Best cheap camera under £100 The bargain Samsung NX3000 review

Samsung NX3000 20.3MP APS-C CMOS Sensor. Worthy of pros but built for enthusiasts, the 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor gives your images incredible detail and amazing colour. It’s perfect for beautiful out-focused photos and noise-free images, even in low light.

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Shoot video Full HD (1920x1080p) at 30 frames per second with lifelike colour and extraordinarily sharp details. The H.264 format allows you to record longer MPEG-4 video, so you can capture more of the action.

Glencoe loch sunset haze
Glencoe loch sunset haze
Glencoe boat club jetty
Glencoe boat club jetty
Samsung NX3000
Samsung NX3000
Sunrise in Glencoe Scotland
Sunrise in Glencoe Scotland
Glencoe waiting for the sun
Glencoe waiting for the sun
Glencoe Scotland loch
Glencoe Scotland loch

waiting room only
waiting room only
Non Plus Castle
Non Plus Castle
Samsung NX3000
Samsung NX3000

Kelpies Helix Park and Falkirk Wheel Stirling Scotland

A few years ago Falkirk would not be on your list of places to visit as a photographer but over the last few years a couple of attractions have popped up in Falkirk that definitely make it a place to stop by with the camera.

kelpies-falkirk-blue
kelpies-falkirk-blue

The artist Andy Scott designed the Kelpie sculptures completed in October 2013. At the time these were not going to be permanent fixtures but in the first year some 1 million visitors came to the site and they ended up building a park around the sculptures so I would presume they are now staying. Ive seen photos that have lasers going out of the sculptures at night but when I last visited they just change colour. Maybe the laser show is just on at certain times?

falkirk wheel staring at night
falkirk wheel staring at night

Very close by to the Helix park were the Kelpie sculptures are you will also find the Falkirk wheel. A rotating boat lift in Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. A very interesting engineering feat and illuminated with neons at night that make for interesting night photography.

Falkirk Wheel Stiring at night 2
Falkirk Wheel Stiring at night 2

If you plan to visit to photograph I would recommend the night as being the best time, they turn the lights of the Kelpies at midnight and when I spoke to a lady in the cafe at the Falkirk wheel she said the lights on the wheel were on a dusk to dawn sensor.

Location Coordinates Kelpies Helix Park : 56.0191°N 3.7553°W

Location Coordinates Falkirk Wheel : 56°0′1″N 3°50′30″W

 Falkirk Wheel DJI
Falkirk Wheel DJI
Falkirk Wheel Aerial DJI
Falkirk Wheel Aerial DJI

Sunset at Mow Cop castle Nikon D200

When my Nikon D800 died the 2nd time I was in Derbyshire taking photos along side a river with my camera on a tripod when a dog ran into my camera and knocked it into the river. The camera was submerged and ceased to work. Whilst the D800 was out of action I was using my backup camera a trusty older Nikon D200.

The Nikon D200 is a great camera and semi pro model as is weather sealed and shoots 9 set brackets which is quite unusual for that age camera. I would still recommend the D200 if your shooting on a budget as you can pick these up used for less then £150. Although a crop sensor it does benefit from an autofocus motor so you can use older lenses unlike the entry level model Nikons i.e. 3000 / 3100 / 3200. Great camera for the money.

Where the D200 lacks is its high ISO gets very grainy over 800 ISO and its battery life is very poor even though it has no live view.

This photo was taken at Mow Cop castle in Derbyshire using the Nikon D200 with the Samyang 14mm Lens at F11, ISO 100 and 7 brackets. With tweaks in Photoshop, Nik and Topaz.

Sunset at Mow Cop castle
Sunset at Mow Cop castle

Nikon D3S Review

The Nikon D3S is a 12.1-megapixel professional-grade full frame (35mm) digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) announced by Nikon Corporation on 14 October 2009. The D3S is the fourth camera in Nikon’s line to feature a full-frame sensor, following the D3, D700 and D3X. It is also Nikon’s first full-frame camera to feature HD (720p/30) video recording. While it retains the same number of pixels as its predecessor, the imaging sensor has been completely redesigned. Nikon claims improved ultra-high image sensor sensitivity with up to ISO 102400, HD movie capability for extremely low-lit situations, image sensor cleaning, optimized workflow speed, improved autofocus and metering, enhanced built-in RAW processor, quiet shutter-release mode, up to 4,200 frames per battery charge and other changes compared with the D3. It was replaced by the D4 as Nikon’s high speed flagship DSLR.

Full-Frame (36 mm × 24 mm) 12.1 megapixel sensor with ISO 200–12800 (ISO 100–102400 Boost) using reworked gapless micro lenses

14-bit A/D conversion, 12 channel readout

Image sensor cleaning (dust removal with 4 frequencies)

Nine to eleven frames per second in continuous and FX/DX mode

Quiet shutter-release mode

Faster operation workflow

Automatic correction of lateral chromatic aberration for JPEGs. Correction-data is additionally stored in RAW-files and used by Nikon Capture NX, View NX and some other RAW tools.

Larger buffer for 48 RAW frames in one burst

Enhanced built-in RAW processing with extended Retouch menu for image processing without using a computer

720p/24 frames HD movie mode for extremely low-lit situations,[3][4] 50/60 Hz flicker reduction, HDMI HD video output and stereo input (3.5-mm diameter) with optional manual sound level control. The Motion JPEG compression allows easy extraction of single frames afterwards as JPEG

Supports DX lenses (5.1 megapixels), viewfinder automatically masks. Newly added 1.2x crop factor

Multi-CAM3500FX Auto-focus sensor (51-point, 15 cross-type, more vertical coverage) with improved acquisition and tracking and Auto-focus calibration for up to 20 separate lens settings

1005-pixel AE sensor enables Auto-focus tracking by color, highlight analysis and Scene Recognition System

Kevlar/carbon fibre composite shutter with a rating of 300,000 actuations

Live View with either phase detect or improved contrast detect Auto Focus

Virtual horizon indicates in Live View mode, also available during video capture
“Active D-Lighting” with six settings and bracketing (adjusts metering and D-Lighting curve)

Dual Compact Flash UDMA card slots (mirror, overflow, back-up, RAW on 1/JPEG on 2, Stills on 1/Movies on 2, copy)

Expeed 2 image processor with power management for up to 4,200 frames per battery charge

Dual battery charger as standard

Fully weather sealing with series of O-rings and other specialized seals available
GPS interface for direct geotagging, supported by Nikon GP-1

Nikon D3s Full Frame Digital SLR Camera Body Only Boxed – ST32941 £480.0 

Nikon D3S Camera £460.0 

Nikon D3s camera kit – 77,700 shutter activations only £1250.0 

Nikon D3S Digital SLR Camera – Black (Body only) £1800.0 

Used Nikon D3s Digital Camera (SH19770) £949.0 

Nikon D D3s 12.1 MP Digital SLR Camera Black Body EXC+++ £2508.0 

++Mint Limited one ++ Nikon D3s 12.1 MP Digital SLR Camera Black Body Japan £1222.0 

Battery for Nikon D3300 D3400 D5300 D5500 D560 D3200 D5200 D5100 D3100 D3S Df ++ £12.94 

Nikon D7000, D3100, D3 S, D300S CAMERA USB DATA SYNC CABLE/LEAD FOR PC/MAC £3.5 

Nikon MC-30A Remote Trigger Release Cord D3 D3s D3x D4 D200 D300 D700 D800 D810 £11.98 

Pentax 67 Mount Lens Adapter to Nikon AI F Mount Camera D4 D3X D3S D700 D300S £1.99 

Camera Shoulder Strap For Nikon D4 D3x D3s D3200 D800 D7000 D600 D810 D7100 D750 £2.99 

Eyecup Eyepiece DK-19 for Nikon DSLR camera Df D4 D4s D3 D3s D3x D700 D800 D810 £4.5 

New Pro DV Stereo Microphone Mic for Nikon DSLR Camera D5100 D7000 D300s D3s £19.98 

Digital Camera magazine with Nikon D3s Canon S90 fast lenses tested Feb 2010 £3.99 


Nikon D4 Review

The Nikon D4 is a 16.2-megapixel professional-grade full frame (35mm) digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) announced by Nikon Corporation on 6 January 2012. It succeeds the Nikon D3S and introduces a number of improvements including a 16.2 megapixel sensor, improved auto-focus and metering sensors and the ability to shoot at an extended ISO speed of 204,800. The camera was released in February 2012 at a recommended retail price of $5999.95. It is the first camera to use the new XQD memory cards.

The Nikon D4 is aimed at sports and action photographers and photojournalists. With a continuous shooting rate of 10fps, a 20-second burst would yield 200 full-resolution images with full metering and autofocus for each frame. If exposure and focus are locked, the shooting rate can be increased to 11fps.

16.4 effective megapixel Full-Frame (36 mm × 24 mm) sensor with ISO 100–12800 (ISO 50–204800 Boost)

Nikon Expeed 3 image/video processor

91,000 pixel RGB metering sensor with Advanced Scene Recognition System

Advanced Multi-CAM3500FX auto-focus sensor (51-point, 15 cross-type)

0.12 s start up time and 0.042 s shutter release delay.

Image sensor cleaning

Ten frames per second in continuous FX mode (eleven frames per second with auto-exposure and auto-focus disabled)

Buffer for 100 RAW or 200 JPEG frames in one burst

Built-in HDR and time lapse modes

Built-in 10/100 base-T Ethernet port for data transfers and tethered shooting.
1080p Full HD movie mode at 24 fps worldwide and 25 or 30 depending on region, 720p at 25/50 or 30/60 fps, HDMI HD video out with support of uncompressed video output, stereo monitor headphone out, and stereo input (3.5-mm diameter) with manual sound level control.

Kevlar/carbon fibre composite shutter with a rating of 400,000 actuations
Live View with either phase detect or improved contrast detect Auto Focus
Virtual horizon indicates in Live View mode, also available during video capture
‘Active D-Lighting’ with 6 settings and bracketing (adjusts metering and D-Lighting curve)

Dual card slots, one CompactFlash UDMA and one XQD card slot (mirror, overflow, back-up, RAW on 1/JPEG on 2, Stills on 1/Movies on 2, copy)
Fully weather sealed with O-rings

GPS interface for direct geotagging supported by Nikon GP-1

Nikon D4 magnesium-alloy frame

The D4 achieved the fourth-best result in the DXOmark sensor rating, only beaten by two versions of the Nikon D800 and a medium format, 80-megapixel camera (Phase One IQ180)

Nikon D D4 16.2MP Full Frame Digital SLR Camera – Black (Body only) £840.0 

Nikon D4 Digital SLR Camera Body £1419.99 

Nikon D D4 16.2MP Digital SLR Camera – Black (Body only) Shuttercount 175000 £780.0 

Nikon D4 16.2MP Digital SLR Camera – excellent condition £1725.0 

NIKON D4 16MP DIGITAL SLR CAMERA BODY with 6 XQD CARDS – D 4 £1799.0 

Nikon D4s Full Frame Digital Camera, Body Only – Light Use – Very Good Condition £3000.0 

Nikon D4s Full Frame Digital SLR Camera Body Only Boxed – ST32519 £2999.0 

Nikon D4s Full Frame Professional Digital SLR Camera Body Only boxed £3199.0 

Nikon D D4 16.2MP Digital SLR Camera – Black (Body Only) £1600.0 

Nikon D4s camera body in great near mint condition  £3000.0 

Nikon D D4S 16.2 MP Digital SLR Camera Black Body EXC+++ £5070.0 

Mint Nikon D4 16.2 MP Digital SLR Camera Body Box Accessory Lens Japan £1962.0 

Pro Wireless Shutter Release Remote Control for Nikon D800, D810, D800E, D4, D4s £15.99 

Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras w/ Accessory Bundle £121.29 

SLR Camera Sling Shoulder Bag for Nikon D3100 D3200 D3300 D3400 D4 D40 D5 £14.99 

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