Nikon announces two new cameras, two new lenses

by Enche Tjin on July 30, 2009

Nikon just announce two new cameras and two new lenses today. There are entry level camera Nikon D3000, a replacement of Nikon D60. Nikon D300s, a replacement for Nikon D300. Two lenses are also a replacement of their predecessors, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II and Nikon 18-200mm VR II.


Initial impression

Like other manufacturer such as Sony and Pentax, the D3000 is designed for users that knows only a little about photography. Nikon introduces Guide Mode, which is a step by step tutorial on how to make a better photos. Nikon has a mini site that explain this mode.

Nikon D3000 is improved from Nikon D60 in some areas, such the auto focus points are now eleven rather than three. The LCD is enlarged to 3″ , 230k. Image resolution remain the same 10mp, no live view or video mode like its older brother Nikon D5000.

The Nikon D300s gets some improvement from D300. The 720 fp/24 fp video mode with external audio output, 7 fps continuous shooting without battery grip and 8fps with battery grip (before 6 fps/8 fps), the quiet shutter release mode for discreet shooting and the dual cards memory slot (Compact Flash and SD card). The best of Nikon just got better.


Nikon also answers full frame camera users cry by releasing Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II. This new lens is optimized for full frame camera (no more vignetting) but in expense of bigger physical size and price. It will be sold at MSRP $2400.

The other unexpected release is the Nikon 18-200mm VR II because the old version is still best in the class compare to its competitors. It is mysterious why Nikon want to release this lens. Will the image quality and VR works significantly better than the first version so Nikon can enlarge the gap of its leadership in superzoom lens? or it is just a marketing strategy. We don’t know at the moment.


Nikon D300s : $1799, Nikon D3000: $599, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II: $2400, Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II: $849

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chatarria September 17, 2009 at 10:43 am

i think nikon was taken again to hell, with the canon d7 wich eats alive the nikon d300

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