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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Nikon Introducing P100 with 26X Zoom Lens

Normally I don't talk about new equipment much on this blog, but I love zoom cameras and Nikon is about to introduce one that sounds like great fun--the Nikon Coolpix P100. I've had a thing for Nikon Coolpix cameras since I illustrated most of my book The Joy of Digital Photography (Lark Photography Book) using a Coolpix 5700. (Amazing isn't it that I illustrated that book almost entirely with 5mp cameras!). One of the most interesting features of this new camera is its built-in zoom--a whopping 26x zoom that is the 35mm equivalent of 26 to 678mm! Wow, talk about a great sports and wildlife lens. Can't wait! I'm a bit surprised that it's only a 10.3 megapixel camera, I would have thought Nikon might go for a 12mp camera at this point--but megapixel counts are not that important, it's the size and quality of those pixels that really matters. Interestingly though, the camera will have a CMOS and not a CCD sensor. Another thing I really like is that it's going to have a 3" articulated LCD screen, which means you can lift the LCD away from the body for more flexible viewing angles.

A few other nice features:

  • High-speed 10 fps enables high-speed continuous shooting for full 10MP images, ideal for sports and action
  • Sports Continuous shooting with pre-shooting cache option enables high-speed shooting at approximately 120 fps for images up to 1.1MP
  • Advanced Night Landscape mode combines a series of consecutive shots taken at a fast shutter speed into a single, clearer image when taking handheld shots at night
  • Backlit Scene HDR (High Dynamic Range) merges different exposures of the same scene to create an image with a range of tonal detail that could not be captured in a single photo 
  • New Full HD movie with stereo sound and HDMI output 
The camera is supposed to ship in March and has a suggested retail price of $399 (my guess is that it will sell for about $50 less than that). You can read more about the Coolpix P100 on the Nikon site.


Pooja said...

Nikon Coolpix P100 is a 10 mp camera. Design-wise, its very appealing to the eyes. Shooting wise, its very fast, the speed is good. The quality of photo and
video is not very satisfying. It easily fits in one's pocket. For more details refer review of nikon coolpix p100

Jeff Wignall said...

Thanks for posting the link to the review.