Nikon broke its awkward CES silence with eight new Coolpix announcements Tuesday, ranging from feature-heavy pocket cameras to sub-£100 bargains to an advanced model with 24x optical zoom. All the new additions to the Coolpix line will hit stores in March and April of this year.
Nikon Coolpix P90
The £330 plus VAT Coolpix P90, the megazoom model, offers a 24-624mm, 24x optical zoom Nikkor lens and will hit stores in April. Nikon says that the Coolpix D90 features the same Nikkor ED glass found in the company's digital SLR cameras.
To keep its megazoom shots blur-free, the P90 provides four-way image stabilization: optical CCD shift, detection and exposure optimization for moving subjects, high ISO capabilities, and a best-shot selector that takes up to 10 images in rapid-fire succession and keeps the sharpest image of the bunch. The P90 also offers full manual controls for shutter and exposure, an in-camera Quick Retouch editing feature, and a high-speed (15 frames per second) shooting mode with preshutter recording capabilities similar to those of the Casio Exilim EX-F1. Manual ISO settings reach up to 6400, and the P90's 3-inch LCD tilts forward and back.
Nikon Coolpix L100
Also flexing some megazoom chops is the Coolpix L100, a 10-megapixel model with a 15X zoom lens that ranges from 28mm on the wide-angle end to 420mm on the telephoto end, with a minimum focus length of 1cm in macro mode. Four-way image stabilization, a 3-inch LCD, and a 13-fps high-speed burst mode (with no preshutter buffer) are the other big draws of this £210 plus VAT model, available in April. The L100 also comes with an Easy Auto mode, a Smart Portrait mode, and automatic scene selection.