Three new Coolpix cameras to be announced soon: A10, A100 and B500

Nikon Coolpix A100 Nikon Coolpix A10
A reader confirmedย that three new Coolpix cameras will be announced in the next few days: A10, A100 and B500 (thanks Mistral75). I already reported on the A10 and A100, I am not sure what the B500 will be. We are also still waiting on new Nikon compacts with 1" sensor.

Update: you can see the upcoming Nikon Coolpix B500 camera here.

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  • Mike

    D5 = flagship FX
    D500 = flagship DX
    Coolpix A = fixed lens APS-C
    B500 = flagship 1″ compact (?????)

    • โ€œ5″ is really a big deal for Nikon in 2016 ๐Ÿ™‚

      Is the D850 next?

      • drororomon

        I’m really hoping for a V5 though.

        • Seriously we have the jump in sensor tech with the j5, what are they waiting for? V1 v2 v3 came out at a reasonable pace, but each sensor got noisier. Where is the v4 with the bsi sensor?

      • neonspark

        I’m sure people would love a D900 in the spirit of the D3/D300/D700 combo. D5 sensor and AF in a D8XX sized body. Nikon would make a KILLING.

        • Sawyerspadre

          So why would they name it D900? Just curious.

          • vousplaisentezouquoi

            (D)300 + 400 = 700
            (D)500 + 400 = 900
            ๐Ÿ˜‰

            • T.I.M

              Arrete tes conneries, on ne plaisante pas a propos du D neuf cent ici !

          • Thom Hogan

            Well, a long time ago Nikon only named cameras with even first digits in even digit pro years, with odd first digits in odd digit pro years. However, Nikon’s traditional naming system is hell in a handbasket at this point, so who knows what they’ll do?

            • PhilK

              A long time ago Nikon’s flagship SLR line refreshed every 10 years or so, and the date of manufacture was included in the serial numbers. Things change. Actually I think Nikon getting un-stuck from some of their historical traditions, in certain respects, is probably a good thing for them competitively-speaking. ๐Ÿ™‚

            • Thom Hogan

              Having talked to the engineers and seen the charts, since the F3 the target has been every eight years for the film SLRs, and they basically hit those targets. With the DSLR era, after the quick D1 to D1h transition, the goal has been every four years for a major change, with a mid-cycle refresh. Other than the fact that the quake pushed the D4 off the expected August date to a January one, I’m not aware of any other changes in Nikon’s development plans for the flagship camera.

        • Cristian

          I don’t think you will ever see a 20 Mpx 10fps in a D800 body: the main SLR that it will kill would be the D5

          • PhilK

            I’m not so sure about that. Neither Nikon or Canon will ever sell that many flagship models. Whereas a solid “D700-like” model could be very profitable for them.

            The market for the flagship model seems to be primarily top-tier pros who will buy it regardless, and wealthy amateur photographers or collectors who buy it because they’re gear freaks or want the status of owning it. For those who don’t fall into one of those 2 categories, I think Nikon would make far more money selling them 500,000 D900s, instead of 20,000 D5s.

            Tho, like the D700, it would make sense to delay it a year or so so that it doesn’t totally take the edge off of the initial D5 release.

      • RMJ

        F5 – 20th Anniversary Limited Edition

      • VanHoff

        I’m pretty sure that -finally- there will be a proper generational relief for the beloved D700, all this following the same DNA brotherhood that happened with the D3/D700/D300 line, and I’m PRETTY SURE Nikon is holding their horses on the video department to boost the sales of a futurible “D850” with PROPER 4K full read out from most of the sensor (1.2x crop as the D810 will be acceptable). I really have wet dreams about a “D850” offering 10bit 4:2:2 HDMI out and not that 8 bit -poor and lack of everything- that the other (all of them) brands ceased to offer like 2 and a half years ago, they now give customers so much for less than the $3.000 this camera will cost. From my point of view Nikon has to keep up with semi-pro video specs in a camera that will replace the throne of what once was the D700; for many Nikon users like me it is not funny to purchase 2 different cameras, one for pro stills (I have a D810) and one for semi-Pro video (A7sII) when Nikon is ready to offer a decent competitor to what Sony and Canon are offering for the last 2 years.

        (BTW D5 and D500 are very weak in terms of 4k video for serious videographers).

        • D700s

          Well, it seems the new Canon 1dxii will have a truncated 4k video capability also (based on a rumor over at Canon Rumors). The Canon fans seem to have forgotten their snide comments about the D5 announcement. Funny how things turn out.

      • T.I.M

        No, The next one is the D(((5×5)+(5+5))x5)x5)+(5×5)
        :o)

      • sickheadache

        Do you know something? D850 60mp 6fps. lol

    • also, the SB-5000

      • Mike

        Can’t forget about the half baked SB-5000, no. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • PhilK

        There really could be a superstitious numerology luck thing going on here..

        • nwcs

          Well they did have the D4, D40, SB-400 etc. so they’re not totally opposed to using a 4.

          • PhilK

            I meant this latest crop of announcements. I really do think they are trying to channel their 2007 D3/D300 success here.

            Regardless their chosen model numbers, the products suggest that they could indeed have some serious winners here. The industry is totally buzzing over this.

    • A real flagship 1″ compact wouldn’t be bad, although a Coolpix A 5 would be more to my liking :/

  • neonspark

    insert comment about how phones killed compacts here.

    • It’s clear that they’re still alive

      • Sawyerspadre

        In Nikon’s imagination…

        • ZoetMB

          They still sold 7.69 million last fiscal and 3.12 million in the first half of this fiscal. So while that’s substantially down from the 17.37 million they sold in fiscal 2012, it’s still a business that generates cash.

          • Sawyerspadre

            Is that units, dollars, or yen? I know it’s still a business. Hopefully they can continue to market that even compacts are better cameras than your phone.

            • ZoetMB

              Units

    • T.I.M

      Well, Nikon could just add the phone function to its compact cameras !
      Et voila !

      • PhilK

        Been done already by others. Didn’t sell too well.

        Realistically I think the phone function is primary for most people, so having to carry around a bulky/clumsy camera that happens to have a phone feature is not nearly as popular as carrying around a handy and useful phone that has a mediocre camera along for the ride.

    • PhilK

      They did, largely. Nikon’s marketshare has increased in that segment in recent years tho, so they have not been affected nearly as much as many of the other companies in that market sector.

      • nwcs

        The unit sales are plunging but they’re trying to capture the compact sales of other brands which makes the drop a tad slower.

  • Kyle

    Kind of like the trinity of 2.8 zooms, it would be great to see a D5, D500 B500 (as a 1″ sensor series aka really a V4) trinity where performance is somewhat similar over different body types. Basically making the V4/B500 a mini DSLR form factor sort of.

  • ZoetMB

    These model names along with the discontinued Coolpix A seem to indicate that Nikon is finally moving away from the silly designations of Lifestyle, Performance and Style (or whatever the L, P and S was supposed to mean.) Although the A10 and A100 look like the same crap as most of the rest of the existing line.

  • yaley

    What’s special about that particular reader? Or will you make a post too if I tell you Nikon will announce a new fork next week? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Just kidding, but I hope you get my point.

  • Jirka

    I want D900(?) senzor from D5 or sony A7S or similar, with AF from D5, also 4K video (no cropping in 4k video option, zebra, peaking) and articulated LCD. I dont care about fps, so 7 could be enough, maybe 9 with grip and larger battery.

    If they release this camera, I will sell all of my organs to get it.

    • doge

      You want a video camera.

      • Jirka

        Well, kinda. I want what is possible today, but what is not delivered to customers. So “small” FF camera, which can take great pictures in low light and which can make 4K video. So basically i want D5 in smaller body, but with features (zebra, peaking) available in competitor models.

    • Then who’s gonna buy the new Df2 which has the same sensor but less powerful AF, fewer fps, no video, no articulated touch LED, and even more expensive.

      • Jirka

        Heh, so true.

  • Aldo

    I’d be in the market for a dx compact with a 28-50mm (35mm equivalent) zoom or for a coolpix A like camera (preferably with the d500 sensor lol) with a 35mm (35mm equivalent) fixed lens…. Anything else and I’m just fine using my cellphone.

    • Andrey

      Same stuff here. Coolpix A that i can fit in the pocket or I will use iPhone. Nowadays i think nobody is buying these cameras..

    • D500 sensor indeed. You don’t want much, do you? ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Aldo

        I know it won’t happen any time soon… but that would be the kind of stuff that would keep people off their cellphones.

        • I was just kidding, but I think you’re correct. Isn’t part of the technology wrapped into the firmware as well? Does that create limits for stuffing it into a small package? Where’s that Thom Hogan character when you need him? I demand answers.

          • Aldo

            So far it seems nikon went back to its roots with the d500 (going all out that is). I’m not sure if this will transfer down to other cameras. As a consumer, I sure hope it will.

  • Nimloth

    If it’s not extremely rugged with a stupendous FPS, it doesn’t deserve the name A10. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Nikon User

    A few years ago, you can find f2.8 in these kind of low cost pocketable cameras.

    At least put a flip screen to add a bit of selling points.

  • Nakayamahanzaemon

    Check out the digicome-info. The B500 uses four AA batteries with a tilting screen.

  • Alas, no update of the Nikon P340. (A Canon S120 alternative).

  • whisky

    there’s something about these designs which scream “hum-drum”. =:-/

  • Sean

    The A10 and A100 still do not appear to be the 1″ Sony RX100 competitor.

  • preston

    This just strengthens the argument that Nikon NEEDS to get the “A” out of the name of a future Coolpix A update/replacement if they want it to be taken seriously. Why not call flagship compacts Coolpix Pro _? Thom has been saying this for a long time and he’s absolutely right.

  • RobPul

    What a mess. A, B, P, 1 V, 1 J, 1 S. And then the DSLRs, smaller number is higher spec (D5 vs D500 vs D5500)…or not (D5500 vs D7200, etc), three digits is DX (D500) or FX (the others…), pro-level is one digit (D5) or three (D500). Logic must be clear to management but mystery to everyone else…

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