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Nikon Coolpix S5/S6 - Two new ultra slim compact cameras from Nikon
Nikon UK is pleased to announce two exciting new cameras the Coolpix S5 and S6. These stylish new cameras combine high-quality imaging performance with a striking wave-surface design. Both cameras have the ability to improve images in-camera, large LCDs and a powerful new Pictmotion function that allows users to create entertaining in-camera shows.
The brand new Pictmotion function lets users create much more than just a slideshow, allowing users to select their favourite images and movie files, pick a style, and then select a music file from one of the five pre-installed files in the camera to create a unique show. The show can then be played at any time on the ample-sized LCD monitors (Coolpix S5: 2.5-inch; S6: 3.0-inch), and because each of these monitors offers a wide viewing angle of 170 (both horizontal and vertical), such in-camera entertainment can be enjoyed by everyone at the same time. Both cameras also feature Auto Image Rotation, which detects pictures that have been taken with the camera held vertically, automatically rotating them to suit in-camera LCD playback.
Both the Coolpix S5 and S6 offer a 1/2.5-inch CCD and 6.0 effective megapixel resolution to produce images that stay sharp even when significantly enlarged. They also feature a high-quality 3x Zoom-Nikkor ED lens with a range of 35-105mm (35mm equivalent) that gives the photographer the flexibility to zoom out for beautiful landscapes, zoom in for tightly-composed portraits, and enjoy macro photography from as close as 4cm.
Both the Coolpix S5 and S6 have been specially designed to be visually appealing as well as easy to use. The eye-catching wave-surface designs are more than just about great styling - their thin, compact dimensions and form make the Coolpix S5 and S6 really comfortable to hold.
The Coolpix S5 and S6 feature a new rotary multi-selector that allows fast circular scrolling for speedy image browsing at up to 10 frames per second, a range of buttons that further simplify operation and an on-screen icon with a cursor that tracks circular scrolling, making it easy to select desired features. Furthermore, users can select functions by name or icon according to their personal preference, and all menus and icons have been made easier on the eye with a new colour scheme and optimised icon dimensions.
The Coolpix S5 and S6 also boast a new one-touch portrait button, conveniently located at the top of the camera body, making it much simpler to take better quality pictures by offering easy access to Nikons unique Face-priority AF, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix and D-Lighting functions. With Face-priority AF, the camera can automatically detect peoples faces in the frame, no matter where they are located, to produce sharply focused portraits.
In-Camera Red-Eye Fix detects the unfortunate red-eye effect that can sometimes happen in flash photography, automatically compensating for it in-camera to produce more pleasing results. D-Lighting (available in playback mode) enables users to improve images that are underexposed or taken with too much back light creating a copy of the image with light and detail added where necessary while leaving the well-exposed parts exactly the way they were.
The Coolpix S6 delivers the additional advantage of Wi-Fi capability. Offering IEEE 802.11b/g support, it allows users to send images wirelessly to a computer as soon as they are taken or to transfer in one go all images stored in memory to a computer. The Coolpix S6 also supports cable-free printing, enabling images to be sent directly to PictBridge-compatible printers without the need to use a computer .
A selection of 15 Scene modes 4 with scene assist allows Coolpix S5 and S6 users to achieve satisfying results, aided by clear focus and optimal exposure in diverse situations. All the user has to do is select the most appropriate scene mode and compose the shot, leaving the camera to automatically select the best settings.
Three movie modes with sound are also available for capturing action at up to 30 frames per second. Both cameras also feature Time-lapse movie shooting capability that allows dramatic results to be created out of slow-moving action..
The Coolpix S5 and S6 help speed up the users search for recorded images thanks to a calendar function that automatically sorts images according to the date they were taken. For further versatility, the Coolpix S5 and S6 come complete with the COOL-STATION MV-14 and MV-15 respectively, to allow batteries to be recharged while they are still in the camera. They also offer USB connectivity and can even be hooked up for TV display.
Finally the Coolpix S5 and S6 come bundled with Nikons complimentary PictureProject software and an easy-to-use wireless camera setup utility which employs a simple wizard to configure the camera for wireless operation. The beauty of PictureProject is that it makes editing pictures, organising shots and sharing images remarkably simple, while a range of available plug-ins lets users extend capabilities as they like.
Sales release schedule: This camera is scheduled for release
in February 2006.
Note: Specifications, design, product name, standard accessories, and release schedule may differ by country or area.
Nikon Coolpix S5/S6 Feature Highlights
Pictmotion with high-quality music
Nikons new Pictmotion is much more than a simple slideshow function. Available on both the Coolpix S5 and Coolpix S6, it allows you to select your favorite images and movie files, then pick a style and add a music file of your choice from among 5 pre-installed ones, or load your own choice of music* to suit the images. The Coolpix S5 and S6 then automatically analyse each element to produce an entertaining show with pace and transitions determined by music and style for in-camera viewing anywhere on the generous LCD which has an impressive 170 viewing angle that makes it easy for everyone to see. Furthermore, to heighten enjoyment of audio elements, both cameras also feature a large speaker that delivers heightened sound pressure and a sampling frequency which is increased from 8 to 22kHz * Via PictureProject for Windows only.
Eye-catching wave-surface design
Both the Coolpix S5 and S6 have been created with a unique wave-surface design that is both esthetically appealing and very comfortable in the hand. They are also available in an attractive range of colours (availability may vary by country or region), with each exterior combining a range of attractive textures comprising a high-grade glossy main aluminum body with elements of protective acrylic, resilient stainless steel and silicone paneling.
The Coolpix S5 and S6 feature large 2.5-inch and 3.0-inch 230,000-dot TFT LCDs respectively. Such generous size does away with the need for a viewfinder and makes for easier composition. Both LCDs also offer an impressive 170 viewing angle that makes it easy for everyone to enjoy the playback of still images, movies and entertaining Pictmotion shows anywhere, at any time.
Rotary multi selector and improved GUI
Operation has been made smoother, simpler and faster. A new rotary multi selector incorporated into the camera back enables high-speed image browsing with circular scrolling action at up to 10 frames per second, while a range of buttons built into the rotary multi selector make for more intuitive operation. Theres also an on-screen icon with a cursor that tracks rotary multi selector scrolling to make function selection even simpler still. The Coolpix S5 and S6 also feature various screens and menus created with a colour scheme thats easier on the eye, functions can be selected by the users choice of name or icon, and all icons have been optimised and made clearer for easy viewing.
The Coolpix S6 features the additional advantage of built-in Wi-Fi capability to add further enjoyment and flexibility to digital photography. Providing IEEE 802.11b/g support, it enables individual images to be wirelessly transferred to computer as soon as theyre recorded, allows all stored images to be sent to a computer simultaneously and also supports cable-free direct printing* with PictBridge-compatible printers.
* Requires optionally available Wireless Printer Adapter PD-10.
One-touch portrait functions
A standalone One-touch portrait button is conveniently located on the top of the Coolpix S5 and S6, giving direct access to three innovative Nikon features for in-camera improvement. Face-priority AF automatically finds and then focuses on peoples faces no matter where they are in the frame for pleasingly sharp portraits time after time. In-Camera Red-Eye Fix can automatically detect the annoying red-eye effect that sometimes occurs in flash photography, then compensate for it in-camera to give natural-looking portraits. And D-Lighting can improve underexposed images or shots taken with too much back light by creating a copy with light and detail added wherever necessary and well-exposed areas kept exactly as they are.
Nikon Coolpix S5/S6 Other Features
- Highly compact dimensions of (W x H x D) S5: 93 x 59 x 20mm (3.7 x 2.3 x 0.8 in.); S6: 100.5 x 60 x 21mm (3.9 x 2.4 x 0.8 in.)
- Carry-anywhere light weight (without battery and memory card):
- S5: Approx. 135g (4.8 oz.), S6: Approx. 140g (4.9 oz.)
- S5: 21MB (approx.), S6: 20MB (approx.) of internal memory, SD Card compatibility
- BSS (Best Shot Selector) identifies and saves the sharpest shot automatically from ten sequential shots
- Exposure BSS automatically selects and saves the shot most closely matching user-selected criteria from five sequential shots
- USB connectivity supports easy transfer of data to computers and other peripherals
- Swift startup of approx. 0.8 seconds; Continuous shooting at up to 2.2fps
- Date Counter visually records countdown of days to an occasion or number of days since an important event
- Help Button provides easy-to-understand explanations for functions on main menu
- Blur Warning informs user after shooting if an image is blurred
- Menu available in a choice of 20 languages
- Noise Reduction produces better results during low-light conditions
- Time zone function enables the camera clock to be set to local time, anywhere in the world
- 4x digital zoom extends compositional freedom
- Rechargeable EN-EL8 Li-ion Battery (supplied) can shoot approx. 210 shots (S5)/ 200 shots (S6) on a single charge
- Field Jacket FJ-CP1 water-resistant case (optional) lets users keep the Coolpix dry to underwater depths of 3 meters
- Dock Insert PV-10/PV-11 (supplied) enable direct printing to compatible ImageLink printers
- Choice of White Balance
- Auto with TTL control, 6-mode manual (Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash and White Bal. Preset)
- Voice recording available for duration of up to 5 hours or until memory capacity is reached
Nikon Digital Camera Coolpix S5/S6 Specifications
|Type:||Compact digital camera|
|Effective pixels:||6.0 million|
|CCD:||1/2.5-inch type (6.18 million total pixels)|
|Image modes:||High (2816*), Normal (2816), Normal (2048), PC (1024), TV (640)|
|Lens:||3x Zoom-Nikkor ED; 5.8-17.4mm (35mm  format equivalent to approx. 35-105mm); f/3.0-5.4; 12 elements in 10 groups; Digital zoom: up to 4x|
|Focus range (approx.):||30cm (1 ft.) to infinity (∞), 4cm (1.6 in.) to infinity (∞) in Macro mode|
|LCD monitor:||S5: 2.5-inch type, 230,000-dot TFT LCD monitor with brightness adjustment (170-degree wide viewing angle) /S6: 3.0-inch type, 230,000-dot TFT LCD monitor with brightness adjustment (170-degree wide viewing angle)|
|Storage media:||SD memory card, S5: Internal memory (approx. 21MB)/ S6: Internal memory (approx. 20MB)|
|Shooting modes:||Auto, 4 modes with Scene assist (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait), 11 Scene modes (Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close Up, Museum, Fireworks Show, Copy, Back Light, Panorama Assist), Voice Recording, One-Touch Portrait Mode, BSS (Best Shot Selector), Exposure BSS, Colour Options, Blur Warning, Date Imprint, Self-timer (3, 10 sec.)|
|Movie:||With sound: TV movie (640) at 30fps, Small size (320) at 30fps/15fps, Smaller size (160) at 15fps, Pictmotion (320) at 15fps; Without sound: Time-lapse movie at 30fps, Electronic VR (Vibration Reduction) available|
|Pictmotion:||5 styles selectable to playback movies or up to 30 still images, 5 music files pre-installed, max. 3 music files loadable*|
|Capture modes:||1) Single, 2) Continuous (approx. 2.2fps), 3) Multi-shot 16 (approx. 2fps, only available at image size 6M), 4) Interval timer shooting|
|Built-in flash:||Range: approx. 0.3-2.6m/ 1 ft. 8 ft. 6 in. (W), approx. 0.3-1.4m/ 1 ft. 4 ft. 7 in. (T); Flash modes: Auto, Auto with Red-eye Reduction (In-Camera Red-Eye Fix), Flash Cancel, Anytime Flash and Slow sync.|
|Interface:||S5: USB, Audio Video output (via COOL-STATION MV-14)/ S6: IEEE 802.11b/g, USB, Audio Video output (via COOL-STATION MV-15)|
|Wireless capability:||S6: IEEE 802.11b/g, wireless range up to 20m (depending on environment)|
|Supported languages:||Total of 20
Swedish/Japanese/Simplified Chinese/Traditional Chinese/
Norwegian/Czech selectable in menu display
|Power requirements:||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL8 (supplied), AC Adapter EH-64 (supplied)|
|Battery life (approx.):||S5: 210 shots with EN-EL8/ S6: 200 shots with EN-EL8 (based on CIPA standard)|
|Dimensions (WxHxD):||S5: Approx. 93 x 59 x 20mm (3.7 x 2.3 x 0.8 in.)/ S6: Approx. 100.5 x 60 x 21mm (3.9 x 2.4 x 0.8 in.) excluding projections|
|Weight (approx.):||S5: 135g (4.8 oz.) without battery and SD memory card / S6: 140g (4.9 oz.) without battery and SD memory card|
|Supplied accessories:||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL8, AC Adapter EH-64, COOL-STATION MV-14/MV-15, USB Cable UC-E10, Audio Video Cable EG-E5000, Strap, Dock Insert PV-10/PV-11, PictureProject CD-ROM|
|Optional accessories:||AC Adapter EH-64, Rechargeable Li-ion battery EN-EL8, Battery Charger MH-62, Field Jacket FJ-CP1 (S5 only), COOL-STATION MV-14, COOL-STATION MV-15, Dock Insert PV-10, Dock Insert PV-11, Wireless Printer Adapter PD-10 (S6 only)|
PictureProject System Requirements
|OS||Macintosh: Mac OS X version 10.1.5 or later (version 10.2.8 or later required for Burn Disc option) / Windows: Windows XP Home Edition/Professional, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows Me, Windows 98SE pre-installed models|
|RAM||Macintosh: 64MB or more
recommended/ Windows: 64MB or more recommended (128MB with Pictmotion
|Hard disk||60MB required for installation|
|Display||800 x 600 or more with 16-bit colour (full colour recommended)|
required for installation
Only built-in USB ports are supported
Available: End of February 2006
Available: Mid March 2006