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Nikon Boosts Lineup With New Cameras, Lenses
Ahead of the CP+ photo show in Tokyo, Nikon has refreshed a number of its popular Coolpix point-and-shoot cameras with new models. Headlining the announcements is the Coolpix P520, the follow-up to the P510
The camera boasts a 42x zooming (24-1,000mm) camera with a stabilized lens, an 18-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, and a 3.2-inch articulating LCD. It supports 1080p video capture and has a built-in GPS. There’s no Wi-Fi in the camera, but it can be added via the WU-1a adapter.
The P520 can be had in black, red, and dark gray for $449.95. It will ship in February.
Next up is the Coolpix L820, a 30x zooming (22.5-675mm) camera with a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and a 3-inch rear LCD. It’s one of the few compact cameras on the market still powered by AA batteries, and its lens is optically stabilized. It will sell for $279.95 and will ship in February in black and red versions.
Two other long zoom cameras feature a more traditional compact point-and-shoot form factor. The S9500, priced at $349.95, sports an 18-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, a 22x (25-550mm) zoom lens, 1080p video support, and a 3-inch OLED rear display. The S6500 sets itself apart from the pack with built-in Wi-Fi. It features a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and a 12x zoom lens. It is priced at $219.95 and will also ship in February. Both the S9500 and S6500 will be available in black, silver, and red, and the S6500 will also be sold in an orange color scheme.
The compact Coolpix S5200 is another point-and-shoot with a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and 3-inch rear LCD. It has a less ambitious 6x Nikkor lens (26-156mm equivalent), and also includes built-in Wi-Fi. It ships in February in plum, red, blue, and black for $179.95.
The budget-minded L28, priced at $119.95, is a compact shooter with a 5x (26-130mm) lens and a 3-inch rear display. It features an Easy Auto Mode for novice photographers, and is powered by AA batteries. It also ships in February in red, black, and silver.
Nikon followed up on its recent foray into the tough camera market, the AW100
Rounding out the camera announcements is the Coolpix S31. This kid-friendly camera is inexpensive at $119.95 and is waterproof to 16.5 feet, shockproof to 3.6 feet, and dustproof. It features a 3x (29-87mm) zoom lens, a 10-megapixel image sensor, and a dedicated video record button. The rear display is 2.7 inches in size, and the S31′s user interface is built around ease of use. It will be available in white, blue, pink, brown, and yellow versions, and like the other Coolpix cameras it ships in February.
Nikon also announced a few new Nikkor lenses for its SLR camera line. The AF-S Nikor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED is an ultra-wide 1.9x zoom lens that offers coverage for full-frame FX sensors. It will ship in March for $749.95.
The second lens is anything but wide-angle—the AF-S Nikkor 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR is an extreme telephoto design with an extremely fast aperture for its focal length. It is bundled with a matched AF-S Teleconverter TC800-1.25E ED, designed specifically for use with this lens. It extends the focal length to 1,000mm, but reduces the maximum aperture to f/8—you’ll need to pair the combination with one of Nikon’s latest-generation SLRs that supports autofocus for lenses with such a small aperture. This type of telephoto reach doesn’t come cheap, the 800mm lens will sell for $17,899.95 when it ships this April.
By Jim Fisher, PCMag