The digital camera wars are heating up again with the big names finally introducing full frame mirrorless pro cameras. In the last few weeks Nikon has fired the first salvos with the announcement of their new Z series mirrorless pro shooters. These two new models will herald the beginning of a new war for supremacy in the pro camera market, no longer will Sony have this market virtually to itself.
The advancements in smartphone photography have put immense pressure on compact camera manufacturers. Some have even speculated the demise of the compact camera, but as Mart Twain once said ‘The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.’
Nikon are taking the fight back to the smartphones with their brand new COOLPIX S800c, combining Nikon’s tradition of excellent image quality with the convenience of a WiFi connected Android touch screen device.
Nikon has introduced the world to device cross-over from a different angle, building the world into a compact camera is at the very least a great product differentiation. For those with a preference for picture taking abilities the COOLPIX S800c is the pocket friendly device of choice.
and why I can never use my much loved compact camera again, damn . . ..
When an opportunity to test a camera like the D300 comes along you have to take it. When you have that chance and it happens to fall on the day of the St Kilda Festival well the odds are off the charts. All of the photo’s in this article were taken during an afternoon at the St Kilda Festival..
The D300 today was provided by CrashPICS with a Sigma 70-200 zoom lens fitted, extra battery fitted allowing faster burst modes and a 16GB memory card. The body of the D300 is heavy duty and feels really solid with its Magnesium alloy weather-sealed shell. The optional MB-D10 battery pack, big lens and the full kit loaded the camera does become a little heavy, but it’s all worth it. The camera body alone is 825grams, loaded up your close to 2kg of technology.
The D-300, 12.3-mega pixel – with a monster 23.6 x 15.8mm CCD chip – was officially replace by the D-300S in December 2009, this does also mean the D-300 can be found cheap second hand at the moment. Bargains can be found for as little a $1200 Au$. This won’t last as the numbers sold initially aren’t ever as high as cheaper cameras. The camera was set to max resolution 4288 x 2848, producing jpeg files of around 8meg a shot.