As expected, Nikon has introduced the "Swiss Army knife" P7000, a do-everything digicam intended as a travel camera, an enthusiast digicam for advanced amateurs, and as a small, portable carry-all complement to a larger DSLR.
The 10.1-MP P7000 is the successor of the P6000 that was introduced in August 2008. It has 720p HD video with a microphone input, manual control via dials (instead of only menus), and a 3-inch non-articulated viewing screen. It features a 1/1.7" sensor that shoots RAW and RAW+JPEG, and sports a 7.1x zoom Nikkor ED glass 6–42.6mm (28–200mm-e) ƒ/2.8–5.6 lens with 5-way VR image stabilization.
The camera is larger than the P6000 (Height: 3.1 in. [77mm] H x 4.5 in. [114.2mm] W x 1.8 in. [44.8mm] D vs. 2.6 in. [65.5mm] H x 4.2 in. [107mm] W x 1.7 in. [42mm] D), and weighs somewhat more, at 12.7 oz. (360g) with battery and card vs. 8.5 oz. (240g) for the older camera.
The camera is said to have "ultra-fast" start-up.
No word on a shipping date (that I know of), but the camera can be pre-ordered at Amazon.
Here's a page with full information, including sample images and a Bob Krist video, from Nikon.
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