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Nikon debuts Coolpix P520, S9500, S6500 and L820 mid-range compacts

Jan 29, 2013 at 04:01 GMT

CP+ 2013: Nikon has unveiled a quartet of mid-level Coolpix compacts including the Coolpix P520 42x superzoom and S9500 22x compact superzoom, alongside the Coolpix L820 30x budget superzoom and the S6500 12x compact. The P520 features the same 24-1000mm equivalent zoom seen in the P510 but moves to an 18MP BSI CMOS sensor and is compatible with the optional WU-1a Wi-Fi module. The S9500 has built-in Wi-Fi and fits the same 18MP sensor into a slim body with a 25-550mm equivalent lens.

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WITH INCREDIBLE ZOOM RANGES, NIKON’S NEW S9500, P520 and L820 COOLPIX CAMERAS MAKE CAPTURING ACTION AT A DISTANCE EASY

Combining Connectivity with High Quality NIKKOR Lenses, Nikon’s New COOLPIX Cameras are Designed for Every Shooting Occasion

MELVILLE, NY (January 28, 2013) – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced three new COOLPIX digital cameras with high-power zoom lenses, enabling consumers to capture beautiful images and videos at a wide range of distances. The COOLPIX P520 sports a 42x zoom lens and the versatility needed for advanced performance, while the 22x zoom COOLPIX S9500 combines impressive range with an ultra-slim, pocketable package. Both feature Wi-Fi®connectivity1 that allows users to send images and videos from their camera directly to a compatible smart device through the Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application1, ideal for sharing content with others as well as for posting to social networking sites. The compact COOLPIX L820 offers a 30x zoom and an ergonomic design, making it simple and fun to comfortably capture images and videos at various distances. Great for anyone from the weekend jetsetter to the everyday memory maker, the zoom lenses and user-friendly features of the newest COOLPIX cameras make them ideal to have on-hand for any occasion.

“Nikon’s new long zoom COOLPIX cameras provide consumers with the chance to capture a diverse range of subjects and scenes, whether near the subject or at a distance,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “Designed for the frequent traveler, the instant sharer, and the family memory keeper, these new COOLPIX cameras offer trusted Nikon technology, high image quality, Full HD video and a variety of other features that meet photographers’ needs.”

The Nikon COOLPIX P520: The Advanced Performance Ultra Zoom Camera
For those looking to capture a beautiful and sharp image up close or at a distance, the new COOLPIX P520 boasts a 42x optical zoom-NIKKOR glass lens with an impressive zoom range from a wide 24mm to a whopping 1000mm (35mm equivalent), for users that require the very best in performance and versatility. Lens-shift Vibration Reduction (VR) alongside the new Active Mode assist in capturing blur-free images and video, while full manual controls give users the power to realize their creative potential when shooting. The P520 also features an 18.1-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor and high ISO sensitivity to ensure quality images even in low-light conditions. 

Additionally, the COOLPIX P520 allows users to not only shoot images from a distance, but also at unique angles thanks to a versatile 3.2-inch Vari-Angle LCD monitor. Additionally, Full HD (1080p) video recording with stereo sound is possible with the simple touch of the dedicated movie record button. This ultra-zoom camera comes with built-in GPS capabilities as well, allowing photographers to log their journey with an easy-to-use display.

To share images and videos instantly with family and friends, the P520 is compatible with the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter2. This optional accessory paired along with the downloadable Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application1 allows users to transfer their images and videos to compatible smart devices and tablets for easy sharing and viewing with others.

The Nikon COOLPIX L820: A Comfortable Long Zoom Camera Fit to Preserve Precious Family Memories
Designed to capture stunning images at various distances, the compact COOLPIX L820 sports a high-power 30x zoom, a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, and Vibration Reduction (VR) technology to help keep shots steady. With its super wide-angle lens, covering from wide-angle 22.5mm to super-telephoto 675mm, users have the versatility to capture crisp, vivid images, whether up-close or at a distance. The camera’s 3-inch monitor, ergonomic design, along with the convenience of AA-size batteries and a dedicated video button make it easy and fun for users to shoot comfortably. Thanks to a simple and intuitive interface, users can easily access a wide range of features, including Easy Auto Mode and Smart Portrait System, which enable them to enhance their photos with options like Red Eye Fix and Face-Priority AF. Other special effects include Glamour Retouch, Filter Effects and Skin Softening for optimal portrait enhancements.

The Nikon COOLPIX S9500: New Ultra-Slim Zoom Offering Shares World Travels With Ease
The slim COOLPIX S9500 sports a 22x optical zoom (25-550mm) and is the perfect companion for anyone that wants to capture and share high-quality images and HD videos with a sleek and stylish package. Small enough to keep close in a shirt pocket or purse, the S9500 features an 18.1-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, ideal for capturing low-light images with clarity and sharpness. It also sports a legendary NIKKOR lens with Vibration Reduction (VR) to minimize the effects of blur and camera shake. For those who want to capture their journey through video, this camera also offers Full HD (1080p) movie recording with stereo sound. Additionally, a bright 3-inch OLED monitor assists users to clearly compose or view their recorded movies or captured images, even when in bright conditions. The COOLPIX S9500 also offers various shooting effects to enhance memories, including an upgraded Glamour Retouch function, Skin Softening and Quick Effects.

To enhance the user’s sharing capabilities when away from family and friends, the S9500 offers a built-in GPS function to provide the user the ability to log their travels and share where they have been. In addition, the camera offers built-in Wi-Fi®1 connectivity so images and videos can be shared while on the go by transferring them to a compatible smart device equipped with the Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application1. It also enables users to remotely take photos with the camera from a compatible smartphone or tablet.

The COOLPIX S6500: Compact Camera that Packs a Powerful 12x Zoom
Announced earlier this month, the COOLPIX S6500 is designed for those looking for an easy-to-carry camera that takes and shares great photos, easily. The camera features a 12x optical zoom lens, a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and a variety of user-friendly features, including five new Glamour Retouch effects, all packed into a slim, stylish camera body. In addition to an extensive feature set, the S6500 offers built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity1 that allows users to transfer images and HD movies from their camera directly to a compatible smart device.

Price and Availability:
The COOLPIX P520 will be available for a suggested retail price of $449.95* in Black, Red, and Dark Grey in February 2013. The COOLPIX L820 will be available for a suggested retail price of $279.95* in Black and Red, while the COOLPIX S9500 will be available for a suggested retail price of $349.95* in Black, Silver, and Red. Both will be available in February 2013. Additionally, the previously announced COOLPIX S6500 will be available in early February for a suggested retail price of $219.95* in Silver, Black, Red and Orange.

In order to give consumers a more effective way to understand the benefits of each COOLPIX camera and to help users determine the best camera to fit their lifestyle, Nikon has segmented the COOLPIX series into five categories: Advanced Performance, Fun & Innovative, Ultra-Slim Zoom, Comfort Long Zoom and Budget Friendly. For more information about these and other COOLPIX cameras, please visit www.nikonusa.com

About Nikon
Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics as well as the Nikon 1 advanced camera with interchangeable lens system. In 2012, production of NIKKOR lenses surpassed 75 million, creating a new milestone in Nikon's heritage of superior optics. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the Web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities. Connect with Nikon and other photographers on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nikon and get the latest news and information from Twitter by following @NikonUSA.

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*SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

Nikon Coolpix P520, L820, S9500 and S6500 specifications

 Nikon Coolpix P520Nikon Coolpix L820Nikon Coolpix S9500Nikon Coolpix S6500
Body type
Body typeSLR-like (bridge)Compact
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 34564608 x 3456
Other resolutions4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3648 x 2736, 2832 x 2832, 2592 x 1944, 1984 x 1488, 1920 x 1080, 1024 x 768
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels18 megapixels16 megapixels18 megapixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
Image
ISOAuto,80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, 3200Auto, 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200Auto, 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationOpticalUnknownOptical
Uncompressed formatUnknownNo
File format
  • JPEG (DCF) EXIF 2.21
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–1000 mm23–675 mm25–550 mm25–300 mm
Optical zoom41.7×30×22×12×
Maximum apertureF2.8 - F5.9
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Face Detection
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusYesYes
Normal focus range80 cm (31.5)
Macro focus range5 cm (1.97)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDUnknownNoFixed
Screen size3.23
Screen dots614,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coatingOLED monitorAMOLED display
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronicNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed8 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Smart Auto
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual Exposure
  • Scene
  • Movie
  • GPS
  • Wi-Fi
  • Apps (Magic)
Scene modes
  • 3D Photo
  • PIP
  • Split Shot
  • HDR
  • Magic Frame
  • Beauty Shot
  • Night
  • Landscape
  • Text
  • Sunset
  • Dawn
  • Backlight
  • Beach & Snow
Built-in flashYes
Flash range3.50 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Continuous drive10 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, Double)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 10801920 x 10801920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneStereoMonoStereoMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included15 MB65 MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes
WirelessOptionalBuilt-In
Wireless notesWU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery PackAABattery Pack
Battery descriptionNikon EN-EL5 Lithium-Ion battery4 x AA (Alkaline, NiMH, Oxyride or Lithium)Nikon EN-EL12 Lithium-Ion batteryLithium-Ion SLB-10A rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)200320230
Weight (inc. batteries)550 g (1.21 lb / 19.40 oz)470 g (1.04 lb / 16.58 oz)205 g (0.45 lb / 7.23 oz)250 g (0.55 lb / 8.82 oz)
Dimensions125 x 84 x 102 mm (4.92 x 3.31 x 4.02)111 x 76 x 85 mm (4.37 x 2.99 x 3.35)110 x 60 x 31 mm (4.33 x 2.36 x 1.22)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSBuiltInNoneBuiltIn

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