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Nikon launches D7200, COOLPIX P900, View NX-i and the renewal of the Nikon Image Space app

By Ian Chee & Marcus Wong - on 2 Mar 2015, 4:39pm

Nikon launches D7200, COOLPIX P900, View NX-i and the renewal of the Nikon Image Space app

Nikon D7200

Not resting on their laurels after the launch of the D5500, Nikon has just announced the launch of the D7200, a 24.2 Megapixel DX-format camera that comes with the EXPEED 4 image-processing engine and shares the same autofocus system as the D750. There’s also Wi-Fi and NFC support, two SD slots for in-camera backup, and the D7200 is going to be the first DX-format camera to get the time-lapse function, opening another avenue of exploration to DX-format photographers.

The D7200 takes full advantage of the processing capabilities of the EXPEED 4 engine to off an ISO range of 100 to 25,600 with Hi BW1 and Hi BW2 (equivalent to ISO 51,200 and 102,400 respectively) as options for monochrome images.A “Flat” Picture Control mode has been added which should be handy to videographers, as this option allows overblown highlights, shadows or color saturation to be suppressed, allowing you to achieve rich gradation in both brightness and color.

Unlike the D750 and the D5500, the D7200 doesn’t use Nikon’s new Monocoque design, instead using a magnesium alloy in the top and rear covers. This helps it offer weather and dust sealing on par with the D810 and D750 at the cost of added weight. For reference, the D7200 weighs 675g (body only) while the Full-frame D750 weighs 750g (body only), and the D5500 weighs 420g (body only).

Sports and action enthusiasts might be interested to note that there is a new 1.3X image area option that maximizes the use of the 51-point Advanced Multi-CAM 3500 II AF system, cropping the sensor to give you images that are approximately 15.4 Megapixels large. The D7200 also manages a continuous shooting rate of about 6fps for 100 frames (Large image size, JPEG fine format) and will continue recording for as long as memory card and battery life permit when using CH or CL modes with shutter speeds slower than 4 seconds.

The dedicated menu for movie settings should make setup faster.

Besides these features, the D7200 also features an additional menu that’s dedicated for movies, with the addition of options like highlight display function, microphone sensitivity, and frequency response to suit your different filming needs. For off-camera audio recording, try the new ME-W1 Wireless Microphone, a water-resistant wireless microphone that supports Bluetooth Power Class 1, giving it a range of about 50m.

The ME-W1 wireless Mic should offer videographers more options.

The D7200 will be available from end March 2015 with either the AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens or AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens, or in a body-only configuration. Unfortunately, pricing information has yet to be released.

COOLPIX P900

If you just want reach without having to bother with extra lenses, check out the new COOLPIX P900. It has a 16.1 Megapixel EXPEED C2 image engine that’s capable of capturing full HD video, a backlight illumination CMOS sensor that goes up to ISO 6400 for great low light images, and a Nikkor lens that has a stunning 83x optical zoom.

It covers a 35mm-equivalent range of 24mm to 2000mm optically, and that can be extended to 4000mm by using Nikon’s Dynamic Fine Zoom, allowing you capture incredibly fine detail. Macro photography of subjects up to 1cm from the lens is possible, and a new Dual Detect Optical VR system will help you achieve the equivalent of shooting at a shutter speed that’s up to 5 stops faster.

With an AF speed of approximately 0.1 seconds, and shooting lag of just 0.12 seconds at wide angle and 0.75 seconds at tele, the P900’s quick reactions will definitely help you capture the moment. A snap-back zoom button quickly pulls the lens back to a wide position from a tele one, while side zoom controls let you operate the zoom while keeping the camera stable.

Much like the Nikon D5500, the P900 comes with a vari-angle LCD.

The inclusion of support for GPS, GLONASS, and QZSS means geotagging is a breeze with the P900, and of course Wi-Fi and NFC support make sharing images easy via the Wireless Mobile Utility app.There’s even a high-definition, approx. 921k-dot, 3.0” vari-angle TFT LCD monitor, and a quality electronic viewfinder that activates automatically when your eye is near the viewfinder.

The Nikon COOLPIX P900 will also be available by end March.

ViewNX-i and Nikon Image Space

ViewNX-i features a user-friendly interface for easier photo management.

ViewNX-i is the successor to Nikon’s ViewNX2, an image browsing and editing software. This will be launched on the 17 March, 2015, and will be offered to users for free. The software offers a user-friendly interface organized by tabs that allows you to easily switch between workspaces and will be bundled with ViewNX-Movie Editor, a movie-editing software that makes it easy to edit, create and convert their movies.

The 3 main screens of the Nikon Image Space app.

Also available, is the Nikon Image Space app that links to Nikon’s online photo sharing service. This has recently been renewed with a flat design for iOS and Android apps that also allows for viewing of images at larger sizes thanks to the exclusion of decorations or embellishments. A new Flow view has also been implemented that allows you to browse images by flicking up or down, and the new image browsing function lets you view images on your smart device as well as from albums that have been shared.

ViewNX-i System Requirements

Windows
OS: 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows® 7 (Service Pack 1), Windows® 8.1
CPU: 1.6-GHz or better Intel Celeron/Pentium 4/Core i-series
Memory (RAM): 1 GB or more (2 GB or more recommended) under 32-bit operating systems, 2 GB or more (4 GB or more recommended) under 64-bit operating
systems
Hard disk: 1 GB or more free space on the start-up disk required to launch the application, 3 GB or more required during use
Monitor resolution: 1024 × 768 pixels or more (1,366 × 768 pixels or more recommended) with 24-bit colour or better
Others: An Internet connection is required to use all functions (Online help, the map function, Web services, and functions, including those built into ViewNX-Movie Editor, related to movies, as well as to acquire update information). A 3 GHz Pentium D or better, or Intel Core i5 or better CPU is recommended to play back or edit HD and Full HD movies.

Mac
OS: OS X versions 10.8.5, 10.9.5, 10.10.2 (however, OS X version 10.9.5 or 10.10.2 is required to use ViewNX-Movie Editor)
CPU: Intel Core series/Xeon series
Memory (RAM): 2 GB or more (4 GB or more recommended)
Hard disk: 1 GB or more free space on the start-up disk required to launch the application, 3 GB or more required during use
Monitor resolution: 1024 × 768 pixels or more (1,366 × 768 pixels or more recommended) with 24-bit colour or better
Others: An Internet connection is required to use all functions (Online help, the map function, Web services, and functions, including those built into ViewNX-Movie Editor,
related to movies, as well as to acquire update information). A 2 GHz Core Duo or better, or Intel Core i5 or better CPU is recommended to play back or edit HD and Full HD movies.