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One camera offers 42 times optical zoom

Nikon has tossed a load of new cameras on the market today. The first of the new cameras is the L810 that sports a 16.1-megapixel CCD image sensor and has a massive 26x optical zoom lens. That gives the camera and broad range of 22.5 to 585 mm giving the camera a wide range of usability in different usage scenarios. The camera will come in four colors including white, red, blue, and bronze. The L810 uses newly adopted lens-shift vibration reduction function to make images clearer. The camera also has a three-inch TFT LCD monitor on the rear and can be powered by normal AA batteries or lithium rechargeable batteries.
The next camera is the L26 with five times optical zoom lens and 16.1-megapixel resolution. The L25 has the same zoom lens with the CCD image sensor sporting 10.1-megapixels. That is only difference between the two cameras with both sporting a three-inch rear LCD, a movie record button, and the ability to be powered by AA or rechargeable batteries. Both of the cameras will be offered in black, red, blue, and silver. Pricing and availability of these cameras is unknown.
Nikon also has the new P310 and P510 digital cameras to slip into the P-series and they have integrated lens-shift vibration reduction for clear images. The P310 has a wide-angle lens with an aperture of F/1.8 while the P510 has a wide-angle lens with a whopping 42 times optical zoom. That 42 times optical zoom gives the camera range of 24mm to 1000mm in 35mm equivalent. Both of these cameras use backside illuminated CMOS sensors and both have the same 16.1-megapixel resolution.
Both of these cameras also have a number of picture control settings for optimizing images before you shoot. Both can also record full HD movies with control over exposure and color settings and functional optical zoom. The rear LCDs are 3-inch and are designed for viewing outdoors and indoors. The big difference between these two cameras is zoom with the F310 getting 4.2 times optical zoom.
The last of the new Nikon digital cameras fall into the S-series and include six new cameras. The cameras include the S9300, S9200, S6300, S4300, S3300, and the S30. The two high-end cameras are the thin S9300 and S9200. Both of these cameras have 18 times optical zoom lenses and backside illuminated CMOS sensors with 16-megapixel image resolution. They also have lens-shift vibration reduction and multiple shooting modes including night and HDR modes. The cameras can also record full HD movies, have GPS, and have three-inch LCDs.
The S6300 has a 10 times optical zoom lens and uses a backside illuminated CMOS sensor with 16 megapixel resolution and lens-shift vibration reduction. This little camera can record full HD movies with stereo sound and has a number of in camera shooting and editing functions. The S4300 and S3300 or 14 megapixel resolution cameras will six times optical zoom lenses using lens-shift vibration reduction. They have three-inch rear LCD monitors that are touch sensitive and have automatic scene selector modes and more. These cameras are also available in a wide variety of colors.
The last of the new cameras is the S30 and it is made to be somewhat rugged with resistance against dust and water. The camera can be submerged to a depth of 3m, and can survive shooting photos with wet hands. It has three special effects modes, six filter effects, and three customizable functions.
Nikon is mum on the pricing and launch date on all the cameras it launched today.

Sources: Nikon, (2), (3)

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By Dorkyman on 2/1/2012 1:09:32 PM , Rating: 2
Hmmm, a 26X optical zoom? How the heck does a photographer use a 26X zoom unless the camera is on a tripod, and even then there will be lens compromises. Far better to have offered a normal optical zoom range and a WIDE view at the bottom end of the range. Bought my wife a little Canon Elph a few years back with that very feature, and she uses it all the time.

But having AA cell capability is useful. Never have to worry about running out of juice no matter where you are.

RE: "Features"
By bug77 on 2/1/2012 2:39:53 PM , Rating: 2
24mm is wide enough for a compact, I think. Compact lenses tend to distort like hell at that focal length anyway and I don't think these cameras shoot RAW so you correct anything in post processing.

RE: "Features"
By wordsworm on 2/1/2012 3:13:21 PM , Rating: 2
Ummm... you know photographers usually *have* tripods. A powerful zoom is awesome to have when you're out photographing nature. Not everyone has $2-3,000 to shell out for the DSLR equivalent of this all in one. My wife has an older model. She got the P90 while I got a Canon G11. Her camera is faster, better in low light, and has a great zoom which can be really nice to use. Mine has easy access to controls, it's easy to make manual shots, and the colour is much better on it. Both cameras have their uses.

RE: "Features"
By SPOOFE on 2/1/2012 3:31:40 PM , Rating: 5
How the heck does a photographer use a 26X zoom unless the camera is on a tripod

They must have access to a humongous nuclear furnace or something, floating in the sky, that gives them so much light that they can use very fast shutter speeds.

RE: "Features"
By FredEx on 2/1/2012 4:28:26 PM , Rating: 2
I have a Kodak Z981 with 26X and I do hand held nature photography with it. Due to having bad ankles and knees I do have to be seated or leaning against something to be steady now days. I do have a couple tripods, but sometimes a shot won't wait. When I was younger I'd hand hold using Kodachrome 24 slide film indoors. Wish I was still that steady.

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