The phrase "Nikon prepares for PowerShot G11 battle" comes from the latest issue of AmateurPhotographer that is out today. In the last few hours I was trying to find somebody that could tell me more about this article. Sorry about the delay.
Nikon's UK Senior Product Manager Kevin Egan told AP that Nikon planned to release a Canon G11 competitor with the last batch of Coolpix cameras, but the camera was not ready. The model in question will contain DLSR technology in a "high-end Coolpix compact camera" body. No release date was mentioned.
This news, together with the upcoming "Press Morning" and the current countdown in France makes me think that we may see a Nikon Coolpix P7000 on Monday, March 8th. Also the magical number 8 from the countdown: there were suppose to be a total of 8 Coolpix cameras. Only 7 models were released last month. One is still missing.
And just two more references related to this topic: in this interview Johan Kling (head of Nikon Sweden) said that Canon’s advantages (1080p video in DSLR and G11) will end soon. The Nikon Coolpix P6000 has been discontinued since August 2009. The Canon PowerShot G11 currently sells for less than $500.
For the record: I have not received a single tip about a potential Nikon Coolpix P7000 camera release.