With three new ultrazooms and two new compacts, Nikon is overhauling much of its consumer lineup
At CP+ in Japan, Nikon has unveiled a stack of new cameras, including three new superzooms, and a pair of affordable traditional compact cameras. By far the most interesting of the set is the new Nikon Coolpix P520, and update from last year's well-regarded P510. The newest high-end long-zoom from Nikon will arrive with a $449.95 in February, and will feature 42x 24-1000mm equivalent f/3-5.9 lens. The resolution has been boosted from 16.1- to 18.1-megapixels from last year's model, and it has a slightly larger 3.2-inch articulated screen. The P520 features built-in GPS, and offers Wi-Fi compatability with the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter.
Slightly more budget friendly is the Nikon Coolpix L820, with an asking price of $279.95. It packs a 30x 22.5-675mm equivalent zoom, with an aperture range of f/3-f/5.8, and a lens with 12 elements in 9 groups. It uses a 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, and has a 921,000-dot LCD display. It lacks the electronic viewfinder of its big brother, and relies on AA batteries to carry a charge.
Nikon has also announced a compact ultrazoom in the form of the $395 Coolpix S9500. This camera manages to cram a 22x zoom into a 1.3-inch thick body, complete with 18.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, and built-in Wi-Fi and GPS. The lens runs the equivalent of 25-550mm f/3.4-6.3 and is constructed of 12 elements in 10 groups. Unlike the other cameras in this lineup, it has an OLED touchscreen rather than a traditional LCD.
For people not interested in such a long zoom, Nikon also unveiled the Coolpix S5200 and L28, which will retail for $179.95 and $119.95 when they are released in February. The S5200 is a 16.1-megapixel shooter, with a slim profile and 5x 26-130mm f/3.5-6.5 lens. It's one of the more affordable cameras we've seen to bring built-in Wi-Fi to the party, and also has optical image stabilization. The L28 is a bit less exciting, but for a $120 pricetag, you can't be too surprised about that. As with so many entry-level compact cameras, it's powered by AA batteries, and in this case packs a surprisingly large 20-megapixel resolution. It has a 5x 26-130mm f/3.2-6.5 lens, and a rather sedate 30inch, 230,000-dot LCD.