Nikon has either gone crazy or has analyzed a market that is actually alive and well when it comes to all in one prosumer compact cameras. The P900 was a best seller for several years in the segment with an 83x optical zoom formula of 24-2000mm equivalent. Now the new P1000 increases that range by 1000mm to do a previously ludicrous spec of 24 wide-angle to 3,000mm telephoto range or 125x optical zoom.
The sensor is tiny at 1/2.3″ the same as small compact cameras and just slightly larger than the typical phone sensor of 1/3″. This is what makes it possible for the camera to create such a zoom range without the lens being larger than a Napoleonic war artillery cannon. The video modes are decent with 4k 30p but the high-speed modes are lackluster which is a shame considering this camera could be used effectively for extreme wildlife shots in super slow motion.
The Nikon DL was really the only strong contender in the pro-sumer compact camera line from Nikon to offer fast frame rates if it had shipped. The only other remotely considerable high speed option by the company is the Nikon 1 series in their V and J options which haven’t been updated in a while.
The cancellation of the Nikon DL series was due mainly to technical issues with the image processor which made the company miss the June 2016 target ship date & second, a restructuring effort after the company reported a net loss of ¥831 Million Yen or 7.3 Million US Dollars . This is no small predicament as the company had reported in the same time frame last year a net profit of ¥18.71 billion Yen or $165 Million USD.
Nikon has delivered a shockwave for affordable slow motion with the three new Nikon DL Cameras announced yesterday. At first glance it seems a refresh of previous cameras with a 1″ sensor module but actually these are a completely new breed.
For starters the cameras offered are basically the same bare bones electronics with the difference being in a specific focal length for the fixed lens assembly. The cameras are presented in a DL18-50mm for the wide angle shooters, DL24-500mm for the sports and nature crowd who need the reach and DL24-85mm for portraits and general photography with a Super Macro mode.
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