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Touchy touchy: Nikon's Coolpix S60 jettisons bothersome dials, buttons

New Nikon S60 camera with touch-screen controls

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Here, my friends, is 3.5 inches of touch-screen bliss on a compact point-and-shoot from Nikon, the Coolpix S60. The only buttons on it are for power and the shutter, everything else requires some finger-on-display action.

For example, should you want to take a portrait shot you'll be able to use the new Portrait One-Touch Zoom function that'll automatically zoom in by tapping on the subject and set the shot up with the correct framing and focus. You'll of course need your fingertips--or the included stylus--for more than just taking pictures.

In playback mode, you use your fingertips to scroll through your pics and touching the screen lets you instantly zoom in. There's also a Draw Function for adding notes or drawings to the images.

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The 10-megapixel camera features a 5x Zoom-Nikkor lens, an HDMI jack, and all the shooting modes you're likely to find on this year's models including Smile Mode and Blink Warning.

Since we haven't tested one yet I'm on the fence as to whether "all touch-screen, all the time" is a blessing or a curse (likely a little of each), but from strictly a feature standpoint it sounds like a fun camera.

Available in crimson red, espresso black, arctic white, burgundy, champagne pink, and platinum bronze, the S60 hits stores in September 2008 at an MSRP of $349.95.