Nikon has revealed a new bridge camera at CES 2014, called Coolpix L830, along with a quartet of compacts that will be released on the market in the coming weeks.
An interesting war that is taking place at the Consumer Electronics Show during the past few editions has bridge cameras in the spotlights. Fujifilm, Panasonic, and now Nikon have all launched such devices for consumers who are looking for an all-in-one shooter, but who are not ready, yet, to commit to a DSLR or other type of interchangeable lens cameras.
Nikon’s answer to its competitors is called Coolpix L830, which has been introduced alongside four tinier compacts, such as Coolpix L30, S6800, S5300, and S3600.
Nikon Coolpix L830 features 34x optical zoom lens and tilting LCD screen
The most attractive of the above quartet is, of course, the budget-friendly Nikon Coolpix L830. This bridge camera is packing a 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch-type BSI CMOS image sensor and a 34x optical zoom lens, providing a 35mm equivalent of 22.5-767mm.
The Japanese company’s new shooter also features a 3-inch tilting LCD screen with a 921K-dot resolution. It should allow users to capture photos and videos from unconventional angles.
The Coolpix L830 offers a maximum ISO sensitivity of 3,200 and a continuous shooting mode of up to 6.7fps. Additionally, it records videos at 1920 x 1080 resolution at a 30fps frame rate.
In order to stabilize the photos, the camera uses lens-shift Vibration Reduction technology, while the work of compensating for shakes during video recording is done by the brand new Hybrid Vibration Reduction system.
Nikon will release the Coolpix L830 in February for a price of $299.95 in Black and Red colors. The device is already available for pre-order at Amazon.
Cheap Nikon Coolpix L30 compact camera to hit stores in February
Up next comes the Coolpix L30, the cheapest compact camera announced by Nikon at CES 2014. This shooter features a 20.1-megapixel sensor with a 3-inch LCD screen and a 5x optical zoom lens.
It does not record full HD videos, as its maximum quality stands at 1280 x 720 at 30fps. The highest ISO it can reach is 1,600, therefore it will not fare so well in low-light conditions.
Nevertheless, its advantages are its reduced dimensions, weight, and price. Amazon is offering it for pre-order in Red for a price of $119.95.
WiFi-enabled Nikon Coolpix S6800 offers 12x optical zoom
We move up a little to the Nikon Coolpix S6800. This compact offers a decent 12x optical zoom and a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor with 18 scene modes, which are there to help users capture crisp photos in all shooting scenarios.
Its 3-inch LCD screen serves as a Live View mode when recording full HD videos. The maximum ISO of 6,400 can be reached only in Auto mode, but one of its important features consists of built-in WiFi, allowing users to transfer files to a mobile device in an instant.
Nikon will release this compact in February for $219.95, while Amazon has already put it up for pre-order at the same price.
Coolpix S5300 features WiFi and Hybrid VR system, too
The next compact is the Coolpix S5300, another WiFi-enabled camera. However, its optical zooming capabilities only reach 8x, so you might not get as close to the action as you would have hoped.
Either way, a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor will capture photos, which will be displayed on a 3-inch LCD screen. It records full HD movies which are stabilized by the aforementioned Hybrid VR technology.
This small shooter is coming in February for a price of $179.95 in only one color option: Plum. As expected, it can be pre-ordered right now, courtesy of Amazon.
Ultra-thin Nikon Coolpix S3600 boasts with 8x optical zoom lens
Last but not least comes the Nikon Coolpix S3600, a compact with a stylish design that measures only 0.8-inch in thickness.
It takes photos with the help of a 20.1-megapixel CCD sensor and an 8x optical zoom lens. Optical quality may be decent enough, but this tiny shooter only records 720p videos.
The S3600 and its 2.7-inch LCD screen will be released in February in Black, Blue, Pink, and Silver colors for $139.95. It is already available for pre-order through the same retailer as its siblings.