Another fairly big photo show starts up next week – CP+ in Japan. Traditionally camera announcements around this time are fairly consumer orientated – not high end professional stuff – no 7D Mark II- what we will see, and the flood gates opened last night, is new P&S models and a new Micro Four Thirds camera from Panasonic that is quite exciting!
Nikon has announced –
Nikon Coolpix P600, 60x optical zoom bridge camera – 60X zoom. I wonder if you can see the Lunar Module on the Moon with that?
Nikon Coolpix S9700, 30x pocket compact with Wi-Fi
Nikon Coolpix S32, underwater all-weather compact
Nikon Coolpix AW120, Rugged pocket camera with Wi-Fi – This is also waterproof, not sure why they are burying that in the description.
Nikon Coolpix P340, Low-light, fast lens compact with Wi-Fi – The most exciting of the bunch.
Nikon Coolpix P530, 42x zoom compact with EVF and Wi-Fi – Interesting to see a traditional P&S get an EVF added – they are great for outside shooting in the sun,
Adorama has a nice page with pics and pricing – Honestly there isn’t anything here that is terribly exciting. I do like that an EVF has been added, this is a promising trend that can give P&S cameras a little more usefulness
More exciting is the announcement from Panasonic of their new Micro Four Thirds camera, the Lumix DMC-GH4, capable of shooting 4K video.
Focus is very high quality video up to 200 Mbits (just accept that this means high quality video), New autofocus time that should decrease focus to a fast 0.07 seconds and like the Fuji XT-1 mentioned in our Photo Mish Mash Podcast #5- a gorgeous 2 million OLED EVF (electronic view finder). WiFi, PC Sync for external flash/strobe control. Silent mode that only uses the electronic shutter (this is how video works). The feature set of the Panasonic G series is excellent, especially when it comes to video with several functions targeting the serious videographer- Focus peaking & Zebra patterns(an easy way to manually see what is in focus)- precise control over luminance and gamma settings and ability to output clean HDMI with embedded time code.
More Specs on the Adorama Page– Pricing and availability yet to be determined. It will not be cheap.
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