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Wi-Fi, 60x superzoom, new waterproof models
With the exception of a couple of enthusiast-level cameras, Nikon was unusually quiet when it came to consumer camera announcements last month at PMA@CES. Now that Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow, Nikon is making some noise. Could a new pro camera be far behind? Here are Nikon's new digital cameras at a glance:
- Nikon Coolpix P600 60x optical zoom bridge camera
- Nikon Coolpix S9700 30x pocket compact with Wi-Fi
- Nikon Coolpix S32 underwater all-weather compact
- Nikon Coolpix AW120 Rugged pocket camera with Wi-Fi
- Nikon Coolpix P340 Low-light, fast lens compact with Wi-Fi
- Nikon Coolpix P530 42x zoom compact with EVF and Wi-Fi
Let's take a closer look at each model:
Nikon Coolpix P600
The flagship of the new Nikon Coolpix lineup is the P600, the biggest gun in the arsenal with a 60x optical zoom lens. Nikon is touting it as a great all-in-one travel camera, and its battery life of approximately 330 shots per charge gives it good staying power for a long day's shoot. A flip-out LCD monitor makes it easier to achieve high and low angle photos and, of course, selfies. There's also a high-resolution electronic viewfinder for eye-level shooting.
The P600 has built-in WiFi for instant photo sharing and remote camera control with a compatible smartphone or tablet. Photographers can choose from multiple scene and effects modes, while more experienced shooters can take control of the camera via P/A/S/M exposure control.
The P600 also offers built-in WiFi for instant photo sharing and remote camera control with a compatible smartphone or tablet. The AW120 records the exact location of each shot you take, so you can follow the path of your trip. Users have the option to share their route on Google Maps, Google+, and other social networking sites. Built-in mapping and Electronic compass also help you navigate unfamiliar destinations, and Points of Interest show you nearby photo-ops.
The Nikon Coolpix P600 will be available in late February from Adorama for $496.95.
Nikon Coolpix AW120
Nikon's ruggedized Coolpix AW120 is built for deep dives to 59 feet, and can operate at 14 degrees F. You can drop it as much as 6.6 feet without a dent, so basically, it can handle most extreme locales and take abuse. An optional chest harness lets you wear the camera while you're in the action, so you can shoot some dynamic full HD content on your bike, skis, or snowboard.
The camera's built-in 5x zoom lens starts at 24mm (35mm equivalent) with a wide aperture of f/2.8. A new Hybrid VR system is said to keep shots sharp and steady. The camera's 1080p HD video capabilities include slow-motion and stereo sound options.
The Nikon Coolpix AW120 will be available by the end of February for $346.95.
Nikon Coolpix S32
The Nikon Coolpix S32, like the AW120, is a rugged, waterproof camera that is built for dives down to 33 feet, drops of as much as 5 feet, and cold down to 14 degrees F. Marketed as a "family fun" camera, it features oversized buttons and basic operation. Nikon is encouraging users to let everyone in the family have a turn taking pictures.
The camera features a modest 3x zoom len, and Nikon claims the camera handles low-light shooting well. In addition to still images the S32 can capture 1080p HD video.
The Nikon Coolpix S32 will be available in late February from Adorama for $126.95.
Nikon Coolpix S9700
The Nikon Coolpix S9700 is surprisingly compact for a digital camera with a built-in 30x optical zoom lens that retracts fully into the camera body when turned off. In addition to its long-range zoom, the slim S9700 features built-in Wi-Fi and GPS. Nikon's free mobile app lets you use a compatible smartphone or tablet to see what the COOLPIX S9700 sees, take photos and instantly share them by text message, email or uploading to your favorite social networking sites—complete with GPS coordinates. The S9700 will also capture full 1080p HD video.
The Nikon Coolpix S9700 will be available from Adorama in late February for $346.95.
Nikon Coolpix P340
With a larger CMOS sensor and a faster f/1.8 5x zoom lens, the Nikon Coolpix P340 is targeted at experienced photographers who understand the benefits of a shorter but faster zoom lens in low-light shooting. The P340 is shirt-pocket-sized, and has built-in Wi-Fi.
Photographers can choose from multiple scene and effects modes, while more experienced shooters can take control of the camera via P/A/S/M exposure control. For snapshooters, the green Auto mode will do just fine. The P340 can also capture full HD 1080p video with stereo audio via a built-in mic.
The Nikon Coolpix P340 will be available in late Feburary from Adorama for $376.95.
Nikon Coolpix P530
The Nikon P530 is a 42x zoom superzoom digital camera with an eye-level viewfinder, a full complement of manual and scene modes plus automatic, and full HD moview recording. An optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter lets you operate the P530 remotely and to share images online. The Nikon P530 also records full HD 1080p video and records stereo audio via a built-in mic.
The Nikon Coolpix P530 will be available in mid-February from Adorama for $446.95.