF and improved video modes all come from mirrorless technology production. So with this in mind it is clear to me the folly of the Nikon 1.

Nikon have gimped their future to prop up the past.

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Why photo / video pros could migrate to consumer electronics if Canon and Nikon don’t up their game

I’ve been chewing this subject over recently with Sam Morgan Moore who is an experienced pro stills photographer turned videographer.

“What sony are doing at the moment – first with the FS100 and some appaerenly competent stills glass – is opening up an unheard of possibility…
A professional stills shooter who does not use Canon or Nikon but uses cameras made by the company that brought you the Walkman and the Playstation”

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Samyang 35mm F1.4 ‘outperforms’ Canon 35mm F1.4 L

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Above: Footage shot with the Samyang 35mm F1.4 on a Canon 550D.

Buy it now – $575

Reviews have started to come in about Samyang’s promising 35mm F1.4 lens, which is a full frame lens that can be used on the 5D Mark II, APS-C and Micro Four Thirds.

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Nikon pair Black Swan’s DP Matthew Libatique with D5100

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Nikon have just shot their D5100 TV commercial on the D5100 itself.

A few years late to this game but at least they are doing it properly. No jumpsuited gimps in this one like the GH2 commercial shot on a 5D, just Ashton Kutcher… Oh wait.

But behind the camera was one of my favourite DPs of all time – Matthew Libatique, none other than Darron Aronofsky’s Director of Photography. He’s best known for DPing Black Swan and Requiem For A Dream – both modern classics.

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Why there will be no Nikon D4

What kind of DSLR will be the successor to the Nikon D3 series? Here’s a clue, it won’t be the D4. A quick glance at other models confirms the fact. Panasonic have the LX3, and skip to the LX5. Olympus have the E-3 and E-5, but no E-4. Sony have a NEX3 and NEX5. A quick scan through all the recent camera releases at DPReview reveals a few 40’s and 4000’s but no 4’s.

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