Nikon Announces a Trio of Long-Zoom Compact Cameras

Nikon Coolpix A900
Nikon Coolpix A900

Nikon announced a trio of long-zoom compact cameras, two of which supports 4K video recording. They will have a new naming scheme, with the “A” series replacing the “L” series, and B” series replacing the “P” series.

First, we have the compact A900, with a 20MP BSI CMOS sensor, 35x (24-840 equivalent) f/3.4-6.9 zoom lens and a 3″ tilting LCD. It is also capable of 4K video recording at 30fps.

Nikon Coolpix B500
Nikon Coolpix B500

Next up, the 16MP Coolpix B500 which is powered by 4 AA batteries (Wow, this is very rare today!) and has a 40x optical zoom (22.5-900mm equivalent) f/3.0-6.5 lens. There’s also a 3″ tilting LCD but video recording is limited to just 1080p at 30fps.

Nikon Coolpix B700
Nikon Coolpix B700

Last but not least, there’s the B700 with a 60x zoom covering the equivalent of 24-1440mm at f/3.3-6.5. Like the other two, it also has a 20MP BSI CMOS sensor. In addition to the 3″ LCD is fully articulated, the B700 also has a 921k-dot EVF. Video recording is up to 4K at 30fps.

The three cameras will be available later this spring at US$399, US$299 and US$499 respectively.

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Nikon Announces Coolpix P7800 and LD-1000 LED Video Light

Nikon Coolpix P7800

Uh. Is that it, Nikon? The paucity of the August and September announcements makes me wonder if there is another one to come, or if there is some major reorganisation in the company. I was expecting at least a new Nikon 1 camera, but after their own admission that it is not doing well, I suppose some changes are in order (Hint: Don’t price the cheaper-to-make Nikon 1 higher than the more complex DSLR).

The star of the show is the Coolpix P7800, which adds an EVF to last year’s P7700, but takes away the quick control dial. Tradeoffs, tradeoffs. The lens and and sensor remains the same, with the 28-200 equivalent f/2-4 lens and 12 megapixel 1/1.7″ CMOS sensor. I wonder if they fixed the rather leisurely operation speeds associated with this series? Ships in late September for US$550. Details of the LD-1000 after the break. Continue reading Nikon Announces Coolpix P7800 and LD-1000 LED Video Light

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Nikon Releases the Coolpix A 16-megapixel DX-format and P330 Compact Cameras

Nikon Coolpix A
Nikon Coolpix A

Following the likes of Ricoh and Sigma, Nikon has released the Nikon Coolpix A. This is a 16-megapixel DX-format compact camera with a fixed 18.5mm (equivalent to 28mm on full frame cameras.) As with the trend right now, Nikon has designed this to be without an anti-aliasing low-pass filter on the CMOS sensor, which is supposed to give improved image quality.

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