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Nikon Unveils Coolpix Digicam

Melville, N.Y. — Nikon added a Coolpix digital camera on Tuesday that can shoot FullHD video.

It also unveiled a new DSLR lens and a speedlight. 

The Coolpix L620 compact camera has a 14x optical zoom Nikkor glass lens that covers a focal length of 25mm to 350mm (35mm equivalent),  and has  the ability to shoot FullHD video with a single button press.

Camera features include several shooting modes, an 18.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, an integrated grip, and an HVGA 3-inch LCD monitor. The ISO range goes up to 3,200.

It will be available in September for a $249 suggested retail. Colors will include at least red and black.  

Nikon also announced a new lens and speedlight, both of which will be available this month.

The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens ($599) features a 7.8x zoom range and has four stops of Vibration Reduction image stabilization. It is constructed with one ED glass element and one aspheric lens element, Nikon said, and has a seven-blade diaphragm for natural image blur, as well as a Silent Wave Motor for quiet and precise AF operation. Photographers can operate the lens using one of two focus modes, M/A (AF with manual override) and M (manual) for complete control.

The SB-300 speedlight ($149), which is designed to be small enough to fit comfortably into a shirt pocket, covers a wide-angle 18mm in DX-format and operates via on-camera controls. It is compatible with both Nikon DSLR and Advanced Performance Coolpix cameras.

The SB-300 tilts up 120 degrees, allowing for the use of creative bounce flash to soften shadows and diffuse the flash, resulting in more flattering portraits and even exposures, Nikon said. It also features thermal cut-out protection to prevent overheating when capturing rapid flash images in succession.

The speedlight is powered by two AAA batteries, and its firmware is upgradable through supporting DSLRs.