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Nikon’s Rumored New APS-C/FF Mirrorless — Curious How It Would Better Sony a6500 or A7 xx.

by Anura Guruge



Having owned a Sony a7 II for two months and a Sony a6500 for close to a month, both of them mirrorless and near the top of Sony’s product line, I have to say that I am in AWE of both these cameras — in particular the Sony a7 II. As some of you know I am no stranger to cameras and have owned for rented over 17 cameras in the last 3 years including a Nikon D500, Fuji XT-1, Fuji X-E2S, Sony 6000, Samsung NX500, Canon T3i etc. etc. I have to say I have never enjoyed using a camera as much as I do the a7 II. It is by no means perfect (and to be fair no camera is) BUT the a7 II goes a long way towards being user-friendly, responsive and pretty damn good. Having got used to the a7 II my main grip with the a6500 is the lack of a dedicated exposure value (EV) compensation dial.

For the record I have also owned a superzoom Nikon P900 for nearly a year and am very fond of it — though I will confess that I have hardly used it since getting my latest two Sonys. Though the P900 is justly noted for its amazing zoom one should not overlook that it is a MIRRORLESS — though with a tiny 1/2.3″ sensor.

And I was seriously thinking of getting one or more of the Nikon 1″ DL-series cameras BEFORE they dastardly decided to scrap that product line one-year after they announced it!

So that is the backdrop against which I am weighing the insistent rumor that Nikon plans to announce an APS-C or Full-Frame mirrorless — their first venture into ‘large sensor’ mirrorless cameras.

I am curious as to how they intend to better Sony in terms of technology and the all-crucial Image Quality (IQ) — particularly because Nikon gets many (but not all) of their sensors from Sony.

Yes, I know that 100-year old Nikon is legendary and has a HUGE, devoted army of followers around the world — and they would, of course, be a captive audience for a halfway decent mirrorless IF it offers a clear size/weight differential over a heavy Nikon DSLR.

IF all that Nikon does is offer a higher resolution that would not interest me one iota.

20MP to 24MP is fine for I and I am not going chasing after higher-res. cameras — which is why I refrained from looking at the a7R II or the a99 II.

Where Nikon can change the whole mirrorless landscape is IF it can find a way where the thousands of currently available Nikon lenses can be used on their mirrorless WITHOUT the need for adapters. That would be a game changer. IF that is the case — or even if one could only use 50% of the Nikon lenses — I would seriously give it a look. Lenses are Sony’s Achilles’ heel and Nikon and everybody else, worth their salt, know that.

So, that is where I am right now.


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by Anura Guruge

Was The $250 Off The Nikon 1 J5 1″ Mirrorless A Mistake Or Just A 24-Hour Trial.

by Anura Guruge


Anura Guruge Nikon 1 J5 1" mirrorless cameras

What is being reported at ‘Nikon Rumors’. Click image to access their post … assuming it is NOT taken down.


Not that want one or even vaguely interested. Was just curious to see what the deal was.

I could NOT find any at $250 when I went looking at 12:30 am,
June 13, 2017.

Just the regular $1,046 price. However, what is interesting is that it still says ‘ONLY 1 LEFT IN STOCK’.

What gives? They didn’t sell the one? Very strange.


What I really was trying to determine was whether this was an indication that Nikon, after the disaster of the 1″ mirrorless DL-range cancellation, was also trying to get out of 1″ mirrorless altogether. That would make sense. Panasonic and Sony have quite a stranglehold of that segment.

Now I am nonplussed. 


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Nikon’s 125X Zoom P1000 (P900 Replacement) Announcement Expected April 11 or 12, 2017.

by Anura Guruge


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It will NOT be just the Nikon Coolpix P900 replacement. Other cameras and lenses too will be announced.

It will be Nikon’s first announcement of 2017 — 100 days into the year. That is very atypical for them. BUT, it has been a troubling year for Nikon.

However, after the 1″ DL series fiasco I will not be holding my breath for the new Monster-Zoom. I will get it when it is available BUT I am not going to get too excited beforehand.

I will, of course, keep you posted.


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A 125X Zoom, 24-3,000mm Monster-Zoom Replacement For My Cherished Nikon Coolpix P900.

by Anura Guruge


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As yet it is BUT a rumor, and to be fair there has been speculation for at least 6 months that the P900, when it comes, will indeed have this type of ultrazoom capability.

This would be amazing.

I love my Nikon P900 — which I have now had for 7 months. That is a long time for I.

I used the P900 yesterday. It takes AMAZING pictures with NO FUSS.

If not for my preoccupation with SIZE, in this case Sensor Size, I would not use/need another camera. But, the P900 is a 1/2.3″ and that always niggles me.

After what we went through with the 1″ Nikon DL series I am NOT going to hold my breath for this replacement

One thing I do know. I will get it once Nikon announces it. That is a NO BRAINER. Not sure what I will do with my P900. I might even keep it for posterity. 


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Nikon’s 1″ ‘Premium Compact’ DL Cameras, e.g., DL24-85, Now Delayed Indefinitely!

by Anura Guruge


Click here for “Nikon Rumors” original
with German announcement.

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Click to ENLARGE and read snippet here.


The three intriguing, claimed to be “Premium” 1″ Sensor Nikon “DL” cameras were announced on February 23, 2016.

They were expected to be available in June 2016 and I even talked about the Nikon DL24-85 in a February 2016 post — saying ‘June’ was a lifetime away!

Then it was going to be mid-October. Now they are saying MAYBE Christmas 2016. Not good.

I am bummed. Good news for Olympus, Panasonic and Fuji.

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From “DPReview.com”. Use above ‘announcement’ link to access this page. Click to ENLARGE and view here.


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Would Be A Shame To Use A UV Filter In Front Of The New Nikon’s 1″ DL Camera Lenses, e.g., DL18-50.

by Anura Guruge


One of the many highlights of these three new 1″ sensor Nikon Premium Compacts is the high-tech Fluorine coating used on the lenses of all three cameras. Per Nikon (and see below) this Fluorine coating actively repels dust, water, grease and more. That sound good. Very good.

The DL18-50 lens, in addition, is said to have a special ‘Nano Crystal Coat‘ that eliminates distortion, ghosting, aberrations & internal reflections.

It is the dust, water and grease (as in fingerprint) repelling of the Fluorine coating that interests (and concerns) me the most.

In an effort to safeguard the surface of my (expensive) lenses and because I have been doing it for so long, I, as soon as I get a new lens (whether attached to a camera or interchangeable), immediately slap on a good quality, typically B+W, UV lens on front of it. And doing that will continue to protect the lens on a new Nikon DL camera.

But here is the irony and rub. Even a good multi-coated filter (such as a B+W) will not have the equivalent of the Fluorine coating of the lens behind it. So the filter will be prone to dust etc.

Plus there is a school of thought that is adamant that UV filters should under no circumstances be used with modern digital cameras — since they will interfere and interact with all the built-in, integrated filters built into the sensor!

So it would appear that it would be best to avoid putting a UV filter in front of the new Nikon Premium Compacts — and from what I can see Nikon, nor anyone else, appears to make a  Fluorine coated UV filter. But even if they did, the don’t use UV with modern digitals would override that.


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I raised this issue on the “DPReview.com” “Nikon Coolpix” forum
this morning. 
Basically what I talked about here.

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Click to ENLARGE if you like. Use above link to access the “DPReview” forum and follow this post.


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Panasonic’s Iconic FZ1000 Stacks Up Quite Well Against The New Nikon’s 1″ DL24-500 On Paper.

by Anura Guruge


DPReview.com” side-by-side camera comparison of the
Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 vs Nikon DL24-500mm.

Click on images to ENLARGE and view here.
Use link above to access full, original.

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There was at least one error/omission in the “DPReview” comparison that kind of incorrectly tilted the comparison — and that had to do with “image stabilization”. The Nikon DL24-500, per the Nikon specs, is said to have:

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From Nikon Website. Click to ENLARGE and read here.


The “IS” issue, notwithstanding, the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, which I owned for 7-months (till April 2016 and took over 7,000 pictures), is indeed quite the camera.

It is impressive that the FZ1000, 2 years older than the Nikon, offers twice the max. ISO and can hold its own when it comes to sensor size and resolution. Plus, right now it has the HUGE advantage that it is available while the latest rumors are that the Nikon DL24-500 will NOT be available till October 2016 (if that). Plus the FZ1000 is (at least) $200 cheaper.

That $200 could make a big difference.

And this is BUT the paper comparison.

In reality, unless Nikon screws up badly, the DL24-500 should be a much superior camera with newer and superior technology when it comes to the sensor, autofocus, vibration reduction and color rendering.

PLUS, the Nikon offers a dedicated exposure compensation dial on the top plate. Not having a dedicated dial for exposure compensation was my biggest peeve against the Panasonic. Plus there is a touch-screen not to mention the added 100mm of reach.

IF the $200 is not a factor, come October the Nikon DL24-500 should be the better choice. But we will have to wait and see. In the meantime the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 is a tried-and-tested entity that delivers very good results.


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