The Nikon D3200 has been announced by Nikon Corporation. Fitted with a 24mp DX sensor, the new entry-level camera can be used with a new, optional Wi-Fi adaptor that allows images to be transferred to smartphones and tablets. The new camera has a 920 k dot LCD, up from 230k dots, and records 1080p30 video.
The Nikon D3200 will be available from Adorama and other good suppliers.
The full Nikon USA press release follows:
Canon stumbled into a gold mine when the decided to add video capabilities to their line of DSLR cameras. It was originally added as “checklist feature” to entice compact camera (“point and shoot”) owners to move up to an interchangeable lens camera system (can we say “gateway drug”?) without losing features from the compact camera. When wedding & event shooters started clamoring for more, Canon obliged with the 5D Mk II which has become the de facto standard camera for the wedding shooter. Cinematographers took notice and so did the industry. Now, Canon takes the next step, introducing the EOS 1D C.
For those stargazers among us, Canon have finally released the Eos 60Da, an upgrade to the Eos 20Da of 2005. It has taken seven years, but better wait than never....
The Eos 60Da is optimised for astrophotography, and features a modified infra-red filter in front of the sensor that results in increased sensitivity to light in the 656nm waveband. This will make it easier to capture images of things such as nebulae (gas clouds). In addition, Canon specifies the APS-C, 18mp sensor as a "low noise" type.
The first affordable DSLR camera, intended for the masses of amateurs who wanted to move away from film into this new-fangled technology, was released in 2003. Canon priced its 6MP EOS 300D (called Digital Rebel in the US and Kiss Digital in Japan) at $999, thus breaking the psychological $1k barrier for the first time. Once the floodgates were opened every camera maker followed suit and soon the under-1,000 was the biggest DSLR market. Business boomed, especially for Canon and Nikon, though Pentax, Olympus and Sony (ex Minolta) carved out their niches and thrived in their own ways; even Leica found new wind in the digital world by producing the foremost digital rangefinder. Soon DSLRs became a common feature around the necks of tourists and locals strolling around major cities everywhere in the World.