Nikon Adds Coolpix L620 Long-Zoom P&S, 18–140mm DX Lens and SB-300 Speedlight

Nikon Adds Coolpix L620 Long-Zoom P&S, 18–140mm DX Lens and SB-300 Speedlight


Melville, NY—Nikon Inc. introduced the Coolpix L620 with a 14x optical zoom lens that users can take advantage of while recording Full HD video. The company also announced the AF-S DX Nikkor 18–140mm f/3.5–5.6G ED VR lens and the SB-300 Speedlight for DSLR shooters.

Coolpix L620.
Nikon says this new 18.1 megapixel compact camera is designed with user-friendly features, such as scene modes, easy auto mode, special effects and target-finding AF, as well as Full HD video recording at the touch of a dedicated button.

“The comfortable ergonomics and thoughtfully placed controls of the Coolpix L620 make it easy to capture amazing memories, from a baby’s first steps to a big hit at a little league baseball game,” said Bo Kajiwara, vice president, Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “The Coolpix L620 also includes many user-friendly features and controls to help consumers capture beautiful photos and videos with ease and confidence.”

The camera body of the L620 is laid out specifically for users who seek simplicity with the capabilities of a long zoom lens. Its 14x optical zoom Nikkor glass lens covers an equivalent focal length of 25mm to 350mm, making the L620 suitable for taking on vacation as well as for instances that require shooting at a distance. For added stability, the integrated grip provides extra support when shooting or composing on the camera’s HVGA 3.0-inch LCD monitor.

In addition, the camera is built to perform in low-light conditions, via lens-shift VR (vibration reduction) image stabilization and an ISO range up to 3200. Other features include: one-touch Full HD video recording with stereo sound; scene modes and easy auto mode, which enables users to enhance photos with options like red-eye fix and face-priority AF; special effects that include quick retouch, filter effects and skin softening for more flattering portraits; and the use of readily available AA batteries.

The Nikon Coolpix L620 will be available in September for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $249.95. It will be offered in a choice of black or red.

AF-S DX Nikkor 18–140mm f/3.5–5.6G ED VR Lens.
Geared for shooting everything from portraits to landscapes, the lens provides a zoom lens option for DX-format DSLR users. Employing four stops of VR image stabilization and a 7.8x zoom range, it aids users in capturing sharp handheld photos and HD video in a variety of shooting scenarios, including low-light situations.

Built upon core Nikkor technologies that are designed to render photos and HD video with clarity and color reproduction, the new lens is constructed with one ED glass element and one aspheric lens element. It also utilizes a seven-blade diaphragm for natural image blur and a silent wave motor (SVM) engineered for quiet, precise AF operation. Additionally, photographers can operate the lens using one of two focus modes—M/A (AF with manual override) and M (manual) for complete control.

Nikon’s AF-S DX Nikkor 18–140mm f/3.5–5.6G ED VR lens will be available in late August with an SRP of $599.95.

SB-300 Speedlight. The SB-300 offers a compact and adjustable Speedlight option for photographers who want to explore creative lighting at an affordable price point. Small enough to fit into a shirt pocket, it provides more power and coverage than a built-in flash for both Nikon DSLRs and Advanced Performance-series Coolpix cameras.

The new Speedlight covers a wide-angle 18mm in the DX-format and operates via simple on-camera controls, making it aimed at beginner photographers. The SB-300 tilts up 120º, allowing for the use of creative bounce flash to soften shadows and diffuse the flash. The Speedlight’s firmware is upgradeable through supporting DSLRs and it is powered by two AAA batteries. Additionally, the SB-300 features thermal cutout protection to prevent overheating when capturing rapid flash images in succession.

The SB-300 will also be available in late August for an SRP of $149.95.

“Nikon’s system accessories are designed to let the user capture their memories in vibrant detail and tell compelling stories through imagery and HD video,” added Bo Kajiwara. “While the new 18–140mm lens presents a versatile and powerful lens option for DX-format shooters, the SB-300 Speedlight introduces the benefits of flash photography to a wide range of users, specifically those who use either Advanced Performance Coolpix or DSLR cameras.”