First Look review posted for Nikon Coolpix 2500! (UPDATED)|
(Thursday, February 21, 2002 - 08:00 EST)
I (and no doubt many others) have always thought of Nikon as a "serious" camera company, associating their name with industrial-strength hunks of black-coated titanium and optical glass. The lower end of their Coolpix digicam line has somewhat belied that image over the last year or two though, with products specifically tailored for the more mass-market picture taker. (Witness their very popular Coolpix 775 and 885, for instance.) Now though, they've gone beyond mere ease of use to true style, with what has to be one of the prettiest cameras I've ever reviewed.
The new Coolpix 2500 looks like some sort of a cross between a sleek cell phone and a lady's shaver, but whatever you call it is just a delight to look at. At the risk of being labeled a sexist, I'm inclined to think of this as a "girl" camera, but Nikon's imaging heritage guarantees it'll be more than just a pretty face. At this point, I've had hands on a prototype model that was fully functional, but which Nikon wasn't yet done tweaking the image parameters (color, tone, and sharpness processing) , so they asked me not to share photos from it on the site. I did put together a pretty comprehensive First Look on it though. Check it out, this is definitely a camera that begs to be brought along!
UPDATED 2002-02-21 11:16ET: Our friends at Steve's Digicams have also posted a first look at the Coolpix 2500...