Nikon unveils six cameras including the flagship Coolpix P7100

by , Senior Money Researcher Cameras 24/08/2011
Nikon P7100

Nikon has announced a raft of new digital cameras:  the Nikon Coolpix P7100 compact bridge camera, the Coolpix AW100 – its first ever ‘rugged’ camera designed for outdoor use, two new compact cameras in its Style range and two ultra-slim models.

Nikon Coolpix P7100

The P7100 will launch in September at a cost of £500. The successor to the P7000, it’s a compact bridge camera aimed at those who want the benefits of manual controls without the bulk of a larger camera. It claims to offer improved image quality, reduced time lag, faster autofocus speeds and quicker start up times than its previous incarnation.

There’s a 7.1x zoom lens with a 28mm x 200mm range and you can take pictures in the RAW file format. Nikon says the 10.1Mp sensor performs exceptionally well in low light and lets you produce sharp enlargements.

We’ll be putting these claims to the test in our lab and if it is any improvement on the previous model things should be positive.

UPDATE: We’ve now got some hands-on time with this camera. Read our Nikon Coolpix P7100 first look and watch the video.

Nikon's AW100 in camouflage

‘Rugged’ Nikon Coolpix AW100

This is the first camera designed specifically for outdoor use we’ve seen from Nikon, it also launches in September and is priced at £330. It claims to be waterproof to depths of 10m, shockproof from 1.5m and freezeproof in temperatures as low as -10 degrees, so should cope with even the most adventurous owners.

There’s a 16Mp CMOS sensor and Full HD recording but features such as built-in GPS, an electronic compass and built-in world map are perhaps what makes this model stand out. They mean you can geo-tag images and track your route when you’re on the move. It also comes in three very suitable colours – camouflage, orange and black.

This launch is an interesting move from Nikon, this type of camera is better known from manufacturers such as Olympus and Fujifilm. Canon’s rugged debut, the D10, launched a couple of years ago now and is still on sale. Will the AW100 have the same sticking power for Nikon?

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Coolpix Style range

There are four new additions here, firstly the Coolpix S1200pj and S100. The former has an integrated projector and can connect with your iPhone or iPad to share films and photos. While the S100 has a mulit-touch 3.5-inch OLED screen and 3D image shooting capabilities.

The S1200pj features a 14MP sensor, HD video recording and a wide angle 5x zoom lens. It also has luminous controls on the camera and the optional remote control so you can find your way in the dark. This model will set you back £400.

The S100 is the cheaper option at £250. Its dedicated 3D shooting mode combines two images taken from different positions to create one 3D image that you can view on a 3D TV or computer.

Nikon has also announced two new super-slim model in the Style range, the Coolpix S4150 and S6150. The first model is exclusive to Jessops but the second will be more widely available when they launch in September and will retail at £160.

It describes the S6150 as being small enough to fit into a purse or a pocket. There’s a 16Mp image sensor and a 7x zoom. You can adjust the focus of your image using the 3-inch touch screen, or you can use it to scroll through your images, or even edit them with the in-camera picture editing.

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White H20 Fanatic

This guy’s opening statement “One thing Nikon hasn’t been known for is rugged cameras…” is RIDICULOUSLY UNINFORMED. Nikon’s “Nikonos” dive cameras are legendary for their picture quality and incredible durability. I’ve had the Nikonos V and several lenses for over 20 years, and have abused them beyond belief while whitewater kayaking all over the world. The Nikonos DSLR is similarly revered. It stands to reason that Nikon’s new AW100 will follow suit in quality and durability. Can’t wait to get my hands on one and see in what kind of rough conditions it takes amazing pics. Does his fat ass ever leave the office? What an idiot.

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