updated 12:20 pm EDT, Thu August 24, 2006
Fall Nikon Coolpix line
Nikon has announced five new cameras for the fall season as part of its point-and-shoot Coolpix line. The new entry-level camera, the 6.0 Megapixel L6, completes the L-series fall line up alongside the new 7.2 Megapixel L5. The L6 ($200) features 3x optical zoom versus the L5's ($300) 5x optical zoom; both feature red-eye reduction, face priority focus, light adjustment, and USB/Pictbridge connectivity. The new L6 uses one lithium AA battery for 1000 shots, while the L5 uses two AA conventional batteries for 150 shots. Nikon is also launching the 7.1 Megalpixel 'ultra compact' S7c ($350); the 6.0 Megapixel S10 ($400); and the 6.0 Megapixel S9 ($250). The S7c features low-light operation, 3x optical zoom, wireless internet connectivity, and a 3.0-inch screen. The S9 and S10 both feature 2.5-inch screens, Nikon "in-camera" innovations, and metal designs. The S9 has 3x optical zoom, while the S10 (swivel design) features a 10x optical zoom. All cameras will be shipping during September in time for the Photokina expo, according to Electronista.