|Nikon have launched their new D300s and D3000. For specs and pricing, click here.|
|The Nikon 2009-2010 roadmap leaked? Nikon Rumors.
True or False? Independent of the reply, this piece contains enough detailed tech information to keep the rumor fanatics busy for a while.
A whole crop of new lenses plus these cameras: D3000, D300s, D700x, D4, D400, D4x.
|Update: June 3, 18:23 hrs. (UTC -4): D300 price reductions: now for $ 1.551,89 on Amazon (add to shopping cart to see price), for € 1.169 at Digital Street - Netherlands, and € 1.199 at Digital Factory - Spain.|
The Nikon Rumors site – generally quite well informed – published on 29/05 the supposed specs of the new Nikon D300s.
Rumors about the discontinuation of the D300 arisen during the last couple of weeks make a lot of sense when reviewing the characteristics of this new Nikon, which is basically a D300 with some tweaks.
The most interesting update is its capability to capture HD video at a maximum resolution of 1240x720 @ 24 fps., with motion-JPEG compression and a maximum duration of 5 minutes.
The camera is also capable of capturing audio, either with its built-in microphone, or – alternatively – with an external stereo microphone connected to the camera's 3.5 mm. stereo input jack.
Interestingly, the camera supposedly is also AF capable in video mode – a first – but only mounted on a tripod in contrast detect mode.
The other interesting improvement is that the D300s supposedly comes with dual card slots (akin the D3 and D3X), compatible with both CF I and II (UDMA compliant) and SD (SDHC compliant) memory cards – much better than the latter.
This configuration would allow to save RAW and JPG files to different memory cards, copy between cards and/or use the secondary card as a back-up or over-flow for the content of the primary card. Additionally, either card may be assigned as primary.
I would not even upgrade from a D200 for these minor improvements, but people who crave for HD video just might. My suggestion would be to hold out. I surely will... (although I'll probably get the D700 in the mean time).
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