Nikon News from CES 2016: Nikon D5 and more

by Photo Life

Press release from Nikon Canada
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Nikon Canada announced the latest in its acclaimed series of flagship FX-format professional HD-SLR cameras, the Nikon D5. Far surpassing mere evolution, the D5 boasts myriad powerful new imaging innovations, including a Nikon-developed 20.8-megapixel CMOS sensor, an all-new 153-point AF system, 4K UHD video capture and EXPEED 5 image processing to give photographers the best balance of performance, precision and low-light ability. Nikon has also announced products, including the WT-6A Wireless Transmitter and the exciting new SB-5000 Speedlight, Nikon’s first radio frequency (RF) controlled flash.

“The D5 doesn’t simply get the shot that others might miss — it gets the shot that others just simply cannot,” said Amanda Mohammed, Communications and Nikon Professional Services Manager at Nikon Canada. “With these new products, it becomes evident that photographers who choose Nikon cameras and NIKKOR lenses are equipped with an unrivaled system to surpass even the highest imaging expectations.”

The Nikon D5 once again redefines what an HD-SLR is capable of capturing, and is engineered with the ideal balance of resolution, low-light ability, system speed and processing power. The resulting camera body is truly worthy of the flagship moniker, giving professional photographers and multimedia content creators an indispensable tool to make their creative vision a reality with superior image quality. The D5 introduces many technological firsts for Nikon and offers a variety of new features that share a common goal: to get the shot, no matter what.

New features include:

·         Astounding low-light performance – The Nikon D5 offers an unprecedented native ISO range, from 100 to 102,400, reinforcing the D-series reputation as the leader of low-light image capture. A new world of shooting opportunities awaits, as advancements in noise reduction and processing help capture low-noise images that were previously impossible, with fantastic fidelity. The D5 tames the shadows, whether shooting a newlywed couple’s first dance or sports with minimal lighting. The D5 also realizes unprecedented image quality in the high-sensitivity range between ISO 3200 and 12800 – the range favoured by sports photographers. In addition, the D5 affords the ability to use higher shutter speeds with minimal illumination, letting photographers capture stunning images that are sharper, clearer, and more colourful than ever before. As an added benefit, the next generation autofocus system performs in near darkness, acquiring focus in as little as EV-4 illumination. For extreme low-light ability, the ISO range is expandable from 50 (Lo-1) to a staggering ISO 3,280,000 (Hi-5), offering near-night vision capability that’s well beyond the visibility of the human eye. This extreme sensitivity is a benefit to photojournalists as well as for surveillance and security applications, letting users get shots others cannot see without a flash. This vast ISO range is also available to those capturing 4K UHD video, opening up new possibilities for multimedia and spot-news capture.

·         Exhilarating image quality – The Nikon D5 delivers on the promise of stunning image quality, with the adoption of a new, Nikon-developed 20.8-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor. The camera is designed to achieve the optimized balance between the large full-frame sensor size, resolution and the new EXPEED 5 image processing engine. Users can be confident that images will have enhanced sharpness and clarity, faithful skin tones and the unequaled dynamic range that Nikon pros have come to love. EXPEED 5 also helps to enhance noise reduction, letting photographers take full advantage of the D5’s vast ISO range. When paired with legendary NIKKOR optics, the D5 is truly a tool to help photographers capture the sharpest images possible with astounding clarity and radiant colours.

·         Powerful performance – Nikon’s EXPEED 5 engine serves to dramatically enhance camera performance, delivering low-noise, high-speed image processing and offering the additional processing power needed for 4K UHD video. For professional sports and wildlife photographers, the D5 is capable of capturing images at 12 frames-per-second (fps) with full AE and AF, helping to ensure the decisive moment is caught with crystal clarity and absolute sharpness. Users can also shoot at up to 14 fps with fixed focus and exposure and the mirror locked up, ideal for remote capture. Because the action won’t take a break, the extended buffer lets users shoot for up to 200 frames of 14-bit lossless RAW/NEF files + JPG fine. The new processor is also 25 per cent more efficient, with up to 3,780 shots per charge.

·         Fast autofocus acquisition, with precision – An exciting addition to the D5 is an all-new AF system with Nikon’s first dedicated AF processor. The Multi-CAM 20K AF sensor module offers superior AF performance with 153 AF points, including 99 cross-type sensors – triple the AF points from Nikon’s previous flagship, the D4S. Of these 153 points, 55 AF points/35 cross type points are selectable by photographers to quickly and easily frame any shot. The system is configurable in 153, 72 and 25-point coverage when used with Continuous AF, allowing for stellar AF tracking performance of even the most rapidly moving subjects throughout the frame. Fifteen of the AF points are also functional up to f/8, further aiding those who require extreme telephoto capabilities, including wildlife photographers. This all-new AF system is coupled with a new 180K pixel RGB metering system and Advanced Scene Recognition System helping to achieve optimally balanced exposures and accurate white balance in even the most challenging light.

·         Rugged reliability – Downtime is never an option, so professionals need a camera that’s going to be reliable and support a demanding workflow. The Nikon D5 delivers with rugged construction and robust weather sealing, coupled with a familiar yet enhanced Nikon interface. A new 3.2-inch 2359K dot XGA LCD adds touchscreen functionality, allowing the user to easily pinch, zoom, swipe and scrub in playback, and also enter text faster than ever before. Being the champion of low-light, it is only natural that buttons and dials illuminate for enhanced visibility, while two additional Function buttons have been added for increased customization. The camera also features a Quick Release Mode setting for rapid access to release mode settings. Additionally, a new shutter and mirror sequencing mechanism nearly eliminates blackout time and mirror slap for bright, consistent views during high-speed shooting – realizing truly confident tracking of fast, erratically moving subjects that were previously difficult to track. The D5’s shutter itself is tested to 400K actuations for maximum durability. When paired with the WR-R10 wireless remote controller (transceiver) and WR-A10 Wireless Remote Adapter, the D5 can also interface with Nikon’s newest Speedlight, the RF controlled SB-5000, for new possibilities in lighting control.

·         Rapid and flexible workflow – Further enhancing speed, the D5 is able to utilize the superior read and write speed of XQD memory cards, which are up to 35 per cent faster than CF cards. To appeal to a wide variety of photographers, the D5 will be available in two versions; with either dual XQD card slots or with dual CF card capability. The camera is also capable of shooting smaller RAW Size S or M file types (12-bit, uncompressed) for greater flexibility when transferring batches of files from the field, while retaining image integrity. Photographers can also use the built in 1000 Base-T 400MBps Ethernet connection for image transfer, with speeds up to 1.5x faster than the D4S.

·         Multimedia powerhouse with 4K UHD video – The Nikon D5 is the first Nikon HD-SLR capable of capturing 4K UHD video (3840 x 2160 at 30p), letting users create stunning ultra-high definition video with beautiful clarity and colour. Multimedia content creators can also use the D5 to produce 4K time-lapse videos in-camera using the Time-lapse Movie function, and can create 8-megapixel still images from frame grabs. A great addition to any production environment, the D5 includes all of the most popular pro-level features of the Nikon D810, such as Full HD 1080p video at a variety of frame rates, uncompressed HDMI out, simultaneous live view and headphone/microphone connections. Additionally, the D5 adds a feature to smooth exposure transitions using the Auto ISO function as well as exposure compensation, to create natural-looking exposure transitions in video.

SB5000_front (1)New radio-controlled SB-5000 Speedlight – Lighting with no limits

The Nikon D5 is optimized to work with the newest Nikon flagship speedlight, the SB-5000, illuminating new possibilities in creative lighting. A first for Nikon, the flash operates via radio frequency and will operate without a direct line of sight for a range of up to approximately 98 feet (30 metres). This new-found flexibility lets photographers place lights in different rooms and around corners, and work seamlessly in bright ambient light with maximum efficiency. When paired with the WR-R10 and the D5 or the D500, this speedlight can control up to six groups (A-F) or 18 speedlights for truly advanced wireless lighting. It’s also possible to perform Advanced Wireless Lighting using either radio-controlled (up to three groups) and/or optical controlled units (up to three groups) by simply attaching a conventional, optical-control Nikon Speedlight or the SU-800 Commander (as a master or commander unit) and a WR-R10 (as a commander) onto the D5.

The smaller SB-5000 Speedlight also has a radically new design that includes its own internal cooling system, which prevents overheating of the flash panel from consecutive firings. As a result, the SB-5000 can fire consecutively for longer than conventional models, without flash cool-down time between bursts, and can fire up to 120 continuous shots at 5 second intervals. Controls have also been streamlined and refined, with the addition of an “i” button for access to frequently used settings. The design also integrates versatile bounce ability, with the flash head capable of tilting down to -7° or up to 90°, and rotating horizontally 180° to the left and right.
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New WT-6A Transmitter

Nikon has also announced the WT-6A Wireless Transmitter for use with the D5. An ideal solution for professional image transfer, the WT-6A can transfer with speeds of up to 130 mbps wirelessly and supports the fast IEEE802.11ac standard. The connectivity distance has been extended to approximately 656 ft. and can be used to transfer images to an FTP server or to a computer. When in HTTP mode, the unit can be used to operate camera controls, begin Live View shooting or start/stop HD video recording.

Price and availability

The Nikon D5 HD-SLR will be available at Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers in March 2016 for a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $8,499.95.

The Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight will be available in March 2016 for an MSRP of $769.95.

The WT-6A Wireless Transmitter will also be available in March 2016, with pricing to be announced at a later date.
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Nikon charges into the action camera market with the 360-degree KeyMission 360

Nikon Canada has announced its entry into the action camera market with the development of an exciting lineup of products that build on Nikon’s legendary excellence in optical technology and imaging innovation. The first in the lineup will be the Nikon KeyMission 360, a rugged camera capable of recording true 360-degree video in 4K UHD allowing users to share new perspectives and explore imagery like never before.

The Nikon KeyMission 360 features an image sensor and lens on opposite sides of the device, with images from each combining to create immersive, ultra-high-definition 360-degree videos and still images. A terrific companion for a wide range of travel and sports activities, or when an adventure takes you off the beaten path, the camera is designed to be easy to use and withstand the elements. Waterproof (approximately 100 ft./30 m), and ready to stand up to dust, shock and low temperatures, the KeyMission 360 also features electronic Vibration Reduction (VR), enabled through applications during playback, that reduces the effects of camera shake to help produce sharp and crisp video quality.

Nikon will exhibit reference models of the KeyMission 360 at the Nikon booth at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) from Wednesday, January 6 to Saturday, January 9, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The KeyMission 360, the first of Nikon’s lineup of action cameras, along with a variety of dedicated accessories, will officially be released in spring 2016. For more information about the KeyMission 360 and other Nikon products, please visit
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Pro pedigree, DX agility: The Nikon D500 establishes a new era of DX-format performance

Nikon Canada has announced the D500, a DX-format HD-SLR with pro-level features that gives photographers nimble handling, speed and extreme processing power in a compact and lightweight body. With amazing imaging capability, robust build quality and lightning fast performance, the D500 is sure to satisfy as the highly sought-after successor of the venerable D300S. Like its sibling the D5, the D500 benefits from Nikon’s latest technological innovations, including a totally new, blazing fast Multi-CAM 20K 153-point AF system and 4K UHD video capture, and adds a fun new way to share photos with Nikon SnapBridge.

“Nikon has answered the call to once again re-invent this camera category and offer an unmatched combination of performance and value that is hard for any photographer to resist,” said Amanda Mohammed, Communications and Nikon Professional Services Manager at Nikon Canada. “When paired with the amazing imaging capabilities of legendary NIKKOR optics, photographers can capture intimate portraits, mind-blowing macros or action from extreme distances – the possibilities are endless.”

Pro-level image quality, DX-format versatility

The D500 imagines the best of both worlds, offering advanced enthusiasts and pro photographers all the benefits of DX-format, such as a smaller form-factor and lens crop, combined with many of the same advanced pro features found in the new Nikon D5. The Nikon D500 features an all-new, Nikon developed 20.9-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor that renders images with outstanding colours and gorgeous tonality. This sensor is coupled with Nikon’s new EXPEED 5 image processing engine, offering low noise and maximum processing power with a small footprint and superbly balanced body.

The benefits of the DX-format are evident for long-distance applications like wildlife and sports photography, where telephoto ability is at a premium and weight reduction is welcome. With Nikon’s legendary FX or smaller-sized DX-format NIKKOR lenses, the sleek D500 is the ideal companion for wanderlust. When paired with the new AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens, the camera offers a 350-750 mm zoom equivalent focal range for a lightweight, yet super-telephoto duo.

Because amazing images can happen even when the sun goes down, the D500 is capable of excellent low-light performance, with an ISO range of 100-51,200, expandable to 50-1,640,000 equivalent. From low-light cityscapes to sports under the lights, the D500 is ready to tackle any imaging challenge.

Performance meets portability

Within the streamlined body of the D500 is a formidable processing powerhouse. Whether photographing sports for the home team or animals in exotic destinations, a super-fast 10 frames per second (fps) burst speed with full AF and AE will help nail almost any shot. This extreme speed lets users capture every fleeting moment in exceptional clarity, while a generous buffer allows for up to 79 shots to be captured in 14-bit, uncompressed RAW/NEF.

To keep pace with the action, the D500 is fitted with the same AF system as the Nikon D5, the Multi-CAM 20K AF sensor module, with a separate dedicated processor for AF function. On the D500’s DX-format sensor, the 153-point AF array fills the frame from side to side, letting users flawlessly track and lock-onto subjects from the extreme edges of the viewfinder. Like the D5, the D500 uses the new 180K RGB Metering system and Advanced Scene Recognition System to help ensure balanced exposures and fantastic colour rendition in nearly any shooting situation.

Controls and rugged construction worthy of a flagship

The D500 features robust build quality, offering the same amount of rugged weather sealing as the Nikon D810. The durable body is a monocoque structure composed of magnesium alloy for the top and rear, while the front is reinforced with lightweight carbon fibre. The shutter mechanism has been tested for 200K actuations, helping to ensure maximum endurance. For further durability, the D500 excludes a pop-up flash, but is compatible with Nikon’s newest radio frequency capable flash, the SB-5000 Speedlight (with optional WR-R10 and WR-A10).

It’s easy to compose and view images on the D500’s bright 3.2-inch, high-resolution (2359K-dot) touchscreen LCD, which lets users interact with photos in playback, control the camera and operate menus. When mounted on a tripod or shooting from creative angles, landscape and event shooters will appreciate the reinforced tilting LCD screen, similar to the Nikon D750. Additionally, images are rapidly written to either a fast XQD card slot or to the additional SD card slot for maximum workflow efficiency.

Constant connectivity with the new Nikon SnapBridge

The D500 introduces an innovative way to share photos wirelessly with the new Nikon SnapBridge, making the camera’s built-in connectivity easier to use than ever before. SnapBridge allows for a Bluetooth supported connection between your camera and compatible smart device, thus making automatic upload of your images possible. Once enabled, the camera stays connected to the smart device and transfers photos, eliminating the need to re-connect devices.

Those looking to share images from their travels or from the field can also tag images for transfer in camera and can password protect their connection for added security. As an added benefit, the D500’s built-in Near Field Communication (NFC)3 capability easily connects the camera to a compatible smart device with just a tap, while built-in Wi-Fi capability allows for faster wireless image transfer.

For those looking for an even faster transfer solution, the D500 is also compatible with the optional WT-7A Wireless Transmitter, enabling wired or wireless transmission of files to an FTP server or computer at faster speeds.

Advanced video features

Just like the D5, the D500 has the ability to capture striking 4K UHD video at up to 30p (3840 x 2160), as well as Full HD (1080p) video at a variety of frame rates. Ready for any production, the camera sports a host of pro video features derived from the D810, including uncompressed HDMI output and Picture Controls, but adds even more great features. These pro-level creative video features include the ability to create 4K time-lapse movies in-camera and Auto ISO smoothing to provide fluid transitions in exposure during recording, and the capability to record 4K UHD video to the card and output to HDMI simultaneously. When capturing Full HD 1080p content, the camera also has a new 3-axis electronic VR feature that can be activated regardless of the lens being used.

Challenging video exposures are no problem for the D500, as it also adds in Active D-Lighting into Full HD video to balance exposure values within a scene and to help prevent blown-out highlights.

Price and availability

The Nikon D500 HD-SLR will be available at Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers in March 2016 for a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $2,699.95 (body only).

The MB-D17 battery pack will also be available in March 2016, and will add extended battery life and facilitate vertical shooting. Pricing will be announced at a later date.

The WT-7A Wireless Transmitter will be available in March, and the price is to be determined.

Nikon’s new SnapBridge connectivity makes it easier than ever to seamlessly transfer and share images
Powered by Bluetooth Low Energy, new Nikon SnapBridge enables seamless, always-on sharing

Nikon Canada has announced the launch of SnapBridge via Bluetooth Low Energy – a breakthrough innovation offering always-on wireless connectivity with mobile smart devices for transferring images.

Building on Nikon’s heritage of pushing the envelope for innovation in imaging technology, this move raises the bar yet again because the Bluetooth-powered connectivity of SnapBridge is seamless, energy efficient and provides photographers with a wealth of convenient, connected services.

This technology signals Nikon’s focus on building its innovations in software, establishing the camera as part of the ecosystem of personal devices. SnapBridge will be a standard feature in almost every Nikon camera from 2016 onwards, beginning with the new D500.

SnapBridge via Bluetooth Low Energy enables the continuous and immediate transfer of images from the camera to a mobile device as they are captured in real-time, transforming photography into a social, connected experience. This is achieved automatically without the need to activate image transfer from the camera, while also keeping power consumption low for both devices. Users can also continue to enjoy mobile Internet connectivity during image transfer, allowing them to check their e-mail or access social media while syncing their photographs.

The pairing of Nikon cameras and mobile devices begins with the SnapBridge application, available for iOS and Android on Apple AppStore and GooglePlay.2

New SnapBridge application features include:

·         Simple, intuitive set-up to pair with mobile devices – SnapBridge-integrated Nikon models can be constantly connected to a smart device once the mobile application is installed. For convenience, the connection only needs to be configured once, unlike previous Wi-Fi transfer applications, which require new set-up each time the user’s device is connected. SSID and password set-up that is usually required when connecting for the first time is no longer necessary. Up to five smart devices can be paired with the camera.

·         Seamless transfer of pictures, even while shooting – Photographers can toggle between the option to transfer images automatically during or after shooting in their camera menu. The camera intuitively switches from Bluetooth Low Energy to Bluetooth to transfer the data even when the camera is turned off. Images are transferred to smart devices as two-megapixel (Full HD) images in JPEG format. Original JPEG pictures can be also transferred.

·         Embedding of image information – Information can be embedded into the image conveniently using the SnapBridge application. Users can select up to two types of information, from copyright and image information, to additional text and logos, to be placed in the image for personal image protection and identification.

·         Remote control functions during shooting – The SnapBridge application’s remote shooting function allows users to confirm through-the-lens images on a smart device screen in real-time before releasing the shutter via the application. Additionally, zoom control and the camera’s self-timer can also be controlled via smartphone, offering many possibilities and greater freedom during shooting.

·         Automatic synchronization of location and time information – The SnapBridge application takes the location and time information of the user’s smart device and automatically synchronizes the camera’s to it, removing the need to manually change dates and location information of the camera when traveling abroad. Users can start shooting immediately upon arrival without having to worry about inaccurate location and time settings that will be reflected in their image data.

·         Seamless sharing to social media and NIKON IMAGE SPACE – Seamless sharing to social media applications is supported by SnapBridge. With a registered Nikon ID, Nikon users receive unlimited online storage for two-megapixel images on NIKON IMAGE SPACE. Images transferred to smart devices in the two-megapixel format can be configured to upload automatically to their NIKON IMAGE SPACE account from the SnapBridge application.

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