Nikon gave its Coolpix range of digital cameras a major makeover this week, announcing seven new models.
Chief among the new models is the 7.1-megapixel Coolpix S500, which boasts several points over competing compact cameras with optical image stabilization, according to Nikon. The camera is ready to take a picture in an industry-beating 0.6 seconds from the power button being pushed, has the fastest shutter release lag time of 0.005 seconds, and the most compact body, the maker said. It measures 88 millimeters by 51mm by 22mm.
The P-series gets a new model in the shape of the Coolpix P5000. The camera has a 10-megapixel image sensor and 3.5X optical zoom, both of which beat the other cameras announced Tuesday. It can simulate film speeds up to ISO3200, although at this speed it will only snap 5-megapixel quality images.
Both the S500 and P5000 will be available in Japan from March 16 for around ¥30,000 (NZ$350) and ¥45,000 respectively.
The company's third and fourth new cameras are the slim 7.1-megapixel Coolpix S50 and S50c. The latter model differs in the inclusion of a Wireless LAN adapter for cable-less image transfer to a PC. They will be available in Japan from April for ¥35,000 and ¥40,000 respectively.
Lastly Nikon is offering the S200, which matches the S500 on several major specifications but drops optical vibration reduction in favour of a cheaper electronic system, and the L11 and L12, both of which use disposable batteries rather than the dedicated rechargeable cells used in all the other cameras.
Overseas launch dates were not immediately available but are expected to come from local Nikon units this week.