If that boy from the Mazda commercials ever gets laid off because no one’s buying cars anymore, he could probably score a gig with Nikon, which just unleashed a massive 24x zoom consumer point-and-shoot camera on the market.
The brand new Nikon Coolpix P90 features a zoom equivalent of 26mm-624mm and optical VR stabilization to keep shots looking sharp. Sure, there’s probably some distortion in the corners from a zoom that size, but who cares—this thing is impressive.
Other specs include: a 12.1-megapixel CCD, a massive 3-inch tilt LCD, motion detection that automatically adjusts the cameras settings to capture action shots, and Nikon’s Smart Portrait system that detects faces, fixes red-eye, and detects blinks.
If you’re willing to knock the capture resolution down to 3-megapixels, a couple other impressive features become available, including ISO 3200 and 6400 settings and the ability to capture 45 shots over 3 seconds (that’s 15 frames per second for those who never learned long division).
Pre-order for $399.99 from Amazon, shipping in March 2009