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Nikon Introduces
Coolpix 7900 and Coolpix 5900

Two highly sophisticated, high-quality compact digital cameras featuring 7.1 and 5.1 megapixels, respectively, and a wealth of easy-to-use features.


Nikon Coolpix 7900





February 16th, 2005.

Nikon has today introduced the Nikon Coolpix 7900 and Coolpix 5900 compact digital cameras, offering 7.1 and 5.1 megapixel resolution respectively.

The Nikon Coolpix 7900 is the successor to the popular Nikon Coolpix 5200, and represents Nikon's first entry into the 7MP market, while the Coolpix 5900 replaces the 4MP Coolpix 4200.

 

 

 

 

The Nikon Coolpix 7900 and the Coolpix 5900 feature a classy metal finish, 3x optical (38-114mm in 35mm terms) Nikkor ED zoom lens, and a new large 2.0" LCD monitor.

Both cameras also incorporate a number of additional and quite unique features, including Nikon's latest Face Priority AF mode, Automatic In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, and D-Lighting technology.

 
Nikon Coolpix 7900 Back
 
Nikon Coolpix 5900 Back


Coolpix 7900 and Coolpix 5900
Major Features


  • Nikon Coolpix 7900 7.1 effective megapixels, Coolpix 5900 5.1 effective megapixels

  • 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor ED lens (equivalent to 38mm-114mm in 35mm [135] format). Includes 2x aspherical elements.
  • Large 2.0 -in., 115,000-pixel Amorphous Silicon TFT LCD monitor with 5 step brightness adjustment
  • High precision Multi-Area AF

    — Offers 5 focus areas (when using Autofocus mode)
    — Allows manual selection of the focus area with Manual Area Focus mode employing 99 areas
    — Allows focus to be locked on the center of the frame with Central Area Focus mode
    — AF-assist illuminator enables more accurate focusing when shooting subjects in low-light situations


  • New Face Priority AF mode: automatically detects people's faces in the picture and focuses accordingly


    Face-priority AF function on the Nikon Coolpix 7600


  • Nikon's unique D-Lighting feature: automatically compensates for excessive back light or insufficient flash - transforming the quality of such recorded images remarkably at the simple touch of a button

       
      Image Taken in Back Light Situation
       
      Image After D-Lighting Fix In Camera



  • High-quality white balance

    — Offers a selection of Auto, Preset, and 7 manual modes
    — White Balance bracketing automatically takes 3 consecutive shots using different white balance settings


  • Nikon's In-camera Red-eye Fix provides automatic in-camera red-eye correction. Activates automatically upon selection of Night portrait and Red-Eye reduction mode.

  • Fast continuous shooting at approx. 2 fps with the Nikon Coolpix 5900 and 1.7 fps with the Coolpix 7900
  • High-quality TV-size movies can be recorded with sound at a rate of 30fps with both the Nikon Coolpix 5900, and the Coolpix 7900.

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


Coolpix 7900 Top View
Nikon Coolpix 7900 Top



  • Select from Auto, 256 segment Matrix metering, Center-weighted metering, Spot metering or Spot AF

  • Approx.13.5MB of internal memory enables the storing of images without use of an SD memory card

  • Direct print capability with PictBridge printer support.

  • Macro shooting capability as close as 3cm (1.2 in.) supported by Nikon's convenient Best Shot Selector (BSS) function

  • Li-ion rechargeable battery EN-EL5 (1100 mAh) and charger supplied. Can also use optional lithium battery CP1 (single use)

  • Nikon PictureProject software (supplied) features a user-friendly interface and versatile functions for organizing and performing basic edits on your photos.

Availability and Warranty

The Nikon Coolpix 5900 will be available by March, 2005. The Nikon Coolpix 7900 will launch in April, 2005. The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the Coolpix 5900 will be $469 CAN, and for the Coolpix 7900 $569 CAN. Both cameras include Nikon Canada's Two-Year Warranty with in-Canada service when purchased from a Nikon Canada Authorized Dealer.



Nikon Coolpix 7900 and Coolpix 5900
Specifications

Specifications
Nikon Coolpix 7900
Nikon Coolpix 5900
Effective pixels

7.1 mega pixels

5.1 mega pixels

Total Pixels

Approx. 7.41 million

Approx. 5.26 million

CCD Type

1/1.8 inch-type Interline CCD

1/1.8 inch-type Interline CCD

Sensitivity

ISO equiv. 50

ISO equiv. 64

Manual sensitivity settings

Yes (ISO 50, 100, 200, 400)

Yes (ISO 64, 100, 200, 400)

Lens

3x Optical Nikkor Zoom 7 elements in 6 groups, ED Nikkor lens element

3x Optical Nikkor Zoom 7 elements in 6 groups, ED Nikkor lens element

35mm[135] camera-format equivalent

38-114mm

38-114mm

Max aperture at wide and tele zoom

f/2.8 - f/4.9

f/2.8 - f/4.9

Focus range

30cm (12") to infinity

30cm (12") to infinity

Focus range in Macro Mode

4cm (1.6") to infinity in Macro mode

4cm (1.6") to infinity in Macro mode

Digital zoom

Max.4x (0.2x step)

Max.4x (0.2x step)

LCD monitor

2.0-inch type

2.0-inch type

Type of LCD

Amorphous silicon TFT-LCD

Amorphous silicon TFT-LCD

LCD Pixels

115,000 pixels

115,000 pixels

Backlight Screen

LED backlight

LED backlight

LCD Brightness adjustment

5 steps

5 steps

Frame Coverage

Approx.100%

Approx.100%

Shutter speed

4 - 1/ 2000s

4 - 1/2000s

Exposure metering

256-segment matrix metering, Center-weighted, Spot, AF-Spot

256-segment matrix metering, Center-weighted, Spot, AF-Spot

Exposure Mode

Programmed auto exposure

Programmed auto exposure

Exposure Compensation

-2EV to +2EV in 1/3EV steps

-2EV to +2EV in 1/3EV steps

Built-in speedlight
Shooting range (Wide)

0.3 - 4.5 meters / 1'-14 feet

  0.3 - 4.5 meters / 1'-14 feet

Speedlight Modes

Auto, Red-eye reduction, Anytime flash, Flash cancel, Slow sync., (Auto gain-up)

Auto, Red-eye reduction, Anytime flash, Flash cancel, Slow sync., (Auto gain-up)

Red-eye reduction

In-Camera Red eye reduction

In-Camera Red eye reduction

White balance (WB)

7-mode manual (Fine, Incandescent, Fluorescent (FL1,FL2), Cloudy, Shade, Speedlight)

7-mode manual (Fine, Incandescent, Fluorescent (FL1,FL2), Cloudy, Shade, Speedlight)

WB Function

Auto, White bal. preset, White bal. bracketing

Auto, White bal. preset, White bal. bracketing

Autofocus

Contrast-detect TTL AF (with AF-assist illuminator)

Contrast-detect TTL AF (with AF-assist illuminator)

AF area

Auto (five-area automatic selection, Manual (99-area manual selection), Off (center foucus area selection)

Auto (five-area automatic selection, Manual (99-area manual selection), Off (center foucus area selection)

AF modes

Single AF, Continuous AF(Macro mode)

Single AF, Continuous AF(Macro mode)

AF assist illuminator

LED

LED

Shooting modes

Single, Continuous (approx.1.7fps), 5 shot buffer (approx.1.7fps), Multi-shot 16 (Only available at 5M image size at , approx.1.7fps)

Single, Continuous (approx. 2fps), 5 shot buffer (approx.2fps), Multi-shot 16 (Only available at 5M image size at, approx.2fps)

Number of scene modes

16

16

Scene assist modes

Portrait (with new Face-priorty AF) , Night Portrait, Sports, Landscape (4 modes with Scene Assist)

Portrait (with new Face-priorty AF) , Night Portrait, Sports, Landscape (4 modes with Scene Assist)

Scene modes

Party, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Night Landscape, Museum, Fireworks Show, Close Up, Copy, Back Light, Panolama Assist, Underwater

Party, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Night Landscape, Museum, Fireworks Show, Close Up, Copy, Back Light, Panolama Assist, Underwater

Self-timer

10s, 3s

10s, 3s

Movie mode

Movie with sound (640,320,160)

Streaming (recording time is essentially unlimited depending on the size of the card)

Movie with sound (640,320,160)

Streaming (recording time is essentially unlimited depending on the size of the card)

Others

Best Shot Selector (BSS)

Best Shot Selector (BSS)

Image Effect: Image Sharpeing

Auto, High, Normal, Low, Off

Auto, High, Normal, Low, Off

Saturation Control

Yes

Yes

In-Camera Red-eye reduction

Yes

Yes

D-Lighting Feature

Yes

Yes

Image size

7M (3072X2304), 5M (2592X1944), 3M (2048X1536), 2M (1600X1200), PC (1024X768), TV (640X480)

5M (2592X1944), 3M(2048X153), 2M (1600X1200), PC(1024X768), TV (640X480)

Quality

Fine, Normal, Basic

Fine, Normal, Basic

Movie image size/speed

TV movie 640( 640 X 480 at 15fps or 30fps), Small size 320 ( 320 X 240 at 30fps), Smaller size 160 ( 160 X 120 at 30fps)

TV movie 640( 640 X 480 at 15fps or 30fps), Small size 320 ( 320 X 240 at 30fps), Smaller size 160 ( 160 X 120 at 30fps)
Storage Type Approximately 13.5MB Built-in memory, SD memory card Approximately 13.5MB Built-in memory, SD memory card
Voice memo

Recording time 20s

Recording time 20s

Still

Exif 2.21 file (compressed JPEG)

Exif 2.21 file (compressed JPEG)

Movie type

Quick Time Motion JPEG

Quick Time Motion JPEG

Recording format

mono/wav file

mono/wav file

Number of Frames Internal memory

Fine:4, Normal:7, Basic 15

Fine:5, Normal:10, Basic 21

Frames on SD memory card (at 256MB)

Fine:70, Normal:140, Basic 270

Fine:90, Normal:190, Basic 370

Mode dial

Auto, Scene, Setup, Movie, Scene assist modes (4-types)

Auto, Scene, Setup, Movie, Scene assist modes (4-types)

Menu options

Frame, Thumnail (4,9 segments), Slide Show

Frame, Thumnail (4,9 segments), Slide Show

Enlarged Playback

up to 10x, 0.2x steps

up to 10x, 0.2x steps

Movie with Audio, Voice memo

Volume; Four levels are available including OFF

Volume; Four levels are available including OFF

Delecte function

Deletes all frames, Deletes selected frames, Protect function is available, Card format, Internal memory format

Deletes all frames, Deletes selected frames, Protect function is available, Card format, Internal memory format

Picture enhance menu

Small picture(re-size), Photo trim

Small picture(re-size), Photo trim

Languages

11 languages

11 languages

Name of language

Jp, En, De, Fr, Es, It, Nl, Se, Ck, Ch, Kr

Jp, En, De, Fr, Es, It, Nl, Se, Ck, Ch, Kr

Language settings

The first time the camera is turned on, a language-selection dialog will be displayed.

The first time the camera is turned on, a language-selection dialog will be displayed.

Computer Connection

USB interface

USB interface

Battery System

Rechargeable lithium-ion battery EN-EL5 x1 supplied, Optional single use CP1 (lithium battery)

Rechargeable lithium-ion battery EN-EL5 x1 supplied, Optional single use CP1 (lithium battery)

DC

Optional AC adapter EH-62A

Optional AC adapter EH-62A

Dimensions
(W x H x D)(Approx.)

Approximately 88 x 60 x 36.5mm

Approximately 88 x 60 x 36.5mm

Weight

Approximately 150g (without battery and memory card)

Approximately 150g (without battery and memory card)

Others

PictBridge Direct print (DPS), Date imprint, Worldtime, Image copy between internal memory and SD card, Digital Print Order Format (DPOF), Blur Warning Feature

PictBridge Direct print (DPS), Date imprint, Worldtime, Image copy between internal memory and SD card, Digital Print Order Format (DPOF), Blur Warning Feature

In The Box Accessories

EN-EL5 rechargeable Li-ion Battery, Battery Charger MH-61, USB cable, Audio and Video cable, Hand-strap, Nikon Picture Project Software CD-ROM

EN-EL5 rechargeable Li-ion Battery, Battery Charger MH-61, USB cable, Audio and Video cable, Hand-strap, Nikon Picture Project Software CD-ROM
Optional Accessories

AC adapter EH-62A, Back Up EN-EL5 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, Water-proof Case WP-CP4

  AC adapter EH-62A, Back Up EN-EL5 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, Water-proof Case WP-CP4





Nikon Coolpix 5900 and Coolpix 7900
Press Release


 

Press Release, Feb 16th, 2005 - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the Nikon Coolpix 7900 and Coolpix 5900. Two superior quality compact digital cameras with the power to take highly impressive images, they also feature appealing exterior designs and boast a range of convenient functions and features that are highly advanced, yet easy to use.

For easier composition and anytime viewing, the Coolpix 7900 and Coolpix 5900 feature a large 2.0-inch amorphous silicon TFT LCD monitor. Bright and clear, this makes it easy to view images at any time. It also makes it much easier to navigate the new Graphic User Interface (GUI), which has been specially designed to allow the user to select functions on the main menu by either name or icon. There's also a Help button, which can be pressed to display an explanation of each function on the main menu. Both cameras can be configured to display the menu in a choice of 11 languages.

For impressive imaging performance, the Nikon Coolpix 7900 and Coolpix 5900 both feature a 3x Zoom-Nikkor ED lens with a focal range equivalent to that of a 38-114mm lens in 35mm format. They also offer the imaging advantages of 7.1 and 5.1 effective megapixels respectively and a 1/1.8-inch CCD. As a result of these factors, impressive quality is retained even when images from the Coolpix 7900 are enlarged to A3 dimensions and when images from the Coolpix 5900 are enlarged to A4 size.

As for speedy performance, the Coolpix 7900 and Coolpix 5900 offer continuous shooting at approx. 1.7 and 2fps.

They also feature high-precision Multi AF with a choice of 99 manually selectable areas, 5 choices for Auto select AF and the advantage of the new Face-priority AF function*, which can be easily selected when using the Portrait Scene Mode.

As its name suggests, Face-priority AF ensures crisp focus when shooting portraits by automatically sensing the presence of a human face in the frame and setting accurate focus accordingly.

* Face recognition capability may be limited depending on the shooting conditions.

Nikon has also turned its ingenuity to reducing power consumption, allowing the Coolpix 7900 and Coolpix 5900 to take significantly more shots per battery than other compact digital cameras. In fact, the Coolpix 7900 is able to take an impressive 220 shots (approx.) with a single fully charged EN-EL5 battery, while the Coolpix 5900 is able to shoot as many as 270 (approx.). Both cameras are also compatible with widely available disposable CP1 lithium batteries.

Like all the other models in Nikon's exceptionally popular Coolpix range, the Coolpix 7900 and Coolpix 5900 make shooting much more simple in a range of common situations through the incorporation of Scene Modes. The Coolpix 7900 and Coolpix 5900 offer four Scene Modes that feature Scene Assist and there's also a new Underwater Scene Mode that brings the total choice of Scene Modes up to 16.

Intended for use with the Waterproof Case WP-CP4, the Underwater Scene Mode enables true-to-life colors to be captured when taking shots while snorkeling or scuba diving. Like all the other Scene modes, operation is extremely easy.


Nikon Waterproof Case WP-CP4 (optional)

Simply select the Scene Mode that best matches the subject, then point and shoot for optimal results - it really is that simple. Both cameras are also ideal for capturing action too. Both the Nikon Coolpix 7900 and the Coolpix 5900 have the power to record VGA-size movies with sound at a smooth rate of 30 frames per second.

Perhaps one of the most impressive features of both the Coolpix 7900 and the Coolpix 5900 is Nikon's innovative D-Lighting function, which adds light and detail to dark areas of shots, while keeping brighter areas just as they are.

Nikon's In-Camera Red-Eye Fix function is another advantage that allows the quality of the shot to be improved after the fact - automatically detecting, then correcting red eyes in-camera to turn shots affected by flash into pleasing night portraits.

In addition to these exceptional features, the Nikon coolpix 7900 and Coolpix 5900 also feature a handy Blur Warning function too that alerts the user immediately whenever an image is blurred due to camera movement. This enables the user to recompose and shoot again before leaving the scene of the shot. The BSS function (Best Shot Selector) is also beneficial in similar circumstances - it allows the photographer to take several shots, then the camera selects the best of them for the user to save.

Both of these cameras look great too - with the Nikon Coolpix 7900 to be available in both black and silver and the Coolpix 5900 to be available in silver**.

** Availability of body colors may differ by country or area. The Nikon Coolpix 7900 will only be available in black in Canada.

Nikon will also be complementing the excellent performance of these new additions to the Coolpix range with the release of the latest version of Nikon's unique PictureProject software. Enabling the user to edit, organize and share images with greater speed and ease, PictureProject comes bundled with the Nikon Coolpix 7900 and Coolpix 5900.


Note: Specifications, design, product name, standard accessories, and release schedule may differ by country or area.

 




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