Nikon took the wraps off two new COOLPIX cameras earlier today. Dating back to the company’s first COOLPIX in 1997, Nikon has had plenty of time to create a recognized and trusted lineup for consumers. Its latest releases will join the A Series and B Series cameras and have model numbers of A1000 and B600.
While both cameras pack incredible zoom, the B600 is the clear winner in this department with 60x optical compared to the A1000’s 35x. Folks who opt for the A1000 will have a more compact form-factor that makes it easier to carry or stuff in a bag.
Nikon’s product page for the COOLPIX A1000 gets straight to the point with a photo that highlights its 35x optical zoom. One of the first images customers see is of a body of water with a kayak far out in the distance brought completely into focus. Is it as clear as if you were right next to the subject? Of course not, but the amount of detail is quite impressive considering the distance achieved.
“Both of these cameras are fantastic options for users who want to explore their creative side. The wide-angle to super-telephoto zoom range frees users to shoot almost any subject”, said Yoshihiro Katakami, Product Manager at Nikon UK. “Nikon’s 16 MP back-side illuminated CMOS sensor and Vibration Reduction help deliver superb results in low light. And SnapBridge makes it easy to share the best shots, or use a smart device to shoot remotely.”
The NIKKOR lens used in the A1000 offers a zoom range of 24-840mm. It is capable of shooting 4K video, albeit only at 30 fps. If you are looking to capture 60 fps you will need to downgrade to 1080p footage. Users are able to see what they are capturing in real-time using the tilting 3-inch viewfinder. Oh, and this camera supports shooting in RAW also, providing users with the ability to fix overexposed photos that could be ruined when shooting JPEGs.
Just like the A1000, Nikon makes the B600’s zoom possibilities very clear with a single photo. Showing off its 24-1440mm focal length, the photo is not the sharpest, but let’s be honest, in the event that someone tries to shoot a photo like this, the end result is quite impressive.
While the B600 is capable of shooting video, it supports neither 4K or 1080p/60 fps recording. This means that users are stuck with a measly 1080p/30 fps experience which is put to shame by any modern smartphone camera.
Pricing and availability
The pricing of the B600 and A1000 work out to roughly $430 and $530, respectively. Concrete release dates were not provided either, but it seems likely they will ship this year. There is no word on if Nikon plans to sell these cameras in the US or not. Bearing in mind that you can pick up the B500 and A900 at Amazon, so there is a good chance that listings will show up eventually.
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