Zoom to spare: Nikon announces 60x Coolpix B700, 40x B500 and 35x A900

Joining its already abundant supply of megazoom cameras both big and small, Nikon's two new lines are almost identical to the others it offers.

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Nikon's newest 60x zoom camera, the Coolpix B700.

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As far as bridge cameras and compact megazooms go, Nikon hasn't slowed down on making new models in the slightest. To prove it, the Tokyo-based camera manufacturer has started two new lines of them: the Coolpix B700 and B500 and the A900.

Though they do have updated features compared to current Coolpix P- and S-series superzooms, nothing is drastically different. Still, it's certainly worth breaking down the highlights for each, so here it goes. (I've put an asterisk next to the key selling points compared to what's already in the Coolpix lineup.)

Nikon Coolpix B700

  • 60x f3.3-6.5 24-1,440mm lens*
  • 20-megapixel 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor
  • o.5-cm (0.2-in) high-resolution electronic viewfinder
  • 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen
  • Raw capture (NRW format)*
  • 4K UHD (3,840x2,160) at 30 frames per second movie capture*
  • VGA slow-motion video at 120fps
  • ISO 100-1600 (ISO 3200 available in P, S, A or M modes)
  • Shutter speeds 1/4,000 - 1 sec. (15 sec. available when ISO is set to 100 in M mode)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LTE for faster connection to mobile devices*
  • Available in spring 2016 for $500 (converts to apporximately £350 or AU$700)

Nikon Coolpix B500

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Coolpix B500

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  • 40x f3.0-6.5 22.5-900mm lens*
  • 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor
  • 3-inch high-resolution tilting LCD
  • Full HD (1,920x1,080) movie capture at 30fps
  • VGA 120fps high-speed capture for slow-motion video*
  • ISO 125-1600
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LTE for faster connection to mobile devices*
  • AA-size batteries (4x alkaline, lithium or Ni-MH rechargeable)*
  • Available in spring 2016 for $300 (approximately £200 or AU$400)

Nikon Coolpix A900

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Nikon Coolpix A900

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  • 35x f3.4-6.9 24-840mm lens*
  • 20-megapixel 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor
  • 3-inch high-resolution tilting LCD*
  • 4K UHD (3,840x2,160) at 30fps movie capture*
  • VGA 120fps high-speed capture for slow-motion video*
  • ISO 80-1600 (ISO 3200 available in P, A, S, or M mode)
  • Shutter speeds 1/2,000 - 1 sec. (8 sec. when ISO fixed at ISO 80, 100, or 200 in P, S, A or M mode)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LTE for faster connection to mobile devices*
  • Available in spring 2016 for $400 (approximately £280 or AU$550)