Nikon announced today three new pieces of camera hardware, two of which are point-and-shoot cameras. The P7800 leads the pack with its full manual controls, a 1/1.7-inch 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and a 7.1x 28-200mm f/2-4 lens. Nikon also announced an extremely-compact and budget S02 point-and-shoot, as well as the battery-powered LD-1000 Movie Light.
Arriving later this month, the P7800 is a step-up from Nikon’s P7700 that the company released last year, with only a $50 increase to $550 this time around. The camera is capable of shooting 12.2-megapixel photos, with an 8fps burst mode, and an ISO range of 80 to 3200. What’s perhaps most impressive is the camera’s 3-inch articulating LCD screen, which can be folded out and flipped around for optimal control, or just to make sure your selfies turn out well.
As for the S02, it sports a rather small frame, making it one of the smallest point-and-shoot cameras that we’ve seen in awhile, making it easy to slip in and out of pockets without much fuss when you need to capture a photo quickly. It measures in at only 3.1-inches long, 2.1-inches wide and just 0.7-inches thin.
However, for just $180, the S02 seems to deliver, with the ability to shoot 13.2-megapixel photos, as well as full 1080p HD video. The camera also comes with a 3x zoom, allowing users to get in close on a subject just enough to get a more detailed look at something. The camera also sports a 2.7-inch touchscreen display.
However, the small size does come with its downsides. There’s no removable battery or expandable storage, so you’re stuck just using the built-in 7.3GB of storage for your photos and videos, but it’s certainly a step up from the S01, and the S02 will come in blue, silver, white and pink when it releases later this month.
As for the LD-1000 Movie Light, it comes with a four-LED setup with a built-in diffuser to provide fill light during video recordings or just regular photoshoots as well. The light comes with a frame to attach a camera to, and Nikon says it works with the company’s 1-Series mirrorless cameras, as well as Coolpix devices as well, but we’re guessing you could retrofit it to most point-and-shoot cameras.
The LD-1000 seems like a simple device, with an elegant cylinder shape that almost looks like a submarine periscope, but the $100 price tag may not put a smile on Nikon owners’ faces. Then again, it’s made to match and fit Nikon cameras nicely, so if it’s all about uniformity with your camera setup, this might be the right light for you. It’ll be available in black and white starting next month.