Normally I don't talk about new equipment much on this blog, but I love zoom cameras and Nikon is about to introduce one that sounds like great fun--the Nikon Coolpix P100. I've had a thing for Nikon Coolpix cameras since I illustrated most of my book The Joy of Digital Photography (Lark Photography Book) using a Coolpix 5700. (Amazing isn't it that I illustrated that book almost entirely with 5mp cameras!). One of the most interesting features of this new camera is its built-in zoom--a whopping 26x zoom that is the 35mm equivalent of 26 to 678mm! Wow, talk about a great sports and wildlife lens. Can't wait! I'm a bit surprised that it's only a 10.3 megapixel camera, I would have thought Nikon might go for a 12mp camera at this point--but megapixel counts are not that important, it's the size and quality of those pixels that really matters. Interestingly though, the camera will have a CMOS and not a CCD sensor. Another thing I really like is that it's going to have a 3" articulated LCD screen, which means you can lift the LCD away from the body for more flexible viewing angles.
A few other nice features:
- High-speed 10 fps enables high-speed continuous shooting for full 10MP images, ideal for sports and action
- Sports Continuous shooting with pre-shooting cache option enables high-speed shooting at approximately 120 fps for images up to 1.1MP
- Advanced Night Landscape mode combines a series of consecutive shots taken at a fast shutter speed into a single, clearer image when taking handheld shots at night
- Backlit Scene HDR (High Dynamic Range) merges different exposures of the same scene to create an image with a range of tonal detail that could not be captured in a single photo
- New Full HD movie with stereo sound and HDMI output