Here Are All the 2016 Nikon Coolpix Cameras

Big zooms and tiny pocket cams

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To kick off 2016, Nikon has announced two brand-new series of cameras: the B-series, which is comprised of superzooms, and the A Series, which is made up of compact point-and-shoots. The new lines roughly overlap with the existing Coolpix P and L series, though several models from those lines carry over from 2015 and earlier.

Like most camera makers, Nikon is cutting back on the number of small-sensor point-and-shoots it's producing, thanks to declining sales and the ever-increasing prevalence of smartphone cameras. Still, there are some interesting models among the new crop. Perhaps most notably, the top cameras in each of the new lines can capture 4K video—something that's become common on interchangeable lens cameras but is still rare in compacts.

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B-Series Superzooms

Coolpix B700


The brand-new Coolpix B700 packs some impressive features into a compact $500 package. The star of the show is the 60x zoom lens, with an equivalent focal range of 24–1440mm. Compared to some rivals, the B700 wows with an articulating 3-inch LCD, 4K/30p video, RAW photo capture, and Bluetooth LE for easy file sharing. Excellent build quality, an electronic viewfinder, and an ergonomic grip are other plusses.

KEY SPECS:
• MSRP $499.95
• 20.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor
• ISO 100-1600 (expandable to ISO 3200)
• 60x optical zoom w/ lens-shift vibration reduction
• 3.0-inch tilt & swivel display
• 4K video capture at 30fps
• RAW image capture
• Built-in NFC, WiFi, and Bluetooth LE

Coolpix B500


Smaller and slightly less potent than the B700, the Coolpix B500 is also $200 cheaper. So what corners are cut? You get fewer megapixels, just two-thirds the zoom range, a screen that only tilts, and video that maxes out at a mere 1080/30p. What's left is still a pretty potent package, though—especially for the price. Like its big brother, the B500 has a nicely textured grip, intuitive controls, and speedy performance.

KEY SPECS:
• MSRP $299.95
• 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor
• ISO 125-1600 (expandable to ISO 6400)
• 40x optical zoom w/ lens-shift vibration reduction
• 3.0-inch tilting display
• 1080p video capture at 30fps
• Built-in NFC, WiFi, and Bluetooth LE

A-Series Compacts

Coolpix A900


Want to put a lot of power in your pocket? The Coolpix A900 is a great option. This compact shooter packs a 35x zoom with lens-shift VR, a 20-megapixel CMOS sensor, and a 3-inch screen that can flip up 180 degrees. We love the build quality, and there’s a comfy grip around front. If you need to share photos at a moment’s notice, you’re in luck: The A900 comes with Bluetooth LE for an always-on connection to your smartphone. And if you’ve got a 4K display, you’ll love the native 4K video capability.

KEY SPECS:
• MSRP $399.95
• 20-megapixel CMOS image sensor
• ISO 80-1600 (expandable to ISO 3200)
• 35x optical zoom w/ lens-shift vibration reduction
• 3.0-inch 180-degree tilting display
• 4K video capture at 30fps
• Built-in NFC, WiFi, and Bluetooth LE

Coolpix A300

Nikon Coolpix A300
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Nikon Coolpix A300

Kicking off the bottom end of the A Series, the Coolpix A300 steps down to a CCD sensor and a smaller yet still versatile 8x zoom. The build quality is a lot less reassuring—lightweight and plasticky to the core. The screen is pretty washed out at off-angles, and performance is generally slow, but if you just want a cheap camera for snapshots and documentary purposes, it's par for the course. Like the A100 and A10 below, this model has not yet been announced for the U.S. market.

KEY SPECS:
• 20.1-megapixel CCD image sensor
• ISO 80-1600 (expandable to ISO 3200)
• 8x optical zoom w/ lens-shift vibration reduction
• 2.7-inch rear display
• 720p video capture at 30fps
• Built-in NFC, WiFi, and Bluetooth

Coolpix A100

Nikon Coolpix A100
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Nikon Coolpix A100

Virtually identical to the A300, the Coolpix A100 steps down to a 5x zoom and has a slightly simplified control scheme. Inside you'll find the same 20.1-megapixel CCD sensor, and around back you still get a low-res 2.7 inch display that makes all your shots look slightly sun-bleached. Wireless connectivity is onboard, at least. The Coolpix A100 has not yet been announced for the U.S. market.

KEY SPECS:
• 20.1-megapixel CCD image sensor
• ISO 80-1600 (expandable to ISO 3200)
• 5x optical zoom
• 2.7-inch rear display
• 720p video capture at 30fps
• Built-in NFC, WiFi, and Bluetooth

Coolpix A10

Nikon Coolpix A10
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Nikon Coolpix A10

Pricing hasn't been announced for the Coolpix A10 just yet, but if we had to guess, we'd peg it under $100. If true, that means it'll sell pretty well, but as the old saying goes, when it comes to $100 cameras you pretty much get what you pay for. This one has a 16.1-megapixel CCD sensor, a very limited ISO range, and doesn't record video at all. As a stocking stuffer for your kid or grandma it might go over well, but we can't recommend it for anyone else. The Coolpix A10 has not yet been announced for the U.S. market.

KEY SPECS:
• 16.1-megapixel CCD image sensor
• ISO 80-1600
• 5x optical zoom
• 2.7-inch rear display

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P-Series Superzooms


Though Nikon has muddied the waters by introducing superzooms in its new B Series, the P series has traditionally been their home. The DSLR-sized P900 is currently the longest zoom on the market at an absolutely insane 83x, while the slightly more compact P610 sports a still-impressive 60x lens. But the "Performance" series isn't all about superzooms: It's also home to the P7800 advanced compact and the P340 pocket powerhouse.

Available Models:
Coolpix P900
Coolpix P610
Coolpix P530
Coolpix P7800
Coolpix P340

S-Series Compacts


Nikon says the "S" stands for "Style," and these cameras are indeed a little more stylish than your typical point and shoot. Though made entirely of plastic, they're fairly robust and feel like they could handle being carried around every day. The top two models sport big zooms (30x and 20x), which makes them great all-rounders.

Available Models:
Coolpix S9900
Coolpix S7000
Coolpix S3700
Coolpix S2900

L-Series Point-and-Shoots


The L Series is sort of Nikon's "etc." bin, collecting both extended zoom and compact cameras that are a little less "serious" (and a little less expensive) than S- and P-series models. These are cameras you'd be comfortable handing to just about anyone, confident they'd be able to handle them.

Available Models:
Coolpix L840
Coolpix L340
Coolpix L32
Coolpix L31

AW- & S-Series Waterproof Cameras


Though Olympus is the ostensible market leader in toughcams, Nikon has been making some very fine models of its own in the AW series. The AW130 is the latest and greatest, while the S33 is a kid-friendly waterproof camera with basic specs but plenty of fun features.

Available Models:
Coolpix AW130
Coolpix S33

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