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Six new compacts from Nikon

Nikon has adde dsix new digital compacts to the range, which will arrive in Australia from the end of February: the Coolpix P610, AW130, S9900, S7000, S33 and L840. This is in addition to the three budget-priced models announced last month.

The Coolpix P610 is a 60x superzoom (24-1440mm in 35mm format) with a 16-megapixel sensor. Nikon claims 5 stops of optical stabilisation, with an Active mode for moving subjects. Near Field Communication (NFC) capabilities and Wi-Fi support enable image sharing via the free Wireless Mobile Utility app. GPS/GLONASS/QZSS support records detailed location information on shooting sites (latitude and longitude). Full HD 1080/50p video movies can be recorded with sound, as well as time-lapse movies.

The Coolpix L840 has a 16.0-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor and 38x optical zoom (22.5mm to 855mm, 35mm format equivalent). Autofocus is augmented by Pre-Focus and Target Finding autofocus functions. Eighteen pre-set Scene modes include two new additions: a bird-watching mode and a moon mode, that take advantage of the powerful zoom features. The Smart Portrait Mode includes features like Blink Proof, Smile Timer and Skin Softening plus an array of Glamour Retouch options.

The Coolpix S9900 has a 30x optical zoom lens and VR image stabilisation. The 921k-dot, 3.0-inch vari-angle TFT LCD monitor has an energy-efficient RGBW pixel alignment. Design touches like the textured elastomer cladding serve both an aesthetic and functional purpose, while the new command dial allows quick selection of exposure modes, Scene modes, Autofocus area and Special Effects. Being able to select between four exposure modes, photographic expression can be easily achieved via the quick and convenient adjustment of shutter speed and aperture.

Nikon’s Coolpix S7000 has 20x optical zooom and 16-megapixels and Nikon says that at 161 grams with battery and SD card it is the world’s lightest camera in its class. Wi-Fi and NFC…

The Coolpix AW130 is an outdoors model submersible up to 30 metres, with location tracking features. Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC…GPS/GLONASS/QZSS support enables geotagging, with information such as latitude and longitude, altitude, air pressure, and points of interest accessible at the press of a ‘Map’ button.

The camera also features a Smart Portrait Mode, along with new functions like Blink Proof, Smile Timer, and Self-collage. Pictures can be enhanced with the Glamour Retouch feature’s 12 options, which let users adjust everything from the colour of their lipstick, eye size and mascara.

The 13-megapixel Coolpix S33 has a 3x zoom lens, is waterproof (up to 10m), shockproof (resists a drop of 1.5m), cold-resistant (down to approx. -10°C) and dustproof (JIS/IEC protection Class 6 (IP6X) equivalent) and comes in blue, white and pink.

The P610, AW130, S9900, S7000 and L840 are scheduled for release on February 29, with the S33 arriving on March 5.

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