The Nikon Coolpix P7100 and AW100 surfaced this afternoon on Nikon Rumors a little while before their anticipated unveiling later tonight/tomorrow.
The P7100 looks to be the replacement for the rather sluggish Coolpix P7000. However, Nikon may very well have boosted the performance of the P7100 so that its a viable option for those who want an advanced compact.
The P7100 is rumored to included the following specifications:
- 10MP 1/1.7? sensor
- 7x zoom (28mm-200 equivalent)
- ISO 100-3200, extended up to 6400 (Hi1)
- 3in. 921k dots tiltable display
- Built-in ND filter
- 1080i HD video with stereo sound
- New special effect modes
All in all, the P7100 appears to be a very similar camera to the P7000 down the key spec list. As I suggested above, the inclusion of 1080i HD video capture is a good sign that the P7100 will have a faster processor. As a result, this could be a very exciting camera for Nikon in the same way that the PowerShot G12 is a killer camera for Canon.
And, the AW100 will be introduced as Nikon’s rugged compact option. Presumably the “AW” in the model name is a reference to “all weather.”
Key Nikon AW100 specs are rumored as follows:
- Backside illuminated 16MP sensor
- Waterproof down to 33-feet
- Shockproof up to 5-feet
- Freezeproof down to 14 degrees F
- Oversized buttons for gloves
- 5X wide angle zoom lens (28-140mm equivalent)
- Electronic compass
- GPS for geotagging + basic maps
- A new feature called SWING CONTROL – shake the camera in a certain way to change functions (portrait to landscape) w/o going into the menu
- 1080p/30 and 720p/60 HD video capture
- mini HDMI out
- Available September 8, 2011
- MSRP of $379.99
- Available in blue, black, and orange
Additional new models are rumored to include the Coolpix S1200pj (with iPod/iPad connectivity), S8200, S6200, S4150, S6150 and S100.