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Nikon unveils three new cameras

Las Vegas—Japanese camera manufacturer Nikon Corp. introduced three new cameras for 2016 during the four-day Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held here recently. 

The first is the company’s first 360-degree action Virtual Reality (VR) model; the second is its new D5, an FX-format model; and the third is the much-anticipated D500, a DX-format model that is comparable to the D5, as it incorporates the same powerful 153-point autofocus (AF) system.

The cameras were launched by Nikon’s Imaging senior vice president Nobuyoshi Gokyu and corporate vice president Tadashi Nakayama.

Gokyu said the D5 represented what Nikon was trying to do for the entire digital single lens reflex (DSLR) category, namely “to keep raising the bar on speed, accuracy and image quality.”

“The D5 is built for speed and accuracy with our most advanced AF system, utilizing 153 AF points, 99 cross-type sensors and very wide AF area. Even at 12 frames per second, there is very minimal blackout time and mirror bounce,” he added.

The D5 also boasts of a wide range of ISO sensitivity up to 102400, and expandable to Hi 5 (ISO 3280000 equivalent)—the most expanded sensitivity range in Nikon’s history.

“The Nikon D5 is not just about technical excellence, but the marriage of elegant technologies. Speed and refined image quality have never converged so extensively, making it truly the camera that the industry has been waiting for,” said Nakayama.

The D500, which also supports 4K ultra high definition (UHD) movies, also features the new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine, enabling it to deliver high-quality images and movies. It has a sensitivity range of between ISO 100 and 51200, and it’s expandable to Hi 5 (ISO 1640000 equivalent).

The D500 also employs a touch-screen and tilting monitor, and features SnapBridge, an application that allows images to be shared via constant wireless connection with a smart device.

The KeyMission 360 is a wearable action camera capable of recording true 360-degree video in 4K UHD.

It has an image sensor-and-lens combination on two opposite sides of the camera, and images from each are combined in-camera to create a single realistic, high-definition, 360-degree image.

The camera itself is waterproof up to 30 meters deep without a separate housing. It’s also very tough and stands up well to dust, shocks and low temperatures.

The KeyMission 360 is expected to be released in the international market between March and May. PNA/BERNAMA

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