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Nikon's Coolpix S3 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Nikon updates Coolpix S1
(Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 02:01 EDT)

A press release from Nikon Inc. today announces its new Nikon Coolpix S3 digital camera, an update to its existing Coolpix S1 model.

The Coolpix S3, as with its siblings the S1 and S2, is designed with a mind for style (which is actually what the S designation stands for, we're told). Changes between the new and old models are relatively few; most notably an upgraded image sensor that now offers a resolution of six megapixels, instead of the five megapixel resolution of the former camera. Where the Coolpix S1 has a silver aluminum finish, the S3 has a matte black finish. Nikon tells us that other specifications are identical to the previous model, which will continue to be available for some time.

The new Nikon Coolpix S3 will ship this month at a price of $429.

Nikon Coolpix S3
Nikon's Coolpix S3 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera Type Ultra Compact
Manufacturer Nikon
Model Number S3
Dimensions 3.5 x 2.3 x 0.8"
89.9 x 57.5 x 19.7mm
Weight 118.0 g
4.1 oz
Planned Price $429.00
Planned Availability Sep 2005
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/2.5" CCD
6.40 megapixels (total)
6.00 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Dimensions 6.0 megapixels
3.1 megapixels
0.8 megapixels
0.3 megapixels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 2.5", 110,000 pixels
Playback Zoom 10.0x max
Lens Type Zoom-Nikkor ED
3x optical zoom
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 5.8 - 17.4mm (actual)
35 - 105mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/3.0 (wide) / f/5.4 (tele) - ???
Focusing System with AF assist lamp
Focusing Range Normal: 12" - infinity (30 cm - infinity)
Macro: 1.6" - infinity (4.0 cm - infinity)
Metering Modes 256-area Matrix
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Auto with Red-eye Reduction (In-Camera Red-Eye Fix), Anytime Flash, Flash Cancel, Slow Sync
Range: 0.3 - 2.5m/ 1ft - 8ft 2in (W), 0.3 - 1.4m/ 1ft - 4ft 7in (T)
Scene Modes Portrait, Night Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Night Landscape, Museum, Fireworks Show, Close Up, Copy, Back Light, Panorama Assist, Dawn/Dusk, Underwater, Voice Recording
Digital Zoom Up to 4x
Self Timer Yes, 10 seconds
Time Lapse Yes
Recording Medium SD/MMC, Built-in
Video Yes
Computer USB 1.1
Other Camera cradle (Cool-Station MV-11 or MV-11B)
Battery Type Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary EN-EL8
Product Bundle
Software PictureProject
Battery / Charger Proprietary EN-EL8 Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 12.0MB built-in memory
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Remote Control No
Operating System Compatibility Windows / Mac OS
More Photos
Nikon's Coolpix S3 digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:


MELVILLE, NY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2005 – Building on the popularity of the S Series of Coolpix digital cameras, Nikon today introduced the new Coolpix S3 – a 6-megapixel camera that delivers high shooting power and image quality in a sleek and ultra-portable package. Like the Coolpix S1 and S2 before it, the new Matte Black Metal-body Coolpix S3 boasts a 2.5” LCD screen and Nikon’s exclusive feature system, including D-Lighting for fixing dark pictures in the camera, the exclusive Face Priority AF (Auto Focus) for automatic face-finding focus and getting great portraits and In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™ to remove most instances of red-eye in the camera. The Coolpix S3 provides consumers with top-notch performance and the look to match.

“The new Coolpix S3 provides Nikon’s state-of-the-art technology to consumers in a shirt pocket sized design that offers efficient and responsive shooting for all levels of photographers,” said Bill Giordano, General Manager of Marketing for Nikon, Inc. “The Coolpix S3’s intuitive features make the camera a perfect choice for consumers looking to capture those unexpected moments…and look good doing so.”

Improved Performance for Great Pictures
More efficiency and fast performance can only mean one thing – more shots! With the ability to take up to 190 shots from the included rechargeable Li-ion battery*, improved start-up time, and continuous shooting mode, the new Coolpix S3 allows for more shots to be captured than ever before. This superior engineering is paired with a range of Nikon’s unique in-camera functions and 17 different scene modes that help make a perfect moment into a perfect photo with the click of a button.

More Features in a Sleek, Compact Design –

  • 6.0 effective megapixels
  • 3x Zoom-Nikkor ED Glass lens with a focal range equivalent to that of a 35-105mm lens in 35mm format
  • Compact dimensions of (W x H x D – 3.5 x 2.3 x 0.8 inches)
  • Light weight of approx 4.2 oz. (without battery and memory card)
  • BSS (Best-Shot Selector) chooses best exposure automatically from ten (10) sequential shots
  • COOLSTATION MV-11 cradle included for easy downloading of images and recharging the battery in the camera
  • Single AF and Continuous AF can be selected in Movie Mode
  • 256-segment Matrix Metering, Center-weighted, and Spot AF metering in certain Scene Modes
  • 7 manual white balance settings and White Balance Bracketing
  • Direct printing with PictBridge compatibility
  • 4 of the 17 Scene Modes offer Scene Assist (Portrait, Night Portrait, Sports, Landscape)
  • World Time function allows local time to be set easily anywhere in the world
  • USB compatibility enables swift transfer of image data to computers
  • Voice memo function records up to 20 seconds of sound that can then be attached to an image
  • 4x digital zoom capability
  • Choice of Single AF and Continuous AF
  • Options for playback: Single, 4- and 9-segment thumbnail, Slideshow, 10x magnification
  • Built-in Speedlight: features settings for Auto, Red-eye Reduction by pre-flash, Anytime flash, Flash cancel and Slow sync.

The Coolpix S3 will be available nationwide in September 2005 at an MSRP of $429.95. For more information about this and other Coolpix cameras, please visit www.nikondigital.com.

About Nikon
Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized 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 consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, Nikkor optics, Speedlights and System Accessories; Nikon Coolpix® compact digital cameras; Coolscan® digital film scanners; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics. At the heart of every Nikon camera is Nikon’s Exclusive Feature System, making it easy for anyone to take amazing digital pictures. Through the Nikon Spirit Initiative™, the 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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