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February 20, 2007

Coolpix: Ten Years and Eight New Models

Nikon celebrates the Tenth anniversary year of the Coolpix digital camera line by releasing eight new models that will appeal to everyone - from the casual snapshooter to the enthusiast-pro.

The Coolpix Life family receives three new members, the L10, L11 and L12. Designed for the entry-level photographer, all three models share similar builds, a 3x optical Nikkor lens and very large viewing screens. The L10 and L11 are 5MP and 6MP cameras with ISO 800 capability, while the 7MP L12 adds a stunning ISO 1600 ability coupled with a new image processing engine and optical Vibration Reduction. Our colleagues at LetsGoDigital have a detailed preview on the L12 that is a must-read.

Nikon's fashionable and technically savvy line of Style cameras receives two updates and two new camera models. First up; the 7MP S50 and S50c models update the popular S9 line - with 3x Nikkor zoom lenses, enormous 3.0 inch rear LCDs, optical Vibration-Reduction and ISO 1600 performance - these cameras will continue to be a hit with shutterbugs who want to look good but get the shot when it's needed. The S50c will also be linked to the improved COOLPIX CONNECT 2 network and can upload up to 2GB of images to a dedicated Nikon server wherever a wireless Internet connection exists.

The Style family's newest members, the S200 and S500, continue to raise the performance bar for digital compacts while breaking new ground in build and performance. Similar to the S50 series, both cameras have 7MP sensors, 3x Nikkor zooms and sturdy metal bodies. The S200 is made of brushed aluminum, ISO 1000 upper limit and features a new electronic-based Vibration-Reduction (eVR) capability. The S500 has a sleek stainless steel exterior, Optical Vibration-Reduction, an amazing ISO 2000 upper limit and what could be the fastest shutter lag in the entire series - 0.005 seconds in release-priority mode.

And last, but certainly not least, enthusiasts will cheer at the return of a professional-grade Coolpix camera. The Nikon P5000 is squarely aimed at shutterbugs who have moved on to a digital SLR, but long for the days of being able to carry a backup that could meet more demanding requirements in a more compact form.

The base specifications read like a who's-who of recent Nikon DSLR features - a full gamut of traditional shooting modes (PSAM), a 10MP sensor, optical viewfinder, 2.5 inch rear LCD and an upper ISO limit of 3200 coupled with a new on-board imaging engine to reduce noise and improve photo quality. A 3.5x Nikkor zoom is steadied by optical Vibration-Reduction, and by using optional WC-E67 and TC-E3ED teleconverters, can go as wide as 24mm or a far-reaching 378mm. As icing on the cake, the P5000 is also the first Coolpix to be iTTL compatible; owners can now take full advantage of system integration with existing SB-400, SB-600 and SB-800 for reliable flash photography.

And for our members in England and Ireland, Nikon UK has launched a contest to win one of these new models for your very own.

Posted by covey22 at February 20, 2007 5:41 PM