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While PMA@CES tends to focus on compact cameras, Nikon used the platform of the photography trade show to announce the latest version of its beginner DSLR, the Nikon D3300, plus a couple of intriguing new lenses. The photography giant also announced five compact digital cameras. All of the new products introduced today by Nikon can be pre-ordered now at Adorama.
Nikon D3300 Starter DSLR
Let's start with the Nikon D3300, which replaces the D3200 as the DSLR they hope point-and-shooters will upgrade to. As with its predecessors, the D3300 has its useful Guide Mode, which holds novice users' hands with explanatory notes for every setting. While you can take full manual control of this camera, it is optimized for those who are stepping up from small point and shoot cameras and smart phones, and it provides entree into the fabled lineup of Nikon optics and wireless TTL flash.
What's new in the Nikon D3300
- ISO bumped up to 12,800 (pushable to 25,600)
- New Expeed 4 image processor replaces Expeed 3, excellent noise reduction claimed
- Continuous shooting increased from 4 to 5fps
- 13 special effect modes
As with its predecessor, the Nikon D3300 will have 11 AF points, 3-inch LCD monitor, Guide Mode, and the same focusing and metering options. The same WU-1a Wireless Adapter is available as an additional accessory for Wi-Fi connectivity.
Two New Nikon DSLR Lenses
The camera will come with a new Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II lens, which is more compact than its predecessor and has 7 rounded aperture blades for improved Bokeh. Together the D3300 and kit lens should create a portable package that may appeal to travel photographers as well as general shooting. It will be available in March for $196.95 and can be pre-ordered from Adorama now.
Nikon also introduced its first full-frame 35mm f/1.8G lens; previously, 35mm lenses were available for the smaller DX format DSLRs, unless you wanted to plunk down a four-figure price for an f/1.4 lens. It will be available in February for $596.95 from Adorama and can be pre-ordered now.
Pair of Wi-Fi Models Lead Nikon's New Compact Camera Pack
Nikon today also announced five point-and-shoot cameras, two of which have built-in Wi-Fi. Top of the line is the $216.95 Nikon Coolpix S6800, featuring a 12x optical zoom, Target Finding AF (which intelligently seeks and focuses on what it thinks is your intended subject), 18 scene modes, and a CMOS image sensor that delivers full HD 1080p video. The S5300 likewise has Wi-Fi but with an 8x zoom lens and Nikon's Smart Portrait System, which uses face priority AF, skin softening and other settings to create flattering portraits.
Rounding out the 2014 edition of Nikon compact digital cameras are the $139.95 Nikon Coolpix S3600 (8x zoom, 720p video, Smart Portrait, Target Finding AF, 18 Scene Modes; the Nikon Coolpix L830, a simple affair that distinguishes itself with a 34x optical zoom lens, 3-inch, 921k LCD, 1080p videos, and 18 scene modes; and the $119.95 Nikon Coolpix L30, a basic compact digital camera with a 20MP sensor, 5x optical zoom lens, 17 scene modes and smart portrait system.
All of the new Nikon cameras and lenses can be pre-ordered from Adorama now; credit cards will not be charged until orders are shipped.