A Costume that takes the term “Fanboy” to a new level

Fully Functional Nikon Camera Costume made by Tyler Card

Some people spend more time on their costumes then others, Tyler Card spent many hours working on a fully-functional Nikon D3 costume. Using cardboard and a bucket, an old laptop, a DSLR, remote trigger and a Flash, Tyler was able to create this awesome costume, that actually takes good photos.

When Tyler takes a photo using his costume, the image appears on a laptop screen on his back. I have to give this guy credit this is one creative costume.

Edit: Tom pointed out in the comments that this costume looks more like a Nikon D3100 than a D3

  • Mode dial is on the wrong side
  • D3 doesn’t have a pop-up flash
  • D3’s body has a bottom hand grip

Check out how Tyler put together this great costume:

(VIA PopPhoto)

Nikon D3100 Compared

Nikon D3100

Rumor has it that Nikon will be announcing its newest DSLR in two days on August 19th: the Nikon D3100.

At Snapsort we’ve made our best guess as to the full specs, and loaded it into the site so you can start comparing it now to see how it might stackup!

Here are some links to comparisons to get you started:

How did we come up with our guessed specs? First we started with the full specs from the Nikon D3000, so for example we’re guessing the D3100 will be the same size as the D3000. Next, we updated the specs with the rumored leaked specs, including 14MP CMOS sensor, 1080p video with continuous focus capabilities etc. Next, we made some inferences/guesses. These include:

  • People have speculated that the Nikon D3100 will use the Sony manufactured sensor found in the Sony A450, so we took the native resolution of 4592×3056 pixels from it, and took the DXOMark image quality scores from it too, placing it between the D3000 and the D90 for low light image quality.
  • Next we guessed that the D3100 will get the same high resolution 920k screen that recent Nikon DSLRs including the D90 and D300s. Here we made a leap, we assumed the D3100 will have a flip-out (or articulating screen) since the D3100 is packed with video features (similar to the D5000 and rumored Canon D60).
  • The only information we’ve seen regarding the video specs is that it will record 1080p video using the AVCHD codec. We went ahead and guessed that it will record 1920×1080 video at 24fps, and also record 1280×720 video at 24fps, consistent with the other Nikon DSLRs that record HD video (the D5000, D90, D3s and D300s)
  • We also guess that the D3100 will shoot at approximately 5ps, slightly faster than other entry level DSLRs from Nikon

This is likely to be an exciting few months for DSLR fans, with Nikon set to announce the D3100 on August 19th, and speculation they will announce the D95 (D90 replacement) in September, along with Canon introducing their 60D (a 50D replacement).

We’ll update our specs as soon as we learn more. How accurate do you think Snapsort’s specs for the D3100 will turn out to be?

Specs and photo of the new Nikon D3100

The rumored Nikon D3100 entry level DSLR is set to be announced in 6 days on August 19th. More details are surfacing!

  • 14 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor – the switch from the D3000’s CCD sensor to CMOS is likely neccessary for the HD video and hopefully signs of improved low light sensitivity. Only Nikon’s lower end DSLRs use CCD sensors.
  • Live view – an upgrade from the D3000
  • 3″ screen, no information on its resolution, hopefully 920k like the recent DSLRs, would be a huge upgrade from the D3100’s 230k
  • Full 1080p video, a first for Nikon, joining the other Nikon DSLRs that shoot video (D5000, D300s, D90, D3s)
  • Continuous auto-focus while recording video, a first for any DSLR that I’m aware of, but I think the Panasonic micro-four-thirds cameras already do this
  • New EXPEED2 processor
  • Max ISO of 12,800, up from the D3000’s max of 3,200
  • Price of 650 €

My guesses:

  • It will have similar low light image quality to the Nikon D90 (see Nikon D90 vs D3000)
  • It will retail for USD $699 with a 18-55mm kit lens
  • It will have a 460k screen

First look at the Nikon D3100

Source: Nikon Rumors

First DSLR with auto-focus HD video: Nikon D3100 rumour!

Rumour has it that Nikon is going to release a new entry level DSLR to replace the D5000 and D3000.  The new camera is rumoured to come out in a few weeks and be named the Nikon D3100.

Big news: Its going to be the first DSLR with HD video (1080p at 24fps no less!) that can auto-focus while filming, a big deal for the average user who doesn’t want to manual focus.

Panasonic’s mirrorless cameras such as the Lumix GH1 already do focus while filming HD video, but aren’t quite in the same league as DSLRs, with smaller sensors and lacking an optical through-lens-viewfinder.  This will jump Nikon ahead of Canon in the video marketing (as far as auto-focus goes) and catch them up, being Nikon’s first 1080p video DSLR, joining ranks with Canon’s 1080p DSLRs including the Rebel T2i and the 7D.

Jump over to Snapsort to check the existing Nikon entry-level DSLRs.

Specs are expected to be:

  • I’m guessing price will be about $700 with a 18-55mm kit lens
  • HD video 1080p at 24fps, ACHD video codec
  • 3fps continuous shooting
  • No flip out (swivel) screen (unlike the D5000)
  • New auto-focus points configuration
  • 10MP CMOS sensor