Nikon Announce New Coolpix 7600

Nikon, a world leader in film and digital cameras, today announced the introduction of the Coolpix 7600 - a compact and easy-to-operate digital camera combining 7.1 effective megapixel performance with a host of new and enhanced in-camera features.

Nikon’s exclusive D-Lighting function is available in the Coolpix 7600, for use on images with excessive backlight or insufficient flash. At the touch of a button D-Lighting keeps bright areas bright while automatically adding light and detail to the darker parts.

After cropping and enlarging up to A3 size the Coolpix 7600 still produces clear and sharp images thanks to its 7.1 effective megapixle high-resolution image sensor and 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens, equivalent to a 38-114mm lens in 35mm format. Whilst Macro shooting enables the user to take close-ups as close as 4cm (1.6 inches)

Face-priority AF is another key advantage of the Coolpix 7600. Available in Portrait mode, this unique capability has the power to automatically find and focus on people's faces to ensure sharpness in portrait images where it is needed.

In-Camera Red-Eye Fix is also available, a function that can detect the annoying red eye effect sometimes caused by flash and correct it in-camera. And last, but definitely not least is Blur Warning which alerts the user whenever a shot is compromised by camera shake, allowing another shot to be taken before leaving the scene.

The Coolpix 7600 is surprisingly simple to operate. Compact dimensions and a well-designed grip make it feel extremely comfortable in the hand. It also features a new Graphic User Interface (GUI) which enables the user to select functions by name or by icon according to their preferences. What's more, the Coolpix 7600 also features a useful HELP button. Located conveniently on the back of the camera, the HELP button provides an explanation for functions on the main menu, so there's no need to worry if you haven't had time to read the manual.

The Coolpix 7600 menu can be displayed in a total of 12 languages on the large, bright 1.8-inch, 85,000-dot LCD that is ideal for both composing shots and viewing the results. The camera has even been designed to be more energy efficient, enabling the user to take up to 100 images when using two AA-size alkaline batteries.

Like all cameras in the popular Coolpix range, the Coolpix 7600 features a selection of handy Scene Modes that make operation even easier. Simply select the Scene Mode that most closely matches the subject, such as Sunset or Portrait, the camera then takes care of selecting the optimal settings for the best results. Four of the Scene Modes feature the additional advantage of Scene Assist, which makes it easier for virtually anyone to achieve more appealing composition. New to the Coolpix 7600 is the BSS copy function available in Copy mode which automatically activates the BSS function to achieve the best possible results.

As well as taking great still images, the Coolpix 7600 also offers movie capability. Users can choose from a selection of five movie modes, two of which can shoot movies at a smooth 30fps. Furthermore, the camera features Nikon's new Electronic VR (Vibration Reduction) function, which can be activated during movie shooting to achieve more stable results. The Coolpix 7600 can also be easily connected to a TV making it easy to enjoy the results with friends and family.

A choice of five Colour Options allows for more creative picture taking before shooting, enabling the user to select a colour option such as sepia or cyanotype. The Coolpix 7600 also has approximately 14MB of internal memory, enabling images to be recorded on the camera without a SD memory card.

Printing pictures from camera is easy. PictBridge compatibility makes it possible to print directly to a compatible printer without the need for a computer. The Coolpix 7600 also offers the added convenience of being able to select different print sizes in camera.

Like all cameras in the Coolpix range, the Coolpix 7600 comes complete with Nikon's own PictureProject software which offers a wide range of versatile functions and is very user-friendly.

The release date for the Coolpix 7600 is Spring 2005
RRP £299.99

Nikon Coolpix 7600 Feature Highlights

More megapixels and a powerful ED lens
The Coolpix 7600 makes it simple for anyone to get results they can be proud of. The 7.1 effective megapixel shooting capability allows the user to capture much more detail than most other entry level digital cameras, while the powerful 3x optical 38-114mm* Zoom-Nikkor ED lens achieves superior sharpness and optimal colour correction.
* 35mm [135] equivalent.

Innovations that improve images in-camera
With the previously mentioned advantages alone, it's easy for virtually anyone to achieve satisfying pictures. The handy In-Camera Red-Eye Fix function automatically detects then corrects red eye in-camera, turning shots compromised by flash into pleasing night portraits. The highly impressive D-Lighting function automatically compensates for excessive back light or insufficient flash, transforming the quality of such recorded images at the touch of a button. The Face-priority AF function automatically detects people's faces in the picture and provides optimal focus accordingly.

User-friendly, easy operation
The Coolpix 7600 is designed to be easy to use and provides even beginners with the confidence to enjoy digital photography. A redesigned Graphic User Interface (GUI) allows users to navigate and select functions by either name or icon, whilst a handy HELP button displays a description for each of the functions on the main menu. The Coolpix 7600 also has a 1.8-inch LCD with increased brightness that makes it easy to compose shots and view the results. In addition to these factors the Coolpix 7600 is compact and has a well-designed grip, so it feels comfortable in the hand and helps make taking pictures easy.

Nikon Coolpix 7600 Other Features

* Easy-to-carry dimensions of 85 x 60 x 39mm (3.3 x 2.4 x 1.5 in.) (W x H x D)
* Light weight of approximately 145g (5.1 oz.) (without battery and memory card)
* 5 movie modes with sound; 2 at a smooth 30fps
* Electronic VR (Vibration Reduction) adds stability when shooting movies
* Attractive, ergonomic grip for comfort and easy holding
* Voice recording function enables of up to 30 minutes of audio recording with internal memory, or up to 5 hours with an SD card
* BSS (Best Shot Selector) automatically selects and saves the best exposure from ten sequential shots
* BSS monochrome copy creates a black and white copy of the image chosen by BSS
* 4 of the 16 Scene Modes offer Scene Assist (Portrait, Night Portrait, Sports, Landscape)
* Noise Reduction automatically achieves more faithful colour reproduction in some Scene Modes
* PictBridge enables direct printing, with print size selectable from the camera
* Time zone function allows local time to be set easily anywhere
* USB compatibility enables swift transfer of image data to computers
* Date counter lets you visually record the number of days until, or since, an important event
* All buttons located on camera back for easy operation
* 4x digital zoom capability
* 12 languages selectable in menu display, including newly added Russian
* Manual White Balance enables selection of Fine, Incandescent and Fluorescent modes
* Options for playback: Single, 4- and 9-segment thumbnail, Slideshow
* Built-in Speedlight: features settings for Auto, Red-eye Reduction by pre-flash, Anytime flash, Flash cancel and Slow sync.

Coolpix 7600 Specifications

Type of camera Digital camera Coolpix 7600
Effective pixels 7.1 million
CCD 1/1.8-inch type (7.41 million total pixels)
Image size (pixels) High (3072*), Normal (3072), Normal (2592), Normal (2048), PC (1024), TV (640)
Lens 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor ED; 7.8-23.4mm (35mm [135] format equivalent to 38-114mm); f/2.8-4.9; 7 elements in 6 groups
LCD monitor 1.8-inch type, 85,000-dot Amorphous silicon TFT LCD monitor with brightness adjustment; frame coverage: approx. 100%
Storage media Internal memory: approx. 14MB, 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, Voice recording), BSS (Best Shot Selector), Blur Warning, Date imprint, Date counter, Self-timer (10 sec.)
Movie with sound TV movie (640) at 30fps, TV movie (640) at 15fps, Small size (320) at 30fps, Small size (320) at 15fps, Smaller size (160) at 15fps, Electronic VR (Vibration Reduction) available
Capture modes 1) Single, 2) Continuous (1.3fps; up to 14 frames), 3) Multi-shot 16 (16 consecutive frames at 1.6fps)
Number of frames (w/ Internal memory): High (3072*) approx. 4, Normal (3072) approx. 7
Built-in Speedlight Range: 0.4-3.4m / 1.3 – 11.2 ft. (W), 0.4-2.0m / 1.3 – 6.6 ft. (T); Flash modes: Auto, Auto with Red-eye Reduction (In-Camera Red-Eye Fix), Anytime Flash, Flash Cancel and Slow sync.
Interface USB
Supported languages German/English/Spanish/French/Italian/Dutch/Swedish/Japanese/Simplified Chinese/Traditional Chinese/Korean /Russian selectable in menu display
Power requirements Two EN-MH1 Rechargeable batteries, two LR6 (AA-size alkaline) batteries, two ZR6 (AA-size nickel manganese) batteries, two FR6 (AA-size lithium) batteries
Battery life (approx.) 100 images (two AA-size alkaline batteries, based on CIPA standard*)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 85 x 60 x 39mm (3.3 x 2.4 x 1.5 in.)
Weight Approx. 145g (5.1 oz.) (without battery and memory card)
Supplied Accessories† Strap, USB cable, Audio Video cable, two LR6 (AA-size alkaline) batteries, or Rechargeable Ni-MH Battery EN-MH1-B2, Battery charger MH-71, PictureProject CD-ROM
* Supplied accessories may differ by country or area.

Optional Accessories AC adapter EH-62B, Ni-MH Rechargeable Battery EN-MH1-B2, Battery Charger MH-71, Soft case

*Industry standard for measuring life of camera batteries. Measured at 25°C (77°F); zoom adjusted with each shot, built-in Speedlight fired with every other shot, image mode set to Normal.

†PictureProject System Requirements

OS Mac® OS X (10.1.5 or later)
RAM 64MB or more recommended
Hard disk 60MB required for installation
Display 800 x 600 or larger with 16-bit color (full color recommended)
Others CD-ROM drive required for installation
Only built-in USB ports are supported

OS 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 larger with 16-bit color (full color recommended)
Others CD-ROM drive required for installation
Only built-in USB ports are supported
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