Welcome to the digicam monsoon season. Yesterday we got a good soaking from Olympus and Canon, and today’s rains have been even more delightful, bringing us a new Coolpix line-up boasting Wi-Fi, 10x zoom and some very smart styling.
First, let’s start with that zoomer – the 6 megapixel S10 (pictured above). It bears a strong resemblance to last year’s S4, which proudly carried the torch of the age-old Coolpix swivel lens design into 2006.
Aside from being particularly handy for shooting over crowds’ heads at festivals, the swivelling lens manages to offer 10x optical zoom, which is particularly impressive considering its new trimmed down body.
There are plenty of software aids to help you frame your shots including the ‘Face Priority’ autofocus for locking onto your mates’ mugs, and you get all the usual anti-shake gubbins with a decent ISO sensitivity of 800 to help illuminate dimly lit rooms.
Our particular favourite, though, is the S7c (pictured below). It’s an update on the marvellous S6, which means it has on-board Wi-Fi for pinging shots straight to a printer – an optional extra by the name of PD-10 – alongside its suave black styling.
Astute readers will have deduced from the model number that it’s bumped up the megapixel count to seven, and there are other extras to get onlookers cooing in the form of a 3in screen and a rather impressive ISO 1600 rating for low light.
If all that formed an image of a neon sign flashing ‘overkill’ in your head, the S9 provides a stripped-down alternative. It confusingly has only a 6.1MP sensor rather than nine, and does away with extras like Wi-Fi in favour of a Johnny Average CV that reads ‘2.5in screen, 30fps movie mode, anti-shake tech’.
Nikon has also introduced two L-series snappers, the 7.2MP L5 and 6MP L6, which are so offensively average-looking by comparison that we’ve decided not to dirty your eyes with pics. If this has given them an intriguing air of mystery, head to the link below for more info.
Nikon S10, S7c, S9, L5, L6
Price: £300, £300, £200, £tba, £tba
On sale: All September
Contact: Nikon Coolpix