Nikon Coolpix

One of the nice things about owning a Nikon Coolpix digital camera is the fact that it is portable and it is easy to grab it and snag a picture at any given moment. Naturally, for those who are into picture taking, you want a digital camera that will meet your need to take great pictures anywhere and at anytime. A small digital camera can fit right into your pocket or purse which makes it very convenient to take a unique shot whenever you come across one.

The line up of Nikon Coolpix digital cameras is rather extensive and choosing the right model may be a painful task. There are many different choices of design, features, and overall quality to choose from but it is rather hard to know which is the best choice. You will have to decide what your budget is and try to find the best model of Nikon Coolpix within that price range, but in order to do so you need to know what to look for.

Not all digital cameras are the same but Nikon makes a nice one that is not too expensive. A Nikon Coolpix digital camera can be found that is just right for you, your budget and the way you want to take pictures. You can find a Nikon Coolpix digital camera in several different models and series. The idea behind the line up of Nikon Coolpix cameras is that there are many different types of photographers out there. Not everyone is a professional photographer, so not everyone requires a top of the line camera. Nikon has realized that the people that their cameras are marketed to is not just one type of crowd. With all this discovered, the line up was created to offer cameras of different characteristics, which ultimately leads to a major price difference in models.

Types of Nikon Coolpix Digital Cameras
There are three different categories of Nikon Coolpix digital cameras. Each of them will be described in further detail in a moment. The model number that is provided for a specific camera will have a letter before it. That letter will either be “P”, “S”, or “L”. When buying a Nikon Coolpix digital camera you will need to know what these letters stand for as it has a major affect on the type of camera it is.

Note: The specific definitions of each series of Nikon Coolpix digital camera are not official but these are the most accurate ways to describe the Coolpix line up.

Nikon Coolpix “P” Models
“P” stands for “Performance”. These cameras are designed to be the highest quality of all Nikon Coolpix digital cameras. These sell for $400-500 depending on the specific model and are the best investment in the line up. If you are looking for a high performance camera, check out the Coolpix digital camera models in their “P” series. Especially look at the P5000 which happens to have and impressive 10.0 megapixels. It has a 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens with Optical VR/image stabilization.

Nikon Coolpix digital cameras come in different price levels that are decided by what features and quality the camera has. The Coolpix P4 model with 8.1 megapixels is another digital camera to check into before you buy. It has a 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens, and vibration reduction. If price is a factor you should check out the new Coolpix P3 digital camera. It offers 8.1 megapixels with built-in WiFi. If your price range is about $450, this one is worth looking into before you make your purchase.

The “P” models offer the highest quality of all Coolpix cameras and are definitely a great deal. These cameras range from 8 to 10 megapixel. The picture is extremely clear, defined, and high quality. For anyone looking to buy a performance styled digital camera that can take high quality pictures, the “P” models would be recommended.

Nikon Coolpix “S” Models
“S” stands for “Style”. These cameras are designed to look nice and still perform well enough to meet your standards. These sell for $250-350 depending on the skin/design of each model. The performance level will not meet that of the “P” models but the picture quality is still decent. The “S” models prosper in one category in particular, and that would be the visual appeal of the cameras. If you are looking for a camera with style, a Nikon coolpix digital camera from the “S” series may be just what you are looking for. “S” series digital cameras come in the several camera types like: S500, S200, S50, S50c, S10, S9, S7c, and S4. “S” series models can take pictures ranging from 6.0 to 7.2 megapixels. They have a 3x or 10x Zoom-Nikkor lens with LCD screens and a lot of other nice features. You can pick up a coolpix digital camera in the “S” series in the $250-$350 price range.

These cameras look better than the “P” and “L” models do but are somewhat limited in functionality compared to “P” models. Also, these cameras are available in 6 to 8 megapixel and have a 10x zoom which can be very useful.

Nikon Coolpix “L” Models
“L” stands for “Learner”. These are inexpensive digital cameras that can be afforded by anyone. The “L” series coolpix digital camera models are: L12, L11, L10, L6, L5, and L3 cameras. These are inexpensive but nice little cameras from $120 to $250. The L6 stands out in this series because you can take up to 1,000 pictures with it. The megapixel range in the L series range from 5.0 to 7.2 depending on the model you choose. If you want to buy a camera to just have on hand for random pictures, this would be a reliable enough investment. These sell for $120-250 so just about anyone could afford them. The megapixels, quality, and LCD screen size will vary by model but are all significantly lower then the “P” and “S” models.

If you just want to own a camera then there is no problem with buying a cheaper model, but if you plan to use it regularly you may want to spend more. Either way, the price tag on these would be a great deal on any decent digital camera.

When buying a Nikon Coolpix digital camera you will want to choose which specific series you are looking for. The stylish cameras are usually the best investment for the average person. If you take photography seriously then you would want to go with the performance cameras though. On the other hand, anyone looking for a cheap camera should be happy with what they get from the learner cameras offered by Nikon. Ultimately, with these cameras already marked on quality by the company it makes your decision on which camera to buy a whole lot easier.

Which ever digital camera you choose, the more features it has, the more the camera will cost. There are just some features you will not want to do with out. The must have features for most digital camera buffs are: autofocus, optical viewfinder, media CV cards, LCD monitor, various shooting modes, exposure modes, delete function, viewfinder, battery life indicator, capture modes and white balance features to name a few.

Once you decide on which Nikon Coolpix digital camera you want, you will also be able to find a lot of accessories to go with it. These accessories help to make things easier for you. Look for lens caps, cable and chargers, camera straps or a Nikon View CD-ROM.

Most of the coolpix cameras are user friendly and if you are new to picture taking you won’t have too much trouble using them. You can find them for sale on several websites on the internet. Before you purchase one, you may find that reading reviews about the various models will help you make your decision.

This Nikon Coolpix Digital Camera Review is Written/Updated on Feb 3rd, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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