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Nikon Coolpix P7000 and two more compact cameras announced *UPDATED*

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Nikon Coolpix P7000

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Update: Nikon Coolpix P7000 promotional video with Bob Krist in Arizona (sample images available here):

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Nikon Coolpix P7000

Nikon Coolpix P7000

Nikon Coolpix P7000

Nikon Coolpix S8100

Nikon Coolpix S80

New COOLPIX Camera Gives Enthusiasts Full Manual Controls and Superior NIKKOR Optics in Addition to Advanced Photo and Video Features in a Package That Evokes SLR Familiarity

MELVILLE, NY (September 8, 2010) – With advanced functions and features similar to those found in Nikon’s line of award winning and critically acclaimed D-SLRs, Nikon Inc. today introduced the COOLPIX P7000, the ultimate compact camera that’s ready to take on most any photo assignment. At home in a pro’s gadget bag or in the hands of a spirited enthusiast, passionate photographers of all levels will benefit from the P7000’s high performance, extensive manual controls, stunning image quality and advanced shooting functions.

The 10.1-megapixel COOLPIX P7000 features a large 1/1.7” CCD sensor coupled with a 7.1x Wide Angle Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED Glass Lens for consistent superior image quality that explodes with vivid color and sharpness frame after frame. Taking Nikon’s commitment to image quality a step further, the P7000 adopts Nikon’s new EXPEED C2™ high performance digital image processing engine to ensure high-quality pictures with stunning color and sharpness.

“The COOLPIX P7000 represents the best of both worlds. It is an exciting compact camera offering from Nikon, as it not only provides expanded creative control found in digital SLR cameras, but also provides photo enthusiasts with the portability and simplicity of COOLPIX digital cameras,” said Bo Kajiwara, director of marketing, Nikon Inc. “The P7000 is the perfect complement to an advanced photographer’s D-SLR, and it inspires the entry-level consumer to explore the boundaries of their photographic capabilities and fulfill their creative vision.”

ISO sensitivity ranges from ISO 100 to 6400 (expandable to ISO 12,800 in low noise Night Mode) to ensure incredibly sharp, crisp images when shooting in low-light or photographing fast-moving subjects. The P7000 also offers a variety of functions that enable superior rendering when shooting at high sensitivities, including a Low Noise Night Mode and a Noise Reduction Filter. The camera also features 5-Way VR Image Stabilization System, which utilizes a variety of tactics including optical lens shift to minimize the effect of camera shake to help banish the blur while shooting handheld or in low-light.

Thoughtful engineering has led to the addition of features that will be welcome to current D-SLR users. The Zoom Memory function allows the camera’s 28-200mm (35mm equivalent) lens to be used in a way that simulates use of a prime lens, ideal for shooting at a preferred angle of view. The P7000 also adds controls and buttons for key features like ISO, white balance, bracketing and exposure compensation. The new innovative and independent Quick Menu dial ensures easy access to key functions with the comfort of analog operation. Advanced users will also enjoy the benefits of shooting RAW/NRW* files for creative freedom, and macro abilities as close as 0.8 inches.

While the image quality of the P7000 is nothing short of stellar, the video capabilities are far beyond that of a typical compact. The P7000 records HD video at 720p at 24 frames-per-second (fps) with optical zoom and autofocus control. A COOLPIX first, users can now record audio with an external stereo microphone via the microphone input. An accessory microphone or Nikon Speedlight can be mounted on the P7000’s hot shoe.

Additional features of the Nikon COOLPIX P7000 digital camera include:

  • 7.1x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens (28-200mm f/2.8-5.6) allows for detailed close-ups and dramatic landscapes.
  • 3.0-inch 921,000-dot Clear Color Display with wide viewing angle makes it easy to compose, view and share still images and movies that come alive with rich detail and improved contrast.
  • Large optical viewfinder with diopter adjustment dial
  • Tone Level Information helps photographers achieve their desired exposure with a histogram display, allowing them to determine the exposure while checking the balance between highlights and shadows.
  • Electronic Virtual Horizon Indicator gives the user visual confirmation that the camera has a level horizon.
  • In-camera editing functions include exposure compensation, COOLPIX Picture Control, noise reduction filter, Quick Retouch, D-Lighting and Active D-Lighting.
  • 5-Way Vibration Reduction (VR) Image Stabilization System
    • Optical VR Image Stabilization by lens shift minimizes the effects of camera shake.
    • Hybrid VR Image Stabilization by lens shift and electronic VR.
    • Motion Detection automatically detects moving subjects and adjusts shutter speed and the ISO setting to compensate for camera shake and subject movement.
    • High ISO up to 6400 at full resolution for optimal results when shooting in low-light or photographing fast-moving subjects.
    • Best Shot Selector (BSS) automatically takes up to 10 shots while the user presses the shutter and saves the sharpest image.
  • Full Manual Controls-PSAM (Program, Shutter, Aperture, Manual) control gives creative control over images.
  • NRW (RAW) file function compatible with Mac® and Windows® Operating Systems.
  • Bracketing functions for Automatic Exposure (Sv and Tv) and White Balance allows the user to take consecutive shots with slightly different settings and select the one that best matches their intention.
  • HD (720p) Movie with Stereo, Mic Input Jack and HDMI Output records at 24 fps with optical zoom, autofocus and stereo sound.
  • Subject Tracking automatically activates autofocus while tracking moving subjects, like active children or unpredictable animals.
  • Scene Auto Selector automatically recognizes the shooting situation and adjusts the camera’s settings accordingly for great pictures anywhere.
  • Smart Portrait System integrates the following features to make it a snap to capture stunning portraits:
    • In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™ automatically fixes most instances of red-eye.
    • Enhanced Face-Priority AF can detect up to 12 faces from a variety of angles.
    • Skin Softening ensures smooth skin tone on the face of subjects by leveraging built-in face-detection technology.
    • Smile Timer automatically detects when a subject smiles and releases the shutter.
    • Blink Warning alerts the photographer if a subject has blinked.

The Nikon COOLPIX P7000 will be available in late September 2010 for $499.95 MSRP**.

*ViewNX 2(supplied) and Capture NX 2(available separately) are required to open NRW files on a computer. The application or updates can be downloaded from Nikon’s website.
**MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.
Microsoft®, Windows® and Windows Vista™ are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. *Macintosh®, Mac OS® are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

The S8100’s Compact Design Includes 12.1 MP CMOS Sensor to Capture Amazing Photos Up To 10 FPS

MELVILLE, NY (September 8, 2010) – Nikon Inc. today announced the COOLPIX S8100, which offers a 12.1-megapixel backside illumination CMOS sensor to provide consumers with enhanced performance and outstanding image quality for high-speed shooting and low-light conditions. Fast, responsive and versatile, the Nikon COOLPIX S8100 with an incredible 10X zoom will capture fast-moving subjects in still images and HD (1080p) movies.

To help capture moments that are gone in an instant, the COOLPIX S8100 not only features high-speed shooting at five full resolution frames at up to 10 frames-per-second (fps), but a pre-shooting cache that records up to two shots before the shutter-release is fully pressed. For extremely fast action shots, the S8100’s Sports Continuous mode records up to approximately 120 fps. With Subject Tracking, the S8100 automatically tracks a designated subject by activating autofocus (AF), enabling the user to capture the best moment confidently. The S8100 also adopts Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED C2™ image processing engine, which is customized to each COOLPIX model to further drive enhanced performance, outstanding image quality and HD video.

Staying true to the legacy of the Style Series, the S8100 empowers users with serious performance and image quality, while remaining stylish and compact. Equipped with a 10x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens (30-300mm, 35mm equivalent), the COOLPIX S8100 allows the user to get close to the action, even when recording a movie in Full HD (1080p). For that family film producer, the S8100 features one-touch recording, optical zoom and stereo sound recording while filming for an enhanced user experience. Additionally, users can perfect their movies in-camera with a new editing function or snap still images while recording.

“Our portfolio of compact digital cameras is designed to equip photographers of any level with the features and functions they will need for various shooting situations in a portable, compact body,” said Bo Kajiwara, director of marketing, Nikon Inc. “The COOLPIX S8100 blends superior high-speed and low-light performance with a sleek and stylish design for a camera that is not only ready to go when you are, but one you are proud to show off.”

Advanced Technologies for Beautiful Nighttime Shots
The COOLPIX S8100 features a 12.1-megapixel backside illumination CMOS sensor, which enables exceptional image quality even when shooting in low-light settings. This CMOS sensor lends itself to enhanced shooting functions in dark situations, including the advanced Night Portrait mode, which reproduces night scenes and indoor portraits as the user sees them while reducing image blur. The Night Portrait mode combines consecutive shots of the background while the subject is taken using the flash, allowing challenging night scenes to be easily captured during handheld shooting and eliminating any subject movement. To further help deliver crisp, sharp photos, the S8100 features a 4-Way Vibration Reduction (VR) Image Stabilization System with ISO settings up to 3200.

Other functions benefiting from the lower noise and exceptional image quality of the new CMOS image sensor include an advanced Backlight shooting function with an in-camera high dynamic range (HDR) function, which merges images of the same scene to achieve a single image with a broad range of tonal detail for a frame-worthy shot. Additionally, the S8100’s advanced Night Landscape mode combines a series of five consecutive shots taken at a fast shutter speed into a single image with reduced noise for when taking handheld shots. From romantic candlelit dinners to capturing the bright lights of New York City at night, the COOLPIX S8100 ensures that no low-light moment will be left in the dark.

Creative Versatility
The COOLPIX S8100 helps unleash the user’s photographic potential with enhanced shooting and editing functions, including a new Mode Dial conveniently placed next to the shutter-release button for quick and easy access to shooting modes. The COOLPIX S8100 also features the Creative Slider, which simplifies adjusting brightness, saturation and color tone in-camera. Other in-camera editing functions include Quick Retouch and D-Lighting, giving users the ability to adjust their images during playback.

To further help the process of composing and sharing photos and movies, the COOLPIX S8100 boasts a 3.0-inch ultra high resolution (921,000-dot) Clear Color Display with a wide viewing angle and anti-glare coating. Additional must-have features in the S8100 include 17 scene modes, including the Scene Auto Selector, which automatically recognizes the shooting situation and adjusts camera settings accordingly for great photos in any environment. For outstanding portraits, the S8100 features Nikon’s Smart Portrait System, which incorporates a series of automatic functions including In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™, improved Face-Priority AF, Blink Warning, Smile Timer and Skin Softening to flatter even the most camera-shy subject.

Availability and Pricing
The COOLPIX S8100 will be available late September 2010 for $299.95 MSRP* in a choice of attractive colors including black, red and gold.

*MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

MELVILLE, NY (September 8, 2010) – Integrating stylish design with intuitive operation, Nikon Inc. introduces the new COOLPIX S80, equipped with a beautifully bright 3.5-inch ultra high resolution organic LED (OLED) touch screen with an enhanced interface for a more enjoyable user experience.

With a user-friendly interface, the COOLPIX S80 gives the photographer easy touch control over the camera’s key functions for smooth operation, including touch shutter shooting, zoom and playback. To help users better compose their photos, the S80 employs tab-type graphics to maximize screen space without cluttering it with icons. When the camera is rotated for vertical shooting, display tabs and controls also automatically rotate for smoother shooting.

The large 3.5-inch ultra high resolution (819,000-dot) OLED touch screen display delivers clear, rich image reproductions, bright vivid colors and excellent contrast. With a wide viewing angle (approximately 180 degrees), brightness control and an anti-reflection coating, the S80’s touch screen display makes it easy to compose, view and share photos and HD (720p) movies.

“Our consumers not only rely on our compact digital cameras for beautiful photos and brilliant technology, but also as a reflection of their personal style,” said Bo Kajiwara, director of marketing, Nikon Inc. “The COOLPIX S80’s slim, sophistcated design, touch screen technology and excellent features make it fun for consumers to capture high quality images and share their memorable moments.”

Measuring 0.7-inches, the surprisingly thin COOLPIX S80 can be slipped in any pocket or bag for unbeatable portability. Sliding the lens cover turns the camera on and off, while creating a sleek, modern look. Available in six colors as bright as the OLED touch screen display, the S80 is not only a compact digital camera, but it’s also a fashion statement.

With the COOLPIX S80’s intuitive touch screen, creativity is at the user’s fingertips. The S80 lets users add their personal touch to photos with the Paint function, giving them the ability to write or draw on images during playback. The Retouch Menu lets users easily adjust images in-camera with the touch of a finger by choosing from a wide range of functions, including Color Options, Soft Focus, Selective Color, Cross Screen, Miniature Effect and Fish-eye Effect. In playback mode, the user can even add moving stamps for an animated effect. In addition, the S80 features a new rating function that allows users to rate their photos with up to five stars and sort images according to their rating.

The S80 is equipped with a built-in slide show function, allowing the user to playback photos to pre-set music for an enjoyable sharing experience. The COOLPIX S80 also features HD (720p) Movie with optical zoom and stereo sound available during recording. An HDMI output enables easy playback on an HDTV for big-screen viewing of photos from a recent vacation or HD video from the latest family gathering.

Packed into the super slim COOLPIX S80 are must-have features like a 14.1-megapixel CCD sensor and 5x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens (35-175mm, 35mm equivalent) to help the user capture beautiful landscapes and allow them to get close to the action. The S80 helps reduce camera shake with a 5-Way vibration reduction (VR) Image Stabilization System that includes Optical and Hybrid VR, Motion Detection, ISO settings up to 6400 and Best Shot Selector, which automatically takes up to ten shots while the shutter-release button is pressed, and then selects and saves the sharpest image. The S80 employs Nikon’s EXPEED C2™ image processing engine to ensure outstanding image quality.

To further help users take better photos, the COOLPIX S80 includes 17 scene modes and the Easy Auto Mode, which automatically recognizes the shooting situation and adjusts camera settings accordingly for great photos in any environment. For outstanding portraits, the S80 features Nikon’s Smart Portrait System, which incorporates a series of automatic functions including In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™, improved Face-Priority AF, Smile Timer, Blink Warning, Blink Proof and Skin Softening to flatter even the most camera-shy subject.

Availability and Pricing
The COOLPIX S80 will be available in fall 2010 for $329.95 MSRP* in a choice of stylish colors including red, black, blue, pink, gold and silver/brown.

**MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

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  • http://www.nikonreviewcentral.com/ NRC

    So how come no one has said anything about the lightning bolt and pac man button?

    • http://www.aslightdelay.com aslightdelay

      Instead of face recognition, it turns everybody in the picture into little blue ghosts.

    • lolcatmaster FTW

      And the lighting bolt is to make everyone as muscular as Thor!!!

  • Carlos R B

    It seems that the camera is excellent in Jpegs…from the two samples on Nikons site, the jpeg can be easily unsharpened with photoshop…but the landscape(NRW) has noise on the sky, making hard to PP….

  • Vladi

    Its a shame Nikon used copy/paste on the P7000 from Canon’s G11. I like the design, just dont like the fact that they couldnt come up with something themselves, just copied the Canon design.
    This camera would be great with larger sensor, and smaller zoom/brighter lens.
    The only advantage over my G11 seems to be the 900k LCD.

    • lolcatmaster FTW

      They already officially announced their intention to enter the EVIL market however you can´t expect them to do the R&D in a couple of months :/……………………….. it takes a lot of time, As an example when the D90 appeared in the market they were already working in the successor of the D90 it takes years to R&D, design, test and manufacture the initial batch of cameras to be released in the market at a given date…

      I am guess in your fantasy world cameras are designed and manufactured 3 months prior the release right? well in the real world it doesn´t works like that.

  • Jabs
  • Ren Kockwell

    Wow. Nikon has Canon P/S envy bad. Could this thing look any more like the G11? I would assume it has comparable IQ & low-light capability, which means, meh. Every camera entering this competitive segment needs to bring something new to the table, and I’m not seeing Nikon’s unique contribution in this segment. This is not a bad offering, but fairly derivative of other things that are already out there. 200mm is nice to have, but not at the expense of speed and wide angle IMO.

  • DFive

    Cant wait for the P11000 in 2015 !!!

  • Bob

    It’s like the executives at Nikon told their designers–get me something like the G11–and that is what they brought out.

  • Alexvaib

    I’m waiting to see some shots for my final judgement, but the packaging is interesting except that I think Nikon had fail for these things :

    * No CLS (can’t believe that Nikon couldn’t add this feature)
    *28 rather 24mm could have been a better choice for a general photography, specially for a travel and outdoor camera;
    *1080p/30/24fps could have been a better choice, the minimum should have been 720p/24/30fps selectable
    *a smaller body as the LX5 for a more pocketable version
    *now no GPS, why removing this feature, was interesting for geotag his travel’s pictures
    *NRW rather NEF why 2 RAW format and don’t keep the same format for the flow production?

    I supposed that the marketing dept. want some space for future update and selling future release, but delaying them was a mistake IMO, otherwise a great job if the image quality is there.

    • Broxibear

      “*NRW rather NEF why 2 RAW format and don’t keep the same format for the flow production?”
      You’re 100% right about this Alexvaib, why on earth would you decide to introduce another RAW format when your dslrs all use another ?
      The idea behind the P7000 is that it’s for dslr users who might want a lightweight, quality compact to carry around when they don’t want to lug around all their normal gear?…so why make life difficult for them by having NRW instead of NEF ?
      The only reason I can think of is that there’s a P8000 that’ll be more expensive and does use NEF ?

  • Baked bananas

    I dont like it. This camera sucks. Not really. I would dare place my hands on this cause it looks too much like a ………. UUUUUUUGGGGGHHHHHH…..I cant even say it… canon g 11? Bring me an evil camera with f mount, wireless flash, native low iso 100-6400……no make that 12800…then im interested. I could deal with that at 10 megapixels. Keep up the good work admin!

  • lolcatmaster FTW

    OMG! Dis CUMARA SuXORSSSSSSSS No CLS, NO 150,000 FPS, No CouloRs fr Boddy! I M GonNA EAT LEaD uNTIL NIKKKON DOes mY FuNTAZy CAMREAS!!!!!!!!!!! GROOOROROROROORORORRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hahaha I blame fantasy football for those who “hate” the camera, silly deluded people.

  • holodoc

    Does somebody know whether the WC-E76 wide converter from the P6000 will work on P7000? Why is there a new WC-E75A?

  • gregfulofhope

    Nikon is constantly talking about their new CMOS sensor … but on the other hand decide to put the obviously outdated CCD sensor into the P7000 and charge big bucks for what exactly? I like the old fashioned look of the camera, it’s nice to have a 7x zoom, the sensor is a bit bigger, but just a bit. I doubt it makes that much of a difference. Is it even possible to create a blurred background which has a nice, creamy look with this still tiny sensor? Maybe if you keep your subject at a long distance, have the background far away and zoom in tightly … maybe that produces a little bit of a difference compared to the 1/2,3 sensor in compacts. Well, on has to try. In the meantime we are waiting for other camera clones to come along. ;-)

  • gregfulofhope

    It is a very good move to have an audio jack built in, though. An external microphone jack already is one of the killer features, still manufacturers tend to ignore that. What comes along with that is the necessity to control/suppress any kind of background hiss (the Canon Rebel, for expample, produces an awful lot of it when an external mic is used). Waiting for tests and reviews …

  • Jabs

    Canon’s competitor to Nikon – http://flash.popphoto.com/blog/2010/09/new-gear-canon-g12-offers-even-more-control.html

    Just introduced a G12 – now G12 -vs- CoolPix P7000

  • Matstar

    I am a massive Nikon Fanboy.. but that is a mega fugly camera.

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