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Nikon's Coolpix 8400 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Nikon announces Coolpix 8400
(Thursday, September 16, 2004 - 02:03 EDT)

In its second Coolpix announcement of the day, Nikon USA has today introduced the new Coolpix 8400 digital camera.

An eight megapixel model with a 3.5x zoom lens, the CP8400 has an equivalent focal range of 24 - 85mm on a 35mm camera. The camera also features autofocus combining a ranging sensor and contrast detection, a 235,000 pixel TFT LCD electronic viewfinder, 1.8" LCD display, Type-I / Type-II CompactFlash storage, a selection of metering modes including 256-segment matrix, center-weighted and spot, and ISO ratings from 50 to 400. Pricing is set at an MSRP of $899.95, and the camera should be available this month. Full specifications and product photos courtesy of Nikon follow:

Nikon Coolpix 8400
Nikon's Coolpix 8400 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Effective pixels 8.0 million
CCD 2/3-inch-type (total pixels: 8.31 million)
Image size (pixels) 8M (3,264 x 2,448), 3:2 (3,264 x 2,176), 5M (2,592 x 1,944), 3M (2,048 x 1,536), 2M (1,600 x 1,200), 1M (1,280 x 960), PC (1,024 x 768), TV (640 x 480) selectable
Lens 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor; 6.1-21.6mm [35mm (135) format equivalent to 24-85mm]; f/2.6-4.9; 10 elements in 7 groups; two glass molded ED lens elements included
Digital zoom Up to 4x
Autofocus Ranging AF using AF ranging sensor and contrast-detect TTL AF with AF-assist illuminator; Center, Auto 5-area multi AF, manual 9-area multi AF selectable
Focus modes 1) Continuous AF, 2) Single AF, 3) Manual Focus (from 1.2 in. [3cm] to infinity (∞) with focus confirmation indication)
Focus range 19.7 in. (50cm) to infinity (∞); 1.2 in. (3cm) to infinity (∞) (W), 7.9 in. (20cm) to infinity (∞) (T) in macro and manual focus modes
Viewfinder 0.44-inch type, 235,000-dot, polysilicon TFT color LCD viewfinder; Diopter adjustment: -3 to +1m-1
LCD monitor 1.8-inch type, 134,000-dot High Transmissive Advanced TFT LCD monitor with brightness and hue adjustment; frame coverage: approx. 97% horizontal and vertical (shooting)
Media: Type I and II CompactFlash™ (CF) and Microdrive™ cards
File system: Compliant with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)*, Exif 2.2**, and Digital Print Order Format (DPOF)
File formats: RAW (NEF) and TIFF-RGB (uncompressed), JPEG-baseline-compliant (1:2, 1:4, 1:8, 1:16) (compressed), QuickTime (movies), WAV (sound files)
*A standard widely used in the digital camera industry to ensure compatibility among different makes of camera.
**Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras. Version 2.2 allows information stored with pictures to be used for optimal color reproduction when images are output on Exif-compliant printers.
Shooting modes AUTO, SCENE, P, S, A, M, MOVIE
Scene modes Portrait, Party / Indoor, Night portrait, Beach / Snow, Landscape, Sunset, Night landscape, Museum, Fireworks show, Close up, Copy, Back light, Panorama assist, Sports, and Dusk / Dawn
Shooting menu 1) White balance, 2) (Exposure) Metering, 3) Continuous (Shooting), 4) Best Shot Selector (BSS/AE-BSS), 5) Image adjustment (Auto/Normal/More contrast/Less contrast), 6) Saturation Control (-2 to +2/Black & White), 7) User setting (two combinations of mode setting can be memorized as #1-#2), 8) Image mode, 9) Sensitivity, 10) Image Sharpening, 11) Lens, 12) Exposure options (AE Lock, Bulb/Timed release), 13) Focus options, 14) Zoom options, 15) Speedlight options, 16) Auto Bracketing, 17) Noise Reduction, 18) Reset, 19) My Menu, 20) CF Card Format
Capture modes 1) Single, 2) Continuous H (2.3fps; up to 5 frames), 3) Continuous L (1.2fps; up to 11 frames), 4) Multi-shot 16 (16 consecutive frames at 1.6fps), 5) Ultra HS (high-speed) (640 x 480 pixels; 30fps, up to 100 frames), 6) 5 shot buffer (0.7fps), 7) Interval Timer Shooting, 8) Movie*: TV movie 640 (640 x 480 pixels) with audio at 30fps; up to 60 seconds, Small movie 320 (320 x 240 pixels) with audio at 15fps; up to 895 seconds, Time-lapse movie (640 x 480 pixels) at 30fps; up to 35 seconds (1,050 frames); Sepia movie 320 (320 x 240 pixels) with audio at 5fps; up to 895 seconds; B/W movie 320 (320 x 240 pixels) with audio at 15fps; up to 895 seconds are selectable
*Approximate maximum total length [256MB card]; may vary with make of card.
Exposure metering 4-mode TTL metering: 1) 256-segment Matrix, 2) Spot, 3) Center-Weighted, 4) Spot AF area
Exposure control 1) Programmed Auto with Flexible Program [ P ], 2) Shutter-Priority Auto [ S ], 3) Aperture-Priority Auto [ A ], 4) Manual [ M ]; Exposure Compensation (±2EV in 1/3EV steps); Auto Exposure Bracketing; AE-BSS
Exposure range EV 0.0 to +18.5 (W), EV +1.5 to +18.5 (T)
Shutter Mechanical and charge-coupled electronic shutter; 2-1/3,000 s (auto and exposure mode P), 8-1/3,000 s (exposure modes S and A), BULB/TIME (max. 10 min.) and 8-1/3,000 s (exposure mode M), 1/30-1/8,000 s (Ultra HS). Maximum at some apertures is 1/1,500 s.
Aperture 7-blade iris diaphragm; 10 steps in 1/3EV increments (to minimum of f/7.9)
Sensitivity Approximately equivalent to ISO 50, 100, 200, 400, and Auto (auto gain to ISO 200 equivalent)
White balance 1) Auto White Balance with TTL control, 2) 6-mode Manual with fine tuning (Daylight / Incandescent / Fluorescent / Cloudy / Speedlight / Shade), 3) Preset, 4) White Balance Bracketing
Self-timer 10 s or 3 s; can be used with supplied Remote Controller ML-L3
Built-in Speedlight
Shooting range: approx. 1.8-19.8 ft. (0.5-6.0m) (W), approx. 1.8-9.1 ft. (0.5-3.0m) (T)
Flash modes: 1) Auto Flash, 2) Flash Cancel, 3) Red-eye Reduction (In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™), 4) Anytime Flash, 5) Night Portrait (Slow Sync Flash), 6) Rear Curtain Sync;
Sync method: Standard i-TTL flash
Accessory shoe Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock
External Speedlight Hot shoe connects to external Nikon Speedlight SB-800/600
Playback menu options 1) Full-frame, 2) Thumbnail (4/9 segments), 3) Slide show, 4) Movie with audio, 5) Playback zoom (up to 10x); File information; Shooting information; Histogram indication and highlight point display; Hide and protect attributes can be set to each image; Focus confirmation indication; RAW image playback; Small picture; D-Lighting
Interface USB 2.0 (HI-SPEED)
I/O terminal DC in; Audio/Video (NTSC or PAL selectable) out; Digital I/O (USB)
Supported languages German / English / Spanish / French / Italian / Dutch / Swedish / Japanese / Simplified Chinese / Traditional Chinese / Korean selectable in menu display
Power requirements One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL7 (included), Battery Pack MB-CP10 (optional) with six 1.5V LR6 (AA-size alkaline) batteries*, AC Adapter EH-54 (optional)
*1.5v FR Lithium, 1.2V NiMH, or 1.2V NiCd batteries can also be used.
Battery life (approx.) 260 images (EN-EL7; based on CIPA standard*)
* Industry standard for measuring life of camera batteries. Measured at 25°C (77°F); zoom adjusted with each shot, built-in Speedlight fired with every other shot, image mode set to NORMAL/8M
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 4.4 x 3.2 x 3.0 in. (113 x 82 x 75mm)
Weight Approx. 14.1 oz. (400g) (without battery and storage media)
Supplied accessories Lens Cap, Strap, USB cable, Audio Video cable, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL7, Battery charger MH-56, Remote Controller ML-L3, PictureProject CD-ROM
*Supplied accessories may differ by country or area.
Optional accessories Additional Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL7, AC Adapter EH-54, Battery Pack MB-CP10, Soft Case CS-CP20, Various size CompactFlash™ Cards, Fisheye Converter FC-E9, Step-Down Ring Lens Adapter UR-E16, Telephoto Converter TC-E3ED/TC-E3PF, Step-Down Ring Lens Adapter UR-E15, Wide-angle Converter WC-E75, Step-Down Ring Lens Adapter UR-E14, Lens Hood HN-CP12, Speedlight SB-800/600, COOLPIX Filter FF-CP10NC/FF-CP10CPL/FF-CP10ND4, Digital Photo Storage Viewer COOLWALKER MSV-01
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Nikon's Coolpix 8400 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix 8400 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix 8400 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix 8400 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix 8400 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix 8400 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix 8400 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix 8400 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix 8400 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix 8400 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix 8400 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix 8400 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's Coolpix 8400 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:


New Coolpix Digital Camera Answers the Call For High-Powered Wide-Angle Photography

MELVILLE, NY, September 16, 2004 – In a time when long zoom cameras rule, many serious photographers have been waiting for a wide-angle solution for their photography needs. As of today, there is wide, wide world of digital creativity awaiting digital photographers as Nikon announced its new Nikon Coolpix 8400 digital camera (www.nikondigitalusa.com). The Coolpix 8400 has the widest angle of coverage available in a compact digital camera today, and the first to offer photo purists and creative photographers an answer to their search for true wide-angle photography from a compact digital camera. The Coolpix 8400 provides users with extremely high 8.0 effective megapixel performance and a versatile 24-85mm (35mm equivalent) zoom Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass lens for high quality images and the ability to capture expansive scenes in a single frame. And as a direct result of Nikon's advanced technology, the Coolpix 8400 also offers extremely fast autofocus, with the all new ranging AF feature, an advantage that makes it easy to capture unexpected moments with clarity.

The Nikon Coolpix 8400 is the ideal compact camera for serious digital photographers who want to maintain maximum control of their picture-taking experience. Appealing to traditional SLR photographers, the capabilities and design of this new camera will expand the user's creativity while greatly expanding their field of view.

“Nikon sees the 8-megapixel digital camera category as one of the potential growth sectors in the business mainly because of the scores of advanced photographers who are better educated about their cameras and, in the process, becoming more experienced shooters,” said Jerry Grossman, vice president, Marketing, for Nikon Inc. “The Coolpix 8400 is the answer to photographers' call for a compact camera with a wider lens that allows for a more traditional style of photography, such as landscapes and portraits. The camera boasts a feature set that will surely guide photographers into a creative new approach to their own photography.”

Nikon has grabbed the lead in the popular and powerful 8-megapixel camera category with the announcement of the new Coolpix 8400, and the Vibration Reduction (VR) enabled Coolpix 8800, which at 350mm is the longest compact digital camera with VR available today. These remarkable new products combine 8.0-megapixel resolution with high quality Nikkor ED optics and framing and zooming options that complement today's digital photographers.

Nikon Coolpix 8400 – The Ideal Tool for Creative Photographers
The Nikon Coolpix 8400 is the ideal camera for serious photographers who consider the lens's quality and coverage as a critical factor in their regular shooting. The camera will also satisfy photographers that demand high level of quality and control from their compact digital camera.

The camera incorporates new features to help produce outstanding images straight out of the camera. The Nikon Coolpix 8400, and its counterpart Coolpix 8800, are the first digital cameras to offer Nikon's D-lighting option. In Playback, D-lighting compensates for an underexposed or backlit area of an image while maintaining the properly exposed area of the same image. The result resembles a “digital fill flash” and salvages dark silhouettes into well-balanced album-worthy memories.

Another new feature, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™, automatically corrects red-eye inside the camera in most instances when using the Red-Eye Reduction mode of the built-in flash. With Nikon's In-Camera Red-Eye™ Fix activated, photographers will witness most common red-eye photos rapidly diminishing or disappearing entirely. With the red-eye reduction flash and In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, you may never see red eye again. The combination of these new features alone addresses two of the most commonly experienced problems in photography and corrects them with ease.

Serious digital photographers demand a great deal from their equipment. The Nikon Coolpix 8400 is well prepared to withstand the wear and tear that comes with frequent use. The camera is constructed with a compact, lightweight magnesium alloy body that has been designed for durability and portability, with a secure, comfortable grip for stability during shooting. Nikon has employed a high resolution (238,000 pixel) electronic viewfinder (EVF) for extremely sharp, through-the-lens viewing. In addition, users can use the large 1.8” vari-angle LCD panel to review shots on the go.

Legendary Nikkor Optics – The Lens Matters
No matter the type or size of a camera, great pictures begin with great lenses. More professionals choose Nikkor lenses, including the overwhelming majority of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers. That very same quality is built into the Nikkor lens of every Nikon Coolpix digital camera, including the Nikon Coolpix 8400. The Nikon Coolpix 8400 has a zoom range of 24-85 mm (35mm equivalent) and its lens incorporates two ED glass elements to produce clear, sharp, colorful images. The design and precision of the Coolpix 8400's Nikkor ED lens allows for incredible versatility, including Macro shooting from as close as 1.2 inches.

‘Broaden Your View' – Accessories Push the Limits Of Compact Digital Photography
The Coolpix 8400 is a true system camera, which supports a complete series of affordable accessory lens converters, to greatly expand the camera's zoom range, from an ultra-wide 7mm Fisheye to a sharp 255mm at full telephoto.

The Coolpix 8400 is compatible with Coolpix accessory lenses including the new TC-E3PF, an advanced and exclusive new 3x Phase Fresnel telephoto converter. Considerably shorter and lighter than any previous teleconverter, the TC-E3PF illustrates how Nikon is taking existing lenses and redesigning them for “on-the-go” convenience. Furthermore, the widely-acclaimed TC-E3ED is also compatible with the Coolpix 8400.

Additionally, the Coolpix 8400 benefits from the 0.75x Wide Angle Adapter (WC-E75) (18mm) and the Fisheye converter lens (FC-E9) (7mm) to vastly expand creative shooting options and perspective.

In addition to accessory lenses, the Coolpix 8400's accessory hot shoe now enables i-TTL flash operation using the Nikon SB-800 or SB-600, including complete control of the flash unit's zoom head. This combination of available additions makes the Coolpix 8400 and its accessories a complete and viable compact system.

Multiple Shooting Options
The Nikon Coolpix 8400 digital camera incorporates four exposure modes to give the photographer ultimate creative control over their image capture. These modes include Programmed Auto [P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A] and Manual [M]. The camera also offers an automatic mode, which makes the Coolpix 8400 an ideal tool in situations where operation needs to be ‘point-and-shoot simple.' For added convenience, the camera incorporates 15 preset Scene Modes that allow for striking images in practically any shooting situation. The camera has the ability to capture images in RAW recording mode (NEF format) for maximum image control and manipulation after the picture is taken using Nikon's new Capture 4.2 software available for download at www.nikontechusa.com . The camera also supports the newly adopted JPEG EXTRA file format, which offers higher image quality with less compression (compression rate: 1/2) in addition to its Basic, Normal, Fine, TIFF and NEF/RAW settings.

Nikon Coolpix 8400 Key Features:

• 8.0 effective megapixels (3,264 x 2,448-pixels)

• 3.5x optical Zoom-Nikkor ED lens with a zoom ratio of 24-85 mm (35mm [135] format)

• 238,000-pixel high resolution through-the-lens EVF (Electronic Viewfinder), enhances user experience with backlight LED illumination

• Programmed Auto [P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A] and Manual [M] exposure control modes

• RAW data image mode - NEF

• Fast, accurate Nine-Area Multi Autofocus

• Macro shooting capability as close as 1.2-inches supported by Best Shot Selector (BSS) function

• AE-BSS (Auto Exposure-BSS) for automatic selection of the best relative exposure — highlight, shadow or histogram

• Quick response - instant startup, reduced shutter release time lag and fast image processing

• 15 preset Scene Modes, including the new Panorama Assist Mode

• Continuous shooting of up to 5 full-size images at 2.3 frames per second (fps)

• Nikon's exclusive 256-segment Matrix Metering, complemented by Center-Weighted, Spot and Spot AF area metering

• Noise Reduction Mode for timed exposures slower than ¼ of a second

• In-camera color control - Saturation control (5 steps and B&W)

• Movie — TV movie (640 x 480 pixels; 30 fps) with audio, Small movie (320 x 240 pixels; 15 fps) with audio, or Sepia movie (320 x 240 pixels; 5 fps) with audio, or Time-lapse movie (640 x 480 pixels; 30 fps) without audio

• Large vari-angle highly transmissible advanced TFT-LCD backlit monitor for greater visibility – even in bright sunlight

Software and Equipment – Value Matters
The Nikon Coolpix 8400 incorporates PictureProject™, the company's next generation of photo software designed to be a management and activity center for all of your digital images. This new software package is aimed at creating a simple, intuitive and seamless photographic experience for digital photographers of all skill levels. PictureProject takes everything and puts it onto one screen helping people using the software to feel comfortable with its features within minutes.

Nikon also includes a software suite from ArcSoft ® including VideoImpression™ to edit and share QuickTime™ movies taken with the camera and Panorama Maker™, which takes advantage of the Coolpix 8400's wide-angle lens and Panorama Assist Mode to seamlessly stitch together multiple horizontal or vertical images to create beautiful panoramic photos.

The Nikon Coolpix 8400 provides users with all the equipment they need to begin shooting, which includes PictureProject image management software, USB cable, video cable, neck strap, the powerful new EN-EL7 rechargeable battery (up to 260 shots), and quick charger.

The Nikon Coolpix 8400 will be available at retail in September 2004 at an MSRP of $899.95. For more information about this and other Nikon Coolpix cameras, please visit www.nikondigitalusa.com .

About Nikon
Nikon ...If the picture matters, the camera matters™. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in precision optics, 35mm and digital imaging technology and is recognized worldwide 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 professional 35mm film and digital SLR cameras, Nikkor optics, Speedlights and System Accessories; 35mm compact cameras; Nikon Coolpix ® compact digital cameras; Coolscan ® digital film scanners; Nikonos ® underwater photographic systems; and Nikon sports and recreational optics. Through the Nikon Spirit Initiative™, t he 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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