Two new DSLRs from Nikon have indicated the companyu2019s new direction away from CCD based cameras.

Two new DSLRs from Nikon have indicated the company?s new direction away from CCD based cameras.

Both the D300 and D3 incorporate brand new CMOS sensors, with the Nikon D3 breaking away from the traditional DX (APS-C) sized sensor and into full-frame for the first time. The new Pro spec model features 12.1MP on a 36×23.9mm sensor, which the company is calling FX format. The larger format sensor allows a larger pixel pitch, and incorporates gapless micro lenses for better light capture and retention of information. Also featured is a high ISO rate from 200-6400, with a boost available up to ISO 25,600.

The D300 maintains the Nikon DX format sensor, but with a 12.3MP pixel count and a sensitivity range of ISO 200-3200, with a boost up to 6400. In addition, the D300 now features an anti-dust solution, using vibration of the low pass filter to dislodge dust on camera start up, or shut down.

Both cameras share a host of new technology, including Nikon?s new Expeed ASICs processor, which is expected to feature in all next generation Nikon cameras. The processor is said to consume less power, improve start up time and burst speed and deliver superior image quality.

Also featured on both cameras is newly improved autofocus performance utilising a combination of the new Multi-CAM 3500 AF module, 51-point customisable AF field and an improved 1005pixel RGB sensor in the pentaprism. Previously used for colour and exposure metering, this chip now offers subject recognition ? for example, a portrait ? to provide more accurate AF, and also improved white area detection for improved white balance and exposure.

Each model has a 3in LCD screen with 170 degree viewing, with an impressive 920,000 dot resolution, allowing accurate focus and detail checks. The screens can also, for the first time on Nikon DSLRs, be used in Live Mode for live viewing and composition of the scene to be photographed.

The new models will feature HDMI support for direct image viewing on High definition TV screens, as well compatibility with the new WT-4 wireless transmitter, which was announced at the same time.

The cameras are expected in November, with body-only price tags of £1299 for the D300 and £3339 for the D3. For more details of specification and the new technologies visit