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Nikon developing rival to Canon G11?

updated 09:40 am EST, Wed March 3, 2010

Nikon Coolpix would have DSLR tech

Nikon is developing a rival to Canon's PowerShot G11, the company's UK senior product manager Kevin Egan said in a recent interview. He told Amateur Photographer that the G11 is considered a "benchmark" for high-end prosumer compacts and that a model should come out soon with similar performance. While short on what this entails, Egan did say it would likely borrow technology from Nikon's DSLRs and have the build of a high-end Coolpix point-and-shoot.

Such a camera would most likely involve a relatively large sensor, whether APS-C sized to match the performance of crop-frame DSLRs or just a larger than average compact camera's sensor. It may also switch to CMOS or use other technologies to improve low-light performance and is likely to have more manual control. The P6000 embraced manual control and support for features like a hot shoe flash, but it focused on resolution and hasn't been available since August.

Egan didn't provide a release date at the time of the article, but a French teaser campaign along with a scheduled press morning may put the release of the mystery camera on March 8th. No concrete rumors have yet surfaced for the camera itself. [via Nikon Rumors]

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  1. JeffHarris

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    Nikon M4/3?

    I'd love to see Nikon come out with a Micro Four Thirds camera.

  1. ClevelandAdv

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    Joined: Jul 2004


    New DSLR's please

    Adding "s" to the current models doesn't count.
    How about getting past 12MP for under $8k

  1. legacyb4

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    Joined: May 2001


    Dust on sensor problem?

    I hope they don't include the G-series "feature" of getting dust on the sensor with no way to clean it!

  1. SierraDragon

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    Long requested...

    At every trade show for MANY years pros including me have been badgering Nikon to provide a decent RAW Coolpix for pocket usage. It is long, long overdue!

  1. facebook_Glen

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    G11 is easy to carry

    Canon G11 is a great camera. The photos are excellent and it has every function you will need. I sold my great Nikon d300 camera because was too big and heavy for me then, after that I went to the store and bought G11. It is light weight and easy to carry. Canon G11 has very good picture quality. The photos are excellent and it has every function that I want.

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