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Today we got an eyeful of the new range of Nikon Coolpix cameras, nine to be precise. The one that stood out for us was the Nikon Coolpix S9100. It’s a compact with a super sixed zoom, and comes in a dashing scarlet red colour too. Click through for more photos and our first impressions of the Coolpix S9100.

The first thing to say about the Coolpix S9100 is that it looks great, and is light and quite compact, but still a little bulky around the front of the body. In the hand the buttons were not intuitively placed, and our hands felt a bit big to be able to shoot and control it easily, but this might be because we’re so used to our own camera, and don’t shoot with a compact very often.

The sensor is a more than adequate 12.1MP, and the lens has an 18x optical zoom. The aperture runs from f/3.5-5.9 and the lens has a focal length of 4.5-81mm. ISO runs to 3200 (only 800 in auto modes) and the battery lasts for around 270 shots.

Effects include high contrast monochrome, soft focus, a sepia setting, plus the selective colour mode, which gives you a massive choice of colours to pick out in a monochrome shot.

The LCD monitor was bright and sharp, 3-inches in size, and with Nikon’s reflection minimising smarts (we couldn’t test this out, without adequate outdoor or bright light, and we had neither of these).

For movie recording, there’s a dedicated button, so it’s one click for HD 1080p movie recording. You can also zoom and focus while you’re recording video, and there’s a built-in HDMI mini connector for hooking it up to your telly.

Out 17 March 2011 | £300

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