Digital Cameras Guide
Nikon Announces New Coolpix Cameras
Nikon has announced five new Coolpix digital compact cameras bound for Singapore, including three superzooms, one rugged and one entry-level model. The P520 comes with a 42x optical zoom and built-in GPS, the L820 with 30x optical zoom, the S9400 with 18x optical zoom, the rugged AW110 with built-in Wi-Fi as well as GPS and the entry-level L27 which runs on AA alkaline batteries.
The Coolpix P520 is the latest high-performance bridge camera from Nikon that comes with the longest focal length in Coolpix's history, a 42x optical zoom lens that has a 35mm equivalent of 24mm to 1000mm. An Active mode has been added to the lens-shift vibration reduction (VR) mechanism to help reduce blur caused by camera shake while hand-holding the camera in a moving vehicle.
The P520 comes with a large 3.2" vari-angle TFT LCD monitor and a backside illumination 18MP CMOS sensor. The camera can record Full-HD 1080/60i/50i movies and has a built-in GPS with point of interest (POI) display. The P520 does not come with built-in Wi-Fi, but is compatible with Nikon's Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1a (sold separately) and the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility app for Android and iOS.
The Coolpix L820 comes with a 30x optical zoom with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 22.5mm to 675mm. It's built with a 16MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor, lens-shift VR and a 3" VGA LCD monitor. The camera can also record Full-HD video at 1920 x 1080. The L820 runs on four AA akaline batteries.
The Coolpix S9400 offers a long 18x optical zoom in a small body, with a minimum focusing distance of 1cm and a 35mm equivalent focal length of 25mm to 450mm. The camera comes with a 1/2.3" backside illumination 18MP CMOS sensor with lens-shift VR. It has a large 3" 614k-dot OLED monitor and can record Full-HD 1080/30p video with stereo sound.
The rugged Nikon AW110/AW110s is the successor to the AW100, Nikon's first tough, waterproof and coldproof camera. The camera has a 5x optical zoom lens, a 16MP backside illumination CMOS sensor, built-in Wi-FI as well as built-in GPS and digital altimeter, depth gauge and atmospheric pressure display.
The AW110/AW110s is waterproof to a depth of 18m, shock-proof to falls from up to 2m, and cold-proof to -10 degrees Celsius. It comes with a large 3" OLED monitor with an anti-reflection coating and can record Full-HD 1920 x 1080 movies with stereo sound.
The L27 is an entry-level Coolpix, with a 16MP CCD sensor, a 5x optical zoom lens and a 2.7" TFT LCD screen. The camera can record movies in HD and runs on AA alkaline batteries.
Pricing & Availability
The new Coolpix compacts are expected to reach Singapore by end March, with pricing yet to be announced.