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With the launch of the Nikon D780 today for CES 2020, Neocamera just added the one thousandth digital camera to our extensive Camera Database! This is a huge milestone that shows just how many digital cameras were produced in 15 years even when the market has been contracting. Lens have been growing a a faster rate with over 1500 lens from major optics companies.

Nikon D780

The newest digital camera to join the Nikon lineup of DSLRs is the D780. This high-end DSLR is built around a 24 megapixels Full-Frame BSI-CMOS sensor with high sensitivity, offering a Standard ISO range of 100-51200, expandable to ISO 50-204,800, which is two full-stops ahead of its predecessor, the Nikon D750 reviewed here. Although they share a nearly identical layout, with only minor shuffling for buttons on the back, the imaging pipeline of the D780 received a significant upgrade.

During normal photography, the Nikon D780 uses a dedicated 51-Point Phase-Detect AF system, just like the D750. For Live-View which extends to Video Capture, this new DSLR offers 273 on-sensor Phase-Detection points. This allows much smoother AF during video which the D780 can record at 4K Ultra-HD resolution with a frame-rate of 30 FPS. At Full HD though, this camera captures up to 120 FPS. This new addition to the sensor, makes this DSLR a much better hybrid tool for photo and video.

As anyone would expect from this level of camera, the D780 is feature-rich and acquires most functionality of the D750 and Z6 mirrorless, except for builtin image-stabilization. This DSLR can shoot full-resolution images at 7 FPS and record results to its dual SDXC memory-card slots. It offers dual control-dials and a 100% coverage OVF with 0.76X magnification in a weatherproof body. Power consumption was highly optimized and the D780 can record upwards of 2800 shots-per-charge now!

The new Nikon D780 will ship later this month for $2300 USD or $3200 CAD. Expect it to be highly popular given that is is replacing an 2014 model, so hurry and pre-order one to secure it! Both Adorama and B&H Photo are accepting pre-orders and will not charge your credit-card until the camera ships.

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Both Nikon interchangeable lens platforms are getting new lenses for CES 2020. The Z-mount used in Nikon mirrorless and F-mount used in their DSLR cameras get expanded telephoto capabilities with Full-Frame compatibility.

Nikkor Z 70-200mm F/2.8S VR

For mirrorless cameras, the new addition is the Nikkor Z 70-200mm F/2.8S VR. This workhorse lens required by nearly every action photographers provides an F/2.8 maximum aperture for short to medium telephoto reach.  For the first time in a Full-Frame Z-mount lens, Nikon includes image-stabilization, signifying that they expect this lens to also be used on their APS-C mirrorless for greater reach, given that the Z7 & Z6 Full-Frame Mirrorless cameras do not need stabilization in lenses since they both offer a state-of-the-art 5-axis image-stabilization system which is also rated to 5-stops, just like the new 70-200mm F/2.8S lens.

The new optical formulation of the Z 70-200mm F/2.8S VR allows it to offer a 0.2X maximum magnification by focusing down to 50cm at wide-angle and 1m at telephoto. This lens features a customizable control-ring and two assignable buttons on its weatherproof body.  The entire lens is designed with only internal moving parts, allowing for greater stability and more efficient focusing. This lens is expected to ship next month for $2600 USD or $3600 CAD. See the Nikkor Z 70-200mm F/2.8S VR specification page for pre-ordering options.

Nikkor AF-S 120-300mm F/2.8E FL SR VR

Nikon already has several 70-200mm lenses for their DSLRs, so this time they are introducing a longer Nikkor AF-S 120-300mm F/2.8E FL SR VR with 50% more reach. This high end lens is aimed at professional sports photographers and is particularly highly anticipated for shooting at the Olympics where distances are greater than typical sport events. Although not required when capturing fast motion, Nikon equipped their new lens with image-stabilization for when the lens gets used hand-held to capture slow moving subjects, possibly wildlife when they stay calm.

The new Nikon 120-300mm F.2.8 is built to withstand the elements with a weatherproof design with internal focusing and zooming, also optimizing balance. It offers an ultra-sonic AF motor with Quick-Shift AF and a number of switches to control focus and stabilization, plus a customizable button. Given that his lens weighs 3.2kg, one does not expect much hand-held shooting and its image-stabilization system is only effective to 4-stops. February is also the month this lens is expected to ship for $9500 USD or $13,000 CAD. Visit the Nikkor AF-S 120-300mm F/2.8E FL SR VR specification page for pre-ordering options.

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CES 2020 officially started this morning is Vegas which many overnight press releases to give attendees plenty of new technologies to get excited about! Nikon just kicked things off with 4 new digital imaging products. This post covers their latest fixed-lens camera.

Nikon Coolpix P950

The new Nikon Coolpix P950 is an upgrade to the P900 reviewed here, a highly capable prosumer camera with an extreme 83X optical zoom, covering a range equivalent to 24-2000mm on Full-Frame at a fraction of the size and cost! The newer version slots itself above its predecessor and right below the flagship Nikon Coolpix P1000 which sports an even more spectacular 125X optical zoom, although it necessarily weighs and extra 400g to do so.

Sporting a newer 16 MP 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor that now captures 4K Ultra-HD video at 30 FPS, the P950 offers a faster imaging pipeline that provides it new features, including RAW shooting, Bulb exposure up to 60 seconds and a deeper continuous shooting buffer, up to 10 frames at 7 FPS. The optics in the lens remains the same yet it features an improved image-stabilization system which is effective to 5.5-stops over hand-holding.

Other improvements from the P900 include a much higher resolution 2.4 MP EVF with 100% coverage and an Eye-Start Sensor. There is an additional control-dial on the side of the lens barrel which brings their total to 3, a rarity even among prosumer cameras, which is bound to make the P950 more efficient. This dial serves as wired focus-ring in MF mode. The top of the camera now has a standard Hot-Shoe which is also compatible with a Dot-Sight Add-On sold-separately.

The Nikon Coolpix P950 is scheduled for availability next month at $800 USD or $1100 CAD. Adorama and B&H Photo are accepting pre-orders to ship as soon as inventory comes in. Credit cards are not charged until the product ship.

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After a preview in the form of a chassis at Photo Plus Expo, the new Canon EOS 1D X Mark III was just launched at CES 2020. This new flagship DSLR looks very similar to the 1D X Mark II which precedes it, as hinted by the chassis on exhibit last fall. This is a high-end action photography DSLR that delivers significant new features previously unseen among digital cameras, showing that DSLRs still have room to grow.

Built around a 20 megapixels Full-Frame Dual-Pixel CMOS sensor with optimized Low-Pass Filter designed to improve details while style preventing moire, the Canon 1D X Mark III offers a new 191-Point Phase-Detect AF system with 155 Cross-Type points! As always, this applies to OVF shooting as DSLRs were intended to be used. In Live-View, Canon’s Dual-Pixel technology allows this DSLR to focus at 3869-Point around 90% of horizontal and 100% of vertical field-of-view coverage. New algorithms trained via machine-learning give the 1D X Mark III much better tracking capabilities.

This digital camera becomes the first to capture 10-bit images in HEIF format. These can be captured along with JPEG images or RAW files, although they provide a compromise in-between since the JPEG stores 8-bit-per-component while RAW stores 12-bits per-pixel and HEIF images take much less space than RAW files. The 1D X Mark III even offers in-camera conversion for experimenting as tooling for HEIF files is extremely limited at this time. With its fast Digic X processor, this DSLR can shoot continuous at 16 FPS with the OVF or 20 FPS in Live-View for over 1000 files, even in RAW+JPEG! This is an amazing achievement.

The 20 FPS sensor and Digic X processor together also allow the Canon 1D X Mark III to record 5.5K video at 60 FPS and in 12-bit RAW output. More conventional 4K Ultra-HD and Cinema 4K output can be down-scaled as 10-bit output at 60 FPS from there. Full 1080p HD is unsurprisingly possible at 120 FPS. All 4K video modes are recordable in All-Intra encoding to facilitate editing.

This professional DSLR sports two grips with dual control-dials on each, a huge number of customizable buttons and a innovating focus-point controls, all in a sturdy weatherproof body with dual CFExpress slots and a built-in GPS. Battery-life is rated at a spectacular 2850 shots-per-charge.

The Canon EOS 1D Mark III is scheduled to become available next month for $6500 USD. Both Adorama and B&H Photo are ready to accept pre-orders.

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CES 2020 is starting this week and the releases will be pouring in starting today, so stay tuned! Fresh of the start, Techart just announced the immediate availability of their new Canon EF to Nikon Z Autofocus Mount Adapter, the TZC-01.

The TZC-01 allows to mount any Canon EF Autofocus lens on a Nikon Z body with full support for autofocus and image-stabilization since this new adapter transmits EXIF information from the lens. The adapter itself comes with its own USB doc that allows it to get firmware update which could be necessary when Canon launches new EF-mount lenses.

There is currently an official compatibility list with 62 lenses, including 43 from Canon and popular lenses from Sigma and Tokina, plus one Zeiss and a few Tamron. This will expand options available to owners of Nikon Z mirrorless cameras. The TZC-01 can be ordered online directly on the Techart website. It will come with a warranty only when purchased directly from there.

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