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Nikon's Coolpix L100 digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Coolpix L100: New firmware adds NiMH support
(Tuesday, June 9, 2009 - 12:12 EDT)

Nikon has announced a new version of firmware is on the way for its Coolpix L100 digital camera, alongside the release of Nikon-branded NiMH rechargeable batteries.

Availability for the firmware update is slated to coincide with that of the batteries and charger, due later this summer. The only information on the update currently available is that it will enable use of NiMH rechargeables in the Nikon L100 with an expected battery life of 600 shots per charge. The EN-MH2-B4 NiMH AA rechargeable batteries will be available either with or without a charger, in sets of four.

For readers unfamiliar with the Nikon Coolpix L100, it was announced at this year's Photo Marketing Association spring tradeshow. The Nikon L100 has a ten megapixel imager, 15x optical zoom lens, CCD shift stabilization, and a 3.0" LCD display. The Coolpix L100 stores its images on SD / SDHC cards or in 44MB of built-in memory, and draws its power from four AA batteries. Priced at about $280, the Nikon Coolpix L100 shipped in April 2009. For more details read our Nikon L100 preview.

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Release of Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries EN-MH2-B4 and Battery Charger MH-73/Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries EN-MH2-B4 Set

COOLPIX L100 firmware update adds support for NiMH batteries

June 9, 2009 - TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of a genuine Nikon set of four nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) rechargeable batteries, Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries EN-MH2-B4, and a retail set that includes the Battery Charger MH-73, for charging sets of four nickel-metal hydride rechargeable batteries, and one set of four Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries EN-MH2-B4.

In addition, a firmware update for the COOLPIX L100 (supports four AA batteries) that adds support for nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) rechargeable batteries will be released to coincide with release of these new sets of Nikon NiMH batteries and dedicated battery charger. Please look for information regarding acquisition of the firmware provided by companies or shops selling the camera.

Support for rechargeable batteries makes the COOLPIX L100 an even more convenient digital camera
The Battery Charger MH-73, which allows for simultaneous charging of sets of four batteries, is the perfect companion for the COOLPIX L100 with added support for nickel-metal hydride rechargeable batteries. Released in March of this year, the COOLPIX L100 supports AA batteries that are easily acquired anywhere. This convenience has made the COOLPIX L100 an extremely popular digital camera. The added support for nickel-metal hydride rechargeable batteries not only reduces the burden on the environment, but further increases the practicality of the COOLPIX L100 by increasing the number of shots that can be taken with a set of fully charged batteries.

Nikon will continue to respond to the demands of its customers with services and products that offer ever increasing ways of enjoying digital cameras.

Product overview
Product name Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries EN-MH2-B4, Battery Charger MH-73 / Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries EN-MH2-B4 Set
Scheduled release date Summer, 2009

COOLPIX L100 Nikon digital camera specifications with use of Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries EN-MH2

Power sources Four AA alkaline batteries (supplied), four AA lithium batteries (available commercially), four Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries EN-MH2-B4 (available separately in sets of four), or AC adapter EH-67 (optional)
Number of exposures possible (battery performance)* Approximately 350 shots with alkaline batteries, 600 shots with EN-MH2 batteries, and 900 shots with lithium batteries

*Based on Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) testing standards

Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

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