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#1 acroporas

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Posted 08 August 2006 - 05:07 PM

http://www.nikon.com...e.php?pageid=91

Tokyo — Nikon Corporation is pleased to introduce the D80. Incorporating Nikon's latest digital and photographic technologies, this new high-performance interchangeable-lens digital SLR camera features automated operation and advanced features designed to satisfy any photographer with the passion to create beautiful photographs and preserve special moments.

New 10.2 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD image sensor with the power to capture exceptional sharpness and faithful color at 3,872 x 2,592 pixels size.
Inherits the industry-leading advanced imaging processing engine of Nikon professional D-SLR cameras. Color-independent pre-conditioning prior to A/D conversion works in harmony with high-precision digital image processing algorithms to produce natural-looking images that benefit from faithful color and tone reproduction.
3D Color Matrix Metering II automatic exposure control ensures ideal exposures in most lighting conditions. Evaluating brightness, color, contrast, selected focus area and camera-to-subject distance, the system references the data against an expanded onboard database created using data from more than 30,000 actual photographic scenes to instantly and accurately calculate the final exposure value for the shot. Variable center-weighted metering and spot metering centered on the active focus area are also available.

Refined 11-area AF system packs the same number of focus areas available for the professional D2 series into a space-efficient system that features fast, precise operation. Each of the 11 focus areas can be used individually, the center sensor can be switched to wide-frame operation for broader coverage, and new Auto-area AF mode measures all 11 focus areas, automatically determines which of them are on the primary subject and activates only those areas.

ISO AUTO mode automatically adjusts sensitivity between ISO 100 to 1600 to maximize available light and achieve optimal exposure. Sensitivity can also be set manually between ISO 100 to 1600 in steps of 1/3 EV, plus HI-0.3, HI-0.7 and HI-1. Three levels of High ISO Noise Reduction are available when shooting at high ISO settings. Long Exposure Noise Reduction is also available when shooting at shutter speeds of 8 seconds or slower.


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Posted 08 August 2006 - 05:12 PM

Cool!
"The D80 also adds built-in Standard or Advanced Pictmotion slideshow options, which includes style selections that control transitions and background music. Shows can be enjoyed on the 2.5-inch LCD, or complete with audio on a television when connected via the supplied AV cable."
Now who needs a computer :lol:
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Posted 08 August 2006 - 05:20 PM

damn, i wonder if it'll fit in our d70 housings....

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Posted 08 August 2006 - 05:21 PM

Nope...it won't fit.
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Posted 08 August 2006 - 06:02 PM

Anthony,

You say that with conviction.

Have you tried one in a housing ?

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Posted 08 August 2006 - 06:07 PM

Here is some info on the new lens too (70-300 AFS), not good for underwater, but a great travel lens for topside.

http://www.nikon.com...e.php?pageid=92

The D80 won't fit in current housings because the realtive position of the lens attachment is different from everything else out there, and so is the button layout.

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Posted 08 August 2006 - 06:11 PM

Here is why...
D80/D70 rear view:
nikon_d80_BACK.gif

D80/D70 front view:
nikon_d80_d70.gif

Size compare in next post...
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Posted 08 August 2006 - 06:14 PM

Size comparison:
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Posted 08 August 2006 - 06:27 PM

Here are some dimensions for comparison - of course it's all academic until someone actually gets a unit in their hands.

D80 132mm x 103mm x 77mm
D200 147mm x 113mm x 74mm
D70 140mm x 111mm x 78mm

Remember a box beer to the first to get one underwater. ( working ) :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Posted 08 August 2006 - 06:34 PM

Multiple Exposure is a new shooting option that creates a single image within the camera from up to 3 consecutive exposures, producing an effect automatically that resembles multiple exposure techniques used with film.


Does any other digital camera offer this? Very cool. Not that you can't do it better in photoshop, but at now you can do it in a way that the "photoshop haters" can't object to..
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Posted 08 August 2006 - 07:01 PM

With the D200 you can:

These are two separate functions on the D200 that give control in-camera that normally is only available in-computer. The Multiple Exposure system allows one to create a single image from up to 10 separate exposures, while controlling the division of exposure needed for an accurate final image.

The Image Overlay function allows one to create a composite image by combining two separate images in camera, and varying the opacity of the two images. The final results are saved as a stand alone image, and the original files are saved also. This could be used instead of a neutral density filter, by shooting for the dark to mid tones in one image, and the mid to high tones in the other, then combining the two images, in-camera, for one properly exposed image with much a wider light range.

Not that I've ever used either of these functions...
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Posted 08 August 2006 - 07:07 PM

The D2 (both X and H) has the same feature of creating a single image from up to 10 exposures. It also has image overlay, potentially useful for over/under shots, but I haven't tried it yet.

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Posted 08 August 2006 - 07:21 PM

my aquatica has plenty of room.... i am going to stuf it in there!

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Posted 08 August 2006 - 07:29 PM

You got that crowbar handy mate?
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Posted 08 August 2006 - 07:30 PM

Me first; after all, I'm in the country. Woo hoo; sounds like what I've been waiting for.
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Posted 08 August 2006 - 07:41 PM

Any official date or price?

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Posted 08 August 2006 - 07:48 PM

The link is dead... They pulled it out! No speculations on dates, but apparently the body only will cost $1099 in the US, £799 in the UK and 119.800 Y in Japan.

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Posted 08 August 2006 - 07:52 PM

I wonder if that'll mean a price drop on the D200?
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Posted 08 August 2006 - 07:59 PM

more likely an increase on teh D200...

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Posted 08 August 2006 - 08:08 PM

What tha? :lol:
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