New Nikon Coolpix digital cameras priced $120-$400

Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 11:22 by Tech Correspondent

Nikon has launched a series of new cameras in the U.S. priced between $120 and $400. The new Coolpix range include high-end compact shooters as well as beginners’ cameras that run on AA batteries.

Nikon’s Coolpix range of compact cameras are quite popular in India, and we expect these to launched in the Indian market shortly.

Nikon Coolpix P300

Part of its P series is the new Nikon Coolpix P300 that has a 1/2.3-inch sensor. The camera lacks a lens ring control that the somewhat similar Canon PowerShot S95 and Olympus XZ-1 have. At $330, the Coolpix P300 is priced between these two cameras.

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Photo: Nikon Coolpix P300

Nikon Coolpix P300 will be available in silver, black and red, starting March 2011. The P300 has a pair of dials, one of which is a four way switch for exposure compensation, macro, flash and self-timer. The maximum lens aperture the Coolpix P300 can have is f/1.8. This enables it to capture enough light to shoot pictures in low light without flash.

The Coolpix P300 can manage 12.2-megapixel resolution and full HD video capture at 30 frames per second. The camera has a 3-inch LCD screen with 920,000 pixels resolution. Also see our story on the top Nikon digital cameras in India

All controls on Nikon Coolpix P300 are manual. The camera has technology to reduce the adverse effects of vibration, and Nikon’s Expeed C2 processor. Its ISO sensitivity goes up to 3200. The P300, though, doesn’t allow RAW pictures.

Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon Coolpix P500 has a 36x zoom (the longest zoom ever integrated into a Coolpix camera) and uses a 22.5-810 mm lens. It has a 12-megapixel sensor capable of full HD resolution capture at 30 frames per second or in high speed at up to 240 frames per second.

Nikon Coolpix P500 also features the Expeed C2 dual image processor that greatly enhances performance, reduces noise and corrects distortion in both movies and still images. Also read: Top Canon digital cameras in India

The Coolpix P500 has a button to access burst shooting options. It comes with a price tag of $400, but won’t fit in your pocket like the Coolpix P300.

Nikon Coolpix S9100

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Photo: Nikon Coolpix S9100

Nikon Coolpix S9100 has a 18x zoom and uses a 25 to 450-mm lens. The camera is compact and only 1.4-inches thick. Like the P300, Nikon Coolpix S9100 also has a 3-inch LCD screen that displays 920,000 pixels.

Ensuring exceptional image quality even when shooting in low-light conditions, the Coolpix S9100 features a 12.1-megapixel backside illuminated CMOS sensor and ISO sensitivity up to 3200. The S9100 can also capture full HD video at 30 frames per second.

Nikon Coolpix S9100 will be available in black, red and bronze at a price of $330 in March.

Also read: Nikon Coolpix 7000

Nikon Coolpix L120

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Photo: Nikon Coolpix L120

The Coolpix L120 is priced at $280 and will be available in red, black and bronze from February. It has a 21x zoom; the same LCD screen as the other cameras.

The Coolpix L120 can capture still photographs at 14-megapixels. The camera succeeds the L10, which has a 12-megapixel sensor and 15x zoom. The camera has mostly automatic controls but lacks an electronic viewfinder.

Nikon Coolpix L24

The Coolpix L24 comes with Nikon’s renowned Nikkor lenses, delivering accurate detail and brilliant colors. At a price of just $120, Nikon Coolpix L24 offers 14-megapixel resolution, a 3.6x optical zoom (37mm to 134mm), a 3-inch LCD screen and digital image stabilization.

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