Nikon Introduces Coolpix S1 Digital Camera

From the press release:

Imagine a camera smart enough to find a face in a portrait shot.  Nikon’s new Face Priority AF function can do just that when selected through the Portrait Scene Mode. As its name suggests, Face Priority AF ensures that faces remain in focus when shooting portraits by automatically sensing the presence of a human face within the frame and setting accurate focus accordingly.  The result is a sharp portrait with the press of a button.
   
Beyond faces, the Nikon Coolpix S1 can also automatically detect and fix red-eye directly within the camera.  The S1 boasts Nikon’s renowned In-Camera Red-Eye Fix(TM) technology, which detects and corrects red eyes in most typical situations without the need to press buttons or select and highlight the eyes in playback.  Without the hassle of additional software, photographers will experience less red-eye photos yielding print-ready portraits.
   
The new Coolpix S1 also uses intelligent technology to help ensure a balanced exposure and sharpness. Nikon’s exclusive new D-Lighting function is another addition that can literally turn throwaway shots into frame-able memories.  The D-Lighting feature can be selected in Playback mode – automatically compensating for insufficient flash or excessive back lighting in order to obtain balanced exposure throughout the frame.  The S1 is also equipped with Blur Warning, another feature unique to Nikon which alerts the user when a shot is compromised by camera or hand shake, allowing another shot to be taken before leaving the scene.

Nikon Coolpix S1
Nikon Coolpix S1

   
Nikon has engineered the new Coolpix S1 with more features that improve the image directly within the camera and streamline the process of receiving great prints using a favorite retailer, online service or home printer. Furthermore, with its incredible, bright 2.5-inch LCD screen, images are easier to review and share than on most consumer digital cameras.
   
To further address a common need among digital camera users, Nikon has also focused its technology to reducing power consumption, allowing the Coolpix S1 to take significantly more shots per battery charge, using the camera’s rechargeable EN-EL8 lithium-ion battery.
   
To add speed to precision, the Coolpix S1 offers continuous shooting at 1.8 fps. The blazing speed even continues into the startup time, with the Coolpix S1 starting up in less than 2 seconds.

                  More Features in a Sleek, Compact Design –

     *  5.1 effective megapixels
     *  3x Zoom-Nikkor ED Glass lens with a focal range equivalent to that of
        a 35-105mm lens in 35mm format
     *  Compact dimensions of (W x H x D – 3.5 x 2.3 x 0.8 inches)
     *  Light weight of approx 4.2 oz. (without battery and memory card)
     *  COOLSTATION MV-11 cradle included for easy downloading of images and
        recharging the battery in the camera
     *  AF-assist illuminator can be switched on and off
     *  256-segment Matrix Metering with Center-weighted, Spot, or Spot AF
        metering
     *  7 manual white balance settings and White Balance Bracketing
     *  Direct printing with PictBridge compatibility
     *  4 of the 17 Scene Modes offer Scene Assist (Portrait, Night Portrait,
        Sports, Landscape)
     *  World Time function allows local time to be set easily anywhere
     *  USB compatibility enables swift transfer of image data to computers
     *  Voice memo function records up to 20 seconds of sound that can then be
        attached to an image
     *  4x digital zoom capability
     *  Choice of Single AF and Continuous AF
     *  Options for playback: Single, 4- and 9-segment thumbnail, Slideshow,
        10x magnification
     *  Built-in Speedlight: features settings for Auto, Red-eye Reduction by
        pre-flash, Anytime flash, Flash cancel and Slow sync.

The Coolpix S1 will be available at retail nationwide in April 2005 at an MSRP of $379.95.

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