Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Nikon launches world first video capable DSLR

Nikon has just launched the world's first video capable DSLR in the form of the Nikon D90. The successor to the already successful Nikon D80 has HD video output, sports Nikon's acclaimed new 12.3MP CMOS sensor and can shoot at 4.5 frames per second. The Dxx series has always been targeted at enthusiasts but the D90 seems to be targetting a slightly wider market, encompassing news reporters as the new features show. In fact it may be the answer to some news reporters prayers (i.e. Dan Chung, award-winning photojournalist with The Guardian has expressed his wish of having video capabilities in his cameras at times), as the demand for photographers to have video skills grow. The camera was launched alongside an 18-105 optic which will be sold with it as a kit for £849.99 or £699 for the camera body only.

On a personal view, I was never a friend of the all in one device, I prefer to have dedicated devices for a given task as they tend to perform better. Having said that, the higher quality of photo lenses coupled with a video capable device may turn things around.
Nevertheless I see the video capability of the D90 as a lesser benefit, a bit of a gimmick, the excitement for me is the inclusion of Nikon's acclaimed 12.3MP CMOS and a very useful 4.5 frames per second capture (for photojournalistic work).

Kudos to Nikon for including these features in an enthusiasts model at this price point.

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Until next time,


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

UCL building Roman Numeral blunder...

Hi all,

It's been a while since I have posted anything here, I have been a busy man, I launched my website (which I am still working on the interface but has somework on display)among other things I had the chance to take part in a user review with What Digital Camera magazine and a "On Assignment" section for Amateur Photographer Magazine.

Anyway, I was out with my camera today and I was feeling a bit uninspired so I passed by the UCL building behind Warren Street and took a shot of the wrong Roman numerals in one of the buildings as I was wondering if anyone else had noticed that (as I work in that area for a while I was always amazed nobody has said or done anything about it) and a bit shocked that an educational institution like UCL could make such a blunder.

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Roman numerals have a rule that does not allow the use of the same numeral more than three times. Frankly I don't know what date/year they were trying to inscribe but if it was 1905 the correct form would have been MCMV, if 2005 MMV. In the case that the date they wanted to inscribe is 1905, the C (100) before the M (1000) is used to denote subtraction of 100 from 1000 (making it 900).

Better change that quick as it won't do any favours to UCL to have that there for any longer.

Until next time,