Friday, October 28, 2011

2011 PDN Photo Expo Exclusive: The New Nikon 1 Digital Camera, The Nikon CoolPix P7100 and More!

H and B Digital visited the Nikon Booth at this years PDN photo expo to find plenty of information on their latest products, digital camera testing, lens testing and a first time look at their new Nikon 1 digital point-and-shoot camera. 

We shot some footage of Nikon's booth and exhibit with the new Fujifilm JX420 digital camera yesterday afternoon.

Hands-on exhibits allowed consumers to see and feel what their favorite lenses can do

Aspiring event, wedding photographers and even sports photographers are taking notice to Nikons new AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. This compact lens offers an extremely versatile focal range, allowing you to shoot everything from close-up portraits to wide-angle scene setters all while maintaining a constant f/4 aperture. Additionally, the lens's VR (vibration reduction) II technology steadies shaky shots and HD videos no matter what focal length you're at. Another topline feature includes it's Nano Crystal Coat to reduce ghosting and flare and ED (Extra-low dispersion) elements to lower chromatic abberrations. Three aspherical lens elements cut down on coma and other aberrations even when you're shooting wide. This lens's IF (Internal Focus) is silent, fast and doesn't change the length of the lens, while Nikon's SWM (Silent Wave Motor) ensures quick, stealthy and accurate autofocus. 

New Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm F/4G ED VR Lens

Nikon also showcased their popular Nikon Coolpix point-and-shoot models. Last years model, the Nikon Coolpix P7000  has gotten some popular attention from customers looking for a compact camera with the power of a professional model. 

The Nikon CoolPix P7000 is an attractive, all-black 10.1 megapixel pocket-worthy shooter that boasts a 7.1x lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8, giving you the goods to capture sharp photos in a range of shooting conditions. And because the P7000's 1/1.7-inch CCD image sensor is bigger than what's found in most compact cameras, the individuals pixels on the 10.1MP chip are slightly larger in size, so they can absorb more light. Along with offering a lens equivalent to a 28-200mm in a 35mm camera, the P7000 adds ED glass elements to cut down on chromatic aberrations. 
 Nikon P7000 powerful compact digital camera

Additionally, while most compacts are delicate, the P7000 is one tough camera, with a solid polycarbonate body and a small rubberized handgrip. Digital SLR users will appreciate the abundance of external controls, including access to full manual, aperture-priority and shutter-priority modes on the mode dial. Best of all is the EV dial on the camera's top right, which allows you to quickly change exposure with your thumb.The Quick Manual Dial at the top left is also helpful for adjusting some of the most used settings, such as ISO, bracketing and white balance.

Offering access to full manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority modes and Quick Menu Dial
Bright 3.0" 920,000-dot LCD to review your shots
More importantly, however, is the new and updated version of the P7000 model - The new Nikon CoolPix P7100. With a handful of upgrades, mostly internal, this model has improved performance including faster and more accurate autofocus and an overall increase in operational speed. There is a Low Noise Night Mode that pushes ISO to 12,800, Virtual Horizon Indicator, Zoom Memory, Cross Processing, Optical Zoom Effect and it's bright 3.0", 921,000-dot LCD screen is tiltable for easier overhead and low angle shooting.
New Nikon CoolPix P7100

New features includes the tiltable 3.0" LCD for easier overhead and low angle shooting
The biggest highlight of the Nikon booth this year was viewing and testing their brand new Nikon 1 digital point-and-shoot series cameras - the Nikon J1 and the Nikon V1. Showcased behind a glass case for observers to take notice, the Nikon J1 digital cameras comes in a wide variety of colors to suit any preference, some even including attractive and colorful cases to match.

The new Nikon J1 comes in a wide variety of colors to suit any preference

Fortunately, a few of the Nikon 1 series models were displayed around a cleverly orchestrated mini fashion show where customers could test it out for themselves.

Once I tested it for myself, I was impressed by its responsive auto focus and super fast shooting speed which made the pictures I captured appear crisp, clear and highly detailed. The camera was easy to hold, fitting in the palm of my hand and was lightweight but not too light where it felt cheap, a good size overall. Obviously, I could not bring back the photos taken with the Nikon J1 but the above photos can give you an idea of how the cameras were creatively showcased at the event.

The Nikon V1 is the more advanced camera out of the two, while its little brother, the Nikon J1, is aimed at beginners looking for a step-up in image quality. Both cameras have similar specifications, so we've taken a look at the differences between the two.

One of the key differences between the two cameras is the size. The Nikon J1 is a smaller offering, doing away with the electronic viewfinder which adds extra bulk to the J1.It does however feature an inbuilt flash, something which you will need to purchase as an extra if you go for the V1.The J1 also uses a smaller battery than the V1 to reduce the size even further.

The internal specifications of the V1 and J1 specifications are very similar, but you do get a little more bang for your buck with the J1. Not only will you get the electronic viewfinder, but you'll also find a higher resolution LCD screen (460k dot screen vs 921k dot).Both cameras use the new 10-megapixel CX format CMOS sensor, the Nikon 1 mount and are compatible with SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card formats.
Thanks to its smaller size, the Nikon J1 battery life is approximately 230 pictures for still images, compared to the V1's 400.The V1 also incorporates both a mechanical shutter and an electronic shutter, which means it should provide more accurate exposures.

Photo taken of H and B Digital at the 2011 PDN Photo Expo with the Fujifilm Instax Instant Photo camera

The Nikon booth was definitely a treat for professionals and photography enthusiasts alike. I'm looking forward to seeing what exciting new products they will release and the interesting way they will showcase them next year!

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