Nikon updates Coolpix range with S100, S8200 and AW100

The new range of Coolpix cameras from Nikon promise fine pictures, low-light fun, big zooms and hardcore shells. Here's the lowdown.

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Not had enough cameras after Sony's set of new snappers? Feast your eyes on this mighty haul from Nikon -- six new digital cameras sporting all kinds of funky jazz, including one we want to chuck in a stream.

Nikon Coolpix S100

The S100 doesn't want to confuse you with tonnes of nonsense so remains a fairly straightforward point and shoot. As well as a 5x zoom, it packs a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor that can capture 1080p video too.

Its party piece is its ability to take 3D images by shifting the position of the lens across two images, as there aren't two lenses to take 3D images in the usual fashion. It has a 3.5-inch multi-touch OLED screen that should make your pictures look great, but it doesn't support 3D images so you'll have to output your snazzy pics to a 3D compatible TV to see those.

It's available from September for a not inconsiderate £250.

Nikon Coolpix S1200pj

You know all those times you wanted to beam your pictures to a wall rather than look at them on a screen? No? Oh, well the S1200pj allows you to do just that if you decide you want to. It packs a built-in projector on its front so you can show off your pictures on a projection up to 60 inches across.

We're very interested to see how these photos actually look displayed this way -- good projectors cost a stonking amount of money and are generally pretty massive, so we're not expecting a great performance from it.

You can hook an iPhone or iPad up to it as well if you want to project stuff from those devices.

Oddly enough, it does also operate as a camera, packing a 14-megapixel CCD sensor that can shoot 720p (sadly not Full HD) video. You also get a bunch of creative shooting effects and a 5x zoom.

It's available from the end of September in black or pink for £400.

Nikon Coolpix S6200 and S8200

These two chaps both boast 16-megapixel sensors and both have nice big zooms. We like nice big zooms. The S6200 packs a 10x wide-angle zoom as well as 720p video recording and a night mode for low light shooting.

The S8200, however, boasts a longer 14x zoom and can handle 1080p video. It also offers features for low light shooting -- we'll judge how well it really handles the darkness when we get one in our hands and take it to our usual, dingy underground bars.

Both models offer a range of effects for your photos and videos and are available in a host of garish colours. Those zooms will be long enough to help bring the action closer, but if zoom lenses are your thing, we'd suggest looking at the mighty Fujifilm Finepix HS20EXR which offers a whopping 30x zoom, albeit in a more chunky body. Alternatively, you could just move closer to the object.

The S6200 and S8200 cost £180 and £280 respectively, and will be available toward the end of September.

Nikon Coolpix P7100

Aimed more at the serious amateur, the P7100 is hoping to offer enough to tempt you to take it along on a shoot with your dSLR.

The P7100 offers full manual control over your images so you can make sure that you've got things set up just right as you head out to pap Z-list celebrities. The CCD sensor inside it may only pump out 10.1-megapixels, but it's bigger than the sensors found on most compact digitals, so you can be confident that the resulting image quality will be very good and Nikon says it should be able to deal well with low-light situations.

Nikon promises that the EXPEED C2 image processor will deliver faster start-up and processing times as well as minimal lag between pressing the shutter button and the photo being taken to ensure that you can shoot your pictures quickly with no boring waiting around. How this actually works in practice remains to be seen, but you can rest assured that we'll find out if it does the job when we give it a full review.

It only manages to record 720p video, which is a little disappointing. On a model aimed at the slightly more serious user, we would have liked to have seen Full HD, especially considering the HDMI output for watching HD content on a big TV.

The P700 will be available toward the end of September for £500.

Nikon Coolpix AW100

Everyone likes rugged things, be it phones, tablets or big burly lumberjacks. That's why we were so pleased to see Nikon finally announce a camera built for the outdoors.

Along with a 16-megapixel sensor and 1080p movie function, this thing is waterproof to 10-metres, shock-proof with drops up to 1.5-metres and freeze-proof down to -10C -- so you're probably fine in taking it out on an average summer day in England (that's a weather joke, get it?).

The AW100 really wants you to get out and about so it's also packed in GPS, compass and maps stuff so you can navigate your way around the barren moors and geo-tag your photos for uploading to Flickr.

There are a bunch of effects on board too including a mode specifically designed for taking photos underwater. If you think the CNET UK team is getting their trunks ready for a trip to the swimming pool with this guy, then you're absolutely right.

It's coming in September for £330 in black, a totally hardcore camouflage and orange.

Make sure to keep it CNET UK for full reviews on all these cameras when they land on our desks.

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The S100 looks pretty sleek all closed up.
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See the slide-down bit on the front of the S1200pj? That's the projector.
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There's no projector on the back, silly. Turn it round!
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Classic compact camera colours here from the S6200.
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Look at that screen. Can you imagine all the different sort of things you could view on that? We can.
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Here the S8200 flashes off its mighty zoom. Is it over-compensating for something?
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Here's the reverse of the S8200, in black this time.
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The P7100 has a chunky-looking hand-grip which should prove useful when getting it out for that sudden flash of inspiration.
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It has a sliding out screen too -- useful for composing that low shot.
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The rugged AW100 here with its camo coat on. Don't drop it in shrubs, you may never find it.
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The back-side of the black AW100 is more conspicuous, standing out prominently against this unforgiving white background.

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