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Nikon's Four New Style Digital Cameras: Coolpix S50, Coolpix S50c, Coolpix S200, Coolpix S500
by Ben Stafford -  2/19/2007

As part of the eight cameras that Nikon is announcing today, there are four new digital cameras for the Style or S-line. The Coolpix S50 and Coolpix S50c both feature 7.2 megapixel resolution, 3x optical zoom Nikkor lenses and 3 inch LCDs. The S50c will be wireless-enabled. The Coolpix S200 and Coolpix S500 feature new styling with the S200 sporting an aluminum body and the S500 gets a stainless steel body. They're both 7.1 megapixel cameras with 3x optical zooms.

nikon coolpix s500
Nikon Coolpix S500

Coolpix S50 and Coolpix S50c

The Coolpix S50 and S50c also feature optical image stabilization (VR). A sensitivity up to ISO 1600 and the inclusion of the Best Shot Selector mode work in conjunction with VR to minimize blur from camera shake and subject movement. VR, Best Shot Selector, and High ISO can be activated simultaneously using the Anti-Shake button available on the camera.

nikon coolpix s50
Nikon Coolpix S50

The One-Touch Portrait Button on the Coolpix S50 and S50c provide access to Nikon's In-Camera Innovations: Face Priority AF, In-camera red-eye fix, and D-Lighting. The 3 inch screen on both cameras has a 170 degree viewing angle and works well to show off your Pictmotion slideshows.

nikon coolpix s50c
Nikon Coolpix S50c

The Coolpix S50c can connect to the Coolpix Connect 2 service using wireless networks. The Coolpix Connect 2 service allows you to email images to your friends family. As a new service, Coolpix Connect will provide up to 2GB of storage space to backup your images.

Both cameras will be available in April 2007. The Coolpix S50 will retail for $299.95 and the Coolpix 50c will retail for $349.95.

Coolpix S200 and Coolpix S500

The S200 and S500 are style departures from the previous Nikon Coolpix S line. The lenses actually extend from the attractive metal bodies. Both cameras have 7.1 megapixel resolution, 3x optical zoom lenses and 2.5 inch LCDs.

nikon coolpix s200
Nikon Coolpix S200

The S200 also includes electronic VR image stabilization and can shoot up to ISO 1000. The S500 has optical VR image stabilization and can shoot up to ISO 2000.

The Coolpix S500 features some fairly quick performance as well, with a 0.6 second start-up time and a shutter lag as little as 0.005 seconds when the camera is already focused.

A new menu interface features illustrated help dialogs to help the user find their way around a bit better and to access Nikon's "In-camera Innovations". On the S500, these innovations cal also be accessed via the One-Touch Portrait Button.

Both cameras are SDHC-compatible and feature a slim new lithium-ion battery.

The Coolpix S200 and Coolpix S500 will be available in specialty camera stores starting in March 2007. The S200 will retail for $249.95 and the S500 will retail for $299.95.