From the simple waterproof Coolpix S30 to ground breaking x42 zoom P510, Nikon covers its grounds.
Nikon Coolpix L26
Replacing the highly popular Coolpix L24, the Coolpix L26 starts at the same original price point of the L24 (which had been cut by almost half since) but is improved in almost every aspect.
Most importantly, its lens starts at a wide 26mm, compared to the horribly narrow 37mm of its predecessor, enhancing its zoom range to a practical x5.
Next in line, the L26 gains sensor-shift image stabilization, to improve image sharpness when there’s less light around and 720p video, although still with just mono sound and with no optical zoom when recording.
In terms of convenience, the new-ergonomic-standard direct video button was added, too.
The L26 is Nikon’s simplest camera, starting off at $119.
Nikon Coolpix S30
A new creature from Nikon is the Coolpix S30 – the new family simple shooter – with large, easy to use buttons on its back and three on top of the camera – one to turn the camera on, one to take photos, and one to take videos. Simple for anyone to use, at any age.
What makes the S30 even more appealing for casual family use is the fact that it’s shock proof for drops of up to 2.6′ and water proof for dives of up to 10′, which means anyone can handle it without having to care much about it falling and breaking or getting wet.
The Coolpix S30 has a basic lens starting at 29mm and with a rather short zoom of just x3.
In spite of its entry-level positioning, it does have 720p video and sensor-shift image stabilization, much like the L26 above. Both cameras also share the same price – $119.
Nikon Coolpix S3300
Continuing the general improvements of previous models, the new Coolpix S3300 enhances the S3200 x5 to a larger x6 zoom and adds optical image stabilization.
It, too gets a new direct video button, making it easier to take alternating still images and videos, and all in a 128 gram, 19.5mm slim ultra compact body, selling for $139.
Nikon Coolpix S4300
Next in line is Nikon’s touch-controlled ultra compact, 139 gram and 20.8mm slim Coolpix S4300. Its improvements over the S4200 are much like those of the S3300 – gaining optical image stabilization and enhancing its zoom range from x5 to x6.
Nikon Coolpix S6300
The new Coolpix S6300 replaces the S6200, retaining its 160 gram weight and ultra compact body size, as well as its extra wide 25mm lens and large x10 zoom range.
The most significant difference between the two cameras is the S6300’s new CMOS sensor, enabling faster action, full HD 1080p video and better low-light performance.
The Coolpix S6300 will cost $199.
Nikon Coolpix S9300
Nikon’s new compact flagship is the Coolpix S9300, with mostly internal changes over the previous model, the Coolpix S9100 and one major addition, in the shape of a built-in GPS.
The S9300 retains the huge x18 zoom range and extra wide 25mm lens of its predecessor, starting off at $349, which is about twice what the S9100 is currently running for.
Nikon Coolpix L810
Replacing the good and simple Coolpix L120, the new Coolpix L810 has a much wider 22.5mm lens and a larger x26 zoom range. It gains a new direct video button and Nikon’s somewhat inferior panorama mode.
It’s price is set at $279 which could have been considered as not much to pay for a x26 zoom camera, if only Fuji hadn’t announced the x30 zoom Finepix S4500 for $259.
Nikon Coolpix P310
The serious photographer compact camera by Nikon comes in the shape of the Coolpix P310, replacing the excellent P300.
At this point, there’s little to say about it other than it changes almost nothing from the P300 – same 24-100mm lens starting at a fabulous f/1.8 aperture setting at the wide end, same 1080p video with optical zoom and stereo sound, same manual controls, same direct video button, same sweep panorama mode, but – a-ha! It has a 2cm minimal focusing distance, which is smaller than then P300’s 3cm – better for macro photography.
The Coolpix P310’s price is $329.
Nikon Coolpix P510
Setting new standards in the realm of super-zooms, the new P510 forsakes the P500’s widest ever 22.5mm in favor of a still very wide 24mm lens, but listen to this – its zoom range is an unheard of x42. That’s a focal length range of 24-1000mm which has never yet been available on any lens of any camera.
The Coolpix P510 also gets a built-in GPS (although I doubt it takes into account the distance of what you are photographing with the P510’s 1000mm lens!), sweep panorama for extra fun and a direct video button for extra convenience and practicality.
The Coolpix P510 will cost $429.
All cameras are available for pre-order at Amazon:
Nikon Coolpix L26 – $119
Nikon Coolpix S30 – $119
Nikon Coolpix S3300 – $139
Nikon Coolpix S4300 – $169
Nikon Coolpix S6300 – $199
Nikon Coolpix S9300 – $349
Nikon Coolpix L810 – $279
Nikon Coolpix P310 – $329
Nikon Coolpix P510 – $429