Nikon is announcing the new Wi-Fi and NFC-connected D7200 DSLR Camera and the Coolpix P900 Digital Camera with an impressive 83x optical zoom lens. The D7200 takes the top spot in Nikon DX-format DSLR lineup with improved sensitivity and AF performance while the P900 offers users advanced control options and an exceptional 24-2000mm equivalent lens. Alongside these cameras is the water-resistant ME-W1 Wireless Microphone system that uses Bluetooth connectivity for a range of 164′.
D7200 DSLR Camera
The first of Nikon’s DSLRs to have both Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, the D7200 is the new flagship in their APS-C format lineup with improved low-light capabilities, an exceptionally quick 51-point AF system, and advanced video features. At the top of the list of the D7200’s enhancements is the EXPEED 4 image processor; the same found in recent Nikon full-frame cameras. This engine provides a speed increase of 30%, longer periods of continuous shooting, a sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 25600 (as well as ISOs 51200 and 102400 in black-and-white), more accurate white balance, and enhanced definition with the Clarity Picture Control. Also, the engine enables full HD 1920 x 1080p video recording at up to 60 fps in the camera’s 1.3x crop mode.
In terms of autofocus performance, the D7200 offers several improvements over its predecessor, the D7100. The new camera features the Advanced Multi-CAM 3500 II DX AF sensor which allows for operation down to -3 EV; an increase in sensitivity of one whole stop from the D7100. This enables the use of Dynamic AF modes, along with the ability to select separate focus points and AF-area modes for landscape and portrait orientation. The camera also retains the impressive 2,016k-dot RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering II sensor, Scene Recognition System, Spot White Balance in live view, and a center focus point that functions down to f/8.
Speed and processing power can be seen in the continuous shooting rate of 6 fps, which can be boosted to 7 fps in the 1.3x crop mode. The buffer has been increased and has the ability to capture 27 shots of lossless 12-bit RAW without stopping, 18 shots of lossless 14-bit RAW, or 100 shots of Fine Large JPEGs. Additionally, you can autobracket between 2 and 9 frames. The Wi-Fi with NFC capability makes connecting to your mobile devices by just touching them together. This lets users quickly share photos or even control the camera through compatible smart devices for wireless control.
Picture Controls can now be adjusted in fine 0.25-step adjustments and there is a Clarity Control feature that will help add extra definition and sharpness to your images. The new Flat Picture Control is available for editors to make the most out of color grading recorded video. In addition to the ability to capture 60p in the 1.3x crop mode, users can take advantage of a selectable audio frequency range as well as a interval and time-lapse shooting for up to 9,999 shots as well as exposure smoothing in each mode.
Video shooters will greatly appreciate the plethora of new features added in the D7200, such as Auto ISO in manual mode, a dedicated movie menu, and zebra stripes in live view. The camera will also display videos on the LCD and an external monitor simultaneously and record audio with a built-in stereo microphone. This model also retains the 3.2” 1,229k-dot LCD screen and dual SD card slots of its predecessor, but introduces a dedicated photo shooting menu and improved coating on the optical viewfinder for a brighter, more accurate viewing experience.
Blowing away the competition with an 83x optical zoom lens, the Coolpix P900 is going to become the camera to beat when it comes capturing distant subjects. With a 2000mm equivalent focal length, a low-light 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor, and full manual control options, the P900 will satisfy many advanced users looking for an extremely capable point-and-shoot camera.
The 83x optical zoom lens provides an extraordinary equivalent focal length of 24-2000mm, useful for everything from family pictures or elusive wildlife. Benefitting image quality at the farthest distances is the inclusion of Dual Detect Optical VR, which will stabilize the footage for up to 5 stops of light. Users will also be able to quickly locate and frame subjects with the Snap-Back Zoom button which will quickly zoom out when pressed and zoom back in once released. And, for times when 83x isn’t quite enough, a 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom function is also available.
The camera is characterized by its DSLR-styling. The design greatly improves operation and handling with the long lens as it allows for a P/S/A/M mode control dial and an eye-level electronic viewfinder. The P900 has a vari-angle LCD screen for capturing photos and videos from odd angles and different perspectives. Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity further enhance the shooting experience by letting users quickly share photos with a smartphone or tablet.
Full HD 1920 x 1080 video recording is possible in addition to 16-megapixel still image capture. Built for exploring, it has built-in GPS and Points of Interest. This allows users to record the location data and automatically embed it in each image for sharing your journey on social networking sites or just keeping a record of where your adventures have taken you. Points of Interests helps while you are out by providing nearby scenic lookouts and historic landmarks to make sure you don’t miss out on any photo opportunities. Additionally, it has a long battery life with up to 360 shots on a single charge.
Incredibly useful for video shooters, the ME-W1 Wireless Microphone system will vastly improve audio quality while eliminating cables. The microphone kit offers monaural recording at up to 164’ away thanks to a Bluetooth connection and is water-resistant for use in inclement weather. As this type of mic would commonly be used to record voices during interviews or on-location, it features a clip for simple attachment to a piece of clothing or gear. It can record in stereo by connecting the optional ME-1 Microphone. The microphone and receiver set comes with a windscreen, audio cable, and case.