Nikon reheats Coolpix range
See no EVIL
Nikon has refreshed its range of Coolpix cameras bringing a swathe of new features to its compact models. A year on from the Nikon P7000 debut – the company’s well-overdue answer to the Canon G-series Powershot – the Coolpix P7100 is here.
Apart from the front dial and articulating 3in LCD panel on the back, the P7100 form factor has barely changed. Touted as faster than its predecessor, it retains the Expeed C2 processor, 10.1Mp 1/1.7in CCD sensor and the 7.1x optical zoom (35mm equivalent to 28-200mm), yet promises swifter start-up, autofocus speeds and improved image quality.
Weatherproof cameras also make a splash, with the Coolpix AW100, the company’s first rugged shooter. Submersible to 10m, shockproof from 1.5m drops and can chill out at -10°C, this camera features a 16Mp CMOS sensor, 5x zoom, 1080p video capture, GPS and electronic compass.
To offload the fiddle factor when wearing gloves, deliberate camera movements can facilitate certain functions to make for easier exposures when out on the piste. Available in a range of colours, it even has a clip on threaded lens hood that enables 40.5mm filters to be used.
Show-offs will be pleased to see the third generation projector camera, the Coolpix S1200pj. Available in different colours, this 20 lumens DLP model can be hooked up to an iOS device as well as linking to a Mac or PC to project images ranging in size from 5 to 60ins. Naturally, images shot with the 14Mp CCD sensor or its 720p video capture, can be beamed to a captive audience of family and friends.
And show-offs with 3D tellies are likely to be charmed by the sleek Coolpix S100 which, rather than featuring two lenses, has a dedicated 3D shooting mode that involves taking two images from different positions. With a sliding lens cover and minimal controls it features a 3.5in touchscreen, 5x optical zoom and a 16Mp sensor.
Other compacts new to the range are the S4150, S6150 touchscreen models and the S6200, S8200 super-zooms. No sign of any EVIL (electronic viewfinder, interchangeable lens) offerings as yet, but rumours abound that it won’t be long now.
Available in September, prices are as follows: Nikon Coolpix P7100 £500, AW100 £330, S1200pj £400, S100 £250. Other new Coolpix models range from £140 to £280. ®
What you want
The more that can break off the better - makes you want a new one
Stupid battery - means you want at least two and after 5 years they are both dead, and unavailable
To make it fail:-
A RAW no one can use
Some stupid XD card that never sells
A USB adapter in the shape of a baby's head
An f3.5+ lens that fails indoors
A non wide angle lens
crap battery life
huge shutter lag
fucking loud beep
huge red light shine before candid shot
Never understood this fascination with minimum temperatures
Why do they quote them? Everyone knows that pretty much any camera worth it's salt will work in some seriously cold temperatures! I've seen some truly daft things quoted in technological circles in an effort to sell stuff but highlighting the fact that a camera will work in temperatures of -10 degrees C has to be one of the most idiotic!
No, my camera of choice is not waterproof. Most definitely not. Well it can survive being submerged for about 15 seconds as a result of a drop but it will not work under water that is for sure. But it will, and has, survived several drops of greater than 1.5m. Onto rock, pavement, into a river, on ice and onto metal. It has a compass and GPS. It will tell me where I was when I took the picture, how to get there again or how to get back from there, just like many countless other cameras. And I would wager the pictures taken by it would be as good if not better than the ones snapped on that "rugged" camera. And I've used it on more occasions than I care to remember at temperatures lower than -10! I think -33 was the coldest. Works very very well with gloves on to!
Although if I was in the market for a new camera, and fancied getting something a bit more delicate, I would seriously consider that Coolpix P7100! That does look the business!