Nikon has expanded its range of compact digital cameras with the
introduction of the new Coolpix P3 and Coolpix P4 models. Both combine
an exceptional 8.1 megapixel resolution and a vast array of advanced
features for photographic enjoyment. The Coolpix P3 and P4 feature a
1/1.8-inch CCD and an impressive 8.1 effective megapixels which allow
for high quality images even when significantly enlarged.
The Coolpix P3 and P4 incorporate a high-quality 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens
with a focal range equivalent to that of a 36-126mm lens in 35mm
format. This provides ample opportunity to zoom in for close
compositions, zoom right out to capture breathtaking scenery and even
enjoy macro shooting from as close as 4cm.
Both the Coolpix P3 and P4 contain Nikons innovative VR
(Vibration Reduction) capability. Originally developed for Nikon SLRs,
lens shift VR capability is available in two modes that compensate for
camera movement to realize a shooting experience akin to shooting at
shutter speeds three stops faster.
VR Normal compensates for the minor movements
that can happen all too easily during handheld shooting, while
VR Active compensates for more pronounced
movements. This allows photographers to shoot without blurring in lower
light or when taking handheld macro shots, VR also extends to movie
shooting and helps support faster framing on the large 2.5-inch
The Coolpix P3 offers built-in Wi-Fi capability and IEEE 802.11b/g LAN
support which is easy to set up and use and lets users send images
instantly to a selected computer as soon as theyre taken, or
alternately send all images stored on memory to a computer in one go.
Wireless freedom also extends to printing too, so users can carry out
cable-free printing to PictBridge-compatible printers*.
A range of advanced imaging features make the Coolpix P3 and P4 stand
out from other compact digital cameras, giving photographers greater
control to produce shots that match their personal tastes. The 11
wide-area AF delivers more accurate autofocus by analysing a larger
area of the frame so photographers can experiment with more imaginative
compositions. For example, with main subjects positioned away from the
centre or with multiple subjects, they can still be assured of crisp,
Both cameras offer Aperture-priority Auto mode to
let the photographer benefit from aperture control in 1/3EV steps, so
they can select large apertures for attractive background blurring. For
all kinds of shooting, an on-screen histogram provides analytical
assistance for exposure. The display demonstrates shadow levels on the
left and highlight levels on the right of the large LCD, so users can
avoid under and overexposure before they even press the shutter.
Theres also a range of Advanced Scene
modes (9 Advanced Scene modes; 7 Scene modes) that help photographers
capture a single scene with entirely different moods through the use of
three effects that vary brightness, colour intensity, sharpness, noise
reduction and more.
The Coolpix P3 and P4 also feature continuous shooting at up to 1.8
frames per second. This capability is also complemented by 5-shot
buffer shooting that allows users to keep shooting in a continuous
burst and have the camera record the last five images taken.
Both cameras make it easy to shoot movies with sound, with a choice of
three modes offering up to 30fps performance. Theres also a
Time-lapse movie mode that uses pictures shot
with the Interval timer shooting function to
create a movie in which the action appears speeded up.
Images can even be improved in-camera through the use of three
innovative Nikon functions. Face-priority AF cleverly detects
peoples faces to achieve sharp focus on them, no matter
where they happen to be located in the frame. In-Camera Red-Eye Fix
helps users make red-eye a thing of the past by detecting the annoying
red-eye effect that can sometimes occur in flash photography and
providing automatic compensation for more flattering, natural-looking
portraits in low light. Theres also Nikons unique
D-Lighting function, available in playback mode, which can improve
underexposed images or shots taken with too much back light by creating
a copy of an image with added light and detail wherever necessary,
leaving well-exposed areas exactly as they were.
Operation of the Coolpix P3 and P4 is exceptionally smooth and
user-friendly. Icons are clearer and have optimal proportions, users
can opt to select functions by either name or icon, and all menus and
icons have been created with a new colour scheme thats
easier on the eye.
The Coolpix P3 and P4 have been made even more desirable with exterior
lines that convey a distinct air of simplicity and quality, yet which
feel comfortable in the hand. The use of aluminum throughout the
exterior builds on this sense of quality, while the lens and grip
sections have been given a flatter, space-efficient form.
Like all Coolpix cameras, the P3 and P4 come bundled with
Nikons complimentary and exclusive PictureProject software.
Now featuring easy-to-use Wireless Camera Setup
Utility, which uses a simple wizard that will configure the
cameras for wireless operation for use with the Coolpix P3,
PictureProject adds even more possibilities to digital photography.
Complete with an interface that is as elegant as it is simple, it makes
for simple image editing and supports easy image organization and
sharing, while compatibility with a range of plug-ins lets users add
exciting new capabilities on demand.
Nikon Coolpix P3/P4 Feature Highlights
The Coolpix P3 and P4 feature the VR (Vibration Reduction) system
originally developed for Nikon SLR cameras. Comprising two modes, it
allows selection of VR Normal mode that compensates for the minor
camera movement commonly encountered when taking handheld shots, and VR
Active mode that compensates for more pronounced movements, such as
when shooting from a moving vehicle. Providing a shooting experience
akin to shooting at shutter speeds three stops faster, it enables
photographers to shoot without blurring in lower light, keeps subjects
clear when panning, and also helps support faster framing on the LCD.
Whats more, the benefits of VR (Normal mode) assurance also
extend to movie shooting so users can capture action with welcome
Built-in Wi-Fi capability
The Coolpix P3 comes with built-in Wi-Fi capability thats
easy to set up and virtually effortless to operate. Adding greater
freedom and versatility to compact digital photography, such IEEE
802.11b/g support means users can send individual images from the
camera to a computer the moment they are shot. Users can also send a
whole batch of images to a computer simultaneously and even carry out
cable-free printing with PictBridge-compatible printers.
Advanced imaging features
The Coolpix P3 and P4 also offer a range of imaging capabilities
extending beyond the norm. Covering a broader area of the frame, 11
wide-area AF achieves better results in more diverse compositions
leaving photographers free to concentrate on the shot while
the camera automatically achieves superior, sharp focus. Advanced Scene
modes allow photographers to produce pictures better suited to their
own personal tastes offering a choice of three effects that
vary brightness, colour intensity, sharpness, noise reduction and more
so that the same scene can be captured to convey entirely different
moods. The Coolpix P3 and P4 also offer the versatility of
Aperture-priority Auto mode, which gives photographers control over
aperture while the camera automatically selects the optimal
corresponding shutter speeds, so users can choose larger apertures to
achieve attractive background blur, for example, or select a smaller
aperture to extend sharp detail into the distance.
Features for in-camera image correction
The Coolpix P3 and P4 feature a selection of three Nikon innovations
that give the photographer the ability to actually improve the quality
of images in-camera. The Face-priority AF function has the ability to
cleverly locate the presence of human faces in the frame and then
provide optimized focus accordingly for sharper portraits time after
time. In-Camera Red-Eye Fix helps to eradicate the annoying red-eye
effect that can sometimes be encountered during flash photography by
detecting red eyes in the shot and compensating automatically.
Theres also D-Lighting, which can improve underexposed
images or shots taken with too much back light by creating a copy of a
selected image with light and detail automatically added wherever
necessary and well-exposed areas left exactly as they are.
Nikon Coolpix P3/P4 Other Features
- Highly compact dimensions of (W x H x D) 92 x 61 x 31mm
(3.6 x 2.4 x 1.2 in.) excluding projections
- Carry-anywhere light weight of approx. 170g (5.6 oz.)
(without battery and SD memory card)
- USB connectivity enables fast data transfer to computers
and other peripherals
- Battery Charger MH-61 supplied
- Ample 23MB (approx.) of internal memory, SD Card
- BSS (Best Shot Selector) identifies and saves the sharpest
image automatically from ten sequential shots
- Date Search function makes it easy to locate a desired shot
- Menu available in a choice of 20 languages
- Rechargeable EN-EL5 Li-ion Battery (supplied) can shoot
approx . 200 shots on a single charge
- Direct printing with PictBridge-compatible printers via USB
- Macro Mode lets users compose as close as 4cm from the
Available: End of February 2006.
Available: Mid March 2006