Nikon COOLPIX S9900, P610, AW130: Three Compacts with GPS

Lots of new compact cameras from Nikon. Three of them, with built-in GPS, I introduce here. In addition a navigation special add on for Japan.

In addition to the special camera D810A ( I have reported ), Nikon also introduced this week several compact COOLPIX cameras. Including three models with built-in GPS receiver. Reason enough to take a look at these cameras.

Nikon COOLPIX S9900

The Nikon COOLPIX S9900 could best be described as a compact, stylish travel zoom camera. 30x optical zoom with a focal length range of 25 to 750 millimeters. And that with a compact size and less than 300 grams in weight. The light intensity is just okay with f / 3.7 to f / 6.4 for this focal length range.

For compact cameras of this class, a swiveling and rotating display is still rare. The S9900 has such a display with 7.5 centimeters diagonal and a resolution of 921,000 pixels.

Nikon COOLPIX S9900 with movable display

Nikon COOLPIX S9900 with movable display

Immediate sharing of pictures is provided by the built-in Wi-Fi feature and NFC support, which connects to the camera simply by touching a smart device.

GPS in the Coolpix S9900 

Built-in GPS, GLONASS and QZSS

While elsewhere the trend is to outsource geotagging from the camera using a WiFi-connected smartphone, Nikon takes a different approach and installs three satellite positioning systems: the American GPS, the Russian GLONASS and the Japanese QZSS. The latter only supports existing systems, is limited to Japan and is still under construction. More about QZSS in Wikipedia .

This allows the S9900 to geotag photos independently of the smartphone.

What Nikon means, however, with this phrase in the press release, I do not quite understand “so can be held up to 30 sites on an integrated world map.”

Price and availability

Nikon S9900

Nikon S9900

The COOLPIX S9900 is expected to be available from the end of February 2015 in black and silver for a suggested retail price of 349 EUR.

Nikon COOLPIX P610

Nikon COOLPIX P610

Nikon COOLPIX P610

In addition to the travel zoom cameras, there were also new bridge cameras. The Nikon Coolpix P610 is among the high-end model.

It has a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor in 1 / 2.3-inch format with a sensitivity of ISO 100 to ISO 6400. The 60x zoom lens covers a 35mm equivalent focal length from 24 to 1440 millimeters at a light intensity from f / 3.3 to f / 6.5.

Nikon COOLPIX P610 with swiveling and rotating display

Nikon COOLPIX P610 with swiveling and rotating display

The P610 also has a swiveling and rotating display. Wi-Fi and NFC for controlling and transferring images are also included.

GPS in the Coolpix P610

Actually logical that also Nikon’s best bridge camera with built-in GPS receiver comes on the market.

Geotagging is again responsible for the well-known from the S9900 3-way Navi chip with GPS, GLONASS and QZSS support.

Price and availability

The super zoom camera Nikon COOLPIX P610 will be available in red and black from the end of February 2015 for 430 euros in the trade.

Nikon COOLPIX AW130

The AW130 falls into the class of compact outdoor cameras. The most important update is the depth. While the predecessor (AW120) could only be used up to 18 meters, it is now a proud 30 meters.

Can withstand water pressure at a depth of 30 meters for one hour. This is top class in the compact camera segment. Normally additional underwater housings are needed for such depths.

Nikon AW 130 with GPS, Wi-Fi and NFC

Nikon AW 130 with GPS, Wi-Fi and NFC

The 5x zoom optics with 24 to 120 millimeters at aperture f / 2.8 to f / 4.9 as well as the sensor with 16 megapixel resolution and a photosensitivity from ISO 125 to ISO 1600 have remained the same as most of the other features.

The camera is also suitable for sharing outdoor adventures with friends. With NFC support and built-in Wi-Fi, images can be transferred to the camera by simply touching an NFC-enabled smart device or using the dedicated Wi-Fi button.

GPS in the Coolpix AW130

Geotagging is integrated as usual with outdoor cameras. Also supported here are the satellite navigation systems GPS, GLONASS and QZSS. In addition to the locations with latitude and longitude as well as altitude or depth information, itineraries can also be logged.

Again, the comic sentence in the press release: “A maximum of 30 locations can be stored on an integrated world map.” Huh? What is meant by the 30 locations?

Price and availability

Nikon AW 130 in eye-catching livery

Nikon AW 130 in eye-catching livery

The AW130 is expected to be available from the end of February in the five colors black, blue, orange, yellow and camouflage.

The price is Nikon with 350 euros.

With material from Nikon