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Nikon announces Coolpix 8800|
(Thursday, September 16, 2004 - 02:06 EDT)
Nikon USA has today announced the new Coolpix 8800 digital camera.
An eight megapixel model with a 10x zoom lens featuring vibration reduction, the CP8800 has an equivalent focal range of 35 - 350mm on a 35mm camera. The camera also features contrast detection-type autofocus, 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 $999.95, and the camera should be available in October. Full specifications and product photos courtesy of Nikon follow:
|Nikon Coolpix 8800 |
|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 ||10x Zoom-Nikkor; 8.9-89mm [35mm (135) format equivalent to 35-350mm] f/2.8-5.2; 16 elements in 10 groups; two glass molded ED lens elements included |
|Vibration Reduction ||Lens shift |
|Digital zoom ||Up to 4x |
|Autofocus ||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 (T); 1.2 in. (3cm) to infinity (W) 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) |
|Storage || |
|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-base line-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 Still Digital 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) VR mode, 16) Speedlight options, 17) Auto Bracketing, 18) Noise Reduction, 19) Reset, 20) My Menu, 21) CF Card Format |
|Capture modes ||1) Single, 2) Continuous H (2.3 fps; up to 5 frames), 3) Continuous L (1.2 fps; up to 11 frames), 4) Multi-shot 16 (16 consecutive frames at 1.6 fps), 5) Ultra HS (high-speed) (640 x 480 pixels; 30 fps, up to 100 frames), 6) 5 shot buffer (0.7 fps), 7) Interval Timer Shooting, 8) Movie*: TV movie 640 (640 x 480 pixels) with audio at 30 fps; up to 60 seconds, Small movie 320 (320 x 240 pixels) with audio at 15 fps; up to 895 seconds, Time-lapse movie (640 x 480 pixels) at 30 fps; up to 35 seconds (1,050 frames), Sepia movie 320 (320 x 240 pixels) with audio at 5 fps; up to 895 seconds, B/W movie 320 (320 x 240 pixels) with audio at 15 fps; up to 895 seconds are selectable. |
*Approximate maxiumum 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, 2) Shutter-Priority Exposure Compensation (+/-2 EV in 1/3 EV steps); Auto Exposure Bracketing; AE-BSS |
|Exposure range ||EV 0.0 to +18.5 (W), EV +1.8 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 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 1/3 EV increments (to minimum of f/8) |
|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. 1.8-19.8ft. (0.5-6.0m)(W), approx 3.3-9.1 ft. (1.0-3.0m)(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-CP11 (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.) ||240 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) ||4.6 x 3.3 x 4.8 in. (116 x 85 x 121mm) |
|Weight ||Approx. 21.2 oz. (600g) (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-CP11, Soft Case CS-CP21, Various size CompactFlash™ Cards, Fisheye Converter FC-E9, Step-Down Ring Lens Adapter UR-E18, Telephoto Converter TC-E17ED, Step-Down Ring Lens Adapter UR-E17, Wideangle Converter Attachment WM-E80, Lens Hood HN-CP14, Speedlight SB-800/600, COOLPIX Filter FF-CP11NC/FF-CP11CPL/FF-CP11ND4, Digital Photo Storage Viewer COOLWALKER MSV-01 |
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Newest Coolpix Digital Camera Introduces New Technology Previously Unavailable In 8-Megapixel Compact Consumer Cameras
MELVILLE, NY, September 16, 2004 – Nikon has taken the consumer compact camera industry further than it has ever gone before with today's announcement of the new Nikon Coolpix 8800 digital camera (www.nikondigitalusa.com). Nikon's flagship model for the 8-megapixel category, the Coolpix 8800 is an incredible photography tool for serious photographers. The Coolpix 8800 is the most powerful compact digital camera available to consumers, boasting a high-powered 10x optical Zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens, which opens the shooter to an unmatched 35-350mm (35mm equivalent) zoom range, the longest zoom range available in the 8-megapixel category, and delivers razor sharp images.
To complement this versatile and precise lens, Nikon has incorporated its Vibration Reduction (VR) System – a version of the system used in Nikkor professional SLR lenses – into the Coolpix 8800. The benefits of VR are further evident with the Coolpix 8800 digital camera system, when enhanced with a series of dedicated lens accessories that broaden the range of lens performance from Fisheye (7mm) to a 600mm telephoto. The incorporation of VR into the Coolpix 8800 represents a milestone first for Nikon and the Coolpix series as state of the art technology is now being applied to consumer compact cameras.
“With the tremendous success of consumer-level digital SLR cameras, there remains a very large population of advanced photographers looking for a high-powered, compact, all-in-one solution. The Nikon Coolpix 8800 addresses these consumers head-on,” said Jerry Grossman, vice president, Marketing, for Nikon Inc. “The Coolpix 8800 brings a completely new dimension to compact digital photography with its applications of new technology adapted and applied from Nikon's professional products. This is truly a market leader.”
Nikon has grabbed the lead in the popular and powerful 8-megapixel camera category with the announcement of the new Coolpix 8800 and the wide-angle Coolpix 8400, which at 24mm is the widest compact digital camera available today. These remarkable new products combine 8.0-megapixel resolution with pro-quality Nikkor ED optics and framing and zooming options that complement today's digital photographers.
Nikon Coolpix 8800 – The Flagship of Compact Digital Cameras
The Nikon Coolpix 8800 is the ideal camera for serious photographers who consider the lens a critical factor in their regular shooting. The camera will also satisfy photographers that demand the highest 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 Coolpix 8800, and its counterpart Coolpix 8400, are the first digital cameras to offer Nikon's D-lighting option. In Playback, D-lighting compensates for an underexposed 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 In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™ activated, photographers will see most common red-eye photos rapidly diminishing or disappearing entirely from their pictures. In fact, they may never see red-eye again. The combination of these new features alone addresses two of the most commonly experienced problem in photography and corrects them with ease.
Serious digital photographers demand a great deal from their equipment. The Nikon Coolpix 8800 is well prepared to withstand the wear and tear that comes with frequent use. The camera is constructed with a compact, lightweight magnesium (Mg) alloy body that has been designed for durability and portability, with a secure, comfortable grip for stability during shooting. Nikon has employed the 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.
The Nikon Coolpix 8800 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 8800 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.
‘Rock-Steady' – Nikon's Vibration Reduction (VR) System
The lens of the Coolpix 8800 incorporates Nikon's Vibration Reduction System. VR automatically detects and compensates for the small camera movements that cause image blur. This offers the user the ability to shoot at shutter speeds up to three stops slower without the risk of camera vibrations blurring the image. Along with Normal Mode, which enables remarkably clear handheld shots, Active Mode helps to ensure a smoother view in shaky conditions like a moving vehicle. VR gives Coolpix 8800 photographers the tool they need to achieve sharp, clear images when shooting in low light or when taking handheld telephoto and macro shots.
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 than all other brands combined. That very same quality is built into the Nikkor lens of every Nikon Coolpix digital camera, including the Nikon Coolpix 8800. The Nikon Coolpix 8800 has a zoom range of 35-350 mm (35mm equivalent). The lens incorporates ED glass elements to produce clear, sharp, colorful images.
‘Broaden Your View' – Accessories Push the Limits Of Compact Digital Photography
The Nikon Coolpix 8800 supports a complete series of affordable accessory lenses, which expand the camera's zoom range from 7mm-600mm, previously unimaginable in the consumer compact digital category. The Coolpix 8800 is compatible with Coolpix accessory lenses including the all new 1.7x ED glass teleconverter (TC-E17ED) (600mm), the new 0.8x Wide Angle Adapter (WM-E80) (28mm) and the Fisheye converter lens (FC-E9) (7mm). That translates to a whopping 86x optical zoom capability…a figure that is unparalleled throughout the photo industry. The Coolpix 8800's VR system even works with the accessory telephoto converter lens at 600mm. In addition, lighting enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the Coolpix 8800's accessory hot shoe now enables i-TTL flash operation using the Nikon SB-800 or SB-600, including complete control of the zoom head. This combination of available additions makes the Coolpix 8800 and its accessories a complete and viable compact system.
Nikon Coolpix 8800 Key Features:
• 8.0 effective megapixels (3,264 x 2,448-pixels)
• 10x optical Zoom-Nikkor ED lens with a zoom ratio of 35-350 mm (35mm  format)
• Vibration Reduction (VR) system shoots up to 3 stops slower
• 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 and VR 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 8800 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 8800's Panorama Assist Mode and seamlessly stitches together multiple horizontal or vertical images to create beautiful panoramic photos.
The Nikon Coolpix 8800 provides users with all the equipment they need to begin shooting, which includes PictureProject image management software, USB cable, video cable, neck strap, the new EN-EL7 rechargeable battery and quick charger.
The Nikon Coolpix 8800 will be available at retail in Fall 2004 at an MSRP of $999.95. For more information about this and other Nikon Coolpix cameras, please visit www.nikondigitalusa.com .
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