Nikon Patents 100x Zoom Lens, Likely for P900 Successor
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.