Nikon just announced three new P&S cameras – the S800c, android OS based point and shoot with 10x zoom, the Enthusiast level Nikon P7700 – similar to the Gxx series on the Canon Side and the Coolpix S01, a miniature compact camera built around tiny 10MP sensor. S800c ($349), P7700 ($499), and S01 ($180)

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Nikon Coolpix S800c specs

  • Sensor is a back-illuminated CMOS sensor 16 million pixels
  • 10x Optical Zoom Lens
  • Equipped with Android 2.3 (gingerbread)
  • Full Android experience means easy sharing photos with Facebook, Instagram and more
  • On screen keyboard
  •  Wi-Fi with support WPS2.0 & GPS
  • (VR) The lens-shift + electronic camera shake compensation
  • Monitor – 3.5-inch organic EL 850,000 dot, electrostatic touch panel
  • 140 shot battery life –
  • Available for sale in late September

My Thoughts – for those that like to share this is certainly an interesting camera – it opens the door to having a very solid camera, compared to current smartphones, that you can easily share out the images that you take.  I do hope that they have written some custom software to take advantage of these two but when you think about all of the photo apps in the Google Play store you realize that you will have quite a bit of flexibility with this camera – first one I am thinking of is LapseitPro- setup for very nice time lapse images without needing any other equipment, except maybe a tripod 🙂 Sadly it turns out that Nikon has separated the OS from the camera and all you really have access to are the images and videos after capture, meaning the OS does not have access to the camera hardware- I find this a bit disappointing.

CoolPix P7700
CoolPix P7700 – Well made body, lots of manual controls

Nikon Coolpix P7700 specs

  • Magnesium alloy body
  • 12MP Back-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • 7X Optical zoom (28mm-200mm) f/2.0 aperture
  • Full HD video with stereo audio and manual exposure control of video
  • 3″ 920K dots, vari-angle LCD monitor
  • (VR) lens-shift correction effect, about four stages of camera shake compensation equivalent shutter
  • Advanced Wireless Lighting master and remote control
  • 8 fps / continuous shooting (up to 6 frames max)
  • High-speed continuous shooting 120 frames s (up to 60 frames) 1280 x 960 (1M).
  • Available for sale in late September

Nikon’s answer to Canon Gxx series which now is a bit behind since Canon has shoved a DSLR sized sensor in their latest G1 X but you are paying a good bit more for that image quality.  The sensor in the P7700 is on par with traditional P&S cameras so nothing very special there but full manual controls and full manual control when shooting video(1080p) is a nice feature maybe even more exciting to some is the Wireless Flash Controls – fire off camera flashes with this little camera and you have the potential for some excellent versatility, mostly will likely appeal to existing Nikon shooters that already own a flash or two. It will feature a very bright lens, with an f/2 aperture at its widest setting, which means it should perform well in low light. It has a 7x optical zoom (28-200mm), 3-inch swiveling LCD, lots of physical dials and controls, can capture RAW files but no optical viewfinder.

CoolPix S01
CoolPix S01- About the size of a credit card
CoolPix S01
CoolPix S01 – Look at that one home button on the back. . wonder when Apple will sue 🙂

Coolpix S01 3x ultra-compact with 10MP CCD sensor

  • Weighs approximately 3.4 ounces
  • small form factor (3.1 x 2.1 x 0.7 in.)
  • Touch Screen operation
  • 10MP  – similar sensor to camera phones
  • 3x Zoom
Who is this camera for?  People without smartphones that want smartphone like quality in a tiny package. . . spend a bit more, get a camera that is just a little bit bigger and you will have better results – I am not excited about this. . but maybe I am missing something?

 

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