Camera News
by Brad Soo on February 9 2011

Well, Nikon didn’t announce (or even officially appear, though I bumped into one of their guys from Nikon Japan) anything at the Consumer Electronics Show last month in Las Vegas, but they’re making announcements now! Better late than never, right? Nikon has fully refreshed their entire Coolpix line of digital cameras (although there aren’t aNy new digital SLRs today), which makes them ready to take on the market looking for a 2011 camera model. They’ve got ultra-zoom cameras, compact cameras, affordable cameras and even a new compact prosumer camera (which will compete against the likes of the Canon S95 and Olympus XZ1)

Nikon Coolpix P500
Ultra-zoom camera

  • 12 effective megapixel backlit CMOS sensor
  • 23 – 810 mm (f3.4 – f5.7) 36X optical zoom lens
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • 3 inch tiltable LCD (921,000 pixels) and electronic viewfinder
  • Full manual controls with Scene Auto Selector and scene modes
  • High-speed continuous shooting at 5 frames per second (full-resolution)
  • Camera can shoot and combine several photos for creating better HDR, night portraits or night scenery shots
  • Easy Panorama allows panoramas to be made by panning the camera from side-to-side
  • 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080) 30 FPS movie mode with stereo sound and optical zoom
  • Takes SD/SDHC/SDXC cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in March for $400
  • Comes in your choice of black or red

Nikon Coolpix P300
Compact prosumer camera

  • 12 effective megapixel backlit CMOS sensor
  • 24 – 100 mm (f1.8 – f4.9) 4.2X optical zoom lens
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 3 inch LCD (921,000 pixels)
  • Full manual controls with Scene Auto Selector and scene modes
  • Camera can shoot and combine several photos for creating better HDR, night portraits or night scenery shots
  • Easy Panorama allows panoramas to be made by panning the camera from side-to-side
  • 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080) 30 FPS movie mode with stereo sound and optical zoom
    High-speed modes available at lower resolution, up to 120 FPS frame rate
  • Takes SD/SDHC/SDXC cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in March for $330

Nikon Coolpix S9100
Compact super-zoom camera

  • 12 effective megapixel backlit CMOS sensor
  • 25 – 450 mm (f3.5 – f5.9) 18X optical zoom lens
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • 3 inch LCD (921,000 pixels)
  • No manual controls
  • High-speed continuous shooting at 5 frames per second (full-resolution)
  • Camera can shoot and combine several photos for creating better HDR, night portraits or night scenery shots
  • Easy Panorama allows panoramas to be made by panning the camera from side-to-side
  • 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080) 30 FPS movie mode with stereo sound and optical zoom
    High-speed modes available at lower resolution, up to 120 FPS frame rate
  • Takes SD/SDHC/SDXC cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in March for $330
  • Comes in your choice of silver, black or red

Nikon Coolpix L120
Basic super-zoom camera

  • 14 effective megapixels (regular CCD sensor)
  • 25 – 525 mm (f3.1 – f5.8) 21X optical zoom lens
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • 3 inch LCD (921,000 pixels)
  • No manual controls
  • 720p standard HD (1280 x 800) 30 FPS movie mode with stereo sound and optical zoom
  • Takes SD/SDHC/SDXC cards
  • Uses 4 AA batteries
  • Available in February for $280
  • Comes in your choice of silver, black or red

Nikon Coolpix S6100
Compact camera

  • 16 effective megapixels (regular CCD sensor)
  • 28 – 196 mm (f3.7 – f5.6) 7X optical zoom lens
  • 3 inch touchscreen LCD (460,000 pixels)
  • No manual controls
  • 720p standard HD (1280 x 720) 30 FPS movie mode with sound
  • Takes SD/SDHC/SDXC cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in March for $200
  • Comes in your choice of silver, black, red or purple

Nikon Coolpix S3100 and Coolpix S4100
Compact cameras

  • 14 effective megapixels (regular CCD sensor)
  • 26 – 130 mm (f3.2 – f6.5) 5X optical zoom lens
  • S3100: 2.7 inch non-touch LCD (230,000 pixels)
    S4100: 3 inch touchscreen LCD (460,000 pixels)
  • No manual controls
  • 720p standard HD (1280 x 720) 30 FPS movie mode with sound
  • Takes SD/SDHC/SDXC cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in February for $140 (S3100) and $180 (S4100)
  • S3100 comes in your choice of silver, black, red, blue, yellow, purple or pink
    S4100 comes in your choice of silver, black, red or purple

Nikon Coolpix L24
Entry-level camera

  • 14 effective megapixels (regular CCD sensor)
  • 37 – 134 mm (f3.1 – f6.7) 3.6X optical zoom lens
  • 3 inch LCD (230,000 pixels)
  • No manual controls
  • VGA (640 x 480) 30 FPS movie mode with sound
  • Takes SD/SDHC/SDXC cards
  • Uses 2 AA batteries
  • Available in February for $120
  • Comes in your choice of silver, black or red

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