Nikon has announced the upcoming availability of its new Nikon COOLPIX P100 high-performance digital camera, which the company claims as its first compact camera with full HD (1080p) movie capability, featuring an array of advanced functions and 26x optical zoom NIKKOR ED glass lens to offer users an authentic shooting enjoyment.

“Our portfolio of cameras is designed to ensure that any photographer, at any level, can find the camera that feels right for them,” said Bo Kajiwara, director of marketing of Nikon Inc. “The P100 blends a stellar lens with creative automatic and manual features to allow the more advanced consumer to explore the boundaries of their photographic capabilities.”

Key Features of Nikon COOLPIX P100:

  • 10.3 megapixel Backside Illumination CMOS image sensor optimized with Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED image processing concept
  • Bright 3.0-inch Vari-Angle (460,000-dot) LCD monitor with anti-reflection coating, plus Electronic Viewfinder
  • Extraordinary 26x optical wide angle Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens offers quality optics that deliver an exceptional images
  • Scene Auto Selector automatically recognizes the scene and adjusts camera setting for best images
  • Sport Continuous Scene mode offers 10 frames per second (fps) high-speed continuous shooting at full resolution 10MP
  • Full HD (1920 x 1080) movie recording at 30fps with stereo sound and HDMI output
  • In-Camera High Dynamic Range (HDR) merges multiple images of the same scene to produce an image with a range of tonal detail
  • 5-way VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization System combines Optical VR Image Stabilization, Hybrid VR Image Stabilization, Motion Detection, High ISO sensitivity up to 3200 and Nikon’s original Best Shot Selector (BSS)
  • Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual Exposure modes offering users an ultimate control over their pictures
  • Advanced Night Landscape mode combines several images to create a single optimized photo for low light shooting
  • Subject Tracking automatically activates autofocus while tracking moving subjects like children and animals
  • Pre-shooting Cache lets users shoot up to 40 images before shutter is released
  • Active D-Lighting minimizes loss of details in highlights and shadows, aiming to create superior, more natural-looking images
  • Smart Portrait System integrates a series of advanced functions including Blink Warning, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, Face-Priority AF, Skin Softening, Smile Timer and Blink Proof resulting in consistently beautiful portraits

Nikon COOLPIX P100 which measures 3.3 (H) x 4.5 (W) x 3.9 (D) inches and weighs in at 17 ounces (with battery and SD card) is scheduled to hit the market in March 2010 for MSRP of $399.95.