Nikon updates Coolpix range, something for everyone

By Posted 1 Feb 2012, 11:40

Since the start of the year we have heard news of new and upcoming Nikon DSLR cameras, with firstly the release of the D4 that has been followed by speculation of the imminent release of the D800. Now we can tell you that Nikon updates its Coolpix range with something for everyone.

The company has upgraded its full lineup of easy to use Coolpix cameras, with a total of nine new models arriving. Heading the range is the Nikon Coolpix P510 with its 42X optical zoom and the Coolpix P310 that revels in low light conditions according to PC World.

With the Coolpix P510 that replaces the P500 you get the most optical zoom that really can be achieved with a fixed lens shooter. Nikon says the new camera has great macro capabilities with a minimum focus distance of only 0.4-inch. There is also a BSI CMOS sensor that is now 16 megapixels up from 12. The P510 also adds GPS with video capture capable of 1080p, and is capable of 5 shots per second at full resolution. This is due to hit the shelves this month priced at $430.

If you want something a little smaller the P310 that replaces the P300 still has the F1.8 aperture, which is ideal for low light conditions. The zoom range remains unchanged at 4.2X that will be ideal for portrait images and wide angle scenes. The P310 also includes a higher resolution BSI CMOS senor with 16 megapixels.

There is now on board tools for editing video clips that can be taken at 1080p/30-fps. The Coolpix P310 is due to arrive in March for $330, which is around $100 cheaper than the Canon PowerShot S100 rival. Replacing the Coolpix S9100 is the S9300 that features an 18X optical zoom and a higher rated 16 megapixel sensor. It also now has a GPS feature that allows for displaying shots by location, and is expected this month for $350.

The Coolpix S6300 comes packing a 10X optical zoom and is capable of 1080p video capture and has some of the scene modes and filters of the S9300, which is also due this month for $200.

It is being described by Nikon as a family camera, and the Coolpix S30 should withstand many things a young child can through at it. Rated at waterproof down to 9.8 feet and drop proof from 2.6 feet the camera still comes packing a 3X optical zoom and a 10 megapixel CCD sensor. Priced at $120 and arriving this month the shooter could indeed prove popular with young families.

Nikon is claiming that its best selling camera last year was the Coolpix L120 that is being replaced by the L810. It offers a 26X ultra wide angle lens with a higher 16 megapixel CCD sensor. Other changes include a new optical stabilization system and a secondary zoom control situated on the lens barrel. It can also be powered by four AA batteries, and due this month priced at $280.

The company is also offering three sub $200 shooters and starts with the S4300 that has a 16 megapixel sensor and 720p video capture for only $170 from this month. The Coolpix S3300 is basically the same camera but without the touchscreen and is priced at $140.

Next there is the new Coolpix L26 that is powered by two AA batteries and still has a 16 megapixel sensor with 5X optical zoom, and can take 720p video for only $120. It certainly seems that Nikon is trying to provide something for everyone and all budgets. Do you have a Nikon Coolpix camera?