The Coolpix 995 is the latest addition to Nikon’s range of digital cameras, replacing the popular 990. The 995 includes the same dual, hinged body as the 990, but boosts it with a 4x zoom lens and improved colour capture.
The 4x Nikkor optical zoom lens replaces the 990’s 3x lens. It features 8-32mm coverage (equivalent to 38-152mm in 35mm format) using two aspherical lens elements with a rounded, seven-blade iris diaphragm. It is backed up with a 4x stepless digital zoom and a 2cm macro mode.
Nikon has also improved the camera’s internal algorithms, delivering better reproduction of subtle shade and more vivid colours according to the company. The 995 has also gained white balance bracketing and a saturation control mode. The former automatically sets exposure at three different white balance settings, allowing different types of film to be mimicked. The latter allows capture to be set for output to a variety of devices without manipulating the image, for example for direct output to a digital printer for instant test prints.
The 995 also includes a noise reduction mode. This reduces background noise caused by the long exposure times that are needed for night shooting. The last new features is a pop-up Speedlight flash that positions the flash head away from the objective lens, which Nikon claims allows light to flow around more naturally around lens converter.
Pricing for the Coolpix 995, which will ship in the summer, has not yet been confirmed.