Nikon announced the production of six new Coolpix cameras – the P7100, S8200, S6200, S100, S1200PJ and the AW100.
Nikon Coolpix P7100
The P7100 is an important replacement of the P7000 (compare), which was pretty much a flop, any way you look at it. It was a sincere attempt by Nikon to create a brilliant high-end compact camera, imitating Canon’s excellent PowerShot G12. However, the slow writing speeds and functionality of that camera deemed it useless for whoever was willing to invest in such a camera.
The P7100 is supposed to freshen things up, with a new control wheel, a flip LCD screen and crucially – shorter response time and writing duration. Many other features remain unchanged – an f/2.8-5.6 28mm lens, x7.1 zoom, 720p videos, an optical viewfinder, and support of RAW format. It’s body is 25% heavier than that of the P7000, at 395 grams.
Nikon Coolpix S8200
The S8200 replaces the somewhat underestimated S8100, which had a hard time competing with most compact zooms from its place in the niche of higher spec’ed compact zooms with not-so-wide lens, similar to Canon’s SD4500.
As the 30mm lens of the S8100 was considered a fly in the ointment, the S8200 has a much wider 25mm lens with a x14 zoom range, placing it very close to the Coolpix S9100 (compare). It will be interesting to see how well it handles the competition from within – as the S9100 has a larger, x18 zoom and a lower price tag (but a sensor-shift image stabilization rather than optical) – and competition coming from Canon, in the shape of the new ELPH 510 (compare), which is a close rival, with a slightly narrower lens and shorter zoom.
Nikon Coolpix S6200
Replacing the Coolpix S6100 (compare), the S6200 brings with it a wider 25mm, compared to the S6100’s 28mm, a larger zoom range, stretched from x7 to x10 and a lighter 160 gram body, making it one of the smallest cameras with such a large zoom.
The S6200 loses the touch-screen LCD that the S6100 had, a thing which could be considered an improvement by some, favoring traditional button-based controls.
Nikon Coolpix S100
Even though it’s not as thin as the 16.5 mm of the S80 it replaces (compare), the new Coolpix S100’s 18.1 mm still places it among the thinnest of compact cameras.
It retains the S80’s x5 zoom range, but with much more practical focal lengths of 28-140mm. It gains 1080p Full-HD video resolution with optical zoom and stereo sound.
Nikon Coolpix S1200PJ
The S1200PJ is Nikon’s new compact camera with a built-in projector, replacing the previous S1100PJ. It enables showing images and videos from the camera itself, from your phone or your computer on an external screen or wall.
It has a x5 zoom, 28-140mm lens, 720p video recording with optical zoom and stereo sound and optical image stabilization.
Nikon Coolpix AW100
Nikon’s first rugged compact camera is the new Coolpix AW100. It is as tough as many other shock-, freeze- and water-proof cameras, promising to keep working after 5′ drops, 33′ dives and a minimal temperature of 14°f. Adding a built-in GPS to the mix, as well as a convenient 28-140mm lens, 1080p video recording with optical zoom and stereo sound and optical image stabilization – the AW100 makes a good candidate as a trekking companion.