In Tokyo today, Nikon presented their new products to over 150 journalists from all over the world.
Yes, you know what these new products are - the Nikon D300 and the Nikon D3, plus five new lenses. The presentation itself was remarkable for its fast pace and complete absence of pompousness. It focused more on new technological features that are sure to make Nikon users happy in the future.
Today, it was all look, touch, but don't shoot. So no real impressions on image quality today, but we hope more will happen tomorrow.
My impressions for today? Nikon is back in the saddle, and the saddle is on a very good horse. But they haven't won the race yet. Then again, for Nikon users, this is a great event. The new Nikon D3 is a superb photojournalist camera, and the Nikon D300 is an improved version of the Nikon D200. Continuing with the horse+saddle metaphor, Nikon just went from light trot to full-out gallop to catch up with their only real competitor. It will be an exciting thing, comparing the Nikon D3 and the Canon 1D Mk III side by side. Naturally, this will be a technological comparison only - real reporters are much less concerned with most features than most armchair reporters.
For that reason, the Nikon D300 and Nikon D3 shouldn't even be compared - it's all about finding the right tool in the camera system and getting the job done, rather than comparing features.
Go on to Page 2 to read more about Nikon D300.
Go on to Page 3 to read more about Nikon D3.
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By Jože Svetičič. Material provided by Matjaž Intihar.