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[30 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

Is it just projecting?

At one time – say the mid 1970s to mid 1980s – projecting our photographs or Super 8 films was the chief way to share holiday exploits and pictorial adventures with friends and family. In the digital age, when most of our snapshots are dumped on a hard drive and promptly forgotten, it’s debatable whether anyone has been holding out for a means of projecting them.
Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped Nikon from working its way through a couple of generations of its unique digital projector camera to …

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[26 Nov 2011 | One Comment | ]

Zooming here, zooming there

Nikon’s Coolpix S8200 is small and compact, yet packs a punch with its 14x optical zoom lens. Able to deliver a 25mm wide-angle through to 350mm telephoto there’s plenty of scope to capture groups of people, landscapes, or zoom right in to pick out far away action.
But without the manual modes of some of its rivals, can this latest Coolpix score highly in the competitive medium-zoom market?
Mini Marvel
The Coolpix S8200’s small body doesn’t look as though it could accommodate a 14x optical zoom lens, as it’s a …

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[25 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

Cheaper, but still not cheap

The Nikon 1 J1 is the second of Nikon’s new compact mirrorless system cameras featuring a new 10.1-megapixel CX sensor and a new lens mount. Nikon has wisely put ease of use and image quality at the core of this shooter. The J1 is, however, cheaper than the V1, which could make it even more popular, the question is, does the price drop come with a compromise?
The new Nikon 1 system cameras use an all-new CX format CMOS sensor and is distinct from the DX (APS-C …

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[19 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

Small, but powerful

Nikon’s new system camera is the company’s first for over fifty years, since the introduction of the Nikon F no less, and as such represents a true milestone for Nikon. The fact that the new system uses a 10.1-megapixel CX sensor, a new lens mount and arguably jumps on the coattails of the Panasonic and Olympus FourThirds format compact system, is perhaps a rather big gamble. Or is it?
The new Nikon 1 system camera uses an all-new CX format CMOS sensor and is distinct from the DX (APS-C …

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[18 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

As high-end as compacts come?

Nikon’s P7100 is built with the high-end user in mind. This 10.1-megapixel, 7.1x optical zoom compact is one of a handful to come equipped with an optical viewfinder – although with a 80 percent field of view it does have its limitations – and the body is laden with numerous control dials and buttons that make it feel rather DSLR-like in use.
When the P7000 was released last year it failed to captivate us quite as much as we’d hoped. Indeed it couldn’t knock Canon’s G12 …