NEWNIKONSUPERZOOM IM­MI­NENT?

Nikon Pa­tents 100x Zoom Lens, Likely for P900 Suc­ces­sor

HWM (Malaysia) - - APERTURE - NEWS -

Ac­cord­ing to the Nikon Ru­mors web­site, Nikon Ja­pan has filed a patent for a zoom lens con­struc­tion with a 100x op­ti­cal zoom. This trans­lates into a zoom range of 24-2,400mm (35mm equiv­a­lent). It is also re­ported that the lens will have an aperture of f/2.8-8.3 through­out the range. Need­less to say, the lens con­struc­tion looks like it'll be fixed to a new cam­era, and that cam­era will have a 1 /2.3-inch sen­sor.

Cur­rently, Nikon's P900 holds the throne for hav­ing the high­est zoom range – it has an 83x op­ti­cal zoom range with a 1/2.3-inch, 16MP sen­sor. The clos­est ri­val to the P900 is the 124 HWM | JUNE 2016 Canon Pow­erShot SX60 HS, which has 65x op­ti­cal zoom, or 21-1,365mm (35mm equiv­a­lent).

Of course, while Nikon may have filed a patent for a new zoom lens, that doesn't mean that Nikon will ac­tu­ally go ahead with the pro­duc­tion of an­other su­per zoom cam­era. Af­ter all, with this amount of zoom range, cam­era shake will def­i­nitely be an is­sue, un­less it is coun­tered by im­age sta­bi­liza­tion tech­nol­ogy, but that would mean an even bulkier body. If Nikon does in­deed pro­duce a suc­ces­sor to the P900 with a 100x op­ti­cal zoom, it would be in­ter­est­ing to see just how the com­pany solves this mi­nor is­sue.

The Nikon P900 has an 83x op­ti­cal zoom lens, but Nikon has ap­par­ently patented a new lens with an 100x op­ti­cal zoom.

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