Nikon started 2015 by enlarging its collection concerning DLSRs, lenses and Coolpix compacts. The most important innovation is definitely a new DSLR camera - the superb Nikon D5500; as for the lenses, two new versions of already existing lenses have been announced - Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II and Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR; when it comes to Coolpix compacts, starting from this year, the models Nikon Coolpix S3700, Nikon Coolpix S2900, Nikon Coolpix L31 and Nikon Coolpix L32 will be sold on the market outside North America as well.
The Nikon D5500, a successor to the popular Nikon D5300, features a 24.2MP DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter. Its dimensions are slightly more compact and its weight lower (420g) in comparison to its predecessor, and thus it represents one of the smallest Nikon DSLRs so far. It is equipped with an EXPEED 4 processor, a Vari-angle 3.2" touch operation LCD screen with the resolution of 1,370,000 pixels, a 39-point autofocus system (9 cross-type), a 5-fps burst mode, built-in Wi-Fi, as well as Full HD video. However, a GPS function, which is present on the D5300, has been left out on the latest successor.
The lenses Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II and Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR have been introduced at CES 2015 (Consumer Electronics Show), which traditionally takes place in Las Vegas. The Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II is ideal for capturing sporting and public events, and it is characterized by three stops of VR image stabilization, which distinguishes it from the predecessor Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6 VR, by a Silent Wave Motor (SWM), which ensures quiet and precise AF operation, as well as 3.6x zoom.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR represents the lightest 300mm full-frame fixed lens so far, judging by the research Nikon conducted on January 5, 2015. This telephoto lens is quite handy for use so that in would satisfy the needs of the most demanding photographers, and it utilizes the Phase Fresnel optical technology, which helps in correcting chromatic aberrations, while it also reduces the overall size and weight of the lens. In comparison to the predecessor, Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4D ED-IF, the new model exhibits four and a half stops of VR image stabilization, VR tripod detection, a VR Sport mode, as well as the latest NIKKOR optical technology - electromagnetic aperture control, a Silent Wave Motor, ED glass for even more effective control of chromatic aberrations, as well as the Nano Crystal Coat for exceptional image quality.
As far as the Coolpix series is concerned, the models Nikon Coolpix S3700, Nikon Coolpix S2900, Nikon Coolpix L31 and Nikon Coolpix L32 are becoming available outside the boundaries of the North American continent. The Coolpix S3700 features a 20.1MP sensor, a 25-200mm equivalent lens, optical image stabilization, 8x optical zoom, and built-in Wi-Fi with NFC. The S2900 is also equipped with the 20.1MP sensor, but its lens features 26-130mm equivalent focal length, while the optical zoom is 5x. The L32, like the S2900, is characterized by the 20.1MP sensor, the 26-130mm lens and the 5x optical zoom, whereas the L31 sports a slightly weaker sensor (16.1MP), but it is equipped with the same lens with the same zoom.
The Nikon D5500 will hit the shops at the beginning of February in black and red colors, priced at $899.95 (body only). What is more, it will be offered in two kit options: with a Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II at a price of $999.95, and with a Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR at a price of $1199.95. The lenses Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II and Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR will also be available on the market at the beginning of the next month for $349.95 and $1999.95, respectively. When it comes to the prices of the said Coolpix compact cameras, they are yet to be announced, and these cameras can be ordered worldwide.