Rollei Introduces New Professional Tripod Range

Rollei has launched a new range of three tripods and monopods for professional photographers.

The iFootage range, which includes the Wild Cat Stabilizer, the Mini Crane M1 and the Mogopod 1, hopes to solve common problems for the professional photographer or budding enthusiast.

The Wild Cat Stabiliser helps to stabilize any video shot, the camera is guided using a non-slip carbon fibre handle that rotates smoothly in all directions. As a result, the DSLR quite simply remains horizontal – whatever the movement. This is because even jerky movements are not transferred to the camera. The handle can be extended with matching accessories. The rubber foam makes it softer and more flexible – it also provides noise insulation and thermal insulation.

The Rollei Mini Crane M1 is compact, light and easy to set up. The Rollei Mini Crane M1 has a large working radius, can be adjusted quickly and has multiple practical functions. The side panels have eight ¼-20 drill holes to which video lights, supporting booms, monitors or other accessories can be attached. The screw connection has a 4 inch extension and two 3/8 inch extensions to connect all tripods and ball heads.

The Rollei Mogopod 1 is a multifunctional accessory for cameras and video cameras, designed for photography hobbyists and professionals. It is both multi functional and easily transportable. Possessing a unique rotation system for rapid height adjustment, it can be used as monopod, flash holder or microphone stand. Thanks to its smooth retraction and extension, it can also be used as camera boom. The special ball head prevents unintended horizontal rotation.

Pricing is yet to be announced. For more information, take a look at the Rollei website.

DxO Perspective For Mac OS X

DxO labs has announced the availability of DxO Perspective for Mac OS X, its exclusive application designed to correct perspective and horizon problems.

Thanks to its system of applying anchor points directly on images, DxO Perspective offers a simple and innovative solution that puts its powerful geometric corrections into the hands of all photographers, even beginners. Indispensable for architectural and landscape photography!

In architectural or urban photography, depending on the position of the photographer with respect to the scene, buildingsÂ’ vertical and horizontal lines can lose their parallelism. With DxO Perspective, making buildings plumb again has never been easier: users simply place the anchor points directly on the image along the lines they want to correct, and unnatural façades instantly return to their original appearance.

DxO Perspective corrects all kinds of perspective problems, even the most complex. Using its Rectangle tool, when a photo contains two perspective flaws, DxO Perspective’s Rectangle tool immediately reestablishes a full-frontal view of the object — essential when shooting a photo of a poster or painting! In 8-point correction mode, DxO Perspective handles even more complex perspectives: the independent placing of horizontal and vertical guidelines provides highly precise corrections on multiple planes.

With just one line, DxO Perspective also restores balance and authenticity to landscape photos by perfectly straightening a slanted horizon.

DxO Perspective for Mac OS X is immediately and exclusively available in the Mac App Store. The software is free until November 3, 2013, and will be priced at £13.99 thereafter.

Olympus Stylus 1 Compact Launched

Olympus has announced the launch of a new premium compact camera styled on the OM-D range.

The Stylus 1 features a DSLR look and feel, and a slim, full range constant aperture i.ZUIKO Digital lens which produces excellent image quality and brightness. It also features the same electronic viewfinder featured on the OM-D E-M5.

Olympus say the camera combines a larger high quality sensor with a versatile zoom and full manual control yet remains truly pocketable. It features a 10.7x optical zoom, as well as an f/2.8 aperture.

Olympus Stylus 1 Key Features:

  • 12 megapixel BSI 1/1.7inch CMOS sensor
  • i.Zuiko Digital 10.7x optical zoom lens
  • 28-300mm equivalent, f/2.8, ZERO coating
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • 3inch tilting touch screen, 1040k dots
  • Electronic Viewfinder (EVF), 1.44million dots
  • Dual-axis electronic level
  • Fn1, Fn2 function buttons
  • P,A,S,M shooting modes
  • Analogue / Digital Hybrid Control Ring
  • Wi-Fi and remote operation
  • 11 Art Filters and 5 different frame / art effects
  • 1080p Full HD Movie with sound and high-speed movie recording (120fps/240fps)
  • ISO 100- 12800
  • 7fps continuous shooting, 200 shots

The Stylus 1 will be priced at £549.99, and will be available in classic black from late November 2013.
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From Olympus: 
Ambitious photographers demand excellent picture quality. One look at the STYLUS 1 spec sheet and you know you’ve found it. Despite a casing depth of just 52mm, it has a brand new 28-300mm* high-power i.ZUIKO DIGTAL lens that offers a constant 1:2.8 aperture from wide to telephoto shots, with a 10.7x optical zoom. Olympus designed this lens to work seamlessly with its large-format BSI CMOS sensor, as well as the TruePic VI image processor that is already familiar to users of its high-end OM-D E-M5 system camera.

Other tried-and-tested OM-D features include the rock-solid handling and grip that comes from the D-SLR-style casing and layout. For accurate and professional framing, there is the large, 1.44 million dot electronic viewfinder, Fast AF for near-instant, precision focusing via touch screen and built-in WiFi for real-time smartphone access – likewise all OM-D-proven.

The STYLUS 1 has superb dynamic range and low-light capability, plus the same Hybrid Control Ring for manual or digital control of key settings that has proved so successful on the Olympus XZ series.

New leader, new lens
Compact users shouldn’t have to compromise on the single most crucial component of any camera – the lens. So for the STYLUS 1, Olympus developed a remarkable piece of optical engineering. The ultra-slim, ‘fullrange’, constant-aperture 1:2.8 10.7x (28-300mm*) high-power i.ZUIKO DIGITAL lens has the versatility and quality for everything from wide to telephoto shots. The large-diameter lens features a powerful, built-in VCM image stabilization mechanism that virtually eliminates camera shake and blur.

Unlike lesser rivals, deliberate defocusing generates bokeh approaching D-SLR standards and the lens’ brightness enables high-shutter speeds even in dark scenes. Another significant advantage of the lens is only apparent when it’s not in use – it retracts fully into the camera body (behind an automatic lens cap), so the STYLUS 1 fits easily into a coat pocket. Bulkier cameras can’t match that.
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What you see is what you get
What the lens is to image quality, the viewfinder is to ease of use. Unlike most compact cameras, for eye-on-camera shooting the STYLUS 1 has an electronic viewfinder. It’s the same very large, fast-response,high-definition model as the O-MD E-M5, that puts the EVF on many entry-level D-SLR style cameras to shame. 1.44 million dots, a level gauge and shadow highlighting make shot and pre-shot setting selection a joy.

With VCM image stabilization mechanism readings visible in the viewfinder, it’s a lot easier to shoot sharp at long focal lengths. Automatic backlight control ensures accurate reproduction of dark and bright parts of the scene and there is no noticeable time lag. The STYLUS 1 automatically detects your eye behind the viewfinder and shuts off Live View on the tilting LCD.

Compact dimensions, D-SLR style
The STYLUS 1 measures just 116mm x 87mm x 56.5mm, which is less than half as deep as several bulkier rivals. Despite its diminutive dimensions, it looks every inch a professional camera. The front grip makes the classic black design easier to hold steady, leaving you free to focus on creative expression. The intelligent layout of the controls also makes the camera easier to operate. For example, you can operate the Hybrid Control Ring and zoom lever with your left hand and concentrate on the shutter release with your right. A lack of clutter and attention to design details such as button size, shape and surface texture is an inspiration to anyone who aspires to pro-standard creativity.

Control is king
The STYLUS 1 offers the ideal blend of effective, hands-on controls and intuitive, high-tech aids like finger-triggered Fast AF and Touch AF Shutter via the LCD. The customizable analogue / digital Hybrid Control Ring on the front lets you assign the parameters you adjust most frequently (e.g., aperture, shutter speed, exposure time and program shift) to the ring or subdial on the top of the camera. This way you can adjust them manually without taking your eye off your subject – in the style of a pro. In analogue mode, the ring turns smoothly for zooming and focusing. In digital mode, you can assign functions to a single menu and click through it with the Fn2 button.

Camera loves smartphone
Built-in WiFi combined with OI.Share software makes your camera one with your smartphone, which becomes a portal for image sharing. Pairing is quick and easy: one touch of the WiFi field on your camera display reveals a QR code, which you scan with your smartphone before opening the app. You then effectively mirror the LCD on your phone – to focus and release the shutter remotely via WiFi (in P, A, S, M modes) directly on the phone’s touch screen.

Accessories: 

  • Eye cup for electronic viewfinder – The EP-11 eye cup cuts out peripheral light for improved visibility in bright conditions.
  • Full-body jacket – This smart jacket protects your camera against damage and comes with a tailored cover.
  • 1.7x teleconverter lens – Extend the focal length of your camera to 510mm with this high-grade lens via the CLA-13 converter adapter, and retain the outstanding brightness of a constant 1:2.8 aperture. Ideal for shooting distant subjects and animals unobserved.

For more information, take a look at the Olympus website.

Nissin Di600 Flash Gun

A successor to the Di622 Mark II flash gun has been announced.

The Nissin Di600 is a high powered flash unit that uses AA batteries and has a recycling time of 5 seconds.

The Slave facility synchronises to pre-flash systems, traditional single flash and to wireless remote flash systems, plus the Flash Power Control System for different camera brands include: Canon E-TTL / E-TTL 11, Nikon i-TTL and Sony ADl / P-TTL.

Focal Length and auto zoom range is from 24 to 105mm, with an output of GN44 (m) ISO 100 at 105mm. It features a bounce/swivel head design that swivels 90 degrees to the left, 180 degrees right and 90 degrees up, for bouncing the light off the ceiling. A 16mm wide-angle diffuser is built in together with a fill-in reflector.

The new gun is available now in Canon and Nikon fit with an SRP of £145.50. The Sony fit will be available from November.

Visit the Kenro website for more information.

DxO Optics Pro 9

DxO Labs has announced the availability of DxO Optics Pro 9 image processing software.

DxO Optics Pro 9 introduces PRIME, a revolutionary noise reduction technology which produces detailed and vividly-colored images even under the most extreme shooting conditions.

Based on DxO Labs’ exclusive approach of prior calibration of equipment in its laboratories, DxO Optics Pro integrates many powerful tools for automatically processing RAW and JPEG images: precise optical and geometric corrections, intelligent optimization of exposure and contrast, preservation of colors and details. Its numerous presets can be adapted to photographers’ personal tastes and will help them bring out the best in their photos in just a few clicks.

Thanks to PRIME (Probabilistic Raw IMage Enhancement) denoising technology, which analyzes the structure of RAW images in depth in order to differentiate between noise and fine details, DxO Optics Pro 9 offers a gain in image quality of up to one full stop over the best noise reduction algorithms currently on the market.

The exclusive DxO Smart Lighting feature optimizes the overall contrast of an image by intelligently adapting to its contents. This tool has been further improved in DxO Optics Pro 9, which now offers even more powerful highlight management: details that once were thought lost are revealed, even when the information is missing in the original RAW data, and colorimetric errors are minimized.

DxO Optics Pro 9’s library of presets has been completely redesigned. Portrait, Landscape, Black & White, Single-shot HDR: the new DxO presets respond to different use cases that photographers frequently encounter, and are supplemented by “Atmospheres,” a new set of creative renderings.

A new visual presets window makes it easier for users choose which preset to apply to their images by letting them preview thumbnails of the rendering effects prior to application.

The DxO Optics Pro interface has undergone another evolution, with a new workspace that highlights essential correction tools, optimizes vertical space, and reorganizes toolbars and palettes in an even more logical fashion. Further, it is now possible to access context-sensitive help directly in the correction palettes.

The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro 9 for Mac and Windows are now available in the DxO Labs online store and at photo resellers at a special discount until 20 November, 2013.

DxO Optics Pro 9 Standard Edition will be £79 instead of £119, and DxO Optics Pro 9 Elite Edition will be £159 instead of £239. Photographers who acquired a DxO Optics Pro 8 license on or after 1 September 2013, are entitled to a free upgrade to version 9.

For more information, take a look at the DxO Labs website.

EOS-1D X Firmware Update Announced

Canon has announced that it will be releasing new firmware for the Canon EOS-1D X in January 2014.

The firmware will include the following improvements and corrections:

  • Auto focusing performance under low-light conditions has been enhanced when performing focusing before shooting in AI Servo AF mode. The enhancement comes from the improvement in tracking capability for the first image in the low-light conditions.
  • The number of release parameters settings for the ‘AI Servo AF 2nd image priority’ AF function will be increased to enable improved AF tracking in low light or maintain consistent high frames rates during continuous shooting.
  • The number of parameters for acceleration/deceleration tracking in the AF Configuration Tool will be increased.
  • Exposure compensation can be performed when using manual exposure and ISO Auto.
  • The minimum shutter speed limit for ISO Auto will be  increased with shutter speeds up to 1/8000.
  • A new function to keep the exposure constant by altering the ISO or shutter speed in manual exposure, when the aperture value changes when zooming or changing lenses will be added.
  • A new option will be added to orientation linked AF point to enable only the AF point to switch as you change orientation rather than both AF point/ AF area settings
  • A new option to continue to use the previously manually selected AF point as the initial starting AF point when switching to 61-point automatic selection will be added.
  • New customization of the Exposure metering  and AF controls will be added for more flexibility.
  • The number of possibilities for controls to switch between one-shot AF and AI Servo AF using custom controls has increased.
  • A function will be added to allow the playback and review of protected images only.

The update will be for cameras running firmware version 1.2.4 and earlier.

The firmware is set to be released in January 2014. For more information, take a look at the Canon Support page.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens Announced

Nikon has announced the new AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G, which is designed to give beautiful bokeh characteristics, sharp images even wide open, and excellent performance in difficult lighting conditions. The lens features 9 elements in 6 groups, 9 rounded diaphragm blades, 2 aspherical elements, a nano crystal coating, and weighs 385g. The lens is due to be available from the 31st of October 2013, with a RRP of £1599.

From Nikon: London, UK, 17th October 2013 – Nikon today announces the new AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G, an extraordinary FX-format prime lens that pushes the limits of image quality.

Meticulously crafted to deliver exceptional imaging performance, this fast new prime lens is in a class of its own.

The design concept pays homage to Nikon’s legendary Noct-NIKKOR lens, while the brand new optical construction enables astounding sharpness, contrast, and resolution. With outstanding resolving capability, exquisite bokeh, and unbeatable performance when shooting wide-open, this is a distinctive lens for those pursuing the holy grail of low-light photography or who want a lens with a truly unique signature.

Hiro Sebata, Product Manager, Lenses, Accessories & Software, Nikon UK, says: “Despite Nikon’s constant improvements to the optical and mechanical performance of NIKKOR lenses, its only once in a while that a lens like the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G comes along. Its qualities and characteristics transcend standard measurement conventions and can really only be appreciated when viewing the final image. Few lenses go down in history as “classic,” and this is poised to be one of them.”

A modern legend

The AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G brings the advantages of Nikon’s renowned Noct-NIKKOR to today’s high-resolution photography. Thanks to concerted efforts in developing the lens, Nikon’s designers were able to significantly increase sharpness, contrast, and resolution, in addition to greatly reducing coma flare and enabling exquisitely smooth bokeh. The result is a unique lens that offers exceptional aesthetic control, enabling photographers to explore a broad range of creative expression and create images that stand apart from the rest.

Drawing with light

Designed to meet the demands of discerning photographers, the exceptional resolving capability of the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G enables every component of a scene to be faithfully reproduced in exquisite high-resolution. Subjects are sharply rendered when shooting at the widest aperture of f/1.4, and high-contrast images of even distant subjects and low-light scenes can be obtained without needing to stop down the aperture. Sagittal coma flare is effectively minimised across the entire frame with the result that point light sources such as city lights are reproduced as fine rounded points, even at the periphery of the image, enabling unparalleled nightscapes. Despite being a large aperture lens, peripheral light falloff is effectively controlled to retain brightness across the entire frame when shooting at maximum aperture, even with focus set to infinity.

Exquisite bokeh

Thanks to its unique optical design, the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G delivers images with exquisite bokeh and an additional sense of depth. Because the intensity of image blur transitions smoothly as the distance from the sharply focused point increases, bokeh appears with no rough edges. In addition, the fine gradation of bokeh from the focus point to the background enables an incredible sense of natural depth. By measuring the degree of resolution and bokeh across individual planes of the image (between foreground, focus plane, and background), Nikon’s designers achieved the perfect balance of resolution and lens aberrations, resulting in a ‘three dimensional’ look that cannot be measured with MTF curves. The benefits extend to movies, too: When pulling focus, bokeh transitions incredibly smoothly, providing a unique advantage when it comes to filming atmospheric scenes.

Renowned NIKKOR quality

Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat provides outstandingly high anti-reflection effects throughout the visible light range, effectively reducing ghost and flare, and increasing the clarity and contrast of images. A three-element cemented lens technique ensures both optical clarity and reflection reduction, and the front lens element is located deep in the lens barrel to ensure that flare and ghost are effectively reduced even in backlit situations. Autofocus is smooth, quiet, and swift, thanks to Nikon’s SWM (Silent Wave Motor), and build-quality is solid.

This lens comes with dedicated lens hood and soft lens pouch included.

Manfrotto Announce New Ambassador Line-Up

Seven new ambassadors have joined Manfrotto’s educational platform, specialising in a range of photography genres including food, videography, music, sport and commercial.

Adam Duckworth’s work varies from portrait to commercial work but he is known best for his magazine editorial photography. He is a winner of the SWPP Commercial Photographer of the Year and has also won a national Canon-sponsored photographic award, exhibiting his winning entry in the V&A Museum in London.

Adam Plowden is a videographer and motion graphics artist from Surrey. He studied Television and Video Technology BSc, after realising his creative passion for media. Adam takes his camera wherever he goes. He believes that ‘a great photo or video can happen anywhere at any time – you just have to add your creative touch to bring out your interpretation of the image’.

After 15 successful years in the music industry, Eddie MacDonald’s growing love and fascination with imagery inspired him to enrol in Nescott Art College and retrain as a photographer. During that time, he assisted many talented photographers. He considered himself fortunate to be at the birth of the digital photography era and was an early adapter.

James Cannon is a North London based photographer with a passion for photographing people, sport, commercial and reportage assignments. He works with sport brands, agencies and creative houses on various creative editorial and commercial briefs. His style ranges from documentary to styled portraits on location or in the studio.

John McMurtrie is a leading music photographer and official photographer for Iron Maiden. After graduating from art school, he worked for Nikon UK before becoming a full time music photographer in 1999. His clients include most major record labels, including Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Rolling Stone, Q and many other publications.

Karen Thomas is a food and still life photographer and studied photography at Nottingham Trent University. In 1995 she moved to London and spent around four years assisting photographers before breaking out on her own. Karen has been shooting for fourteen years, from editorial to advertising; she has worked with some of the biggest names in the food industry.

Bjorn Thomassen is an accomplished photographer, leading trainer and photographic judge. He has won a multitude of prestigious awards and holds a Fellowship in Illustrative Photography as well as a QEP through the Federation of European Professional Photographers. Bjorn’s work has been showcased quite extensively in numerous publications, journals and books.

To read more about all of the new ambassadors, take a look at the Manfrotto Ambassadors page.

Zeiss Otus Apo Distagon 55mm f/1.4 T* Lens Announced

Zeiss has announced the launch of a new Zeiss Otus lens.

The Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon lens is a fast prime lens for Canon or Nikon DSLRs and can also be used on Leica M Typ 240 and mirrorless cameras with an adapter.

The Distagon T* f/1.4 55mm is the first in a line of new high-end SLR lenses from Zeiss. Zeiss say the most important aim in developing this lens was to achieve ‘no compromises image quality’.

The lens only has manual focusing, and Zeiss claim this will allow the user to take full advantage of it’s fantastic imaging performance.

Zeiss say the lens can achieve a medium format look, and that chromatic abberation is so low that practically no colour fringing occurs.

Dr Aurelian Didoc, Zeiss principal scientist stated on the Zeiss blog: “With this new family of lenses we want to offer photographers an artistic tool with which they can create perfect pictures. The optics should not pose any limits on the quality of the image. A photographer’s creativity should be the defining factor. We want to challenge photographers to create the perfect picture by providing the perfect optics.”

For more information on the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 T* Distagon lens, take a look at the Zeiss website. You can take a look at some sample photos taken with the lens here.

Nikon D610 FX Format DSLR

Nikon has announced a new FX format DSLR, the Nikon D610, and update to the Nikon D600, it features quicker continuous shooting at 6fps, and a new quiet shutter mode. The Nikon D610 will be available from 18th October 2013, priced at £1799 body only or £2299 with 24-85mm kit lens.

From Nikon: An exciting option for those who are ready to take the next step in their photographic journey, this 24.3-megapixel D-SLR allows keen photographers to develop their skills and define their style whilst enjoying the superiour image quality that comes with the FX-format sensor.

Full frame, full detail, full freedom: The 24.3-megapixel FX-format image sensor captures every detail with lifelike sharpness, and continuous shooting speeds have increased to 6 frames-per-second (as compared to the camera’s predecessor, the Nikon D600). Nikon’s new Quiet Release burst mode allows you to shoot in near-silence at 3 fps, and a robust, lightweight build allows photographers to explore the advantages of full-frame in any environment. Combined with the optical prowess of NIKKOR lenses, the Nikon D610 is a superb option to explore new realms of creativity.

Hiro Sebata, Product Manager for Professional Products, Nikon UK, said: “We’re excited about the creative possibilities this camera has to offer thanks to its fast, powerful processing and impressive feature set that includes ‘quiet shooting’ for when you need it most. Plus, its solid yet lightweight design and stunning image quality makes this camera a serious choice for photographers looking to step into full-frame photography.”

For those ready to take their photography to the next level, the D610’s 24.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor will open up new worlds of photographic depth and detail. From true wide-angle to super telephoto, the sensor captures every element with lifelike sharpness at up to 6 fps. Offering outstanding levels of detail and tonal range, plus superb low-light capability, the Nikon D610 captures images that are sharp, and video quality is impressive even at higher ISO settings. The ISO range goes from 100–6400, and is extendable up to 25,600 (equivalent) or down to 50 (equivalent) for maximum flexibility in all lighting conditions, whether shooting still images or video.

Faster than its predecessor, the Nikon D610 shoots up to 6 frames-per-second (6 fps) in both FX and DX formats, making it easier than ever to capture fast-moving subjects. For situations when silence is key, Nikon’s new Quiet Release burst mode reduces the sound of the camera’s mirror return mechanism, so it’s easier to capture elusive subjects, such as wildlife, at up to 3 fps.

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Nikon D610 Key Features:

Highly sensitive autofocus system: The Nikon D610’s Multi-CAM 4800 39-point AF system boasts AF sensitivity inherited from Nikon’s flagship D4, enabling superior subject acquisition in any light. Compatible with lenses up to f/8 combined open aperture, and sensitive down to -2 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F), the AF system achieves sharp shots even under moonlight. Coverage is individually selectable or configurable 9-, 21-, and 39-point settings, and AF modes such as dynamic-area AF and 3D-tracking maintain focus on even the smallest subjects, however unpredictable their movements may be. Simplified selection of AF modes such as AF-A, AF-S, and AF-C is possible without taking your eye away from the viewfinder.

Advanced Scene Recognition with 2,016-pixel RGB sensor: The Nikon D610’s Advanced Scene Recognition system incorporates Nikon’s renowned 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor that meticulously analyses each scene for outstanding accuracy. It can detect human faces with startling exactness through the optical viewfinder, and recognise a scene’s colours and brightness with unprecedented precision. This level of detailed scene analysis is also utilised to support more accurate autofocus; auto exposure and i-TTL flash exposure results in a diverse range of compositional and lighting situations.

EXPEED 3 image processing: Equipped with the same image-processing engine as Nikon’s flagship D4, the Nikon D610 makes light work of data-rich tasks without sacrificing speed and quality. The 16-bit image processing offers richer colours and tones than ever before, delivering smooth gradations with abundant detail and tone all the way up the scale to pure white, even when shooting in JPEG.

Full-frame D-Movies: Broadcast quality video – Designed to ensure large-format movie shooting at its best, the Nikon D610 features the same multi-area Full HD D-Movie as found in Nikon’s acclaimed D800. Since the camera offers a wide variety of movie applications, a comprehensive variety of frame rates, and convenient custom controls—which enable full control over live view operation when filming—photographers can move from inspiring stills to broadcast quality video with ease.

Frame rates: Full HD (1080p) movies can be recorded in 30p, 25p, and 24p, with 60p, 50p, and 25p options at 720p. Full HD movie clips can be up to approximately 29 minutes 59 seconds long.

Multi-area mode: Full HD (1080p) recording is possible in both FX and DX formats, enabling exceptional freedom of expression.

High-fidelity audio control: With the Nikon D610, movies sound as good as they look. A microphone jack allows use of an external stereo microphone for crisp sound recording, and there is an audio out for external headphones.

Uncompressed HDMI output: The Nikon D610 offers the possibility to transmit an uncompressed live video stream at 1080p to external recorders, and output will automatically drop to 1080i if an external monitor is detected. The uncompressed data is output at the designated image size and frame rate, and is clean of the information overlay that can be simultaneously displayed on the camera’s TFT monitor.
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In-camera creative tools – A range of creative and practical in-camera tools enable photographers to make the most of every shooting opportunity and take full advantage of the creative freedom that full-frame FX-format photography affords. They include:

Time-lapse shooting: Create time-lapse photography through simple menu operations, with no need for elaborate calculations and editing. Easily save images as movie files and view slow action in fast playback, with playback rates from 24 to 36,000 times faster than normal.  Use interval timer shooting to trigger the shutter at preset intervals.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode: shoots one overexposed and one underexposed frame in a single shutter release. The range can be widened by up to ±3 EV for different looks, full of saturation and tonal gradation, while the smoothness of the edg­e where the two exposures meet can be adjusted for a more natural appearance.

Picture Controls: Customise the look of your stills and videos by fine-tuning parameters such as sharpness, saturation, and hue. This feature can be directly accessed via a dedicated button.

Scene modes: 19 scene modes optimise settings such as shutter speed, ISO, and aperture for superior results every time. An ideal way to quickly capture perfect shots.

In-camera editing: Menus include an array of useful features, encompassing options to correct red-eye and colour balance, as well as D-Lighting, RAW processing, and resize options. Filter effects include Skylight, Cross screen, Miniature, Colour outline, Colour sketch, and Selective colour. Quick retouch options include distortion control, perspective control, straighten, and fisheye. There is also an movie editing feature that enables the start and end point of movie clips to be designated in order to save them more efficiently.

Built to withstand severe conditions, the lightweight Nikon D610 boasts the same robust build and responsive handling as its predecessor. Durable magnesium alloy is used for the camera’s top and rear frames, and the camera is weather-sealed to the same degree as Nikon’s professional D800 SLR, ensuring enhanced resistance to moisture and dust. The camera’s fast response, reliable operation, and conveniently placed buttons and controls enable smooth, comfortable handling and the flexibility to respond quickly to even unexpected shooting opportunities.

For more information, take a look at the Nikon website.