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Nikon Release D4 Firmware Upgrade

Nikon Release D4 Firmware Upgrade 

Nikon has released a firmware upgrade for the Nikon D4.

Modifications enabled with A firmware Ver. 1.03 / B firmware Ver. 1.02

Focus accuracy when a lens and teleconverter with a combined maximum aperture of f/8 is used has been increased.
The firmware can be downloaded here

Nikon 70-200mm F4 Lens

Nikon 70-200mm F4 ED VR

Nikon 70-200mm F4 ED VR

 

Nikon Imaging has announced a new 70-200mm lens with a constant F4 aperture

Nikon 70-200mm F4 ED VR Lens has been announced and will go on sale on 29/11/2012.

“High-performance telephoto zoom lens for use with FX-format SLRs.

Boasting a strong combination of constant f/4 aperture and versatile 70–200mm focal range, this lens is ideal for events, travel, wildlife, and even sports.

Nikon’s Vibration Reduction system lets you shoot at shutter speeds up to five stops slower for exceptionally sharp, steady images when shooting handheld. The superior optical design delivers outstanding resolution and contrast in diverse conditions.”

Key Features

FX-format telephoto zoom lens with 70–200mm focal range (105–300mm when used with a Nikon DX-format SLR).

Constant f/4 aperture throughout the zoom range.

Vibration Reduction (VR) system: minimizes camera shake and lets you shoot at shutter speeds up to five stops slower.

Nano Crystal Coat greatly reduces ghosting and flare.

SWM (Silent Wave Motor) enables quiet and accurate autofocus.

Two focus modes: A/M (autofocus with manual override, AF priority) and M (manual focus).

Minimum focus distance: 1 m.

Lightweight body for a telephoto zoom lens.

RT-1 tripod collar ring (optional accessory): enables the lens to be rotated freely for smooth transition between vertical and horizontal orientation.

Specifications

Type Type G AF-S lens with built-in CPU and F mount
Focal length 70-200 mm
Maximum aperture f/4
Minimum aperture f/32
Lens construction 20 elements in 14 groups (including 3 ED lens elements, one HRI lens element, and lens elements with Nano-Crystal coatings)
Angle of view Nikon film SLR and FX-format D-SLR cameras: 34° 20′ – 12° 20′ Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras: 22° 50′ – 8°
Focusing Nikon Internal Focusing (IF) System with autofocus controlled by Silent Wave Motor and separate focus ring for manual focus
Minimum focus distance 1 m (3.28 ft) from focal plane at all zoom positions
Maximum reproduction ratio Approx. 0.274x
No. of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded diaphragm opening)
Diaphragm Fully automatic
Filter-attachment size 67 mm
Dimensions Approx. 78 mm maximum diameter x 178.5 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)
Weight Approx. 850 g (30.0 oz)

the Nikon 70-200mm F4 Lens is a long awaited lens in the Nikon line up and is sure to be a good seller.. the recommended retail price at launch is

£ 1,172.9
Incl.VAT
From the Nikon Store

Capture One Pro 7

Capture One Pro 7

PhaseOne have updated CaptureOne 6.4 to version 7. I for one am a bit bummed by this payed upgrade as I only bought the software in August. Apparently if you purchased version 6 less than a month ago it is a free upgrade. If not it is a €99.0 upgrade.

It seems the cut of date for the free upgrade to version 7 is 26/Sept/2012, so I expect there will be quite a few put out by this.

I tried version 7 as a trial and found quite a few initial problems, on my machine if I open a folder full of .NEF files it only displays about a 1/3 rd of the folder images, leaving the rest as blank squares with no information about the image showing. I haven’t gone into it any further than that and removed it from my machine.

Update

I tried Capture One Pro 7 again and found that by turning of OpenCL the thumbnails all loaded and also that the program was more responsive on my machine. After comparing the costs of buying say PhotoNinja from PictureCode versus the latest C1 Pro, that I was better of upgrading. The Picturcode purchasing model is for a yearly subscription of $99.00 to continue with updates after a year. I purchased my C1 pro upgrade for €69.00. I have to say that Capture One Pro 7‘s new conversion engine is very good.

So decision made.

I will be using Capture One Pro 7 extensively over the next few weeks and trying out the new features the program offers, not least of which is cataloguing of images

Update 2

It seems there is a Beta version designated 7.02 being tested at the moment offering excellent raw conversion for the Fuji X-Trans sensor. This will be very good news for those with the alleged water-colour effect seen in images coming from Adobe Lightroom and Silkypix to some degree.

 

Reikan FoCal

FoCal Screenshot

FoCal Screenshot

Reikan FoCal

This software from Reikan is an AF microadjustment calibrator and lens performance testing software.

I heard about Reikan FoCal on forums around the web when it was in it’s early stages of production.

When I actually bought the software and tried to calibrate two of my lenses to my Nikon D3 I found it to be less than stellar.

It went through all the testing and after a while came up with an optimum setting for AFMA (Auto Focusing Micro Adjustment). I found that after making the adjustments recommended by FoCal

that my real world shots just didn’t match what the software had decided was the best setting.

I thought to myself no problem this is early stage software maybe later versions would improve the algorithm  used and maybe modified test charts would be released, so I wasn’t too worried.

I have used all the updates released so far and never found it to be of any real use, unless you just like photographing test charts and seeing the results on a computer screen.

I stuck with it though and hoped things would change with the next update.

The latest update for the plus version of the software is 1.6 so I upgraded to the said version to try yet again and see what could be achieved.

Unluckily for me it wouldn’t run at all, nothing,nada,zilch. So I un-installed the program completely  and re-installed it hoping that would cure whatever was stopping the program running, in short it didn’t.

As the program relies on the Microsoft .Net 4 framework to run I thought that maybe this was where the problem may lay, so I uninstalled the .Net 4 and FoCal then re-installed both Focal and .Net 4.

Still I had the same problem so I decided to email Reikan maybe they could help. I sent the email asking if there was a known problem, my reply was from a new helpdesk where a ticket was opened, I was sent login details to see how my help ticket was progressing.

I received a reply asking what was happening (splash screen showing,program opening then quitting?)

I replied and stated that nothing was happening no start up and no response from the program at all.

The reply from the helpdesk was slow in coming back and stated that my ticket was now closed and they hoped my problem was resolved!!! what?

I logged in and re-opened the ticket as I had not received any help at all, so my ticket was re-opened.

Two days later I received another email stating the same thing my ticket was closed

“Your Ticket #150 – {Problem with FoCal} – Will Not Run –  has been closed.

We hope that the ticket was resolved to your satisfaction. If you feel that the ticket should not be closed or if the ticket has not been resolved, please reply to this email.

Sincerely,
Reikan Technology Support Team”

So not only am I un-impressed with the actual program, but also their help desk it seems leaves a lot to be desired. I haven’t bothered replying and will just have to put my cost of entry to FoCal down  to a loss and move on.

If you want to buy into the FoCal way of fine tuning your autofocus system go here.

As for me I have removed the software from my computer and do not expect to hear from them again even though I paid good money for the software.

RedEdge Images

Two images from my small collection at RedEdge Images

RedEdge Images

RedEdge Images now represent a new collection of my images for creative stock specifically for book covers.

I have now submitted images and been accepted as a contributor at  RedEdge Images

My as yet small collection can be seen at this url

 Red Edge images is a boutique image library which evolved from The Gailans Collection to supply high quality images to publishers worldwide, mainly for fiction book covers.

I am looking forward to working with RedEdge images in the future and building a good and saleable collection of book cover images.

“At Red Edge, we don’t like ‘stock photography’. What we like is original photography with a commissioned feel to most of the images. We love atmospheric, evocative, eye-catching, creative photography. But that should come as no surprise since both the partners are photographers with many years experience of photography for publishing and advertising.”

PictureCode PhotoNinja

PictureCode PhotoNinja

From the makers of NoiseNinja have unveiled a pre-release version of PhotoNinja 1.02 a trial version can be downloaded here

PhotoNinja Interface

PhotoNinja Interface

I have downloaded and used PhotoNinja for a couple of days now. Initially when you download and install the program

it will not allow you to render any of your raw files out of the program, a quick email to PictureCode requesting a trial key

received a swift reply with a key code for a two weeks trial.

I had occasion to email PictureCode regarding one or two small problems I had

and received quick and detailed replies to my questions.

I really have not used the program long enough yet to come to an absolute conclusion as to  whether this program

is the best raw convertor or indeed the value of it in monetary terms. The cost of PhotoNinja is $129.00 or in Sterling around £79.50.

I can say though that I am enjoying testing the program and hope to have my own review of the program in the next couple of weeks.

PictureCode are also working on a Photoshop plugin for better integration so that an intermediate image does not have to be used

to finish the image in Photoshop itself.

All in all so far I have found the program to have an excellent raw engine which gets very good detail both in the shadow areas and indeed the highlights.

I have found though that the highlight recovery can create a false color, which though can be easily corrected using the tools provided for raw conversion.

PhotoNinja also has NoiseNinja 3 built in which is a very handy noise reduction algorithm for high iso noise in

your images.

Color Correction panel

Color Correction panel

Noise-Reduction-Panel

Noise-Reduction-Panel

More information can be found at PictureCode.com

The Tutorials page can be found here

Update

Ok so I have been using PhotoNinja with the trial keycode for two weeks and here are a few observations.

The program is very resource intensive. If you work on an image, finish your adjustments and then move on to another image without closing the previous image you worked on, the program will bring your computer to its knees.

Another  thing is the lack of batch processing each image has to be rendered individually.

I can not find any kind of history state in the program which means once an adjustment is made there is no simple way to go back. There is the camera image preview which will show the original and let you compare

the edited version against the original.

The lack of a simple clone tool is also a bit of a bind. a simple dust removal (Spot Healing Tool) would be a welcome addition.

There is a tool for wide angle lens correction, but I found it difficult if not impossible in some images to get lines parallel on architectural type shots.

I am sure that some of these shortcomings will be addressed in future updates, but for the time being these shortcomings do slow down the workflow somewhat.

My trial key runs out tomorrow so I can only adjust images in PhotoNinja and not actually render them.

All these small nitpicks aside the program does an excellent job of getting the best from raw files and I personally prefer them to Phase One’s Capture One Pro renderings, which is a far more expensive, although more comprehensive raw convertor.

PhotoNinja has been updated to Ver 1.02 and can be found here 

Hasselblad Lunar

Hasselblad, manufacturer of the world’s most advanced medium format camera system, has announced a revolutionary plan to market a state-of-the-art, Italian-designed ‘ultimate luxury’ mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera early next year.

Hasselblad Lunar

Hasselblad Lunar

Luca Alessandrini Hasselblad’s New Business Development Manager said: “The Lunar is a celebration of the passion that the company’s founder Victor Hasselblad had for photography. We’ve developed this model in the traditional way, using handmade wooden prototypes to ensure superior ergonomics and functionality. This is a camera for both serious photographers and enthusiasts who aspire to shooting with a Hasselblad.”

He added: “Lunar, which can be used in fully automatic or fully manual mode, has been designed to be easy to use and versatile but with all the advanced technology employed in top DSLRs. For the first time the market now has a camera embracing traditional Hasselblad state-of-the-art image capture combined with stunning Italian design features.

And for the first time ever we are using carbon fiber, titanium, wood, leather and precious metals – including gold. The camera grip itself offers unparalleled ergonomics and has been developed to embrace both compact E-mount and the larger professional A-mount lenses.”

The Lunar, which is set for launch in the first quarter of 2013, will be priced circa 5000 Euros and will be available in a choice of standard models plus a variety of exclusive hand grips and precious materials on special order.

Dr. Larry Hansen, Hasselblad CEO and Chairman said:  “It has always been my ambition to enable all fans of the iconic Hasselblad brand to have an opportunity to own one of our cameras. The company mission is to develop exceptional products at the very top end of the market segments in which we operate. In 1962 astronaut Walter Schirra took the first Hasselblad camera into space. Walter had painted the 500C’s metal surface black to minimise reflections. Now, in celebration fifty years later, we have developed Lunar – an aesthetically and ergonomically beautiful piece of camera art, complete with colour options and an evocative vintage look and feel, for photography lovers down here on planet Earth.”

Key Lunar features will include:

•    DSLR-like performance thanks to the highest technology APS-C 24.3 MP sensor
with 25AF points focusing matched to an Ultra fast Processor with real time
image processing and accurate RAW to JPEG translation.
•    Accurate composition for both still and video in any light conditions thanks to
the Ultra-bright 3″ high definition display and revolutionary OLED viewfinder
that guarantees superior contrast and ultra fast response.
•    One-touch instant full HD video recording to shoot in Auto or fully manual mode.
Focus and exposition control plus the connection for an external microphone and
the option to use larger A-mount lenses for professional video creation.
•    Instant shutter response (0.02 second release time lag) ten frames per second
and an extremely Wide ISO 100 -16000 range.
•    The camera software includes an exceptionally comprehensive set of creative
styles, picture effects, scene selections and the smart “intelligent face registration”
making the shooting experience even more fun.
•    Auto HD, DRO and Anti-motion blur mode.
•    An Innovative TriNavi system for DSLR-like tuning, two flash options and
Anti-dust system complete the Lunar state-of-the-art package

Added Dr. Hansen: “This new model is the result of meticulous engineering research, culminating in the creation of an unprecedented camera which underpins the Hasselblad mission to pioneer and produce supreme quality across all our products.”

Source Of Information Hasselblad

Rumoured price around £4,500 seems a bit steep for a glorified Nex 7?

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D


Your entry into the full-frame world
A 20.2-megapixel DSLR featuring a full-frame sensor and compact design. Ideal for portrait photography and travel, offering tight control over depth of field and a large choice of wide-angle EF lenses.
Full-frame 20.2-megapixel sensor
Tough, lightweight construction
Max ISO 25,600 (expandable to ISO 102,400)
11-point AF sensitive down to -3EV
GPS* records your location
Wi-Fi** file transfer and remote control
Full-HD video
20.2 megapixel CMOS Large sensor for maximum control over depth of field Great low light shots Continuous shooting Choice of AF points for creative framing Powerful DIGIC processing Large clear view of your scene Large bright screen for clear viewing High Dynamic Range mode Combine multiple frames into a single image Stunning 1080p movies Tag your images with location data Share your images and control your camera over Wifi Edit and process RAW images in camera Widest selection of Lenses

Canon EOS 6D
Digital Interchangeable Lens Camera

Remotely control or view images on your EOS 6D wirelessly using the new Canon EOS Remote app available for iOS and Android smartphones or tablets

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Overview
Canon EOS 6D
Your entry into the full-frame world
A 20.2-megapixel DSLR featuring a full-frame sensor and compact design. Ideal for portrait photography and travel, offering tight control over depth of field and a large choice of wide-angle EF lenses.
Full-frame 20.2-megapixel sensor
Tough, lightweight construction
Max ISO 25,600 (expandable to ISO 102,400)
11-point AF sensitive down to -3EV
GPS* records your location
Wi-Fi** file transfer and remote control
Full-HD video
20.2 megapixel CMOS Large sensor for maximum control over depth of field Great low light shots Continuous shooting Choice of AF points for creative framing Powerful DIGIC processing Large clear view of your scene Large bright screen for clear viewing High Dynamic Range mode Combine multiple frames into a single image Stunning 1080p movies Tag your images with location data Share your images and control your camera over Wifi Edit and process RAW images in camera Widest selection of Lenses
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20.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor

At the heart of the EOS 6D is a 20-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and a powerful DIGIC 5+ image processor. Together these deliver images that are packed with detail and clarity. Colours are reproduced accurately whilst tonal gradation is subtle and natural.
The full-frame advantage

Enjoy access to wide-angle EF lenses and discover new approaches to landscape, interiors and street photography. The extra control over depth of field provided by the full-frame sensor is perfect for adding impact to your portraits.
Designed to travel

Lightweight enough to go everywhere with you and strong enough to withstand the rigors of travel photography. Simple controls and intuitive ergonomics make the EOS 6D quick and easy to use.
Powerful low-light performance

When light levels get low, the EOS 6D keeps delivering superb photography. ISO sensitivity extends from ISO 100 up to ISO 25,600 (expandable to L:50, H1:51,200, H2:102,400) and an 11-point autofocus system is responsive down to -3EV. That’s sensitive enough to operate under moonlight.
Compose pictures with ease

Work intuitively with the EOS 6D’s bright full-frame viewfinder. A 1,040,000-dot 7.6 cm (3.0”) Clear View II LCD screen makes Live View shooting of stills and Full-HD video a pleasure.
Creative features designed for you

Preserve detail in both highlights and shadows with the EOS 6D’s high dynamic range (HDR) shooting mode, and create composite images with its multiple-exposure facility. ±5 stop exposure compensation and ±3-stop auto exposure bracketing allow flexibility and fine tuning of exposure.
GPS tracks your every movement

Built-in GPS determines your exact location and geotags each image file with the information. In GPS Logger mode a record of your route is recorded as you move around, even when the camera is switched off.
Wi-Fi for unparalleled connectivity

Shoot remotely from alternative viewpoints: connect and control your EOS 6D using your PC, Mac or smartphone. Images can be transferred wirelessly and shared with family and friends.
Full-HD Video

Shoot Full-HD video at 1080p resolution, taking advantage of fast-aperture lenses and full manual control to achieve cinematic effects.

Information Source  Canon UK

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Nikon D600

Digital SLR camera Nikon D600

September 13, 2012

A FX-format camera with a body smallest and lightest among FX-format cameras that offers excellent basic performance and a 24.3-megapixel image sensor for superior imaging performance

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Nikon D600. Despite having the smallest and lightest body among Nikon FX-format cameras, the D600 offers advanced basic camera performance, and is equipped with a new FX-format CMOS image sensor with an effective pixel count of 24.3-million pixels and the same EXPEED 3 image-processing engine built into high-end Nikon D-SLRs (D4, D800, D800E) for superior definition and image quality.

The D600 is a new model added to the Nikon FX-format digital SLR lineup with a smaller size and lighter weight–approx. 141 (W) x 113 (H) x 82 (D) mm, 760 g*1 for excellent portability, yet offers the superior image quality and rendering performance, operation, and durability of high-end FX-format D-SLRs. The D600 is a compact and lightweight camera that offers excellent cost performance. In addition to a new FX-format CMOS image sensor with an effective pixel count of 24.3-million pixels and the same EXPEED 3 image-processing engine built into high-end models, the D600 inherits a number of advanced features from its high-end cousins, including an optical viewfinder with frame coverage of 100%*2, a large and clear, 3.2-inch LCD monitor with a wide viewing angle for superior visibility, and the same dust- and water-resistance as the D800 and D800E. What’s more, this single FX-format camera also offers support for the complete DX NIKKOR lens lineup for greater convenience with both still image shooting and movie recording. The D600 makes full use of its 24.3-million effective pixels with high-resolution, full-HD movie recording (1920 x 1080/30p). It is also equipped with the Multi-area mode Full-HD D-Movie function, which enables recording in either FX- or DX-based movie format for more creative imaging expression.

  • *1Body only.
  • *2With shooting in FX format.

D600 Development Background

Nikon has been strengthening and expanding its FX-format digital SLR camera lineup, most recently with the release of the D4, the new FX-format flagship model that offers the ultimate in functions and performance, followed by the D800 and D800E, both equipped with a CMOS image sensor with an effective pixel count of 36.3-million pixels, for incredible definition and image quality. The D600 was developed to bring the enjoyment of photography with an FX-format camera to a broader range of users. It offers the superior rendering characteristics, image quality, operation, and durability of previous FX-format D-SLRs in a body that is as compact, lightweight, and easy to use as DX-format cameras, thus making it suited not only to advanced amateur and professional photographers, but also photo enthusiasts looking to make the most of their more creative side.

D600 primary features

  1. The Nikon FX format in a compact and lightweight body for excellent portabilityThe D600 measures approximately 141.0 x 113.0 x 82.0 mm (W x H x D) and weights approximately 760 g*, making it extremely compact and the lightest Nikon FX-format digital SLR camera available. In addition to adoption of a lightweight and durable magnesium alloy for the top and rear body covers, all joints are effectively sealed for the same superior dust- and water-resistance as the D800 and D800E.
    • *Body only.
  2. A new 24.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS image sensor for superior image quality and resolution over a broad range of sensitivitiesThe D600 is equipped with a new FX-format CMOS image sensor with an effective pixel count of 24.3-million pixels that ensures a high signal-to-noise ratio and broad dynamic range. The camera supports a broad range of standard sensitivities, from ISO 100 to ISO 6400, for beautiful images exhibiting very little noise and rich expression of tones. The range of sensitivities can also be expanded to the equivalent of ISO 50 (Lo 1) or up to the ISO 25600 equivalent (Hi 2). What’s more, use of NIKKOR lenses equipped with Nikon’s advanced optical technologies maximizes performance of the D600’s FX-format CMOS sensor, with its effective pixel count of 24.3-million pixels, for images that offer clear and sharp reproduction of even the finest details.
  3. The EXPEED 3 image-processing engine, optimized for high-performance digital SLR cameras like the D600, for superior, high-speed processingThe D600 is equipped with the same EXPEED 3 high-speed image-processing engine built into high-end D4, D800, and D800E Nikon FX-format cameras. The EXPEED 3 image-processing engine has been optimized for digital SLR cameras to offer faster and better performance for faithful rendering, vivid color reproduction, and expression of a broad dynamic range. It also effectively suppresses noise with advanced noise-reduction processing for still images captured at high sensitivities under dim lighting, all while preserving definition and sharpness. Special noise-reduction processing designed especially for movies maintains crisp, clear outlines in movies recorded in low-light situationse.
  4. Excellent basic camera performance and operation for comfortable shootingAdoption of the Multi-CAM4800 autofocus sensor module enables certain acquisition and tracking of the intended subject with 39 focus points. Cross-type sensors have been adopted for the nine most frequently used focus points at the center of the frame. In addition, seven focus points (5 horizontal focus points and 1 each above and below at the center of the frame) are fully functional at f/8. All of this means more precise autofocusing when super-telephoto NIKKOR lenses are used with a teleconverter (2.0x).What’s more, extremely precise automatic control provided by the Scene Recognition System analyzes detailed scene brightness and color information acquired from the 2,016-pixel RGB sensor, and applies that information to autofocus, automatic exposure, i-TTL balanced fill-flash, and white balance control.The D600 is also equipped with a high-magnification optical viewfinder that supports a frame coverage of approximately 100% with shooting in FX format and magnification of approximately 0.7x*1. The 3.2-inch, approximately 921k-dot monitor with wide viewing angle is equipped with an ambient brightness sensor that automatically controls monitor brightness and contrast according to ambient lighting conditions to ensure clear viewing. Dual SD memory card slots (SDXC, UHS-I2 compliant) that enable the use of two SD memory cards at a time make for smoother, stress-free still-image and movie recording.
    • *1With 50-mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0m-1
    • *2Interface standard
  5. High-resolution, full-HD movie recording at 1290 x 1080/30p making full use of a high effective pixel count of 24.3-million pixels, and Multi-area mode Full-HD D-Movie for recording movies in one of two formatsBy simply pressing the movie-record button just above and to the left of the shutter-release button in movie live view mode, users can enjoy movie recording that makes full use of the camera’s 24.3-million effective pixels. Not only does the D600 support full-HD movie recording at 1920 x 1080/30p, but adoption of the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video compression standard ensures that superior picture quality is maintained while data is compressed to allow for recording of a single movie for up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds*1.The Multi-area mode Full-HD D-Movie function offers two movie formats*2, FX-based movie format and DX-based movie format, for recording of full-HD 1920 x 1080/30p. (both FX- and DX lenses can be used). The FX-based movie format makes full use of the large image sensor and offers a shallow depth-of-field with an emphasis on blur characteristics while the DX-based movie format is optimal for recording movies that bring subjects closer when lenses with short focal lengths are used.The D600 is also equipped with a headphone jack so that headphones may be used to check sound, and movies and the movie live view display can be viewed simultaneously in the camera’s monitor and an external monitor. Uncompressed movie data recorded in movie live view mode can also be output to an external recorder via the built-in HDMI interface, and the time-lapse photography function can be used to automatically photograph relatively slow moving action, such as the blooming of a flower and the passing of clouds, at specified intervals. The camera then combines the photos and records them as a silent time-lapse movie.
    • *1Maximum length is 20 minutes with some frame size/rate and movie quality settings.
    • *2Movies are recorded with an aspect ratio of 16 : 9 regardless of the format selected.
  6. Support for the Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1b for collaboration with smart devicesWhen the Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1b (sold separately) is connected, true, high-quality photos captured with a compatible digital SLR camera can be easily transferred to a smart device*1 for sharing of images. The smart device can be used to control camera shooting remotely with the live view display shown in the smart device screen, and images captured with the D600 can be transferred to the smart device over a wireless network connection*2 (remote movie recording is not supported). The WU-1b allows for the immediate transfer of photos captured with the D600 and NIKKOR lenses to family and friends, or uploading to blogs or social networking sites, increasing the ways users enjoy their photos after they are taken.
    • *1Android smartphones running 2.3.x or 4.0 and Android tablets running OS version 3.x or 4.0 are supported. iOS devices(iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) running 5.1 and 5.1.1 are supported.
    • *2The Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility app must first be installed on the smart device. The app can be downloaded free of charge from the smart device’s app store.

Additional D600 Features and Functions

  • Extremely fast response with high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 5.5 fps*, a power-up time of approximately 0.13 s*, and a shutter-release time lag of approximately 0.052 s*, as well as a virtual horizon feature showing not only horizontal tilt to the left or right (roll), but also forward and backward tilt (pitch; only the roll indicator is displayed in the viewfinder).
  • Equipped with a built-in flash that covers the angle of view of a wide-angle 24-mm lens and has a guide number of approximately 12/39 (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F). The built-in commander function enables wireless control over up to two groups of remote optional flash units with the built-in flash serving as the master flash.
  • New Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D14 (sold separately), which holds not only Rechargeable Li-ion Batteries EN-EL15, but also AA batteries (alkaline, lithium, Ni-MH) is available.
  • A durable shutter unit that has passed testing for approximately 150,000 cycles, and supports a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 s and flash sync speed of 1/200 s. The shutter is equipped with a monitor function that automatically checks for, and detects, errors between the specified shutter speed and actual shutter speed.
  • A locking mechanism on the mode dial prevents accidental adjustment of the shooting. Operation has also been improved by positioning the mode dial on top of the release mode dial.
  • Independent Picture Control and movie-record buttons make the camera easier to operate.
  • A live view selector makes live view operation more convenient with smooth switching between live view photography and movie live view.
  • Nikon’s image browsing and editing software, ViewNX 2, is supplied with purchase.
    • *Measured according to CIPA guidelines.
  • *Google, Android, and Google Play are trademarks or registered trademarks of Google Inc.
  • *iPad, iPhone and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries.
  • *Products , brand names and service names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
Price Body Only         £1955.00
Pre Order At Warehouse Express
Release Date September 18Th 2012
Source Nikon Imaging Tokyo Press Release

Nikon Digital SLR Camera D600 Specifications

Type
Type
Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mount
Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Effective pixels
Effective pixels
24.3 million
Image sensor
Image sensor
35.9 x 24.0 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon FX format)
Total pixels
24.7 million
Dust-reduction system
Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)
Storage
Image size (pixels)
  • FX format (36×24): 6,016 x 4,016 (L), 4,512 x 3,008 (M), 3,008 x 2,008 (S)
  • DX format (24×16): 3,936 x 2,624 (L), 2,944 x 1,968 (M), 1,968 x 1,312 (S)
  • FX-format photographs taken in movie live view: 6,016 x 3,376 (L), 4,512 x 2,528 (M), 3,008 x 1,688 (S)
  • DX-format photographs taken in movie live view: 3,936 x 2,224 (L), 2,944 x 1,664 (M), 1,968 x 1,112 (S)
File format
  • NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed or compressed
  • JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available
  • NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control System
Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
Media
SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards
Dual card slots
Slot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage or for separate storage of copies created using NEF+JPEG; pictures can be copied between cards
File system
DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3, PictBridge
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverage
  • FX (36×24): Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical
  • DX (24×16): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical
Magnification
Approx. 0.7x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint
21 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment
-3 to +1 m-1
Focusing screen
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)
Reflex mirror
Quick return
Depth-of-field preview
Pressing depth-of-field preview button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (other modes)
Lens aperture
Instant return, electronically controlled
Lens
Compatible lenses
Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC lenses), DX lenses [using DX (24×16) image area], AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (A and M modes only); IX-NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses cannot be used
The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supports the center 7 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster and the center 33 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/6.8 or faster)
Shutter
Type
Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Speed
1/4,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb, time (requires optional ML-L3 Remote Control), X200
Flash sync speed
X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/250 s or slower (flash range drops at speeds between 1/200 and 1/250 s)
Release
Release modes
S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release),  (self-timer),  (remote control), MUP (mirror up)
Frame advance rate
Approx. 1 to 5 fps (CL) or approx. 5.5 fps (CH)
Self-timer
2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2 or 3 s
Remote release modes
Delayed remote, quick-response remote, remote mirror-up
Exposure
Metering
TTL exposure metering using 2,016-pixel RGB sensor
Metering method
  • Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data
  • Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12-mm circle in center of frame; diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15 or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circle or average of entire frame)
  • Spot: Meters 4-mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Range
(ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)
  • Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0 to 20 EV
  • Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV
Exposure meter coupling
Combined CPU and AI
Exposure modes
Auto (auto; auto [flash off]), scene (portrait, landscape, child, sports, close up, night portrait, night landscape, party/indoor, beach/snow, sunset, dusk/dawn, pet portrait, candlelight, blossom, autumn colors, food, silhouette, high key, low key), programmed auto with flexible program (P), shutter-priority auto (S), aperture-priority auto (A), manual (M), U1 (user settings 1), U2 (user settings 2)
Exposure compensation
-5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Exposure bracketing
2 to 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2 or 3 EV
Exposure lock
Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index)
ISO 100 to 6400 in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV; can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 or 2 EV (ISO 25600 equivalent) above ISO 6400; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-Lighting
Can be selected from auto, extra high, high, normal, low or off
ADL bracketing
2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3 frames using preset values for all frames
Focus
Autofocus
Nikon Multi-CAM 4800 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, 39 focus points (including 9 cross-type sensors; the center 33 points are available at apertures slower than f/5.6 and faster than f/8, while the center 7 points are available at f/8), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 to 3 m/1 ft 8 in. to 9 ft 10 in.)
Detection range
-1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Lens servo
  • Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status
  • Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus point
Can be selected from 39 or 11 focus points
AF-area modes
Single-point AF, 9-, 21- or 39-point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, auto-area AF
Focus lock
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Flash
Built-in flash
 ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  : Auto flash with auto pop-up
P, S, A, M,  : Manual pop-up with button release
Guide number
Approx. 12/39, 12/39 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Flash control
TTL: i-TTL flash control using 2,016-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600 or SB-400; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash modes
Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off; auto FP high-speed sync supported
Flash compensation
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Flash bracketing
2 to 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2 or 3 EV
Flash-ready indicator
Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoe
ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting
System (CLS)
Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with built-in flash, SB-910, SB-900, SB-800 or SB-700 as a master flash and SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes, or SU-800 as commander; built-in flash can serve as master flash in commander mode; auto FP high-speed sync and modeling illumination supported with all CLS-compatible flash units except SB-400; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
Sync terminal
AS-15 Sync Terminal Adapter (available separately)
White balance
White balance
Auto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored), choose color temperature (2,500 K to 10,000 K); all with fine-tuning
White balance bracketing
2 to 3 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3
Live View
Modes
Live view photography (still images), movie live view (movies)
Lens servo
  • Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time servo AF (AF-F)
  • Manual focus (M)
AF-area modes
Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
Autofocus
Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Movie
Metering
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Metering method
Matrix
Frame size (pixels)
and frame rate
  • 1,920 x 1,080; 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p
  • 1,280 x 720; 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p
  •  Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; options support both high and normal image quality
File format
MOV
Video compression
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format
Linear PCM
Audio recording device
Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Maximum length
Approx. 29 min. 59 s (20 min. depending on frame size/rate and movie quality settings)
Other options
Index marking, time-lapse photography
Monitor
Monitor
Monitor 8-cm (3.2-in.), approx. 921k-dot (VGA), low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with approx. 170° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and automatic monitor brightness control using ambient brightness sensor
Playback
Playback
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, GPS data display and auto image rotation
Interface
USB
Hi-Speed USB
HDMI output
Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Accessory terminal
Remote cord: MC-DC2 (available separately)
GPS unit: GP-1 (available separately)
Audio input
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
Audio output
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)
Supported languages
Supported languages
Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian
Power source
Battery
One EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Battery pack
Optional MB-D14 Multi-Power Battery Pack with one EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery or six AA alkaline, Ni-MH, or lithium batteries
AC adapter
EH-5b AC Adapter; requires EP-5B Power Connector (available separately)
Tripod socket
Tripod socket
1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions / weight
Dimensions
(W x H x D)
Approx. 141 x 113 x 82 mm/ 5.6 x 4.4 x 3.2 in.
Weight
Approx. 850 g/1 lb 14.0 oz with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 760 g/1 lb 10.8 oz (camera body only)
Operating environment
Operating environment
Temperature: 0 to 40°C/32 to 104°F; humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)
Accessories
Supplied accessories
(may differ by country or area)
EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-25 Battery Charger, DK-5 Eyepiece Cap, DK-21 Rubber Eyecup, UC-E15 USB Cable, AN-DC8 Camera Strap, BM-14 LCD Monitor Cover, BF-1B Body Cap, BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM

Sony Introduces SLT- a99

Sony SLT A99

Sony SLT A99

Sony Introduces SLT- a99

A-mount flagship 35mm full-frame camera debuts Dual AF System and pro-style video features

l Flagship camera with Translucent Mirror Technology and newly developed 24.3 effective megapixel full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor

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l Very wide sensitivity range ISO 50-25600 (at expanded sensitivity setting) with extremely low noise

l Advanced Full HD 50p progressive movie shooting with non-stop Continuous AF and pro-style audio features

l XGA OLED Tru-Finder with 100% frame coverage

l Enthusiast-class handling with tough, light magnesium alloy body, weather seals and revised Quick Navi Pro interface

Now advanced photographers can explore the creative possibilities of full-frame imaging plus the responsiveness of Translucent Mirror Technology.

The eagerly awaited successor to the flagship α900 DSLR, the new α99 is the first Translucent Mirror camera from Sony to feature a full-frame 35mm

image sensor.

Ruggedly built to cope effortlessly with tough assignments, the α99 sets new standards of imaging performance, creative options, user-focused

ergonomics and reliability to satisfy demanding enthusiasts.

Sony SLT-A99

Sony SLT-A99

Unsurpassed imaging performance and responses

Unique to the α99, a newly developed full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor with 24.3 effective megapixels is teamed with a highly advanced BIONZ image

processing engine. This powerful sensor/processor combination guarantees unprecedented levels of imaging performance with still and video

shooting.

The full-frame sensor’s resolving power is enhanced by a newly developed separate multi-segment optical low-pass filter. Assisted by an all-new frontend

LSI, the BIONZ engine processes massive amounts of image signal data from the Exmor CMOS Sensor at very high speeds. Together with a

powerful new area-specific noise reduction (NR) algorithm, this achieves a 14-bit RAW output, rich gradation and low noise.

The evolved BIONZ processor boosts maximum sensitivity range (in expanded sensitivity mode) as wide as ISO 50-25600 – a range of 9 stops. Its

unprecedented processing power also enables the α99 to shoot a burst of full-resolution images at up to 6 frames per second or 10 fps in Tele-zoom

high speed shooting mode.

For the first time ever, the 19-point AF system with 11 cross sensors is complemented by a multi-point focal plane phase-detection AF sensor. With no

less than 102 AF points, this additional AF sensor overlays the main image sensor. Harnessing the power of Translucent Mirror Technology, this

unique Dual AF System permits ultra-fast, accurate autofocusing that maintains tracking focus even if the subject leaves the 19-point AF frame.

The α99 also debuts an advanced new AF-D continuous autofocus mode that’s supremely effective with moving subjects. The 19-point AF system

provides reliable depth focusing information. It’s complemented by the 102-point multi-point focal plane phase-detection AF sensor that copes

effortlessly with subjects traversing the focal plane.

From launch, new AF-D mode is supported by the SAL2470Z, SAL2875, SAL50F14, SAL300F28G2, SAL70400G and SAL500F4G lenses. More

lenses will be supported via future firmware updates.

As a further focusing refinement, a new AF range control function allows users to set the distance range recognised by the AF system. This smart

feature significantly aids operability if you’re focusing on distant sports action through a nearby wire mesh fence.

Crafted for videographers and movie-makers

The α99 inherits the world-leading ‘cinematic DNA’ from professional movie cameras and high-end camcorders by Sony. The unmatched resolving

power and sensitivity of the full-frame sensor is complemented by advanced features optimised for professional video production.

The α99 supports the needs of professional movie-makers, offering full-frame Full HD 50p/25p (switchable to 60p/24p) progressive video recording to

meet AVCHD Version 2.0 specifications. As introduced on the α77, Full-time Continuous AF Movie allows smooth, non-stop tracking of moving

subjects. Other movie-oriented enhancements include real-time Full HD video output via HDMI, and uninterrupted ‘dual-card’ recording using both of

the camera’s media slots.

For extra convenience during movie shooting, a silent new multi-controller is easily accessible via a dial on the front of the camera body. This allows

smooth, silent adjustment of exposure compensation, ISO sensitivity and metering method, shutter speed, aperture and audio record levels during Full

HD video capture. Shooting stamina is tripled by partnering the camera with the new VG-C99AM Vertical Grip that houses up to three batteries in total

(see below). It’s even possible to exchange batteries ‘on the fly’ without interrupting movie recording.

Audio features have also been significantly enhanced to meet the exacting needs of serious videographers. An audio level display and adjustable

audio record levels are joined by a headphone jack for accurate in-the-field monitoring. The optional XLR-K1M adaptor kit adds a high-quality mono

shotgun mic and pro-standard XLR connections for dependable audio acquisition.

Uncompromised handing for serious photographers

The XGA OLED Tru-Finder gives a detail-packed view of your subject, offering 100% frame coverage with exceptional brightness, contrast, clarity and

resolution.

You’ll enjoy a full 100% view on the Tru-Finder screen, even if you’re shooting with a DT lens that’s optimised for cameras with an APS-C sensor.

Angle of view is converted automatically for image recording and display. This viewfinder is completely compatible with the APS-C format and displays

scenes using the entire finder screen.

Complementing the Tru-Finder, there’s also a three-way tiltable 1229k-dot (VGA equivalent) XtraFine LCD with WhiteMagic™ technology to boost

screen brightness in outdoor conditions.

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extremely tough yet light design.

Weather-resistant seals protect against dust and moisture, while controls and buttons are ruggedized for years of unflinching operation on virtually

any assignment. The camera’s stamina and reliability is underlined by a redesigned shutter block that’s tested to approximately 200,000 release

cycles.

Ergonomics have been refined for a smooth, seamless workflow that doesn’t interrupt your creative focus. Enhancements include a re-designed grip,

while switches and button shapes are differentiated for intuitive fingertip operation without taking an eye off your composition. There’s also a new

exposure mode dial lock that prevents accidental rotation.

Further evolved from the acclaimed α700 and α900, the newly-developed Quick Navi Pro interface gives quick, intuitive one-handed access to

shooting parameters.

The camera can also be operated via remote PC connection. Supported functions include switching between still/movie shooting, plus automatic

transfer of still images from camera to PC for enhanced studio workflow.

Designed for professionals: new lens and accessories

The full-frame imaging capabilities of the α99 make an ideal complement for the new 300mm F2.8 G SSM II (SAL300F28G2) lens. Designed for

demanding sports and wildlife applications, this bright super-telephoto offers a significantly uprated optical design and improved handling compared

with its predecessor. The Sony-developed Nano AR Coating on optical surfaces assures flawless still images and HD video with reduced flare and

ghosting, offering enhanced contrast with crisp black, while a new LSI drive circuit offers faster, more accurate autofocus with enhanced tracking AF.

The dust- and moisture-resistant design makes the lens ideal for the toughest outdoor shooting assignments.

Technical Specifications: SLT-A99

Further evolved from the acclaimed α700 and α900, the newly-developed Quick Navi Pro interface gives quick, intuitive one-handed access to

shooting parameters.

The camera can also be operated via remote PC connection. Supported functions include switching between still/movie shooting, plus automatic

transfer of still images from camera to PC for enhanced studio workflow.

Designed for professionals: new lens and accessories

The full-frame imaging capabilities of the α99 make an ideal complement for the new 300mm F2.8 G SSM II (SAL300F28G2) lens. Designed for

demanding sports and wildlife applications, this bright super-telephoto offers a significantly uprated optical design and improved handling compared

with its predecessor. The Sony-developed Nano AR Coating on optical surfaces assures flawless still images and HD video with reduced flare and

ghosting, offering enhanced contrast with crisp black, while a new LSI drive circuit offers faster, more accurate autofocus with enhanced tracking AF.

The dust- and moisture-resistant design makes the lens ideal for the toughest outdoor shooting assignments.

In addition, a new wide-aperture Carl Zeiss A-mount prime lens is now under development. Optimised for superb results with the camera’s 35mm full

frame image sensor, the Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM will be available in Spring 2013.

Offered exclusively as an option for the α99, the brand-new VG-C99AM vertical grip can house and manage three batteries in total (including the

camera’s own on-board battery). Resistant to dust and moisture, the grip is ideal for lengthy shooting sessions in the studio or outdoors.

The range-leading HVL-F60M is a powerful flash (GN60, in metres at ISO 100) with built-in LED light that’s ideal for creative applications with stills or

movie shooting. Smart functions include wireless multi-flash ratio control and Sony’s unique Quick Shift Bounce adjustment, while operation can be

controlled quickly via the flash’s intuitive Quick Navi system. Resistant to dust and moisture, the HVL-F60M comes supplied with a bounce adaptor for

flash, and a colour conversion filter for use with LED lighting. Ideal for the α99 and other cameras featuring the new Multi Interface Shoe, the HVLF60M

can also be used with Auto-lock Accessory Shoe cameras via the supplied ADP-AMA Shoe Adaptor.

Compatible with 49mm and 55mm diameter lenses, the HVL-RL1 Ring Light offers highly effective LED illumination of small subjects that’s ideal for

macro shooting. Its high output level (approx. 700 lx/0.3m) is approximately four times brighter than the previous model. Brightness can be adjusted

steplessly for precise control of creative lighting effects. Operation can also be switched between full-ring illumination for shadowless lighting and halfring

illumination to create shadow effects. The optional FA-MA1AM Macro Light Adaptor is required when using the Ring Light with SAL30M28 or

SAL50F18 lenses. Compatible with the Multi Interface Shoe of the α99, the HVL-RL1 can also be used with cameras that have an Auto-lock Accessory

Shoe via the supplied ADP-AMA Shoe Adaptor.

The new XLR-K1M XLR Adaptor Kit meets the demanding audio needs of professional movie production. It provides two pro-standard XLR terminals

for connecting the α99 with professional microphones and mixing consoles. Operating flexibility is maximised by MIC/LINE input selection and separate

adjustment of two channel levels. The adaptor kit comes supplied with the ECM-XM1 monaural shotgun microphone, but may also be used with a wide

range of professional microphones. An optional bracket is required when using the XLR-K1M with the α99.

The RMT-DSLR2 Remote Commander allows wireless shutter release for still images and start/stop control of video shooting. As well as the α99, it’s

also compatible with other α A-mount and E-mount cameras that include a remote control receiver.

Styled to reduce carrying fatigue, the LCS-BP3 Backpack is designed to meet the stringent demands of professional photographers. Its generous

capacity can hold the α99 camera body plus Vertical Grip and attached telephoto zoom lens, together with 3-4 spare lenses, accessories and a 15.5”

laptop.

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The PCK-LM14 Screen Protector Semi Hard Sheet safeguards the camera’s LCD screen against dust, scratches. It’s supplied with a separate

protector sheet for the top display panel.

For further details of the full range of lenses and accessories for the α99, please visit www.sony.co.uk/hub/dslr/accessories

Sony’s new SDXC UHS-I memory card, SF-64UX(64GB) with ultra-high speed interface (UHS-I) compatibility, offers significantly higher transfer speeds

up to 94MB/s (read) and 43MB/s (write). The SF-64UX is ideal for burst shooting with the α99, without missing the moment. It also enables rapid data

rates when transferring content including large RAW images or video files to your PC.

The new cards have been subjected to rigorous Sony testing, in order to achieve high levels of reliability and data integrity. Additionally, the new cards

are water-resistant, and are designed to perform under a wide range of operating temperatures. Users can also shoot with ease knowing their photos

and videos are protected thanks to Sony’s File Rescue Software* which can help recover photos and videos that may have been accidentally deleted.

(*This software is available for Sony memory media products customers through free download at www.sony.net/memorycard)

The new α99 full-frame Translucent Mirror camera from Sony is available in Europe from early November 2012.

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518 accessory shoe. The Multi Interface Shoe was developed as a common shoe for imaging products by Sony such as digital still cameras, digital

video cameras and interchangeable lens cameras promoting compatibility among accessories and offering an enhanced shooting experience for

users.

Sony SLT-A99

Sony SLT-A99

General Camera type Interchangeable lens digital camera

Lens compatibility Sony A-mount lenses, operation with

Minolta/Konica Minolta lenses

confirmed

Image sensor Type 35mm full frame (35.8 x 23.9mm),

“Exmor” CMOS sensor

Number of pixels

(effective)

Approx. 24.3 megapixels

Number of pixels (total) Approx. 24.7 megapixels

Image sensor aspect

ratio

3:2

Colour filter R, G, B primary colour

Number of pixels

(effective)

Approx. 24.3 megapixels

Number of pixels (total) Approx. 24.7 megapixels

Image sensor aspect

ratio

3:2

Colour filter R, G, B primary colour

Anti-Dust system Charge protection coating on lowpass

filter and image sensor shift

mechanism

Recording system (still

image)

Recording format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3,

MPF baseline compliant), RAW

(Sony ARW 2.3 format), RAW &

JPEG

Image size (pixels) [3:2] 35mm full frame L: 6000 x 4000

(24M), M: 3936 x 2624 (10M), S:

2640 x 1760 (4.6M)

APS-C L: 3936 x 2624 (10M), M:

2640 x 1760 (4.6M), S: 1728 x 1152

(2.0M)

Image size (pixels)

[16:9]

35mm full frame L: 6000 x 3376

(20M), M: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M), S:

2640 x 1488 (3.9M)

APS-C L: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M), M:

2640 x 1488 (3.9M), S: 1728 x 976

(1.7M)

Image size (pixels)

[Sweep Panorama]

Wide: horizontal 12,416 x 1,856

(23M), vertical 5,536 x 2,160 (12M),

Standard: horizontal 8,192 x 1,856

(15M), vertical 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4M)

Image quality modes RAW (14-bit), RAW & JPEG, JPEG

Extra fine,

JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard

Picture Effect 11 types (15 variations):

Posterisation (Colour), Posterisation

(B/W), Pop Colour, Retro Photo,

Partial Colour (R), Partial Colour

(G), Partial Colour (B), Partial

Colour (Y), High Contrast

Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft

High-key , Soft Focus, HDR

Painting, Rich-tone Mono, Miniature

Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear,

Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape,

Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn

leaves, Black & White, Sepia

(Contrast (-3 to +3 steps),

Saturation (-3 to +3 steps),

Sharpness (-3 to +3 steps))

Dynamic Range

functions

Off, Dynamic Range Optimiser

(Auto/Level (1-5)), Auto High

Dynamic Range (Auto Exposure

Difference, Exposure Difference

Level (1-6 EV, 1.0 EV step))

Colour space sRGB, Adobe RGB

Recording system

(movie)

Recording format AVCHD Ver. 2.0 (Progressive),

AVCHD, MP4

Video compression AVCHD Ver. 2.0 compliant / MPEG-4

AVC (H.264)

Audio recording format Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AACLC,

2ch

Movie recording

system (AVCHD)

1920 x 1080(60p, 28M,

PS)

Approx.28Mbps (Max. bit-rate)

1920 x 1080(50p, 28M,

PS)

Approx.28Mbps (Max. bit-rate)

1920 x 1080(60i, 24M,

FX)

Approx.24Mbps (Max. bit-rate)

1920 x 1080(50i, 24M,

FX)

Approx.24Mbps (Max. bit-rate)

1920 x 1080(60i, 17M,

FH)

Approx.17Mbps (Average bit-rate)

1920 x 1080(50i, 17M,

FH)

Approx.17Mbps (Average bit-rate)

1920 x 1080(24p, 24M,

FX)

Approx.24Mbps (Max. bit-rate)

1920 x 1080(60i, 17M,

FH)

Approx.17Mbps (Average bit-rate)

1920 x 1080(50i, 17M,

FH)

Approx.17Mbps (Average bit-rate)

1920 x 1080(24p, 24M,

FX)

Approx.24Mbps (Max. bit-rate)

1920 x 1080(25p, 24M,

FX)

Approx.24Mbps (Max. bit-rate)

1920 x 1080(24p, 17M,

FH)

Approx.17Mbps (Average bit-rate)

1920 x 1080(25p, 17M,

FH)

Approx.17Mbps (Average bit-rate)

Movie recording

system (AVC MP4)

1440 x 1080(30fps) Approx.12Mbps (Average bit-rate)

1440 x 1080(25fps) Approx.12Mbps (Average bit-rate)

VGA(640 x 480, 30fps) Approx.3Mbps (Average bit-rate)

VGA(640 x 480, 25fps) Approx.3Mbps (Average bit-rate)

Movie function Audio Level Display, Audio Rec

Level, PAL/NTSC Selector, AF

Tracking Duration, Auto Slow

Shutter, HDMI Info. Display

Recording system GPS Yes

Media Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory

Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD, SDHC

(UHS-I compliant),

SDXC (UHS-I compliant)

Noise reduction Long exposure NR: On/Off

selectable, available for shutter

speeds longer than 1 sec.

High ISO NR: Normal/Low/Off

selectable

Recording mode on 2

memory cards

Simult. Rec (Still), Simult. Rec

(Movie), Simult. Rec (Still/Movie),

Sort (JPEG/RAW), Sort (Still/Movie),

Copy

Multi Frame NR Auto/ISO 100 to 51200

White balance Modes Auto / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy /

Incandescent / Fluorescent

<Warm White / Cool White / Day

White / Daylight> / Flash / Colour

Temperature <2500 to 9900K> &

colour filter <G7 to M7, A7 to B7> /

Custom <3>

AWB micro adjustment Yes <G7 to M7 (15 steps), A7 to B7

(15 steps)>

Bracketing 3 frames, H/L selectable

Focus system Type TTL Phase-detection AF

Focus sensor Detector 1: CCD line sensors

Detector 2: Focal Plane Phase

Detection sensors

Focus point *1 Detector 1: 19 points (11 points

cross type)

Detector 2: 102 assist points

Sensitivity range Detector 1: -1 to 18 EV (at ISO 100

equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)

Focus mode DMF (Direct manual focus), Manual

focus selectable

AF mode *1 Single-shot AF (AF-S), Automatic

AF (AF-A), Continuous AF (AF-C),

Depth Map Assist Continuous AF

(AF-D) selectable

Focus area Wide (auto,19

points) /Zone/Spot/Local selectable

Object Tracking Yes

Other features Predictive control (AF-A, AF-C, AFD),

Focus lock, AF ON, Eye-start AF

AF illuminator built-in, LED type

Focus area Wide (auto,19

points) /Zone/Spot/Local selectable

Object Tracking Yes

Other features Predictive control (AF-A, AF-C, AFD),

Focus lock, AF ON, Eye-start AF

AF illuminator built-in, LED type

AF illuminator range Approx. 1-7m

AF Range Control Yes

AF micro adjustment Yes

Exposure control Metering type 1200-zone evaluative metering

Metering sensor Exmor CMOS sensor

Metering sensitivity -2 to 17 EV (at ISO 100 equivalent

with F1.4 lens)

Modes Multi-segment, Centre-weighted,

Spot

Exposure modes AUTO (iAUTO, Superior Auto),

Programmed AE (P),

Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed

priority (S), Manual (M), Scene

Selection, Sweep Panorama, Telezoom,

Continuous Advance Priority

AE, Movie (Programmed AE (P),

Aperture priority (A) / Shutter-speed

priority (S) / Manual (M) selectable

in manual focus mode)

Scene Selection Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports

action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night

scene, Hand-held Twilight

Exposure compensation +/-5.0 EV (1/3EV, 1/2EV steps

selectable)

Bracketing Bracket: Cont./Bracket: Single, With

1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 2.0 EV, 3.0

EV increments, 3/5 frames (2.0 EV,

3.0 EV : only 3 frames) selectable

AE Lock Available with AE lock button. AE is

also locked when focus is locked in

multi-segment metering mode.

ISO sensitivity

(Recommended

Exposure Index)

Still images: ISO 100-25600

equivalent (1/3 EV step), (ISO

numbers up from ISO 50 can be set

as expanded ISO range.), AUTO

(ISO 100-6400, selectable lower and

upper limit)

Movies: ISO 100-6400 equivalent

(1/3 EV step) / AUTO (ISO 100-3200

equivalent)

Viewfinder Type 1.3 cm (0.5 type) electronic

viewfinder (colour)

Number of dots 2 359 296 dots

Brightness control Auto/Manual (3 steps between -1

and +1)

Colour temperature

control

Manual (5 steps)

Field coverage 100%

Magnification approx. 0.71 x (with 50mm lens at

infinity, -1m-1)

Diopter adjustment -4.0 to +3.0m-1

Eye point Approx. 27mm from the eyepiece

lens, 22mm from the eyepiece frame

at -1 diopter (CIPA standard)

Display Contents Graphic Display / Display All Info. /

No Disp. Info. / Digital Level Gauge /

Histogram

LCD screen Type 7.5 cm (3.0 type) TFT drive

Number of dots (total) 1,228,800

Brightness control Auto, Manual (5 steps between -2

and +2),

No Disp. Info. / Digital Level Gauge /

Histogram

LCD screen Type 7.5 cm (3.0 type) TFT drive

Number of dots (total) 1,228,800

Brightness control Auto, Manual (5 steps between -2

and +2),

Sunny Weather

Adjustable angle Tilt angle: 140° upward / 180°

downward

Rotation angle: 180° clockwise / 90°

counterclockwise

Display Contents Graphic Display / Display All Info. /

No Disp. Info. / Digital Level Gauge /

Histogram / Shooting information for

viewfinder mode

Quick Navi Yes (Quick Navi Pro)

Focus Check Yes Focus Magnifier (35mm full

frame: 5.9x, 11.7x APS-C: 3.8x,

7.7x)

Peaking MF Yes (Level setting:

High/Mid/Low/Off, Colour:

White/Red/Yellow)

LCD panel Top panel Yes

Face detection Modes On/On (Regist. Faces)/Off

Face registration / Face

selection

Yes

Max. number of

detectable faces

8

Auto Portrait Framing Still images Yes

Other features Help Guide Clock Function, Setting,

Area Setting,

Shop Front Mode, Eye-Fi ready *2

Clear Image Zoom Still images Approx. 2x

Digital zoom Smart zoom (Still

images)

M: approx. 1.5x, S: approx. 2.3x

Digital zoom (Still

images / Movie)

Approx. 4x

Digital zoom (Movie) Approx. 4x

Smart Teleconverter Smart Teleconverter Approx. 1.4 x / 2x

Shutter Type Electronically controlled, verticaltraverse,

focal-plane

Shutter speed Still images: 1/8000 to 30 sec, Bulb

Movies: 1/8000 to 1/4 (1/3 step), up

to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/25 in

Auto Slow Shutter mode)

Flash sync. speed 1/250 sec.

Electronic Front Shutter

Curtain

Yes (ON/OFF)

SteadyShot INSIDE

(image stabilisation)

Type For still images: Image Sensor-Shift

mechanism, For movies: Electronic

Compensation effect Equivalent to approx. 2.5 to 4.5

steps in shutter speeds *Varies

according to shooting conditions

and lens used

Flash Control ADI, Pre-flash TTL

Flash compensation +/- 3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3

and 1/2 EV steps)

Flash bracketing 0.3/0.5/0.7/2.0/3.0 EV steps, 3/5

frames (2.0/3.0 EV : only 3 frames)

selectable

Flash modes Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear

Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye

reduction (on/off selectable), Hispeed

sync. *3 , Wireless *3

External flash Sony α System Flash compatible

with Multi Interface Shoe, attach the

frames (2.0/3.0 EV : only 3 frames)

selectable

Flash modes Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear

Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye

reduction (on/off selectable), Hispeed

sync. *3 , Wireless *3

External flash Sony α System Flash compatible

with Multi Interface Shoe, attach the

shoe adaptor for flash compatible

with Auto-lock accessory shoe

Drive Drive modes Single Shooting, Continuous

shooting (Hi/Lo selectable), Selftimer

(10/2 sec delay selectable),

Bracket: Cont., Bracket: Single,

White Balance bracket, DRO

bracket

Speed (approx., max.)

*4

Tele-zoom Continuous Advance

Priority AE: Maximum Approx. 10/8

fps selectable

Continuous shooting Hi:

35mm full frame: Maximum approx. 6

fps

APS-C: Maximum approx. 7 fps

Continuous shooting Lo:

35mm full frame: Maximum approx.

2.5 fps

APS-C: Maximum approx. 2.5 fps

No. of frames

recordable* (approx.) *4

*5

when used with SD (UHS-I

compliant) memory card

Continuous shooting Hi: Extra FINE

15, FINE 24, STD 29, RAW 15,

RAW+JPEG 12

Tele-zoom Continuous Advance

Priority AE (8 fps): Extra FINE 20,

FINE 28, STD 31, RAW 19,

RAW+JPEG 18

Tele-zoom Continuous Advance

Priority AE (10 fps): Extra FINE 20,

FINE 26, STD 28

when used with Memory Stick PROHG

Duo

Continuous shooting Hi: Extra FINE

14, FINE 18, STD 20, RAW 13,

RAW+JPEG 11

Tele-zoom Continuous Advance

Priority AE (8 fps): Extra FINE 17,

FINE 20, STD 24, RAW 17,

RAW+JPEG 16

Tele-zoom Continuous Advance

Priority AE (10 fps): Extra FINE 18,

FINE 22, STD 24

Interface PC interface miniB, Hi-speed USB (USB2.0)

(Mass-storage (Multi LUN), MTP, PC

remote)

Sync. Terminal Yes

HD output HDMI mini connector (Type-C),

BRAVIA Sync (link menu), PhotoTV

HD

Multi Interface Shoe *6 Yes

Auto-lock Accessory

Shoe

Yes(with supplied shoe adaptor)

Mic Terminal Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)

DC IN Terminal Yes

Wired Yes

Headphone Terminal Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)

Vertical Grip Connector Yes

Compatible OS (USB

connection)

Windows XP *7 SP3, Windows Vista

*8 SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Mac OS X

(v10.3-v10.8)

Audio Microphone Built-in stereo mic or ECM-ALST1

(with supplied shoe adaptor) / ECMCG50

/ XLR-K1M (sold separately)

Speaker Built-in, monaural, Volume settings

in 8 steps

Print Compatible standards Exif Print, Print Image Matching III,

DPOF setting

Lens compensation Lens compensation Peripheral Shading, Chromatic

Audio Microphone Built-in stereo mic or ECM-ALST1

(with supplied shoe adaptor) / ECMCG50

/ XLR-K1M (sold separately)

Speaker Built-in, monaural, Volume settings

in 8 steps

Print Compatible standards Exif Print, Print Image Matching III,

DPOF setting

Lens compensation Lens compensation Peripheral Shading, Chromatic

Aberration, Distortion

Power Battery Rechargeable battery pack NPFM500H

Still images Approx. 410 shots (Viewfinder) /

approx. 500 shots (LCD monitor)

(CIPA measurement)

Movies *9 Approx. 155 min with viewfinder,

approx. 155 min with LCD monitor *9

External power AC Adaptor AC-PW10AM (sold

separately)

Weight With battery and

Memory Stick PRO Duo

included

Approx. 812 g

Body only Approx. 733 g

Dimensions mm (WxHxD) excluding

protrusions

Approx. 147 × 111.2 × 78.4 mm

*1 When using 102 points assist AF or AF-D, limited lenses will be compatible initially. Expansion is planned by

body firmware update.

*2 Eye-Fi cards can be used only in the countries where they are purchased. Use Eye-Fi cards in accordance

with the law of the countries where the cards were purchased.

*3 With compatible external flash

*4 Varies according to shooting conditions or memory card used

*5 Continuous drive (Hi) in Drive mode

*6 Sony accessories for the Accessory Shoe can be attached.

*7 64-bit and Starter Editions are not supported.

*8 Starter Edition is not supported.

*9 An AVCHD format movie recordable for up to 29 minutes, and an MP4 format movie for up to 29 minutes.

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