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Nikon's ruggedized AW100, articulating P7100, and four Coolpix S cameras announced

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Nikon introduces six new cameras, including its first ruggedized camera, the AW100

Nikon Coolpix AW100
Nikon Coolpix AW100
It's August, which means it's time for Nikon to introduce a slew of new Coolpix cameras with incremental new features. Amongst the six announced today, the biggest news might be that it is finally dipping its toe into the ruggedized market. That camera is the AW100, capable of taking its geo-tagged 16-megapixel shots and full 1080p video at depths of 33 feet underwater, temperatures of 14-degrees Fahrenheit, or after a drop from up to five feet. The AW100 will cost $379.95 and be available in black, blue, and orange. Next up is the P7100, which keeps the same 10.1-megapixel sensor found in its predecessor, the P7000, but adds an articulating LCD screen. It also extends the camera's credibility as a professional's compact camera by adding a command dial to the front for more manual control. Nikon has also increased the camera's image processing speed and overall responsiveness too, at least according to a pre-production unit dpreview previewed. Pricing is $499.95. Rounding out the set are four Coolpix "S" series cameras: the S8200, S6200, S1200pj, and S100. Among the bunch, the S1200pj is the most notable. It one-ups its predecessor by increasing the brightness on its pico-projector to 20 lumens and by adding compatibility to project images and video from the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. It will be priced at $429.95. All six should be available in September. Hit up the source link for the full press release and details. Source: Nikon USA; via Engadget