Update: Jan 31st, 2005
to site reader Glen Gagnon for making us aware that Nikon has
recently released a firmware update Version 1.2 for the Nikon
Coolwalker 30GB Image Storage Device.
addressed with firmware version 1.20
some instances, image data recorded to certain Lexar Media CompactFlash
memory cards could not be copied to the Coolwalker.
RAW or TIFF images captured with the D2H were displayed in full-screen
playback, the image displayed in the monitor sometimes did not
fill the entire screen on the Coolwalker.
rare cases 4 MB or larger files could not be copied from a Macintosh
computer to the Nikon Coolwalker or vice versa. (Mac OS 9.x
attempting to disconnect the COOLWALKER from a Macintosh computer
by dragging the Nikon Coolwalker icon to the Trash, the icon
did not disappear and standard disconnection was impossible.
(Mac OS 9.x only).
the new Nikon Coolwalker firmware see here
for WIN and here
for MAC systems.
buy the Nikon Coolwalker visit B&H
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Detailed First Look Review: July 19th, 2004
you own a digital SLR camera, like the Nikon
D70 or the Nikon
D100, or you own a high resolution prosumer digital
camera, like the Nikon Coolpix
8700, you will most likely want to take
a closer look at Nikon's new MSV-01 Coolwalker 30GB digital photo
Nikon Coolwalker is a stylish portable storage device that offers
a welcome solution to the organization of thousands of large resolution
image files of all formats produced by todays high-resolution
digital cameras. The device has both outdoor and indoor applications.
a large 2.5 inch TFT monitor and easy to use Menu, it is ideal
for those who need temporary mass storage for high-resolution
images, and for those who wish to save images in a portable medium
while traveling. Indoors, the Coolwalker MSV-01 is perfect for
users who want to manipulate images simply without a PC.
Coolwalker is compatible with all major image file formats (JPEG,
TIFF) as well as NEF (Nikon Electronic Format) Raw files produced
by Nikon Digital SLRs and certain Coolpix digital cameras. Other
formats include: MOV (QuickTime, Motion JPEG - moving images)
and WAV (audio) formats.
Coolwalker has 30GB of storage capacity, translating to approximately
10,000 images captured at 6 megapixel resolution in JPEG, FINE
mode. Images are transferred quickly via the Compact Flash Type
I or II media slot. Once files have been transferred from your
memory media card, you simply reformat the card and continue shooting.
adapters (third party) are also available for SD, MMC, SM and
MS media cards. Files are automatically stored by date, and it
is easy to create new folders through the plain language Menu
displayed on the Coolwalker's monitor.
Once your output is organized into an extensive mobile photo album,
images are easy to share with family, friends or colleagues without
the need of a PC. Just connect the Nikon Coolwalker to a TV or
projector (PAL/NTSC), using the included remote control and present
your slide show playback.
storage space. Holds approximately 10,000 images* with a
30GB hard disk, the MSV-01 gives the user the freedom to store
an impressively large number of images. It's compatible with
CompactFlash and Microdrive memory cards, and can be combined
with a CF adapter** to enable the use of SD cards.
*Approximately 10,000 x 6-megapixel images can be stored in
convenience. The 2.5-inch color TFT LCD allows images to
be viewed anywhere with the clarity of 117,600 pixels. The Coolwalker
can also be connected to a TV (audio/video), so shots can be
viewed on a much grander scale. A remote control unit is included,
particularly useful when viewing images on a TV.
performance. Direct printing without the need for a PC is
made possible through PictBridge direct print support. The Coolwalker
also offers further peripheral performance by acting as a card
reader for a PC* and offering Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connectivity
to PCs and CompactFlash compatibility - a media widely accepted
at stores offering print services.
convenience. With dimensions of just 81 X 130 X 35mm (approx.)
and a weight of approximately 350g, the Coolwalker is designed
to be carried comfortably virtually anywhere, allowing images
to be viewed whenever the user desires.
GUI and simple operation. With an easy-to-view GUI (Guided
User Interface) menu system, and an easy-to-use Multi-Selector
accompanied by two function selection buttons, the Coolwalker
is simple to operate.
protection. The Coolwalker has easy to grip rubber sides
and is equipped with an internal hard drive secured by shock
To turn on the Nikon Coolwalker, you simply press the dedicated
"Power" button for approximately two seconds. The slight
delay is a nice feature, since this prevents the device from accidentally
turning on if the Power button is pushed against by mistake. (Ex.
While traveling with the device in a camera bag)
Nikon D70 D-SLR JPEG file as shown on the monitor
The large 2.5 inch TFT monitor makes instant browsing
of thumbnails in the field easy and conserves camera battery
power for shooting pictures, rather than playing them
Full image playback functions are provided on the Nikon Coolwalker.
Options include playing back images found on the hard disk drive,
thumbnail images on the CF card (9-image display), single images,
rotate, zoom (JPEG images only, 2x, 4x and 8x), slide shows, and
moving images. Histograms and capture settings can also be displayed.
image search function based on the date when the picture
was taken is also available through the menu.
a specific folder or image.
The large screen and the ergonomic four-way Multi selector style
pad makes delete, move, copy, rename operations simple, supported
by a straightforward 5 language Menu: English, German, French,
When you turn the Nikon Coolwalker on, the main menu is displayed
after the initial start up screen. The menu includes the following
The Nikon Coolwalker enables a PC-less solution for printing your
images. Just plug the Coolwalker in to any PictBridge compatible
printer for PC-free printing. The Coolwalker's " Print "
submenu includes options for:
- DPOF Print
set (tag specific images for printing)
- Direct Print
The Slideshow menu provides options for:
The Audio/Video, USB and AC adapter connecting plugs are found under
a rubber hinged door towards the top of the device. The Coolwalker
offers a fast USB 2.0 transfer connection.
The package includes the Coolwalker MSV-01 storage device, a Li-ion
rechargeable battery EN-EL6 (built-in), an AC adapter, a USB cable
UC-E9, an audio video cable EG-CW1, a remote control unit ML-W1,
a soft case CF-CW1, a software CD-ROM, an instruction manual and
warranty. The bundled software may differ depending on the country
An infrared wireless
remote control ML-W1 is supplied. All operations can be carried
out using the remote control unit, which features the same buttons
found on the Coolwalker itself. There is also a specific button
on the remote enabling image rotation during single image playback.
The remote control can be used at a distance of up to 5 meters,
as long as there is nothing obstructing the signal.
The Nikon Coolwalker can be powered through the supplied AC adapter,
or the built-in EN-EL6 Li-ion rechargeable battery (3.7V, 2000mAh).
The EN-EL6 battery provides about 1.5 hrs of continuous
automatically recharges when the Nikon Coolwalker is plugged
in using the supplied AC adapter, and the units power is
turned off. It takes approximately two hours for the battery
to reach a full charge.
the battery is charging, the green "Power" LED
light on the Coolwalker blinks on and off. The light turns
a solid green once the unit is completely charged.
Manufacturer Recommended Retail Price (MSRP) for the Nikon Coolwalker
is $599 CAN. Individual dealers are able to sell for less.
From my first impressions of the Nikon MSV-01 Coolwalker, I must say
that I really like what I see. The device offers ample storage space
with its 30GB harddrive, and the design and operation of the unit
seems very intuitive. The Coolwalker's compact size (reminds me of
the original Sony Walkman) and lightweight design, makes it very portable
and easy to bring along.
The LCD screen
is bright and clear, and has a 15 step brightness adjustment for
different viewing conditions. With the Coolwalker's high speed USB
2.0 connection, images will copy quickly from your digital memory
card to the Coolwalker's harddrive.
slideshow and direct print capability are useful and practical features,
however, where the Nikon Coolwalker really proves its worth, is
in terms of a portable storage solution. On a recent three week
vacation, I brought two 512MB CF cards and found myself downloading
twice to my laptop. I specifically brought the laptop for this purpose,
and was saddled with the inconvenience and weight of taking it with
me. A storage device like the Nikon Coolwalker would have been a
very handy and welcome solution.
See our previous coverage of the 40GB
and 80GB SmartDisk FlashTrax digital storage devices.
Hard Disk (2.5-inch) [0.1GB used for system]
(Type I/II), Microdrive, (SD card with adapter*)
* Available from a third-party vendor.
TFT color LCD, 117,600 pixels [490 (H) X 240 (V) pixels], Brightness
French, German and Spanish version
rule for Camera File System (DCF) compliant rule: JPEG, TIFF,
NEF (RAW)**, QuickTime Motion JPEG, TIFF Wave Format Audio File
(WAV)***. Supports file formats recorded by Nikon cameras.
** Supports NEF files recorded by Nikon digital cameras; does
not support NEF files created by Nikon scanners.
***Available only for audio files attached to images recorded
by Nikon digital cameras. Audio video equipment with an appropriate
input required to play audio.
One frame, Zoom (JPEG still only) 2x, 4x, 8x, Slideshow, Movie,
Histogram display, Shooting information display, Search function
available by date
2.0 Hi-Speed: works as an external HDD and CF card reader, supports
direct connection to PictBridge-compatible printers via USB
card slot (Type I/II) X 1, USB (mini) X 1, Audio/Video output
X 1, DC input X 1
remote control unit supplied (maximum operating distance: approx.
Li-ion battery EN-EL6 (2000mAh), AC adapter (supplied)
1.5 hours continuous playback with an EN-EL6 battery
81 X 130 X 35mm (3.2 X 5.1 X 1.4 in.)
(body with battery) (12.4 oz.)
for standard built-in USB ports (may not function via USB hub);
OS: Windows XP Home Edition / Professional, 2000 Professional,
ME, 98SE, Mac OS 9.1-9.2, Mac OS X (Version 10.1.2 or later)
CD-ROM required for Windows 98SE to install the MSV-01 driver
cable, AV cable, Rechargeable battery EN-EL6 (installed), AC
adapter, Remote control unit, Soft case, Software, CD-ROM, Instruction