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More Nikon Coolpix cameras to be announced: AW120, P600, P340, S9600 and S9700

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Nikon Coolpix AW120 P600 P340 S9700 S9600 cameras
The Indonesian Communication Agency has filings for several new Coolpix cameras: AW120, P600, P340, S9600 and S9700. The AW120 will update the current waterproof AW110, the P340 will replace the P330, the S9600 and S9700 will be new entry level cameras (similar to the Coolpix S9500). The P600 seems to be a replacement for the P520 as I already reported before. The official announcement should be during the CP+ show in Japan (February 13-16, 2014).

Via digicame-info

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  • phil

    Pointless… unless those cameras have a 1″ sensor…

  • Aemis

    Why Nikon…?

    • MB

      Why not? They are making cameras for the money not for your amusement.
      It seams they are reducing the number of models and are dropping lower end L and S series, and that seams to be the right thing to do …

      • zoetmb

        No they’re not. They just announced the L30, for example. $120 list and crappy specs: 20.1MP CCD 1/2.3″ sensor, 80-1600 ISO, 26-130mm (equiv) f3.2-6.5 lens, 230K LCD, 1.1fps for 6 frames, only 720p video and the S3600 right above it for $20 more except with a smaller LCD, 25-200mm 3.6-6.6 lens and expanded (non) ISO to 3200.

        They said they were going to cut back on the number of models, but they just announced 5 for the U.S., 3 more internationally plus the 5 mentioned in this article for a total of 13 and they’ve still got 22 older models as “active”. Way too many indistinguishable models with newer models having inferior specs to older models, but with higher prices. A really stupid product line, but I will admit that it has sort of worked for them, since they sold 5.8 million units in the first two quarters of this fiscal and they sold over 17 million last fiscal full year.

        IMO, the entire line should be five models + the Coolpix A or whatever replaces it.

        • MB

          Yep, you are right … it seams Nikon doesn’t get it no matter huge unsold stock of low end Coolpix line.
          IMO they should’ve left P330 only and announce a new line based on 1″ sensor …

  • phosgene

    I sincerely want an AW model. Nikon’s not the only one making AW cameras, but this feature is something that completely sets it apart from my phone and my DSLR.

    • jk

      in your case you may want to take a close look at the AW1 CX system camera.

      • phosgene

        That is indeed a great camera setup. The shock-proofing of the AW coolpix is actually the major selling point for me. I want to toss it into a bucket and take it to the beach.

      • Aldo

        I’m waiting for the price to come down a bit… it is a great cam.

    • Dave Ingraham

      Even though it cost more than I wanted to spend, I purchased the AW1, and have been fairly pleased so far. As of right now, it has the largest sensor of any rugged camera and the only one with the ability to shoot RAW. I’m curious what improvements the AW120 will have over the AW110.

  • Z

    zzzzz …..

  • handjob

    If they will ever make one underwatercamera with a fixed lens and similar to how the Nikonos looks and works then I would buy it…or a zoom 16-50mm f2…just a thought…

  • The Seasoned Avenger

    Sad to see Nikon investing engineering and capital in a rapidly dying segment rather than focusing on growth and market share opportunities. Are they purposely trying to follow the Blackberry model?

    • jk

      well said , plus 1000.

    • Eric Calabros

      what Growth Opportunity you are talking about?

      • http://kyleclements.com/ Kyle Clements

        If Nikon were to make Nikon-branded photo modules for smartphones – like how Leica makes lenses for Panasonic P&S cameras. Have an android with a Nikon lens/sensor/processor, taking better pictures.

        • Eric Calabros

          While most of camera modules cost less than $20 for smartphone OEMs, i dunno how it can generate cash for Nikon, let alone growth. and about performace, well we saw what Sony did in their Z1 and its pure disappointment.

    • Aldo

      Nikon would do A LOT better if they started listening to the avengers….

    • Espen4u

      Well, these cameras still do sells. And probably more so in numbers than our DX/FX’es. So… why not complete the setup with a not that limited edition of a swarofski gold-bling-kitsch P&S camera? (My wife would by one in an instant).

  • Pat Mann

    No Coolpix 400 with new Nikon mirrorless Nm mount with F-mount adapter? With 1000-shot battery, 100-shot RAW buffer, 24mp APS-C sensor, on-sensor phase detect AF, 4k video, D300 ergonomics for handling and controls, rugged, weatherproof, 4k 256Hz EVF, locks on meter mode and C/S/M, plus a full range of Nm lenses including at intro 12-24, 16-55 and 50-135 f/2.8 auto/manual zooms, 24-120 f/4 and 70-300 f.4-5.6 a/m zooms, 12mm f/2.8, 16mm f/1.4, 24mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4, 60mm f/1.4, 75mm f/2 macro, 85mm f/2, 135mm f/2, 200mm f/2.8 lenses for the system? When can we expect this?

    • AM

      Please, do yourself a favor and stop smoking that sh!t.

  • Sebastien Girard

    There are some rumors that Canon will be finally announcing the 7D Mk II. Do you think Nikon could surprise us with a new model too ?

    • neversink

      No!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wait two years for the D5

    • Aldo

      I was at a best buy yesterday buying headphones and I overheard a conversation between a sales rep and a customer buying a camera… sales rep: they are almost the same but this one has a touchscreen. customer : oh cool I’ll take that one.

      • orpickaname

        Consumers will consume.

      • AlphaTed

        But … But … this one has 24 Megapixelatious … and more expensive, must be good.

  • jk

    no need coolpixs but we need D710 or D4X.

    • Aldo

      d700, d3s and d3x had a threesome… d800 and d4 were born. They aren’t perfect children, but together they can rule the world.

  • Espen4u

    So sad, no coolpix B.

  • John

    Imho they should adopt a little “Apple philosophy” in their Point & Shoot line. There are far too many models and none of them is thought out well. Just make a few models but make them as good as you can. Focus on software. Focus on Picture quality, esp. Optics and sensor size.

    Be clear about each model, have a better & consistent Design.

    Imho there should be these models (maximum!):
    - entry point and shoot (cheap, small, easy to use, sharing, still good picture quality & optical zoom)
    - “normal”/mid-line point and shoot
    - “bridge”-camera: like p7800, but 1 inch sensor is a must here
    - high-end: Coolpix A – there has to be a clear “message”, though, what this camera is good for. Current Coolpix A is a fail. Ricoh GR, Fuji x100 did it much better

    - one super-zoom
    - one rugged/under water

    etc. etc. Nikon is just fail. Still can’t believe there is no wifi in the d3300

    I

    • Aldo

      “no wifi in the d3300″ fall in love with cables again…
      D3300: PURE connectivity

      • FredBear

        LOL

    • Rick

      Entry point cameras exist on every cell phone. There is no market here.

  • Foolishcfo

    WTF Nikon! You stopped innovating with the D800. Where is the D400, th camera most asked for? Why do you keep churning out Coolpix crap?

    • saywhatuwill

      That “crap” pays the bills and continues development for that “innovation” you ask for.

      • Foolishcfo

        Word has it they don’t anymore. How many photos have you taken the past year with a Coolpix versus your Smartphone?

        • saywhatuwill

          Actually, I rarely use my smartphone camera and use the p/s that I have in my pocket much more often. I figured if I’m going to take a picture it should be with something with better quality than a phone camera.

          • Foolishcfo

            You’re the exception not the rule these days.

            • saywhatuwill

              sadly you’re right.

    • mikeswitz

      What an existential question. Hmmm…where is the D400? Hmmm. Have you thought about asking a Tibetan monk?

      • Foolishcfo

        What username does he go by in this forum?

    • neversink

      It’s the most asked for camera because you ask for it 100 times a day…..

      • Foolishcfo

        Enjoy your Coolpix…

        • neversink

          Don’t own a Coolpix, but i do own some of the Nikon DSLRs. And I am happy with what Nikon has given me in those camera bodies. In the long run, it is the final image that counts. Get over it. Nikon doesn’t have a D400, so move on, and stop whining and take some photos with what you have. And if you don’t like Nikon, move to Canon or Sony, or Phase One. Who cares????? Just stop whining about that damn D400 already!!!!! ;-)

          • Foolishcfo

            I’m sure you’re enjoying your D3000. The D300 was a huge success with Nikon stumbling with the D300s. There is significant demand for a D300s replacement. If you don’t put it out there it won’t come. Assuming Canon releases a 7D Mark II this year Nikon will have to release a successor. Why settle for Mickey Mouse enthusiast controls when you’re used to pro controls?

            • neversink

              Obviously you are not one of the regulars, but like your posts, you assume too much. I shoot with a D4 and a D800. Sorry to disappoint you. But I have nothing against those who shoot with a D3000, if that is what they enjoy.

            • Foolishcfo

              Not sure what you mean by “regular” but I’ve been an active participant here for the past 2-3 years. My comment wasn’t intended to diss the D3000 although I see how it could be taken that way. Quite frankly every camera Nikon makes takes great photos and they make cameras for just about everyone. My passion is underwater photography and I currently use a D800 and D800E. Problem is they aren’t great at macro even with wet diopters. The D7100 sounds like a great camera but it lacks the pro controls I prefer. This post started because I stated my desire for a D400 or whatever Nikon calls the D300s successor. It’s a hole in their lineup and I do believe it’s coming (it seems like they are playing cat and mouse with Canon on who will release their pro level cropped-sensor follow up first). They led with the D800 and it’s a shame they can’t maintain that leadership position by releasing a D300s successor before Canon releases their 7D successor. This post started because I stated my desire for thus camera, something hundreds of other “regulars” do routinely. Yet there a handful of fools out there who reply with stupid comments saying “get over it”. If you don’t put it out there it won’t come.

            • neversink

              At least you make sense of what you feel is lacking. I rarely do any underwater photography, but have a sister-in-law who makes her living that way, but she is a Canon shooter. Just curious– Why can’t you do macro underwater with the D800 bodies?? And why not use the D4, or would you have the same problems. I am a terra firma shooter, but years ago used the Nikonos for some underwater photography. It sits in my storeroom now.
              I do believe you have to utilize the cameras that are available and not wait and wish and hope for something that may never appear. There are lots of people doing underwater photography with Nikon. Have you spoken with them about these problems? What are their reactions?

  • Pablo Ricasso

    Yes but does anyone here really care about those?

    • Aldo

      I do… I’m thinking about a coolpix as a back up camera.

      • JakeB

        Good for you, Also.

        • JakeB

          …sorry…Aldo.

  • palmer

    I’m not a professional photographer (maybe one of the few here) and I
    think some other people like me would be satisfied with a good advanced P&S.

    For me, « Good » means better than smartphones : easy to
    cary everywhere (really pocketable as smartphones do), but good low-light performance and dynamic range (then more than 1/17 sensor), easy control on most of camera settings, reasonably good lens for versatile purpose (almost clear, distorsion free, 24-100 range).

    The only camera to approach these specs for two years is Sony’s RX100 (but only 28mm wide), and it sells well… Why other brands couldn’t compete ?

    I suppose that for most of them (including Nikon), there’s no more
    real R&D in compact cameras because they hope mirorless and DLSR gears to make bigger profits : for each camera sold, more than one lens is supposed to be sold soon or late, and once you spent some amount of money in a brand’s lens system, you’re almost catched…

    • Aldo

      you are not a professional photographer… yet you have some good objective points… more so than some of the “pros” here lol

    • Spy Black

      “The only camera to approach these specs for two years is Sony’s RX100..”
      Don’t let the Nikon 1 lovers hear you…

      • groucher

        Yawn. Thanks for your insightful and articulate comment. Very well argued, a great contribution.

        • Spy Black

          I agree, I always make insightful and articulate great contributions.

      • phil

        I’m an owner of a Nikon 1 camera with 3 lenses (10-30,30-110, 18.5)

        I wish I had bought the RX100 instead.

        • Spy Black

          You can always sell them and move on. The new RX100 II, while overpriced, is quite the well-rounded high quality super compact.

    • Andrew

      Checkout the Nikon Coolpix A, you will be pleasantly surprised. It gives you D-SLR quality images and comes with a Nikon DX format sensor. The Sony RX100 has a 1″ sensor just like the Nikon 1 mirrorless camera, but the Coolpix A has the larger APS-C sized sensor found in the larger D-SLR Nikon D3300 camera. But as a result, the cost of entry for the Coolpix A is correspondingly higher than the Sony RX100.

      • palmer

        Yes, this one or Ricoh’s GR (less expensive) maybe good alternatives to usual P&S for enthusiasts.
        But I see two cons for my purpose : no stabilisation (hence blur in low light) and wide end limited to 28mm (narrow for interior spaces shots).
        Make it with a 24mm, a 20MP APS-C sensor (to crop a lot), a good stab, for GR’s price, and it’ll be mine!

    • rt-photography

      haha pros…

  • DesertCat

    Using the search tool linked in the article, a person can also find that the status of the WU-1a and WU-1b wireless adapters have been updated as of today. I would guess that these two wi-fi adapters have been updated to work with new cameras. All of the coolpix cameras linked have wi-fi built in, so that’s why they show up by name here (they are the broadcasting device). The WU-1a and WU-1b adapters are primarily used with DSLRs and the Nikon 1 line, so I guess we’ll see what’s coming.

  • mikeswitz

    NIKON DISCOVERS CURE FOR CANCER!!!!
    Another nikon fail. I’m switching to Canon.

    • Aldo

      who cares about cancer when I still have spots on my d600 sensor…

      • mikeswitz

        Nikon does, if they are cancerous.

        • Aldo

          well they spread all over the frame when I shoot at f36… I like my dept of field, white walls and blue skies…

          • Sundra Tanakoh

            A portfolio of blue skies and white walls must be awesome! :-D I love connect the dot photos!!! Don’t sully it with pics of cute little kitty cats because those spots will get lost!!

            • Spy Black

            • saywhatuwill

              In the white room with black curtains near the station…

            • Aldo

              I work for bp global… last thing I need is oil in the sky… we already spilled enough in the ocean…

            • Mario Rossini

              “I work for bp global…”

              In another post you stated you are full-time pro photographer…so which one is it then?

            • Aldo

              I have 5 jobs

            • AlphaTed

              Probably Nikon helped in the cleanup, and they reused the oil.

  • Sports

    5 new Coolpixies.
    What a relief.
    I thought that there was a slight chance that something dangerous would occur at CP+. Dangerous as in “something that would force me to spend lots of money”.
    Oh, just for the record, and to be honest, I wouldn’t actually mind if something halfway expensive appeared …..

    • Cyrille Berger

      Yes, you are quiet right, Nikon is limited to announce 6 products at CP+. 5 coolpix + D4s, that is all they can announce…

  • FredBear

    “They think bigger is better and better image quality,”
    True, now if they introduced gold plated bodies they would sell like hotcakes in the GCC.

    • AM

      And lenses made off Swarovski glass.

      • FredBear

        I was approached by a paint manufacturer in this region as to how to formulate a black paint that would adhere to gold.
        Apparently some ‘well to do’ lady had re-decorated her house using (real) gold plugs, light switches, chandeliers etc and now decided that they would look better black and wanted to paint them.
        I kid you not.

        • Neopulse

          Well I think it’s a weird idea doing that. Don’t understand why since the gold parts would look like brass and most people would think that. Or ask her to switch out the gold with brass and paint it black instead. She wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

          • FredBear

            If I remember correctly they may have been custom made fittings.
            Suggested they rub with mercury and make them silver rather :-)

            • Neopulse

              Careful with the mercury poisoning if they don’t have the correct protection on. And not a bad idea. It’s unique that’s for sure.

            • FredBear

              Actually that was said ‘tongue in cheek’ – not to be taken literally. I’m actually qualified in chemistry (and geology) so understand the hazards of mercury. In ‘the old days’ mercury was used to extract gold from the pulverised rock as it forms an amalgam at room temperature. The mercury is later distilled off. Not the most healthy practice…
              But I have an idea you know this anyway ;-)

            • Neopulse

              That I knew, but never seen how they used to do it. I’m a 5th year med student and have seen mercury poisoning (work hazards and suicide attempts) and such. Although thanks to professionals like yourself, it’s what helps expand the knowledge of medicine and treatments around the world.

            • FredBear

              Thanks for your kind words.
              Mercury has a lot of uses. I understand they also used to inject it into penis urethras as a cure for SD’s back in the dark ages too. “Cure or kill” comes to mind.
              Congrats on getting to 5th year in med and all the best for your continued studies!

  • Spy Black

    P340, I wonder what will be different.

    • palmer

      Hopefully…
      But I’m afraid names are significant here : there’s less difference between 330 and 340 than between 310 and 330…

  • ActionJunky

    I did not read anything more than the headlines. Therefore, it was not interesting enough to gather my attention. It is time for Nikon to admit that they want to be the leader in mirrorless technology. Keep developing the AW cameras. These are two areas that will set them apart from the competition.

    We have a Nikon 1 and it is a great camera, but still a little too complicated for most of the public. My girlfriend never uses it. She always uses her phone. She and most others like here will continue to do so. Even I use my phone for spur of the moment shots that cannot be captured with a point and shoot or DSLR.

    Lead, follow, or get out of the way. Time to pick your place in line, Nikon.

  • D700guy

    Yayness.

    • FredBear

      I take it you’re going to be one of those to be the first not to stand in line? :-)

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