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Nikon Announces Two New Compact Cameras

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Nikon has announced two new compact cameras, one a sleek new ultra-compact, the other an advanced hobby compact aimed at enthusiasts.
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The CoolPix P7000 is the first advanced compact Nikon has launched since the P6000 in 2008. Designed to compete with the Canon G11, the new model features a 1/1.7-inch CCD sensor, a larger size than found in most compacts, with a resolution of 10.1 megapixels, significantly lower than the 13.5MP P6000, both features which should produced improved colour depth and reduce image noise. It is equipped with a high quality7.1x zoom Nikkor lens equivalent to 28-200mm, with a maximum aperture of f/2.8-5.6 and two ED glass elements to reduce chromatic aberration.
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Other features include full manual exposure control, lens-shift optical image stabilisation, a three-inch 921k LCD monitor and 720p HD video recording with stereo sound. Maximum ISO is 3200, expandable to 6400, and menu options include D-Lighting contrast enhancement and the same Picture Controls tonal customisation as found in Nikon's DSLR range. The camera has a built-in neutral density filter for greater versatility in bright sunlight, and a virtual horizon to help keep landscape shots level.
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The CoolPix P7000 has a range of optional accessories including a wide-angle converter and an infrared remote control, and is compatible with Nikon Speedlight flashguns. It will be available from September 23rd with an initial recommended retail price of a rather hefty £489.99.

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The CoolPix S80 is an unusual premium ultra-compact with a slim sliding-front design and an internal optically-stabilised 5x zoom lens. Taking a cue from modern smartphones it has a huge 3.5-inch OLED monitor with a resolution of 818k dots and a multi-touch touch-sensitive interface.
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Main features include 720p HD video recording with stereo audio, touch-focus shooting for both still and video and 17 scene mode programs. The lens is equivalent to 35-175mm.
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The CoolPix S80 will be available in either black or red. It goes on sale on October 7th with a recommended retail price of £329.99.

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