Nikon busted out eight new cameras yesterday, including two megazooms (one high-end, one budget), four S-series ultra-compact models, and two sub-$130 cheapies.
Here are the stand-outs among the eight models announced:
Nikon Coolpix P90 Easily the most compelling--and most expensive--of the new cameras, the P90 is an update to the Coolpix P80. Though not as compact as the P80 at 3.3x4.53 x3.9 inches and 16.2 ounces (vs. the P80's 3.1x4.3x3.1 inches and 12.9-ounce weight), the lens has been ramped up to a 24x optical zoom (26 to 624mm equivalent, f/2.8-5.0) and and resolution has been increased to 12 megapixels. The sensor size remains thesame at 1/2.33 inch, though, so I'm guessing low-light performance will suffer a bit. The most interesting change is the bigger (3-inch) and better LCD, which tilts and swivels out 90 degrees, making it easier to compose shots at high and low angles (a feature competing megazooms like the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS have already included). The Sports Continuous scene mode has been upped to 15fps (from 13fps in the P80) and up to 45 frames (vs. 30 frames), when you set resolution to 3 megapixels or less. The P90 will ship for $399.95 in March. If that's too steep for you, you can opt for the new Nikon Coolpix L100, which will ship in March for $279.95. Officially part of Nikon's Life or L series (read: budget), the L100 has a 15x optical zoom lens (28 to 420mm, f/3.5-5.4) and a non-swiveling, 3-inch LCD, and supports ISO 80 to 3200 (vs. the P90's ISO 64 to 6400). Coolpix S230), the S220 is a 10-megapixel shooter with a 3x optical zoom lens (35 to 105mm, f/3.1-5.9). At 2.2x3.5x0.7 inches and 3.5 ounces, the S220 is even slimmer than the S230 (which is 3.6x2.3x0.8 inches and 4.1 ounces), but also sports a weaker LCD: 2.5 inches, 150,000 dots (vs. the S230's 3-inch 230,000-dot touchscreen). Though Nikon claims the S230's touchscreen performs faster than its predecessor's (i.e., the S60's), I'd take a slimmer profile over a touch-screen on a camera any day. The S220 will ship this month and comes in five colors. The S230, also ships this month (in five different colors). Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS85 coming out in April for $119.95, which sports a 33-132mm (equivalent), f/2.8-5.9 lens. The L19 ships this month, along with its $129.95 sibling, the Coolpix L20, which sports a 3-inch LCD and 10 megapixels (both cameras are powered by AA batteries).