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New Nikon D5500 announced

Nikon continues its rapid extension of its camera range with the new Nikon D5500 .

This is Nikon’s first  ever touch-enabled DSLR .  Nikon has been behind the curve on this feature — Canon introduced touch capability to its line of DSLRs back in 2012.

In many ways , the D5500 has an identical spec  to the D5300 .

1. A vari-angle monitor for which a touch-screen interface has been adoptedThe D5500 is the first Nikon digital SLR camera for which a touch-screen interface has been adopted. This enables simple and intuitive operation by those who frequently use smart devices. It is equipped with a large and wide, 3.2-inch, approximately 1037K-dot TFT LCD vari-angle monitor with wide viewing angle. In addition to preserving more than sufficient visibility, the side-hinged vari-angle monitor opens up to 180° to the left, and can be rotated up to 90° clockwise, or up to 180° counter-clockwise while it is open. This ensures flexible shooting from a wide variety of angles, whether low or high, and even when capturing self portraits.

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One of eight frequently used camera settings (Focus-point selection, AF-area mode, Aperture, ISO sensitivity, etc.) can be assigned to this function for use with viewfinder shooting, enabling immediate modification of the assigned setting, and achieving practical operation by simply tapping or sliding a finger across the monitor while looking through the viewfinder.

2. A strong monocoque body, and the world’s smallest, lightest, and slimmest digital SLR camera equipped with a vari-angle monitorA monocoque structure, with which the exterior serves as a frame that protects the internal structure with great strength, has been adopted for the D5500. Use of a carbon-fiber composite material for the front body, where important mechanisms such as the imaging unit are incorporated, and the front and rear covers not only ensures a light weight, but also preserves great strength and durability. In addition, positioning of the integrated circuit board, on which electronic components are mounted, and the imaging unit in nearly the same place, as well as optimization of drive unit positioning have helped to make the camera significantly slimmer. This, in turn, has enabled a deeper grip that provides a firmer, steadier hold on the camera, making it more portable and easier to handle.

3. A built-in Wi-Fi function that enables image transfer and remote shooting through collaboration with smart devicesThe built-in Wi-Fi function makes two-way wireless communications with smart devices such as smartphones and tablets possible. Full-scale photographic works (still images) captured with this digital SLR camera can be uploaded to a smart device from which they can be transferred or shared on SNSs via the Internet. In addition, the live view screen can be displayed on a smart device, enabling use of the smart device for a variety of applications, including capture of self portraits and group photos, as well as remote photography.

4. An effective pixel count of 24.2-million pixels, a Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor, and the EXPEED 4 image-processing engine enable superior image quality and excellent detail

Offering an effective pixel count of 24.2-million pixels and equipped with a Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, the D5500 is able to capture images that make the most of the superior rendering capabilities of NIKKOR lenses. In addition, the EXPEED 4 image-processing engine richly reproduces colors from those in the darkest portions of the frame to those in the brightest portions of the frame for smooth changes between bright and dark portions, which results in images with excellent detail and a three-dimensional appearance. The camera supports a broad range of standard sensitivities, from ISO 100 to 25600, making capture of images exhibiting excellent detail with little noise possible, even in dark surroundings.

5. Even better functions and performance as a full-scale digital SLR cameraThe D5500 offers the superior performance and wide variety of functions that make the rich power of expression, possible only with a full-scale digital SLR camera, possible.

  • Improved Picture Control System: Support for the new Flat Picture Control, the new Clarity adjustment item (for still images only), as well as the ability to apply adjustments in finer increments, greatly expand possibilities for imaging suited to the subject or user intent regarding expression.
  • Scene Recognition System: In order to increase the accuracy of auto control functions, scene information is analyzed using the 2016-pixel RGB sensor and the image sensor. This makes it possible for the autofocus system to accurately track moving subjects, it enables exposure control that takes highlights into consideration, and it makes extremely accurate white balance control possible. In addition, information acquired from the image sensor is used to achieve greater accuracy with exposure and AF control in live view mode (including movie live view).
  • High-speed continuous shooting: The D5500 supports high-speed continuous shooting at up to 5 fps for a maximum of 100 shots (JPEG).
  • Special Effects mode, to which Super Vivid, Pop, and Photo Illustration options have been added, for a total of ten effects that enable more creative expression: The D5500 is equipped with a Special Effects mode, with which effects can be selected and applied with recording of both still images and movies. Preview in the camera monitor before shooting or recording begins allows users to confirm the results of effect selection in the camera monitor in real time. With the addition of Super Vivid, Photo Illustration, and Pop options, the D5500 offers selection from a total of ten special effects. This allows users to easily enjoy dramatic effects like those seen in art and the movies. This mode was adopted to respond to the creative intent of users searching for a way to express their own unique style and creativity.
  • D-Movie function for recording 1920 x 1080/60p full-HD movies: The D5500 is equipped with a D-Movie function that supports recording of smooth 1920 x 1080/60p full-HD movies. In addition to recording via the built-in stereo microphone, the optional Stereo Microphone ME-1 can also be used to record high-quality stereo sound.
  • A built-in Vignette Control function that reduces illumination falloff at image peripheries: The D5500 is the first Nikon DX-format model to offer the Vignette Control function, which processes images to reduce the drop in brightness at the edges of frames (illumination falloff) that sometimes occurs due to the characteristics of photographic lenses.

Read more on NikonRumors.com: http://nikonrumors.com/#ixzz3O2QGwkRS

Nikon D3200 camera body , pre-owned

Nikon D3200 camera body , pre-owned , for sale , price £200 including free UK delivery . Perfect working condition.
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The easy-to-use Nikon D3200 has a 24.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor, a new 11-point autofocus system, Full HD D-Movies plus Nikon’s Guide Mode to help achieve stunning results in a few simple steps – all housed in a lightweight body.

New to D-SLR photography? Guide Mode uses sample images and clear instructions to show you how to take great photos in a few simple steps.
24.2-MP DX-format CMOS sensor: capture sharp, detailed images with the 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor. Big prints look superb and you can crop images without losing any detail.
Go cinematic: make movies you’ll want to share with D-movie. With the camera’s large image sensor and high ISO, you can record sharp Full HD (1080p) video clips in any light.
High ISO (100–6400): take great images in low light or sharp shots of fast-moving subjects. Features an Auto ISO setting, and ISO is extendable up to 12800.
Razor-sharp 11-point autofocus system: enjoy fast and precise autofocus coverage throughout the frame whether your subject is off-center, moving fast or completely unpredictable.
Wireless Mobile Adapter: use the optional WU-1a to share images directly from the D3200 to a smartphone or tablet, or to control the camera remotely via your smart device.
EXPEED 3: Nikon’s fast and powerful image processing engine provides high-speed operation, remarkably clear images with excellent colour reproduction, and enhanced movie recording.
Scene Recognition System: let the D3200 help you capture superior images. Nikon’s Scene Recognition System will meticulously analyze the scene you’re shooting and adjust the focus, exposure and white balance for optimum results.
4fps continuous shooting: shoot action at a swift four frames per second and capture fleeting movements or expressions at exactly the right moment.
Photo retouch menu: enhance your photos in-camera with a range of tools and effects. Retouch tools include Resize, Quick Retouch and Straighten. Effects include Selective Color, Colour Sketch, and Miniature Effect, which makes distant subjects look like scale models.
Active D-Lighting: capture more detail in high-contrast lighting conditions. Nikon’s Active D-Lighting automatically captures the details in both dark and bright areas for stunning images with natural contrast.
Smart autofocus for movies: enjoy continuous autofocus (AF) when you shoot D-movies. Full-time servo AF (AF-F) and subject-tracking AF maintain the focus when you shoot moving subjects. Face-priority AF is ideal for filming events where you want to relax and let the camera focus on faces.
Extensive movie options: you can record Full HD (1080p) movies in 30p, 25p and 24p, and the camera supports use of Nikon’s ME-1 stereo microphone. In-camera edit functions let you perform tasks such as setting the start and end point of your movie. A mini HDMI output enables playback on an HDTV.
Easy-to-use: the D3200 lightweight body and superior ergonomics make it a pleasure to shoot with. A secure grip makes the camera comfortable to hold. Dedicated one-touch buttons for frequently used functions like D-Movie, or live view, make it easy to operate.

The Kelpies at the Helix Park open the John Muir Festival 2014

Kelpies at Helix park , GrangemouthThe Kelpies  in the Helix Park are  open to the public from Monday 21st April  . This Friday will see a stunning night-time artworks exhibition on the theme of Scotland as HOME with spectacular light, sound and flame display, by Groupe F, around Andy Scott’s iconic new cultural landmark.

 

A spectacular night-time arts event called HOME will launch both the opening of the John Muir Way and the international launch of The Kelpies prior to their opening to the public on the 21st April. On two evenings, 17th and 18th April, a selection of one-off, specially-commissioned night-time artworks will illuminate Helix Park, as thousands gather round the iconic Kelpies for an extraordinary animation of the colossal 300 tonne, 30 metre-high sculptures backed by a pulsating soundtrack.

Groupe F – the pyrotechnic maestros who worked at Big in Falkirk as well as the Millennium illumination of the Eiffel Tower – will bring the monuments to horse-powered heritage to life with a dazzling light, flame and sound performance
The celebration marks the start of a series of exciting John Muir Festival events taking place over nine days. A list of all the fantastic events on offer can be found on the John Muir Festival website.The Helix Park in Grangemouth covers a greenspace of almost 300 hectares. Opening up Scotland’s canal network, the Helix will also offer an outdoor recreational area filled with woodland, park, watersports lagoon, pathways, cycleways, and the hugely anticipated 30m landmark scupltures, the Kelpies.

Funding was provided by the Big Lottery Fund Living Landmarks programme. In 2005 the Helix project was awarded one of the top four prizes, which kick-started the £43 million project. The plans include a new 950-yard (870 m) section of canal, which joins the river below the four fixed bridges at a new sea lock. A new bridge under the M9 motorway has been constructed by cut and cover methods, and a lift bridge has been inserted into the A905 road. Two high-pressure oil pipelines which cross the area to feed the refinery at Grangemouth have been re-routed

The aim of the project is to transform under-used land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into a thriving urban greenspace , “The Helix”. This includes a performance area, on which large scale events can be held, facilities for watersports provided by the construction of a large lagoon, all surrounded by play areas and high quality pathways. Access around The Helix will be provided by 27 kilometres (17 mi) of cycleways and footpaths.
Questions have been raised about the return on investment for the project . The Kelpies will be a major tourist attraction in the same way the Falkirk Wheel is , but with no cafe or restaurant facilities visitors may spend little or nothing in the area . The performance area,  which could host large scale events ,  has potential to bring in revenue to the area  , although it is not clear just how much .  Callendar Park  used to host the Big in Falkirk music and arts festival . Recently Falkirk stadium has hosted concerts by Elton John and Rod Stewart .
The final element of the Helix is giant new 
playpark. A set of 
giant wooden tepee-like structures making up the adventure zone will tower over the park.

Falkirk Council has signed off the £377,000 tender for the playpark .

Councillors were told the Helix Park is considered a “destination” for play and the design had to show it could cope with a large volume of use from children aged from three to 14, be as iconic as the park itself and the Kelpies, use materials in keeping with the park which were also durable and be innovative.

Rhona Geisler, director of development services, said: “This will be one of the prime play areas in Scotland and it is expected to be widely used.

“There was a lot of community consultation and feedback about what would be required.

“This product has been selected because of durability and is expected to last for 40 years.”

She added it is hoped the project, which is being part-funded by sportscotland, will be a “great” attraction for youngsters.

Nikon DSLR Cameras

DSLR cameras by Nikon have gained a lot of positive reviews from the online community with their unique features and superb photo-capturing options . Despite the declining camera sales in the market, the new range of Nikon cameras offers exciting new developments for a better photography experience.

Started in 1917, Nikon Corporation has been in the industry of optical devices for many years , producing high quality cameras and other equipment. Over the years, people saw the successful development of Nikon cameras – from the simple compact cameras to the HDSLR cameras of today. The company has even surpassed some of its close competitors with the innovative features of their recent DSLR camera releases. One of the best features that most DSLR cameras by Nikon have is their ability to capture highly detailed pictures, thanks to their huge megapixel capacities. Some of the professional-grade full frame DSLR cameras have up to 36.3 megapixels. Sensitivity of digital imaging systems of most Nikon DSLR cameras have a considerable advantage over other DSLR cameras in the market.

Two of their latest and more popular professional grade cameras, the Nikon Df and D4 Full Frame sensor cameras both have an impressive ISO range of 100-12800. In addition, viewfinders are also improved; with most units have 100% coverage and magnification now up to 0.86x. Image processing systems of most Nikon cameras are with Expeed. These also allow the cameras to have lower power consumption and extended battery life for up to 600 shots and more. One can also record HD videos by a new full HD movie mode found on some DLSR cameras, such as the Nikon D600. The barnd new Nikon D610 takes HD capture to a new level . Their latest models have also improved their auto-focus system and a quiet shooting mode. Generally, Nikon camera monitors have pretty decent and enough sizes to produce better previews of captured images. The most recent models have 3.2-inch 921K dots LCD screen. The cameras have also improved their access on different operating systems of other devices. Most are compatible with WLAN adaptors, making it possible to transmit captured photos from the camera to Apple IOS and Android-powered smart phones. There are also DSLR cameras by Nikon with built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, like the Nikon D5300 and D4 units. Some units have also easy-to-use interfaces and with better mechanical controls for a great photo-capturing experience. Like most of the cameras, these Nikon cameras are convenient to use and easy to carry. The Nikon Df body model only weighs 710g, much lighter than its predecessor units Nikon D4 and D610. What’s good about these cameras is that over time, their advanced technologies produce lighter camera units with all added big features and even greater photography abilities. Their sizes are perfect for those who are handy photographers.

These Nikon DSLR cameras also come with reasonable prices. Price range starts with £429.95 for their entry-level cameras up to £7,999.95 worth of professional cameras. Over the years, DSLR cameras by Nikon have been consistently producing high quality results. With all the added features and improvements, Nikon makes every photo opportunity experience extraordinary.