I have recently started to use one of the Vanguard camera cases, it is the Vanguard 37F and is a very nice case for the money. The reason I got this case is that it is specified as waterproof and as I do quite a bit of kayaking, it seemed appropriate for my use. There is quite a risk in kayaking in carrying expensive camera gear as I do bird photography with a long lens. Carrying several thousand dollars of camera gear in my kayak warranted some expense to protect it. If the water starts to get rough I can stow my gear away to protect it. also I normally carry a couple of other lenses on my kayaking trips, the following Nikkors, 28mm f/1.8 and the 105mm f/2.8 Micro lens generally come along with me in the kayak.
Vanguard Case Closed
The above image is of the Vanguard case when closed. The image below is of the open case with the Vanguard divider insert installed. As an example the following items are in the case
Nikkor 300mm f/4 D lens,
Nikkor 28mm f/1.8 lens,
Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 Micro lens.
Vanguard Case Open
As can be seen from the above image, there is a small amount of space wasted with the gap between the insert and the case itself. When I purchased the insert I tossed up between the standard Vanguard insert and the only alternative that I am aware of, the TrekPak. From the images of the TrekPak dividers they do look to better in terms of utilisation of the case volume but they are much more expensive so I settled for the cheaper standard Vanguard dividers.
From my experience to date I highly recommend this case.
The equipment I use for my photography is mainly as follows, there is a link to the Vanguard case in the B&H link below:
The new Nikon 1 J5, is the newest in the family of Nikon 1 cameras. This camera has excellent advances from the previous J4 version and looks to me to be the ultimate small format camera.
This camera shoots fast continuous shooting speeds of 20 frames per second with autofocus tracking and videos at up to 4K/15p. With an 180° upward tilting LCD monitor and with a touch screen, full manual control, new effects and even built-in Wi-Fi and NFC (more of this later) technology for sharing your photos on the go.
Quicker than a DSLR, the J5 has the shortest shooting time lag and the world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate of approximately 20 frames per second (fps) with autofocus (AF) tracking and up to around 60 fps when the focus is locked. The AF system utilises 105 phase detect AF points to capture your subject. A new Sports Mode optimises the J5 for fast-action, so you can switch from shooting pre game portraits to capturing action on the field, without missing anything.
The J5 utilises 20.8 megapixels and a new back side illuminated CX format CMOS image sensor that gathers more light, for faster shutter speeds and enhanced low light capabilities. Nikon’s new EXPEED 5A image processing engine ensures rich colours, smooth tones and razor-sharp details in every photo and Full HD video. Turn up the ISO from 160 to 12800 to shoot clear imagery even in low light situations.
The 3 inch tilting LCD monitor tilts upwards to approximately 180° and downwards to approximately 86°. Together with the touch screen feature, the J5 puts the control at your fingertips and lets you shoot from any creative angle. The new Self-Portrait mode, along with Glamour Retouch function that retouches your features, offers skin softening, self-timer and exposure compensation features, ensuring that you look stunning in every photo.
The J5 incorporates a modern, minimalistic yet stylish design that’s built for stress free photography. The new Command Dial makes it easy to navigate the camera’s intuitive menu system and the improved grip lets you control the camera with just one hand. Quickly recall your favourite menu or setting with a customisable Function button, conveniently located on the camera, helping you bring your creative vision to life.
The J5’s built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities allow your pre-selected images to be transferred to smart devices once connected via the free Wireless Mobile Utility app, available for iOS and Android devices. You can even use your smart device to remotely shoot and capture through the J5.
Create breath-taking cinematic experiences in Full HD 1080/60p and up to 4K/15p format, a first for Nikon 1 cameras, along with beautiful time lapse videos that allows you to shoot and replay imagery at high speeds. Bring out more details in the highlights and shadows of your movies with Active D-Lighting during movie shooting and keep your videos sharp and steady with Electronic Vibration Reduction (VR) technology built directly into the camera.
The J5 is designed to deliver the portability of a compact digital camera with superior image quality. With a body size of 98.3mm (width) x 59.7mm (height) x 31.5mm (depth) and weighing a mere 231g, the J5 fits snugly in the palm of your hand.
The J5 connects you to a wide array of superior 1 NIKKOR lens options, from wide angle primes to telephoto zooms. With the optional FT-1 Mount Adapter, you gain access to a vast array of superb NIKKOR optics to add to your arsenal. To get the most out of your camera, take advantage of our wide selection of additional accessories, such as Speedlights or wireless remotes, built to take your photography to the next level.
A technological breakthrough that is revolutionizing autofocus throughout the camera industry, hybrid AF systems combine fast phase detection AF with the precision and low light capability of contrast detect AF. Nikon 1 J5’s advanced hybrid AF system is incorporated on the CMOS image sensor and represents the pinnacle of this breakthrough technology. Featuring 171 AF points tightly packed over nearly the entire frame, of which 105 are phase-detection points.
Set Nikon 1 J5 to capture fantastic sports shots with a turn of the mode dial. Selecting Sports mode adjusts all settings that you would normally have to make manually in order to ensure freeze-frame action photos. After releasing the shutter, the camera records a burst of images at up to 60 frames per second (fps), even in RAW format. You can immediately view the entire sequence as one group of shots. The default shooting speed of 10 fps can be set to 5, 20, 30 or 60 fps. And since Sports mode employs continuous AF (AF-C) when shooting at 5, 10 or 20 fps, your subject will always be in pinpoint focus*. * When shooting at 30 or 60 fps, autofocus is fixed at the first frame. Note: While photographs are being recorded to the memory card, the memory card access lamp will light. Depending on shooting conditions and memory card write speed, recording may continue for some time after shooting ends.
The short shooting time lag of Nikon 1 J5 helps you capture moments that other cameras all too often miss. Press the shutter-release button or tap the display and the camera springs to life with a response that is nothing short of amazing. Every smile, wink, jump and kick perfectly captured. Response is further improved by using a capless 1 NIKKOR lens, a combo that makes for true point-and-shoot simplicity. Just power the camera on and you can begin shooting immediately.
Backside illumination technology brings out the best in photos and movies. Unlike conventional CMOS image sensors, in which light passes through a maze of circuitry before striking the photodiode, this new sensor has diodes atop the circuitry. This delivers extremely high resolution images with low noise.
Nikon’s latest version of EXPEED delivers improved speed, increased noise reduction at high ISO settings, and greater energy savings. This fast new engine transforms the huge amount of data from the 20.8-megapixel image sensor into beautiful, lifelike photos and movies and makes possible 4K movies. It also improves color reproduction in live view and adds a new level of noise reduction.
The mode dial, shutter release button, power switch, command dial and movie record button are clustered together for simple, one handed operation.
The front-located Fn (function) button offers fast access to frequently used settings.
Some of the camera settings are summarised below.
Let Nikon 1 J5 make all exposure and certain image settings, including ISO and white balance — a fun, carefree way to obtain fantastic images.
Let Nikon 1 J5 automatically optimize both shutter speed and aperture for perfectly exposed photos.
Select a shutter speed and let the camera automatically set the proper aperture. This is ideal for controlling subject motion: Select fast shutter speeds to freeze action and slower ones to express movement.
Select an aperture and let the camera automatically set the proper shutter speed. This is ideal for controlling blur: Select large apertures (small f-numbers) to blur objects in the foreground/background and small apertures (large f-numbers) to clearly render objects in the foreground/background.
For complete creative control over subject motion and background/foreground blur, manually set both aperture and shutter speed.
Optimize camera settings for continuous shooting.
Select one of the camera’s creative modes according to subject, situation or your own creative inspiration: Skin softening, Nostalgic sepia, Pop, Retro, High-contrast monochrome, Cross screen, Fisheye, HDR, Soft, Easy panorama, Miniature effect, Selective color, Cross process and Toy camera effect. Five other settings — previously found under Nikon 1’s AUTO mode — can also be selected here: Night portrait, Portrait, Landscape, Night landscape and Close up.
Select one of the camera’s movie shooting modes: HD movie, 4K movie, Slow motion, Fast motion, Jump cut, 4-second movie and Time-lapse movie.
Add a four-second video clip to photos while you shoot.
Select one of the camera’s action-shooting modes: Active Selection, Slow view and Smart Photo Selector.
Selfies never looked this nice, or have been this easy. When shooting, just flip up the LCD monitor and compose the perfect shot. The touch screen LCD monitor lets you soften the look of skin and change exposure without having to access controls on the back. Use the self-timer to capture spontaneous expressions, or shoot immediately by pressing the shutter-release button or touching the monitor.
Make portraits more attractive with this in camera creative tool. Eight retouching options are available to flatter your subject, making people look their absolute best. Soften skin, make faces look smaller and brighter, or whiten teeth and eyes. You can even hide unseemly bags under eyes, add a touch of color to cheeks or widen eyes. Retouch settings and effect levels can be combined, and are easily adjusted via the touch screen LCD monitor.
Hide eye bags
A light tap on the bright LCD monitor is all it takes to adjust camera settings as well as focus and shoot — even when the display is tilted. Menus and text are optimized for maximum readability and intuitive operation.
Can’t be bothered with the shutter-release button? Just tap the screen once to focus and take the photo. The camera focuses on the area you touch then automatically captures the moment. It’s nearly instantaneous, too, thanks to the advanced hybrid AF system.
Simply press the F (Feature) button to display the menu then adjust shooting or playback settings. The sharp LCD monitor and uncluttered user interface facilitate operation, which can be performed using buttons, via the touch screen or a combination of both. Easy-to-understand icons aid in choosing the appropriate mode.
After firing off a burst of photos you can display all the images as a group in a continuous playback stream. This is a convenient way to analyze subject motion and facilitate editing sequences shot with one of the continuous shooting modes such as Sports mode or Active Selection.
Explore the wonders of time-lapse photography in sequences up to 999 shots long. Set the camera on a tripod and photograph clouds racing overhead, or record an extended journey from the front seat of your vehicle. You can shoot in intervals between 5 seconds and 99 minutes 59 seconds, and adjust the total number of photos.
Take the guesswork out of action shots. Just when is the decisive moment? Rather than guessing, get help using Active Selection. As the action begins to unfold, Nikon 1 J5 begins shooting up to 20 photos at high speed before fully pressing the shutter-release button, or 20 shots total before and after pressing the button. When finished shooting, you can review the sequence and decide which images to keep. Save the entire sequence or just the ones that capture the essence of the moment.
Shots of parties and groups? Automatically save the best and delete the rest. Poring over group shots to find the best of the bunch isn’t much fun. So let Smart Photo Selector do the work for you. Just compose the shot then begin pressing the shutter-release button. From the halfway point, Nikon 1 J5 starts shooting and continues until a few moments after you fully press and release the button, recording up to 20 images. The camera then automatically saves the five most pleasing shots and displays what it determines to be the best based on eye blinks, composition and camera-shake blur. Unneeded images are deleted for you.
Pick and choose the best shot from a slow motion sequence. Knowing just when to take the shot while trying to capture fast-moving action can sometimes be difficult. Slow view solves this problem. Simply press the shutter-release button halfway and Nikon 1 J5 records up to 20 frames at 30 frames per second. The LCD monitor displays the action occurring in slow motion. When you see the shot you like, press the button the rest of the way and the image is automatically saved.
Make stills come alive with the magic of movies. Add movement to everyday snaps and watch them come to life with a newfound vibrancy. Motion Snapshot appends four seconds of slow-motion video along with ambient sounds or background music to a normal snapshot. Just point and shoot. It’s as easy as taking a photo. Motion Snapshots are created in-camera. No special editing skills or software are required so you can enjoy them immediately.
Expand your enjoyment of Motion Snapshot. Because Motion Snapshots are automatically created in-camera, you can view and share them on the LCD monitor immediately.
Sophisticated noise reduction made possible by advanced EXPEED 5A image processing. Nikon 1 J5’s improved noise reduction delivers clean, blur free photos of dimly lit scenes such as night cityscapes and vibrant sunsets. The camera first takes a sequence of shots at high speed at either ISO 6400 (NR) or 12800 (NR) then combines them into one beautiful photo with reduced image noise.
Make photos you are shooting resemble dioramas. This is great for turning everyday scenes into fascinating shots of toy like wonder.
Use this feature to shoot stunning panoramas. Capture majestic landscapes and exciting cityscapes in all their expansive glory.
3840 x 2160/15p The ultimate movie experience now comes to Nikon 1. With a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, four times higher than Full HD — 4K represents a remarkable breakthrough in video. See every tiny detail and get swept off your feet by the realism that is 4K. And with the outstanding noise reduction provided by the new image sensor and EXPEED 5A image processing engine, movies shot in low-light are sharp and largely free from noise artifacts. Each 4K movie can be approximately 10 minutes long, giving you ample time to capture every thrilling moment.
Nikon’s renowned Active D-Lighting, which has helped still photographers control high-contrast scenes for years, can now be used when recording movies.
Chasing lively subjects or using long focal lengths when shooting movies can turn an exciting moment into a jumpy blur due to a shaky hand. Nikon’s advanced e-VR (electronic vibration reduction) minimizes this. Combining a gyro with a sophisticated processing algorithm, e-VR helps you obtain clear footage without having to increase ISO or use a tripod.
Create a ten-second Full HD movie composed of up to 300 photos.
1280 x 720/120 frames per second (fps) Some moments just have to be savored, slowly and richly. For occasions like these, switch on Slow motion.
We highly recommend B&H for your J5 camera purchase.
Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses
Nikon 1 mount
Effective angle of view, 2.7x lens focal length (35 mm format equivalent)
Image sensor format, CX
Image sensor type, CMOS
Sensor size, 13.2mm, x8.8mm
Total pixels, 23.01million
Effective pixels, 20.8million
Image size (pixels)
Still images taken in auto, P, S, A, M, sports, best moment capture, and all creative modes other than easy panorama (aspect ratio 3 : 2), (L)5568, x3712, (M)4176, x2784, (S)2784, x1856, Still images taken in normal panorama mode with camera panned horizontally (aspect ratio 120 : 23), (L)4800, x920, Still images taken in normal panorama mode with camera panned vertically (aspect ratio 8 : 25), (L)1536, x4800, Still images taken in wide panorama mode with camera panned horizontally (aspect ratio 240 : 23), (L)9600, x920, Still images taken in wide panorama mode with camera panned vertically (aspect ratio 4 : 25), (L)1536, x9600, Still images taken during movie recording (aspect ratio 3 : 2), (L)5568, x3712, Motion Snapshots (photo portion, aspect ratio 16 : 9) 5568 x 3136
NEF (RAW): 12-bit, compressed, JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8) compression, NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control system
Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, ; selected Picture Control can be modified
auto; sports; creative, with a choice of the following options: pop, retro, high-contrast monochrome, nostalgic sepia, HDR, easy panorama, soft, miniature effect, selective color, cross process, toy camera effect, cross screen, fisheye, skin softening, night landscape, night portrait, landscape, close-up, and portrait; programmed auto with flexible program, shutter-priority auto, aperture-priority auto, and manual; best moment capture (Active Selection, slow view and Smart Photo Selector); advanced movie (HD movie, 4K movie, time-lapse movie, slow motion, jump cut, fast motion and 4-second movie); Motion Snapshot; self-portrait
Electronic shutter Speed, 1/16,000to, 30s, in steps of 1/3 EV; Bulb Note: Bulb ends automatically after approximately 2 minutes
Flash sync speed, Synchronizes with shutter at X=, 1/60s;, or slower
Modes, S (single frame), Continuous, Self-timer, Interval timer shooting
Approximate frame advance rate, 60fps
Self-timer, 2 s, 10 s
Metering system, TTL metering using image sensor
Matrix Center-weighted: Meters 4.5 mm circle in center of frame Spot: Meters 2 mm circle centered on selected focus area
P programmed auto with flexible program; S shutter-priority auto; A aperture priority auto; M manual; scene auto selector
Exposure compensation, –3 to +3EV, in steps of1/3EV
Luminosity locked at metered value when shutter-release button is pressed halfway
ISO sensitivity, ISO200to, 12800, in steps of 1EV, ISO 160; 6400 (NR); 12800 (NR); auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 160 to 6400, 160 to 3200, 160 to 800) available (user controlled in exposure modes P, S, A, and M)
Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A), Full-time AF (AF-F), Single AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Manual focus (MF)
Focus area, Single-point AF: 171 focus areas; the center 105 areas support phase-detection AF Auto-area AF: 41 focus areas
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single AF)
Face priority, On, off
Auto and all creative modes other than HDR, easy panorama, landscape, and night landscape: Flash pops up automatically and fires as required P, S, A, M, and self-portrait: Manual
Approx. 5/16 (m/ft, ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F; at ISO 160, Guide Number is approx. 6.3/20.7)
Control, i-TTL flash control using image sensor
Mode, Auto, auto + red-eye reduction, fill flash, fill flash + slow sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction + slow sync, rear-curtain sync, rear curtain + slow sync, off
Flash compensation, -3 to +1 EV in steps of 1/3 EV
Flash-ready indicator, Lights when built-in flash unit is fully charged
Auto, incandescent, fluorescent, direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine tuning
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Matrix Center-weighted: Meters 4.5 mm circle in center of frame Spot: Meters 2 mm circle centered on selected focus area
Frame size (pixels) and frame rate
HD movies (aspect ratio 16 : 9) 1920 x 1080/60p (59.94 fps) 1920 x 1080/30p (29.97 fps) 1280 x 720/60p (59.94 fps) 1280 x 720/30p (29.97 fps) 4K movies (aspect ratio 16 : 9) 3840 x 2160/15p (14.99 fps) Slow-motion movies 1280 x 720/120 fps (aspect ratio 16 : 9; plays at 30p/29.97 fps) 800 x 296/400 fps (aspect ratio 8 : 3; plays at 30p/29.97 fps) 400 x 144/1200 fps (aspect ratio 8 : 3; plays at 30p/29.97 fps) Time-lapse, fast-motion, jump-cut, and 4-second movies (aspect ratio 16 : 9) 1920 x 1080/30p (29.97 fps) Motion Snapshots (movie portion, aspect ratio 16 : 9) 1920 x 1080/60p (59.94 fps) (plays at 24p/23.976 fps)
File format, MOV
Video compression, H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 16 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, bursts shown as key frames or as consecutive pictures, movie and panorama playback, slide show, histogram display, and auto image rotation
USB connector, Hi-Speed USB
Type D HDMI connector
IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, Operating frequency
2412 to 2462 MHz (channels 1 to 11),
Range (line of sight), 10 m/33 ft (assumes no interference; range may vary with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles)
Data rate, 54 Mbps Maximum logical data rates according to IEEE standard. Actual rates may differ.
Security, Authentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK
One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL24 battery
EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5F power connector (available separately)
Tripod socket, 1/4–in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D), 98.3, x 59.7, x 31.5mm (3.9, x2.4, x1.3in.), excluding projections
Weight, 265g (9.4 oz), with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 231 g (8.2 oz), camera body only
Operating Temperature 0 °C to 40 °C (+32 °F to 104 °F), Humidity 85% or less (no condensation)
Body Cap BF-N1000 (included),
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL24 (included with terminal cover),
Battery Charger MH-31 (included; plug adapter supplied in countries or regions where required; shape depends on country of sale),
Lens (supplied only if lens kit is purchased with camera),
The Android smart phone / tablet devices are now very nicely integrated into the range of Google products. Here I would like to summarise some of the Android / Google Apps that you can use to assist you in your photography.
It is always very handy to have your camera manual handy when you are out and about, if you have a query on the settings or operation of your camera. So drop a copy of your camera manual in pdf form on to your device and you will have it with you all the time.
If you synchronise your tablet / phone clocks and your camera clock to the correct time you can record your travels on the “My Tracks” App and save the track in the form of a .gpx file and when you get back home you can process the .gpx file to apply the GPS coordinates on to your image files. This way you will always remember where each image was captured. The Nikon VeiwNX-i software is excellent for this.
Load the Mobile Stellarium App on to your tablet / phone and this will enable you to see the beauty of the night sky. This is very useful if you want to get some beautiful images of the Milky Way or other astro images. The App will essentially show you where the various stars are and also the position of the Milky Way depending on the time. The following image is a screen capture of the Stellarium from my Android device.
The TPE (The Photographer’s Ephemeris) is an excellent App to show the direction and time where / when the sun is rising and setting. It also shows similar information for the Moon rising and setting. The following image is a screen capture of the TPE from my Android tablet.
The Photographer’s Ephemeris
I also find it useful to keep a spreadsheet when using Neutral Density (ND) filters, showing the extended exposure time for the various ND filters I use. I take this spreadsheet with me on the tablet. Such as the following example.
Neutral Density (ND) Filter Spreadsheet
These are some of the ways that I used my Android tablet to advantage with my photography. Your Android tablet or phone can therefore be a very useful device to improve your photography.
The latest tablets are very similar to a mini computer and can prove to be very handy and powerful when used to their capability.
The equipment I use for my photography is mainly as follows:
I have been using Nikon View NX2 for some time now and I am very pleased to see that Nikon have now released a new version, ViewNX-i. The software appears to be significantly advanced compared to the older version. I have encountered a few minor bugs in the software but these should be ironed out by Nikon in the next release hopefully.
ViewNX-i is effectively an image browsing software for managing your still images and movies efficiently prior to working on them with your post processing software.
The browsing functions of ViewNX-i have been improved over ViewNX-2 by the addition of new functions such as tabs that allow easy switching of work spaces.
ViewNX-i also employs a new Photo Tray function that lets users temporarily store files from various folders, enabling smooth operation when editing movies or printing still images.
With the slideshow function, you can play back still images in combination with movies with effects and/or music added. It is possible also to play back still images automatically to perform operations such as adding labels and ratings to them.
ViewNX-i supports a sidecar file format that does not apply changes directly to original image files, including movie files. It collaborates with Capture NX-D to allow you to make detailed adjustments to still images and with ViewNX-Movie Editor to lets you edit movies easily.
Functions for processing and adjusting still images, equivalent to those available with ViewNX 2, will be included in ViewNX-i with future versions.
ViewNX-i is compatible with web services such as Facebook (A function that enables collaboration with Facebook is disabled with the initial version of ViewNX-i, but will be available in future versions), YouTube and NIKON IMAGE SPACE and you can access them all smoothly.
The ViewNX-i is software optimized for browsing, managing and storing of still images and movies. The software maintains the same easy operation as with the previous ViewNX 2.
Quick switching of workspaces can be done using tabs. It is easy to switch work spaces just by selecting tabs from Browse, Map and Web at the upper left of the display.
The following are some examples of the various Tabs.
Firstly the Browse Tab is Selected. This enables you to browse all your image and video files and folders.
Browse Tab Selected
Secondly the Map Tab is Selected. This enables you to apply GPS map locations to your images similar to the previous version of ViewNX-2. With this Tab and the Show Track Log button selected any GPS tracking files .gpx files cane be used to apply the GPS coordinates to you image files as long as the camera time and the GPS time has been synchronised.
Map Tab Selected
Thirdly the Web Tab is Selected. This enables you to access the various web services which you may use and require access to for you images.
Web Tab Selected
Buttons on an Output Bar at the top of the screen allow smooth access to desired functions as shown here.
By simply clicking on buttons on an Output Bar, you can smoothly access a variety of functions such as transfer and adjustment of still images, and movie editing.
Transfer images [Transfer] – Nikon Transfer 2 is launched and data can be transferred from a camera or memory card to a designated folder.
Adjustment of still images [Edit] – Capture NX-D is activated for RAW processing and adjustment of JPEG or TIFF files.
Movie editing [Movie] – ViewNX-Movie Editor starts for movie editing.
Open with other application – Images can be opened in other applications in ViewNX-i, when the application is registered with the software. This icon will not be displayed if the other application is not registered.
Print still images [Print] – Enables printing of still images with a printer connected to a computer.
Attach file to a mail [Email] – Launches Email software in which image files can be attached and sent.
Collaboration with web services [Upload] – Lets you store, share or make public your still images or movies on the internet using web services such as Facebook, YouTube and NIKON IMAGE SPACE when these are registered.
File conversion [Export] – Allows conversion of JPEG, TIFF or RAW (NEF/NRW) images to JPEG or TIFF. It is possible to convert multiple images at one time.
Automatic playback of still images (movie files can be included) [Slideshow] – Plays slideshow with the thumbnail images and movies automatically. Music and/or effects can be added as required.
Automatic playback of selected still images [Auto Play] – Label or rating can be set during playback of slideshow. Playback display can be rotated. If one thumbnail image is selected, all images in the same folder are played back.
Multiple monitor display [Secondary Display] – Selected image of the thumbnails can be displayed in large size with a secondary monitor connected to a computer, while continuing display of thumbnail images on a main monitor.
Selectable display of Thumbnails
You can select from a variety of display options optimized for browsing according to your intentions or preferences. Vertical and horizontal display of thumbnails and comparison display are supported.
Shooting information display similar to that of a D-SLR lets you confirm the data easily
In addition to the conventional shooting information display using characters, ViewNX-i offers display similar that of a Nikon D-SLR top control panel. You can choose either of them according to your preferences.
Histograms can be displayed while the Thumbnail Grid display option is selected without switching to the image viewer. This makes it easy to check the histograms of multiple images smoothly.
ViewNX-i supports display of images in parent folders as well as sub folders. Even if images are divided into sub folders of each day of a trip, they can all be shown together just by selecting their parent folder.
Thumbnail images can be sorted in such ways as date and file type. Rating or labeling images can make them simpler to find.
Photo Tray function allows temporarily storing images for purposes such as slideshow, printing and editing movies — greatly improving efficiency of operation.
Photo Tray is located at the bottom of the display and enables temporary storage of images from various folders. This realizes more convenient and efficient operation as still images to be printed or converted, or movies to be edited using ViewNX-Movie Editor, can be temporarily stored in a single location. Images can be added to the Photo Tray by simply clicking the access button above thumbnails. The number to the right of the button indicates the number of still images/movies in the Photo Tray.
Automatic playback of still images and movies with music and/or effects added — improved slideshow function with enhanced creativity
The slideshow function has been greatly improved with ViewNX-i. Automatic playback of still images and movies with music and/or effects added can be enjoyed. Movies can also be included in the slideshow. In addition, once a slideshow is complete, users can choose to save it as a movie.
Auto Play function allows performing of operations such as adding labels and ratings during playback, realizing comfortable and quick handling of still images
Buttons at the bottom of the display let you easily perform operations such as adding labels and/or ratings, or rotating images, to be displayed with playback. This is convenient for managing multiple images quickly. The speed at which images are played back can also be selected from three options.
Auto Play does not support movies. Playback range of a movie can be specified and the movie trimmed within that range using ViewNX-Movie Editor.
In playback with ViewNX-i, it is possible to specify the range of playback. You can enjoy viewing a movie without unwanted parts. And when you activate ViewNX-Movie Editor after selecting the movie in ViewNX-i, it is automatically trimmed within the specified range. The trimmed movie can be used for a slideshow, creating an original movie or uploaded to YouTube. Also, a frame of a movie can be saved as a still image during playback by clicking the Save Frame As Image button.
Images shot using Camera Control Pro 2 (optional) can be confirmed instantly with ViewNX-i
Camera Control Pro 2 can control almost all of the functions of the Nikon D-SLR from a computer remotely via USB connection. Images and shooting information can be confirmed with ViewNX-i instantly, making post-shooting workflow smoother.
Smooth access to web services and map display
ViewNX-i enables uploading of still images and movies to web services such as Facebook, YouTube and NIKON IMAGE SPACE to share and store them. You can choose to display only images that have been uploaded to a specific web service. “Likes” for images uploaded to Facebook can be confirmed from ViewNX-i and it is possible to add comments.
Access to web services
It is possible to access web services with the upload button on the Output Bar
By selecting Web tab, uploaded still images and movies are displayed by the upload destination. The still images and movies are shown as a thumbnail list of folders of each destination web service.
“Likes” for images and movies uploaded can be confirmed from ViewNX-i
The number of “Likes” is displayed for each image uploaded to Facebook. Displaying comments and replying to them is also available.
Still images and movies with location information attached can be displayed on a map
Still images with location information attached can be displayed on a map using map services on the internet. Even if the image does not include location information, it is possible to designate shooting location and display. Also, the Log Matching function can be used to attach location information easily to an image without it. Log data can be displayed on a map to track a route.
Easy-to-use movie-editing functions
Movie editing has become simpler and easier with ViewNX-Movie Editor. Trimming and inserting superimposed text are available by clicking icons displayed on a thumbnail. You can create original movies that include both still images and movies together easily by selecting the files in ViewNX-i and activating ViewNX-Movie Editor. Users who previously may have thought that editing movies is difficult and hesitated to try it, or those who are using it for the first time, can easily enjoy great results via simple operations.
Simple operations using movie-editing software ViewNX-Movie Editor collaborating with ViewNX-i
When you select a movie file and click the movie button on the Output Bar, movie-editing software ViewNX-Movie Editor collaborating with ViewNX-i is launched and shows the menus Convert Movies, Combine Movies and Create New Movie. You can start editing instantly by selecting your desired option.
What you can do with ViewNX-Movie Editor
Creative movies can be produced easily using still images and movies together.
You can create original movies simply by selecting the still images and movies in ViewNX-i and opening them with Create New Movie display in ViewNX-Movie Editor. On the display, blending transition effects such as fade in and fade out, and music can be added. Furthermore, opening clip, message clip and ending clip can be superimposed. If you specify playback range for a movie using ViewNX-i, it is possible to trim within the range. Trimmed material can be used to create original movies.
Intuitive and simple operation allows easy superimposing of texts and trimming.
Just by holding the mouse cursor over a thumbnail of a movie, the access buttons for operations are displayed at the top of the thumbnail, making it easy to edit a movie.
Optimal size can be set for uploading to web services such as YouTube.
If a typical display (use) option is selected for PC, YouTube and other web services in movie output, the movie can be saved with optimized size for that type of display. It is simple to create movies for web services even if you are not familiar with the movie settings.
RAW processing and still image adjustment
Nikon Capture NX-D fully supports RAW processing of your raw image files and the adjustment of JPEG and TIFF images selected with ViewNX-i. By clicking the edit button on the Output Bar of VierNX-i, Capture NX-D is launched and allows RAW processing and adjustment of your still images. Collaboration with Capture NX-D enables the full support of adjusted files (sidecar files). The images are displayed with all adjustments applied but the original image remains completely unchanged.
The cameras RAW images can be easily converted to JPEG or TIFF format by simply clicking the export (file conversion) button. If images were adjusted using Capture NX-D, all effects of those adjustments are reflected in the converted files.
Nikon ViewNX 2 is a useful free software from Nikon to enable managing, sorting and basic editing of your image files, both for still images and also for Videos. The following is a basic outline of how the software can be used to edit your movies.
Open Nikon View NX 2.
In the top menu bar of View NX 2 select Movie Editor.
Load All the source video files, and the screen should look as follows.
Nikon ViewNX 2 Movie Editor
Next move all the video clips down to the Storyboard.
Select the Transition Tabs required between each video clip,
Move each transition between the respective video clip.
The video clips and transitions will appear in the Storyboard as follows.
Double clicking on each video clip in the Storyboard will open up a dialogue box as shown below.
The parts of each video clip that you want included in the final video is selected by clicking the play/in/out buttons and then select OK.
Select Create movie from the top bar and then select the Folder destination/ File Type/Size/Frame rate then select Create to create the final movie as follows.
The final edited movie is now available in the destination folder.
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