New from Nikon: 80-400 Telephoto Zoom Lens, COOLPIX A, P330 and S3500 Point-and-Shoot Cameras

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Nikon has announced not only a new version of its wonderful 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens, but three new point-and-shoot cameras, including the new flagship COOLPIX A digital camera with a large DX-format sensor.


AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Telephoto Lens

The versatile telephoto zoom lens, the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, has been introduced as the successor to the 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR and remains Nikon’s broadest range telephoto zoom lens with lengths from portrait to super telephoto and a minimum focus as close as 5.7’ at all focal lengths. A DX- and FX-format compatible lens, it is ideal for those who need to cover a wide range of situations and do so without carrying a bagful of lenses. For a lens with such a broad focal length range, it is relatively compact and easy to handle. In addition, its internal focus (IF) mechanism keeps the lens compact because it does not extend when focusing and the front lens elements do not rotate when focusing, which is important when using various filters.

The lens offers three focus modes: A/M, which is AF priority autofocus with manual override; M/A, which is MF priority autofocus with manual override; and M, which is straight manual focus. Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology provides not only fast autofocus but smooth and quiet operation, which is important for many applications, not least of which is shooting video, where lens-motor sounds can drown out the sound you want to record. With this 80-400mm lens, autofocus is possible when using a 1.4x tele-converter when attached to an f/8.0-compatible camera such as the D4, D600 and the new D7100.

The “VR” in the 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens designates Nikon’s second-generation Vibration Reduction technology and is a premiere image stabilization system that offers up to 4 stops of compensation against camera shake, which is a one-stop improvement over the previous 80-400mm incarnation. This is very beneficial when shooting at long focal lengths when even slight camera movement can blur a shot, and it provides unparalleled sharpness when shooting in low light. This new lens’s version of VR also features “Tripod Mode” in which the lens automatically detects the presence of a tripod and delivers specialized VR correction.

Again, as an enhancement over Nikon’s earlier version of its 80-400mm, the 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR brings with it a newly developed optical design that features not just ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements, but one super ED element, four ED elements and Nano Crystal Coating for high-contrast images with reduced aberrations and optimal light transmission with minimal flare and ghosting.

Format DX or FX
Focal Length 80-400mm
Maximum Aperture f/4.5-5.6
Minimum Aperture f/32-40
Zoom 5x
Lens Construction 20 elements in 12 groups (including including four ED glass and one Super ED glass elements, and Nano Crystal Coat)
Angle of View 30°10' - 6°10' (20° - 4° with Nikon DX format)
Minimum Focus Distance 5.74' (1.75 m) from focal plane / 4.92' (1.5 m) in MF
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1/5.7x (1/5.1x in MF)
Focus Modes A/M (autofocus with manual override, AF priority)
M/A (autofocus with manual override, manual priority)
M (manual focus)
Motor Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
Image Stabilization VR (Vibration Reduction)
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 (rounded)
Filter-Attachment Size 77mm
Diameter x Length 3.8 x 8" (95.5 x 203mm)
Weight 3.5 lb (1570 g) with tripod mounting collar; 3.3 lb (1480 g)
without tripod mounting collar

Nikon COOLPIX A

The Nikon COOLPIX A Digital Camera is a 16.2MP advanced point-and-shoot camera with a DX-format (APS-C) CMOS sensor, which is the sensor format utilized on many Nikon DSLR cameras. This handsome camera, with a slightly retro style, looks to be a real breakthrough for Nikon with its compact form and large-camera sensor. Its DX sensor, designed without an optical low-pass filter, provides superior image quality and is particularly effective in producing low-noise images. In addition to a DSLR-sized sensor, the COOLPIX A utilizes the EXPEED 2 Image Processor and a 28mm equivalent fixed focal length lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8. The combination of this large sensor and fast lens in a compact body should impress many. And if that alone does not, its low-light performance and ability to focus fast and create images with sharp details and fine tonal gradation will.

Full HD 1080p video with built-in stereo sound is supported by the COOLPIX A, and with the included EG-CP16 cable you can connect your camera directly to an HDTV to immediately view your videos (and photos) with remarkable clarity. A 3.0” Ultra-High Resolution LCD with a 921k pixel count provides image composition and playback, its integrated panel with glass structure and five-level brightness adjustment make for clear visibility, even in bright sunlight. An electronic virtual horizon and grid display assists in keeping your images at straight angles and a hot shoe mount optical viewfinder is compatible as an optional accessory. Nikon's WU-1a Wireless adapter, also an optional accessory, allows you to connect the COOLPIX A to your smartphone or tablet for instant image sharing.

With 14-bit RAW file format, manual exposure control, 4 fps continuous shooting, a hot-shoe mount and Nikon’s Active D-lighting, as well as an aluminum-alloy body with magnesium alloy top plate, the COOLPIX A reads more and more like a DSLR than a point-and-shoot, but its compact form factor and numerous assistive features leaves no doubt that despite its impressive spec list, this is Nikon’s next great compact camera. It is available in silver and black.

Camera Type Compact Digital Camera
Image Sensor CMOS
Sensor Size DX-Format (24 x 16mm)
Total Pixels 16.93MP
Effective Pixels 16.2MP
Lens 1x optical NIKKOR glass lens
Lens Focal Length 18.5mm
Lens Focal Length (35mm Equivalent) 28mm
Maximum Aperture f/2.8
Lens Construction 7 elements in 5 groups
Lens Zoom 1x
Autofocus (AF) Contrast-detect TTL AF
Autofocus (AF) Focus-Area Selection Center
Face Priority
Subject Tracking
Normal Area
Wide Area
Focus Range Approx. 1.66' (50 cm) to infinity
Macro close-Up Focus Range Approx. 4" (10 cm) to infinity 
Focus Lock Yes
Monitor Size 3" (7.6 cm)
Monitor Type TFT-LCD with 5-level brightness adjustment
Monitor Resolution 921k dots
Monitor Frame Coverage (Shooting Mode) 100% (horizontal & vertical)
Monitor Frame Coverage (Playback Mode) 100% (horizontal & vertical)
Storage Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage File System DCF, EXIF 2.3, DPOF compliant
Storage File Formats (Still) JPEG, RAW (NEF; a proprietary Nikon format)
Storage File Formats (Movie) MOV (Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264,
Audio: AAC stereo)
Movie Resolution Full HD 1920 x 1080p (30 fps)
Full HD 1920 x 1080p (25 fps)
HD 1280 x 720p (30 fps)
HD 1280 x 720p (24 fps)
Image Size (Pixels) 4928 × 3264
Lowest ISO Sensitivity 100
Highest ISO Sensitivity 25600
Exposure Metering Matrix, Center-Weighted, Spot
Exposure Control Programmed auto exposure with flexible program
Aperture-priority auto
Shutter priority auto
Exposure Modes Programmed Auto
Scene Modes Autumn colors, Beach/Snow, Blossom, Candlelight, Children, Close Up, Dusk/Dawn, Food, Landscape, Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Party/Indoor, Pet Portrait, Portrait, Silhouette, Sports, Sunset, High Key, Low Key
In-Camera Image Editing Color Balance, Color Outline, Color Sketch, D-Lighting, Edit Movie, Filter Effects, Fisheye, Image Overlay, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, NEF (Raw) Processing, Perspective Control, Red-Eye Reduction, Quick Retouch, Resize, Selective Color, Straighten, Trim
Exposure Compensation ± 5 EV in steps of 1/3 EV
White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual
Shutter Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
Shutter Speed 1/2000 – 30 sec; bulb and time available in mode M (time requires optional ML-L3 remote control)
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at Full Resolution 4 fps
Continuous Shooting Options Best Shot Selector, Continuous, Multi-Shot 16, Single
Aperture Electronically-controlled 7-blade iris diaphragm 
Aperture Range 19 steps of 1/3 EV
Self-Timer 2, 5, 10, 20 sec
Accessory Shoe ISO 518 hot-shoe contact with sync contacts, data contacts and safety lock
Built-In Flash Range (ISO  Auto) W: 1.66 to 37' (0.5 to 11.5 m)
Built-In Flash Control TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Manual flash control available
Guide Number: 6/21 or 6/22 when fired in manual mode at full power (ISO 100, m/ft, 23°C/73.4 °F)
Built-In Flash Yes
Interface Hi-Speed USB
Interface Data Transfer Protocol MTP, PTP
Video Output NTSC, PAL
HDMI Output Can be selected from Auto, 480p 720p, 1080i
I/O Terminal AV output; Digital I/O (USB)
Supported Languages Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish,
Thai, Turkish
Battery Rechargeable lithium-ion battery EN-EL20
Battery Life (Shots) Approx. 230 shots
Battery Life (Movie) Approx. 70 minutes
Tripod Socket 1/4"
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Operating Humidity 85% or less (no condensation)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.4 x 2.6 x 1.6" (111 x 64.3 x 40.3mm)
Weight 10.6 oz (299 g)

Nikon COOLPIX P330

The COOLPIX P330 Digital Camera, available in black or white, is another new Advanced Performance compact camera from Nikon. It features a 12.2MP Back Side Illumination CMOS sensor and a 5x optical zoom lens for focal lengths approximately equivalent to 24-120mm in the 35mm format. Its maximum aperture is an impressive f/1.8, making it highly effective in low light and able to create lovely shallow depth of field images. Like the COOLPIX A, it is RAW capable, has manual exposure control and fully automatic modes as well. It supports Full 1080p HD video and has a 3.0” 921k-dot LCD. Its EXPEED C2 image processor offers fast response time and works with its BSI CMOS sensor for fast autofocus, detailed imaging and accurate colors. Vibration Reduction provides image stabilization for sharp images even in low light, and Active Mode VR stabilizes images even when you are walking or in a moving car. A built-in GPS function allows you to geo-tag your images and the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter enables Wi-Fi on the P330 for instant transfer between the camera and your smart devices.

Camera Type Compact Digital Camera
Image Sensor 1/1.7" CMOS
Total Pixels 12.76MP
Effective Pixels 12.2MP
Lens 5x optical NIKKOR glass lens
Lens Construction 7 elements in 6 groups
Lens Focal Length 5.1-25.5mm
Lens Focal Length (35mm Equivalent) 24-120mm
Lens f/ Number f/1.8-5.6
Digital Zoom Magnification Up to 2x (240mm in 35mm [135] format equivalent)
Vibration Reduction (VR) Lens-shift
Motion Blur Reduction Motion detection (still pictures)
Autofocus (AF) Contrast-detect TTL AF
Autofocus (AF) Focus-Area Selection Auto (9-area automatic selection), Center (wide, normal, spot), Face Priority, Manual with 99 focus areas, Subject Tracking, Target Finding AF
Focus Range Approx. 1' (30 cm) to infinity
Macro Close-Up Focus Range Approx. 1.2" (3 cm) to infinity 
Focus Lock Yes
Monitor Size 3" (7.5 cm)
Monitor Type TFT-LCD with anti-reflection coating and wide viewing angle (100% coverage)
Monitor Resolution 921k dots
Internal Memory 15MB
Storage File System DCF, EXIF 2.3, DPOF compliant
Storage File Formats (Still, 3D,
Voice Memo)
JPEG, NRW (RAW); 3D Pictures (MPO); Voice Memo (WAV)
Storage File Formats (Movie) MOV (Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC stereo)
Storage Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Image Size (Pixels) 12MP (4000 x 3000)
8MP (3264 x 2448)
4MP (2272 x 1704)
2MP (1600 x 1200)
VGA (640 x 480)
16:9, 9MP (3968 x 2232)
16:9, 2MP (1920 x 1080)
3:2 (3984 x 2656)
1:1 (3000 x 3000)
Movie Resolution Full HD 1920 x 1080p (30 fps)
Full HD 1920 x 1080p (25 fps)
Full HD 1920 x 1080p (24 fps)
Full HD 1920 x 1080i (60 fps)
Full HD 1920 x 1080i (50 fps)
HD 1280 x 720p (30 fps)
HD 1280 x 720p (25 fps)
iFrame 960 x 540 (30 fps)
iFrame 960 x 540 (25 fps)
VGA 640 x 480p (30 fps)
VGA 640 x 480p (25 fps)
ISO Sensitivity 80-3200
Hi 1 (equivalent to 6400) / Hi 2 (equivalent to 12800)
(Manual setting is enabled in P/S/A/M exposure modes)
Exposure Metering Matrix, Center-Weighted, Spot
Exposure Control Programmed auto exposure with flexible program; Aperture-priority auto; Exposure bracketing; Manual; Shutter priority auto; Exposure compensation (±2 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)
White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual
Shutter Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
Shutter Speed 1/2000-1 sec; 1/2000 - 60 sec. (when ISO sensitivity is set to 80 - 400 in M mode); 1/4000 sec. (the fastest shutter speed when Pre-cache or Continuous H is selected)
Continuous Shooting Up to 10 fps
Aperture & Range Electronically-controlled 7-blade iris diaphragm ; 14 steps of 1/3 EV (W) (A, M mode)
Self-Timer 2, 10 sec.
Built-In Flash Control TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Built-In Flash Yes
Flash Range W: 1.66-21' (0.5-6.5 m); T: 1.66-8.1' (0.5-2.5 m)
Interface Hi-Speed USB
Interface Data Transfer Protocol MTP, PTP
Video Output NTSC, PAL
HDMI Output Auto, 480p, 720p, 1080i
I/O Terminal AV output; Digital I/O (USB)
GPS Yes (built-in)
Tripod Socket 1/4"
Power Sources  EN-EL12 rechargeable lithium-ion battery (supplied)
EH-69P charging AC adapter (supplied)
EH-62F AC adapter (optional)
MH-65 battery charger (optional)
Battery Life (Shots) Approx. 200 shots with supplied battery
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.1 x 2.3 x 1.3" (103 x 58.3 x 32mm)
Weight 7.1 oz (200 g)

Nikon COOLPIX S3500

The COOLPIX S3500 Digital Camera is a sleek point-and-shoot with a 20.1MP CCD sensor and 7x optical zoom lens that is equivalent to a 26-182mm lens in the 35mm format. With Nikon’s lens-shift Vibration Reduction technology, this lens can provide consistently sharp images even at the telephoto end of its zoom. With the EXPEED C2 Image Processor, the S3500 reacts fast and provides not only clear photos but HD 720p video. A 2.7” rear LCD provides composition and playback viewing and a built-in flash offers additional light when needed. Features such as Scene Auto Selector adjust the camera to its optimal settings based on scene recognition, while Subject Tracking keeps focus locked on a moving subject. Befitting its cool form, the COOLPIX S3500 is available in silver, purple, red, orange or decorative pink.

Camera Type Compact Digital Camera
Image Sensor 1/2.3" CCD
Total Pixels 20.48MP
Effective Pixels 20.1MP
Lens 7x optical NIKKOR glass lens
Lens Construction 8 elements in 8 groups (1 ED lens element)
Lens Focal Length 4.7-32.9mm
Lens Focal Length (35mm Equivalent) 26-182mm
Lens f/ Number f/3.4-6.4
Digital Zoom Magnification Up to 4x (728mm in 35mm [135] format equivalent)
Vibration Reduction (VR) Lens-shift VR
Motion Blur Reduction Motion detection (still pictures)
Autofocus (AF) Contrast-detect TTL AF
Autofocus (AF) Focus-Area Selection Auto (9-area automatic selection), Center, Face Priority, Manual with 99 focus areas, Subject Tracking
Focus Range W: Approx. 1.66' (50 cm) to infinity; T: 3.3' (1 m) to infinity
Macro Close-Up Focus Range Approx. 2" (5 cm) to infinity 
Focus Lock Yes
Monitor Size 2.7" (6.7 cm)
Monitor Type TFT-LCD with anti-reflection coating (98% coverage)
Monitor Resolution 230k dots
Storage File Formats (Still) JPEG
Storage File Formats (Movies/Audio) AVI (Motion-JPEG compliant) / WAV
Internal Memory 25MB
Storage Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Image Size (Pixels) 20MP (5152 x 3864) HIGH
20MP (5152 x 3864)
10MP (3648 x 2736)
4MP (2272 x 1704)
2MP (1600 x 1200)
VGA (640 x 480)
16:9, 14MP (5120 x 2880)
Movie Resolution AVI (video: Motion-JPEG, audio: monaural PCM (22.050 kHz, 16 bits)
HD 1280 x 720p (30 fps)
VGA 640 x 480
QVGA 320 × 240
Video Memo Function Yes
  80-1600
ISO Sensitivity ISO 3200 (Manual setting is enabled in Auto mode)
Exposure Metering Matrix; Center-Weighted (digital zoom less than 2x); Spot (digital zoom 2X or more)
Exposure Control Programmed auto exposure (shutter speed, ND filter selection and ISO sensitivity)
Exposure Compensation ± 2 EV in steps of 1/3
White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual
Shutter Mechanical and CCD electronic shutter
Shutter Speed 1/2000-1 sec (4 sec. when scene mode is set to Fireworks show)
Continuous Shooting Up to 6 shots at 1.1 fps
Aperture Electronically controlled ND filter (-3.3 AV) insertion
Self-Timer 2, 10 sec.
Built-In Flash Yes
Built-In Flash Range (W) 1.66 to 13' (0.5 to 4 m)
Built-In Flash Range (T) 3.3 to 7.1' (1 to 2.1 m)
Built-In Flash Control TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
I/O Terminal AV output; Digital I/O (USB)
Tripod Socket 1/4"
Power Sources EN-EL19 rechargeable lithium-ion battery (supplied)
EH-70P charging AC adapter (supplied)
EH-62G AC adapter (optional)
MH-66 battery charger (optional)
Battery Life (Shots) Approx. 220 shots with supplied battery
Battery Life (Movie) Approx. 50 min. with supplied battery
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Operating Humidity 85% or less (no condensation)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.9 x 2.3 x 0.9" (96.8 x 57.8 x 20.5mm)
Weight 4.6 oz (129 g)

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You missing information about viewfinder. It does not look from picture that it has one. Does Nikon has it as accessory?

What is the zoom on the Coolpix A...this would make or break the deal for me.

There actually is not any zoom on this camera's lens. It has an 18.5mm f2.8 (28mm equivalent in 35mm terms)lens on it.

Seems like a direct competitor for the RX100. As a Nikon shooter I have to ask, why such a high price tag? I could see a $600-$700 for competition pricing, but almost double the RX? I'm wondering what the low light capability will be. I don't see many example photos yet. Hmmmmm.

does the 3500 record sound also? I have two teenagers that area considering this to make videos for youtube. Does it do stop motion and can you add voice to it? Or is stop motion something that you would do on the computer with software after you have downloaded it from your camera memory card to the computer?