Nikon has expanded its Coolpix range of digital compact camera with the S3000 and the S4000.

The 12Mp S3000 is the successor to the Coolpix S220 digital compact camera, and features a body that's just 19mm thick. It has a 4x optical zoom, 2.7in LCD display and electronic vibration technology that aids the user in taking blur-free photos. The camera has a 'smile timer' that automatically identifies when the subject is smiling and takes the snap at the appropriate moment. It also has a skin-softening function to even out the appearance of a subject's skin tone.

Nikon describes the S3000 as "fun to use, chic and great value for money". 

Available in seven colours including black, silver and magenta, the 94x56x19mm Nikon Coolpix S3000 costs £109 and goes onsale in the UK in mid-March. 

Other new Nikon cameras unveiled this week include the Coolpix S8000 and the Coolpix S4000, a 12Mp camera offering the same features as the S3000 but with a 3in touchscreen. This csan be used to take shots by pressing the onscreen shutter button. Pricing and availability details for the S4000 have yet to be announced.

The Nikon Coolpix S3000

The Nikon Coolpix S4000

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