Camera giant Nikon, on Monday, announced the launch of their new
entry-level DSLR, the D3300 at the CES 2014, in Las Vegas. The new
camera, when packaged with the updated kit lens, will be 30 percent
smaller and 25 percent lighter than its successor the D3200. The new
lens named the Mark II features a retracting barrel, which shrinks the
body down by around 20 mm when not in use.
Nikon has claimed that
the photos taken with the original 18-55 mm lens will be on par with the
new lens and that it will be on sale as of now. Sharpness has improved
on the D3300, given that they are including the Nikon Expeed 4 image
processor. It still has the same 24.2-megapixel resolution, and doesn’t
include a low-pass filter. Nikon claims that a pixel dense sensor has
allowed them to eliminate the need of the filter. It also includes a
panorama mode- a first for a DSLR. There is no Wi-Fi support to the DSLR
and it will be available starting February at $649 (roughly Rs. 32,000)
along with the kit lens. The lens will also be available on its own for
$249 (roughly Rs. 14,000).
In addition they are also launching
five new variants for the Coolpix series point-and-shoot cameras. The
cameras which will be released include the L830, the S6800, the S5300,
the S3600, and the L30. The price range for the cameras is fairly less
with the lowest costing $119.95 (Rs. 8,000 approx) to $299.95 (Rs.
18,000 approx). While individual specs are different they all make use
of a new feature called the Hybrid VR. The feature makes use of a
combination of motion tracking and vibration reduction to automatically
smooth out shaky footage. The final footage will be slightly cropped so
that the camera has room to stabilise it.
All the five cameras
will go on sale in February. The last launch is that of the new 35 mm
f/1.8 FX-mount prime lens, which goes on sale from February 20. The lens
will fill the opening in the Nikon line of f1/8 primes. Those who have
been traditionally hooked on Nikon would be awaiting the same.
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Nikon D3300 DSLR unveiled at CES 2014, along with five new Coolpix cameras