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Nikon D700 D-SLR A 12.1 effective megapixel FX format (AKA Full Frame) DSLR capable of up to 8 fps when using the optional MB-D10 Multi Power Battery Pack.
Imaging pipeline: A 12.1 (effective ï¾– meaning image making) megapixel 23.9x36mm Nikon FX-format CMOS using 8.45 micrometer (micron) pixel pitch cells with a low signal-to-noise ratio and wide dynamic range (about 12 stops in the D3). A 12-channel readout for faster information transfer allows for a 5 to 8 full size, full resolution FPS rate (see more details below). ISO range: nominally 200-6400 + down to ISO 100 (Lo-1) and up to ISO 25,600 (Hi-2). D700 will deliver D3 image quality for slightly more than half the price.
Viewfinder: A .72x magnification eyelevel viewfinder utilizing a high refractive index pentaprism (I assume made of glass elements) with a 95% frame coverage. A framing grid can be super imposed on the finder screen per a photographerï¾’s preferences of format size.
Shutter: Shutter curtains are formed of a Kevlar and carbon fiber composite hybrid material. This shutter has already been tested on full y assembled cameras through at least 150,000 cycles. Shutter unit has a self-diagnostic unit, which constantly monitors shutter performance to maintain precision.
Body Construction: The camera body, rear body and mirror box are made from a high-strength magnesium alloy. Connection points in the body are weather sealed with precision O-rings to keep out dust and moisture.
Battery: same as the D300: Nikon EN-El3e
Start up, shutter lag times, buffer size and write speed: Start up from off is accomplished in .12 seconds. Shutter lag response time is 0.40 milliseconds. Nikon claims these makes the D700 currently the fastest in its class.
Full Resolution JPEGS: up to 5 frames per second (FPS) or up to 8 FPS with the optional MB-10D for up to 100 frames. NEFs 17 14 bit per channel lossless compressed NEFS.
With the new high speed UDMA CompactFlash cards camera to media write speed is up to 35 megabytes per second.
Auto-focus: The D700 uses Nikonï¾’s Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with 15 cross-type sensors and 36 horizontal sensors that can be used individually or in groups. In Single Area or Dynamic AF modes, users can select groups of 9, 21, or all 51 focus points. The system also utilizes 3D Focus tracking with automatic focus point switching using all 51 points in conjunction with the metering systems 1,005 pixel RGB sensor to accurately track moving objects using color content and light information.
Self Cleaning mode: a first for a Nikon FX format camera, The self-cleaning system uses 4 distinct vibration frequencies to shake off dust particles from the cameraï¾’s low-pass filter. System is activated at start up, shut down, or on demand. Additionally the interior of the mirror box and the whole of the shutter mechanism are made of materials that inhibit debris creation in the first place. Active D-lighting: Active D-Lighting lets photographers choose from various intensities during capture, while a new Automatic mode also applies varying levels of D-Lighting as, and when needed, to enhance photos while shooting. Active D-Lighting uses localized (very localized: as in on the individual sensor pixel) tone control technology to further optimize highlight and shadow detail while also maintaining natural contrast, giving photographers the ability to make better exposed photos, even in difficult lighting conditions. LCD monitor: A 3-inch (diagonal) 920,000-dot VGA TFT LCD display covered with tempered glass features a 170-degree viewing angle.
Live View and working tethered:Live View Hand held mode uses the TTL phase detection AF utilizing all 51 AF points and allows the photographer to reframe the image prior to making the photo.
Live View Tripod mode is for very precise focusing accuracy with the camera mounted on a tripod with still subjects. Focal plane contrast detection AF can be activated on any desired point with in a specific area. (Note: Using tripod mode Live View on the D3 I use the camera in manual focus mode and enlarge the preview on the LCD monitor if not working tethered to a computer using Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 software.)
Also new is the ability to superimpose the Virtual Horizon feature over the Live View monitor image.
The camera also outputs a video signal to an HD television using the new smaller HDMI-C standard, which clients will certainly appreciate.
This isn’t the camera you should bring to one of your crazy wet and wild parties – at least if you are a control freak. The JVC Everio GZ-MS100 features a unique one touch upload that makes it a breeze uploading your favorite moments to Youtube. Doug Aamot over at Crunchgear has checked it out thouroughly.
Review: JVC Everio GZ-MS100 with YouTube Upload [Crunchgear]
Microsoft’s Bill Gates gave Fortune magazine access to some rare photos from the Microsoft archives – and shared his memories about them.
Designer Lee Isherwood has come out with the ONDA urinal concept for guys, combining the hand washing station with the urinal. It is equipped with infrared-activated “sink” and features an “anti-splashback” design. So clean your hand after holding your banana.
It is called the “GINA Light Visionary”, this Bimmer Concept has a body made out of cloth. The metal body of the car has been replace with a special, flexible, highly durable and extremely expansion-resistant fabric material that stretches across a metal structure.
With the development of the BMW GINA Light Visionary Model the BMW Group presents trendsetting solutions. Chris Bangle gives us a first impression of the ideas behind the process of sculpturing an experimental study. This is the story behind this innovation!
Though printed in black and white, great literature is bursting with vibrant colour. Color Allusions is a rebus-style puzzle, where color words and parts of words have been replaced with colored boxes.
Try to guess the exact hue of each. Roll your mouse over the colored boxes to reveal the missing words. Click the colored boxes to learn more about each hue.
Do you have a cassette tape or CD that was mixed especially for you and given to you by your ex?
Well, cassette from my ex would love to share it with the world along with your story if you don’t
mind. An interesting idea. Check it out, and then go find your old mix tapes from your ex and share.
Besides purchasing drinks or ciggy with your phone, you can get your McMeal paid with your phone in Japan’s McDonald’s. McDonald’s in Japan will introduce a downloadable coupon for Sony Felica-enabled phones in its Japanese restaurants. This new payment application is called Kasazu coupon, which is downloadable to consumer’s phone at the point-of-sale. Consumer then places their phone on a reader to make their payment. McDonald’s will begin the test of the e-coupon in 175 stores and then soon roll it out to the 3,800 outlets in Japan. Most of the Japanese mobile phones are equipped with the Sony Felica Technology, making it even easier to test the concept.
The Kazasu Coupons will allow McDonald to target coupons and campaigns directly to customer’s mobile phones according to their preferences and purchase history
It’s a product by the leading lingerie manufacturer from Japan, Triumph International. Let’s check out what this bra can do. The Bra has a solar panel which is capable of generating electricity to power a mini electric bulletin board for displaying messages. The one which looks like the silicon breast enhancer is actually a drinking pack, you can store water or liquor into it and you can drink it by inserting a straw to the brasserie cup. The brasserie is made of organic cloth ~ cotton grown without fertilizers and pesticides. Unfortunately, your chick can’t wear it tonight as Triumph International will not be selling this bra anytime soon.
The Spinacz USB memory drive comes in a form of a wooden clamp. People will laugh at you as they thought you forgot to take off the clamp after the drying your shirt. Well, in this case, just let them laugh. Hahahaha. No word on pricing and availability.
Watch the ISS being built in an animation right before your eyes. This thing is huge.
Apple has upgraded their iMac with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors and the most powerful graphics ever available in an iMac. The upgrades also include faster processors with 6MB L2 cache, a faster 1066 MHz front-side bus across the entire line, and 2GB of memory standard in most models. The 24-inch iMac is now available with 3.06 GHz Intel processor and the high performance NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS graphics.
Here is a fantastic photo taken in 1983. It features a home office built on Atari equipment. Be sure to check out the Return of the Jedi promotional glass set in the top left corner. Lovely.
Now you can get a pair of shoes at anytime, the Onitsuka Tiger a Japanese company has installed the UK’s first trainer vending machine on London’s Carnaby Street. Each machine will 24 pairs and six different sizes of shoes for you to choose from.
The photographer Kipp Wettstein did his Large-format Camera. The first camera(top pic) has sliding focus mechanism allows for close-focus distance of 18″ with the 72mm lens. The camera weighs around 4 pounds. His another project – cabon/aluminum 810. portable, wide-angle camera using a molded carbon fiber cone attached to a body plate machined from a solid block of 7075-T651 aircraft aluminum. It is a schneider 165mm super angulon and at four pounds(pic check out more).
A Dutch company developed the TankPitstop – gasoline robot. The TankPitstop is an automated fuel robot which allows motorists to refuel and pay without actually doing anything themselves(without step outside their vehicles). The system reduces the burden on the environment, enhances safety and, by fully automating the refuelling process, makes refuelling quicker and more comfortable. I think the gas station’s worker will hate this robot.
Freebase is an open, shared database of the world’s knowledge. The semantic web technologies go beyond Web 2.0 but are all about collective interactive intelligence too. It’s totally the future beyond Web 2.0.
Dolby is about to launch an adaption of their Dolby headphone tecnhology called ‘Dolby Mobile’. It’s an application that runs in the background while you listen to music or catch a flick on your phone. Currently it’s Symbian only but that will most probably change.
When paired with a decent set of headphones, the Dolby signal processing is really amazing.
Dolby Digital announces partnership with Nokia [intomobile.com]
Intel has officially named the Silverthorn and Diamondville chips the “Atom,” and the Menlow platform has become the “Centrino Atom”. The 45nm Atom chips, and Centrino Atom technology are due to be targeted on MIDs, UMPCs, and most of the internet-centric devices.
This SIM Card Reader($149) can read deleted text messages. Simply place the SIM card into the USB reader, with your computer, instantly save for later or view immediately. “Save, edit and delete your phone book and short messages stored on your SIM card using the Recovery PRO software and SIM Recovery Pro Reader with your computer and standard SIM card from a cell phone which supports removable SIM cards.” Notice: many new mobiles stored sms on the internal memory, not in the sim cad. So before you check out it, please check the cellphone first!
Launching in the UK in April, the Dulux PaintPod(April 2008; GBP 70; about $140) allows you to roll on paint without dripping or spilling. The roller is attached to the vacuum-like device via a tube and is fed paint automatically. Fill it with water when you’re done, and it cleans itself for you in just 10 minutes. It does require its own 5-litre paint packs. You’ll have to use Dulux’s specialized pods of paint, and for now it’s only available in the UK for around £ 70 ($135) for the unit and £ 20-30 ($40-60) for the paint.
Wow! Jeremy Kipnis and His $6 Million Home Theater. Kipnis calls his creation the Kipnis Studio Standard(KSS), as “The Greatest Show on Earth.” I’m going to try to describe the sheer magnitude of Jeremy Kipnis’ theater. His Stewart Snowmatte laboratory-grade screen is the biggest I’ve ever seen in a home, and in the back of the theater, there’s a Sony ultra-high-resolution (4,096-by-2,160) SRX-S110 digital projector. The KSS is technically an 8.8-channel audio system, it uses a lot more than eight speakers and eight subwoofers..
Sony SRX-S110 Professional Video Projector (4,096-by-2,160)
Stewart 18-by-10-foot Snowmatte 1.0 Gain Laboratory-Grade Motion Picture Screen
Players and Sources:
Sony BDP-S1 Blu-ray Player
Sony PlayStation 3 Gaming Console
Toshiba HD-XA1 HD DVD Player
JVC HMDH-5U D-VHS Recorder
SATA Drive (72 HDTV Hours Total)
Mark Levinson N�� 51 DVD/CD Media Player
Pioneer HLD-X0 Hi-Vision HDTV MUSE Laserdisc Player
Surround Processing and Decoding:
Theta Digital Generation VIII 32-bit 8x Oversampling Dual Processors (13)
Mark Levinson N�� 33h Amplifiers (2)
McIntosh MC-2102 Amplifiers (30)
Crown Macro Reference Gold Amplifiers (3)
Snell 1800 THX Music & Cinema Reference Subwoofers (16)
Snell THX Music & Cinema Reference Towers (8)
MuRata ES103A Super Tweeters (10)
Snell THX Music & Cinema Reference LCR-2800 Center-Channel Speakers (3)
For more information about the Kipnis Studio Standard, please visit kipnis-studios.com
A venture funded largely by the European Space Agency and the European Union. A2 being called the “Son of Concorde”, the revolutionary aircraft with a top speed of 3,400mph aims to fly between London (or Brussels) and Sydney in under five hours. This commercial plane is designed to carry 300 passengers and will reach speeds of Mach 5 �C five times the speed of sound. Its hi-tech liquid hydrogen-powered engines will be fuelled by liquid hydrogen( will also produce few carbon emissions, making air travel much greener). At 433ft long (132m), the A2 is half the length of the Titanic and weighs 400 tonnes, lighter than a Boeing 747. If built, the cost of a ticket on the A2 – which will cruise at an altitude of 100,000ft (30,480m) – from Europe to Australia is estimated to be around £2,000. Link
don’t really have any issues downloading pictures from my digital camera to my computer. Mostly because I just pop out the SD card and insert it into the card reader in my PC. It eliminates the need for any resource-hogging software. The same goes for my camera phone, there’s just the extra step of inserting the microSD card adapter. Apparently some people still think this is an issue, which is one of the reasons why this tiny USB digital camera was created.
I’m going to guess that there’s some artistic reasoning behind this creation as well. You’ll notice that this thing is tiny, which gives no room for any kind of viewfinder or LCD display. You’re kind of in the dark as to whether your picture is going to turn out. I guess I don’t really get it, as I want to make sure that my pictures are actually going be worth looking at when I download them.
I’ve also got a beef with their little diagram. They clearly show a card reader that plugs into a USB port, then they show that you need a USB extension cable. Why do they think you’ll need one for that and not your little camera? Because it makes their little camera look better, that’s why. Yes, I am probably reading into it just a little much.
VIA [ Yanko Design ]
Cockpits of aircraft designed and built by Lockheed Martin and its heritage companies. Pictured here is the cockpit of the F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter.