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Nikon's Coolwalker MSV-01 portable image viewer / storage device. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Nikon announces Coolwalker photo viewing / storage device
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, January 28, 2004 - 00:00 EST)

Nikon USA has today announced its new Coolwalker MSV-01, a portable device for storing and viewing up to 30GB of digital images in JPEG, TIFF and NEF (RAW) formats.

Weighing just 12.3 ounces and with dimensions of 3.2 x 5.1 x 1.4 inches, the Coolwalker features a 2.5 inch LCD display and can store roughly 10,000 6 megapixel JPEG ("Fine" compression) images. The device accepts images from CompactFlash cards (including Microdrives), and has USB 2.0 connectivity for PC transfer or connection to a PictBridge-compatible printer. A remote control unit and NTSC / PAL video out connectivity allows for viewing slideshows of images on a TV. Image histograms and shooting information can be viewed on the device, which also supports QuickTime movie and WAV audio playback. Pricing and availability have not yet been announced. Full specifications and a low-res product image follow below:

Nikon Coolwalker MSV-01
Nikon's Coolwalker MSV-01 portable image viewer / storage device. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Model name Nikon Digital Photo Storage Viewer MSV-01
Storage 2.5" internal hard disk drive with 30GB capacity (approx. 0.1 GB is used for system)
Compatible memory cards CompactFlash memory card (Type I / II), Microdrive supported
Monitor 2.5" TFT color LCD; 490 (H) x 240 (V) dots; brightness adjustable (15 levels)
Menu languages English, French, German, Spanish
Compatible file formats for display and playback Standard formats compliant with DCF (Design rule for Camera File system): JPEG, TIFF, RAW (NEF) * 1 , QuickTime Motion JPEG, Wave Format Audio File (WAV)* 2 . Supports file formats recorded by Nikon digital cameras.
Image display Thumbnail; One-frame; Zoom (still JPEG images only): x2, x4, x8; Slideshow; Movie; Histogram display; Shooting information; Search by date
Video output NTSC / PAL selectable
Interface

USB 2.0

  • As a mass storage device: recognized as a computer’s external HDD or CF card reader
  • PictBridge: connects via USB cable to a PictBridge printer
Terminals CompactFlash™ card slot (Type II) x 1, USB (miniplug) x 1, AV output x 1, DC input x 1
Power
  • Interchangeable EN-EL6 rechargeable Li-ion battery (2000mAh)
  • AC adapter (supplied)
Max. continuous playback time Approx. 1.5 hours when using the battery pack, fully charged, at room temperature (20°C)
Dimensions (WHD) Approx. 3.2 x 5.1 x 1.4 in.
Weight Approx. 12.3 oz. (including battery)
System requirements
  • Interface: built-in USB ports (Note: this product may not function as expected when connected via a USB hub.)
  • Compatible operating systems: Windows XP Home Edition/Professional, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows Millennium Edition (Me), Windows 98 Second Edition (SE) *3; Mac OS 9.1-9.2, Mac OS X (version 10.1.2 or later). Compatible with any of the above operating systems preinstalled.
DPOF Supports DPOF for DCF-compliant images stored on a CF memory card.
Supplied accessories USB cable, AV cable, Rechargeable battery EN-EL6 (installed), AC adapter, Remote control unit, Soft case, Software CD-ROM, Instruction manual, Warranty
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