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Nikon Launches Six Coolpix Cameras

Nikon has taken the wraps off six new Coolpix digital cameras due to hit retailers in September, each targeting a different segment of the point-and-shoot digital camera market and offering unique features for different uses and different styles of photography. Each camera sports a smart scene selector that chooses an appropriate scene more for an image, along with smile detection and Blink Warning technology that displays a warning when it detects a subject has blinked.

First up, the Coolpix S60 features a new 3.5-inch touchscreen interface, along with a 10 megapixel resolution, optical image stabilization, and a 5× optical zoom. The camera also adds in-camera draw and paint functions for images, and users can push their pictures out to HDTVs. The S60 will run about $250.

Next, the Coolpix P6000 packs in features more commonly seen in DSLR cameras, with a 13.5 megapixel resolution, a 4× wide angle zoom lens, a 2.7-inch LCD, optical viewfinder, ISO sensitivity up to 6,400, and a new integrated GPS that enables users to geotag their photos as they shoot. The P6000 also appeals to experienced photographers will a manual exposure mode and optical image stabilization. Expect to see the P6000 for about $500.

Folks tired of wires will appreciate the Coolpix S610c with integrated Wi-Fi that can upload images to Nikon’s my Picturetown photo sharing site from anywhere with an accessible Wi-Fi hotspot. The camera also sports a 10 megapixel resolution, optical image stabilization, a 4× optical zoom, a 3-inch LCD display, and an “active child” mode that tracks focus on a moving object. The S610C should run about $330.

Nikon has also introduced the Coolpix S560 with a 10 megapixel resolution, 5× optical zoom, 2.7-inch LCD, and a $250 price tag, along with the $380 Coolpix S710 which packs a surprising 14.5 megapixel resolution along with a 3.6× optical zoom, a 3-inch LCD display, and optical image stabilization. Finally the S610 comes in at $280 with a 10 megapixel resolution, a 4× optical zoom, a 3-inch LCD display and optical image stabilization.