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Nikon's Coolpix 2000 digital camera. Copyright © 2002, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Nikon announces Coolpix 2000 digicam! (UPDATED)
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(Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 03:00 EDT)

New compact digicam aims for simplicity and ease-of-use...

Nikon Inc. has today announced a new addition to its line of Coolpix digital cameras in the form of the Coolpix 2000. A 2.0 megapixel model with 3x optical zoom lens, the new camera is designed to be easy to use - rather than fiddling with settings, the camera is well-suited to someone who'd rather just point'n'shoot without having to know much about how the picture's actually taken. To this end, settings like ISO sensitivity, aperture and shutter speed are controlled automatically, with the user simply choosing a metering mode and (if necessary) dialing in some exposure compensation - or better still using one of the pre-programmed scene modes (Portrait, Party/Indoor, Night Portrait, Beach/Snow and Back Light). Another ease-of-use feature is the One Touch Upload button, which as seen in other cameras before automates the process of getting images onto your PC - simply connect a cable, power on the PC and camera, and press a button...

The Nikon Coolpix 2000 digital camera will ship in July 2002. Pricing hasn't been announced at this time, however full specifications follow.

Nikon Coolpix 2000
Specifications
Type E2000 digital camera
Effective pixels 2.0 million
CCD 1/2.7" high-density CCD; total pixels: 2.11 million
Image size (pixels)
  • 1632× 1224 (1632)
  • 1024 × 768 (1024)
  • 640 × 480 (640)
Lens 3× Zoom Nikkor
Focal length F = 5.8 - 17.4 mm (35-mm [135] camera format equivalent: 38 - 114 mm)
f/-number f/2.8 – f/4.9
Construction Seven elements in six groups
Digital zoom 2.5× (during recording)
Autofocus (AF) Contrast-detect through-the-lens (TTL) AF
Focus range 30 cm (1') - infinity; 4 cm (1.6") - infinity in macro close-up mode
Focus mode Single AF (continuous AF in macro close-up mode)
Monitor 1.5", 110,000-dot, low temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Frame coverage Approximately 95% vertical and 95% horizontal
Storage  
Media Type I CompactFlash™ (CF) cards
File system Compliant with Design rule for Camera File systems (DCF), Exif 2.2, and Digital Print Order Format (DPOF)
Compression JPEG-baseline-compliant
Exposure  
Metering

60-segment matrix metering, spot, center-weighted

Exposure control Programmed auto exposure with exposure compensation (–2.0 – +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)
Range (ISO 100 equivalent) W: 1.9 - 15.9 EV
T: 3.5 - 17.6 EV
Shutter Mechanical and charge-coupled electronic shutter
Speed 1 – 1/1000s
Aperture Electronically-controlled preset aperture
Range Two steps
Sensitivity Approximately equivalent to ISO 100 (auto gain to ISO 400 equivalent)
Self-timer Ten- and three-second duration
Built-in Speedlight Equipped with automatic pop-up
Range W: 0.4– 2.7 m (1’4” – 8’10”)
T: 0.4– 1.3 m (1’4”– 4’3”)
Flash control Sensor flash system
Interface USB
Power sources
  • Four LR6 (AA) batteries
  • EH-53 AC adapter (available separately)
Battery life Approximately 60 minutes (as measured at room temperature [20 °C/68 °F] under standard Nikon test conditions: zoom adjusted with each shot, flash used in approximately one third of photographs, image quality set to NORMAL)
Dimensions (W × H × D) 108 × 69 × 38 mm (4.2" × 2.7" × 1.5")
Weight Approximately 190 g (6.8 oz) without battery or memory card
Operating Environment  
Temperature 0 – 40 °C (32 – 104 °F)
Humidity Less than 80% (no condensation)
System requirements (Nikon View 5): Windows
OS Pre-installed versions of Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows Millennium Edition (Me), Windows 98 Second Edition (SE)
Models Only models with built-in USB ports supported
CPU 300 MHz Pentium or better
RAM 64 MB or more recommended
Hard-disk 25 MB required for installation, with additional free disk space of 10 MB plus double the capacity of camera memory card available on system disk when Nikon View 5 is running.
Video resolution 800 × 600 or better with High Color (True Color recommended)
Miscellaneous CD-ROM drive required for installation
System requirements (Nikon View 5): Macintosh
OS Mac OS 9.0, Mac OS 9.1, Mac OS 9.2, Mac OS X (10.1.2 or later)
Models iMac, iMac DV, Power Mac G3 (Blue & White), Power Mac G4 or later, iBook, PowerBook G3 or later; only models with built-in USB ports supported
RAM 64 MB or more recommended
Hard-disk 25 MB required for installation, with additional free disk space of 10 MB plus double the capacity of camera memory card available on start-up disk when Nikon View 5 is running.
Video resolution 800 × 600 or better with thousands of colors (millions of colors recommended)
Miscellaneous CD-ROM drive required for installation
Optional Accessories
AC adapter EH-53 AC adapter
Carrying case CS-CP12 soft case
CompactFlash™ memory card adapters EC-AD1 PC-card adapter
Monitor hood HL-CP11 monitor hood
More Photos
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UPDATED 2002-05-29 03:37ET: As promised, the item has been updated to include seven more images of the Nikon Coolpix 2000 digital camera from various angles. A couple of minor typos have also been corrected.

Our friends at the Digital Photography Review website have a brief first look of the Nikon Coolpix 2000 digital camera online now.

Source: Nikon Inc.

Original Source Press Release:

NIKON® INTRODUCES A "SIMPLY COOL™" NEW LOOK AT DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

The New Nikon Coolpix® 2000 Digital Camera is Packed with Nikon Technology and Easy-to-Use Features for Simple Operation

MELVILLE, NY, May 29, 2002 - Nikon® (www.nikonusa.com), the world leader in photography, today introduced the Coolpix® 2000, a 2.0 effective megapixel digital camera with a 3x Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens for those that want to make an entry into the world of Nikon digital photography. Complete with five automatic Scene modes, compact body design, One-Touch Upload™ button and interactive "Let's Get Started" Video CD program that takes users through the process of digital picture taking and uploading images, the Coolpix 2000 is the perfect digital camera for anyone looking to make the digital photography experience very simple.

"With the Coolpix 2000 we have taken all the industry leading technologies that Nikon is known for, including Nikkor glass, superior image quality and enhanced feature capabilities, and packaged it into a pocket-sized camera that is as easy-to-use as it is to carry," said Jerry Grossman, vice president, Marketing, Nikon Inc. "With the Coolpix 2000 we are making digital photography more approachable for everyone, especially with the 'Let's Get Started' Video CD, a self-running quick start guide that helps to demystify the questions and concerns first time users have about digital cameras, and makes the first jump into digital photography an easy and positive experience."

Nikon's Legendary Technology Packaged in a User Friendly Body
The Nikon Coolpix 2000 has a 2.0 effective megapixel CCD made to photograph every image in clear, sharp color and detail. To capture the moment, the Coolpix 2000 features a 3x Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens with a zoom range of 38 - 114mm (35mm equivalent) to get right into the action for maximum shooting versatility. The camera also includes Autofocus for crisp, sharp photos. To better capture subjects in various lighting situations, the Coolpix 2000 has a built-in Speedlight featuring Red-eye reduction, Automatic, Anytime Flash, Flash Cancel and Slow Sync modes.

To simplify picture taking, the Coolpix 2000 incorporates an automatic shooting mode and five programmed Scene modes including: Portrait, Party/Indoor, Night Portrait, Beach/Snow and Back Light. The Coolpix 2000 also has a Movie mode that captures 20 seconds of movies. The camera's easy-to-use multi-function dial gives control of Image Quality, Image Size, White Balance, Exposure Metering, Continuous Shooting, Best Shot Selector, Exposure Compensation and Image Sharpening when the photographer is ready to take more manual control of the image.

More Fun with Easy Viewing, Storing and Sharing
The fun of digital photography doesn't stop after the picture is taken -- with a simple press of the camera's Quick Review button the photo is instantly seen on the 1.5-inch LCD monitor. With a touch of the Coolpix 2000's One-Touch Upload™ button, located on the camera, images are instantly uploaded to a computer desktop or the Internet, when the camera is connected to a computer with the included USB cable. The Coolpix 2000 can also save the image in a reduced size with the convenient Small Picture function for easy emailing to family and friends.

Once the photos are stored on the computer, the included NikonView 5 image browser software offers a complete image editing and processing package to simply organize, retrieve and print images, create a slideshow and share pictures via email, the Web or PDAs. Also included in the Coolpix 2000 package are ArcSoft® programs: PhotoImpression™, a fun manipulation package that allows users to edit, retouch or apply special effects to photos and VideoImpression™, which lets users edit and share QuickTime™ movies. The camera also offers ArcSoft's Panorama Maker™ to easily stitch together a number of images to automatically create beautiful panoramic photographs ready to print or email and PhotoBase™ for PDAs. The camera package also includes a video cable to display a slide show from the camera directly onto a TV screen.

Open the Box and You're Ready to Go
The entire camera package reflects simplicity starting with the "Let's Get Started" Video CD to get the user started right after opening the box. This program immediately begins working with the computer's operating system to aid in loading all the necessary software. After the program is loaded, "Eddie," the program host, takes users through camera operation and common questions including: how do I load software, how do I transfer pictures, how do I use the camera functions, etc. and teaches in a progressive manner so users can learn as they go.

A Nikon Coolpix Starter Memory Card for storing images and four AA-type standard alkaline batteries to power the Coolpix 2000 are also included. The Coolpix 2000 is the perfect size to fit in a shirt pocket and take digital photography capabilities everywhere, weighing approximately six-ounces and measuring 4.3 x 2.7 x 1.5-inches.

The Coolpix 2000 will be available in stores in July 2002.

About Nikon
Nikon Inc., the world leader in precision optics, 35mm and digital imaging technology, is recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance in consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes the Nikon Total Imaging System of consumer and professional 35mm film and digital SLR cameras, Nikkor optics, Speedlights and System Accessories; Advanced Photo System cameras; 35mm compact cameras; Coolpix® compact digital cameras; Coolscan® digital film scanners; Nikonos® underwater photographic systems; and Nikon sports and recreational optics. The company plays an active role in supporting aspiring and advanced photographers through a variety of organizations, educational programs, events and workshops. For product information, contact Nikon at (800) NIKON-UX 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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