The Coolpix S52 and S52c offer a 9 megapixel resolution, a 3-inch LCD display, a 3× optical zoom, and optical image stabilization technology to help ensure pictures aren’t blurred by camera motion. The cameras also sport automatic ISO control (and sensitivity down to ISO 3200, or ISO 2000 in high-sensitivity mode), and face recognition technology that can detect up to five faces an a frame, and NIkon’s super-slim “wave surface” camera body. The units also offer in-camera image tweaks for red-eye and exposure correction. The S52C also features integrated Wi-Fi, so users can send images via email, upload them to Nikon’s own image sharing service my PictureTown, or to Flickr and popular social networking sites without having to hook up to a computer first.
The S52 will be available in black and red, while the S52c will only ship in black. Expect them in May for suggested prices of $249.95 and $299.95, respectively.
Folks willing to carry a somewhat more bulky camera in exchange for power might want to consider the Coolpix P80, which offers a 10.1 megapixel resolution, a 2.7-inch display, and an 18× optical zoom with optical image stabilization. The P80 also caters to photo enthusiasts with automatic and manual aperture priority and a continuous shot mode that enables users to take as many as 30 shots at rates of 4, 6, or 13 frames per second. The P80 also offers 15 scene modes, face recognition that can handle up to 12 people in a frame, and the ability to shoot black-and-white and color shots simultaneously. The P80 offer PictBridge printing support and stores images to SD/SDHC cards. Expect to see it this month for a suggested price of $399.95.