Nikon updates its compact camera range


  • Technology
  • Monday, 04 Oct 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: Apart from its DSLR range, Nikon has also updated its compact camera lineup with a number of new models, most notable of which are the Coolpix S1100pj, S80 and P7000.

Like its predecessor, the S1100pj is a compact camera with an unusual feature — it comes with a built-in projector that can be used to project and share photos and videos.

The S1100pj improves on the older model by increasing the projection brightness by 40% and adds a 3in TFT touch panel LCD monitor on the back.

The camera can also connect to Windows or MacOS computers and it can act as a projector to show images and text from the computer’s display.

On the camera side, the S1100pj comes with a 14.1-megapixel image sensor, a zoom lens equivalent to a 28-140mm and ISO settings from 80-6400. It even comes with a built-in stand for propping the camera up when used as a projector.

The Coolpix S1100pj has a recommended retail price of RM1,148.

Coolpix S80

Positioned as a stylish, pocketable compact camera, the S80 nevertheless has a number of interesting innovations up its sleeves.

This 14.1-megapixel camera has a 5x optical zoom equivalent to a 35-175mm lens and ISO settings from 80-6400.

The stand-out feature on the camera, however, is its large 3.5in OLED screen, which allows the user to see the screen clearly even when viewed from extreme angles.

This screen also features capacitive touchscreen technology and has a menu system driven by a touch of the finger.

There’s also 720p HD video recording with stereo sound. There were no confirmed pricing details for the Coolpix S80.

Coolpix P7000

Top of the line is the Coolpix P7000, which is aimed at the advanced amateur.

Equipped with a 7.1x zoom lens equivalent to a 28-200mm lens, the 10.1-megapixel P7000 has a number of features specifically tailored for advanced users.

For one thing, the camera has most of its important controls easily accessible via dials and custom buttons — exposure compensation, for example, has its own dedicated dial.

The camera also allows the user to shoot in RAW format in addition to JPEG, which means that all the picture information captured by the camera is retained in a lossless format.

Other interesting “pro-level” features include auto-bracketing, macro photography from as close as 2cm from the lens, and even a virtual horizon display (taken directly from Nikon’s high-end DSLRs) for helping the user keep the camera level when shooting landscapes.

ISO settings range from 100 to 3200, with an ISO boost setting of up to 6400.

The Coolpix P7000 has a recommended retail price of RM1,598.

++++ www.nikon.com.my

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