Monday, January 28, 2008

New Nikon S600, S550, S520, S210 - so many Coolpixies so little time!

Oh boy, the bread is buttered at the mass-market cameras, and Nikon is going after that with a five-pack of new S-series Coolpixies!

No pixie dust actually, these are fairly modest and predictable models but Nikon continues its embrace of 28mm wide compacts with one of those four starting at 28mm wide. Which is the S600, which we will start with:

Nikon Coolpix S600

  • Embraces the new anthill sensor - 10mp 1/2.33" CCD
  • Starts at 28m wide, with a 4x optical zoom lens (28-112mm eq)
  • image stabilization
  • Sub-par LiIon battery life (190 CIPA)
  • 2.7" LCD (230k)
  • Price: $300

    Nikon Coolpix S550
  • Also 10mp 1/2.33" sensor
  • 5x optical zoom (36-180mm eq), no stabilization
  • 2.5" LCD (230k) - typical of sleek compacts
  • LiIon battery: misery around 200
  • Price: $230

    Nikon Coolpix S520
  • 8mp 1/2.5" CCD sensor
  • 3x optical (35-105mm eq)
  • image stabilization
  • 2.5" LCD with lower res (trade off stabilization with low-res LCD?)
  • LiIon battery, under 200 pics
  • Price: $230, which is explained by the stabilization vs the S550.

    Nikon Coolpix S210
  • 8mp 1/2.5" sensor
  • 3x optical (38-114mm)
  • 2.5" LCD (230K)
  • Battery life best of the quartet: 220
  • Price: $180

    Coverage on the net
  • dcresource
  • dpreview
  • CrunchGear (S600), S550

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