Next up is the ultra-slim S200. It is a 7.1-megapixel, 3x zoom model that is just 18.5mm thick with an attractively styled aluminium body.
It has a 2.5in screen, maximum sensitivity of ISO 1000, and also features face detection, VR optical image stabilisation, in-camera red-eye fix and the D-lighting system. It has 15 scene modes, a Li-ion battery, 10cm macro and 20MB of internal memory. It will be launched at the end of march for a recommended price of £199.99.
The S50 and the S50c, a variant model with wireless connectivity, are two more ultra-slim compact models, this time with a 7.2-megapixel CCD and a 3x zoom optically-stabilised vertically mounted zoom lens, looking out through a right-angled mirror in the top corner of the body.
Just 21mm thick and weighing 125g, both are shirt-pocket models designed for casual snapshot photography. The both sport big 3.0-in., 230,000 pixel monitors, 1600 ISO maximum sensitivity and Best Shot Selector. The S50c will be exclusive to Amazon.co.uk, while the S50 will be exclusive to DSG International PLC. Prices and launch dates have yet to be announced.
Last but by no means least is the stylish and technically impressive S500. It is an attractive 7.1-megapixel model with an f/2.8-4.7 3x zoom 35-105mm equivalent lens and a strong stainless-steel body. Speed is a major feature, with a start-up time of an extremely quick 0.8 seconds and shutter release time lag of less than 0.005 seconds.
Maximum sensitivity is an impressive ISO 2000. Combined with VR image stabilisation the S500 is claimed to be particularly good in low light conditions. Like the L-series models mentioned above it also has face detection technology, in-camera red-eye correction and Nikon’s D-Lighting function. It has a 2.5-in., 230,000-dot monitor screen with anti-reflective coating, an outstanding seven metre flash range and a 180-shot Li-ion battery. This high-performance premium camera will go on sale at the end of March at a recommended price of £249.99.