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Nikon's Coolpix L5 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Nikon announces Coolpix L6
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 02:00 EDT)

Nikon Inc. has today announced two additions to its Coolpix L-series of digital cameras, the L designating "Lifestyle".

Of the two cameras, the Nikon Coolpix L6 marks the entry point with a pricetag of just $200. The standout feature of the Nikon L6 has to be its battery life - the company says that this camera can take "the most [photos on a single charge] of any camera in its class" (3x zoom compact, as of June 2006) - an impressive 1,000 shots on a single set of AA Energizer™ lithium batteries, to CIPA testing standards. The Nikon L6 manages to pack quite a few other features into its trim, understated body as well. There's a six megapixel CCD imager, Nikkor-branded 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.5" LCD display, ISO sensitivity to a maximum of 800 equivalent, and 15 beginner-friendly scene modes. There's also Apical Ltd.'s "D-Lighting" exposure correction technology, a face-priority AF function based on tech from Identix, an in-camera red-eye fix function, and Nikon's Best Shot Selector mode (which automatically chooses the sharpest from a series of images).

The Nikon L6 saves images on Secure Digital cards, or in 23MB of internal memory. The camera includes USB and video output technology, and comes bundled with Nikon's PictureProject software. Other features include a built-in flash strobe, movie recording at VGA resolution with sound, a macro mode that focuses to 3.9 inches, and seven white balance modes including a custom hold.

The Nikon Coolpix L6 ships in the USA from September 2006.

Nikon Coolpix L6
Nikon's Coolpix L5 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Nikon
Model Number L6
Dimensions 3.6 x 2.4 x 1.0"
91.0 x 60.5 x 26.0mm
Weight 125.0 g
4.4 oz
Planned Price $199.95
Planned Availability Sep 2006
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/2.5" CCD
6.20 megapixels (total)
6.00 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Dimensions 2816 x 2112 (5.9 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1024 x 768 (0.8 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 2.5", 115,000 pixels
Lens
Lens Type ZOOM-Nikkor
3x optical zoom
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 6.3 - 19.2mm (actual)
38 - 116mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/3.2 (wide) / f/5.3 (tele) - ???
Focusing System Includes Face Priority mode
Focusing Range Normal: 12" - infinity (30 cm - infinity)
Macro: 4.1" - infinity (10.0 cm - infinity)
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity 800
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Direct sunlight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Shade, Flash, Preset, Manual
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Auto with Red-eye Reduction (In-Camera Red-Eye Fix), Off, Anytime flash, Slow sync
Range: 1 ft-16.4 ft./ 0.3-5m (W), 1 ft.-9.8 ft./0.3-3m
Creative
Scene Modes Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait, Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night landscape, Close up, Museum, Fireworks show, Copy, Back light, Panorama assist, Voice Recording
Digital Zoom Up to 4x
Time Lapse Yes
Movie Format 640 and 320
Max. frame-rate: 30 frames per second
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC, Built-in
Connectivity
Video Yes
Computer USB 1.1
Other DC input
Power
Battery Type Alkaline / Lithium disposable, NiMH rechargeable
Battery Form Factor 2 x AA
Product Bundle
Software PictureProject
Battery / Charger 2 x AA Lithium disposable battery
Flash Memory 23.0MB built-in memory
Other
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Remote Control No
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Nikon's Coolpix L5 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix L5 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix L5 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix L5 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
 

Original Source Press Release:

NEW NIKON COOLPIX L6 TAKES 1,000 SHOTS RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX

Camera technology enhancements provide consumers with long lasting photographic capability

MELVILLE, NY (August 24, 2006) - Nikon is redefining the phrase “user-friendly” with its latest addition to the COOLPIX family of digital cameras, the L6. In addition to having 6.0 megapixels, an incredible, bright 2.5 inch LCD screen and Nikon’s In-Camera Image Innovations, the L6 can take an unprecedented 1,000 pictures on a single set of the included Energizer® e2® Lithium® AA batteries, the most of any camera in its class.

“ Nikon’s new COOLPIX L6 and its partnership with Energizer represent a continued dedication to improve the photography experience for the consumer,” said Bill Giordano, General Manager Marketing, COOLPIX for Nikon, Inc. With the L6, you may never have to worry about missing valuable photo opportunities again because the camera is always ready.”

In addition to having ground breaking battery life, the COOLPIX L6 offers a higher light sensitivity, up to ISO 800, than many conventional compact digital cameras, allowing the user to shoot pictures in a lower light without having to worry about their pictures being dark or blurry. The L6 has a higher shutter speed option for freezing time and capturing fast-moving subjects. In addition to these innovations, the camera boasts 6.0 megapixels for generating beautiful prints and a 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor glass lens for creative freedom and an incredible, bright 2.5 LCD screen for effortless composition and display.

Like every camera in the COOLPIX family, the L6 is equipped with Nikon’s In-Camera Image Innovations to fix common photo problems. This system includes Face-priority AF*, which automatically finds and focuses on a subject’s face, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, which automatically corrects red-eye, and D-Lighting, an innovation automatically corrects images with insufficient light. Furthermore, the L6 is equipped with Blur Warning, which alerts the user when an image is blurred and Best Shot Selector, a feature which automatically identifies and saves the sharpest image from a series.

In addition to these features, the L6 has 15 scene modes, which simplify picture taking by automatically programming the camera’s settings for great pictures in a variety of locations. Other features include color options for adding different color effects to your pictures, a date counter which visually records the number of days until a special occasion, and several white balance choices. Included with the L6 is a complimentary copy of PictureProject, Nikon’s imaging software for organizing, editing and sharing pictures.

The COOLPIX L6 offers 23 MB of internal memory and is compatible with an array of SD memory cards. The L6 uses PictBridge to easily connect to compatible printers.

The COOLPIX L6 will be available in stores September 2006 with an MSRP of $199.95. For more information about the L6 and the full line of COOLPIX cameras, please visit www.nikondigital.com.

*Face-recognition capability may be limited in some shooting conditions.

About Nikon
Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes the Nikon Total Imaging System of consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, Nikkor optics, Speedlights and System Accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; Coolscan® digital film scanners; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics. At the heart of every Nikon camera is Nikon’s Exclusive Feature System, making it easy for anyone to take amazing digital pictures. Through the Nikon Spirit Initiative™, the company, plays an active role in supporting aspiring and advanced photographers through a variety of philanthropic organizations, educational programs, events and workshops. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.

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