Nikon Announces SIX New COOLPIX Cameras

Nikon announced six new additions to its COOLPIX digital camera series today, which will debut throughout September. Steve's was lucky enough to get an early, hands-on sneak preview of each and every one. With estimated MSRPs ranging from $229.99 to $499.99, there's almost a new COOLPIX for every type of photography fan. Let's have a quick look at these now (click on the camera model number for more in depth overviews):

The smallest and most affordable is the S6200, one of the smallest cameras on the market featuring a 10x optical zoom (25-250mm). It also features a 16-megapixel CCD, a 2.7" rear display, and 720p HD video recording. For $229.99, the S620 will be available in silver, red, blue, black and pink.


The S100 is a sleek, ultra-modern digital camera with a sliding body that protects the lens from bags and purses. This fashionable camera features a 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, a 5x (28-140mm) optical zoom, 1080p HD video recording, and a huge 3.5" touch screen OLED display. Available in silver, red, black, purple, and gold, the S100 has a MSRP of $299.99.


Another S-Series COOLPIX, the S8200 featuring 16.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and a 14x wide angle optical zoom isn't a replacement model, but rather an in between model for the S8100 (a 10x optical zoom) and the S9100 (an 18x optical zoom). It shoots HD video at 1080p (30 frames per second) or 720p (up to 60 frames per second) as well as Apple's exclusive iFrame codec (960x580). The S8200 will debut with an MSRP of $329.99.


For the adventurous shutterbug, we have the AW100, which is capable of diving 33 feet under water, surviving 5 foot falls, and remaining operational in temperatures down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. On top of those nifty features, you'll get a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 5x wide angle optical zoom, built in GPS capabilities, and Action Control operation function switching (which is fancy-speak for "if you flick this camera through the air, it'll changes modes, ala from Portrait to Landscape") Pick one up next month in blue or black or a very bright orange (probably a good idea for divers). The AW100 has an MSRP of $379.99.


The third generation "pj" camera is something you might not have ever considered before, but the S1200pj is a fun digicam for sure. On top of the 14.1 megapixel CCD and 5x wide angle zoom lens, it features a 20 lumen DLP projector so users can project his or her pictures and videos anywhere they like (as long as it's dark enough). Also included with every S1200pj is an iDevice adapter cable, which allows users to watch video content from an iPod, iPhone, or iPad using the camera's projector. The S1200pj will carry an MSRP of $429.99.

Last, but certainly not least, we have the P7100. With its sturdy construction and hefty build, this is the perfect camera for the person who needs the speed and quality photos of a dSLR, but doesn't want to spend all the extra money. The P7100 is all about speed, with an impressive blink-and-you-miss-it start up time as well as increased Menu functionality. There's also a brand new assignable front sub-command dial to go along with the rear command dial seen on the P7000, as well as 3 customization user modes and assignable function buttons (to access an ND filter, histogram, framing grid, or horizon line). The P7100 also features a 10.1 megapixel 1/1.7" CCD capable of shooting NRW (RAW) images, as well as a 7.1x optical zoom lens. The 720p HD video recording also features a brand new dynamic noise reduction algorithm and AE (Auto Exposure) lock and hold. Available next month, the P7100 as an MSRP of $499.99.