Pre-PMA 2008: The Nikon Coolpix P50 intrigued with it's combination of (relatively) low price, 'mini P5100' styling and 28mm wideangle lens. The 8 megapixel P60 is no less alluring but for different reasons; for a start the wide lens is gone, replaced with a 5x 36-180mm equiv. unit backed up by sensor shift stabilization. Then there is something we don't see very often in non-superzoom compacts - an electronic viewfinder. A (decent) EVF is arguably better than the rather crummy optical viewfinders usually seen in mid-range compacts, at the very least in terms of accurate framing. Of course, Any type of viewfinder is preferable than trying to compose on a sun-splashed LCD. More after the click.

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Nikon COOLPIX P60

Solid photographic performance, functional styling and an advanced feature set for excellent photos

January 29, 2008, Tokyo — Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the COOLPIX P60. Delivering reliability and familiarity within its orthodox design, the COOLPIX P60 satisfies the traditional camera enthusiast. Built on a custom application of Nikon's innovative EXPEED digital image processing concept and incorporating the precision optics of a NIKKOR lens, the COOLPIX P60 realizes optimum performance and maximum image quality.

An impressive effective megapixel count of 8.1 enhances the potential of the high performance digital image-processing engine for outstanding image quality, while an improved 5x Zoom-NIKKOR lens delivers yet more flexibility by ably covering a range from panoramic landscapes to close-up portraits.

Image sensor shift VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization compensates for camera shake or movement by unsteady subjects to realize yet sharper results. And extended light sensitivity up to ISO 2000 further helps prevent blurred shots in lower light, or when capturing fast-moving subjects. The COOLPIX P60 also offers Programmed Auto [P] and Manual [M] exposure modes, enabling the user to enjoy shooting in a variety of styles.

A functional body design with a defined grip for secure finger placement allows for intuitive operation including the use of the Mode dial. Compositional versatility, even in bright sunlight, is achieved thanks to its electronic viewfinder and a 2.5-inch LCD monitor.

Power is supplied by readily available AA-size batteries, which means the COOLPIX P60 can be used in virtually any location without worrying about recharging or running out of power.

Note: Specifications, design, product name, standard accessories, and release schedule may differ by country or area.

Nikon COOLPIX P60 Feature Highlights

Intuitive access to a wealth of practical shooting modes
The handy Mode dial includes settings for two exposure modes that provide greater personal control over camera operation. Programmed Auto [P] mode automatically selects the optimal shutter and aperture settings, while Manual [M] exposure mode provides full control over both the aperture and shutter speed settings. In addition, the COOLPIX P60 is equipped with a selection of 15 scene-optimized modes and four different movie modes.

Image sensor shift VR image stabilization for sharp images
The COOLPIX P60 features the image stabilizing performance of image sensor shift VR capability. The system applies in-camera image processing to help overcome the effects of camera shake and produce satisfyingly crisp results, while also contributing to a reassuring shooting experience.

ISO 2000 capability for better pictures in lower light
With an extended light sensitivity range from ISO 80 all the way up to ISO 2000, the COOLPIX P60 makes it easier to take great-looking pictures in lower lighting conditions, or to capture fast moving subjects with impressive clarity.

AA-size batteries for shoot-anywhere convenience
Experience the convenience of an AA-size battery compatible compact digital camera. Thanks to the advantage of being able to pick up a new set of batteries in virtually any corner of the world, users can shoot with reassurance, free of any worries about recharging batteries or running out of power when a special shutter chance arises.

Nikon COOLPIX P60 Other Features

  • Three Unique Nikon Image Innovations
    Face-priority AF, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, D-Lighting
  • Macro shooting from as close as 10 cm (4 in.)
  • 4x digital zoom extends compositional freedom
  • Time zone function for easy setting of multiple locations
  • SDHC card compatibility
  • Approx. 12 MB of internal memory
  • USB connectivity
  • PictBridge support

Nikon COOLPIX P60 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 8.5 million pixels total
• 8.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes 3264 x 2448 (8M), 2592 x 1944 (5M), 2048 x 1536 (3M), 1600 x 1200 (2M), 1280 x 960 (1M), 1024 x 768 (PC), 640 x 480 (TV), 3264 x 2176 (3:2), 3264 x 1836 (16:9)
Lens • 5x optical zoom
• 36-180 (35mm equiv.)
• 6.4 - 32.0mm
• f/3.6 - 4.5
Image stabilization • Sensor-shift VR
Conversion lenses no
Digital zoom up to 4x
Focus distance • 40cm (1 ft. 4 in.) to infinity (∞)
• Macro close-up mode: 10cm (4 in.) to infinity (∞)
ISO sensitivity ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, Auto (auto gain ISO 80 - 800)
Viewfinder

0.2-in., approx. 201k-dot, equivalent

LCD monitor 2.5-in., approx. 153k-dot, TFT LCD
Connectivity USB 2.0 High Speed
Storage • SD/SDHC card
• Approx 12MB internal memory
Power • 2x AA battery
• AC Adapter EH-65A (optional)
Weight (no batt) 160 g (5.6 oz.)
Dimensions 95.5 x 63.5 x 36 mm (3.8 x 2.5 x 1.4 in.)