Melville, N.Y. -
unveiled eight new compact point-and-shoot cameras Tuesday, highlighted by three super-zoom Coolpix models.
The new super zooms include the Coolpix P500 (March, $400 suggested
retail) with a 36x optical zoom, the S9100 (March, $330) with an 18x optical
zoom, and the L120 (February, $280) with a 21x optical zoom lens. All lenses
use Nikkor advanced optical elements.
Other models include the Coolpix P300 (March, $330), the S6100 (March, $200), the S4100 (February, $180), the S3100 (February, $140) and the L24 (February, $120).
The S9100 and L120 cameras were said to address the need for a versatile, high-performance compact cameras with easy-to-use functionality.
All feature Nikon's Expeed C2 digital image processing engine, scene auto selector, best shot selector and smart portrait system.
The P500, which will be available in a choice of red or black, offers Nikon's longest zoom extension in a Coolpix model to date with an 22.5-810mm 3mm equivalent focal range and Nikkor ED glass. The 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor offers strong low-light performance, and hybrid vibration (VR) reduction stabilization using both image-sensor shift VR and electronic VR.
Also included is high-speed continuous shooting at five full-resolution images per second, and backlighting scene mode with an in-camera high dynamic range (HDR) function.
A Night Landscape mode offers additional low-light performance enhancement by combining a series of consecutive shots taken at a fast shutter speed into a single image with reduced noise when taking handheld shots in night scenes.
It will capture video in FullHD 1080p resolution, can adjust recording speed to create slow motion or high-speed special effects and includes a 3-inch 921K-dot vari-angle LCD.
The S9100, which will be available in a choice of black, red or silver, is called a "pocketable power zoom" camera with an 18x Nikkor ED glass zoom lens (25-450mm 35mm equivalent), and a stylish compact body. It includes a 12.1-megapixel backside illuminated CMOS sensor and ISO sensitivity up to 3200, backlighting scene mode with HDR functionality, night landscape mode, night portrait mode and Nikon's hybrid VR image stabilization system.
In capture 1080p HD movies, and includes a 3-inch 921k-dot LCD.
The L120, which will be available in a choice of black, red or bronze, is billed as an affordable 21x wide-angle Nikkor zoom lens, and features 14.1-megapixel resolution, hybrid VR image stabilization, low-light sensitivity up to ISO 6,400 (reduced resolution), a 3-inch 921k-dot LCD, 720p HD video recording and easy auto mode.
Other new Coolpix models also carry a range of options including: the smart portrait system with auto red-eye fix, face-priority AF, face priority AE, smile mode, blink warning and skin softening and Expeed C2 image processing.
The new S6100, S3100 and S4100 feature a new pet portrait mode that automatic detects the face of a specific dog or cat to optimize exposure and focus.
The Coolpix S6100 is a pocket-sized model with a 7x optical zoom, 16-megapixel resolution, and 3-inch 460k-dot touchscreen LCD.
The S4100 and S3100 are both stylish 14-megapixel compacts with 5x optical zoom lenses. The S4100 features a 3-inch 460k-dot touchscreen interface.
The S3100, available in seven color options, saves on space with a 2.7-inch LCD screen.
The Coolpix L24 is an affordably priced compact with 14-megapixel resolution, a 3.6x optical zoom, with video recording.
The Coolpix P300 is a 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor-based model with a 4.2x f1.8 (24mm-100mm, 35mm equivalent) Nikkor optical zoom lens, with a maximum aperture of f/1.8, 1080p/30fps HD video recording.
Also included are optical vibration; ISO sensitivity up to 3,200; aperture priority, shutter priority and full manual control settings; easy panorama mode; and a 3-inch, 921k-dot LCD screen.
It has advanced night portrait mode, night landscape mode and backlight high dynamic range mode.