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Nikon's new long zoom point-and-shoot is smarter than any phone camera

Jackie Dove | Aug. 7, 2013
Nikon's Coolpix L620 offers 14X zoom range; further specializes long lens point and shoots.

AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens

The SB-300 Speedlight is affordable and small enough to stuff into a shirt pocket. Providing more power and coverage than a camera's built-in flash, the SB-300 is a simple accessory compatible with Nikon DSLRs such as the D3000, D3200, the 5000 series, and even a D4, as well as advanced Coolpix models such as the Coolpix A or the P7700. This new Speedlight operates via on-camera controls with a simple on-off switch and an LED that indicates when it's ready to fire. It has a range of 59 feet at 100 ISO. "It's a little more powerful that the built-in DSLR flash, but it gives a tremendous advantage of being able to bounce up to 120 degrees-more than the previous SB-400 model that tilted only to 90 degrees," Heiner said.

SB-300 Speedlight

It's powered by two AAA batteries. The firmware is upgradable in supporting DSLRs-but it won't work with cameras that are more than a few years old, like the D70, D80, D100, or D200. The flash features thermal cut-out protection to prevent overheating when capturing successive rapid flash images.

Both the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens and the SB-300 Speedlight will be available in late August, for $600 and $150, respectively.


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