Thursday, August 7, 2008

New Nikon Coolpix S60, S610c, S610 and S560 announced

We predicted some of the new Coolpixies in our P&S speculation and predictions, but Nikon certainly announced more than we anticipated! [permalink]

Meet the Nikon Coolpix S60

The S60 is Nikon's new "bijou-flagship", and it takes aims at the high-end luxury line, going up against the likes of the Sony T700 which some may say it has some slight style-resemblance.

We hate to start in Negative Town, but this camera takes a pathetic 140 pictures on a single charge according to DC Resource. This is really sad that at Photokina 2008 we have a camera with a custom-LiIon battery taking 140 pictures. The new generic entry-level Pentax E60 takes 200 pictures on disposable alkalines!

It has the features you would expect from this tier, a 3.5" touchscreen LCD, 10mp 1/2.3" sensor, face detection, hdmi out, and choice of multiple colors.

The folded optics lens may be promising to fans of "some wide angle" as it starts at 33mm and extends to 165mm, and if you are a math major you already calculated it is a 5x optical zoom lens. Some form of image stabilization is provided as well. In contrast, the new Sony T700 has cut back to a 4x zoom lens (versus 5x of the T300/T200).

The Nikon USA press release can be found at the Imaging Insider.

The S60 is available for pre-ordering at Amazon for $350, which puts it $50 below the Sony. No shipment time estimate is given.

Meet the Nikon Coolpix S610c and S610 twins

These are the usual Coolpix twins, one with Wifi, and the other without. The price delta for the wifi benefit is $50. The camera(s) use the sensor-du-jour of 2008, the 10mp 1/2.33".

The lens is a 4x optical zoom, with VR (image stabilization).

A 3" LCD leads an array of expected features, and it is common these days, there is no optical viewfinder. Optical what? It has the EXPEED engine name, and comes in multiple colors (the S610), while the S610c comes in just one color. What if it doesn't match your camera bag? :) The wifi cameras have a long way to go before they become mainstream models.

DC Resource points out that these use the EN-EL12 battery, which gives them close to 300 shots, which is a respectable number for a compact P&S. Compare that to the EN-EL10 battery that gives the new Coolpix S60 a miserable 140 shots. Ouch!

Both are available for pre-ordering at Amazon. The S610 is going for $280, while the wifi-enabled S610c is going for $330. A shipment date estimate is not provided.

A little bit more on these at Imaging Resource.

Meet the Nikon Coolpix S560

The S560 follows-up on the S550 as the "affordable" model in the S5xx+ series, as it offers a 10mp 1/2.33" sensor and a 5x optical zoom lens with VR (stabilization), going from 35-175mm in 35mm equivalent.

The S550 was just announced at PMA 2008, which makes the Nikon officially trigger-happy with their announcements. The S550 does not have VR, but at least their battery rating was 200!

It has a 2.7" LCD, EXPEED engine name, face detection, and the usual assortment of features you would expect.

Once again, we take a trip to Negative Town, where is located 160 miles from here :) DC Resource points out a battery life of 160 provided by the EN-EL11 battery. P-a-t-h-e-t-i-c! At least the S60 was an ultrasleek, bijou-compact. The S560 is a general purpose P&S. Bad Nikon, bad!

We are saving the critique for all the new models for the Coolpix executive summary.

The S550 is available for pre-ordering at Amazon for $250, in a choice of blue (cool blue), black (graphite black), and pink (cherry blossom).

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