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Spike in DSLR camera shipments in April

CIPA DSLR vs mirrorless camera shipments
Last week Sony published an entire press release describing how successful their mirrorless offering is. There is no doubt that Sony has done a lot in a short period of time, but this is mainly because (I think) they remained unchallenged by the major players (Nikon and Canon). CIPA published their data for April and it seems that DSLR camera shipments actually had a significant jump in April. DSLR sales are falling down - we all know that, but mirrorless cameras shipments appear to be generally flat since 2013 and mirrorless still represents only a fraction of the DSLR market. It will be interesting to see how the dynamic will change when/if Nikon announces their own full frame mirrorless camera.

Here is the breakdown of camera shipments by region - DSLR sales still dominate the US and EU market:

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The D810A could be the best low light/high ISO DSLR camera Nikon has ever made *UPDATED*

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I received this from a reader - two striking findings about the Nikon D810A camera:

1) It *IS* appropriate for general use photography, indoors or outdoors.  There is not an obvious color cast, at least not one that is as pronounced as the coloration differences that occur when you change from say a Zeiss lens to a Sigma or Nikon lens.

2) This might be the best low-light/high ISO DSLR Nikon has ever made - see the attached screenshots and linked RAW files comparing the D810A with the D810 (both taken with the Sigma 50/1.4 Art @ 1/200, f/2.8, 9000 ISO):

Update: sorry, one of the photos was taken with NR on which could explain the difference in ISO performance.

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Weekly Nikon news flash #318

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→ Use coupon code LIGHTROOMCC to get the The Indispensable Guide to Lightroom CC ebook for only $20 ($15.99 off).

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This collection of 600 vintage cameras (including many Nikons) can be yours for $34,900.

Custom rig made of Nikon cameras for shooting 360° videos
→ The Norwegian company Making View has developed a custom rig made of Nikon bodies for shooting 360° videos and panorama pictures (photo credit: Eirik Helland Urke).

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The Nikon wedding truck in NYC (more info available here, picture credit: Nikon).

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→ The latest Nikon deals (updated weekly):

Refurbished (US warranty) Grey market (no US warranty)
Nikon D3100: $199.95
Nikon D3300 lens kit: $369.95
Nikon D3300 two lens kit$519
Nikon D5200: $399.95↓
Nikon D5300 lens kit: $509.95
Nikon D7000: $499.95
Nikon D7100 two lens kit: $699
Nikon Df: $2.249.95
Nikon D800: $1,849↓
Nikon D800E$1998.88
Nikon D810: $2,449
Nikon D4s: $5,499.95↓
Nikon 50mm f/1.8G: $169
Nikon 70-200mm f/4G: $1,199.95
Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3: $899
Nikon D7200$894.99
Nikon D750 + 24-120mm lens: $1,949
Nikon D810$2,099
Nikon 24-120mm f/4G lens: $579
Full US warranty
Nikon WP-N1 waterproof housing for J1: 96.95 ($650 off)
Nikon 1 AW1 is now $100 off
Nikon D3300 two lens kit + free wireless adapter: $596.95
Nikon D610 with free MB-D14 grip at Adorama & B&H
Nikon D750 with free 12 months CC subscription
Nikon D750/D610 with free Shure VP83 microphone
Nikon Df with free GP-1A GPS & WU-1a wireless adapters
Nikon D810 with 24-120mm f/4 lens is now $900 off
Nikon WP-N3 waterproof housing for Nikon 1 J4 or S2 cameras for $49 when you sue coupon code SPLASH50

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Nikon D810A now in stock

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The Nikon D810A DSLR camera for astrophotography is now shipping in the US and is currently in stock at Adorama (in stock also in the UK).

Nikon Canada has a new intro video on the D810A, check it out:

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Update on the secret Nikon iOS project

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Few weeks ago I reported that iOS engineers were working on a new secret project with Nikon USA at the main Apple campus in Cupertino. Here is an update: there will be a new iOS app (I presume from Nikon) that will add special/new camera features through Wi-Fi. For example, you will be able to purchase new features (filters?) from the app and they will be added individually to compatible cameras based on an upcoming firmware build. Not sure if this will be for the Coolpix line or it will include also DSLR models.

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Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens for Nikon F mount now in stock

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The Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens for Nikon F mount is currently in stock at B&H and Amazon.

Additional information on the lens, including MTF charts and detailed specifications, can be found on here.

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The Nikon 1 AW1 underwater mirrorless camera is now $100 off

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New price drop: the Nikon 1 AW1 underwater mirrorless camera is now $100 off at B&H, Adorama and Amazon. Most listings offer free expedited shipping and 2% back in rewards.

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