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Nikon Unveils the P7000, S8100, and S80 Compact Cameras


Nikon announced three new compact digital cameras this morning. The first is the COOLPIX P7000, a competitor to the Canon G11 (and possibly G12 soon). This is a prosumer level 10.1 megapixel (CCD) camera that allows you to shoot in RAW with all sorts of manual controls. It can also record HD video (720p) at 24 fps, and has an ISO range up to 6400. Additional plusses are a 3-inch LCD screen and an optical viewfinder. The camera will arrive later this month at a price of $500.

The COOLPIX S8100 is a 12.1 megapixel (CMOS) camera that offers 1080p movie mode, 5fps burst shooting, and up to 3200 ISO. It’ll also arrive later this month for $300.

Finally, the Nikon COOLPIX S80 is a 14.1 megapixel (CCD) camera that does 720p recording and has a maximum ISO of 6400. Interestingly enough, the Nikon USA website lists one of this camera’s features as having a 150 shot battery life… Is that a lot? The back of the camera is dominated by a 3.5 inch touchscreen that’ll contain the majority of the camera’s controls. Compact cameras and camera phones are starting to have very similar designs. This camera will arrive in the fall for $330.