There's a new sheriff in town: the Nikon Coolpix P80 deposed the current version of Panasonic's perpetually popular TZ camera for the top spot on our "Most Popular" list during the month of May.
If you've been eagerly awaiting your chance to get one of Nikon's revised (and still fairly novel several generations on) Wi-Fi enabled Coolpix cameras, the green flag came down on Friday with an announcement from Nikon that the new model has been delivered to retailers.
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.
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