This lens patent could be for the Nikon Coolpix P900 camera replacement

Nikon has a new patent for a 4.3-357mm f/2-6.5 VR lens designed for cameras equipped with 1/2.3" sensor (24-2000mm equivalent). There is a good chance that this lens could be used in the replacement of the popular Nikon Coolpix P900 camera ($529). For comparison, the P900 has a 4.3-357mm f/2.8-6.5 lens - the zoom will basically remain unchanged, while the aperture on the wide end will change from f/2.8 to f/2. Additional patent information:

  • Patent No. 2016-156902
  • Published on September 1st, 2016
  • Filed on February 24, 2015
  • Zoom: 78.22x
  • Focal length: 4.430 - 39.000 - 346.502
  • Aperture: 2.00257 - 4.19533 - 6.60712
  • Half angle of view: 42.9497 - 5.7616 - 0.6533
  • Back focus: 0.530 - 0.530 - 0.530
  • Lens length: 132.6704 - 166.9200 - 195.1357
  • Internal focus
  • Vibration Reduction (VR)

Via Egami

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  • Eric Calabros

    Add Raw to this replacement model, improve sharpness a bit at tele end, and we’ll have a winner.

    • Indeed, RAW support was what prevented me from even thinking about the camera.

      On the other hand, it might be that raw output will not be much better than what their JPEG engine can produce. Who knows? Only Nikon 🙂

    • Spy Black

      Shutter lag is bad on this camera, and appears to be another Nikon crippleware design. Wildlife photographer John Sherman reviewed the camera for Photography Life and had this to say about it:
      “To me, the biggest shortcoming of the P900 is its shutter lag. At the wide end it’s reasonably quick, but when shooting telephoto, the lag is a whopping 3/4ths of a second. For sports or wildlife this is a no go.”

      • Eric Calabros

        Maybe because of that electronic ND aperture.

        • Spy Black

          Not sure how that would have any bearing on shutter response. Do any other superzooms exhibit shutter lag at the long end?

          • Eric Calabros

            Not many of them is reviewed by wild life shooters

      • Oberoth

        I would most definitely second that, i had the P900 twice but had to send it back both times as it just wasn’t usable. The frame rate of the eye piece was almost unusable and the camera was generally so slow, complete camera lock up on buffer clearing (sometimes well over 2 minutes on a very fast card) but image quality was stunning for the price and versatility of it.

        I would like to see 4k video and general sensor improvements, low light especially. Raw you would think would be nice but as Lustin Pop says it might not improve 99% of your photos as the camera knows how to get the most out of the images.

  • Make it a 21mm-4000mm (35mm equivalent) f/3.5 – 10 lens and you you’ll have the all time best selling consumer camera.

    “A sucker is born every minute” should be the campaign name.

    • maxx

      Yes, and then add the D820 name and you have the best camera you could buy.

      • Huh?

        • maxx

          Sorry, I’m (sadly) joking… I was waiting for the D810 (and D750) replacement at Photokina…

          • Ah, I see. I’d like better AF in the D810, but otherwise I don’t think it’s ready for upgrade yet.

    • Spy Black

      I suspect superzooms like this are one of the few cameras fairly resistant to cellphone market erosion, simply for their ability to do things no self-contained camera can do.

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  • animalsbybarry

    This 75x 600 mm zoom for 1″ sensor interests me more

    This was poste recently on NR but the moderation filter is not ketting me post a link to it

    Perhaps Admin will post it after he moderates my previous comment

  • brt356

    Definitely would benefit with having a larger sensor. That alone would improve the camera measurably.

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