Nikon has unveiled the 83x zoom-equipped Coolpix P900 bridge camera, just weeks after announcing that superzoom models will be a key focus for Nikon in 2015.

The Nikon Coolpix P900’s f/2.8-6.5 lens is designed to deliver the 35mm viewing angle equivalent of a 24-2,000mm zoom.

Features include a 16-million-pixel CMOS imaging sensor and Dual Detect Optical VR which aims to equate to five stops more of shutter speed.

The Nikon Coolpix P900 sports a vari-angle 3in screen that carries a resolution on 921,000 dots.

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Also on board is an electronic viewfinder, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, plus GPS.

The EVF also has a resolution of 921,000 dots.

Speaking at a compact camera launch in central London’s Ice Bar, on 10 February, Nikon UK’s group marketing manager Jeremy Gilbert told journalists that ‘superzoom’ cameras will be ‘one of the most important markets for this year’.

Key features, as supplied by Nikon UK
Ultra high-power zoom: Capture details not visible to the naked eye with the 83x NIKKOR zoom lens – extendable to 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom1.

5.0-stop Dual Detect Optical VR (vibration reduction): Hand-held telephoto shooting is stable as VR detects movement, improving vibration absorption.
Back-illuminated 16MP CMOS image sensor:  Clear, richly detailed images are easy to achieve, even at night. Expect exceptional performance.

GPS/GLONASS/QZSS support with POI: Get fast and detailed location information with GPS/GLONASS/QZSS international satellite systems tracking your route.

Built-in Wi-Fi® and NFC support: Share images anywhere, using the one-touch Wi-Fi®3 button or tapping the NFC-enabled4 camera to a smart device4.

Evolved high-speed response: Never miss a decisive moment, thanks to more rapid AF and reduced shooting time lag (approx 0.12 sec at wide-angle).

Large vari-angle LCD monitor: Explore flexible framing options with the Clear Color Display 7.5-cm/3-in approx. 921k-dot vari-angle monitor (RGBW).

Full HD movies: One-touch super-smooth movies (1080/60p) come with high-quality sound, as the microphone changes directivity with the zoom.

Time-lapse movie: Select a shooting scene and a 10-second time-transition movie will be produced from stills captured with interval timing.

Zoom microphone: Full HD movies have high-quality directional sound, as the Zoom microphone changes direction to match how you operate the zoom.

Super ED glass element: The ultra-powerful zoom lens barrel remains compact and delivers superior chromatic aberration characteristics.

Moon and Bird-watching modes: Subjects like the moon and birds are easy to shoot with Scene Auto Selector enabling simple focusing and settings.

Wide viewing angle: Unusual viewpoints are made simple with the wide-viewing-angle LCD monitor. Shoot high-angle or low-angle.

Customisable Function (Fn) button: Assign frequently used functions to the Fn button, so one-touch operation can then change the settings quickly.

Mode Dial: Access to key settings like manual exposure (P/S/A/M) is made simple with the mode dial, with easy operation by a single hand.

Target finding AF: Always get clear shots as Target finding AF quickly and precisely locates your subject and focuses on it automatically for you.

COOLPIX Picture Control: Manage the look of your images easily with Picture Control options like Vivid for colourful images or Monochrome.

Built-in electronic viewfinder: An eye sensor automatically switches from display shooting when your eye gets close to the viewfinder.

Snap-back zoom button: Recapture a subject quickly with a button next to the zoom control that instantly takes you back to wide-angle focus.

Side zoom control: Always get sharp shots with a side zoom control that lets you operate the zoom with your left hand, preventing camera shake.

Long battery life: Keep shooting longer with the improved energy-saving battery design giving increased capacity for both stills and Full HD movies.

Flash compensation: Get perfectly balanced exposures with flash compensation (-2 to +2 EV) helping to balance the level of flash on a subject.

19 Scene modes: Your camera can suggest the best settings for your shooting situation. Just choose the scene that best matches your subject.

EXPEED C2: Nikon’s powerful image processing system ensures outstanding image quality, high-speed operation and high-sensitivity performance.
NIKON IMAGE SPACE: Enjoy 20 GB of online cloud storage free, with our Nikon image storage and sharing site at www.nikonimagespace.com.

Footnotes
1Magnification of Dynamic Fine Zoom is calculated from the maximum wide-angle position of optical zoom.

2Based on CIPA standards, measured at approx. 350mm (35mm format equivalent).
3Requires installation of the Nikon ‘Wireless Mobile Utility’ application (iOS and AndroidTM compatible) on your smart device.

4Near Field Communication (NFC) works with compatible AndroidTM (Android 4.0 or later) smartphones and tablets. Requires installation of the Nikon ‘Wireless Mobile Utility’ application and image-transfer setting prior to use.