updated 09:10 am EST, Wed February 3, 2010
Nikon S3000, S4000, S6000, S8000 launch
The second half of Nikon's compact camera launches today revolve around the designer Coolpix S series. The S8000 as the flagship touts a 14.2-megapixel sensor but also a 10X lens, four-direction IS, and ISO 3,200 light sensitivity. It has a particularly sharp 921,000-pixel preview LCD and captures 720p footage with stereo audio.
Software changes include a new flash system that adjusts ISO and shutter speeds to complement the flash and provide automatic backlight compensation. Action photography is also a minor emphasis as the camera can shoot continuously at 4FPS for over 11 seconds, albeit at 3 megapixels. The autofocusing system appropriately supports motion tracking.
Below this, the S6000 still has the same sensor depth and 720p video but with a 7X lens and a 230,000-pixel display. Other features are the same as on the S8000.
The S4000 behaves more like a traditional compact with a 12-megapixel sensor and a 4X lens but gains a 3-inch, 460,000-pixel touchscreen as its main interface. It loses the advanced burst and flash controls but still boasts 720p, the four-way IS and motion tracking.
Nikon leaves the S3000 as the relative starter model with the same resolution, lens and most software features of the S4000 but without 720p video or the touchscreen.
The S8000 ships first and will be ready this month for $300. All others ship in March and will carry prices of $250 for the S6000, $200 for the S4000, and $150 for the S3000.