If you are a digital camera manufacturer then it seem as if this is the only time of the year to launch your new products. In the past few days Canon and Olympus have announced new models and today it’s Nikon’s turn.
Nikon aren’t holding back by announcing nine new Coolpix models with the Performance range models, the P500 and P300, the two standout devices. The P500 is an update of last years P100 and offers a whopping 36x optical zoom, 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, 1080p video plus stereo sound recording, max ISO of 3200, and an 1100mAh battery. A 3in LCD tiltable screen on the back allows for shooting from a multitude of angles. The P500 will be available in the UK on March 3 for £399.
The P300 seems to be a smaller version of last year’s P7000 and comes in at £100 less than the P500 packing only 4.2x optical zoom via the super bright f/1.8, 24mm1 wide angle zoom lens. Full manual controls will be an attractive feature for many people and the 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor should offer enough detail for most users. The high-speed continuous shooting feature can take up to seven continuous shots at eight frames per second. The P300 lands in stores on March 17.
The next most interesting model among the new Coolpix range is the super-zoom S9100 (above) which packs a whopping 18x optical zoom lens, 12-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, ISO up to 3,200, high definition 1080p video with surround sound and an inbuilt HDMI port. It comes in three colours: red, black and dark silver, costs £300 and hits shelves on 17 March. It will join the S3100 (£129), S4100 (£149) and S6100 (£199) which were also unveiled today with the S3100 being available on March 17 and the latter two on February 24.
The L120 (above) super-zoom looks good with a red and black motif, 21x optical zoom, 14 megapixels, 720p video recording, 3in screen and arrives on February 24 with a price tag of £250. The L23 is a 10.1 megapixel, 5x optical zoom bargain snapper coming in at just £70 while the S2500 is a little more expensive at £100 coming with 12.1 megapixels and 4x optical zoom.