Nikon Announces the Brand New 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G, The Coolpix A and More!

Nikon USA has just announced the a brand new super-tele zoom, as well as a slew of new compact cameras. These include the Nikon Coolpix A a DX format compact, the P330, S3500 and L320. This is really good news because with the advent of a relatively large format sensor, compact camera, does this mean that smaller and super light full frame bodies are on the way?

Let's start with the Nikon 80-400mm. The basic stats are as follows:
Nikkor-80-400mm-f4.5-5.6G-ED-VR-lens

It's going to have Four ED lens elements and one Super ED lens element, a Nano Crystal coating, which reduces ghosting and flare and it's VR system is supposed to be the equivelent to a 4 stop increase in shutter speed at 400mm.

With Nikon's Silent Wave Motor AF system, this is going to be one of the quietest tele's in it's class.

That being said, It's going to be a big, heavy lens that should give you the reach and versatility to shoot all day long, granted you have enough light. It's going to be a little pricy at nearly $2700, but it may be worth it if you need the extreme versatility and reach. Check out more info on this lens at Nikon Rumors HERE.

The big announcement though is the the Nikon Coolpix A. While we're going to cover the details of this camera in a post later today, suffice it to say that this camera is probably the start of a revolution in compact image quality. With a full DX image sensor, Compressed 14 bit RAW files, Full HD recording and magnesium alloy body, this camera is going to be light, powerful, and small enough for any street photographer.

The downside? The price.

At $1100, this camera is going to set you back a pretty penny. But if you need the tiny body, this is going to give Fuji and their X-100 a run for it's money. Want to know more? Check out NIkon's press release HERE

Story and images via Nikon Rumors.

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Konrad Beckmann's picture

I might get bashed for saying this but why not use the 70-200 f/2.8 with a TC-20E III (2x converter) instead for the same price? Sure, you'll get constant f/5.6 instead of 4.5-5.6. It would be interesting to see which one is sharper.

Adam's picture

I completely agree. Especially when it's just SO expensive and I'm sure a ton of people already have that 70-200 (myself included). Unless it's really just so sharp, what's the point? It's a 4.5-5.6 variable for $3000 after tax (US/California). Doesn't that just seem more than a little steep?

Spy Black's picture

 The new lens has better specs than the one it replaces. Some people also prefer an all-in-one solution.

reissue of the original 80-400mm which was 5.6, second hand price matches that of the reissue, its a soft lens as well, VR has to be turned off, if tripod mounted.  Had the 80 -400 which has bitten the dust,  why Nikon is charging so much is beyond me. 

B&H is carrying the Fuji x100s for $1,299.00, so Nikon's pricing is not that off. It is exciting to see some activity in this sector of fixed lens APS-C point-n-shoots. Interesting note form the press release: NO AA FILTER! "Having no optical low-pass filter". Now if only it had the hybrid AF from the j1/v1...

Not to correct you but....this isnt in the same league as the Xpro1 or X-E1.  This is a competitor to the X100 or X100s.  The X100 series cameras ar fixed lens(albiet one focal length) but the Xpro1/Xe1 have interchangable lenses and most likely better lenses at that.

Still interesting to see and I like that more and more cameras are puttinng larger sensors in their compact cameras.

Thanks, It was a typo, for some reason I was thinking X-pro last night haha

Spy Black's picture

A much more interesting camera is the new P330, which is a direct
competitor to the Canon S110. It also has a zoom unlike the Coolpix A
and fits right in your pocket, where it will always be with you, unlike
the larger Coolpix A. ;-)