Is it spring already? Nikon has just assaulted us with no less than nine new Coolpix models, freshening up its consumer offering with a litany of hot new shades, touchscreens and hardware updates. We'll let you dig into the press releases after the break for the full details, but the two new Performance range cameras, the P500 and P300, are worth discussing in more detail. The P500 improves on Nikon's P100 by a few orders of magnification, touting a voyeur-friendly 36x optical zoom, while also offering a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, 1080 / 30p video plus stereo sound recording, max ISO of 3200, and an 1100mAh battery. The back is also adorned with a tiltable display, sized at 3 inches diagonally and fitting 920k dots. Yours on March 3rd for $400, €464 or £400, depending on your local currency.
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Nikon Coolpix P500 hands-on


The P300 is cheaper at $330 / €348 / £300, however it might well be the more appealing option for image quality obsessives as it boasts a lens with an aggressive F1.8 aperture and 4.2x optical zoom. It shares the same backside-illuminated sensor as you'll find in the P500, but benevolently permits its user full manual control to let him or her capture that perfect shot. Rapid-fire shooting at 8fps for up to seven frames is available, but we're loving the fact it can also do 1080 / 30p with continuous autofocus and the ability to both capture images and use its optical zoom while recording. If Nikon is to be believed, the P300 is basically the P7000 that came out last year, but shrunken down to the size of a compact. It really is a very diminutive and attractive -- it has that intentionally understated matte black finish that huskily whispers the word "prosumer" in your ear -- compact camera. It lands on March 17th.
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Nikon Coolpix sping 2011 range press images


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Nikon Coolpix spring 2011 range hands-on


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Nikon adds even more power to the COOLPIX performance range with two new high-end compacts

RRP
COOLPIX P500: £399.99 / €464.00, sales start date: 3rd March 2011
COOLPIX P300: £299.99 / €348.00, sales start date: 17th March 2011

Nikon UK, 9 Feb 2011 - Nikon today strengthens its COOLPIX Performance range with two new models that raise the bar for high functionality in a compact body. The COOLPIX P300 is a brand new model for the P-series, aimed at those who are passionate about photography and want to use the full capacity of a superior compact camera. The COOLPIX P500 replaces the highly-acclaimed P100 advanced bridge camera, and packs in an even more impressive zoom range.

To ensure sharp shooting in any situation, both cameras feature a highly sensitive back illuminated CMOS image sensor, so that even in low light or extremely bright conditions, shots are recreated exactly as you experienced them.

Sander van Velzen, Product Manager for Consumer Products at Nikon Europe comments: "Discerning photography enthusiasts will love the new P300: not only does it look good, but the newly-developed super bright f/1.8, 24mm1 wide angle zoom lens produces stunning, true-to-life images with outstanding resolution and detail. Meanwhile, the P500 has a versatility that fans of its predecessor will recognize, but offers an even bigger range, with 36x zoom from 22.5mm ultra wide-angle to 810mm2 super-telephoto coverage."

For complete creative control – the COOLPIX P300
Ensuring excellent image quality and user experience, the COOLPIX P300 is a powerful compact with an incredibly bright lens that delivers beautiful results, particularly when shooting at night or in challenging lighting conditions. The specially crafted NIKKOR lens offers a fast f/1.8 aperture, starts at an ultra-wide 24mm and has 4.2x zoom. It also employs Nikon's High Refractive lndex glass to deliver sharp images with high contrast.

The COOLPIX P300 helps unleash the user's photographic potential, with full manual controls offering four exposure modes: Programmed Auto (P), Shutter-priority (S), Aperture-priority (A) and Manual (M). Combined with a highly sensitive 12.2 megapixel back illuminated CMOS image sensor, this camera offers the creative freedom to capture scenes just as you see them, whether in bright daylight or atmospheric dimness.

Also ensuring that you get the shot you want is the camera's high-speed continuous shooting function. Users can take up to 7 continuous shots at eight frames per second; perfect for capturing moving objects or creating a montage.

When you want to capture more than one moment, simply switch to Full (1080p) HD movie recording with stereo sound. Optical zoom and autofocus are available during recording and you can capture a photo while still filming. The P300 can film in slow or fast motion using recording speeds of up to 120fps (VGA), giving even more creative freedom.

Images and movies can be reviewed on the large 7.5 cm (3 in.) 921k-dot LCD monitor which offers vivid colour reproduction and sharp contrast. Boasting Nikon's Clear Color Display technology, it reduces power consumption and minimizes reflections, even in bright sunlight.

The COOLPIX P300 will be available in black.

High-power zoom that has it covered – the COOLPIX P500
A superb performer with incredible range, the compact COOLPIX P500 boasts an astounding 36x zoom, a tiltable high resolution 921K dot LCD monitor and Full (1080p) HD movie recording. Whether capturing a sweeping vista or getting up close to wildlife, the camera's ultra 22.5mm wide-angle to 810mm super-telephoto coverage will make sure you get the shot you want.

Perfect for capturing distant objects and bringing them closer, such as in sports or wildlife photography, the 36x superzoom offers impressive capabilities. A unique side control lever also enables smooth, steady zooming throughout the long zoom range when shooting photos or movies.

Anti-blur technology within the camera counters blurred images in seven key ways:
• Hybrid VR (Sensor-shift and Electronic Vibration Reduction) reduces the effect of camera shake and can be set simultaneously for additional protection
• High ISO (up to 3200) light sensitivity reduces the risk of blurred images with fast-moving subjects or in low-light
• Motion detection compensates for camera and subject movement
• Best Shot Selector (BSS) automatically selects the sharpest of up to 10 sequential shots
• Night Portrait Mode combines images with varying exposure to counter blur
• Night Landscape mode lets you shoot sharp images at low ISO
• HDR backlight mode offers impressive tonal detail in any situation

When filming in Full (1080p) HD with stereo sound, not only are the optical zoom and autofocus functions available, but you can also capture a photo at any time. Giving even more options, the COOLPIX P500 can film in slow or fast motion using recording speeds of up to 240fps (QVGA). What's more, a built-in HDMI connector with HDMI-CEC support enables you to link the P500 directly to an HD-enabled TV, and view your photos and films with family and friends.

The tiltable LCD monitor will help you discover your creative side, making it easy to take shots from above or below and immortalize scenes that are just are you remember them. Advanced exposure modes also allow control over key settings and a dedicated continuous shooting button allows quick switching from single-frame to continuous shooting.

The COOLPIX P500 will be available in black.

ViewNX 2
ViewNX 2 is an all-in-one software package that enables users to quickly and easily import, browse, edit and share still images and movies. Building upon the highly successful ViewNX software, ViewNX 2 is a user-friendly suite that offers a huge range of features, going well beyond those supplied as part of a PC's operating system. Newly-incorporated advanced movie-editing functions have been taken directly from Nikon's award-winning DSLR range, enabling users to create stunning movie footage. ViewNX 2 is included with all Nikon digital cameras and is also available as a free download.

EXPEED C2

The original EXPEED image processing system incorporated all of the accumulated expertise and technologies developed throughout Nikon's long history. Now, the latest evolution of Nikon's renowned system, EXPEED C2, expands the possibilities of photography even further, with enhanced movie recording, high-sensitivity performance and maximum image quality. EXPEED C2 maximizes sensor performance for clear, life-like images that exhibit vivid colors, reduced noise and smooth tonal gradations for outstanding photos and movies.

Nikon my Picturetown
You can now back-up your images safely and securely using my Picturetown (www.mypicturetown.com), the free online digital photo storage and sharing service brought to you by Nikon. Easily share photo memories with friends and organise precious memories into online collections. You get 2GB of space free to use for storing thousands of memories and you can upgrade your membership to Gold Account at any time if you need to store more pictures.

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Nikon adds a stylish new trio to the COOLPIX line-up

RRP
S3100:£129.99 / €151.00, sales start date: 17th March 2011
S4100: £149.99 / €174.00, sales start date: 24th Feb 2011
S6100: £199.99 /€232.00, sales start date: 24th Feb 2011

Nikon UK, 9 Feb 2011 - Nikon today unveils three new compact cameras to join its COOLPIX Style series. The trio consists of the S3100, the ultra-slim and stylish successor to the enormously popular S3000, the S4100 with smart touch operation, and the 16 megapixel S6100 compact shooter with 7x zoom lens.

The COOLPIX S3100 builds on the success of the COOLPIX S3000, Europe's best selling camera of 20101, offering an ultra-slim (18.4mm) body, greater zoom, improved screen brightness and HD (720p) movie recording.

"These three new additions offer something for a range of tastes: the S3100 is slender but feature- packed, with HD video and an impressive zoom range; the S4100 goes one step further with its touch screen capabilities; and the S6100 offers an even greater zoom range to get you closer to the action, with more megapixels to make even better enlargements. Whichever model you choose, with the COOLPIX Style series you can be assured that you'll have a camera to be proud of," said Sander van Velzen, Product Manager for Consumer Products at Nikon Europe.

Style and substance – the S3100
Slim enough to slip into any pocket, the slender COOLPIX S3100 is perfect for capturing photos and HD movie clips in style. It comes in seven striking colours and offers a great range of smart features to make taking high quality images and capturing HD video even easier and more fun.

Packaging up great technology with ease of use, the S3100 combines a 5x wide-angle zoom NIKKOR lens with a 14 megapixel CCD image sensor to deliver outstandingly detailed shots that look stunning even when enlarged. For memories that demand more than an image, a dedicated movie-record button makes it easy to instantly switch to filming the action.

Housing Nikon's Smart Portrait system, the S3100 also ensures perfect photos even from the most camera-shy subjects, with features like Smile Timer, Blink Proof and Skin Softening to ensure everyone looks their best. Once you have the shot you want, getting creative with it could not be simpler as the camera's range of easy-to-apply filter effects lets you edit images in-camera, without needing a computer.

The COOLPIX S3100 comes in seven colours: purple, red, black, blue, pink, citrus yellow and silver.

A smart touch – the S4100

For those who want the latest technology and style, this clever 14 megapixel camera comes in five appealing colours, including red and bronze, has an intuitive 7.5 cm (3 in.) high resolution 460K dot touch control LCD screen, and is slim enough to be pocket-friendly and taken anywhere.

By simply touching the screen you can scroll through your pictures, or use the Touch Shutter to take a picture – the camera will automatically set the correct focus and exposure for the touched item. Whenever the mood takes you, you can also switch to filming in high-definition (720p) using the dedicated movie-record button.

The COOLPIX S4100's wide angle 5x zoom NIKKOR lens offers consistently sharp results and four advanced blur-reduction functions to minimise the effects of subject movement, low light and camera shake. Images can also be edited in-camera effortlessly, with easy-to-use filter effects such as Selective Colour, which converts your image to monochrome then adds a splash of colour to an area of your choice, and Cross Screen, that adds a starry effect to bright objects.

The COOLPIX S4100 comes in three colours: red, black, purple.

Get even closer to the action – the S6100
Bringing with it even more cutting edge technology, the stylish S6100 is ideal for those who want advanced features in a slim body. It packs a wide-angle 7x zoom NIKKOR lens and a 16 megapixel image sensor that delivers photos so pin-sharp that even poster-sized enlargements look great. The 7.5 cm (3 in.) high resolution 460k dot touch screen enables intuitive operation, with fingertip control over shooting and playback, and HD movie recording at the touch of a button.

Beautifully detailed shots are assured thanks to four different anti-blur functions that automatically minimize the effects of camera shake, subject movement or low light. Lens-shift Vibration Reduction is just one of the advanced technologies that ensures superior results, so that even if you're shooting moving subjects at full zoom, the COOLPIX S6100 will deliver clear, crisp pictures every time.

The COOLPIX S6100 comes in five colours: violet, black, red, pink and silver.

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Nikon enhances its COOLPIX lineup

New range of easy-to-use and stylish cameras get great results every time

RRP
COOLPIX S2500: £99.99 / €116.00, sales start date: 24th February 2011
COOLPIX L23: £69.99 / €81.00, sales start date: 24th February 2011
COOLPIX L120: £249.99 / 290.00, sales start date: 24th February 2011

Nikon UK, 9 Feb 2011 – Nikon has today added three new models to its fun and simple-to-use COOLPIX range. With a range of useful automatic features that make it easy to get the perfect photo, the S2500, L23 and L120 cameras offer something to suit every need.

"The new line-up has something for everyone, whether you're looking for your first camera, or for something more advanced. Whichever you choose, you can be assured that all of these cameras provide the quality that Nikon is known for to help produce the best images as easily as possible" comments Sander van Velzen, Product Manager for Consumer Products at Nikon Europe.

Stylishly simple: the COOLPIX S2500
The stylish COOLPIX S2500 offers impressive value for such a top quality camera. Its high-design, slim (20mm) aluminum body houses an impressive range of features, making it fun and effortless to take pictures anytime, anywhere.

The S2500's precision NIKKOR 4x wide-angle zoom lens and 12 megapixel image sensor combine to deliver incredibly detailed images that make superb poster-size enlargements. To make sure you get the best pictures of even the most camera-shy subjects, Nikon's Smart Portrait system includes features such as Smile Timer, Blink Proof and Skin Softening, and its large 6.7 cm (2.7 in.) LCD monitor makes it easy to preview and review your photos.

As well as being easy to carry, it is also simple to use, with several automatic functions for effortless shooting. Easy Auto mode optimizes all camera settings according to the light you are shooting in, while Scene Auto Selector selects the optimum Scene mode for popular photographic situations. Whether you are on the beach, the slopes or out on the town, the camera's wide range of scene modes will automatically optimize settings for up to 17 popular photographic styles, effects and locations. Subject Tracking Auto-Focus (AF) will keep the camera focused on a selected subject, even if it is moving around. Meanwhile, built-in anti-blur technology automatically counters blurred pictures in four different ways.

The COOLPIX S2500 is available in four colours: red, pink, black and silver.

A great way to start: the COOLPIX L23
A superb first camera for anyone just starting out in photography, the COOLPIX L23 makes it simple for every member of the family to take great pictures.

A host of automatic technology makes this camera perfect for effortless photography. Wherever you are and whatever you want to shoot, Easy Auto Mode optimizes all camera settings depending on

what light you are in, ensuring your images are impressive. Built-in electronic Vibration Reduction and Motion Detection avoids camera shake and, along with the 10.1 megapixel resolution CCD image sensor, guarantees outstanding detailed images worthy of being turned into stunning enlargements. The Smart Portrait System houses features such as Smile Timer and Skin Softening, to ensure perfect portraits.

The L23's 5x wide-angle zoom lens lets you capture everything from sharp close-ups to stunning group photos, and a large, 6.7 cm (2.7 in.) LCD monitor enables you to review pictures with ease. Hassle-free operation is ensured with large buttons and dedicated Shooting and Playback modes. The camera takes regular AA batteries, making it easy to power and ideal for taking anywhere.

The COOLPIX L23 is available in five colours: blue, red, black, pink and silver.

An impressive all-rounder: the COOLPIX L120
With a super-zoom lens and HD (720p) movie recording, the COOLPIX L120 offers great technology that is easy to use, to make sure you reliably capture all those important moments.

The wide angle 21x zoom NIKKOR lens gives outstanding precision and sharp resolution, with a range from 25mm wide-angle to 525mm super-telephoto coverage1. A unique side control lever also enables smooth, steady zooming throughout the long zoom range when shooting photos or movies. A 14.1 megapixel CCD image sensor and four different automatic anti-blur functions ensure sharp images every time, whatever distance you are shooting from.

With a dedicated movie-record button, the L120 gives you the freedom to switch easily between capturing beautiful images or crisp HD (720p) movies in stereo sound. Optical zoom with autofocus function is available during recording, and photos and movies can be conveniently viewed on the large 7.5 cm (3 inch) 921k-dot high-resolution LCD monitor. Also featured is a built-in HDMI mini connector, so you can connect your camera to a high definition HD television and view your movies at home with family and friends.

All this is powered by convenient AA batteries so you don't have to worry about running out of power – whether you're at home or travelling abroad.

The COOLPIX L120 comes in two colours: black and red.