A thumbs up for the Nikon Coolpix S9900 and P7000


Increasing the Coolpix range further, two new high zoom cameras have been announced by Nikon – The slim line S7000 and the vari-angle S9900. Latest Gadgets looks at the initial reaction to Coolpix additions.

Coolpix S9900

According to Digital Photography Review’s assessment the 16-megapixel S9900 is the “ideal long zoom camera for the light-packing jetsetter.”

Resoundingly impressed it seems by the new Nikon camera, the DP Review is quick to point out that blurred images are effectively minimised by the camera’s Hybrid VR Technology for videos and the 30x optical zoom lens shift VR for stills.

You can’t get much better than a camera that delivers images of “superb quality” and “precise detail”, qualities attributed to the S9900 by the DP Review.

A retro design

In its hands-on review of the S9900, Pocket Lint is compelled to excitedly flaunt the camera’s retro design. In fact the word ‘retro’ is repeated four times by Pocket Lint by the time we reach the sixth paragraph of the review.

Asides its stylish retro look, Pocket Lint is impressed by the Coolpix S9900 3-inch vari-angle display on the rear, which has a resolution of 921k-dots but is a TFT LCD display rather than an OLED.

By all intents and purposes, it looks like the S9900 will compete against the likes of the Panasonic Lumix TZ70 and the Canon’s PowerShot SX710, both of which, according to Pocket Lint, are “excellent cameras in their own right.”

Retailing at £279.99, it seems the new Coolpix S9900 has got the thumbs up by the tech reviewers, but what about its considerably cheaper sibling, the CoolPix P7000?

Coolpix P7000

CNET award the P7000 a less favourable 3.5 stars, deeming the camera’s plus points to be its ‘nice’ – hardly the most engulfing of adjectives – set of shooting-focused features. Other pros, according to CNET, is the P7000’s optical viewfinder and built-in density filter, “very good” photo quality for its class, and comfortable and “relatively” streamlined shooting design.

And on the negative side, the Coolpix P7000 brags “relatively slow raw shooting.”

Overall though CNET tends to be in favour of the new Coolpix citing it as a “fine camera that lots of enthusiasts will appreciate for its smart shooting design, interesting feature set, and worthy photo quality.”

Also to Nikon’s credit, state CNET, is the fact that the Coolpix P7000 is a complete rework of its predecessor the P6000, rather than a mere update.

Trusted Reviews give the P7000 an impressive 9 out of 10.

The review site is eager to cite the camera’s key features that include a 1/1.7-inch 10-megapixel CCD sensor, a 7.1x f/2.8- 5.6 Nikkor zoom lens, a 7.5cm LCD monitor and being 114.2 x 77 x 44.8mm in size and 360g in weight.

Excellent autofocus

The pros of the P7000 are, according to Trusted Reviews, its excellent autofocus, superb lens, and good build quality. On the downside is the camera’s disappointing video recording mode and the fact it’s slightly sluggish.


The slim line P7000 retails at £169.99.

Coming in a hugely diverse range of styles, colours, quality, features and capabilities, which are easy to transport and don’t cost the earth, it’s easy to understand why Nikon’s Coolpix range has proven so popular.

And it seems, by most accounts, Nikon’s two latest Coolpix additions won’t let consumers down.

Nikon COOLPIX A: The Pocket-Sized DSLR


It’s a brave new world in the digital camera market these days. With profit margins decimated at the lower end of the compact range, fuelled by the growing popularity of smartphone cameras, manufacturers are trying to carve new niches higher up the pyramid, and Nikon’s new COOLPIX A – launched 21st March – encapsulates this perfectly.

At first glance, its key stats – large sensor and prime, fixed, 18.5mm (28mm equivalent) lens in a compact design – is nothing new. This is a market already populated by the likes of Fujifilm, Sony and Sigma, but Nikon has one major trick up its sleeve – or in this case, its jacket pocket. It claims the 16.2MP COOLPIX A is the world’s smallest camera to feature a DX-sized sensor, the same APS-C sensor as found in its mid-range DX7000 DSLR camera. By removing the optical low-pass filter and incorporating high ISO settings (100-6,400,extendable to 25,600), it’s renowned for producing very detailed images, even in low light, making it perfect for those frustrated by their smartphone’s inability to take anything but blurred, low-detail shots while out on the town.

The COOLPIX A is also powered by the EXPEED 2 image processing engine, and is capable of taking 14-bits compressed RAW images – all high-end DSLR functions. The DSLR features don’t end there, with Nikon adopting the same menu system on the COOLPIX A’s 3-inch LCD screen as found in its DSLR cameras too. It’ll also be compatible with other Nikon DSLR accessories.

It all sounds great so far, but there’s a hefty premium to pay for owning such a compact camera, and the eye-watering £999.99 price tag is only part of the story. Despite costing significantly more than its immediate rival, the Fujifilm X100, the COOLPIX A has no built-in optical viewfinder, an omission that CNET considers a competitive weakness along with its “abysmal” 230-shot battery life. Adding the optional DF-CP1 viewfinder will increase the cost by a hefty $450, although PC Magazine points out there are no shortage of legacy 28mm finders available that will work just as well.

Tech Radar’s Amy Davies has more positive vibes about the camera, noting it feels solid and looks elegant despite its small footprint. She’s also impressed with the customisable buttons, manual focussing ring and camera’s overall responsiveness, and found the LCD screen bright and reasonably glare-free, although she was disappointed by its lack of touchscreen.

We can see who Nikon is aiming the COOLPIX A at: the professional or enthusiast who wants to be able to take DSLR-quality shots in situations where they’d normally be fishing out a smartphone or cheap compact. But while that embryonic market may exist, we can’t see many people happy to hand over a grand for the privilege of owning a camera that makes so many compromises to fit into your jacket pocket. The lack of an optical viewfinder, interchangeable lens, battery life that makes you go ‘meh’ and image quality that doesn’t blow cheaper competition out of the water will all make the COOLPIX A a difficult sell.

Mind you, having blown all that dosh on it, we suspect you might start clawing some of that outlay back by limiting the amount you drink on a night out – after all, you won’t want to be leaving this camera at the bar, in the cab, on the kerb, etc!