After weeks of going around the rumor mill it is here. Many will be disappointed but just how much better should a camera be after one year? I won't be trading my coolpix 990 but the 995 is good for anyone looking for their first digital camera.
Maybe next year we will get the 5.0 megapixel camera that we want. Looking at the 995 it would at least appear that Nikon are listening to us.
Steve has done a very good review too.
#1. "RE: Coolpix995" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberWed 25-Apr-01 12:20 PM
Not much to write home about with this new model except for one thing... the noise reduction feature will dramatically improve the low light performance. The rest of the changes are of minor benefit and the dedicated batteries may be a step in the wrong direction for some users. Thankfully, one battery and a charger will come in the package.
#2. "RE: Coolpix995" | In response to Reply # 0
LAST EDITED ON Apr-29-01 AT 03:22 PM (GMT)
This is great news as I refrained from getting the 990 in the hope something like this would come along and how.
4x zoom - with 3xED makes 450mm f5 12x zoom
Flip up flash - many are going to like this
white balance bracketing - I am going to like this
New lens now with two aspherical lenses
Noise reduction and ISO 800
Type 2 compactflash - works with microdrive but not approved
TIFF data and resolution improvement - I hope so
1/2300 top shutter - now we really can indulge ourselves.
Quick review and 6x enlargement - good
I felt the 990 was pretty good but I liked using my 950 a lot. What I really like about the 995 is the retaining of the 28mm
thread, that was important for me as the coolpix is the only non SLR systems digicam on the market...barring the Olympus and Sony but the Nikkor converters/filters are much more useful.
This time I intend getting one and saying goodbye to the reliable 950.
#3. "RE: Coolpix995" | In response to Reply # 2BJNicholls Charter MemberSun 29-Apr-01 11:55 PM
The changes Michael noted:
4X zoom offers more built in range, but still has barrel distortion, about the same optical performance.
Flip up flash may make very minor difference in redeye but the only truly effective way to eliminate it is to get the flash off the camera.
White balance bracketing, good feature but means hanging onto additional images for review on the computer.
2 aspherical elements, needed to maintain similar performance for the 4X range.
Noise reduction, big benefit over lousy high ISO performance of 990 although the new ISO 800 setting is noisy.
Type 2 CF without official approval for use with Microdrive? Sounds like Nikon is playing games here. Other cameras with Microdrive compatible slots have had problems with heat. If heat get to the imaging circuits, noise levels increase rapidly.
I don't know what the TIFF item is about. The 990 has tiff format files as an option. There is no impact on resolution, but the format eliminates JPEG compression artifacts that degrade image quality somewhat. The downside is that the files are huge compared to "fine" resolution jpeg images.
1/2300 shutter speed is 1.3X faster than the 990's max of 1/1000.
Quick review and 6X enlargement are nice enhancements to the interface.
I'll add one no reviewer has mentioned - Nikon has dropped the annoying strap tunnel in favor of two slotted strap lugs. Now any strap can be used with the CoolPix 995.
On the possible downside:
Dedicated batteries. Hopefully, Nikon has improved the charger system over the CP 880's unit which can be fussy about what wall socket you plug it into. Extra batteries will be more expensive than AA NiMH cells. If you can get by with a couple of batteries, the dedicated system probably will work well for you. If you use a lot of batteries you may not appreciate the extra costs.
Plastic body. Not bad in itself, but the pivot point is the weak spot in the CoolPix design. Only time will tell if Nikon has put enough substance here to avoid problems.
Things Nikon should have tackled, but didn't:
No hotshoe. Probably not possible to have with twist body design. The camera will still need a ttl cord and bracket to work with an accessory flash.
Flash sensor next to lens. Mount an accessory lens and the flash sensor is blocked by it.
Shiny LCD panel without any shade provision. Try to use the CoolPix in bright daylight and you'll be forced to play with aftermarket shades or resort to the crappy optical viewfinder.
Crappy optical viewfinder.
Still uses the USB port for the expensive and poorly designed remote release. Competing cameras include wireless remotes.