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Nikon adds eight cameras to its Coolpix range

Including the Nikon Coolpix P90 with 24x zoom

Nikon Coolpix P90

The Nikon Coolpix P90 has a 26-624mm lens (24x zoom)

Nikon has added eight new digital cameras to its Coolpix range, including the Nikon Coolpix P90 with its powerful 26-624mm lens.

The 12.1Mp Coolpix P90 will cost £379.99 when it is launched on 13 March 13. The P90 bridge camera is aimed at consumers who want a little more from their photography than a ‘point and shoot’ model can offer, but don’t yet want to upgrade to a digital SLR.

Mark Pekelharing, product manager for consumer products at Nikon, said: ‘The amazingly powerful 24x zoom, 3-inch LCD screen with vari-angle tilt function, vibration reduction, and high sensitivity (ISO 6,400) make the P90 a no-compromise bridge between a compact camera and a D-SLR.’

Nikon Coolpix S series

Nikon has also confirmed that it will be updating its S range of models, with the 20 February launch of the Nikon Coolpix S630, the Nikon Coolpix S620, the Nikon Coolpix S230 and the Nikon Coolpix S220.

The 12Mp S630 features a 7x optical zoom, while the 12.2Mp S620’s lens has a 4x zoom factor. Both models feature Nikon’s ‘blink proof’ technology and will be available in several colours. The S630 will cost £289.99, while the S620 will cost £239.99.

The S230 and the S220 will retail at £189.99 and £149.99 respectively. Both cameras have 10Mp sensors, 3x optical zooms, and maximum ISO sensitivities of 2,000. The S230’s LCD is half an inch larger than the S220’s 2.5 inch display. Both models will be sold in several colours.

Affordable digital cameras

Nikon has also announced the launch of three new ‘affordable’ Coolpix cameras: the £129.99 Coolpix L20 and the £99.99 Coolpix L19, which will be launched on 20th February, and the £239.99 Coolpix L100, which is scheduled for a 13 March launch.

Mark Pekelharing said: ‘With these three new cameras, you get the best of both worlds: quality imaging with many exciting features, and at an affordable price’.

According to Nikon, the 10Mp L100 has a 15x zoom, 15 scene modes, a maximum ISO setting of 3,200 and is able to take up to 15 pictures per second in its sports continuous mode. The more basic L20 and L19 feature ten and eight megapixel sensors respectively and are powered by AA batteries.

Richard Parris, Which? digital camera expert, said: ‘The predecessor to the S620 and S630 is a Which? Best Buy, as is the P90’s predecessor: the P80. Historically the L series hasn’t fared quite so well in our tests, but we look forward to testing a selection of these models when they become available.’

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