Nikon has revealed the Coolpix P600, P530, and S9700 cameras, all featuring high-zoom lenses for photographers who want to get closer to the action without taking a step forward.
After introducing a pair of waterproof compact cameras, Nikon is upping the stakes with three other shooters. Two of them are bridge-like models and the other one is another compact. However, they all have one thing in common: they feature high-zoom lenses.
Nikon Coolpix P600, P530, and S9700 are their names and they will become available on the market in the near future at very attractive prices, as seen in the press release. Before you decide which to purchase, you should take a closer look at their specifications.
Nikon Coolpix P600: a bridge camera with built-in WiFi, articulated display, and a 60x optical zoom lens
First comes the Nikon Coolpix P600 which features a 16.1-megapixel 1/2.3-inch-type BSI CMOS image sensor. It is packing optical image stabilization as well as an absolutely impressive 60x optical zoom lens with a maximum aperture of f/3.3-6.5.
The built-in lens will offer a 35mm focal length equivalent of 24-1440mm, which should get you very close to your subject no matter how distant your subject may be. It has a built-in flash, but you should not expect it to light subjects located further than 7.5 meters away from the camera.
The specs list continues with a fully-articulated 3-inch 921K-dot LCD screen that also acts as a Live View. A bonus for you is the built-in electronic viewfinder, which should help you compose the shots in a better way.
This bridge camera sports a shutter speed range of 1/4000-15 seconds and a continuous shooting mode of up to 7fps. It can record 1920 x 1080 videos at 30fps and everything is available in a package that weighs no more than 565 grams / 1.25lbs / 19.93 ounces, including the batteries.
Built-in WiFi is there, too, allowing users to transfer photos to a nearby smartphone or tablet. Nikon will begin selling the Coolpix P600 in black and red colors as of February 2014 for a price of $499.95.
Nikon Coolpix P530: another bridge camera, but with a 42x optical zoom lens
Moving on to the Nikon Coolpix P530, the camera features the same image sensor as the P600. However, it sports only a 42x optical zoom lens with f/3-5.9 maximum aperture. Its 35mm equivalent is also great, standing between 24mm and 1000mm.
The compact camera comes packed with a 3-inch LCD screen, the difference being that it is fixed, not articulated such as that of the P600. Nevertheless, you can use the integrated electronic viewfinder to frame your shots.
As expected, the shutter speed ranges between the same values offered by the P600, albeit both cameras feature the same scene modes. A built-in flash is available, too, lighting up subjects located at a distance of up to 8 meters.
Full HD video recording is supported at 30fps. All content can be stored on a SD / SDHC / SDXC card and it cannot be transferred to a mobile device since the camera does not have built-in WiFi.
The Nikon Coolpix P530 will become available in February in a black color for a price of $449.95.
Nikon Coolpix S9700: reclaims integrated WiFi and tops it with GPS functionality
The third camera of the pack is a compact model, unlike the aforementioned pair. As you have expected, Nikon Coolpix S9700 captures photos using the same 16.1-megapixel sensor.
The shooter employs a 30x optical zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent of 25-750mm. Its maximum aperture varies from f/3.7 to f/6.4, depending on the selected focal length.
Its 3-inch screen on the back is fixed, it does not have a built-in electronic viewfinder, but it is based on OLED technology. Meanwhile, the maximum shutter speed stands at 1/2000th of a second and the minimum at 8 seconds.
Nikon Coolpix S9700 is packing a flash with a 6-meter range and records full HD videos at 30fps. The integrated WiFi function gives users the possibility of transferring content to a smartphone or tablet instantly.
Speaking of content, in addition to the SD/SDHC/SDXC slot, users will find a 329MB built-in storage, which should be enough for a few dozen photos. The final trick up its sleeve is the integrated GPS, which is useful for geo-tagging photos.
This compact shooter will be released on the market by the end of this month in black and red colors for a price of $349.95.