updated 01:10 am EDT, Wed August 24, 2011
New Coolpix S1200pj, S6200, S8200, S100
Nikon's camera launches continued Wednesday with four S series Coolpix models. Topping these for uniqueness is the S1200pj, its next-generation projection camera. It now has a brighter 20-lumen pico projector and supports iPads, iPhones, and iPods to show both imagery at sizes as well as raw content and PC material, all up to 60 inches across.
On a practical level, the camera captures 14-megapixel stills with a 5X lens and 720p videos. It brings in filters and other special effects from the other cameras in the range.
Compact long-zoom cameras have also pushed Nikon's limits in the S8200. The 16-megapixel camera carries a CMOS sensor and fits a 14X Nikkor-grade ED (enhanced dispersion) lens. If resolution isn't a factor, it can shoot at up to five frames per second and will actually take photos in advance to speed up shooting in reliable situations. Its sister camera, the S6200, has the same resolution but a less aggressive 10X lens.
Both should shoot 720p video, though the S8200 has a three-inch LCD to the 2.7 inches on the S6200.
Nikon rounds out the additions by chasing after Sony's stylized Cyber-shots with the S100. It embodies the same very thin, sliding-cover layout of its Japanese rival's cameras but still manages a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, 5X zoom, and 1080p video. The 3.5-inch touchscreen control isn't unheard of but uses a more colorful OLED instead of an LCD.
All four cameras are due in mid-September, starting off at $230 for the S6200 and moving up to $300 for the S100, $330 for the S8200, and $430 for the S1200pj.