Photography News; 04/11/11

DQ Photo News is finally back after a few weeks off.  I have been away, working hard on our Brand New Website, which I hope you like. All of us at Digi-Quick HQ are pretty proud of it to be honest. I would love to hear your feedback……

The main news to cover since my absence has to be the throng of cameras that have hit the market. We have seen releases from all the major mover and makers in the industry, Panasonic, Canon, Sony, Nikon, Fujifilm….the list goes on. The cameras that seem to be making more noise than the others are the much anticipated range of mirror-less cameras from Nikon; the Nikon V1 and the Nikon J1. These have been much anticipated. So let’s have a quick look at what all the fuss is about;

Nikon V1 & J1

The Nikon V1 is aimed at the enthusiast. It is a small-sensor, mirror-less camera that is built around what Nikon is calling a ‘CX’ format, 10MP CMOS sensor. The camera is part of the company’s new Nikon 1 line. The V1 is intended to be the higher-end model in the line-up and features a magnesium alloy construction and a 1.4M dot electronic viewfinder. It also has an accessory port allowing the connection of the SB-N5 mini speed-light or GP-N100 GPS unit. It can shoot 1080i60 video and combines both phase detection and contrast detection autofocus.
The Nikon J1 is also a small-sensor, mirror-less camera. The J1 is the more compact and more affordable model in the company’s line up of mirror-less cameras. Like the V1, it features Hybrid autofocus (combining phase detection and contrast detection AF) that allows the camera to shoot at up to 10 frames-per-second with autofocus. It’s built around a 1″ type (13.2mm x 8.8mm) 10MP CMOS sensor, giving a 2.7x crop, which Nikon is calling ‘CX’ format. Like the V1, it can shoot 1080i60 video.

Now I am yet to get my hands on either of these so it would be unfair to post any personal feedback or response but a few of my friends have been lucky enough to play with them for a while now and the general feedback is slightly mixed. The Nikon V1 is definitely the favoured option but unfortunately the market place is crowded, hence why Nikon had previously steered clear. The success and high level of performance achieved by the Sony NEX 5 has also made competing in this sector that much harder, the bar has well and truly been raised. This is by far and away the quickest and largest growing market in photography and prices are dropping weekly, therefore I am very interested to see how the market reacts to the latest Nikon releases.

Another camera that has recently been released that both pros and enthusiasts are raving about is the latest outing by Fujifilm; the Fujifilm X10 which is receiving nothing but rave reviews. If you are looking for a new compact camera, the word on the street is that this is the one to have.

And Finally…..

As we have our new site, I am going to be cheeky and use this space to promote our new feature on our site – Photographer of the Month. This month we have young James Allen, please take a look:

Here is one of his latest images:

If you would like to be considered for our ‘Photographer of the Month’, please email me,

Have a great weekend.

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