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Nikon Unveils the New D200 Digital SLR Camera, New Nikkor Lenses, New Wireless Close-Up Speedlight Systems

Nikon today introduced the new D200 digital SLR camera designed for demanding photographers. According to the press release, the novelty combines new technologies with features inherited from Nikon D2X professional digital SLR. It employs a newly developed 10.2 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD image sensor, 1005-pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II system, advanced Nikon image processing engine. The D200 powers up in 0.15 seconds, and has 50 millisecond shutter release lag time. It can shoot 5 frames per second with a shortened viewfinder blackout time of 105 milliseconds between shots. The viewfinder offers 0.94x magnification, while a new 2.5 inch LCD screen provides 170 degrees viewing angle from all directions. More features include 11-area autofocus system, Nikon's i-TTL Creative Lighting System and advanced Wi-Fi image-transmission options.

The 10.2 effective megapixel image sensor on the D200 incorporates a high-speed 4-channel data output and a new Optical Low Pass Filter that reduces moire as well as color fringing and shifting. Furthermore, 4-channel output allows the D200 to inherit the advanced image-processing engine of the Nikon D2x professional digital SLR that combines color-independent preconditioning prior to A/D conversion with advanced digital image processing algorithms. Photographers can also fine tune image characteristics such as sharpness, tone, color, saturation, and hue, and select from preset options like Normal, Softer, Vivid, More Vivid, Portrait and Black-and-White.

According to the press release, one of the most notable new features of the D200 is its all new 11-area AF system, convertible to a 7-wide area AF system, both based on Nikon's advanced Multi-Cam 1000 AF Sensor Module. It allows an individual area to be selected from either the 11-area AF or 7-wide area AF sensors for Single AF or making use of multiple sensors to enable Dynamic AF, Closest Subject Priority Dynamic AF and Group Dynamic AF.

The D200 is claimed to have capacity of up to 1800 shots per charge. It features an intelligent power management Fuel Gauge that constantly monitors the battery's precise remaining power in 1% increments. It also displays the total number of shots taken on each charge as well as overall life of the battery.

The D200 features Nikon's advanced i-TTL wireless Speedlight control built right into the camera, as well as wireless image transfer over an 802.11b/g Wi-Fi network built into the optional WT-3 Wireless Transmitter (available Spring 2006). The camera's built-in Speedlight, capable of coverage for lenses as wide as 18mm, features a Commander Mode that can wirelessly control up to two separate groups of an unlimited number of i-TTL speedlights such as the SB-800, SB-600 or SB-R200. The Commander Mode in the D200 can adjust flash compensation settings for each of the two groups on the fly.

The company also added the new 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6g IF-ED AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor lens (27-300mm lens in 35mm format) to its DX Nikkor line of lenses. The novelty is a compact, lightweight 11.1x zoom lens for everyday photography. It incorporates features such as Nikon's Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass, Silent Wave Motor technology (SWM), Enhanced Vibration Reduction (VR II), Internal Focusing (IF) design, Super Integrated Coating (SIC), in a DX-Nikkor design engineered exclusively for use with Nikon DX format digital SLR cameras.

Finally, today the company also introduced two new Wireless Close-Up Speedlight Systems, the R1C1 and the R1, both designed for Nikon's i-TTL Wireless Creative Lighting System. The R1C1 consists of two SB-R200 Wireless Remote Speedlights, the SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander, and an SX-1 Attachment Ring that is used to attach the two SB-R200s to the front of the lens. Additionally, the outfit contains a comprehensive assortment of accessories to help users master and enjoy close-up flash photography, including the SW-11 Extreme Close-Up Positioning Adapter, SJ-R200 Color Filter Set, SW-12 Set Diffuser, SW-C1 Flexible Arm Clip and a set of five adapter rings to ensure the SX-1 Attachment Ring can be mounted on virtually any Nikkor lenses designed for close range photography.

The D200 will be available in late December 2005 for an estimated selling price of $1699.95. The 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor lens will be available beginning in December 2005 for an estimated selling price of $699.95. The Nikon R1C1 and R1 Wireless Close-Up Speedlight Systems will be available in December 2005 for an estimated selling price of $680.00 and $430.00 respectively. The Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander and SB-R200 Wireless Remote Speedlights will also be available individually in December 2005 for an estimated selling price of $265.00 and $155.00 respectively.

Source: Nikon

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