Melville, N.Y. - Nikon introduced Wednesday six Coolpix point-and-shoot digicams, including one that marks the company's return to a waterproof camera since the classic Nikonos film camera line and a model that marks Nikon's first attempt at offering a 3D still shooting feature.
The new models will all start shipping in September and include the AW100 ($380 suggested retail) weather-proof Coolpix, the P7100 ($500) advanced manual point-and-shoot, and four S series models including the S100 ($300), S1200pj ($430), S6200 ($230) and S8200 ($330).
Among the introduction class highlights is the Coolpix AW100, which is billed as a feature-rich waterproof (to 33 feet), freeze proof (to 14 degrees) and shockproof (from up to a 5-foot drop) point-and-shoot designed for adventure seekers and extreme-shooters. It shoots Full HD 1080p video and includes a 16-megapixel backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor and Expeed C2 video processing with strong low-light performance.
Also added is a new GPS geo-tagging function. Users can shoot and track their route with the included Nikon ViewNX2 software, Nikon's picture sharing site mypicturetown.com or Google Earth to pinpoint the exact picture locations.
The camera will also track location while not in use so the user can show an accurate map of their travels up the mountain or kayaking down a river. An included E-compass lets the user find his bearings via the LCD screen.
The compact body design measures 0.9-inches thin and 6.3 ounces light.
The camera supports a maximum ISO of 3200 and includes a 5x wide angle zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens (35mm equivalent of 28-140mm) and Vibration Reduction (VR) to minimize camera shake.
The AW100 also includes a 3.0-inch, bright LCD screen with Clear Color Display and anti-reflective coating. It will be available in choice of black, blue and orange.
Like its predecessor, the P7000, the new CoolPix P7100 was designed to offer advanced photographers a compact camera option with a variety of creative manual controls.
It includes a 10.1-megapixel CCD image sensor, Expeed C2 image processing and will capture 720p/24 fps HD movies. Images can be stored as JPEGs or RAW files.
Other features include a 3-inch vari-angle tilting LCD screen, new special effects and an improved response time enabled in part through a newly enhanced AF system.
The camera can capture full resolution JPEG images at up to 1.2 frames-per-second (fps).
The camera includes a 7.1x wide angle optical zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens (35mm equivalent to 28-200mm), with built-in neutral density (ND) filter, and optical Vibration Reduction (VR).
The ISO sensitivity ranges from 100 to 3200, but can also be set to Hi 1 at full resolution (ISO 6400 equivalent).
Low Noise Night Mode and a Noise Reduction Filter contribute to improved low-light shoot quality.
New Special Effects and Filter Effects include Zoom Exposure that automates a tough shooting technique to create dynamic images with a slow shutter. Consumers can also choose the Defocus Filter or Cross Process for creative color tones.
A built-in High Dynamic Range (HDR) function can shoot in High/Low Key, Sepia and Painting Modes.
A quick menu dial on the top of the camera controls ISO sensitivity, white balance, advanced bracketing functions, my menu, picture control and image size.
Additionally, the camera's Zoom Memory function enables the selection of a desired focal length during shooting.
The new S series offerings are highlighted by the Coolpix S8200 pocketable super zoom camera with up to a 14X optical zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens and a compact body (measuring 1.3-inches deep).
To help capture images in challenging lighting conditions, the S8200 includes a 16.1-megapixel backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor for fast and responsive speed in both well lit and low-lit conditions.
It includes high-speed continuous shooting, which can capture five shots at up to six frames-per-second (fps), and a pre-shooting cache that records images before releasing the shutter.
Other features include a 3.0-inch (921,000-dot) LCD display, 1080p HD video capture, a host of Special Effects (when shooting movies and stills) and Filter Effects (in playback mode for still images), including Selective Color and Fisheye Effect. It will be available in black, silver and red.
The Coolpix S6200 features 10x optical zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens in a 1-inch-thin body containing a 16-megapixel sensor with Vibrate Reduction 720p HD movie recording, and a large 2.7-inch LCD. It also carries a collection of Special Effects functions. It will be available in red, pink, silver, blue and black.
The Coolpix S1200pj is Nikon's next-generation combination point-and-shoot camera and mini video projector.
The camera includes a 20-lumen projector that will connect to a computer, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to playback stored video files as well as images taken by the built-in camera section.
The S1200pj adds illuminated icons and raised controls for easier access, will project an image up to 60-inches wide, and includes a 14.1-megapixel camera with a 5x optical zoom, and HD 720p movie capture with stereo sound capability. It also includes a 3.0-inch LCD screen and Special Effects and Filter Effects packages.
The S100 is billed as a stylish compact Coolpix with a large 3.5-inch, 820,000-dot OLED touch screen and an enhanced user interface.
Features include a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 5x optical zoom, Full HD (1080p) recording with stereo sound, 3D image recording capability and Special Effects modes.
It will ship in a choice of red, black, purple and gold.