The beginning of the year tends to herald a time for new technology, with exciting innovations from all manner of companies. Nikon even showed some innovations during CES, but has taken the week after to show that it isn’t spending much time for updates to its entry-level cameras.
The new cameras are follow-ups to models Nikon has released over the years, with Nikon upping its S2800 to the S2900, the S3600 to an S3700, and the L29 (because we never really saw much of the L30) with the L31.
Yes, it’s a time for follow-ups, and follow-up they do, with minor differences between most of the cameras, though we suspect there will be new software, new special effects, and a new box to go with that new name. Possibly even some new colours.
First up is the Coolpix S2900 (above), a 20 megapixel shooter with 5x optical zoom equivalent to 26mm to 130mm, a 2.7 inch LCD, and a rechargeable battery, with the package arriving in a fairly svelte package at a little less than 20mm.
Differences between it and the the model it is replacing (S2800) seem to be fairly scarce from what we can see, with the only real change we can see being a new digital zoom mode that can provide 10x digital, up from 4x on the S2800.
Then there’s the S3700 (above), which takes the design and features from the S3600 a year before basically adds WiFi to the package.