The Nikon Coolpix P1000 125x zoom is just C.R.A.Z.Y

Nikon Coolpix P1000

Nikon Coolpix P1000 at a glance:

  • NIKKOR 24-3000mm Lens (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-8
  • 16MP BSI CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED Image Processor
  • ISO 100-6400
  • 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF
  • 3.2″ 921k-Dot Vari-Angle LCD Monitor
  • 4K UHD Video Recording
  • SnapBridge via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth
  • Auto, Aperture, Shutter, Manual Modes

A few days ago Nikon announced the Nikon Coolpix P1000, a compact camera with a 24-3000mm equivalent zoom, which translates to a 125x zoom.

125x zoom, you read right. If you want to learn what a 125x zoom, or a 24-3000mm (35mm-)equivalent lens means, then have a look at the videos below. Spoiler: it’s just C.R.A.Z.Y.

The Nikon Coolpix P1000 goes for $999, and can be pre-ordered at B&H, Adorama and Amazon.



Just for the fun to compare, this is what the Nikon P900 was able to do.

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Did You Know Nikon Designs its own Sensors?

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I didn’t.

Imaging Resource’s Dave Etchells had the rare chance to visit Nikon’s super-secret sensor design laboratory. But, wait, didn’t Sony manufacture the sensors in Nikon cameras?

So what is Nikon exactly doing? Say’s Etchells:

Companies designing chips of whatever sort generally rely on standard processes established by the “foundry” company that does the actual manufacturing. In these cases, the design process is “just” a matter of defining the layout of the devices on the chip. I say “just” though, because it’s far from a routine process to do this. The size and shape of transistors, photodiodes, resistors and capacitors determines their electrical characteristics, and there are loads of tradeoffs involved in balancing light-gathering efficiency, noise levels, readout speeds, on and on. A big trick is designing the pixels and readout circuitry so there’s as little “dead” (non-light-sensitive) area as possible, while maintaining readout speeds and minimizing power consumption.

Nikon designs its sensors and Sony manufactures them. The surprising thing here is how deep into details Nikon’s sensor design goes, let alone all the simulations and the testing. The reason Nikon is doing this, has to do

with being able to optimize the camera system as a whole, in ways that you can’t if you’re just using off-the shelf parts

In other words: Nikon wants their sensors to be optimised for their lenses and to work at best with Nikon’s also in-house designed EXPEED image processing engine. The sensors featured in the Nikon D850 and Nikon D5 are an example of Nikon’s testing, simulation and overall sensor design.

To learn more about imaging sensors in general and about Nikon’s super-secret sensor design laboratory head over to Imaging Resource.

Nikon working on finger sensor able to understand photographer’s emotions, patent suggests

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Nikon patent application 2017-143581 describes a camera with a finger sensor that can understand basic emotions of the photographer.

The sensors are built into the sides of lenses and on the front and back of a DSLR. The sensor can detect biometric information like the heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure, perspiration, and also the pressure you put on the grip. From this data, a simple neuronal network (read basic AI) can get a hint about the photographer’s emotion and act accordingly.

Excerpt from the patent literature:

PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To solve the problem in which, while a viewer who views a photographed image can enjoy the photographed image more deeply if a photographer’s emotion at a time of photographing can be understood, how to enjoy such images cannot be realized with the conventional apparatus.
SOLUTION: The display device includes: an input unit for inputting biometric information of a photographer at a time of photographing an image; a display unit for displaying the image; and a processing unit for estimating an emotion at the time of photographing from the biological information of the photographer and processing an image to be displayed on the display unit on the basis of the estimated emotion.

Canon are you listening?

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Nikon discontinued the Nikon 1 mirrorless line-up, getting ready for their FF MILC?

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Nikon Japan officially discontinued the Nikon 1 line-up of mirrorless cameras, a line-up that wasn’t very successful. The timing seems to be on spot for the introduction of the company’s first full frame mirrorless camera.

Rumored specifications for Nikon’s upcoming full frame mirrorless camera have already leaked over the web. Nikon officially stated that they will release a full frame mirrorless camera before Spring 2019.

And Canon? There is a certain likelihood Canon may announce a full frame mirrorless camera ahead of Photokina 2018. So far as good as no specifications have leaked. All Canon full frame mirrorless rumors are listed here.

Stay tuned.

Off Brand: Nikon announces Coolpix P1000 with 4K video and staggering 3000mm optical zoom (that’s 125x)

Nikon Coolpix P1000

Nikon Coolpix P1000 at a glance:

  • 3000mm optical zoom—the most powerful zoom lens ever put on a Nikon COOLPIX camera
  • 4K Ultra HD video with HDMI out, stereo sound and an accessory hot-shoe
  • Rock-steady Dual Detect image stabilization and great low-light capability
  • RAW (NRW), time-lapse and Superlapse shooting plus great creative modes
  • Full manual controls along with easy auto shooting

The Nikon Coolpix P900 already has a 83x zoom. People used the Coolpix P900 to shoot pictures of Saturn and of the Moon. Apparently the P900 wasn’t reaching far enough for Nikon and they made the Coolpix P1000, which has a 125x zoom, and is 24-3000mm equivalent. The Nikon Coolpix P1000 has a moon setting on the control dial, that’s something we didn’t see so far. The price in the US is $999, and pre-orders will open soon at B&H, Adorama and Amazon.

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Nikon press release:

The Superzoom COOLPIX P1000 Offers an Astounding 125x Zoom to Capture Your World and Beyond

With its Impressive NIKKOR 24-3000mm Equivalent Optical Zoom Lens and Advanced Shooting Controls, the New COOLPIX P1000 Brings Creative Possibilities Closer Than Ever

MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the COOLPIX P1000, the new undisputed powerhouse of superzooms. With an incredible 125X optical zoom (24-3000mm equivalent) powered by high performance NIKKOR optics; the P1000 is the ideal companion camera for birding, sports, wildlife and celestial-photographers seeking superior performance from extreme distances. Beyond its incredible zoom range, the versatile 16-megapixel COOLPIX P1000 captures 4K UHD video and offers a myriad of manual controls, as well as user-friendly functions including built-in Wi-Fi1 and Bluetooth2 connectivity, letting photographers of all levels explore and share their creativity.“The COOLPIX P1000 is the first of its kind for a compact digital camera,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. “It raises the bar for superzoom cameras and is a testament to our commitment to delivering innovative tools that offer creative freedom to capture and allow users to share their unique visions of the world.”

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Off Brand News: Nikon is #1 in full frame camera market during US holiday season, D850 most sold

Nikon D850

Nikon D850 at a glance:

  • 45.7MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 5 Image Processor
  • 3.2″ 2.36m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • 4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Multi-CAM 20K 153-Point AF System
  • Native ISO: 64-25600, Extended: 32-102400
  • 7 fps Shooting for 51 Frames with AE/AF
  • 8K Time-Lapse, Negative Digitizer Mode
  • 180k-Pixel RGB Sensor, Focus Shift Mode
  • SnapBridge Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

Nikon did exceptionally well with the Nikon D850 (), and users love it.  The Nikon D850 was the most sold full frame DSLR during the holiday season 2017 in the USA.

Nikon press release:

Nikon Inc. Achieves #1 Spot in Full Frame Camera Market During Important 2017 Holiday Selling Season

Market Bolstered by Exceptional Demand for the Award-Winning Full Frame (FX-format) D850 DSLR

MELVILLE, NY – Imaging leader Nikon attained the #1 position for both market share and revenue for December 2017, in the full frame digital camera with interchangeable lens (DCIL) category in the U.S.1 The overwhelming success of the powerful new Nikon D850 DSLR as well as the acclaimed D750 DSLR helped contribute to the brand’s strong growth within the full frame camera segment for December 2017. According to The NPD Group, Nikon achieved double-digit unit and dollar sales growth within the full frame camera segment in December 2017 vs. December 2016.2This market category comprises all full frame digital cameras with interchangeable lenses (DCIL), including DSLR and mirrorless cameras. December is a significant month for sales because of the large volume of units sold during the holidays; industry-wide, DCIL full frame unit sales for the month of December 2017 were almost equal to unit sales from January through March of 2017, according to The NPD Group.3

“Nikon has returned to an emphasis on high-end products for advanced and professional users. These users appreciate Nikon’s full frame offerings because of their amazing image quality, reliability, low-light capability and high-speed performance,” said Bo Kajiwara, President and CEO, Nikon Inc. “Nikon is an innovative, diversified company with a clear, long-term strategy to thrive into 2018 and beyond.”

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