August 8, 2008 Nikon's latest raft of COOLPIX compact digital cameras share a number of new features designed to give snap-happy consumers better results including smile detection, blink warning and "Scene Auto Selector Mode" which automatically selects the right scene mode according to shooting conditions. The flagship COOLPIX P6000 also offers image stabilization and GPS for geotagging of your best shots, the COOLPIX S60 gets a touch-screen interface, the COOLPIX S610c includes Wi-Fi transfer capabilities and the S710 boasts an impressive 14.5 megapixel resolution.
COOLPIX P6000 The new13.5 megapixel flagship model - the COOLPIX P6000 - features a built-in GPS unit for geotagging the location of your best shots, a 4x wide-angle Zoom-NIKKOR lens with Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements, Optical VR Image Stabilization technology, Nikon's exclusive EXPEED™ image processing and new NRW*(RAW) Support. The NRW format will offer enhanced editing abilities when opened in ViewNX (not due out until early October 2008).
Also notable is Nikon's Picture Control System which allows users to adjust their images to pre-set color palette parameters such as Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome and apply tweaks to image sharpening, tone compensation, brightness, overall tone and saturation.
There's also an Ethernet port built into the camera, the versatility of Programmed Auto [P], Shutter-priority Auto [S], Aperture-priority Auto [A] and Manual [M] modes and other D-SLR elements like a pop-up flash, optical viewfinder and an optional convertor, Speedlights, and wireless remote control. A new 0.76x Wide-angle Convertor WC-E76 offers users the option to utilize focal lengths as wide as 21mm (35mm format equivalent) and the built-in accessory shoe that supports Nikon's i-TTL flash control, which enables wireless control over one group of remote Speedlights including the newly announced SB-900 Speedlight.
The Nikon COOLPIX P6000 will be available from September 2008 for USD$499.95
COOLPIX S60 The killer feature of the new S60 model is the innovative, 3.5-inch TOUCH-SCREEN interface for controlling both playback and shooting functionality. This includes the ability to lock the autofocus and exposure on a subject by touching the corresponding location on the screen and a "Portrait One-Touch Zoom" function, which automatically zooms in and captures a subject with the right amount of framing and focus.
Playback is enhanced by fingertip scrolling through images and zooming by touching the screen. A stylus can be used to access the Draw Function - which allows the user to write notes or add drawings on their images - and the Paint Function - which allows fun frames and stamps to be added to images. Images can also be played back on an HDTV.
Also set for a September release, the COOLPIX S60 will be priced at USD$349.95.
COOLPIX S610c Wi-Fi transfer is the big drawcard for the S610c. Nikon’s photo storage and sharing service called my Picturetown allows users to store up to two gigabytes of pictures and movies off the camera, e-mail pictures, publish them to Flickr®, or link their photos to blogs and social networking sites. Each S610c ships with a subscription to Wi-Fi provider Wayport™ (until August 31, 2011).
Other features include 10 megapixels, a 3.6x Zoom-NIKKOR wide-angle glass lens, 3.0-inch LCD screen Optical Vibration Reduction (VR) Image Stabilization system and ISO up to 3200 and a very quick 0.7 second start-up time.
Like the S610c (but without the Wi-Fi) the s610 boasts a 10 megapixel resolution and Optical VR Image Stabilization technology and a start-up time of just 0.7 seconds. It has a 4x Zoom-NIKKOR wide-angle lens and automated modes like Active Child Mode, the which automatically tracks the movement of subjects, such as children and pets, and promises to ensure optimum focus. There's also a Food Mode designed to enhance pictures of cuisine (we are not sure how often we'd need this one), ISO capabilities up to 3200 and Motion Detection.
It's 3.0-inch LCD monitor has a 170 degrees viewing angle and anti-reflection coating the camera will be featured in new colors - Midnight Black, Deep Red and Smoke Gray - upon its September release.
The Nikon COOLPIX S610 is priced at $279.95.
Key features of the COOLPIX S560 include 10 effective megapixels, a 5x Zoom-NIKKOR lens, Optical Vibration Reduction (VR) Image Stabilization technology, 15 user-friendly scene modes and Scene Auto Selector Mode, Smile Mode, and Smile Indicator function shared by all the new models.
The Scene Auto Selector mode automatically selects between six common scene modes: Close-up, Portrait, Landscape, Backlight, Night Portrait, and Night Landscape. Smile Mode automatically releases the shutter when the selected subject smiles and Smile Indicator takes this a step further by judging the strength of a subject's smile before shooting. Blink Warning lets you know if a subject has blinked, provides a magnified visual confirmation, and allows the shot to be retaken immediately.
The Nikon COOLPIX S560 hits the shelves in September 2008 at a MSRP of USD$249.95.
Packing a whopping 14.5 megapixels and 3.6x Zoom-NIKKOR wide-angle glass lens, the COOLPIX S710 also incorporates a number of D-SLR like functions such as Program, Aperture, Manual and Shutter priority modes.
Photo quality is boosted by full-time Optical VR Image Stabilization technology, a new Motion Detection feature (which automatically adjusts the camera to a higher ISO sensitivity setting and shutter speed when a subject is on the move), a Best Shot Selector (which snaps multiple frames and automatically selects the best one) and a high ISO range up to 12,800 (though this is restricted to images of 3M (2048 x 1536) or smaller).
Composition and playback is via at 3.0-inch LCD monitor with an anti-reflective coating and viewing angle of 170 degrees.
Available in three new colors - Graphite Black, Deep Red, and Brilliant Silver - the COOLPIX S710 will be available beginning September 2008 at a MSRP of USD$379.95.