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Nikon Introduces 5MP
Coolpix 5100 Digital Camera

Compact 5.1 megapixel camera delivering satisfyingly sharp results with easy of operation

September 16th, 2004.
Nikon has today announced the Nikon Coolpix 5100 digital camera. Incorporating a five megapixel effective sensor, the Nikon Coolpix 5100 is similar in design and shares the same features as the four megapixel Nikon Coolpix 4100, and three megapixel Nikon Coolpix 3200

Easy to use
With slim dimensions, a light weight and the same ergonomic grip as the Nikon Coolpix 4100, the Nikon Coolpix 5100 enables comfortable shooting with a natural feel. To allow easy access to the cameras functions, all mode dials and controls are located on the back of the camera, while a larger, clear LCD (1.6-in., 80,000-dot TFT) makes for easy composition and pleasing playback.






Sept 17th,
Update: Nikon Canada has today announced the manufacturer's recommended retail price (MSRP) for the Nikon Coolpix 5100 at $469 CAN. The camera is expected to be available by October.

Nikon Coolpix 5100 Major Features

  • 5.0 effective megapixels

  • 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens with 5.8-17.4mm coverage (equivalent to 35-105mm in 35mm format); digital zoom up to 4x magnification (for a total of 12x when combined with optical zoom)

  • AF assist illuminator makes focus easier when shooting in darker situations

  • Red-eye reduction makes use of the LED lamp prior to the firing of the flash

  • Macro shooting capability as close as 4cm (1.6 in.)

  • 14.5MB of internal memory enables the storage of images without a memory card, while two-way copying of stored images can be done between SD memory cards and the internal memory

  • Nikon's Best Shot Selector (BSS) takes a series of shots, then automatically picks and records the clearest one

  • 15 Scene Modes including four with Scene Assistance function - Scene Modes with Scene Assistance function (Portrait, Night portrait, Landscape, Sports); Other Scene Modes (Sunset, Close up, Museum, Panorama assist, Beach/Snow, Fireworks show, Back light, Party/Indoor, Copy, Dusk/Dawn, and Night landscape)

  • Three Movie Modes with sound, including TV movie (640) at 15fps, Small size (320) at 15fps, and Smaller size (160) at 15fps - recordable until SD memory card is full

  • Noise Reduction automatically reduces noise to ensure faithful color reproduction in some scene modes

  • Plug-and-play USB interface for smooth connection to a computer

  • Date Counter imprints the number of days to, or time since a specified occasion

  • 5 Color Options, including Standard color, Vivid color, Black-and-white, Sepia, and Cyanotype

  • Blur Warning alerts the user of shots compromised by camera shake, giving them the choice to record them or not

  • 1.6-in., 80,000-dot TFT LCD monitor with brightness adjustment

  • Two rechargeable Nikon EN-MH1 NiMH batteries and charger supplied. (Canada)

  • Offers direct print capability through PictBridge enabled printers


Nikon Coolpix 5100


Nikon Coolpix 5100

Effective pixels 5.0 MP
CCD 1/2.5-in. type (4.23 million total pixels)
Image Size High (2,288 x 1,712), Normal (2,288 x 1,712), Normal (1,600 x 1,200), PC Screen (1,024 x 768), TV Screen (640 x 480)
Lens 3x Zoom-Nikkor; f=5.8-17.4mm (35mm format equivalent to 35-105mm); Digital zoom; up to 4x
AF System Contrast-detect TTL AF
Focus Range Normal 30cm (1.8") - infinity
Macro 4cm (1.6") - infinity
LCD Monitor 1.6-in. 80,000-dot LCD monitor with brightness adjustment
Storage Media Internal memory: approx. 14.5MB, Optional SD memory card
Shooting Modes Auto, Scene Assistance (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)
Movie TV movie (640*) at 15fps, Small size (320*) at 15fps, Smaller size (160) at 30fps
Capture Modes Single, Continuous, Multi-shot 16 (16 frames)
Metering 256 segment Matrix metering
Shutter Speed 4 sec to 1/3,000 sec.
Other Best Shot Selector Mode
5 Color Options, including Standard color, Vivid color, Black-and-white, Sepia, and Cyanotype
Small Picture Function: Create a smaller copy of the original to be used for email or web
Built-in Flash Auto, Red-eye Reduction Auto (Advanced Red-eye Reduction), Anytime Flash, Flash Cancel, and Slow sync.
Power Source Two Rechargeable Ni-MH Nikon EN-EL1 batteries (AA size) and charger supplied in Canada, AC adapter EH-62B (Optional)
Dimensions Approx. 88 x 65 x 38mm (3.5 x 2.6 x 1.5 in.)
Supplied Accessories Strap, USB cable, Audio Video cable, EN-MH1 x 2 rechargeable batteries and battery charger MH-71 (Canada), Picture Project Software CD-ROM, Quick Start Guide, and Instruction manual. 2 year warranty in Canada
Weight Approx. 140g (4.9 oz.) (Without battery and SD memory card)


Press Release, Sept 16th, 2004 - Nikon, the world leader in photography, today announced the introduction of the COOLPIX 5100, a slim, lightweight digital camera with 5.1 effective megapixel performance and surprisingly simple operation.

The new Nikon COOLPIX 5100 with an eye-catching champagne gold colour builds on the capabilities of the COOLPIX 4100, featuring the same stylish grip for comfort with all controls located on the back of the camera for convenience and ease of operation. With the enhanced Graphic User Interface (GUI), menus are easy-to-read on a bright 1.6-inch TFT LCD monitor.

The new Nikon COOLPIX 5100 is even equipped with 14.5MB of internal memory, allowing the user to capture memories when there is no SD card present, or copy shots between the internal memory and an SD card.

The COOLPIX series has been designed for ease-of-use, and the new Nikon COOLPIX 5100 includes the popular 15 Scene modes that provide simplicity when shooting different kinds of subjects. Four of the Scene modes even offer a Scene Assist function to make shooting that much easier. The new Nikon COOLPIX 5100 can even record movies with sound.

With new colour options, the Nikon COOLPIX 5100 makes your picture shooting more creative. Capture images in standard colour, vivid colour, sepia, cyanotype, or black and white. And, the handy AF-assist illuminator function makes it easy to achieve sharp focus in poor lighting conditions. The Blur Warning lets you know if the shot is affected by camera shake - providing a choice to record or not.

A high-quality 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens and 4x digital zoom provides a high degree of control over picture composition. The new Nikon COOLPIX 5100 makes it easy to zoom in close on a subject or person, zoom out for group shots, and even has a handy Macro mode which can be used as close as 4cm so that small objects fill the frame.

The COOLPIX 5100 achieves vibrant colors, faithful contrast, and impressive clarity - all made possible by Nikon's advanced image processing algorithms. And, with Nikon Canada's exclusive 2-year warranty for all COOLPIX cameras, consumers will know their investment is protected
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