New Camera Season 2011 is here, and to celebrate this annual phenomenon Nikon is introducing six new CoolPix cameras, the beefiest of which is the Nikon CoolPix P7100. It retains many of the best features of its predecessor, the CoolPix P7000, but with a few important refinements including a new front command dial and a swivel-mounted, rather than fixed, 3.0", 921,000-dot LCD.
The new camera contains a 10.1MP CCD sensor, a 7.1x 28–200mm equivalent zoom lens, and can capture both JPEG and RAW stills one at a time or in up to 90 continuous, full resolution image files at 1.2 frames per second, and HD 720p video with stereo sound.
Other features include ISO ratings up to 3200, expandable to ISO 6400; an EXPEED C2 image processor; a selection of exposure and white-balance bracketing modes; a Zoom Memory function; 4-way VR image stabilization; macro focusing down to 0.8” from the lens; and enough analog control dials to remind you you’re shooting with a real camera.
If you like small, you’ll like the Nikon CoolPix S100, which somehow packs oodles of neat features into a pocketable package less than an inch thick. Starting with a 16MP CMOS sensor and a 5x, 28–140mm equivalent zoom lens, the CoolPix S100 features a 3.5", 820,000-dot OLED touch screen; Full HD 1080p video; 3D image capability; an in-camera panorama mode; and ISO ratings up to 3200.
The CoolPix S100 also contains a 5-way VR image stabilization system; an EXPEED C2 image processor; on-the-fly filter effects and image adjustments during playback; a Smart Portrait System; and 21 Scene Modes.
If you’re into biking, hiking, camping, skiing—on water or snow—sailing, or any other outdoor activities, the Nikon CoolPix AW100 is Nikon’s first waterproof, freeze proof and shockproof point-and-shoot offering.
Functional as deep as 33' under the waves and at temperatures down 14°F, and able to withstand drops from heights of up to 5', the CoolPix AW100 is an attractive, ruggedly built pocket camera that contains a 16MP CMOS sensor; a 5x, 28–140mm equivalent zoom lens; three frames-per-second continuous still capture; a Smart Portrait system; a built-in GPS system with built-in map displays and local points of interest; a built-in compass; an EXPEED C2 image processor; Full HD 1080p video; a 3.0", 460,000-dot LCD; and 20 built-in Scene Modes.
Instant playback takes on a whole new meaning with the Nikon CoolPix S1200pj, which features a built-in 20-lumen projector. Compatible with iPhones, iPads, the iPod Touch, iPod nano and iPod photo for projecting transmitted content, the CoolPix S1200pj features a 14.1MP CCD imaging sensor; a 5x, 28–140mm zoom lens; one-touch 720pvideo capture; an EXPEED C2 image processor; a 3.0" 460,000-dot LCD; a Smart Portrait system; a 5-way VR image stabilization system; 19 Scene Modes; and a PC-connection function for projecting computer data.
Next up is the Nikon CoolPix S6200, which features a 16MP CCD with 4-way VR image stabilization; a 10x zoom; one-touch 720p video capture; a Night Landscape Mode for tripod-free shooting under the lowest of light levels; a 2.7" LCD; an EXPEED C2 image processor; a Best Shot Selector (BSS); up to ISO 3200 sensitivity; 20 Scene Modes; and a number of pre- and post production special effects filters.
The camera with the longest optical reach of the bunch is the Nikon CoolPix S8200, which sports a 14x, 25–350mm equivalent lens that somehow manages to fold up into a camera you can easily slip into your pocket.
Starting with a 16MP CMOS sensor; Full HD 1080p video capture; a 3.0", 921,000-dot LCD; and continuous burst rates of up to 120 frames per second for up to 60 frames, the CoolPix S8200 can also capture in-camera panorama images when the camera’s 14x zoom isn’t wide enough. The CoolPix S8200 features Night and Backlight/HDR Modes that enable you to shoot your way out of any lighting situation; an EXPEED C2 imaging processor; a 4-way VR image stabilization system; a Smart Portrait system; a slew of in-camera filter effects; creative sliders and special effects for both stills and video; and a choice of 19 Scene Modes.