Nikon flashes digicam booty

Digital cameras from Nikon’s Coolpix range have been selling like champions. But, as the older generation passes the baton of digi-hope to the new, wi

Digital cameras from Nikon’s Coolpix range have been selling like champions. But, as the older generation passes the baton of digi-hope to the new, will we, the punters, be as eager to gobble them up?

Well, the first hurdle – choice – is quickly overcome. Nikon has overwhelmed us with seven new options from three series. Easily the most exciting of which is a sexy new slimline compact with Wi-Fi, the S6.

But there are also more muscular versions of it’s original P-series Wi-Fi cameras, and an aggressively-priced entry-level range.

The S6, and its non-wireless little friend, the S5, bear a resemblance to the popular S2, but their new wavy surface adds the pleasurable sensation of drunkenness. Both have six megapixel sensors, big LCDs, 3x optical zoom and a new onboard slideshow engine called PictMotion.

The S5 (shown above, top left), £300, will be out the end of this month and the S6 (bottom left), £350, will be out mid March.

We liked the first P-series Wi-Fi cameras for their simplicity. You can send your snaps to your computer the minute they’re shot and, if you get your hands on the wireless printer adapter PD-10, you’ll be able to do a bit of cable-free printing with PictBridge-compatible printers.

The new Ps up the ante with vibration reduction, improved 8.1MP resolution – up from 5.1MP on the original P1 and P2 – and some jazzy features that let you tamper with your snaps in-camera, to get rid of red eye or sharpen the focus on faces for example.

The P3, £350, will be out at the end of this month and the P4 (above, top right), £330, in mid March.

Finally, winning the medal for cheap and cheerful, is the L range – a trio of entry-level compacts with 3x zoom, 2in LCD screens and between four and six megapixels. The L2 (£130), and L3 (£170), shown above bottom right, will be available at the end of this month and the slightly pricier L4 (£200) Mid March.

We reckon us punters’ll be gobbling for some time to come…