updated 11:00 am EDT, Thu August 30, 2007
Nikon L14, L15 cameras
Continuing a flood of announcements, Nikon has upgraded its lesser-known COOLPIX L-series with two new cameras. Both the L14 and L15 use the new EXPEED image processor, found in the D300, and have a variety of assistive functions, such as red-eye correction, D-Lighting exposure correction, and face recognition up to five individuals. Each also has 3x optical zoom, and a maximum ISO sensitivity of 1000. Power comes from AA batteries.
The L14 is a seven-megapixel camera, and has a 2.4-inch LCD. The L15 comes in at eight megapixels, and also extends the LCD to 2.8 inches. Its most important addition though is the Optical Vibration Reduction stabilizer, which increases the range of usable shutter speeds. The two cameras should be released in September for $150 and $180, respectively.