Monday, January 28, 2008

New Nikon Coolpix P60 - goodbye wide angle!

The Nikon P50 generated some interest because it started at 28mm, and was viewed as a "poor man's Nikon P5000/P5100". Certainly the price was much lower than those two, and it was as closed to half off at some point.

But Nikon surprised us here by not continuing the wide-angle feature of the PX0-series, and instead went with a pedestrian 5x optical zoom lens starting at 36mm. This perhaps indicates that is intended to run in parallel with the P50, as opposed to a replacement.

It does have image stabilization which is always a plus, just like having manual exposure. But fans of Tv and Av will be disappointed, thus not the full PSAM complement.

Its price is an affordable $230 (March 2008), which is explain why it has a low-res 2.5" LCD, as opposed to the more typical 230k dot resolution. But AA battery fans will be thrilled that it uses two AA batteries, just like the P50.

The sensor is (I guess) a modest 8mp 1/2.5" vs the newer 10mp 1/2.33". You don't have to be a math major to see that the 10mp 1/2.33" sensor is more of an ant-hill than the 8mp 1/2.5" CCD. But that's a story for another day.

A mild surprise is the inclusion of an EVF. Yes, an EVF, not a typo. Placed in the top left corner of the camera.

Unlike the new S-series Coolpixies, battery life is estimated at 350 (although not sure if it is with AA lithium or rechargeable AA NiMH).

Web coverage

  • dcresource
  • dpreview
  • Crunch Gear
  • CNet Crave - makes the case of the P60 as a Canon A720 IS competitor!
  • dpnow

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