Nikon has released details of four new Coolpix cameras, one of which is a flagship model and another a programmable camera with WiFi and Android OS connectivity.
Front view of the Nikon Coolpix P7700. (Source: Nikon.)
Replacing the P7100, the new Coolpix P7700 features a 12.2-megapixel, 1/1.7-inch (7.6 x 5.7 mm) backside-illuminated CMOS sensor and high-speed 7.1x optical zoom lens with lens-shift VR stabilisation built in and maximum apertures of f/2 to f/4. The lens will focus to 20 mm in the wide position.
Its 3-inch, 921,000-dot monitor opens horizontally to the left and can be rotated through 90 degrees clockwise or 180 degrees anti-clockwise. High-speed shooting is possible at approximately 8 fps for up to six consecutive images at full resolution (4000 x 3000 pixels). The P7700 can record Full (1080p) HD movies with stereo soundtracks and supports Advanced Wireless Lighting as part of the Nikon Creative Lighting System.
Front view of the Nikon Coolpix S800c. (Source: Nikon.)
The new Coolpix S800c features built-in Wi Fi and an Android 2.3 operating system which combine to enable users to share images and video clips via the Internet. This camera has a 16-megapixel sensor and 3.5-inch widescreen OLED monitor with 819,000-dot resolution. It also sports a 10x optical zoom lens with focal lengths equivalent to 25-250mm in 35mm format. Lens-shift stabilisation is provided.
The communications technologies in the camera allow users to send images and video clips to social networking sites and support image browsing when connected. Users can customise their cameras with downloadable apps from Google Play to extend their options.
An Upload to Smart Device app enables images to be transferred from the camera to an Android or iOS smart-phone or tablet. The camera also includes a GPS module for tagging images with positional data. The S800c can record Full (1080p) HD movies with stereo soundtracks and includes options for recording slow-motion videos that play back at 1/2, 1/4 or 1/8 normal speed and high-speed movies that play at twice normal speed.
Front view of the Nikon Coolpix S6400. (Source: Nikon.)
The Coolpix S6400 combines a 16-megapixel sensor with a 12x optical zoom lens that covers an equivalent range to a 25-300mm lens on a 35mm camera. Designed for snapshooters, it includes advanced functions like Target Finding AF and Quick Effects settings. It can also record Full (1080p) HD movies with stereo soundtracks. A 460,000-dot touch-panel monitor provides an easy user interface for shooting and playback.
Front view of the Nikon Coolpix S01. (Source: Nikon.)
The Coolpix S01 is the smallest and lightest model Nikon has produced to date, weighing just 96 grams and with a body smaller than a standard business card. It features a 10.1-megapixel CCD sensor, 3x optical zoom lens and 2.5-inch LCD monitor with 230,000 dots. A new GUI grid structure features four large icons to provide easy access to camera settings.
This camera includes an EXPEED C2 image processor that supports a wide range of special effects and automatic scene detection. A built-in xenon flash is also provided. HD movies can be recorded with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution.
Nikon Australia has provided no information on the release dates or pricing for these cameras but details have been posted on the MyNikonLife website at http://mynikonlife.com.au/. We also suggest readers visit Thom Hogan’s website (http://www.bythom.com/) for his comments on the new cameras as he had had the benefit of being briefed on the new cameras well before they were announced.