Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Is now the time to take the digital plunge?

I was reading about the Nikon D70 in the New York Times and the guy linked to this site by Saurabh Wahi. Wow. Click here to go to David Pogue's excellent article.

Got to get a good digital camera. Wondering if it is worth waiting for the D100 to come down in price. Or waiting for the D2X!

Saurabh Wahi's amazing gallery is shown below (Flash gallery linked to on his site). Go to the orginal article in the New York Times mentioning Saurabh's site. http://www.saurabhwahi.com/middlehome.htm

And Nikon have just announced the D2X being released in January - very cool. A current from the New York Times covers the new Nikon D2X. I've reproduced that below.

Wireless Picture Relay Without a Camera Phone

Published: September 23, 2004

Cellphones with cameras can send photos wirelessly, but the pictures are generally of poor quality. Last week, Nikon fired back, introducing a new digital camera with an adapter that allows it to send 12.4-megapixel photographs through the airwaves. But the wireless connectivity of the new model, the D2X, goes further: it can be operated wirelessly as well, from a computer up to 400 feet away, using a standard 802.11g Wi-Fi network.

While other cameras have been able to transmit photos over data networks, Steve Heiner, the general manager for digital single-lens-reflex cameras at Nikon's United States division, said the D2X was the first to allow wireless remote control of all its major functions.

The D2X, which will reach stores in January at a price to be determined, is in some ways similar to Nikon's D2H, a lower-resolution camera used mostly by news photographers. The new camera, however, is the first from Nikon to use a CMOS image sensor rather than a charge-coupled device.

While the D2X had been anticipated, Nikon surprised the photographic world by also announcing a replacement for its top-of-the-line film camera, the F5. While the new F6 has a liquid crystal display on the back, giving it the look of a digital camera, Mr. Heiner said Nikon expected its appeal to be limited. "The market for this is very small and getting smaller," he said. Ian Austen

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