Nikon Point-and-Shoot Digital Cameras for 2013


Nikon’s 2013 spring lineup of compact cameras brings an element of creative energy to the formerly static realm of point-and-shoot cameras. Whether you prefer ultimate manual control or look to the assistive functionality of automatic shooting modes, there’s a camera to fit your needs.

The Nikon COOLPIX A, which comes in black or silver, packs an assortment of professional qualities into a compact body. A 16.2MP DX-Format CMOS sensor renders large, crystal-clear images, while the lack of a low-pass filter maximizes resolution and sharpness. The EXPEED 2 image processor allows for high-speed performance that reduces the likelihood of noise (with an ISO up to 25600) and overheating. You can also shoot effortless video in full HD 1080p at 30 frames per second. A unique fixed focal length wide-angle lens (equivalent to 28mm in 35mm format) captures high-quality images comparable to those taken with a DSLR.  Refined optics ensure edge-to-edge sharpness, accurate color detail and limited aberrations. A 7-blade aperture keeps out-of-focus background elements soft, creating all-around natural, organic blur. In addition to autofocus, the COOLPIX A also gives you the freedom to focus manually. The focus ring, along with all other buttons, dials and switches, is designed with intuition and comfort in mind.

For the perfectionists, the COOLPIX A offers several methods for analyzing, editing and polishing images. A hot-shoe mount accepts a compatible optical viewfinder (DF-CP1) or Nikon Speedlight flash unit. Active D-lighting preserves the highlight and/or shadow detail that can often be lost when photographing high-contrast scenes. Picture Control gives you six customizable settings to choose from, allowing you to always have the right combination of sharpness, hue, contrast, etc. on hand for various shooting scenarios. The Virtual Horizon feature analyzes and displays horizontal inclination on the LCD screen as you shoot carefully composed still lifes, landscapes or architecture shots. An in-camera Retouch Menu lets you fine-tune and manipulate photos before they even reach the computer, while the supplied ViewNX 2 software processes high-quality RAW and HD files quickly and easily. To share your prized work, an optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter will sync your camera to a smart device. This enables you to upload directly to e-mail or social media services, as well as use your smartphone or tablet as a remote shutter release. The

The COOLPIX P520, available in black, silver or red, comes with a truly impressive 42x optical zoom. With a 35mm focal length equivalency of 24-1000mm, its versatility is noteworthy. Lens-shift Vibration Reduction (VR) technology compensates for camera movement, which is especially necessary at the longer end of the zoom range. ACTIVE Mode helps further minimize image blur when shooting from a moving or unstable position. An 18.1MP CMOS sensor with EXPEED C2 image processor results in high-quality still images as well as Full HD 1080p videos at 60 interlaced frames per second. The combination of auto and manual features makes learning the photographic process a smooth endeavor. In addition to COOLPIX Picture Control and Scene Auto Selector, exposure modes include Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and full Manual. The P520’s 3.2-inch LCD screen boasts a Vari-angle design that swivels, allowing you to compose shots comfortably from various shooting positions. Sharing your images is easy with the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter, and a built-in GPS tagger accesses 1.86 million points of interest to record and map where each photograph was taken.

The sleek COOLPIX P330, available in black or white, has an anti-reflective 3” LCD monitor and Nikon’s Clear Color Display technology. Image previews are vivid and easily visible, even outdoors in bright light. A 12.2MP 1/1.7” Back Side Illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor is optimized to treat low-light sensitivity (up to ISO 12800) with optimal clarity, even without the use of a flash. The P330’s lens, which features Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass, equates to a focal-length range of 24-120mm in 35mm format. A maximum aperture of f/1.8, paired with a 7-blade aperture, expertly handles shooting in diminishing available light. Still images, as well as videos in Full HD 1080p, are notably clear—even in unsteady hands. The combination of VR image stabilization and Motion Blur Reduction compensate for both camera as well as subject movement. Pre-set shooting modes (such as Beach, Candlelight, Sports, etc.) can be selected to automatically determine the best exposure settings, or you can take the reins yourself with full Manual mode. In-camera image editing quickly retouches, crops, analyzes and process RAW files on the spot. The COOLPIX 330 also offers a built-in GPS tagging system, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity via an optional WU-1a Wireless Adapter.

The adventurous shooter may particularly enjoy the COOLPIX AW110, which comes in orange, black, blue or camouflage. Built for durability, the AW110 is ready to tag along under some of the harshest conditions. It’s waterproof down to 59’, freeze-proof down to 14°F, and shockproof from falls as high as 6.6’. Nikon’s Action Control lets you navigate through the camera functions even with gloved hands, while the large 3” OLED monitor allows for easy image review, despite bright or underwater conditions. Built-in Wi-Fi, GPS, electronic compass and mapping aid you in sharing and documenting your adventure as you go. An included Points of Interest (POI) feature locates nearby photo hotspots to ensure you get the most out of your journey. A 5x optical zoom Nikkor lens captures a 35mm equivalent focal length of 28-140mm. Its 16MP 1/2.3” BSI CMOS sensor and EXPEED C2 image processor keep photos sharp, and Full HD 1080p video is possible at 30 frames per second. Added features such as VR, Subject Tracking, Motion Detection and Scene Auto Selector leave fewer settings to worry about when shooting scenarios in the moment. While you're away from your computer, in-camera editing lets you retouch and refine your images before sharing them with the world.

The COOLPIX S9500, available in black, red or silver, comes with an 18.1MP CMOS sensor that readily captures images in low light, even without the use of its pop-up flash. Its 3” OLED monitor has 5 levels of brightness adjustment and an anti-reflective surface for clear, vivid display during media playback. A member of the Ultra-Slim Zoom collection, the S9500’s Nikkor ED VR lens has a focal length range of 25-550mm in 35mm format equivalency. This covers practically any shooting scenario, ranging from wide-angle through super telephoto. Full HD 1080p video at 30 frames per second is available with stereo sound. With the combination of (optional) manual focusing, Motion Detection, Subject Tracking and VR image stabilization, both still images and movie capture is effortlessly sharp and clear. Multiple continuous shooting options give you the added freedom of photographing rapid, sequential actions. These images can be edited and retouched in-camera, saving a step before you’re ready to show your work. Built-in Wi-Fi enables instant sharing, and a suite of navigational tools (GPS, mapping, electronic compass, POI locator) allows you to create photo journals with the location details for each shot recorded.

The COOLPIX L820, in black or red, features a 16MP CMOS sensor and EXPEED C2 image processing engine. This captures high-quality still images, as well as video in Full HD 1080p, even in tricky diminishing light. A 30x optical zoom lens offers the impressive 35mm equivalent range of 22.5-675mm. The added 4x digital zoom extends this super telephoto coverage to an even further 2700mm. Lens-shift VR relieves the side effects of camera shake, especially at longer focal lengths, while an ergonomic side grip makes handheld shooting more stable. In-camera Special/Filter Effects add a creative final touch to images, and shooting is aided by Easy Auto Mode and Smart Portrait System. Support for Eye-Fi memory cards enables instant Wi-Fi connectivity and exports media directly to a computer, tablet, smartphone or social media website. Once images are safely transferred, they are removed from the card; freeing up space without the need to manually delete. The L820 operates on 4 AA batteries.

Nikon’s COOLPIX S6500, which comes in black, silver, red or orange, offers a 16MP CMOS sensor and a 12x Nikkor zoom lens. Its focal length equates to 25-300mm in 35mm format, creating an effective working range from wide-angle up through telephoto. Lens-shift VR works to stabilize inhibiting camera shake, a useful tool for those with unsteady hands. Both still images and video in Full HD 1080p are crisp and vibrant. Helpful automated features, such as Subject Tracking, Motion Detection, Smart Portrait System and 20 Scene Modes make it easy to shoot on the fly without worrying about settings. Continuous shooting captures images at up to 7 frames per second, freezing subjects in motion without blur. Built-in Wi-Fi on the S6500 also allows you to instantly transfer, share or email photos straight from the camera. 

The COOLPIX S5200, available in black, blue, plum and red, is a Wi-Fi enabled digital camera with a 16MP CMOS image sensor. Its 6x NIKKOR zoom lens has a 35mm focal length equivalency of 26-156mm, which is an all-purpose range well suited for most shooting and video (Full HD 1080p) scenarios. Scene Auto Selector and Subject Tracking assist you in nailing the perfect exposure, and several continuous shooting options capture motion at up to 10 frames per second. All images can be edited in-camera with supported features such as D-lighting, Glamour Retouch, Print Order, Rotate, Slide Show and more.

The ultra colorful COOLPIX S3500, which comes in silver, decorative pink, purple, red or orange, has a 20.1MP image sensor with the EXPEED C2 processing engine. Photo and video details (in HD 720p) are distinctly clear and sharp, aided by Motion Blur Reduction and lens-shift Vibration Reduction. A 7x optical zoom lens features Extra-low Dispersion glass for color accuracy and minimal chromatic aberration. The 26-182mm focal length range (in 35mm equivalency) offers the perfect amount of coverage for most general applications. Assistive features such as Subject Tracking, Smart Portrait System and Scene Auto Selector leave less to worry about for those not as familiar with camera settings. Additionally, various Special and/or Quick Effects can be applied before and after shooting to add a dynamic element to images. While the S3500 does not include built-in Wi-Fi, it does support Eye-Fi memory cards.

The trendy, equally colorful COOLPIX S31, which is available in blue, brown, pink, yellow and white, comes equipped with a 10.1MP CCD image sensor. Its 3x Nikkor standard zoom lens captures with a 35mm focal length equivalency of 29-87mm, while maximum aperture ranges from f/3.3-5.9. Video recording lets you record HD 720p movies in a widescreen format. Despite its whimsical design, the S31 is a durable compact unit. It’s waterproof down to 16.4’, shockproof from drops of 3.9’ high, and dustproof. Electronic VR and Motion Blur Reduction retain the clarity of images taken in unsteady conditions, while assistive Easy Auto Mode, Scene Auto Selector and Smart Portrait system further simplify the shooting process. In-camera editing/effect tools and a slideshow creator let you instantly retouch and review media with friends or family. Select from a library of music and special effects to accompany your slideshow, and an optional EG-CP14 A/V cable will connect the device to a television for viewing by an audience.

Nikon’s COOLPIX L28, in black, red or silver, is a convenient, easy-to-use compact unit with a 20.1MP 1/2.3” CCD sensor and EXPEED C2 image processor. Its 5x optical zoom lens covers a 35mm equivalency of 26-130mm, a range suitable for most general applications. Electronic VR stabilizes camera shake in low light  or while shooting at a longer focal length. For those who prefer to capture images in the moment, the L28 makes it easy to just shoot and go. Scene Auto Selector will assign one of 20 pre-programmed Scene Modes (ie; Beach, Night, Portrait, etc.) best suited for the visualized image, while Easy Auto Mode will automatically control all camera settings for you. Video recording, with the pairing of the 1/2.3” CCD sensor and an EXPEED C2 image processor, is capable of producing clear HD 720p movies at 30 frames per second. The COOLPIX L28 runs on two AA batteries.

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