Beep, beep, beep... that's the sound of the Nikon truck backing up to the loading dock at B&H, delivering the wealth of new cameras that Nikon is introducing for the 2015 shooting season. In addition to a D810 DSLR specifically reëngineered for astrophotography and a D750 Filmmakers Kit, Nikon has also announced nine new COOLPIX point-and-shoot cameras that are sure to please every type of shooter. And don’t forget the many new accessories that complement the use of this impressive new crop of cameras.
The Nikon D810A DSLR Camera is Nikon’s first DSLR dedicated to long-exposure, deep-sky astrophotography. Optimizing the D810 DSLR and its 36.3MP FX full-frame sensor, the D810A enables high-resolution images of H-alpha emission nebulae and other celestial objects, as well as the capturing faint star systems and star-trail images. The D810, with its high-resolution sensor, omitted low-pass filter and low-noise ISO sensitivity up to 12800, is the ideal camera to photograph distant, and at times, impossible-to-see objects in the night sky. Also, its magnesium-alloy build and shutter, tested to 200,000 cycles, give it the durability and longevity to withstand high-volume outdoor shooting.
The specialized modifications on the D810A include an Infrared filter optimized for H-alpha red tones, which results in four times the sensitivity to the 656nm wavelength than the standard D810. In addition, the camera’s electronic front curtain eliminates internal vibrations for minimized blur when shooting long exposures. Virtual Exposure Preview helps you frame your image when in BULB or Time Mode and the Long Exposure M Mode enables exposures up to 15 minutes (900 seconds). You can create beautiful light trails shooting an unlimited quantity of high-quality JPEG images when using CH or CL Release Modes, with a shutter speed slower than four seconds. With the Interval Timer you can take up to 9,999 photos at any shutter speed to create smooth in-camera time-lapse sequences. A 12-bit uncompressed RAW size S* file is supported for faster image transfer without sacrificing image quality.
Whether sitting on a fixed tripod, equatorial mount, connected to a telescope, or even tethered to a laptop, the D810A is perfectly suited for capturing the night sky. Also, optional third-party software is available for impressive time-lapse work, and Nikon’s free Capture NX-D software with Astro Noise Reduction filter eliminates pixel artifacts without sacrificing stars. The new AN-DC16 Strap for the Nikon D810A has also been released to go with this impressive camera.
The New D750 Filmmaker's Kit
The Nikon D750 Filmmaker's Kit is the perfect combination of gear for high-definition video production. The D750 is quickly becoming recognized as one of the best DSLRs for moviemaking, and with this grouping of fast-aperture prime lenses, an external recorder, microphone and accessories, Nikon has put together a package that will serve a savvy filmmaker for years to come. The kit includes the D750 DSLR, the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED lens, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens, the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lens, the ME-1 Stereo Microphone, the Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder, two EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion batteries, 58mm, and 67mm Variable Neutral Density filters and the HC-E1 HDMI cable. Also included in the kit are all the accessories that normally come with each item.
A veritable treasure trove of point-and-shoot cameras has been announced by Nikon, and whether you are an adventurer, a wildlife shooter, or just looking for impeccable image quality in a compact form, there is definitely a camera for you.
COOLPIX P610 Digital Camera
Updating its predecessor with NFC, built-in GPS, and improved Vibration Reduction, the COOLPIX P610 Digital Camera is made available in Black or Red. With a 16MP CMOS sensor, the image quality is impressive and full HD 1080p video is supported. A 60x optical zoom lens matches its predecessor and provides an incredible 24-1440mm equivalent focal length in the 35mm format. Dual Detect Optical Vibration Reduction provides a five-shutter-speed stop equivalence for blur reduction when shooting in low light and at long telephoto lengths. Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC enables wireless image transfer to computers and smart devices, and built-in GPS lets you geo-tag your shots.
A 3.0" Vari-angle LCD monitor provides clear image composition and playback, and the sturdy build of the camera offers DSLR comfort and control with a large grip. Also, both an eye-level optical viewfinder and built-in flash are included. Moon mode, multiple-exposure mode, and other artistic effects make it easy to unleash your creativity.
COOLPIX S9900 Digital Camera
The COOLPIX S9900 Digital Camera is a versatile pocket-style camera with a 30x optical zoom lens, Vibration Reduction image stabilization and a 3.0" Vari-angle LCD with 921k-dot resolution. A great camera for travel and for day-to-day shooting, it features a 16MP sensor with full HD 1080p video capture and lens with a 25-750mm focal-length equivalence. Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC and built-in GPS offer connectivity features for simple image transfer and remote camera control, as well as mapping of images. The S9900 is a camera with auto functions for those who want to let the camera do the work, but also provides full manual exposure in the P/A/S/M modes for those who prefer to have greater control over image creation. The S9900 is available in Black or Silver.
COOLPIX S7000 Digital Camera
The COOLPIX S7000 Digital Camera is similar to the above S9900, but with a more compact form factor and a 20x optical zoom with a 35mm focal-length equivalence of 25-500mm for wide-angle to super-telephoto coverage. Vibration Reduction technology reduces the blur caused by camera shake. Built-in Wi-Fi makes it easy to share images on social media and NFC technology allows you to connect to your Android 4.0 (or later) device by just bringing camera and smart device within proximity of each other. A Vari-Angle LCD allows clear composition from odd angles and bright image playback; and a built-in flash lets you light up your darkened subjects.
Target Finding AF helps you get complex shots the first time by instantly and accurately determining your intended subject and maintaining focus on it. Video is supported at 1080i at 60 fps and a four-axis Hybrid Vibration Reduction keeps your videos smooth and stable. Creative effects and 18 scene modes are available for stills and video and in-camera time-lapse movies can be created.
COOLPIX S6900 Digital Camera
The COOLPIX S6900 Digital Camera is the point-and-shoot for taking and sharing selfies! With a Vari-angle 3.0" LCD monitor that swivels forward, a shutter button on the front of the camera, and even a remote shutter control that is activated by hand movement, this compact gem makes taking self-portraits and group selfies as easy as can be. Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC allows simple, wireless transfer of images to smart devices.
The S6900 features a 16MP CMOS sensor and a 12x optical zoom lens for wide-angle to telephoto perspectives and Target Finding AF means that autofocus will stay on your subject even when it moves around the frame. Full 1080p video capture with a built-in stereo microphone is featured, and 19 scene modes and Auto modes make it easy to capture tricky shots. This compact camera, smaller than most smartphones, is available in Black or Pink.
COOLPIX S3700 Digital Camera
The COOLPIX S3700 Digital Camera is the classic pocket shooter, compact and easy to use, with a 20MP sensor and 8x optical zoom lens. HD 720p video is supported and built-in Wi-Fi with NFC provides instant connection to smart devices. Sixteen scene modes and Scene Auto Selector let the camera choose the best mode for your shot, and Image Effects makes it easy to create exciting images without any additional software. The S3700 is available in three colors: Red, Pink or Silver.
COOLPIX AW130 Digital Camera
The COOLPIX AW130 Digital Camera is part of Nikon’s series of waterproof, shockproof and freeze-proof cameras. It is available in Black, Blue or Yellow, and offers a 16MP CMOS sensor and 5x optical zoom with a 24-125mm equivalency and a maximum aperture of f/2.8 at the wide-angle end for effective low-light capture. Vibration Reduction technology reduces the blur caused by camera shake, which is particularly important when shooting in the ocean or on the slopes. Full HD 1080p is supported for video capture and burst shooting is available at a rate of 5 fps. Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC enables easy sharing of your pics and videos and remote camera control from a smart device. Built-in GPS is particularly effective for a camera designed for adventure shooting.
Its “tough” specs include the ability to shoot underwater to 100' and it can withstand drops from up to 7'. It is also operational in temperatures as low as 14°F.
Accessories for the AW130 include the protective CF-CP002 Silicone Jacket, which is available in Black, Yellow, and Camouflage. A yellow Floating Strap for COOLPIX AW130 is an important optional accessory to keep the camera floating in water and the Underwater Fiber-Optic Cable Adapter for COOLPIX AW130 allows you to connect the optional SB-N10 underwater speedlight. Also available for the AW130, but compatible with all COOLPIX cameras, is the N-MP001 Selfie Stick for COOLPIX Digital Cameras. It extends your reach for taking more inclusive selfies and group portraits.
COOLPIX S33 Digital Camera
The COOLPIX S33 Digital Camera is also a “tough” camera, great for the beach, pool, and ski slopes. It is waterproof to 33', shockproof to a drop of 7', and operational in temperatures as low as 14°F. A 13.2MP CMOS sensor creates high-quality images and full HD 1080p video. A 3x optical zoom lens provides versatile focal-length perspectives, and oversize buttons and a compact build make it easy to operate and carry with you at all times. It is available in White or Blue versions.
COOLPIX L840 Digital Camera
The COOLPIX L840 Digital Camera provides a 16MP CMOS sensor with Full HD 1080p video capture. Its 38x optical zoom lens is available for a 22.5-855mm focal-length equivalency. Vibration Reduction reduces the blur caused by camera shake and full HD 1080p video with stereo sound is supported. A flip-out LCD monitor with 921k-dot resolution makes it easy to take low-angle macro shots. Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC is supported for wireless image transfer to smart devices and auto modes provide easy capture for shots with difficult lighting. A large grip and durable body make this camera easy to shoot one-handed. It is available in Black or Red, and the optional LC-CP31 Lens Cap is available.
COOLPIX L32 Digital Camera
The COOLPIX L32 Digital Camera is as easy to use as it is fun, with a red body and large buttons—it is ideal for the whole family. A 5x optical zoom gives it wide-angle to telephoto versatility, the 20.1MP CCD sensor offers notable still-imaging performance, and 720p video is supported with a dedicated button to capture life’s little moments. The Smart Portrait System delivers flattering selfies and portraits and Face Priority AF keeps the focus where it belongs. Electronic Vibration Reduction reduces the blur caused by camera shake and a 3.0" LCD makes image composition and playback clear and bright.
Boo Nikon! None of the point-n-shoots (aside from the rugged model) go larger than f/3...those sensors better be damn good at noise reduction for the sky high ISOs they'll be using.
What will everyday/non-asto photos look like with the D810A?
We can't say with any certainty at this point what they may look like. Nikon's not addressed the topic necessarily. My hunch is that the images will have a reddish hue to them and may require an IR cut filter to compensate, but that is just an uneducated assumption at this point. Its a camera designed for a specific purpose, so my guess is using it as a regular camera may be possible, but may require more editing than one prefers to get normal shots out of. If non-astronomy shots are going to be a requirement, I'd suggest considering getting a regular D810 or D750. Hopefully in the near future Nikon will be releasing more technical data on the camera for us to regard.
I plan to go online shopping soon! It's amazing how Nikon can keep coming up with more ways and cameras to meet everyone's level of expertise in the photography world. Thank you Nikon! The 810A, P610 and AW130 will be coming home with me soon.