New patent: the Nikon Coolpix P900 camera replacement could have a 100x zoom lens

Nikon 100x zoom lens patent  Nikon-Coolpix-P900-camera
Nikon Japan has a new patent for a compact super zoom camera with a 100x optical zoom lens (4.4-440mm f/2.8-8.3 or 24-2400mm equivalent) designed for a 1/2.3″ sensor. The current Nikon Coolpix P900 model ($499.98) has a 83x optical zoom (24-2000mm). Here are the details of the patent application:

  • Patent Publication No. 2016-65912
  • Published: April 28, 2016
  • Filing date: September 24th, 2014
  • Zoom ratio: 97x
  • f 4.430 43.630 429.712
  • Fno 2.70160 5.08497 8.28574
  • ω 43.39124 5.27441 0.53600
  • Bf 0.400 0.400 0.400
  • Bf (air length equivalent) 10.972 1.642 1.623
  • TL 130.7843 173.5863 217.4697
  • TL (air length equivalent) 131.0263 173.8283 217.7117

Via Egami

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  • T.I.M

    a x100 zoom lens !
    That will make the 3 millions dollars man’s electronic eye look so bad….

    • Brett A. Wheeler

      $6 million dollar man.

      • Toecutter

        Only if he’s using a pair

      • T.I.M

        yes, that’s right !
        I got confused because in my country (France) it was called the 3 milliards (billions) francs man.
        At that time, $1=6 francs

        • ymo1965 .

          Much worse in Japan. The 681528000 Yen Man 😉

  • BrainBeat

    If only it was faster and had better low light abilities as it is starting to become a fairly reasonable telescope at least as far as the zoom in concerned anyway.

  • Tieu Ngao

    I’d rather have Nikon improve the IQ and features instead of increasing the zooming capability. There’re a lot of things in the atmosphere that impact the IQ even at the current zoom of 2000mm. No need to have 2400mm IMHO.

    • Andrew

      The image quality on the P900 is quite impressive. But of course with the DL24-500, you are getting a 1 inch image sensor and so the lower light performance will be better. But the DL24-500 will never give you the reach of the P900 which is absolutely amazing. I want 2400mm and higher if the quality is the same as the P900. The atmosphere sometimes cooperates with the P900 and at other times does not. But that is a fact of life and not the camera.

      • Alain Favretti

        From the specs the sensor is 13.3mm X 8.8mm
        diagonal would be 15.86 an one inch is 25.4mm so
        the sensor is around 2/3 of an inche

        • Tieu Ngao

          Alain: I think you’re talking about the dimension of 1″ sensor (just the name, not exactly 1″).
          The P900 has 1/2.3″ sensor (crop factor=5.62). The DL has 1″ sensor (crop factor=2.7). The P900 sensor is about a quarter of 1″ sensor in surface area.

          • Alain Favretti

            To have a crop factor of 5.62 the P900 sensor
            must have a diagonale of around 7.62 millimeter
            since the diagonal of a full frame sensor is around 43.13 millimeter

            • Tieu Ngao

              That’s right, Alain. It’s tiny, isn’t it?

    • napnip

      I’d be satisfied if they’d just enable RAW mode in my P900.

      Hey Nikon, how about a firmware update?

  • Spy Black

    Considering how sluggish the P900 is, they should concentrate on making the successor a more useful, practical camera.

    • Max

      Galaxy S7 focusses faster -__-

      • CERO

        but the Galaxy series do not have any optical zoom.. does it?

        • Max

          I know I’m just dissing the p900..

  • Richard Saunders

    And of course it will be crippled so that is can’t shoot RAW.

    • Eric Calabros

      There will be so much compromises in this lens that you have to spend lots of time to fix in post, so lets Nikon clean its optical mess with their magical jpeg engine.

  • Paco Ignacio

    1000x or not buying

    • nwcs

      That’s what digital zoom is for, lol.

    • Will

      In other words, you’ll never buy it.

  • Eric Calabros

    f/8.3 on 1/2.3″ sensor behind 17 glass elements! looks like a perfect recipe for softness.

    • Jeffry De Meyer

      So soft Tide has licensed it for use in a new product line

  • 1741

    100x is not enough needs to be 200x before i’d consider it, it has to be bigger an more features than any other camera for me, I just gotta have everything my mates don’t have if not how can I win in pub

    • Espen4u

      Damn right, it needs a built-in TC 2x.

  • Jaroslav Charvát

    What is the practicality of such massive focal length on such tiny chip? What is the minimum focusing distance? Can you use it to do dentistry on ants three meters away? Given normal heat/dust distortion, what is the reasonably usable distance at which this can be used? I use 200-500 lens on a DX cam for long distance trainspotting and in warm weather anything beyond a few hundred meters is just wavy.

    • The practicality is that Nikon sells tons of these cameras and they need to make money in order to fund cool products for enthusiasts.

    • JAC photo

      While it might be fun to try to take pictures of things on the horizon, the real advantage of this camera is surely taking pictures of small subjects at relatively close distances. My 300mm on a 16mp crop-sensor wasn’t so good at getting detail on small birds (such as robins) if they are further away than ~10 feet. It wouldn’t really matter to me if the sensor is small when you don’t need to crop the image.

  • Nikita

    Nikon needs a minimum sensor size policy: nothing smaller than 1.”

    Sensor size should be a major advantage over a smart phone.

  • iamlucky13

    It also comes with 9 razor blades and twice as many cupholders as the competition. Also, if you pre-order, they throw in 25% more megapixels for free.

    Marketing gets fun when it devolves to solely focusing on a single numerical value.

  • TheInconvenientRuth

    please make it shoot raw….

    • SunkenBranch

      And 4k slow motion, and touch to focus/shoot with Sony A9 engine

  • Tumanbay

    Only really interesting for me when it can capture RAWs.. It has to be, if you at some level want to make -use- of the images you take with these kind of machines

  • Allan

    Don’t all digital cameras first capture a RAW image, process it into a JPEG and then delete the RAW file? How much more expensive would it be for the camera manufacturers to more freely incorporate RAW capture into their cameras?

    • You’re confusing image data that’s collected into memory before being saved as a compressed JPEG with a RAW file. RAW files are impractical in most consumer cameras that can’t support the processing and write speeds needed for such hefty files, especially if dynamic range and other specs aren’t that great to begin with. A lossless (or nearly) image file is good enough in most cases; I had a Casio Xlim 7MP point-and-shoot back in the day and it was a surprisingly awesome camera, except for the JPEG artifacts present at even the highest JPEG quality setting.

  • neversink

    It’s a gimmick…. Just like ISO 3,000,000+ on the D5….

  • Ronan O Reilly

    I hope it can shoot in RAW

  • brt356

    Definitely would benefit having a larger sensor.

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