Thursday, August 25, 2011

Nikon Updates Its Coolpix Line

Nikon added six new cameras to its Coolpix point-and-shoot line today, including the P7100, an update to its enthusiast-targeted P7000.

Available on September 21, the $499.95 camera adds several features to the already-impressive feature set found on the P7000, including an articulating LCD, a front control wheel, additional creative filters, and an AE lock when shooting video. It uses the same 28-200mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lens and 10-megapixel sensor found in its predecessor.

Nikon Coolpix P7100

The AW100 marks Nikon's first foray into the rugged camera sphere. The 16-megapixel shooter is rated for underwater use to a depth of 33 feet, works in temperatures as cold as 14 degrees Farenheit, and can survive a five-foot drop without harm. It features a 28-140mm (35mm equivalent) zoom range, a built-in GPS, a 3-inch HVGA LCD, and support for 1080p60 or 720p30 video capture. In addition to changing modes via standard buttons, you'll be able to shake it to quickly change settings—making one-handed operation feasible. The camera will be available in a black, blue, or orange on September 8 for $379.95.

The Coolpix S8200 is a 16-megapixel superzoom with a 14x 25-350mm (35mm equivalent) lens. It supports 1080p30 and 720p60 video capture. A rear 3-inch 921,000-dot LCD is present for framing images, and the camera will be available in black, red, and silver finishes. The camera will retail for $329.95 and hit stores on September 11.

Also available that day, the Coolpix S6200 features a more modest 10x zoom range, covering a 25-250mm (35mm equivalent) range. The 16-megapixel camera is capable of 720p video capture and sports a 2.7-inch QVGA rear display. Launching in red, silver, blue, black, and pink, the S6200 is set to retail at $229.95.

The Coolpix S100, available on September 1 for $299.95, is a touch-screen point and shoot with a 3.5-inch OLED rear display. The 16-megapixel camera sports a modest 5x zoom lens that covers a 28-140mm (35mm equivalent) focal range. Available in red, black, purple, and gold, the camera supports 1080p video capture and 3D image capture.

Rounding out the announcements is S1200pj, the third generation of Nikon's projector camera line. The 14-megapixel shooter features a 3-inch HVGA LCD for image framing and will be made available in black or pink. The built-in projector can output an image that is up to 60 inches in width. In addition to projecting images stored on the camera, it can accept a video input signal via USB or from any iOS device. It will be available on September 22 for $429.95.

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