Hit em high, hit em low: Nikon intros a slew of new compact cameras

At CES 2012, Nikon had some hardware to satisfy all of the attendees.
From the D4 flagship to some more affordable photo solutions, soon to be available.
Yep, they hit em high, and hit em’ low.

The New COOLPIX P510: Setting a Higher Zoom Standard

Now this camera has the craziest, longest zoom with some amazing image stabilization. How about a zoom range of 24mm to 1,000mm with advanced optical Vibration Reduction? While we were looking over the collection of new gear, one of the Nikon guys took a shot of a light fixture in the ceiling of the Las Vegas convention center. Then we zoomed in to see the name of the light bulb manufacturer in the fixture.Ok, he had steady hands but still, very impressive.
Or maybe you’d rather zoom in on your kid on the ball field. Or at the recital.
About $430, when it arrives.

The we saw the Coolpix S30, a very cool, right priced camera, great for the family camera.
Shockproof, waterproof to 9.8 ft. Easy to use, uses AA batts, and at an MSRP of $120, easy on the budget.

Ok, then there was the pocket size, as in “slips in your pocket with no sticky-outy parts (technical term)” the S3300.
16.0-megapixel camera with a 6x (26mm-156mm) OPTICAL zoom lens, 720pHD video and guess what: $140 MSRP.

Now you can go to the Nikon site and see the WHOLE line-up, or get a slightly shorter version after the jump:

Shattering the conventional zoom barrier, the new COOLPIX P510 features a staggering 42x Wide-Angle NIKKOR glass zoom lens. The astounding zoom range of 24mm to 1,000mm with advanced optical Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization ensures that the photographer captures their intended subject with exceptional image quality. With this kind of extreme focal length, the need for superior image stabilization becomes essential for photos and HD video. Photographers are given increased stability with the additional zoom control located on the side of the lens barrel.
To further enhance image quality and help combat challenging low-light conditions, the COOLPIX P510 includes an advanced 16.1-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor. Utilizing the high-speed continuous shooting
performance (capture five images at full resolution in approximately one second) of the CMOS sensor and fast autofocus (AF), the COOLPIX P510 makes it possible to capture even the most spontaneous moments.
This full-featured compact camera also comes complete with built-in GPS capabilities, allowing photographers to track their adventures and geotag photos. The COOLPIX P510 also includes Full HD (1080p) movie recording with stereo sound and the ability to utilize the expansive zoom range during recording with AF for dynamic videos. A 3-inch high resolution (921,000-dot) vari-angle monitor makes it easy to compose images and movies from difficult angles. Additionally, The COOLPIX P510 features a variety of advanced functions for the sophisticated user seeking smooth handling with intuitively placed controls such as the mode dial that enables easy setting of frequently used functions on the fly.

The New COOLPIX P310: Low Light, No Problem
The new COOLPIX P310 achieves superior image quality in low-light settings thanks to the powerful combination of a 16.1-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, wide ISO range up to 3200 (Hi1 6400 equivalent) and a fast, wide-angle maximum aperture f/1.8 lens. The COOLPIX P310 further fights blur by incorporating advanced optical VR image stabilization and makes shooting in low-light a breeze with several scene modes including Advanced Night Portrait mode, Night Landscape mode and Backlight/High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode. The Advanced Night Portrait mode combines consecutive images of the background while the subject is captured using the flash, while the Night Landscape mode combines a series of consecutive shots taken at a fast shutter speed into a single image with reduced noise. The Backlight HDR mode merges images of the same scene at different exposures to achieve a single image with a broad range of tonal detail.

Designed to be the serious photographer’s compact companion, the COOLPIX P310 comes equipped with several features found in D-SLR cameras including manual exposure control (P/S/A/M) and a new Zoom Memory function that enables the selection of popular prime focal lengths during shooting. Through an easily accessible top-mounted control wheel, users are able to adjust shutter speed, aperture and other settings in order to achieve their preferred look. For more creativity, the COOLPIX P310 also includes special effects and filter effects that can be added to photos in-camera for a quick artistic touch. To facilitate easy composing, viewing and playback, the COOLPIX P310 features a 3-inch high resolution (921,000-dot) LCD screen.

Understanding the demand for a capable multimedia camera, the COOLPIX P310 also sports incredible video capabilities. With the ability to capture Full HD (1080p) video at 30 frames-per-second (fps) with AF, stereo sound and the use of the optical zoom while recording, the COOLPIX P310 also lets users edit movies in-camera for a seamless moviemaking experience.

Pricing and Availability
The COOLPIX P510 will be available in February 2012 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $429.95* and will be offered in black and red. The COOLPIX P310 will also be available in February 2012 for $329.95* SRP and will be offered in black only.

The Spring 2012 line of Nikon COOLPIX cameras help capture memories with advanced features including extraordinary low-light capabilities, powerful optics and HD video recording with full stereo sound. Added features such as the built-in GPS of the COOLPIX S9300 and Easy Panorama mode of the COOLPIX S6300 bolster the S-series lineup, in addition to the easy-to-use, slim and stylish COOLPIX S4300 and S3300. These cameras also include Nikon core technologies for amazing photos, including Nikon’s Smart Portrait System for flattering portraits and HD video capability across the line

Expanding on Nikon’s outstanding long zoom reputation, the COOLPIX L810’s extremely powerful zoom (26x) offers a chance to capture every detail without giving up the convenience of a compact point-and-shoot camera. The COOLPIX S30 is a new type of camera from Nikon, providing worry-proof construction with a simple to use interface and an affordable price point so any family can enjoy photography with a camera that instills confidence.
The COOLPIX L26 is ideal for casual photographers and streamlines photo-taking with intelligent Nikon technologies like automatic Scene Modes and easy-to-understand controls. All three cameras are AA battery compatible for the ultimate on-the-go convenience. “Today’s family spends time together in more places than the dining room table; they are on adventures and vacations together, constantly in motion and creating memories,” said Bo Kajiwara, director of marketing, Nikon Inc. “Nikon’s latest COOLPIX cameras combine Nikon’s renowned image quality, advanced performance and superior technology to offer simple and affordable cameras for every member of your family.”

COOLPIX L810: Zoom That Goes the Distance
Whether at the game or in nature, users need a camera that can go the distance to get in close to the action. The COOLPIX L810 sports a powerful 26x (22.5mm-585mm) zoom that makes it possible to capture every detail with extraordinary precision. This latest affordable ultra zoom continues in a long line of superb Nikon compact long zoom cameras and features a super wide 22.5mm wide angle lens with VR image stabilization technology to help eliminate blur in photos and movies, regardless of focal length. Nineteen Scene Modes optimize camera settings automatically for picture-perfect results, while the Smart Portrait System helps make every portrait flattering and pictures priceless. Additionally, the COOLPIX L810 features a Sports Continuous Shooting mode to capture fast moving subjects. If still images aren’t enough to tell the whole story, begin recording 720p HD movies with stereo sound through a simple one-touch control button and play them back on a 3-inch, 921,000-dot high resolution LCD display.

COOLPIX S30: No Muss, No Fuss – Ready for Action
A wonderful addition to any family, the COOLPIX S30 makes it easy and fun to preserve memories from the priceless to possibly messy, including a baby’s first steps, first swim or first plate of spaghetti. Boasting a shockproof* (up to 2.6 feet) and waterproof *(up to 9.8 feet) exterior, the COOLPIX S30 affords a chance to capture all of their favorite moments without hesitation or worry. A 10.1-megapixel image sensor produces high quality images and HD video that can be easily e-mailed, printed and framed for family and friends. A 3x wide angle zoom lens, HD video capabilities and extremely easy-to-use modes like the Smart Portrait System make the COOLPIX S30 simple, durable and affordable.

COOLPIX L26: The Simple Way to Great Photos and Movies

Let the camera do the thinking while marveling at the great images taken with the COOLPIX L26. Simply point, shoot and let the camera do the rest with easy-to-use and intelligent automatic Scene Modes, helping bring out the user’s inner photographer. Featuring a 5x (26mm-130mm) optical Zoom-NIKKOR lens for close to intermediate distance shots, the COOLPIX L26 is fun and easy to use whether snapping photos on a field trip or capturing 720p HD video of a birthday party. A wide and bright 3-inch LCD screen, vibration reduction and Smart Portrait technology make this the ideal camera for the beginner or casual photographer who might not use a camera often, but knows they want amazing image quality when they do.

Price and Availability
The COOLPIX L810 will be available in February 2012 for a suggested retail price (SRP) price of $279.95** in a choice of colors including Black, Red and Blue. The COOLPIX S30 will be available in February 2012 for an SRP of $119.95** in a choice of colors including White, Blue and Pink. The COOLPIX L26 will be available in February 2012 for an SRP of $119.95** in a choice of colors including Red, Black and Silver.

The Nikon COOLPIX S3300 answers the call for a cost-efficient 16.0-megapixel camera with a 6x (26mm-156mm) optical Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens for near or far photos on any occasion. The slim design of the camera makes it effortless for traveling, while the easy-to-use interface is always ready to capture photos and video. The camera has 19 Scene Modes, including the Scene Auto Selector which analyzes a scene and automatically selects from one of six scene modes. With the COOLPIX S3300, the party can be relived in glorious HD with 720p movie recording, while optical VR minimizes the effects of camera shake for sharp, high-quality images.
the COOLPIX S3300 will be available for $139.95 SRP in silver, black, pink, purple and red.

The new COOLPIX S-series cameras will be available in February 2012

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