We told them but they didn’t listen! The D5100 has all the same live view problems as the D7000, one bug has even been around since the D300 and they haven’t fixed it. The D7000 meanwhile just had a firmware update, which doesn’t fix anything.
Above – the first ever Nikon SLR capable of producing digital images, in 1988
First a bit of history – on the genesis of Nikon’s digital camera division.
Above: Nikon D7000 mainboard
Nikon’s director of lab research in Japan has just conducted a very candid interview with Focus Numerique where we learn many inside facts. Now that is a good interview candidate!
There are signs that a lack new product releases are hurting Canon and Nikon’s sales.
First sign comes from Japan (thanks 1001NoisyCameras), ever a forward looking market. Here Canon and Nikon’s duopoly on DSLR sales is no longer what it once was, down to just 60% of the market – roughly 32% to Canon and 28% to Nikon.
We’ve know for a while Nikon have been developing a mirrorless camera. They’ve filed numerous patents for mirrorless technologies, new lenses and a new mount. Now a good source of Mirrorlessrumors.com (run by the guy behind 43rumors.com) says such a camera will use a Sony 24MP CMOS and be released in April and have given the rumour their highest ranking.
Nikon have seen huge demand recently for their first 1080p DSLR, the D7000. In an interview with Imaging-Resource at CES, Nikon vice president David Lee says that he… “really believes a very important feature, and that when we came this past year with the full 1080p, those models have really taken off”.
ABOVE: Lumix GH2 team members at Panasonic
With the 5D Mark 3 expected to have 30+ Megapixels, we are seeing video DSLRs severely compromised by densely packed sensors with poor light gathering abilities. Even camera phones are racing upward with 14Mp on a tiny sensor producing terrible results.
Camera companies get it wrong sometimes. Here EOSHD, with tongue in cheek, tries to help them with 20 suggestions.