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Nikon Coolpix S1 ultra slim digital camera announced - An ultra slim digital camera with a stylish appearance and sleek aluminium exterior
The Coolpix S1 has 5.1 megapixels and a powerful 35-105mm 3x Zoom-Nikkor ED lens (35mm equivalent), which allow it to deliver sharp results with true-to-life colour. It also features a large, bright 2.5-inch LCD monitor which makes it easy to compose shots and play back the results with 110,000-dot clarity - eliminating the need for a viewfinder. The Coolpix S1 has also been specially designed for easy operation, with a Graphic User Interface (GUI) that allows the user to select functions by either name or icon and a handy help button that displays explanations for functions on the main menu.
Not only is the new Coolpix S1 a very attractive camera, technical innovation has ensured that the camera is energy efficient, allowing it to take up to 200 images with an EN-EL8 rechargeable battery (based on CIPA standard). The camera has also been designed to allow swift continuous shooting at up to 1.8 frames per second (approx.).
The Coolpix S1 contains a range of unique Nikon features which enable the user to get better results when shooting in difficult conditions. Nikons exclusive D-Lighting function automatically compensates pictures taken with excessive backlight or insufficient flash. D-Lighting adds light and detail to darker parts of images while leaving areas with desirable exposure exactly as they are. Nikons in-camera Red-Eye Fix function, automatically detects the red eye effect that can be caused by the flash when taking a photograph and then digitally corrects it in-camera.
The camera features the clever face priority AF function, which has the ability to detect human faces in the frame and then provide optimal automatic focus for sharper, more satisfying portraits. Another handy feature is the Blur Warning function which lets the user know when an image has been compromised by camera shake, enabling re-composition for better results.
The Coolpix S1 comes complete with the Coolstation MV-11, which allows batteries to be charged without removing them from the camera body and can connect the camera to a television or computer via USB.
Like all the other cameras in the successful Coolpix range, the Coolpix S1 offers a selection of handy scene modes that makes it easy to get good results in every day situations. The camera has seventeen scene modes, four of which feature Scene Assist, to allow the user to select the one best suited to the subject, be it sunset or portrait, and then leave the camera to select the best settings automatically. The Coolpix S1 has a new underwater mode, which is designed for use with the optional waterproof case WP-CP5, to allow the user to take good shots when snorkeling or scuba diving to depths of up to 40 meters.
Despite its ultra slim dimensions, the Coolpix S1 can also be used to record movies with sound, offering a choice of four movie modes with shooting at up to 15 frames per second and VGA resolution. The Coolpix S1 contains 12MB of internal memory and is compatible with SD memory cards.
The Coolpix S1 is PictBridge compatible, which allows the user to connect the camera directly to a compatible printer, eliminating the need for a computer. The camera also comes complete with Nikons PictureProject software, which makes it easy to edit, organize and share images.
Nikons ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass offers superior sharpness and optimal colour correction.
Industry standard for measuring life of camera batteries. Measured at 25C (77F); zoom adjusted with each shot, built-in flash fired with every other shot, image mode set to Normal.
Type: Digital camera S1
Effective pixels: 5.1 million
CCD 1/2.5-inch type (5.36 million total pixels)
Image modes: High (2592*), Normal (2592), Normal (2048), PC (1024), TV (640)
Lens: 3x Zoom-Nikkor ED; 5.8-17.4mm (35mm  format equivalent to 35-105mm); f/3.0-5.4; 12 elements in 10 groups; Digital zoom: up to 4x
Focus range: 30cm (12 in.) to infinity (?) 4cm (1.6 in.) to infinity (?) in Macro Mode
LCD monitor: 2.5-inch type, 110,000-dot Amorphous silicon TFT LCD monitor with brightness adjustment
Storage media: Internal memory: approx. 12MB, SD memory card
Shooting modes: Auto, Scene Assist (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait), Scene (Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night landscape, Close up, Museum, Fireworks show, Copy, Back light, Panorama assist, Underwater, Voice recording), BSS (Best Shot Selector), Blur Warning, Date imprint, Self-timer (10 sec.)
Movie: With sound: TV movie (640) at 15fps, Small size (320) at 15fps, Smaller size (160) at 15fps; Without sound: Time-lapse movie at 15fps
Capture modes: 1) Single, 2) Continuous (approx. 1.8fps), 3) Multi-shot 16 (16 frames 1/16 in size)
Number of frames
(w/ Internal memory): 5M: High (2592*) approx. 5, Normal (2592) approx. 10, 3M: (2048) approx. 17
Built-in flash: Range: 0.3-2.5m/ 1' - 8'2" (W), 0.3-1.4m/ 1' - 4'7" (T); Flash modes: Auto, Auto with Red-eye Reduction (In-Camera Red-Eye Fix), Anytime Flash, Flash Cancel and Slow sync.
Interface: USB (via COOL-STATION MV-11)
Supported languages: German/English/Spanish/French/Italian/Dutch/Swedish/Japanese/Simplified Chinese/Traditional Chinese/Korean/Russian selectable in menu display
Power requirements: One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL8
Battery life (approx.): Approx. 200 images with EN-EL8 Rechargeable Battery (based on CIPA standard*)
Dimensions (W x H x D): Approx. 89.9 x 57.5 x 19.7 mm (3.5 x 2.3 x 0.8 in.)
Weight: Approx. 118g (4.0 oz.) (without battery and memory card)
Supplied Accessories: COOL-STATION MV11, Strap, USB cable UC-E10, Audio Video cable, AC adapter EH-63, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL8, PictureProject CD-ROM
Optional Accessories: COOL-STATION MV-11, USB cable UC-E10, AC adapter EH-63, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL8, Battery Charger MH-62, Waterproof Case WP-CP5
*Industry standard for measuring life of camera batteries. Measured at 25C (77F); zoom adjusted with each shot, built-in flash fired with every other shot, image mode set to Normal.
Supplied accessories may differ by country or area.
Not available in some countries or areas.
PictureProject System Requirements
OS Macintosh: Mac OS X (10.1.5 or later) / Windows: Windows XP Home Edition/Professional, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows Me, Windows 98SE pre-installed models
RAM 64MB or more recommended
Hard disk 60MB required for installation
Display 800 x 600 or more with 16-bit colour (full colour recommended)
Others CD-ROM drive required for installation
Only built-in USB ports are supported
Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Macintosh and QuickTime are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. The FotoNation logo is a trademark. The SD logo is a trademark. PictBridge is a trademark. D-Lighting technology is provided by Apical Limited. Face-priority AF technology is provided by Identix. Products and brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
Price and availability
The S1 is scheduled for release in April 2005 and will retail at 279.99 /418.00. The Ebony Black version is a Dixons Group exclusive.
The WP-CP5 underwater housing is scheduled for release in spring 2005 and will retail at 149.99.
Specifications, design, product name, standard accessories, and release schedule may differ by country or area.