Compact Nikon has super long zoom

Thankfully, the Nikon Superzoom Coolpix P1000 has powerful anti-shake technology built in, but you’re still going to have to hold the camera very steady when shooting it at max zoom. And that’s the equivalent of 6000 mm – no joke, no typo.

The “compact” camera sports a 125X optical zoom (24-3000 mm equivalent), with 16-megapixel back-side illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor, offers 4K UHD video and manual controls, as well as built-in Wi-Fi1 and Bluetooth connectivity.

The lens is designed with ED and Super ED lens elements, 5X optical zoom lens (24-3000mm f/2.8-8) plus 250X Dynamic Fine Zoom (there’s where you get your equivalent 6000 mm). This is mated to an Expeed image processing system and Dual Detect Optical VR technology for 5-stops of camera shake compensation, the company says. The camera’s ISO peaks at 6400.

RAW (NRW) image output is possible, and the camera’s control layout has a function button, command dial and mode dial to bring frequently used functions to a photographer’s fingertips. Additionally, the camera includes a focus mode selector that can be used to change the focus mode and a control ring that allows for the adjustment of settings such as the white balance and manual focus.

The P1000 offers both an OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) and a Vari-Angle 3.2-inch TFT LCD display.

There are numerous picture controls, creative modes and filter effects, including scene modes such as Moon Mode and Bird Watching Mode.

Even with that zoom lens, it can also capture macro images from as close as 1 cm.

The Nikon Superzoom Coolpix P1000 is scheduled for September availability. (Hmmm, there’s a full moon on the 24th; try out max zoom on that!)

Update: The camera’s manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) is $1,399.95.

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How big?

The SD Association has added the PCI Express and NVMe interfaces to the legacy SD interface and come up with SD Express. The PCIe interface delivers a 985 megabytes per second (MB/s) maximum data transfer rate and the NVMe upper layer protocol enables advanced memory access mechanism, enabling what the association calls “a new world of opportunities for the popular SD memory card.”

How so? As well as speed, the maximum storage capacity in SD memory cards grows from 2TB with SDXC to 128 TB with the new SD Ultra Capacity (SDUC) card. And yet backward compatibility is maintained.

This is great news for those wanting to move large amounts of data generated by data-intense wireless communication, super-slow motion video, RAW continuous burst mode, and 8K video capture and playback, 360 degree cameras/videos, speed hungry applications running on cards and mobile computing devices, ever evolving gaming systems, multi-channel IoT devices, and automotive applications, to name a few.

SD Express will be initially offered on SDUC, SDXC and SDHC memory cards.

And for those not comfortable doing the math, a terabyte is 1,024 gigabytes, so a 128 TB card holds 131,072 GB. A gigabyte is 1024 megabytes, which means a 128 TB card holds 134,217,728 MB. Let’s say your camera creates 10 MB photos (jpeg), that means you can capture and store more than 13 million images on a 128 TB card.

There are 86,400 seconds in a day. Taking a picture every second (no sleeping), that card will need replacing in 155 days. That’s more than enough to see you through a two week European vacation! Just don’t lose the card!

Nikon developing new 500 mm lens

A compact and light package? Hmmm. That’s what Nikon has teased with the announcement it is developing the AF-S Nikkor 500 mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens. It’s an FX-format fixed focal length lens, significantly smaller and lighter than comparable predecessors due to the adoption of the same type of Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element found in the AF-S Nikkor 300 mm f/4E PF ED VR lens, introduced in January 2015.

Nikon says that, despite its 500 mm focal length, the lens is small and light enough to use hand-held in a wide variety of situations.

The Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element developed by Nikon effectively compensates for chromatic aberration utilizing the photo diffraction phenomenon, says the company. Compared to many general camera lenses employing an optical system using the photorefractive phenomenon, a remarkably compact and lightweight body can be attained with fewer lens elements, it notes.

Of course final specs and pricing won’t be announced until later this year.

Sony extends pro support in Quebec

Sony has expanded its post-sale support program Sony Imaging PRO Support for Quebec. The program offers a premium service with access to a variety of benefits, including priority repair, comprehensive support, equipment loans and more for qualifying Sony professional still and video photographers.

To qualify, photographers must owner at least two Sony Alpha full-frame interchangeable lens cameras and three Sony G/GM Series and/or Sony Zeiss lenses; be an active full-time professional photographer (self-employed or an employee of a professional imaging business/organization); and pay a $130 (plus taxes) annual membership fee.

Fujifilm wants you to help you print your images

Fujifilm recently launched the Print Life Movement, with a new Fujifilm Print Life website which will utilize mostly videos to deliver the education and inspiration that might be needed to start your own “Print Life.”

The company says research findings indicate that while consumers want to print their photos, many struggle with organizing digital archives from various devices, lack knowledge of printing options available and worry their photos will be lost someday. So, it has launched the Print Life Movement to provide the critical information and assistance people require to help organize, archive, share and preserve their precious memories for generations to come.

The Fujifilm Print Life website will offer helpful and inspiring videos designed to help you learn about all the various ways to print and share your photos. Once you feel comfortable, you click the “order now” button to be directed to a number of different retail partner options and choose your preference.

Check out the YouTube channel for more info.

Fujifilm X-T100 now on sale

Fujifilm’s X-T100 is a compact interchangeable lens camera with a sleek design. Available in black, dark silver, and champagne gold, the camera offers a high magnification electronic viewfinder, horizontal tilting rear LCD screen, built-in Bluetooth technology for quick and easy image sharing, and an extended battery life allowing up to 430 frames per charge.

The camera weighs 448 g and has an anodized coating on its aluminum top cover, delivering what the company says is a simultaneously retro and luxury feel.

Equipped with a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor and high-speed image processing engine, the X-T100 uses a Phase Detection Autofocus system and algorithm originally designed for the company’s flagship X Series models, to ensure quick and precise capture of images even when photographing fast-moving subjects.

The camera also features an SR+ Auto shooting mode that is capable of detecting the subject and scene

simultaneously, and selecting the optimum settings accordingly to provide intelligent, fully-automatic shooting.

The X-T100 features a 3-inch touch panel display which can swing out horizontally to almost 180 degrees, designed to help take selfies or shoot video blogs with a clear view of what’s in the frame.

The camera offers 11 variations of Fujifilm film simulation modes and 17 variations of Advanced Filters.

Setting adjustments on the camera is said to be quick and easy with one-step operation that is made possible via the function and exposure compensation dials on top of the body, and the touch-and-flick function available on the rear LCD monitor.

Video is 4K and Full HD, the latter which can be shot at speeds of up to 59.94fps for super-smooth footage. To help maximize sound quality, the X-T100 is equipped with a microphone port so videographers can record audio from a compatible external microphone (sold separately).

The Fujifilm X-T100 is available as a kit with the Fujinon XC15-45 mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens for $899.99. The body alone is available for $749.99.

Nik software collection updated

The Nik Collection 2018 by DxO is an updated suite of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop plugins. It is compatible with all 64-bit Windows and Mac platforms, as well as with Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop CC 2018, and Photoshop Elements 2017/2018.

In addition, DxO now provides support in four languages on its website, which will soon include exclusive tutorials. The software suite update, including the seven plugins, is now available in 13 languages, and includes a free 30-day trial period.

Designed for expert photographers and graphic designers, the Nik Collection offers seven plugins for Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and Photoshop Elements that offer a full range of creative effects and filters: Analog Efex Pro applies analog film, camera and lens simulations to digital photos; Color Efex Pro includes a set of filters for colour correction, touch-up, and creative effects; Dfine reduces the noise of digital images by analyzing the specificities of each device; HDR Efex Pro processes images in HDR; Sharpener Pro increases the accuracy and enhances the detail of digital images; Silver Efex Pro is a black and white image conversion solution inspired by darkroom techniques; Viveza locally adjusts the colour and tone of specific areas of the image.

Using U Point technology, the plugins allow you to apply local settings to specific areas in a fluid and precise way, says the company.

The Nik Collection 2018 by DxO is available for download on the DxO website.