Nikon has announced three new additions to their Coolpix camera line, the Nikon B700 superzoom, the Nikon B500superzoom, and the Nikon A900 compact travel zoom. All three cameras include Nikon’s new SnapBridge wireless connectivity, which was recently announced in conjunction with the Nikon D500 DSLR at CES last month.
The new A-series replacing the ‘L’ cameras and the B-series replaces the ‘P’ models. All three cameras offer Nikon SnapBridge, which combines Wi-Fi (with NFC) and Bluetooth.
The Coolpix A900 compact camera offers a 20MP BSI CMOS sensor, 35X (24-840mm equiv.) F3.4-6.9 lens, 3″ tilting LCD and 4K video capture at 30p. It will be available in silver and black at a price of $399.
The Coolpix B500 compact sports a 40X (22.5-900mm equiv.) F3.0-6.5 lens, 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, tilting 3″ LCD and 1080/30p video recording. It will be available in black and red and the estimated selling price is $299.
The Coolpix B700 comes with a 60X (24-1440mm equiv.) F3.3-6.5 lens, 20MP BSI CMOS sensor, fully articulating, touch-enabled 3″ LCD, a 921k-dot electronic viewfinder and 4K video capture. It will be available in black only for $499.
Nikon Coolpix B700 / B500 / A900 / A300
GET CLOSER TO WHAT MATTERS: NIKON’S NEWEST LONG-ZOOM COOLPIX CAMERAS OFFER OUTSTANDING IMAGE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE TO CREATIVELY CAPTURE FROM AFAR
With Nikon’s New SnapBridge, The New COOLPIX B700, B500 and A900 Provide a Simplified Way to Share and Transfer Images Easily
MELVILLE, NY (Monday, February 22, 2016 at 11:01 P.M. EST) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced three new COOLPIX cameras, the latest additions to its compact zoom camera lineup. Designed to capture stunning images, 4K UHD (in select models) and HD video from up close or far away, these new COOLPIX cameras boast super-long zoom lenses and superior performance while also offering Nikon SnapBridge for easy sharing of photos. Providing outstanding zoom capabilities ranging from 60x and 40x respectively, the COOLPIX B700 and COOLPIX B500 allow users to explore their creative freedom regardless of the distance. With a powerful 35x zoom lens, the COOLPIX A900 is a compact, stylish and feature-packed camera that fits comfortably in a pocket.
All of these COOLPIX cameras offer a new way to share photos wirelessly through the new Nikon SnapBridge. SnapBridge creates an “always on” Bluetooth® supported connection between the camera and compatible mobile device, making automatic upload and sharing of images possible.
“Nikon’s latest COOLPIX cameras are exciting options for creative photographers seeking a compact camera that is easy-to-use, yet features incredible zoom capabilities, superior performance and stunning image quality,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “The COOLPIX B700, B500 and A900 provide the lens power needed to get closer to subjects and capture sharp images and HD video.”
Easily Share and Transfer Images: The New Nikon SnapBridge
With more images being shared than ever before, Nikon has developed the new Nikon SnapBridge to help consumers automatically transfer images via Bluetooth®1 low energy (BLE) directly to a compatible smartphone2 or tablet, establishing an “always on” connection, making it easier than ever to share amazing images with the world. The Nikon SnapBridge app allows users to document the time and location images were taken, embed copyright or photographer information on any image, as well as operate the camera remotely, which is great for capturing group shots. Built-in Wi-Fi3 and NFC are also available to further increase connectivity and promote sharing great images.
Additionally, SnapBridge users can take advantage of Nikon’s free image storing service, Nikon Image Space, to store up to 20 GB of images and an unlimited number of thumbnail images (up to 2MB) to the cloud, while the application will also send registered users firmware updates directly to their smart device.
Nikon Coolpix B700
The Nikon B700 superzoom camera features a 20.3-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor that Nikon says offers users “amazing quality” across a wide range of lighting conditions and allows enthusiast photographers the ability to record RAW (NRW) images.
The B700 utilizes a 60x optical zoom Nikkor ED glass 24-1440mm f/3.3-6.5 equivalent lens to provide users with extensive zooming range. The built-in lens includes sixteen elements in eleven groups, including one super ED element and four ED elements. By utilizing the available 4x digital zoom, you can capture images with the angle of view equivalent to that of a 5,760mm lens in 35mm format.
Nikon reports that the B700 will be able to capture five full-resolution images at up to 5fps. To capture scenes from all angles, the camera also has a 3-inch Vari-angle TFT LCD display with 921k dots. You can take advantage of this Vari-angle display when recording 4K (UHD) video at up to 30 fps. When recording video, the B700 can use both lens-shift and electronic vibration reduction, whereas only lens-shift vibration reduction is available when capturing still images. In addition to the 3-inch display, the B700 also includes a 0.2-inch 921k-dot electronic viewfinder with 100% coverage.
The Nikon B700 will be available this spring in black for a suggested retail price of $499.95.
Nikon Coolpix B500
The 40x optical zoom Nikon B500 is an ergonomically-designed superzoom camera that uses a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor. The 40x Nikkor lens takes advantage of Niko’s hybrid vibration reduction (VR) to reduce camera shake; optical lens shift VR is available when recording still images and lens shift plus electronic VR is available when recording movies. The lens, which includes twelve elements (three of which are ED elements) in nine groups, provides a 22.5-900mm equivalent focal length with a maximum aperture range of f/3-6.5. The B500 also includes a built-in two-stop neutral density filter.
Powered by AA batteries for “added convenience,” the B500 can record 1080p HD video. The camera’s 3-inch 920k-dot TFT LCD display tilts to allow users more flexibility when composing images and videos and provides 98% coverage when shooting. The B500 can capture seven full-resolution JPEG images at up to 7.4fps.
Available this spring for $299.95, the Nikon B500 will be available in black and red color options.
Nikon Coolpix A900
For a healthy amount of zoom, but in a design that fits in your pocket, Nikon has also introduced their latest travel-zoom compact camera, the Nikon A900. The A900 features a 35x optical zoom that offers a very versatile 24-840mm-equivalent focal length range, plus for good measure, you can extend the zoom range further to 70x with Dynamic Fine Zoom or to a 4x total multiplier for a 3360mm-eq. reach with standard digital zoom. Though not the brightest of aperture ranges, at f/3.4-6.9, the A900 thankfully includes Vibration Reduction, through a combination of optical and electronic stabilization — helfpul in both low light and at the longer focal lengths.
Sporting a 1/2.3-inch type 20-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, the Nikon A900, like the B700, can record video in 4K (UHD) resolution at 30fps, as well as Full HD up to 60fps and a high-speed 120fps at 640 x 480 resolution. For stills, like the B500, the A900 captures only JPEG images, and continuous burst shooting appears good at 7fps, but only up to 7 shots. The camera features a variety of automatic scene modes as well as a standard PASM exposure modes.
The spiritual successor to last year’s S9900, the new A900’s design is mostly unchanged, with major changes being a removal of built-in GPS functionality and the switch from an articulated LCD to a 180-degree flip-up tilting LCD display.
Available this spring for $399.95, the Nikon A900 will be available in black and silver color options.
(imaging-resource.com & dailycameranews.com)