Nikon launches new Coolpix P300 w/24-100mm, 1/2.3" backlit (no RAW, no VF)
The leaked Coolpixies are now official! We start with perhaps the most interesting of the lot, the new Coolpix P300! The camera comes with a 12mp 1/2.3" backlit CMOS sensor, 24-100mm eq f1.9-4.8 lens with optical stabilization, manual exposure, 1080p video, 3" LCD, and such. There is no RAW and no EVF/OVF (and no hot-shoe) however.
The camera will be released in March with an opening price of $330. UPDATE: The P300 is now available for pre-order at Amazon for $330.
Nikon P300 previews and hands on
+ two-page preview at d-preview
+ short video preview at What Digital Camera?
+ hands-on with body at Pocket Lint
+ short video preview by Nikon Switzerland on YouTube (audio in German)
+ official Nikon podcast previewing the new Coolpixies
Some may point out that Nikon held back on the specs, perhaps for fear of eating up sales of the Coolpix P7000. Just because it has a 1/2.3" sensor it doesn't mean that it can't have RAW. A number of 1/2.3" cameras from other manufacturers, including P300's direct competitor, the Samsung TL350 (among others) are offering RAW. Perhaps the P300 announcement is a better advertisement for the TL350 than anything Samsung marketing could come up with ;-)