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On PENTAXPORTAL this week, you can take a look at some top tips for photographing seals with your Pentax camera, and check out some top Pentax sunset photos. Plus, the brand new K-3 DSLR has been reviewed on site this week, and there’s news of new images from Ricoh Imaging brand ambassadors.
Over On EIZO ColorZone, you can learn how to perform a monitor viewing angle check and find out why ColorNavigator software is a great tool for aiding calibration. Plus, there’s news of a new 3D CG colour management handbook that’s now available.
Meanwhile, on Olympus Image Space this week, there are techniques on how to use blur creatively, and there’s news on Olympus workshops taking place over the coming months with Damian McGillicuddy and Steve Gosling. Plus, news on the Olympus Impressions ‘Fall’ competition, and &;100 accessory cashback when you buy an Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera have also gone live.
On Totally Tamron this week, you can learn some top tips for taking better photos of ice with your Tamron lens, plus there are some top Tamron portrait photos for you to take a look at. Don’t forget to take a look at David Pritchard’s blog the days zoom past, too, as he’s been out-and-about with his newly acquired Tamron 24-70mm lens.
Last but not least, on Nikon Nation this week, you can check out some ideas and tips for on location portrait shoots, get creative with colour balance and lots more. Plus, don’t miss the Nikon D5300 Deals DSLR review and news of ono-to one training with Nikon School in December.
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Ronkonkoma, N.Y. - Sigma revealed Tuesday that a free firmware upgrade is available for photographers using Nikon mount Sigma lenses with their Nikon model D5300 cameras.
The company said it has discovered that when paired with the D5300, Sigma Nikon mount lenses containing internal motors do not properly operate the optical stabilization (OS) and Live View Auto Focus functions.
The issue is specific to lenses used with this particular camera.
The free firmware update will be available starting Nov. 20. For discontinued products, Sigma said users should contact their nearest authorized Sigma distributor.
For lenses that are compatible with the SIGMA USB DOCK, users may update their lenses via the Sigma Optimization Pro software.
Sigma customers who own a Nikon D5300 can contact their nearest authorized Sigma distributors, from the provided link, to receive the firmware update.
Going forward, all Nikon mount Sigma lenses leaving the factory will be made fully compatible with the D5300 and will carry a “D5300 compatible” tag, the company said.
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If you’re in the market for a DSLR for yourself or a loved one this holiday season, then you defiantly want to check out Amazon’s Nike D3100 deal today.
One of the toughest things about buying someone a camera as a gift is which lens do you choose - which can usually drive the price up - and then also picking up accessories such as memory cards and a case. It can truly be a hassle. Well, Amazon is taking a lot of that hassle out of the process for you with it’s new one day deal on the Nikon D3100.
Immediately worth your attention is for $496.95, which is 26 percent off the list price, you get the Nikon D3100 along with a 18-55mm lens as well as a 55-200mm DX Zoom lens. Normally this would be a good enough deal, but then Amazon is also throwing in a SanDisk Extreme 16GB memory card and an AmazonBasics Holster case. All of this for one price and your DSLR buying decisions are done and dusted. If I hadn’t picked up a sweet deal on a Canon Rebel T3i last holiday season, I would be sorely tempted by this one to be sure.
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The Nikon D5300 is a new 24.2 megapixel DSLR camera with no optical low-pass filter that can record Full HD movies at 1080/50/60p with stereo sound and comes equipped with built-in Wi-Fi and GPS. A high-resolution 3.2-inch vari-angle LCD monitor makes it easier to compose your shots from difficult angles, while the extensive ISO range of 100-25600 should cope with virtually all lighting conditions. A 5fps burst shooting mode, EXPEED 4 image processor, 39-point autofocus system with nine cross-type sensors, 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor, High Dynamic Range mode, Active D-Lighting, and nine different special effects for stills and movies complete the Nikon D5300’s headline specs. Available in three colours, black, grey and red, the Nikon D5300 costs &;729.99 / $799.95 / &;899 body only, or &;829.99 / &;1029 with the 18-55mm VR kit lens, and $1,399.95 with the AF-S NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens.
The Nikon D5300 replaces the year-old D5200 as the new mid-range model in Nikon’s extensive DSLR line-up, slotting in between the existing D3200 and D7000 models, not only in terms of feature set and functionality, but also in terms of size and weight. It isn’t quite as compact and lightweight as the D3200, but neither is it as bulky and heavy as the D7000. In comparison to its predecessor, the D5300 is slightly smaller and lighter than the D5200. The right-hand grip is deep and therefore quite comfortable for photographers with large hands and/or longish fingers, and there’s also a handy rubberised thumb rest on the back of the body.
The D5100’s 24.1 megapixel CMOS sensor has been superseded by a 24.2 megapixel sensor with no optical low-pass filter, which promises to deliver slightly finer details. The sensor can clean itself by way of high-frequency vibrations that will, at least in theory, shake off any non-adhesive dust particles that may have settled on the low-pass filter during a lens change. You can specify, via an option in the Setup menu, whether you want sensor cleaning to take place at shutdown, startup, both or neither, with the default being ‘both’. The cleaning process pleasingly has no practical impact on startup times, which were near instant. The new image sensor is complemented by the more powerful EXPEED 4 processing engine and a larger buffer as well.
The D5300 is the first Nikon DSLR to offer both built-in wi-fi and GPS connectivity, instead of relying on optional accessories like all previous models. The wi-fi function essentially pairs the D5300 with an iOS or Android smartphone or other smart device, and allows you to eidt and share images directly to social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. It also makes it possible to control the D5300 remotely via a smart device using the free Wireless Mobile Utility app, and set the focus point using the smart device’s touchscreen. The built-in GPS/A-GPS receiver logs location information such as latitude, longitude, and altitude in the image’s EXIF data, even when the camera is turned off, allowing you to retrace your steps even when you’re not taking photos.
The 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR kit lens that Nikon supplied feels fairly well-balanced on the Nikon D5300 and it fits into place with a reassuring mechanical click. It also adds the very important advantage of Vibration Reduction. Nikon bodies don’t offer any form of in-camera image stabilisation, unlike similar models from Sony, Pentax and Olympus, so the affordable 18-55mm VR lens is a good starting point if you don’t already have any Nikon lenses.
The shutter release action on the Nikon D5300 is surprisingly quiet, with a dampened mirror slap that makes this DSLR actually quieter than some rangefinder cameras. Furthermore, there is a Quiet Shutter Release mode, in which the mirror is raised fairly slowly to further reduce the sound it makes. This does, however, introduce some shutter lag, which usually isn’t worth the few decibels of difference versus what is already an impressively quiet shutter.FrontRear
The Nikon D5300 follows conventional DSLR design in having a shooting mode dial on the top of the camera, which allows you to select either one of the advanced modes like Manual, Aperture- or Shutter-priority, or a number of scene modes. The Exposure Compensation button is thoughtfully positioned next to the shutter release. Hold down this button with your right forefinger and spin the control wheel on the top-rear of the camera with your thumb to adjust its settings - simple and intuitive.
The Effects shooting mode, first introduced on the D5100, now provides 9 different filters that can be applied to both still images and movies. The Night Vision effect is particularly worth of mention, pushing the camera’s sensitivity to a whopping ISO 102,400, although a monochrome rather than colour image is recorded. For stills, you can enter Live View mode to preview the effect or simply use the optical viewfinder. For movies, the recording is slowed down (dependent upon the chosen effect) as the camera uses a lot of processing power to apply the effect, leading to footage that can have a rather staccato feel. Note also that the camera sets virtually everything in the Effects mode - exposure, shutter speed, white balance, ISO, file type and quality - so its only creative in terms of the arty effect that’s applied. Several of the same effects can be applied to an image or movie that you’ve taken, though, so you can have the best of both worlds (albeit without the luxury of a preview).
The second button sitting next to the shutter release is labeled ‘info’. This button is arguably at the heart of the Nikon D5300’s ease-of-use, as like its predecessor the camera lacks the monochromatic status LCD of the older D90, so Nikon had to provide a different way to check vital shooting information without having to look into the viewfinder. Enter the info button - pressing it displays virtually all of the camera’s main settings on the large rear screen. Pressing the “i” button on the rear of the D5300 then allows you to interact with and set the onscreen options, with 14 available in total.
The rear articulated LCD screen is hinged at the side rather than the bottom. This fully articulated design is a much more flexible solution, allowing the screen to be folded out from the left side of the camera and folded inwards to protect it when not in use. The screen is slightly bigger than the D5200 at 3.2 inches and higher resolution too, with 1,037k dots, so there’s nothing to complain about in this department. The screen also has an anti-glare coating, so that it’s usable most of the time outdoors in strong daylight, although it still struggled a little with reflections.
The D5300’s Live View is accessed in a different and arguably less intuitive way than on the D3200/D7100. Instead of a combined switch / button on the D3200/D7000, the D5300 has a fore-finger operated spring-loaded switch on top of the body that is pushed downwards and toggles between turning Live View on and off. Positioned next to the Shooting Mode dial, it allows you to enable Live View whilst holding the camera at arms length with one hand, or to turn it off as you hold the camera up to your eye. We’d prefer it to be on the rear of the camera and also to incorporate the Movie record button, in keeping with the D3200/D7100 models.
Press the Lv switch and the mirror flips up, the shutter opens and the rear screen displays the scene as seen through the lens. There is a red rectangle in the middle, which you can move practically anywhere in the frame. When in manual focus (MF) mode, you can magnify into this rectangle in a number of steps by repeatedly pressing the button marked with a loupe icon, but this magnification seems to be at least partially interpolated. This means that you cannot see detail down to the pixel level, unlike some competing cameras.
Fortunately, MF is not the only focusing option in Live View, at least as long as you are taking stills. Single-servo AF (AF-S) and Full-time-servo AF (AF-F) modes are also available and, while slow, they tend to be accurate. Both modes can also be used in connection with face detection. ‘Face-priority AF’ had no problem finding and keeping track of human faces as long as they were facing the camera, but acquiring focus was another story - very, very slow.
Live View must also be entered to shoot movies. After pressing the Lv button and optionally presetting the aperture and focus, you can start recording video by pressing the dedicated Movie Record button on top of the camera next to the shutter release. The camera records full high-definition, wide-screen video in 1920x1080 pixel resolution, at a frame rate of 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p, in AVI format using the motion JPEG codec. As with Live View, contrast-detect AF is possible whilst shooting movies, although as with still images there’s an audible whine as the camera refocuses and it’s still too slow to focus on any fast-moving subject, so much so that we suspect most serious users will use manual focusing instead. Although the D5300 can automatically focus during video recording, it’s just not fast enough to warrant regular use.
You can set both the aperture and the shutter speed during movie recording, although the slowest shutter speed is limited to 1/30th second, plus exposure compensation and AE-Lock can also be set. Out of the box the D5300 can record stereo sound via its built-in microphone with three different levels of sensitivity on offer, and improved sound can also be recorded using an optional external microphone. The maximum size of a single video clip is 2 gigabytes which, given that movies occupy about 100 megabytes of storage space per minute, would theoretically translate into about 20 minutes of continuous recording.
The D5300 has a proper through-the-lens optical viewfinder with a slightly improved magnification of 0.82x, on par with most of its rivals. The Nikon D5300’s 39 auto-focus points are permanently marked on the focusing screen, whereas the compositional grid lines can be called up via a menu option. Two warning signs - telling you that the battery is running low or you have forgotten to insert a memory card - may also appear in the form of overlaid icons when appropriate. Below the finder is a traditional monochromatic status bar showing practically all relevant shooting information (including the ISO sensitivity, if so specified in the menu).
As stated above, the Nikon D5300 has 39 auto-focus sensors, out of which 9 are cross type. The other thirty are of the line variety, consequently being only sensitive to either vertical or horizontal detail, but not both. In practice, this did not turn out to be a real problem, with the camera typically locking focus on the subject quickly and easily, no matter which AF point was selected. In the viewfinder, the active AF point appears in red, which is easy to see. Selecting the active AF point is done by way of the four-way pad - except if you choose Auto Area AF - again a simple and intuitive solution. In low light, the AF sensors are helped by an AF assist lamp located on the front plate of the camera.
The 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor used by the D5300 is again identical to the system used by the more expensive D7100 model. This provides precise data to the camera’s Scene Recognition System, which optimises exposure, autofocus and white balance immediately before the shutter is released.Memory Card SlotBattery Compartment
The Nikon D5300 only has one control wheel and there are no dedicated buttons for controlling ISO sensitivity, white balance, metering or AF mode. The Fn button can be reprogrammed to perform ISO selection or white balance adjustment (or one of a few other functions such as file quality specification), but the others still have to be set through the main info screen, called up by pressing the [ i ] button top-right of the rear display. With practice, performing adjustments via this screen becomes fairly quick and easy, but it’s not as efficient as the older D90’s dedicated controls.
Most of the camera’s rear controls are scattered, seemingly almost randomly, to the right of the D5300’s large folding screen. While we can understand the need to locate them to accomodate the 3 inch LCD, the positioning of the Zoom In and Zoom Out buttons in particular isn’t very intuitive, being operated with your right-hand thumb, and right next to the Delete button. As the D5300 isn’t a very complex camera in terms of the number of external controls, it thankfully doesn’t get too confusing, but is something to consider from an ergonomic point of view.
For the images that you’ve already already captured, the Nikon D5300 offers a broad range of retouching tools, including post-capture D-lighting (useful if you forgot to turn on Active D-lighting before capture), red-eye correction, trimming, monochrome conversion, different filter effects, colour adjustments, image resizing, image overlay, in-camera raw processing, quick auto retouching, straightening of crooked pictures, lens distortion correction, fisheye, colour outline, colour sketch, selective colour, miniature effect, and perspective control. Many of these functions make it unnecessary to buy specialised computer programs or plug-ins and spend hours in front of a computer to achieve a desired/popular effect.
The Nikon D5300 is powered by a proprietary EN-EL14a Lithium-ion battery, good for 600 shots, and records videos and image files on SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. As we noted in our D5200 review, we would really have liked to see Nikon add a second card slot for Compact Flash cards, so that owners of higher-specified Nikon DSLRs who buy a D5300 as a second body can use their existing memory cards. It also lacks the dual-SD slots of the D7100. As far as connectivity goes, there are USB/VideoOut and Mini HDMI ports as well as an accessory terminal for the connection of a wired remote or a GPS unit, all sheltered behind a door on the left side of the camera, when viewed from the back.
That concludes our look at the D5300’s interface and feature-set. Now let’s take a look at the D5300’s image quality…
While the serious enthusiast is unlikely to be swayed into buying a Nikon DSLR over a Canon model purely because the Nikon camera is newer, the reality is that at the non-premium end of the market this is how some people make their buying decisions. ‘Newer’ must mean ‘better’.
This demand for the ‘new’ explains why we see such short product cycles in the camera market, and why manufacturers feel the need to introduce even small advances in technology or feature sets in cameras with completely new names - rather than a ‘Mark II’ type of naming format.
Those familiar with Nikon’s range of DSLRs may not see the sense in the company’s introduction of the new D5300, especially as Nikon will maintain the D5200 alongside this model in the range - new and old together. By doing so, though, Nikon expands the number of cameras it has on offer and the number of price points it can cover, while also being able to have a model that can carry a ‘New’ sticker, and which introduces new features to the price band in which it will sit.
That’s not to say that the Nikon D5300 isn’t different to the D5200, though, as a new processor, new body design and the integration of wireless communications do genuinely bring additional benefits to the photographer.
Nikon is very pleased that it has achieved a new way of constructing camera bodies, which it describes as a ‘monocoque’. Instead of there being a chassis, onto which the components and the body shell are attached, the D5300 is designed to have everything screwed to the insides of the body form itself: exoskeleton, rather then the usual endoskeleton.Image: The top of the camera houses only a few control points, keeping the layout simple and unintimidating for newcomers. A stereo microphone lives in front of the hotshoe
The D5300’s body shell is also made of a new material, although Nikon won’t say what that new material is - just that it is new. The upshot is that the body is less heavy than it might have been, and is 25g lighter, including the battery, than the camera it doesn’t replace, the D5200.
I’m not entirely sure that when I used the camera I could appreciate the exact weight loss that has occurred, but I was able to enjoy the fact that this is truly a lightweight DSLR, of the type that we might not mind carrying all day, over the shoulder, in a bag or in a large pocket. The body is very small too, although it is balanced with a reassuringly large grip for the right hand. It seems ironic that a small and light camera should need a large grip, but I found it allowed me to be aware I was carrying the camera, and should a larger lens be attached it will help to support the forward pull of such a weight distribution.Image: The body styling will be familiar to those used to the Nikon 5000 series, as will the standard menu. The 3.2in flip-out screen has impressive visibility
The buttons are arranged much as one might expect, with all the principal controls falling easily to the finger or thumb. The rear 3.2in LCD is very nicely bright and clear, with its 1.037-million-dot resolution. Nikon has set the viewing panel into the glass screen, so there are no gaps or internal reflections, which produces good contrast and a clear view from a quoted angled of up to 170&;. I am impressed.
In live view, the screen works well when the camera is held low or high, and I found the AF quick enough and seemingly accurate. The response of the shutter in live view also seems good.Image: Nikon has retained its choice of layouts for the rear-screen display, with text-based and graphically expressed options to suit personal preferences
The principal changes in this model are of the sort that will only be proved in testing, but at this stage their potential is worth pointing out. Using the higher-capacity Expeed 4 processor, Nikon claims it has been able to reduce noise in its images through the use of more complicated calculations. A related benefit is that now noise levels are lower the company is comfortable offering a higher ISO setting - the Nikon D5300 allows ratings of up to ISO 25,600. More complex calculations also provide the potential for better white balance assessment in automatic modes via a more comprehensive assessment of the scene, and a better rendition of colour overall.
Lower noise should also lead to better resolution of detail from the 24.2-million-pixel sensor, as should Nikon’s decision to do without the micro-blurring effects of a low-pass (anti-aliasing) filter. Leaving the low-pass filter off the sensor has become very fashionable, and I suspect it will be a great draw for many photographers. Moir&; in images created by a sensor with 24 million pixels, even an APS-C-sized sensor, is still something that is quite likely to occur, but there is also plenty of software to correct it after the event.
The other thing to note is that this model sees the introduction of a new battery cell, which Nikon says increases capacity from 500 shots to 600 compared to the cell used in the D5200. It annoys me when companies change their battery forms, but on this occasion the new cell and that used in the D5200 are interchangeable.
Obviously, I couldn’t test the battery life of the camera, but we should take the increase as good news. I will also have to wait to test the Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities of this new model, but neither can be held as negative points just for their inclusion. The Wi-Fi integration means users will be able to control the camera from an Android or iOS device, and will be able to wirelessly transfer images for viewing, editing and sending while on the go.Image: The new battery, which is backwards compatible with the D5200, offers a longer life. There is no low-pass filter on the sensor, for extra resolution
It would be easy to dismiss the Nikon D5300 for being too similar to the D5200, but that really isn’t the point. There is not much wrong with the D5200, and the changes that this new model brings can only make it better. Perhaps Nikon could have called it the D5200 ll, but I’m not sure it matters one bit.
The Nikon D5300 will cost around &;730 body only and be available from 14 November.
Though that scene might seem like a perfect opener for a gritty, independent film or a self-reflective novel, it’s actually the beginning of Nikon’s new teaser ad. Viewers watch a mysterious man, clad in a beige trench coat, as he adjusts something unseen with a couple of clicks. Right when he lifts what we know to be a camera to his face, the scene changes back to him in the midst of the gloomy landscape.
That teaser doesn’t show the camera but it includes a very important sound that excited many camera fiends online - the distinct click of an old-school shutter. That small clue paired with one line of dialogue at the end - “It’s in my hands again” - seem to hint that Nikon will release a retro-styled DSLR camera.
Little else is known beyond hearsay, with Nikon Rumors conjecturing that the full-frame camera will be called the Nikon DF, for “digital fusion.” The post also claims the camera will include the same autofocus system found in the D610 and that it will offer settings for aspect ratios of 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9.
On its official site, Nikon explains the short video as the first in a series called Pure Photography. The videos follow a photographer traveling through Scotland as he “reunites with his creative self during this uniquely ambitious trip.”
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The Nikon D5300 will be available from this month for $1,400 with an 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. Photo: AFP
Nikon’s latest middle-range Nikon D5300 is its first to offer built-in wi-fi connectivity. The D5300 will hit US stores before the end of October, with prices starting at $800.
The Nikon D5300 is equipped with a 24.2MP CMOS sensor, maximum ISO of 12,800, and an articulating
3.2-inch TFT display. The camera can shoot images with up to 6,000 x 4,000 pixels or film 60fps sequences with resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels.
Compared to its predecessor, the D5200, the most notable upgrade for the D5300 is its built-in wi-fi connectivity, which allows users to transfer their photos and videos directly to a mobile device or to social networks via the Wireless Mobile Utility app (available for Android and iOS). The new integrated GPS is also an interesting addition, giving users the possibility of automatically geotagging photos.
The Nikon D5300 will be available in grey, red or black from this month at $800 for just the body, or at $1,400 with an 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens.
The Nikon Coolpix S6600 is a back-illuminated 16 megapixel digital compact camera which also boasts an articulated screen, wi-fi capability, 12x optical zoom and FullHD video. As part of the Style range, the Nikon Coolpix S6600’s curvy body looks good and is packed with technology. But will it cope in our stringent test? Costing around &;199, the Nikon Coolpix S6600 is available in silver, red, black, purple and white.
It’s always nice to see the designers of a camera start from scratch when updating a model. The Nikon Coolpix S6600 is one such example because it looks completely different to the S6500. The new model has a larger, curvier lens bezel - undoubtedly to incorporate the 12x optical zoom inside the thin chassis. The rest of the camera has been rounded off to carry on the feel which flows around the corners for a fluid, organic look to it.
Because of the movable screen on the back, a few of the buttons have been placed on the top plate in order to retain a reasonable size to them. The Shooting and Playback buttons (used for flicking between taking pictures and replaying them) sit centrally with the sunken power button situated next to the shutter release. On the back and considering the restricted space, a large space has been reserved as a thumb rest. The rest of the buttons are crammed in underneath, which is a bit unusual. The space for resting your thumb could be halved.
The majority of the space is occupied by the articulating screen. It twists all around so is perfect for self portraits or low/high angle photography. It’s great to see a twisting screen on a compact camera, they’re so few and far between, but extremely useful.
The Nikon Coolpix S6600 is part of a growing number of digital compact cameras that have built-in wi-fi capability. The wi-fi menu is in the set-up section of the Main menu. It can’t upload images directly onto the internet, but it can transfer images to your smart phone for you to then upload from there. You can also add a GPS location to your pictures if you’re abroad and wish to show friends on Google Maps. There’s also an option to use the smart device as a remote control for taking pictures. You have to download the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility from iTunes or the Google Play store.
The sensor on the Nikon Coolpix S6600 is a back-illuminated type sensor, which - in theory - reacts better in low light. The reason is can do this is all down to the way the sensor is constructed. Traditional sensors have circuitry around each pixel and this in turn blocks light getting onto the photo site. Back illuminated sensors have the circuitry placed on the back of the sensor. Because it’s then out of the way, more light gets onto the pixels and increases the performance of the sensor. The name stems from the appearance of the sensor as it sits in the camera. Because the circuitry is at the back, it looks as though it’s on backwards and that the light is hitting the rear of what would be a traditional sensor.
There are a number of continuous shooting modes on the S6600. The Continuous Hi mode takes seven frames in just over half a second. Taking reflexes into consideration and any shutter lag, it could probably take around ten frames in a second if it wasn’t capped at seven.
Start up time seems pretty standard at 2.5sec. We’ve seen a spate of cameras covering a faster time recently and we thought maybe it showed an increase in technology, but it could’ve just been a coincidence. Saying that, pressing the power off button seems to put a long winded close down of the systems into operation. It must take another two seconds to close the lens, which doesn’t sound much, but when you’re stood watching it, it’s like a case of a watched kettle never boiling.
There are a number of other continuous or burst modes within the menu system such as the pre-shooting cache. Two high speed continuous shooting modes (120fps and 60fps) as well as the BSS (Best Shot Selector) and Multi-Shot 16.
Playback is operated using the button with the arrow icon on the top plate of the camera. It can switch on the playback regardless of whether the camera is switched on or not. If the camera is off, you just need to hold the button down for a few seconds so that it doesn’t think you’re knocking it while carrying the camera. The display is a standard amount of basic information. It shows simple shooting features, such as the ISO, frame number, flash status, battery level etc. You can change this in the set up part of the Main menu. There’s an option to hide it all, show it constantly (the auto mode will lose the info after a few seconds), Add a video frame to it or add a rule of thirds grid.
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Pressing ok while the information is on screen will bring up the Quick effects menu and there’s options for all types of vintage or retro effects, such as Vivid, High key, Toy camera, multiple cross processing options, cross screen, miniature effect and cyanotype. The latter adds a blue cast that is based on old cyanotype style photography which is the foundation of blue prints. You can access the Quick menu in the Playback menu as well. There’s also a D-Lighting option - which is a kind of HDR feature. It gently adds more detail to shadow areas while capping burn out in highlights. You can add red-eye correction and if you like your portraits, there’s the Glamour retouch to add a bit of pizzazz to your face.
Upon opening the Nikon Coolpix S6600’s box, we were faced with a thick looking booklet which is actually a Quick Start guide and is in multiple languages, so you don’t have to read the whole thing. There’s also a CD with Nikon ViewNX 2 which is Nikon’s editing and tagging suite for your photographs. The camera comes with a lithium ion battery, USB cable and a charging unit. The unit comes in two pieces; the first accepts the USB cable which doubles as a charging cable and it has a two pronged mains connector. This can alternatively be plugged into the second unit which adapts it to the UK connector. There’s also a wrist strap to keep it safe while in between photographs.
NEW DELHI: Apple, the iconic maker of iPhones and iPads, today said the latest models of its smartphones will go on sale in India just before Diwali.
The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be available in more than a dozen countries on November 1, including India and Mexico, Apple said in a statement today, without revealing their prices.
Apple has timed the release of iPhones in India before Diwali, which is on November 3. Apple products have previously hit the Indian markets in the last fortnight of November or the the first fortnight of December.
The Iphone 5s, which the California-based firm calls the the most forward-thinking smartphone in the world, and the iPhone 5c, the most colourful iPhone yet, will hit retailers in 25 countries, including Italy, Russia and Spain, from October 25, it added.
The iPhone 5s comes in gold, silver and space grey and the iPhone 5c comes in blue, green, pink, yellow and white.
A contract-free and unlocked 16GB version of the iPhone 5c is available for USD 549 (about Rs 34,700) in the US, while an unlocked and contract-free iPhone 5s can be bought in the US for USD 649 (about Rs 41,000).