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Take a look at the latest gear from Nikon including D5 D500 and SB-5000 speedlight

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For those the don’t know, the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2016) is where the biggest technology companies get to showcase their latest products, gadgets and innovations to the press and gadget lovers worldwide. Attended by over 175,00 visitors, the show show first debuted in 1967 in Chicago but is now held in Las Vegas and amongst this years most talked about products are electric cars from Volkswagen, Super 8 camera from Kodak, lots of drones and most importantly some exciting new toys from Nikon.

Nikon chose CES2016 as the place to launch some great new products including the flagship professional D5 DSLR camera, SB-5000 flash unit, new kit lenses, an ‘action camera’ and the D500 DSLR which is the camera that has got us all excited!! We Take a look at the latest gear from Nikon including D5 D500 and SB-5000 speedlight

Nikon D500 - Professional cropped sensor (DX) DSLR

The Nikon announcement that had the team at Photo Genius excited is the new D500 digital SLR, this is much anticipated and long overdue replacement to the D300 / D300s and is a professional camera offering many of the features of the new flagship Nikon D3.

The key features (and what they mean in laymen terms)

Sensor : Just like it’s big brother (the D5), the D500 has a newly developed 20.9 Megapixel (cropped DX format) sensor. The newly sensor will deliver more accurate detail, colour and tonal graduations.

Expeed 5 image processor : fast in camera image processor allowing for continuous shooting of up to 10 frames per second.

ISO : The  D500 gives you the flexibility to produce high quality images in dark environments with an impressive ISO range of 100 – 51,200 which is further expandable to Lo 1 and Hi 5 which is the equivalent of 1,640,000 ISO),

Autofocus : The D500 features a new ‘Multi-CAM 20K Autofocus sensor’ boasting 153 focus points of which 99 are cross type points.  Just like the D5  this means more accurate focusing and significantly improved focus tracking then shooting sports and action.

Video : 4K and Ultra High Definition (UHD) video recording is also available at up to 30 frames per second, Other features include a built-in interval timer and 4K UHD quality time-lapse function, which allows you to easily create 4K UHD time-lapse movies in-camera.

WiFi / Bluetooth connectivity : With the new D500 you can transfer images to a compatible smart device using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology or the cameras built-in Wi-Fi (for faster wireless image transfer).

Other features include a 3.2-inch tilting LCD touchscreen and dual card slots for XQD and SD media

Price : At approx $2800 AUD ($1995 USD) for a professional spec camera, we think the Nikon D500 is the camera to look out if you want a camera packed full of features that is rugged and built to last and is fast enough to satisfy the sports and action photographers whilst providing the image quality demand of landscape and portrait photographers alike.

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Nikon D5 - Professional flagship full frame sensor (FX) DSLR

Aimed at the professional and in particular sports and action photographers, the Nikon D5 is a feature packed camera that boasts a brand new 20.82 megapixel sensor (full frame) and also offers 4K video.

The key features (and what they mean in laymen terms)

Sensor : Whilst there are plenty of cameras boasting more megapixels, the newly developed 20.8 megapixel sensor will deliver more accurate detail and tonal graduations.

Expeed 5 image processing engine : The chip inside the camera that does a lot of the hard work and ensures the D5 can shoot at up to 12 frames per second for up to 200 RAW files – sports photographers are going to love this!

ISO : For lowlight photography the Nikon D5 looks set to excel with a ISO range of 100 to 102,400 which is further extendable to a staggering 3,280,000 using the Hi5 setting (yes that’s over 3 Million !)

Auto Focus : Featuring the next generation AF system, the D5 boasts 153 focus points with 99 cross type sensors, this means not only more accurate focusing but significantly improved focus tracking then shooting sports and action.

Video : With continued demand for camera that shoot high quality video, Nikon’s new flagship camera offers 4K/Ultra High Definition (UHD) video recording. The Nikon D5 can shoot 4K movies as well as Full HD (1080p) video in multiple formats.

Other features include a touch screen LCD and two camera options featuring either 2 x CF card slots or 2 x XQD card slots.

Price : Whilst the price has yet to be officially announced, the Nikon D5 is expected to retail at approx $9,400 AUD ($6500 USD) so it’s definitely a camera for the professional and serious photographers only.

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Nikon SB-5000 Speedlight / flash

An unexpected announcement at CES 2016 was the new flagship flash / speed light unit the SB-5000 which key feature is built in radio control.

The key features (and what they mean in laymen terms)

Wireless control : The first Nikon Speedlight to be equipped with a radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting function. This makes wireless multiple flash photography easier, the unit is supported by the new D5 and D500 cameras but an additional controller (WR-R10) is also available to make it compatible with other Nikon cameras.

Cooling system : Flash units generate a lot of heat, so Nikon have developed a new cooling system that cools the flash head and keeps the flash panel from overheating and enabling more than 100 continuous flashes.

Price : TBC

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INSPIRED – a film by Nikon Ambassador Corey Rich.
Shot exclusively on the new Nikon D5, ‘Inspired’ explores what drives today’s most diverse and interesting professional photographers and filmmakers and is an interesting look behind the scenes of a pro photographer at work featuring sports, wildlife, fashion and film making.