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Appeared on: Friday, February 7, 2014
Nikon Updates Coolpix line with Seven New Shooters

Nikon announced the latest additions to its lineup of Coolpix cameras - the 60x zoom P600; the 42x zoom P530; the P340; the slim 30x zoom S9700; the 22x zoom S9600; the S32 and the waterproof Coolpix AW120.

The P600 and P530 are compact models equipped with high zoom-ratio lenses that support capture of a wide variety of scenes with a single camera.

Despite being equipped with a 60x (up to 120x with Dynamic Fine Zoom) optical zoom NIKKOR lens offering coverage of a broad range of angles of view, from the wide-angle 24mm to super-telephoto 1440mm (equivalent focal lengths in 35mm [135] format), the P600 is very compact. The NIKKOR lens built into the P600 is also the first COOLPIX lens for which a super ED lens element has been adopted. The P600 is equipped with a 16.1-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and a 3-inch, 921k-dot tilt-and-swivel RGBW LCD. It supports 1080/30p and 60i video capture and comes along with full manual control, with a dedicated mode dial.

The P530 is equipped with a 42x (up to 84x with Dynamic Fine Zoom) optical zoom NIKKOR lens that covers from wide-angle 24mm to super-telephoto 1000mm (equivalent focal lengths in 35mm [135] format), and a high-resolution, 3-inch, approximately 921k-dot TFT LCD monitor with wide viewing angle. It also comes with a new 16.1-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 1080/30p and 60i video capture, built-in EVF, full manual control, including a dedicated mode dial.

Both the P530 and the P600 should be available later this month, with the P600 shipping in black and red for $500 and the P530 available in black for $450.

The P340 features a simple design, and its combination of a fast lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.8 and 1/1.7-inch backside illumination CMOS sensor achieves superior rendering characteristics. It is equipped with a 5x (up to 10x with Dynamic Fine Zoom) optical zoom NIKKOR lens that covers the wide-angle 24mm to telephoto 120mm range of angles of view (equivalent focal lengths in 35mm [135] format) that also enables macro photography as close as 2 cm to the lens. The P340 includes the same 1/1.7-inch 12-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor as its predecessor. It carries a 3-inch VGA RGBW LCD and 1080/30p and 60i video capture. Like the P330, it also offers full manual controls, with a dedicated mode dial, a function button below the lens and a secondary toggle on the top.

As in the case of the P600, the P340 offers built-in Wi-Fi that can be used to easily transfer photos to a smart device.

The black-only P340 will ship in March for $380.

Nikon's new COOLPIX S9700 is equipped with a 30x optical zoom NIKKOR lens (supports 60x zoom when Dynamic Fine Zoom is enabled) despite its slim body with a depth of approximately 34.5 mm. It offers four exposure modes—[P] programmed auto, [A] aperture-priority auto, [S] shutter-priority auto, [M] manual. The camera is also equipped with functions that can be used after shooting, such as Wi-Fi, with location data acquired from GPS or GLONASS, a built-in world map, and collaboration with smart devices. The S9700 has a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, a 3-inch VGA OLED display and 1080/30p and 60i video. It also includes a hybrid VR image stabilization mode that helps keep things steady during video capture. Expect to find a black or red S9700 in stores for $350 later this month.

The S9600 is a compact model that offers simple operation and is equipped with a 22x optical zoom NIKKOR lens for high-power zoom capability (supports 44x zoom when Dynamic Fine Zoom is enabled). Pre-focus autofocus mode, Target Finding AF, and Scene Auto Selector mode allow users to capture images as intended; Glamour Retouch options apply make-up effects to photos; and movies utilizing five-axis vibration reduction that compensates for horizontal and vertical camera shake, as well as camera shake to the left and right, up and down, and along the rotational axis can be recorded.

The S32 is a model that can be enjoyed by the entire family offering water- and shockproofing, and simple operation. The
successor to the COOLPIX S31 compact digital camera, the S32 camera's water- and shockproofing has been increased to withstand use in water up to approximately 10 m deep and falls from a height of approximately 1.5 m. It is equipped with an Image Lock function that prevents accidental deletion of images, and messages related to waterproofing have been added and are displayed when applicable settings are applied or operations are performed.

The $130 S32 has an f/3.3-5.9, 30-90mm (3x) optical zoom lens, a 13.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and a 2.7-inch QVGA LCD. The S32 is also capable of capturing 1080/30p video, and it comes along with a variety of scene modes and effects. The Coolpix S32 will also be available next month, with white and blue finishes.

The waterproof, shock-proof and cold-resistant COOLPIX AW120 model is equipped with a 5x zoom lens beginning at the wide-angle 24mm focal length and offering a maximum aperture of f/2.8. It is also equipped with five-axis vibration reduction and offers worry-free use in hard-core outdoor situations with waterproofing to depths of approximately 18 meters, shockproofing that withstands falls from up to approximately two meters, and cold-proofing that withstands temperatures as low as approximately -10°C. It is also equipped with a variety of functions that support an active outdoor life, including a built-in world map, functions for acquiring location data from GPS and GLONASS satellites, and functions that display altitude, water depth, atmospheric pressure, and water pressure in the camera monitor.

The AW120 has a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 6.9 fps continuous shooting mode and 1080/30p and 60i video capture. You also get a 3-inch OLED display, built in GPS and WiFi. The $350 model will be available in four colors: camouflage pattern, orange, black, and blue.

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