Nikon releases two new Coolpix digicams, along with a new Nikon 1 / Coolpix accessory

Hot off the press, Nikon USA has just introduced two new Coolpix digital cameras; the Coolpix P7800 and the Coolpix S02.

Nikon_KTH_P_S02_DF2_01-thumb-470x220-21095.jpgThe new Coolpix S02 is a fun and innovative "mini camera", which is aimed at those who appreciate small size and stylish colors. Boasting a petite frame that comes in four colors (silver, pink, blue, white), the S02 sports a 13.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor, 2.7-inch touchscreen LCD, 1080p HD video, a 3x zoom lens (30-90mm), and 7.3GB of internal memory.  For more details, see our Nikon Coolpix S02 Preview.

Nikon_P7800_front34r_on_w.jpgNext is the powerful new P-series model, the Coolpix P7800. This unit carries over many of the same features found on the P7700 we reviewed earlier this year, namely the same 12.2-megapixel 1/1.7" CMOS image sensor and 7.1x zoom lens with lens-shift VR. However, Nikon has added a new EVF, updated the 3.0-inch Vari-angle display using RGBW (Red, Green, Blue, White) technology, bumped the continuous capture rate up to 8fps at full resolution and added an accessory port for optional Nikon accessories like their Wi-Fi unit and much more. For more info on the this compact powerhouse, see our Nikon Coolpix P7800 Preview.

Nikon_LD-1000_P7800-thumb-550x403-21092.jpgSpeaking of accessories, alongside these new Coolpix announcements, Nikon has released information about an all new Coolpix / Nikon 1 accessory: the LD1000 LED movie light. Designed for use with Nikon 1 and Coolpix performance series cameras, the LD-1000 offers a maximum brightness of 130LX (lux) at full power, or 65LX at half power. They've included a handy switch that allows you to choose the power level (half or full), and you can also control the beam pattern up, down, left, or right. The unit runs off of three AAA batteries, and has a run time of approx. 45/90 minutes (full/half power) with Alkaline cells or up to 70/140 minutes with NiMH cells. The unit comes in Black or White, so it's easy to match the LD-1000 up with your Nikon 1 camera.  Pricing is to be announced at a later date. Above you can see a photo of the P7800 with the LD-1000 attached.