Nikon introduces two new affordable amateur cameras
Nikon just announced the Coolpix P50 and the P5100, the two newest members of its amateur photographer-oriented P-series.
A few months ago, Nikon released the 10-megapixel
The P5100 isn't the only amateur-oriented camera Nikon announced, though. The Coolpix P50 is Nikon's newest inexpensive, manual exposure control-oriented camera. This 8-megapixel camera lacks the high resolution or new image process of the P5100, but its 28 to 102mm-equivalent f/2.8-5.6 lens, support for accessory lenses, manual controls, optical viewfinder and low price tag make it a very appealing choice for frugal photographers. Unfortunately, it lacks the optical Vibration Reduction feature the P5100 uses; you'll have to settle for the camera's electronic image stabilization.
The Nikon Coolpix P5100 ships in late September, and will retail for about $400. The P50 hits stores in late October, with a suggested price of $250.