Nikon has announced the Coolpix L610 - a 14x compact superzoom camera that takes AA batteries. The L610 includes a healthy feature set - 16MP back-lit CMOS sensor, 25-350mm equivalent, image-stabilized zoom lens and 1080p30 HD video capability. However, reflecting its position at the top of Nikon's more affordable 'L' series of compacts, it uses the widely available, though relatively inefficient AA battery type. It will sell at around its suggested selling price of $250.

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NIKON'S NEW COOLPIX L610 COMPACT CAMERA WITH INCREDIBLE ZOOM LENS MAKES IT EASY TO CAPTURE A FAMILY'S ACTIVE, ALWAYS ON-THE-GO LIFESTYLE

MELVILLE, N.Y. (August 9, 2012) – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the new COOLPIX L610, an affordable compact digital camera featuring an impressive 14x optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens and an Easy Auto Mode to help ensure the capture of stunning photos and Full HD (1080p) video. Whether shooting on vacation in the tropical sun or capturing a night game from the stands, the 16-megapixel backside illuminated CMOS sensor helps conquer challenging lighting conditions for picture-perfect memories.

The COOLPIX L610 offers performance and versatility not commonly found among affordable super zoom cameras. Featuring a precise autofocus system, a large 3-inch LCD monitor that provides a bright display with faithful color reproduction, and the convenience of AA-size battery support, the L610 ensures a memorable shooting experience to capture memories with great images and HD video.

"The new COOLPIX L610's 14x zoom lens and CMOS sensor give consumers the boost they need to capture their favorite moments wherever life takes them," said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. "Lightweight and compact, the L610 is the essential camera for any family activity."

Versatile Performance for Everyday Adventures

Photographers can experience amazing depth and sharpness in their photos thanks to the 14x optical zoom that covers from a wide-angle 25mm to a distant 350mm (35mm format equivalent), making this an ideal camera to cover near, far and everything in between. This high-performance NIKKOR lens has two ED glass elements and lens construction consisting of 11 elements in 10 groups. For photographing close-up subjects, macro shooting is possible from as close as approximately 0.4 in/1 cm (at wide-angle setting). Additionally, optical VR image stabilization minimizes the effects of camera shake to help users create sharp, clear photos and videos in challenging light or while handheld. With a 16.0-megapixel backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor, image details can be beautifully reproduced even in low-light.

Easy to Capture Memories Through Photo and HD Video

To create consistently great images, Nikon's Easy Auto Mode automatically selects from among six Scene Modes including Portrait, Landscape, Night Portrait, Night landscape, Close-up and Backlighting to fit the most common challenging scenes. By simply framing the subject, the most appropriate Scene Mode is automatically selected according to the shooting situation. This allows the photographer to be ready for any possible occasion, whether it is a flattering portrait of a friend in front of a nighttime city skyline, or a subject that is backlit from the sun. What's more, the COOLPIX L610 adds the convenience of easily accessible AA battery power, so at home or far away, power will always be within reach even if an outlet is not.

Furthermore, users can enjoy recording impressive movies in Full HD 1080p with stereo sound. The conveniently located Movie-Record button enables one-touch recording at anytime. To make sharing simple, the HDMI mini connector and USB/audio video connector make it quick and easy to upload videos and photos.

Price and Availability

The Nikon COOLPIX L610 will be available in September 2012 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $249.95* in a variety of colors including Red, Black and Silver. For more information about this COOLPIX camera or other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

*SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time. Specifications, equipment and release dates are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

Nikon Coolpix L610 specifications

Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
Image
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatUnknown
Optics & Focus
Normal focus range50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots460,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Videography features
FormatH.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included28 MB
Connectivity
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
Physical
BatteryAA
Battery descriptionAA Alkaline X2, AA Lithium X 2, EN-MH2 (available separately) X2, AC adapter EH-65A (available separately)
Battery Life (CIPA)120
Weight (inc. batteries)240 g (0.53 lb / 8.47 oz)
Dimensions108 x 69 x 34 mm (4.25 x 2.72 x 1.34)
Other features
GPSNone

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