CES is always a great time for Nikon; this year is no different. They’ve hit the ground in 2016 running with three great new cameras, each excelling in the own category, along with a cool new connectivity piece that makes it easier than ever to share your pictures from a Nikon camera to your social networks. Let’s take a look!
Nikon 360º KeyMission 360
As a devout member of the Church of GoPro I’m absolutely thrilled by this announcement. Rather than just jumping on board with a me-too action cam, Nikon has knocked it out of the park with an awesome, innovative idea. The wide-angle images that we’ve become used to with action cameras are awesome because they really open up the field of view, letting us shoot and record an image that feels immersive, replicating a lot of what we see when we’re actually engaged in action sports. Still, it’s a limited field of view: you can see what the camera’s pointing at…what if you wanted to see what was going on outside of that frame?
This is where the KeyMission 360 excels: it’s has not one but TWO ultra-wide angle lenses, combining to create an incredibly immersive 360º shot for both stills and video. This is a camera that can fill in all of those missing details. It’s a tough little nut as well, built like a tank and waterproof down to 30m. It’s dust, shock, and low-temperature resistant, it includes electronic vibration reduction. The best part? It shoots this full surround video in 4K ultra high definition. It’s safe to say that Nikon has an exciting new entry for this market.
Nikon D5 HD-SLR
Nikon’s HD-SLR line continues to impress, with the D5 offering some great new features. Autofocus continues to be a target for the brand, with the D5 sporting a new 153-point AF system, helping to capture high-speed, high motion images with clarity. For videographers the D5 supports 4K UHD capture, and the EXPEED 5 image processor means quick shots, precise images, and better-than-ever low light performance. In particular the D5 has an unprecedented ISO range from 100 to 102,400, with a high-sensitivity range of ISO 3200 and 12800, great for spots photographers. The D5 can acquire focus in extreme low-light, something Nikon states gives the camera “near night-vision capability that’s well beyond the visibility of the human eye”.
The D5 can shoot up to 12 frame per second with full autofocus and auto exposure, and can take up to 3780 shots per charge.
Nikon D500 DX-format camera
The DX line’s new D500 brings high quality to the pro-sumer market. Featuring weather sealing like the D810, 4K UHD video capture, and a 153-point autofocus system, the D500 is an excellent camera for a wide range users. A touchscreen interface helps to navigate the camera’s settings, with performance of up to frames per second with full autofocus and autoexposure.
Driven by Bluetooth Low Energy, SnapBridge is a smart new way to connect your smartphone to transfer and share images. It stays connected, sharing images from both devices on the fly without the need to constantly reconnect, all in an energy efficient way. This is the next generation of smart image transfer; the coolest part is that up to five smart devices can be paired with a compatible Nikon camera.
More images of the KeyMission 360:
A new more powerful flash was also announced. I’m very curious how the new cooling system works out.
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