Nikon has announced a trio of new superzooms, two of which support 4K/UHD video capture. All three have a new naming scheme, with the A-series replacing the 'L' cameras and the B-series taking over for the 'P' models.

All three cameras offer what Nikon calls SnapBridge, which combines Wi-Fi (with NFC) and Bluetooth. By using a low energy version of Bluetooth, your phone can maintain a constant connection with the camera, meaning that you don't have to re-pair every time you want to share photos.

The compact Coolpix A900, which offers a 20MP BSI CMOS sensor, 35X (24-840mm equiv.) F3.4-6.9 lens, 3" tilting LCD and 4K video capture at 30p. It will be available in silver and black at a price of $399.

Next is the Coolpix B500, which loses 4K capture but uses four AA batteries for power - a real rarity these days. It sports a 40X (22.5-900mm equiv.) F3.0-6.5 lens, 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, tilting 3" LCD and 1080/30p video recording. Your color choices for this model are black and red and the estimated selling price is $299.

The B700 has the most zoom of the bunch, with a 60X (24-1440mm equiv.) F3.3-6.5 lens, 20MP BSI CMOS sensor, fully articulating, touch-enabled 3" LCD, a 921k-dot electronic viewfinder and 4K video capture. You can pick one up for $499 in black only.

All three models will be available later this spring.

GET CLOSER TO WHAT MATTERS: NIKON’S NEWEST LONG-ZOOM COOLPIX CAMERAS OFFER OUTSTANDING IMAGE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE TO CREATIVELY CAPTURE FROM AFAR

With Nikon’s New SnapBridge, The New COOLPIX B700, B500 and A900 Provide a Simplified Way to Share and Transfer Images Easily

MELVILLE, NY (Monday, February 22, 2016 at 11:01 P.M. EST) - Today, Nikon Inc. announced three new COOLPIX cameras, the latest additions to its compact zoom camera lineup. Designed to capture stunning images, 4K UHD (in select models) and HD video from up close or far away, these new COOLPIX cameras boast super-long zoom lenses and superior performance while also offering Nikon SnapBridge for easy sharing of photos. Providing outstanding zoom capabilities ranging from 60x and 40x respectively, the COOLPIX B700 and COOLPIX B500 allow users to explore their creative freedom regardless of the distance. With a powerful 35x zoom lens, the COOLPIX A900 is a compact, stylish and feature-packed camera that fits comfortably in a pocket. 

All of these COOLPIX cameras offer a new way to share photos wirelessly through the new Nikon SnapBridge. SnapBridge creates an “always on” Bluetooth® supported connection between the camera and compatible mobile device, making automatic upload and sharing of images possible. 

“Nikon’s latest COOLPIX cameras are exciting options for creative photographers seeking a compact camera that is easy-to-use, yet features incredible zoom capabilities, superior performance and stunning image quality,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “The COOLPIX B700, B500 and A900 provide the lens power needed to get closer to subjects and capture sharp images and HD video.”

Easily Share and Transfer Images: The New Nikon SnapBridge

With more images being shared than ever before, Nikon has developed the new Nikon SnapBridge to help consumers automatically transfer images via Bluetooth®1 low energy (BLE) directly to a compatible smartphone2 or tablet, establishing an “always on” connection, making it easier than ever to share amazing images with the world. The Nikon SnapBridge app allows users to document the time and location images were taken, embed copyright or photographer information on any image, as well as operate the camera remotely, which is great for capturing group shots. Built-in Wi-Fi3 and NFC are also available to further increase connectivity and promote sharing great images.

Additionally, SnapBridge users can take advantage of Nikon’s free image storing service, Nikon Image Space, to store up to 20 GB of images and an unlimited number of thumbnail images (up to 2MB) to the cloud, while the application will also send registered users firmware updates directly to their smart device.

COOLPIX B700

The COOLPIX B700 is a compact superzoom camera that offers incredible range and outstanding image quality. Whether trying to capture birds in-flight or the star player from the sidelines, images captured will be rendered in amazing quality thanks to the camera’s impressive 20.3-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, even when shooting in low-light. The B700 can capture impressive portraits or landscapes with a phenomenal 60x optical zoom NIKKOR ED glass lens (120x with Dynamic Fine Zoom4) that expands from wide-angle to telephoto zoom for accuracy and precision in every shot. Capable of shooting at 5 frames per second (fps), fast motion is captured with ease, while a 3-inch Vari-angle LCD display helps compose unique perspectives at any angle. Other user-friendly features include a myriad of Creative Modes, RAW (NRW) shooting support, new 4K UHD video capability (30p) and Nikon SnapBridge for seamless sharing of amazing images with friends and family. 

COOLPIX B500

Another superzoom option from Nikon, the COOLPIX B500 is an ergonomically designed zoom camera powered by AA batteries for added convenience. A 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor alongside an impressive 40x optical zoom NIKKOR glass lens (up to 80x with Dynamic Fine Zoom), lets users capture high quality images from near or far. The camera also offers hybrid VR to combat camera shake when shooting on-the-go. To complement still images captured, the B500 can record full 1080p HD video, while framing every shot is made easy using the high resolution tilting 920k-dot 3-inch LCD screen that helps capture images at any angle. Users can easily upload their creations to social media via Nikon SnapBridge using any compatible smartphone or tablet.

COOLPIX A900

Ideal for travel, the COOLPIX A900 is a slim long zoom compact camera that fits comfortably into any user’s pocket. While the A900 may be small, it packs an amazing 35x Optical Zoom NIKKOR glass lens (70x with Dynamic Fine Zoom) that helps reach far away subjects. Supported by a 20-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor that renders amazing quality and detail, users can also capture 4K UHD video at 30p; an impressive feature set for such a lightweight and pocketable compact camera. A 3-inch tilting high resolution 920k-dot LCD display helps frame an image at any angle and easily navigate through numerous creative options at the user’s disposal. The A900 also makes it easy to share incredible images and video using Nikon SnapBridge.

Price and Availability

The Nikon COOLPIX B700, COOLPIX B500 and COOLPIX A900 will be available in Spring 2016 with suggested retail prices (SRP*) of $499.95, $299.95 and $399.95, respectively. The B700 will be available in Black, the B500 in Black and Red and the A900 in Silver and Black.

1 The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Nikon Corporation is under license. 

2 WI-FI COMPATIBILITY

This camera’s built-in Wi-Fi® capability can only be used with a compatible iPhone®, iPad®, and/or iPod touch® or smart devices running on the Android™ operating system. The Nikon SnapBridge application must be installed on the device before it can be used with this camera. The SnapBridge app is not yet available (coming soon Spring 2016).

3 Wi-Fi and the Wi-Fi logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Wi-Fi Alliance. N-Mark is a trademark or registered trademark of NFC Forum, Inc., in the United States and/or other countries.

4 Dynamic Fine Zoom magnification is calculated from the full-wide end of optical zoom

Nikon Coolpix A900 specifications

Price
MSRP$399
Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Max resolution5184 x 3888
Image ratio w:h4:3
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors21 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 80-3200
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–840 mm
Optical zoom35×
Maximum apertureF3.4–6.9
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusNo
Normal focus range50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed8 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program AE
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Backlighting
  • Beach
  • Close-up
  • Dusk/Dawn
  • Easy Panorama
  • Fireworks Show
  • Food
  • Multiple Exposure Lighten
  • Night Landscape
  • Night Portrait
  • Party/Indoor
  • Pet Portrait
  • Portrait
  • Scene Auto Selector
  • Snow
  • Sports
  • Sunset
  • Superlapse Movie
Built-in flashYes
Flash range6.00 m (at Auto ISO)
External flashNo
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous H
  • Continuous L
  • Continuous H (120/60)
  • Pre-shooting cache
Continuous drive7.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2, 5, 10 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p, 25p)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Videography notesHigh speed modes: 1080/15p and 480/120p
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notesHas 'always on' Bluetooth to maintain connection
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionEN-EL12 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)300
Weight (inc. batteries)289 g (0.64 lb / 10.19 oz)
Dimensions113 x 67 x 40 mm (4.45 x 2.64 x 1.57)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone

Nikon Coolpix B500 / B700 specifications

 Nikon Coolpix B500Nikon Coolpix B700
Price
MSRP$299$499
Body type
Body typeSLR-like (bridge)
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 34565184 x 3888
Image ratio w:h4:3
Effective pixels16 megapixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels21 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 80-3200Auto, 100-3200
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)23–900 mm24–1440 mm
Optical zoom40×60×
Maximum apertureF3–6.5F3.3–6.5
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusNo
Normal focus range30 cm (11.81)50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTiltingFully articulated
Screen size3
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNoneElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder resolution921,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed1 sec15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Auto
  • Scene
  • Scene Auto Selector
  • Smart Portrait
  • Special Effects
  • Program AE
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Backlighting
  • Beach
  • Bird-watching
  • Close-up
  • Dusk/Dawn
  • Easy Panorama
  • Fireworks Show
  • Food
  • Landscape
  • Moon
  • Night Landscape
  • Night Portrait
  • Party/Indoor
  • Pet Portrait
  • Portrait
  • Scene Auto Selector
  • Short Movie Show
  • Snow
  • Sports
  • Sunset
  • Backlighting
  • Beach
  • Close-up
  • Dusk/Dawn
  • Easy Panorama
  • Fireworks Show
  • Food
  • Multiple Exposure Lighten
  • Night Landscape
  • Night Portrait
  • Party/Indoor
  • Pet Portrait
  • Portrait
  • Scene Auto Selector
  • Snow
  • Sports
  • Sunset
  • Superlapse Movie
Built-in flashYes
Flash range6.90 m (at Auto ISO)7.50 m (at Auto ISO)
External flashNo
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous H
  • Continuous L
  • Continuous H (120/60)
  • Pre-shooting cache
  • Single
  • Continuous H
  • Continuous L
  • Continuous H (120/60)
  • Pre-shooting cache
  • Interval timer
Continuous drive7.4 fps5.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2, 5, 10 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p, 25p)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Videography notesHigh speed modes: 1080/15p and 12.5p, 480/100p and 125pHigh speed modes: 1080/15p and 12.5p, 720/60p and 50p, 480/120p and 100p
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included20MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notesHas 'always on' Bluetooth to maintain connection
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryAABattery Pack
Battery descriptionFour AA batteries (alkaline, lithium, NiMH)EN-EL23 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)600350
Weight (inc. batteries)541 g (1.19 lb / 19.08 oz)565 g (1.25 lb / 19.93 oz)
Dimensions114 x 78 x 95 mm (4.49 x 3.07 x 3.74)125 x 85 x 107 mm (4.92 x 3.35 x 4.21)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSNone