As the end of summer 2010 comes upon us, it also brings to us a week of new camera introductions for availability this fall. The first salvos have come from Nikon, which today unveiled a 2nd generation Coolpix with a built in projector & really cool new features and a inexpensive point and shoot camera with 720P HD video & VR for under $180! Here's the scoop from Nikon's press release:
On the heels of its ground-breaking predecessor, the new COOLPIX S1100pj takes advanced technology a step further with a 40 percent brighter, 14-lumen internal projector complete with a built-in stand and an easy-to-use touch screen interface, allowing the user to share photos and movies in even more environments. With the computer connection feature, the S1100pj also allows the user to connect the camera to a computer via USB and project whatever is on the computer screen or JPEG image files saved to the camera’s memory card or internal memory. Additional creative features include a built-in slide show function that plays photos with music and one-touch HD 720p movie recording with easy projection playback. Whether sharing family photos and videos with loved ones or presenting an important presentation to a client, users can make a big impression by projecting up to 47-inches from over 7 feet away.
The 14.1-megapixel COOLPIX S1100pj includes a 5x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens (28-140mm) and a 5-way VR Image Stabilization System with ISO settings up to 6400 to ensure incredibly sharp, crisp images in low light or while shooting handheld. To further help users capture stunning photos easily, the S1100pj also features 17 scene modes, Subject Tracking, Easy Auto Mode and Nikon’s Smart Portrait System all packed into a colorful, compact design.The COOLPIX S1100pj will be available in September 2010 for $349.95 ( MSRP ) in a choice of colors including black, violet, green and silver.
The new COOLPIX S5100 combines speedy performance with sleek design for a stylish, yet convenient accessory for wherever life leads. Sporting a fast start-up time, a short shutter-release time and one-touch HD 720p movie recording at 30 fps, the S5100 helps to ensure memories are captured as soon as they happen. The S5100 plays host to a myriad of Nikon technologies used to capture beautiful nighttime and low light shots with less blur and noise. These features include image processing that results in less noise at high sensitivities, a motion detection function, lens-shift vibration reduction (VR) function and a new flash control system.
In addition to must-have features including 12.2-megapixel resolution, a bright 2.7-inch LCD display, 5x Optical Zoom and a 4-way VR Image Stabilization System with ISO settings to 3200 at full resolution, the COOLPIX S5100 also adds a new tripod detection function found on premium NIKKOR lenses. This function detects handheld or tripod shooting and automatically selects the ideal exposure, ISO sensitivity and shutter speed in order to reduce image blur and ensure sharp photos.
The COOLPIX S5100 will be available in October 2010 for $179.95 (MSRP) in a choice of attractive colors including black, pink, purple and blue.
As the week unfolds, we expect a flurry of other intros, including a replacement to Canons' 50D & Nikon's D3000. We'll keep you posted as soon as we get the news!