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Nikon adds VR in compact P60

Nikon's compact camera for those who want to retain a little shooting control also has a bigger zoom range.

Nikon Coolpix P60
Nikon Coolpix P60 Nikon USA

Taking on the popular Canon A720 IS with its update to the P50, Nikon's Coolpix P60 includes some nontrivial enhancements, including optical image stabilization (Vibration Reduction, or VR), an electronic viewfinder (which is unusual in a non-megazoom), and an increase in the zoom range to 5x up from 3.5x.

However, the longer zoom reach comes at the expense of the wide angle: the P50 offered an f/2.8-5.6 28mm-102mm-equivalent range, in contrast to the P60's narrower (though a bit faster at the telephoto end) f/3.6-4.5 36mm-180mm-equivalent range.

Though it uses the same 8-megapixel sensor as its predecessor and continues to operate off two AA batteries, the LCD grows a smidge to 2.7 inches from 2.4 inches. Oddly, like the P50, it offers Program and full Manual exposure modes, but no aperture- or shutter-priority shooting options.

Nikon plans to ship the Coolpix P60 in the beginning of March for $229.95.