Nikon Unveils Coolpix Trio


Melville, NY - Nikon unveiled Tuesday three new updates to its Coolpix point-and-shoot digital camera line, including a range of d-SLR-like features.


The new entries include the Coolpix P7000, which is billed as a true d-SLR user's point-and-shoot, the stylish S80 and the fast, responsive and affordable S8100.

Heading the class is Coolpix P7000 (shipping later this month at a $500 suggested retail), which packs high performance, extensive manual controls, strong image quality and advanced shooting functions.

The P7000 includes a 10-megapixel 1/1.7-inch CCD sensor coupled with a 7.1x wide angle optical Zoom Nikkor ED glass lens.

It includes Nikon's new Expeed C2 high performance digital image processing engine

ISO sensitivity ranges from ISO 100 to 6400 (expandable to ISO 12,800 in low noise Night Mode) for strong low-light and fast-moving shots.

Features include a Low Noise Night Mode and a Noise Reduction Filter. The camera also includes a 5-way VR image stabilization system.

A zoom memory function allows the camera's 28-200mm (35mm equivalent) lens to be used in a way that simulates use of a prime lens, shooting at a preferred angle of view.

A Quick Menu dial offers easy access to key functions and macro abilities as close as .8 inches.

The P7000 records HD video at 720p at 24 fps with optical zoom and autofocus control, and for the first time in a Coopix model, users can record sound with an external stereo microphone via the microphone input.

Other features includes a 3-inch 921,000-dot LCD; large optical viewfinder with diopter adjustment; tone level information with histogram display; an electronic virtual horizon indicator; and in-camera editing functions including exposure compensation, noise reduction filter, Quick Retouch, D-Lighting and Active D-Lighting.

The Coolpix S80 (available in the fall at a $330 suggested retail), features a bright 3.5-inch ultra high resolution organic LED (OLED) touch screen with an enhanced interface.

Touch screen controls include a touch shutter, zoom and playback. Tab-type graphics are used to maximize screen space without cluttering it with icons. When the camera is rotated for vertical shooting, display tabs and controls also automatically rotate for smoother shooting.

The 3.5-inch 819,000-dot OLED touch screen offers bright vivid colors and contrast with an approximately 180 degree viewing angle for shooting and sharing still photos and 720 HD videos.

Measuring 0.7-inches thin, the S80 is styled for portability and the camera is available in a choice of six color options.

The Retouch Menu lets users adjust images in-camera using a wide range of functions, including Color Options, Soft Focus, Selective Color, Cross Screen, Miniature Effect and Fish-eye Effect.

Video is recorded in 720p and can be output over the built-in HDMI port.

Other features include a 14.1-megapixel CCD sensor, a 5x wide-angle optical zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens (35-175mm, 35mm equivalent); a 5-Way vibration reduction (VR) image stabilization system that includes optical and hybrid VR, Motion Detection, ISO settings up to 6400 and Best Shot Selector, which automatically takes up to ten shots while the shutter-release button is pressed, and then selects and saves the sharpest image.

Also included is the Expeed C2 image processing engine; 17 scene modes and the Easy Auto Mode, which automatically recognizes the shooting situation and adjusts camera settings accordingly.

The Coolpix S8100 (shipping later this month at a $300 suggested retail), features a 12.1-megapixel backside illumination CMOS sensor for high quality high-speed and low-light shooting, a 10x zoom and HD 1080p video capture.

The S8100 offers five full resolution frames at up to 10 fps, and includes a pre-shooting cache that records up to two shots before the shutter-release is fully pressed.

For fast action shots, a Sports Continuous mode records up to approximately 120 fps.

The camera's Subject Tracking system, automatically tracks a designated subject by activating autofocus (AF).

The S8100 includes the Expeed C2 image processing engine, a 10x optical Zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens (30-300mm, 35mm equivalent),  one-touch recording, optical zoom and stereo sound recording while filming.

The S8100 features a 4-way vibration reduction (VR) image stabilization system with ISO settings up to 3200.

Other functions include an in-camera high dynamic range (HDR) function, which merges images of the same scene to achieve a single image with a broad range of tonal detail; Night Landscape mode; a new Mode Dial and a Creative Slider, which simplifies adjusting brightness, saturation and color tone in-camera.

The camera includes a 3-inch ultra high resolution 921,000-dot Clear Color Display with a wide viewing angle and anti-glare coating. The camera's 17 scene modes, include Scene Auto Selector, which automatically recognizes the shooting situation and adjusts camera settings.

The S8100 will be available in a choice of black, red or gold.


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