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Nikon Announces D3200 Entry-Level DSLR

 

Nikon has just announced the Nikon D3200 DSLR camera—the upgrade to 2010′s D3100. The new D3200 features a 24.2-megapixel full-frame (DX-format, they call it) CMOS sensor, where the D3100 had a pixel count of 14.2 million pixels in the same APS-C size sensor. Nikon says that this huge jump in pixel count will not result in noisy images, but rather, “The new 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor allows for incredibly sharp images with stunning detail and less noise, while Nikon’s EXPEED 3 image processing engine helps to create clear, lifelike images and video with vivid colors, smooth tonal gradations and low noise.”

The D3200 has an ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 12,800. It also features “Guide Mode,” which gives step-by-step photo instructions to people moving into DSLR territory (and the manual controls that come along with it) for the first time. It also shoots full 1080p HD video and features a 3-inch, 921,000-dot LCD screen.

It looks like Nikon will still keep the D3100 on the market, selling the D3200 alongside it for $50 more (both kits include an 18-55mm zoom lens). The Nikon D3200 will be available in either black or red in late April for $699.95 with the F-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR image stabilization lens.

(Nikon)

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National Natural Landmarks 2012 Photo Contest


(First Place Photo, 2011 NNL Photo Contest)

It’s a good thing entrants to this photo contest aren’t required to say the name of the competition three times fast in order to qualify, because that name—National Natural Landmarks Photo Contest—is a doozy.

The National Park Service has kicked off its 9th annual National Natural Landmarks (NNL) Photo Contest, which encourages photographers to “capture images of the scenic and diverse natural heritage found within the nearly 600 NNL sites nationwide.” (Check out the full list of the U.S.’s National Natural Landmarks if you need help finding one.)

Visit the contest website for official rules and to enter your shots.

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Hearst 8X10 Photography Biennial Photo Contest


(right image: detail of Girl in Wind – King’s Palace, Kabul © Thomas Stanworth, 2011 winner)

Hearst has made a call for entries for the 2013 8X10 Photography Biennial photo contest. According to Hearst, the 8×10 Photography Biennial is a competition to identify and promote new and emerging talent among photographers in the United States and abroad. Eight winners of the 2013 contest will:

- Showcase selected works in an exhibition under the title, “8×10″ in the Alexey Brodovitch Gallery and the Hearst Gallery at Hearst Tower in New York City.
- Be published in the accompanying “8×10″ catalog and on www.hearst.com and www.hearst8x10.com.

The contest is free to enter and runs through August 1, 2012. For more information visit www.hearst8x10.com.

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A Photo History of L.A.’s Miracle Mile


Circa 1940 view of the Miracle Mile. Courtesy of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection, USC Libraries. Via KCET.

 

Even if you’re not a native of our lovely Southern California, you’ll be able to appreciate the archive of early photos that KCET has put together featuring the City of Angels’ iconic Miracle Mile.

“In 1921, the stretch of Wilshire Boulevard now known as the Miracle Mile was a 20-foot-wide dirt road, flanked by oil wells and barley fields. Today, the strip is a busy thoroughfare, home to museums, the La Brea Tar Pits, and a collection of historic Art Deco structures,” says KCET.

It’s amazing to watch the progression of the district in KCET’s featured shots, which range from 1920—before any commercial buildings existed—to the 1960s—when department stores flanked six lanes of traffic. See all of the photos here.

(KCET)

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DxOMark Gives Nikon D800 DSLR Best Sensor Rating

Camera and lens rating site, DxOMark, has given the Nikon D800 DSLR a 95% rating and calls the sensor the best they’ve ever analyzed. The D800, which was announced in February, features a 36.3-megapixel full-frame (FX) CMOS image sensor. The DxOMark score—which was based only on the D800’s RAW-image-based sensor results—is the “best overall score [and] the best that has ever been achieved.”

Their analysis concludes that the D800 “comes close to the quality of the best medium-format sensors” in capturing portraits, and “is comparable to the best medium-format sensor, and in fact does even better—much better—as ISO increases.” This of course, they point out, does not take into account depth of field performance.

Check out the whole analysis, with a comparison against Nikon’s other 2012 full-frame DSLR, the D4, over at DxOMarks.

(DxOMark, via 6Sight)

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