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Nikon D4 and D800 Price Increase in UK Due to System Error

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There’s no mistake that the Nikon D4 and D800 got quite a warm reception upon launch with pre-orders coming in quickly. However, the latest turn of events has left the UK market frowning as prices of both cameras went up by £500 and £200 respectively, bringing the D4’s price up to £5289 and the D800’s price to £2599.

The price increase, which does not affect customers who placed their orders before March 24, is a “genuine mistake” on the part of Nikon. In a statement released by Nikon’s UK marketing manager, Jeremy Gilbert, to Techradar he said that it is a result of a system error that they caught before they started shipping out the product. He further emphasised that what’s important is that they will be “honouring the pricing” of those who have already placed their order before the mistake was rectified.

Despite the price increase, Gilbert also says that Nikon expects the two cameras to keep on selling really well. “The price shouldn’t detract from how good a product we have, and I don’t think it’s necessarily going to affect the long term future of the product, it’s still a good product.”

As for customers who ordered the D4 and D800 through international channels, there shouldn’t be a problem at all since the pricing mistake is limited to the UK. This means that it will actually be cheaper to get the cameras in the US and in Ireland, even with shipping factored in.

Image via NikonRumors

Nikon D4: Unsurprisingly Impressive

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Nikon’s latest DSLR, the Nikon D4, has arrived as promised, having its release officially announced by Nikon several days ago. Though shown off to the public in this year’s CES at Les Vegas, the D4 won’t be out in the market till next month.

So just how awesome is the Nikon D4?

Without even looking at its specs and reading up on (or watching) the hands-on reviews, you can definitely expect this camera to have all the features you can possibly want and more. After all, that’s the least you can expect with it replacing the D3S.

The Nikon D4 sports new technology and new features like the Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor (36.0 x 23.9 mm) with 16.2 effective megapixels, an ISO range of 100 to 12800 at normal setting (expandable to ISO 50 equivalent or ISO 204800 equivalent), and Advanced Scene Recognition System that significantly improves face detection and performance of 3D-tracking, and the ability to record 1,920 x 1,080/30p Full HD and HD movies in three formats (FX-, DX-based and 1,920 x 1,080 crop movie format). It also makes use of an improved version of the high-speed, multifunctional, high-performance image-processing engine EXPEED 3, which makes for instantaneous shutter speed and really fast auto-focus. You can say that any shot you miss can’t be blamed on this camera, but on your slow reflexes.

When it comes to camera operation. Those who have been using a D3S will feel right at home, although it is a tad bit bulkier and heavier.

All-in-all, it has been getting rave reviews, which is to be expected.

If you want to upgrade to the Nikon D4 this February though, you will need to shell out a whopping £4799.99.


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Nikon’s Latest DSLR Camera Arriving in January 2012

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Canon may have been two months ahead of Nikon in announcing the latest camera in their DSLR line, but that does not mean that Nikon will be late in releasing its own new DSLR camera. In fact, NikonRumors has reported that Nikon’s latest DSLR, the D4, will probably be released in the market in January of next year, about 2 months earlier than the Canon EOS-1DX.

Though there are no unofficial photos of the D4 floating around yet, what is known is that it will be very similar to its predecessor, the D3, with very little (if any) “major changes in design”.

Some of the specs and features we can expect of the D4 include image capture resolutions of up to 16.2 mega-pixel, shutter speeds of up to 11 frames per second, similar video quality to the Nikon D800, uncompressed video out via the HDMI port, improved 51 auto-focus points, face recognition function, and an integrated Ethernet in the camera.

As for the name, Techradar’s Amy Davies hypothesizes that it might not be called the D4 since the number 4 is considered to be an unlucky number in Japan.

There is also still no word as to the pricing, but we can expect it to be around the same launch price as the D3, which is around £3500.

Nikon Launches New Flagship Speedlight with the SB-910

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Oh shoot! The perfect expression for when the flash doesn’t go off during a picture perfect moment.

Well no need to worry about any of that happening again with Nikon’s new flashgun – the SB910. The SB910, which replaces predecessor SB900 as the flagship flashgun in Nikon’s high-end Speedlight range comes not only with a notable increase in performance, but also a better battery life.

The SB-910 speedlight highlights include its new and simplified menu navigation, advanced protection from overheating with its thermal cut-out function, and an enhanced zoom range of 17-200mm. The simplified menu navigation refers not just to a better user interface on the LCD screen, but also to its illuminated function buttons and its dedicated Menu button. Its thermal cut-out function, on the other hand, is complemented with more durable and heat-resistant colour compensation filters for fluorescent and incandescent colour temperature balance.

Other notable features of the SB-920 speedlight include FX/DX format identification, 3 light distribution patterns (center-weighted, even, and standard), automatic filter detection, multi-step auto zoom and auto-focus assist illumination, bounce capability, and support for Nikon’s advanced wireless TTL operation.

Those who shoot outdoors a lot will also be happy since the SB-910 can be outfitted with optional water guards (available only for select cameras), making it ideal for all weather conditions.

This new speedlight from Nikon will be available in the UK by mid-December with the price expected to be £449.99 at launch.

Nikon Doing Well with Its Mirrorless Camera Sales

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Nikon’s new mirrorless cameras, the Nikon V1 and J1, was launched just a little over 2 weeks ago and it looks like it already receiving quite a warm welcome. Set to start shipping out on October 20, pre-orders are actually “stronger than expected” as Nikon president Makoto Kimura revealed to Reuters.

This is welcome news to Nikon as they have expected a slowdown in overall sales due to the economic crisis in Europe, which would have had a significant impact on their revenue considering that the European market makes up for 23% of Nikon’s sales.

The Nikon V1 and J1 cameras, which have been helping boost their sales are actually compact camera systems that feature the revolutionary mirrorless interchangeable-lens. Both cameras have super high speed CMOS sensors that can capture up to 10.1 megapixel images, are capable of high speed continuous shooting and Full HD (1080p) movie recording, and their two coolest shooting modes – the Motion Snapshot and Smart Photo Selector. They are also both compatible with the Nikkor 1 line of interchangeable lenses, which has about every kind of lens you will need for any type of scene. These lenses, however, come at an extra cost from an affordable £160, to a more outrageous (more expensive than the V1 camera!) price of £485.

The difference in the two camera models are minimal, including the body material and colour, the display screens (the V1 features an electronic viewfinder), the number of ports (the V1 has a multi-accessory port), and of course the prices. The V1 is available for pre-order for £582 while the J1 can be bought for just £420.