Nikon Coolpix P330 is a small and affordable compact camera aimed at more demanding users. Exterior dimensions are similar to almost any other compact camera on the market, yet it has a full range of manual controls, RAW mode and significantly better image sensor. The lens has 5x optical zoom with the bright F/1.8 aperture at wide angle and it records full HD video with stereo sound. P330 is a successor of P310 but it is improved to the level at which those two models cannot be compared (image quality wise). Most important, it sells for $300 and as I found out, it performs splendid.
Nikon Coolpix A is a first compact camera from Nikon with APS-C sized sensor. It is paired with a fixed focal length lens of 18.5mm (28mm in 35mm eq.). Coolpix A offers a full range of manual controls, RAW mode and is meant to compete with smartphones which flooded the market in the last few years and. Compact camera market is shrinkig each day and camera manafacturers are releasing more advanced cameras to boost the sales figures. A camera like this was unheard of only few years before, but it seems every camera manafacture has one. More choice for us.
Nikon Coolpix P520 is a flagship ultra zoom camera from Nikon. Besides this one there are two cheaper models; the L820 which I already reviewed and the basic L320. P520 offers more features and had better specs in almost all regards compared to cheaper brothers; it has 42x optical zoom with image stabilization (VR), back-illuminated 18 megapixel sensor, GPS, records full HD video with stereo sound and has a nice set of manual functions and controls. Its main competitors are Canon SX50 and Sony HX300.
Nikon D7100 is an advanced DSLR aimed at professionals and demanding amateurs alike. It is still a bit unclear whether Nikon intended this model to be a replacement for both D7000 and D300s… A mystical high end APS-C model (D400) is expected for a long time, yet rumor blogs have not a single proof of its existence. To add to confusion D7100 has a lot of “pro” features, from weather sealed body, 1/8000 shutter speed, dual SD card slots up to 51 AF system derived from D300s. It is also priced just below D600 which falls into different category due to its large full-frame image sensor. As for now, Nikon users who cannot afford or simply do not need full-frame camera, D7100 is the best model in the range. I spent a very pleasant week using it, so keep reading to learn more about this camera.
Nikon Coolpix L820 is the latest affordable ultrazoom from Nikon. With its features and price it competes directly to Canon SX500IS, Sony H200 and Olympus SP820UZ. It has 16 megapixel sensor, 30x optical zoom with image stabilization and Full HD video. Nothing spectacular at a first glance, but Coolpix L820 has few tricks up its sleeve which I think may in fact make it the best affordable ultrazoom on the market.
D5200 is second model in current Nikon DSLR lineup, just above D3200 and below the newly announced semi-pro D7100. In terms of features and especially size or ergonomics it is pretty much the same as both its predecessor the D5100 or the current base model D3200. Since I already published D3200 review and D5200 is rather similar camera, I will cover only the differences and overall user experience in this review.
Compared to its predecessor, the D5200 has a new 24 MP sensor, more advanced focus system with 39 AF points, 2016 pixel color sensitive metering sensor and stereo microphone for video recording. The Auto-ISO option is also upgraded and now allows automatic setting of minimum shutter speed based on the lens focal length – pretty important for zoom lens users. Movie aficionados will love the option of manual setting of shutter, aperture and ISO during movie recording. Everything else is practically the same as on D5100.
We live in interesting times from as far as the gear is concerned. Compact camera market is being squeezed between smartphones and mirrorless models, so all the major companies are trying to develop high IQ models. Therefore, large-sensor compacts are popping out like mushrooms after the rain and I like it that way. Today, Nikon has announced the new Coolpix A – compact camera the size of Sony DSC-RX100 but with APS-C sensor and a fixed 18.5mm lens (28mm equivalent).
Nikon has announced the D7100 – the new mid-range DSLR with APS-C sized sensor. Main advantages over the now more than two years old D7000 revolve around the new 24 megapixel sensor without anti aliasing filter, 51-opint auto focus system and the ability to shoot up to 7 frames per second in crop (2x) mode. The recommended Nikon D7100 price is around $ 1,200 body only and $ 1,600 with 18-105 F/3.5-5.6 VR lens. The shipping will start in about a month.
Nikon and I seem share a common belief in a thing called a second chance. A year ago Nikon 1 V1 hit the market as company’s first mirrorless offering. It took pictures, but that’s about it. It didn’t appeal to advanced users, and the not-so-advanced crowd also avoided it due to various reasons. Hence this autumn’s price reduction; it plummeted from insane $899 all the way down to around $299 in some stores. Low sale figures are not the only reason responsible for the price drop; shops had to get rid of the supplies before the all new V2 came out. And it’s good they have because the V2 is a completely different and quite desirable camera.
Nikon stirred a lot of dust introducing D800 and D800E models earlier this year. The main reason was massive jump in resolution: at 36 megapixels, D800 is highest resolution camera on the market (except medium format) and a huge shift since its predecessor – Nikon D700. D800E differs itself from regular D800 by lack of anti-aliasing filter. In practice, images will appear slightly sharper but with more chance to get moire effect. In every other aspect, both cameras are the same.
Its main rival is Canon EOS 5D Mark III, which I reviewed a few months ago and you can read about it here. Since the late Photokina fair there is also Sony A99 which with its SLT technology and few unique features is a beast of its kind.