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But the D5300 still isn’t a replacement for the D5200 Wi-Fi makes a difference The latest D5300 from Nikon is seen as a crucial addition to the company’s line-up, rather than a replacement for any existing models. In particular, the D5200 is to continue in the range, even though it shares many of the features that the new D5300 will carry. “We’re looking to strengthen our range,” says Jeremy Gilbert (below), group marketing manager at Nikon, “and to give customers more choice in terms of what they’re looking for in a camera. It’s also often the case that a newmodel, when launched, takes time to establish itself, and it could be that a predecessor camera might outsell the new model for a considerable period of time, something that might well happen here. We’re looking to strengthen our range, and to give customersmore choice in terms of what they’re looking for in a camera “In any case our feeling is that the addition of built-in Wi-Fi and GPS in the D5300 will differentiate the camera significantly from the D5200, and these are features that will be very important to some people, particularly in an age where social networking is so prevalent. Photos can be sent directly from the D5300 to any iOS or Android smart device, ready for easy upload to social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and it’s also possible to control the camera remotely using a connected smart device, plus you can preview the scene you’re shooting on the smart device’s screen. We think this represents a big move forward, and it means that you’ll be able to place the camera in difficult-to-access positions and then control everything from a distance, and you’ll also be able to set up self-portraits while viewing the set-up and operating your camera from a device held in your hand.”

Full frame & tough: theD610 Taking the D600 and adding a clutch of improvements, Nikon launches the 24-megapixel D610

issue, the new shutter should sort that too. There’s also an updated AWB system which, according to the press blurb, gives “more natural skin tones, rendering faces with a more three-dimensional appearance.” Intriguing. Other highlights include a 24.3-megapixel, full-frame sensor and 39-point AF system – all identical to the D600. The D610’s body price is £1799; with the 24-85mm lens it’s £2299.

A year after its launch, it looks like the end of the line for the Nikon D600, which is superseded by the D610. The D600 had suffered with dust/oil particles on its sensor from the beginning and this could have contributed to its early demise. The D610 is essentially the same as the D600 with a handful of improvements. Thanks to a new shutter mechanism, there’s a 6fps top shooting rate (up from the D600’s 5.5fps) and a 3fps continuous quiet mode – with the D600’s shutter thought to be the cause of the dust

π To find out more go to www.nikon.co.uk.

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lenses easily Benro’s top-of-the-range Gimbal Head CH2C is now available in carbon fibre from UK distributor Kenro. The Gimbal Head mechanismworks on the principle of manipulating it using its own centre of gravity, allowing you to quickly and easily manoeuvre large lenses. The carbon fibre of the GH2C means it weighs just 1.3kg but can support up to 25kg. It’s supplied with a 100mm lens plate and is compatible with the International QR system and optional Benro PL series special lens plates. www.kenro.co.uk

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