Nikon announces new superzoom and new travel zoom ahead of CP+ trade show in Japan
posted Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 10:00 AM EDT
Long zoom fans will be happy to hear that Nikon is continuing to stock the pond with new superzoom and travel zoom offerings debuting today ahead of the CP+ trade show in Yokohama. The Coolpix A1000 is a 35x compact travel zoom, while the Coolpix B600 packs a whopping 60x into a rather sleek new superzoom package.
Going where your smartphone just can't go
The Nikon Coolpix A1000 covers a focal length range from the wide angle of 24mm eq. and extending optically to the fairly generous 840mm eq. field of view. And it has excellent macro capabilities, allowing focusing as close as 1cm while at the widest angle.
The A1000 employs a 16mp 1/2.3" BSI CMOS chip and allows an ISO range up to 6400, and it does support RAW capture (NRW). It comes equipped with Nikon's standard VR lens vibration reduction system, as well as their Active D-lighting for enhanced highlight and shadow enhancement. Other features include a 1,166k-dot EVF and a selfie-friendly tilting touchscreen LCD.
For video shooters out there, the Coolpix A1000 is capable of capturing video up to 4K ultra-HD resolution, along with Nikon's Hybrid VR stabilizing system. The camera is also equipped with snap-back zoom functionality for quick aid in re-acquiring your subject, and supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Nikon Coolpix B600 is a new superzoom offering that optically extends from 24mm eq. at the wide end to a whopping 1440mm eq. at the optical telephoto end. Also employing a 16mp 1/2.3" BSI CMOS sensor, the Nikon B600 has wide-angle macro capabilities down to 1cm distance. There is no mention of RAW capture in the initial press release.
The VR vibration reduction system is rated up to 3 stops, which should provide handheld assistance for the longer zoom range. And the 4-axis Hybrid VR for this model should assist with handheld video capture as well.
Unlike the A1000, the B600 is not equipped for 4K video, but does provide Full HD video (1920x1080) at up to 60i or 30p. This model also includes snapback zoom and includes both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functionality as well.
Nikon knows a thing or two about superzooms, having won our Best Superzoom roundup with the P600 a few years ago. And of course their newest flagship superzoom, the P1000, is incredibly popular with our readers. So this lower-tiered model is intriguing in that it likely ports down some of the DNA from those storied lines.
Both models will be arriving on retail shelves this March in time for Spring shooting here in the Northern Hemisphere. Each will be available in black as shown, with the Nikon A1000 retailing for a suggested US$480 and the Nikon B600 for a suggested US$330. Stay tuned for sample images once available!