The Nikon Coolpix digital camera series is the range of point-and-shoot cameras developed by
Nikon. This series is changing quite rapidly as Nikon adds cameras and discontinues others. The most
up-to-date models (released in 2011), belong in the following four series and are all currently available:
The All-Weather Series cameras are the AW100 (16 MP) and the AW100s (also 16 MP). They are
water resistant to about 10m, cold resistant down to -10 degree C, and will
resist shock when dropped from a height up to 1.5m from the ground. They also have a vibration reduction
function and 1080p video recording. The AW100 also has GPS geotagging (not the AW100s).
The Nikon Coolpix digital camera Life Series includes the L23 (10.1 MP) and the L120 (14.1MP). These Nikon point
and shoot cameras also have Vibration Reduction and a CCD sensor. The L120 has ISO up to 6,400, 720p
video recording with stereo sound and uses AA batteries.
The Performance Series includes the P300 (12.2 MP), P500 (12.1 MP) and P7100 (10.1 MP). The most important
differentiating features are: the P300 has a fast f/1.8 lens (good for low light levels where you don't want to use
flash), the P500 has a tiltable screen, and the P7100 has RAW image support.
The Nikon Coolpix digital camera Style Series has model numbers all beginning with 'S'. Sensor resolution sizes are from
12.1 to 16.0 MP. Model numbers include: S100, S1200pj, S2500, S3100, S4100, S4150, S5100, S6100, S6150,
S6200, S8200 and S9100.
Is a Compact Digital Camera Right for Me?
Compact digital cameras (or point-and-shoot cameras) are very small and totally portable, designed to
fit in your pocket or handbag easily so you can take it with you everywhere you go. Casio compact digital cameras were
among the smallest and thinnest when they started the ball rolling around 2002 but today many
other manufacturers are producing lightweight, slim and elegant point-and-shoot cameras.
Most compacts have a lens which retracts into the body of the camera
which means that even with the smallest of them, the focal length can be relatively long allowing you to
zoom in on your subject.
If your camera is in your pocket or handbag, keys and other loose objects are a danger to the optics!
To counter this, the lens usually has a built-in lens cap which automatically closes when the camera
is shut down to protect the optics.
Compact cameras come with a wrist strap. If you keep the strap wound around your wrist when
shooting, it helps to protect against accidentally dropping it. Some of the thicker compacts allow
you to attach a neck strap for extra security.
Compacts don't have the advanced features of an SLR camera such as the ability to change lenses for
example and picture quality is not as high as it would be with an SLR but ease-of-use and compactness make them an
attractive buy. Compact cameras are great for holiday, parties, weddings, in fact just about every situation
you find yourself and the beauty of them is you need never miss a shot as they are so lightweight you
can always keep your camera with you.
In 2011 some manufacturers started producing compact digital cameras which can take 3D still
photos which can be played back on a 3D television, an exciting development for the future.