News Brief: Nikon, Sony Gear Announcements


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As expected, Nikon announced four additions to its Coolpix lineup:


  • Nikon Coolpix S1200pj will hopefully improve on the projector feature first introduced with the S1000. It allows easier sharing to YouTube, and allows you to shoot tethered to an iPhone or iPad.
  • Nikon Coolpix S8200 will have 16MP and 14x wide-angle zoom, plus the ability to do JPG capture during video recording.
  • Nikon Coolpix AW100is designed to be waterproof (up to 33′), survive low temperatures (to 14 degrees Farenheit), and even falls (up to 5′). The buttons are chunky — just in case you’re wearing gloves or have pudgy fingers. GPS is included for geotagging, and the video will record slow motion at 720p. 
  • Nikon Coolpix P7100 replaces the P7000 barely a year after the latter’s introduction, but introduces a handful of improvements, including quicker AF speed and lowered shooting time lag. Hopefully it will also avoid the problems with the lens protector that dogged its predecessor. In an interesting development, Nikon have stuck with a 10mp sensor, which is actually a good thing given the 2.0 crop factor. Will also include a tilt screen (missing from Nikon’s SLRs, save for the D5100), HDR, a built-in ND filter, and an expanded series of “art filters” like those found on iPhones. Nikon users will still complain that it’s not the G12.

Press releases, photos, and other goodies available on Nikon Rumors.

Not to be left out, Sony likewise announced several products, many of which have been circulating in the rumor mill for weeks:

  • A77 SLR 24mp
  • A65 SLR 24mp
  • Battery grip for A77
  • 16-50mm f/2.8 lens
  • NEX-7 (24mp)
  • NEX-5N (16mp)
  • VG-20 (16mp)
  • Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 (E mount)
  • Sony 50mm f/1.8 (E mount)
  • Sony 55-210 (E mount)

Sony Alpha Rumors also shows the full text of a USA Today article regarding the new Sony releases, and is likely to have full press releases and info as it comes out.



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