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Cool new Nikons for Christmas

There are nine new Nikon Coolpix models in all shapes and sizes, headlined by an updated Wi-Fi model.

There are nine new Nikon Coolpix models in all shapes and sizes, headlined by an updated Wi-Fi model.

In the lead up to the festive buying season -- formerly known as Christmas -- there'll be nine new Coolpix models landing on our shores. The newborns range from basic models running off AA batteries to everything-bar-the-kitchen sink units. There's even a model with built-in Wi-Fi.

S-Series
These compact models all sport 3x optical zoom lenses and some form of non-digital image stabilisation. But the hero model is a Wi-Fi capable S51c, a replacement for last year's S50c. It may be a little ahead of its time, though, as hen's teeth outnumber free Wi-Fi hotspots in Australia. And there's no stripped-down Web browser to allow users to sign-up for the services that are currently available in capital cities.

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Coolpix S51

Coolpix S51c
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Coolpix S700

Coolpix S510 Price AU$399 AU$499 AU$649 AU$499 On sale Mid-September Mid-September October October Colours Silver, black, blue Silver Silver, black Silver, black Sensor (CCD) 8.1-megapixel 8.1-megapixel 12.1-megapixel 8.1-megapixel Optical zoom 3x
(38mm-114mm) 3x
(38mm-114mm) 3x
(37mm-111mm) 3x
(35mm-105mm) LCD size 3.0-inch 3.0-inch 2.7-inch 2.5-inch Image stabilisation Optical Optical Sensor shift Optical Wi-Fi No 802.11b/g No No

P-Series
New to the P-series are these two very black units. There's the P50, which features a wide-angle 3.6x optical zoom lens, and the P5100, which boasts a 12.1-megapixel CCD sensor.

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Nikon Coolpix P50

Nikon Coolpix P5100 Price AU$429 AU$649 On sale October October Colours Black Black Sensor 8.1-megapixel CCD 12.1-megapixel CCD Optical zoom 3.6x (28mm-102mm) 3.5x (35mm-123mm) LCD size 2.4-inch 2.5-inch Image stabilisation Sensor shift Optical Battery type 2 x AA (supplied) Rechargeable Li-ion

L-Series
Nikon has replaced the entry level models in its Coolpix range. Both the L14 and L15 are powered by two AA-batteries, with the L15 featuring an 8-megapixel sensor and optical image stabilisation.

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Nikon Coolpix L14

Nikon Coolpix L15 Price AU$249 AU$299 On sale October October Colours Silver Silver, black Sensor 7.1-megapixel CCD 8-megapixel CCD Optical zoom 3x (35mm-105mm) 3x (35mm-105mm) LCD size 2.4-inch 2.8-inch Image stabilisation None Optical Battery type 2 x AA (supplied) 2 x AA (supplied)