Nikon refreshes CoolPix line

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Nikon Canada has added the P7000, S80 and S8100 to its CoolPix line.

P7000: The P7000 sets its sights on pros and advanced enthusiasts who want the features and image quality of an SLR but in a compact wrapper.

On that front the 10.1 megapixel P7000 delivers some interesting goods: large (by P&S standards) sensor, 7x zoom with VR image stabilization, high ISO performance and 720p HD video with an external stereo microphone jack. There are some programmable functions like Zoom Memory (locks zoom at fixed focal lengths to simulate prime lenses) and of course, the usual exposure control options.

S80: The 3.5-inch touch screen is the centrepiece of the S80. It is a high-resolution (819K dot) organic LED (OLED) screen that has a wide (Nikon says around 180 degrees) viewing angle. The screen shows just a few icons to maintain a large free area, but still manages to include a lot of controls through a tab-based interface.

The camera has some image editing software built in, so users can adjust the images or add special effects — or even notations — via the touch screen.

The S80 has a 14.1 megapixel sensor and also records 720p HD video and stereo sound.

S8100: The CoolPix S8100 is Nikon’s high-speed, low light warrior. It uses some interesting technology to achieve its low light performance. Rather than jacking up the ISO, which would also increase digital noise, the S8100 exploits its high-speed CMOS sensor to take multiple images of a dark scene, then stacks them in-camera to build up the image density.

In the Night Landscape mode, it stacks up to five consecutive exposures into one. It also has a Night Portrait mode that builds up the background in this manner, but uses flash to properly expose the subject.

Specification Highlights: CoolPix P7000

  • 10.1-megapixel 1/1.7-inch CCD sensor
  • 28-200mm (7.1x) zoom lens with ED glass elements
  • VR image stabilization (Nikon 5-Way VR)
  • ISO 100 to 6400, (expandable to ISO 12,800 in low noise Night Mode)
  • Quick Menu dial
  • Raw image capture (NRW, not NEF like Nikon’s SLRs)
  • HD video at 720p at 24 frames-per-second (fps)
  • External stereo input.
  • Available: late September
  • MSRP: $499.95.

Specification Highlights: CoolPix S80

  • Touch-screen enabled interface (3.5-inch 819,000-dot OLED)
  • Built-in editing and touch up using touch screen display
  • 14.1-megapixel CCD sensor
  • 5x optical zoom (35-175mm)
  • 720p HD video with stereo sound recording
  • compact dimensions (98.8 x 62.6 x 16.5 mm)
  • In-camera Retouch, special effects and star rating
  • Available mid-October
  • MSRP: $349.95.

Specification highlights: CoolPix S8100

  • 12.1-megapixel backside illumination CMOS sensor
  • 10x optical zoom (30-300mm) with ED glass elements and VR image stabilization
  • High burst rate 10 frames per second for five shots at full resolution
  • Up to 120 fps at reduced resolution
  • Full HD (1080p) recording with stereo sound
  • Image stacking builds density for low light images without high ISO artefacts
  • In camera editing of brightness, saturation and colour
  • Available in October
  • MSRP: $319.95.

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