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Nikon Unveils AA Filterless D3300, 35mm f/1.8G FX Lens and New CoolPix Cameras

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The CES announcement train keeps on rolling with another one we saw coming thanks to the ever-increasing accuracy of rumor sites. Nikon has officially launched the consumer-level D3300 — complete with a few hardware upgrades and a new kit lens — as well as the long-rumored 35mm f/1.8G full-frame lens and a few new CoolPix models.

Nikon D3300

First things first: the DSLR. The main selling point of the D3300 is the fact that the 24.2-megapixel sensor (same resolution as the D3200 before it) follows in the footsteps of its older sibling in the D800E by doing away with the AA filter entirely.

Other notable improvements are limited to the new Expeed 4 processor (and all of the benefits that go along with it) and increased ISO sensitivity that now lets you crank it up to eleven 12,800. There are also a slew of new and/or improved modes in the camera, including an expanded Guide Mode for beginners and an all-new Easy Panorama mode. Conspicuously absent is any improvement on the AF system, and the lack of built-in WiFi.

The new entry-level shooter is set to arrive in stores in February paired with an updated, more compact 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II kit lens for $650 (already available for pre-order here). You can also purchase the lens by itself for $250 (pre-order here).

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Nikon 35mm f/1.8G Lens

The other major announcement out of Nikon involves some new glass. Joining other newly-announced lenses — see previous coverage for Sigma, Samsung and Fuji CES lens announcements — is the long-rumored 35mm f/1.8G lens for full-frame Nikon shooters.

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Nikon is calling this one “a versatile fixed lens ready to thrive in any shooting situation,” and it rounds out the company’s lineup of f/1.8 primes that also includes 28mm, 50mm and 85mm options. Notable specs include a Silent Wave Motor for quiet AF, as well as one ED and one Aspherical lens element for top-notch image quality.

The new lens is also set to ship in February, attached to a price tag that reads $600 (pre-order here).

New CoolPix Cameras

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We’re lumping these all into one category because only one really bears mentioning in any detail. In all, Nikon debuted five new CoolPix cameras: the S6800, S5300, S3600, L30 and L830. The first four are minor upgrades to their predecessors — if you want more info about those you can find it in Nikon’s Press Room here — while the third is a more substantial upgrade to the current L820 superzoom.

The reason the L830 is worth mentioning is that, for $300 (pre-order here), it offers 34x zoom with not one, but two stabilization systems: the lens-shift anti-shake system is joined by a new hybrid VR system specifically for shooting video. Also new is a 920k-dot tilting LCD, although the 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS sensor remains the same.

Here’s a quick look at all five new models:

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You can find out more about any of the cameras or lenses mentioned above over on Nikon’s Press Room website or pre-order any of them at B&H Photo by following the provided links.


 
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  • Nikonos

    I do have to say, I actually think this is avery handsome looking camera. In the past I’ve been a little so-so on the outward appearance of some Nikons, but the shape of the grip and the new angular design is very nice.

  • harumph

    Was it silly of me to have expected the 35mm 1.8 to have been a bit less expensive?

  • SaveTheWorldGetTheGirl

    Same. I was hoping since the “nifty fifty” is only around $200, it would be in the $3-400 range. Ah well.

  • Oj0

    I’m suitably impressed. As a Canon fanboy, I would have SERIOUSLY considered the D3300 over my 600D. It might not have a flip-out screen, but battery on the side so it can be changed without having to remove my tripod quick-release plate? Check. Image stabilized kit lens? Check. An extra 6 MP for those times when you need to crop to really maximize your zoom? Check. Two extra AF points? Check. An extra 1.3 FPS? Check. Double the ISO capabilities? Check. DAMNIT NIKON, STOP MAKING TEMPTING CAMERAS!

  • JReagan

    I feel silly for hoping the same thing. I’m just going to continue using my 35mm DX on my FX camera, vignetting be damned.

  • Carsten Schlipf

    Same here… For a little bit more you can get the great Sigma 35mm f 1.4. If the Nikkor would have VR, but so? I am looking forward to a comparison test.

  • Mike

    … and for 100 bucks more ( 750$ on amazon) you can even get the 5200 as a kit with the same (or better, not sure yet if the 3300 was upgraded to it) sensor, more AF points (39), better handling (IMHO) etc. – only downside is that FullHD is only supported up to 30FPS.

  • http://kyleclements.com/ Kyle Clements

    You left out the higher dynamic range and less shadow noise…

    :P

    In Canon’s defence, their built-in noise reduction software is fantastic; miles ahead of Nikon’s. (Nikon makes up for this deficiency by using much better sensors that don’t need fancy noise reduction.)

  • Alex

    £520 in the UK for a non 35mm Nikkor prime glass? Are you having a laugh Nikon.

    It’s £150 more than the exchange rate! Nikon really know how to insult their UK customers. What a joke.

  • Oj0

    The thing is the D5xxx series isnt entry level, so it’s expected. The D3xxx and xxxD are entry level, and I’m liking the Nikon even compared to the 700D. If this was available when I bought my camera, I think I could quite easily have overlooked everything I don’t like about Nikon.

  • Ben

    Finally a 35 mm 1.8 G FF lens !!! Lightweight, small… let’s hope the IQ is on par !

  • Ben

    But what to choose… the 35 or the 28 mm …..

  • Norshan Nusi

    Err…the “battery” on the side you mentioned is the wireless adapter.

    So the actual battery still have to be exchanged from below the camera.

  • Oj0

    Ah, thanks for that. I viewed the article on my phone and it was a bit small to see, I assumed it was the battery. Still, the battery location is probably the least of the advantages over my 600D. I’m not going to lie, I love Canon, but considering how recently I went digital… This is actually giving me mild buyer’s remorse.

  • Norshan Nusi

    Can’t blame you for the buyer’s remorse… considering that it’s 18MP sensor tech is quite old already. (I’m using 60D)

    It is true that newer Nikon (or Sony) sensors are much better compared to the 18MP sensor. In a lot of ways.

    But I had to tell you that the extra megapixel are really tempting….Will be incredibly useful for birding and macro!

  • Oj0

    Honestly, I don’t buy too much into the megapixel wars. The original Canon 5D was 12.something megapixels, and takes brilliant pictures – does it not? The only place I see a need for a high MP count is when you want to start doing massive prints or crop the image. Ideally though, you want to get your framing right before pressing the shutter release, not in PP.

    I have no regrets with my 600D, this D3300 is the only camera that I would have considered over the 600D. As it was not available, I’m happy enough with my purchase.

    If you want to wait for the next big thing, it’s ALWAYS just a few months away and you’ll never get anything.

  • Norshan Nusi

    True dat :D