For some time now, Nikon has been one of the only major manufacturers to not carry an ultrazoom in their lineup. That all changed today with the announcement of the new 18x zoom, 10.1 megapixel Nikon Coolpix P80. Sporting a look familiar to Nikon's other P-series advanced amateur offerings and using much of the technology already seen in other P models, the P80's impressive Nikkor zoom covers an equivalent range of 27-486mm.
When the Nikon D60 was announced in the build-up to PMA, many were slightly disappointed that Nikon's head-on response to the latest entry-level offerings from other manufacturers didn't do more to move beyond the specs and performance of its predecessor, the D40x. In some ways, this decision opens Nikon up to criticism that it's falling behind the pack, but after shooting with the D60 for a day, it feels as relevant and high-function as ever - a testament to the longevity of the basic concepts, stylistic and functional, introduced in the original D40.
For those of us who could never understand why Nikon called the upgrade to its entry-level D40 the D40x, the company has rectified the situation this evening with the announcement of the Nikon D60 DSLR. Presumably the D40x's long-speculated replacement, the new D60 shares key specs with the previous model, including its 10.2 megapixel CCD. A VR kit lens sweetens the deal somewhat, but given how much this model carries over from the D40x, we're not sure this was the earth-shattering announcement Nikon fans were hoping for.
Today, Nikon announced a new Vibration Reduction equipped lens that is perfectly sized and priced for entry level SLR users. The new Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens will be available in December 2007 at an estimated street price of $199.
Nikon is adding four new Style cameras. The Coolpix S51 and Coolpix S51c are successors to the S50 and S50c. The Coolpix S510 and S700 are follow-ups to the sleek S200 and S500. The S51, S51c, and S510 will be available in September for $280, $330, and $300, respectively.
Following up on the Coolpix P5000, Nikon is adding two cameras to their Performance (P) line. The Nikon Coolpix P5100 is a direct descendant of the P5000, and the Nikon Coolpix P50 is a cheaper "performance" camera. In their new cameras, Nikon has been rolling out EXPEED, a new image processing system, and improved face detection system,and some other improvements. The Coolpix P5100 will be available in September 2007 for $400 and the Coolpix P50 will be available in October 2007 for $230.
The rumors can finally rest with the announcement of the Nikon D3 and D300. The D3 gets a full-frame FX format CMOS sensor that is good for capturing 12.1 megapixels and Nikon claims that it has the fastest startup time, shortest viewfinder blackout time, and shortest shutter lag of any SLR in its class. The D3 will be available in November 2007 for $5000. The D300 has a DX format sensor that captures 12.3 megapixels. Like the D3, the D300 has a new processing system, called EXPEED, as well as a 51 point AF system. Look for the D300 in November 2007 for $1800.
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