Nikon today announced two new amateur digital cameras, including a replacement for the venerable Coolpix 990. The Coolpix 995 features a 3.34MP CCD, 4x optical zoom, pop-up flash and CompactFlash I/II compatibility. It is to ship in June at a US list price of US$900.
Nikon Coolpix 995
The Coolpix 775 sports a 2.14MP CCD and a 3x optical zoom tucked into a tiny, 6.5 ounce body. It should be on shelves in July for a US list price of US$450. Follow the Coolpix 775 link on Nikon USA's main page for more information.
Coolpix 995 press release
MELVILLE, NY, April 25, 2001 – Nikon (www.nikonusa.com), the world leader in photography, today introduced the new Coolpix® 995, a 3.34-megapixel CCD digital camera that builds upon the award-winning design of the Nikon Coolpix 990 to set a new standard in digital photography. The Coolpix 995 combines a pop-up flash for added shooting performance, a 4x Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens that extends picture-taking capabilities, and a host of creative controls to offer the ultimate Coolpix digital camera available today.
"With the Coolpix 995, Nikon once again raises the bar in digital photography design, control and performance," said Deborah Sauer, general manager, marketing, Nikon Consumer Digital and Compact Cameras. "When Nikon designed the Coolpix 995, we listened to user feedback to develop the perfect blend of features and superior Nikon quality and innovation. As a result, we created a digital camera that is driven by the photographer’s imagination and offers the power and ease-of-use to be as creative as you want to be," Ms. Sauer added.
New Design for Greater Functionality
The Coolpix 995 incorporates a multi-mode pop-up flash into the same compact, swivel design as the Coolpix 990 and 950, for added convenience and performance when shooting from any angle. This new flash design also allows for improved Red-eye reduction when taking pictures. The camera provides increased flash power and versatility with the Multi-Flash Sync Terminal that offers the capability to work with up to five optional external Speedlight flashes. In addition, the optional Coolpix accessory lenses may be used with external Speedlights.
Superior Zoom Range & Lenses Capture Superior Images
What makes Nikon imaging products superior to the competition are high quality optics - the Coolpix 995 continues this tradition. To get closer to the action, the camera features a 4x Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens with 38-152mm coverage (35mm equivalent), the highest zoom range in the Coolpix line. For extended zoom reach, the Coolpix 995 offers a 4x stepless Digital Zoom.
The camera’s lens boasts two aspherical elements to maximize optical performance while maintaining a compact lens design. The Coolpix 995 also features Super Integrated Coating (SIC) to provide remarkable sharpness and quality. For ultimate versatility, the camera accepts all optional Coolpix accessories and converter lenses giving users the unprecedented focal length range of 8mm-456mm optically and 1,824mm (35mm equivalent) with 4x digital zoom
Speed and Choice to Capture Your Images Your Way
Not all subjects sit still to be photographed, so the Coolpix 995 offers high-speed full resolution image capture at three frames per second, an improved shutter speed of 1/2300 per second, and fast maximum ISO of 800 to ensure the user doesn’t miss out on the moment. To make sure the photographer got the shot, there is a quick review function, plus 6x zooming playback for immediate image confirmation.
For greater creativity, as well as ease-of-use, the Coolpix 995 includes four saturation modes to allow users to create their final image in one less step. The saturation modes enable users to control color saturation based on final output goals, such as printing or uploading images straight to the Web.
More Creative Controls Without Worry
The Coolpix 995 offers a host of features to give photographers the ultimate quality and creative control, while still providing easy-to-use, automatic operation. The camera includes White Balance Bracketing to guarantee proper color balance under difficult or mixed lighting conditions plus Noise Reduction mode to minimize digital artifacts and get clean and clear long exposures. Nikon’s exclusive 256-element Matrix Metering and 7,123-step Multi-Area Autofocus system produces sharp and crisp images. The Coolpix 995 also offers a 50-step Manual Focus and a Manual Exposure mode for complete creative control.
Added Extras Increase Digital Experience & Camera Value
To offer a complete out-of-box experience at an incredible value, the Coolpix 995 comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and charger (a $50 value), a Lexar Media™ 16MB USB-enabled CompactFlash™ Card and a USB cable for plug-and-play high-speed connectivity. The Coolpix 995 camera operates from three different power sources allowing users to choose between a rechargeable or disposable battery, or an A/C adapter. The camera also supports both CompactFlash Type I and II cards, allowing users a personal choice of storage methods.
The Coolpix 995 digital camera includes the new NikonView 4 software, which gives users ultimate control in how they save, view, store and use their digital images. For added image creativity, the camera also features a suite of software from ArcSoft. PhotoStudio&Mac226; 2000 is a digital image-processing program that enables photographers to edit, retouch and enhance images. ArcSoft VideoImpression™ lets users edit and share their QuickTime movies. ArcSoft PhotoPrinter Pro&Mac226; 2000 makes it possible to create prints easily, in varying sizes on one sheet of printer paper. The Coolpix 995 also offers ArcSoft Panorama Maker&Mac226; 2000, which lets users easily stitch together any number of images to automatically create beautiful panoramic photographs ready to print or e-mail.
The Nikon Coolpix 995 will be available in June 2001 at an MSRP of $899.95.