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February 02, 2009

Eight new Nikon Coolpix models announced (surprise: Coolpix L100)

Nikon has announced today eight new digital camera models, finishing second to Olympus in 2009 for most new digital cameras announced in a single day. Seven of the eight models are sequential updates in the Coolpix series, with the more "advanced" model being the Coolpix P90, a 24x superzoom model using the 12mp 1/2.33" sensor du jour. But the surprise is the Coolpix L100.

For more details, be sure to check all the Nikon press releases at the Imaging Insider, starting with the executive summary of the new models.

We'll have more details on Tuesday, for now, here is a quick recap:

Nikon Coolpix P90
+ 24x superzoom lens starting at 25mm with optical VR
+ no RAW but has PASM (manual exposure)
+ 3" "twist and shout" LCD (vari-angle)
+ 12mp 1/2.33" sensor
+ $400 price with an estimated March release
+ press release at Imaging Insider
+ more details

Nikon Coolpix L100
+ 15x optical zoom lens starting at 28mm wide and with optical VR
+ faux-SLR-inspired style
+ pop-up flash
+ 10-megapixels 1/2.3" sensor
+ no RAW, no manual exposure (as far as we know), only BSS (scene modes)
+ 3" LCD
+ four AA batteries
+ April 2009 for $280
+ press release at Imaging Insider
+ more details

Coolpix S-series
+ S630: 7x optical zoom
+ S620: 4x optical zoom but starts at 28mm wide
+ S230: skinny P&S with touch-screen display
+ S220: skinny P&S

Coolpix L-series
+ L20 and L19: AA-based entry-level models

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