Nikon is bringing 4K to the point-and-shoot.
Not only will some of the new models be the first Coolpix cameras to shoot 4K video, but the new trio will also be able to transfer images and video to smartphones via Bluetooth using the company’s upcoming SnapBridge app. Both the app and the Coolpix cameras are slated for spring availability.
SnapBridge will also permit remote operation of the camera; document where and when photos are taken; and upload up to 20GB of images to Nikon’s Cloud storage service, called Image Space. For further connectivity options, the cameras are also Wi-Fi and NFC compatible.
The Coolpix B700 ($499 suggested retail) features a 20.3-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 60x optical zoom Nikkor ED glass lens, 3-inch Vari-angle LCD display, and. It has RAW shooting support and can capture 4K Ultra HD videos (30p). The camera will be offered in black only.
The Coolpix A900 ($399) features a 20-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 35x optical zoom Nikkor glass lens, and a 3-inch tilting 920k-dot LCD display. Like the B700, it can record 4K Ultra HD video (30p). It will be offered in silver and black.
The Coolpix B500 ($299) has a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 40x optical zoom Nikkor glass lens, 3-inch tilting LCD screen, and hybrid vibration reduction to reduce camera shake. It can record 1080p FullHD video. The B500, which is powered by AA batteries, will be offered in black and red.
Nikon also announced a new series of “premium compact cameras” with its DL series. These palm-sized models will be available early this summer.
The trio of DL cameras have 20.8-megapixel (CX-format) 1-inch BSI CMOS sensors; high-speed autofocus (AF); 20 fps continuous shooting capability (60 fps with fixed AF); a manual focus ring on the lens barrel; and the company’s new Expeed 6A image processor for improved noise reduction.
All three are able to record 4K Ultra HD video and use Nikon’s upcoming SnapBridge app, and all three support RAW image capture.
The DL24-85 ($649) has a 24-85mm focal range, 3.6x zoom range, tilting OLED display and an f/1.8-2.8 aperture. This model is the only one in the line with a Super Macro Mode for improved close-up capturing.
The DL18-50 ($849) has an 18-50mm focal range, 2.8x zoom and f/1.8-2.8 aperture. It is the first time a Nikon compact camera will employ Nano Crystal Coat, meant to reduce ghost and flare, the company said.
The DL24-500 ($999) has a 500mm focal length, 21x optical zoom, and f/2.8-5.6 aperture. Its built-in electronic viewfinder features a 2,359k-dot OLED display, eye sensor and a Vari-angle 1,037k-dot OLED screen.