At the beginning of the year, Nikon usually overhauls its entire Coolpix line of cameras, releasing new point-and-shoots and bridge cameras galore in an announcement fest that is usually swallowed up by other photography news.
Like we did last year, we’ll give you a quick rundown of all the new models, which this year include two new ‘professional’ point-and-shoots, a couple of superzooms and a some upgraded rugged cameras.
Nikon Coolpix P600 and P530 Superzooms
The headliner is the P600 with its extremely long 60x optical zoom (24-1440mm equivalent) f/3.3-5.6 lens that is all about ‘pushing the boundaries of Nikkor optics.’ Other specs are fairly standard for a superzoom in this class: 1/2.3-inch 16.1-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, lens-shift image stabilization, 3-inch 921k-dot tiltable LCD, full manual controls via a dedicated mode dial, the ability to shoot 1080/30p and 60i video, and built-in WiFi.
Specs for the P530 read much the same, with a few key differences. In the P530, the same 16.1MP sensor will capture images through a shorter 42x optical zoom (24-1000mm equivalent) f/3-5.9 lens. Full manual controls are still an option, and video capability stays at 1080/30p and 60i; however, WiFi capability is only available through Nikon’s WU-1a wireless adapter.
Here’s a closer look at both shooters:
Nikon Coolpix S9700 and P340
Next up are the ‘professional’ point-and-shoots that offer impressive optical zoom and manual control in more portable packages: The S9700 and P340. Sadly, there’s very little to recommend these over the previous S9500 and P330 they replace.
The S9700 features a 1/2.3-inch 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, a new 30x optical zoom (25-750mm equivalent) f/3.7-6.4 lens, 3-inch OLED display, 1080/30p and 60i video capability, and built-in WiFi and GPS. It also keeps the ability to use manual controls intact.
The P340, on the other hand, adds to the P330′s 1/1.7-inch 12-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 5x optical zoom (24-120mm equivalent) f/1.8-5.6 lens and full manual controls by integrating WiFi.
Here’s a quick look at these two:
Nikon Coolpix AW120 and S32
As with its predecessor, the AW120 is the Nikon rugged cam actually worthy of the term ‘rugged.’ The 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and 5x optical zoom (24-120mm) f/2.8-4.9 lens are housed inside a body that can go 59 feet underwater, is shockproof from 6.6 feet and freezeproof down to 14°F.
Other notable features include 6.9fps continuous shooting, 1080/30p and 60i video capability and built-in GPS and WiFi.
The S32 is the affordable ‘rugged’ cam of the pair, which offers less impressive specs in a more family friendly looking package. A 13.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and 3x optical zoom (30-90mm equivalent) f/3.3-5.9 lens capable of taking 1080/30p videos is packed inside a body capable of going 33 feet underwater, being dropped from 5 feet off the ground and frozen in temperatures as low as 14°F.