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Nikon introduces the compact COOLPIX 5600 and COOLPIX 4600


Nikon introduces the compact COOLPIX 5600 and COOLPIX 4600 - digital camera and photography news
Two easy-to-use compact digital cameras that make shooting more fun and convenient, and even let the user improve recorded shots in-camera!

TOKYO — Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the COOLPIX 5600 and COOLPIX 4600 — two fun new digital compact cameras that offer impressive image quality and even allow shots to be improved automatically in-camera. The COOLPIX 5600/4600 are also surprisingly simple to use, making them ideal not only for beginners of all ages, but also for those who've never been interested in digital photography before.

With a comfortable grip, the COOLPIX 5600/4600 make the user feel at ease and ready to shoot right away. There's also a range of features that enable beginners to start producing pleasing shots with confidence. A newly designed Graphic User Interface (GUI) allows the user to select functions by either name or icon. A handy “Help” button explains each function. Furthermore, both cameras can also display the menu in a choice of 11 languages. Both the COOLPIX 5600 and the COOLPIX 4600 also feature a large, bright 1.8-inch LCD monitor that makes it easy to compose shots and a cinch to view the results at any time. And making operation even more convenient still, both cameras have been designed to consume significantly less power — enabling the user to shoot almost twice as many shots with alkaline batteries, for example, in comparison with other entry level Nikon digital cameras.*

The advantage of 5.1 and 4.0 effective megapixels enable the COOLPIX 5600 and COOLPIX 4600 respectively to deliver image quality exceeding that of most entry level digital compact cameras. They also feature the advantage of a 3x optical Nikkor-Zoom lens too — combining the freedom to compose in different ways with high-quality and reliability, and also supporting macro shooting from as close as 4cm (1.6 inches).

Furthermore, not only do the COOLPIX 5600/4600 allow the user to achieve truly pleasing quality with minimal preparation, they also stand apart from other cameras in their class with the handy ability to automatically improve the quality of recorded shots with the touch of a button. Nikon's exclusive D-Lighting function, for example, can be selected in Playback mode — automatically compensating for insufficient flash or excessive back lighting in order to obtain balanced exposure throughout the frame. Nikon's proprietary Advanced Red-eye Reduction, on the other hand, has the ability to automatically detect and correct red eyes in-camera in most situations. Both cameras are additionally equipped with Blur Warning, which alerts the user when a shot is compromised by camera shake, allowing another shot to be taken before leaving the scene.

Designed with a new high-density structure, the COOLPIX 5600/4600 have been created with surprisingly compact dimensions. They are also lightweight and easy to carry too, making them even more attractive to the day-to-day user. To make operation even easier still, the COOLPIX 5600 and COOLPIX 4600 also feature the same handy Scene Modes that have made the COOLPIX lineup such a success and four of them also feature Scene Assistance, enabling virtually anyone to achieve better composition. Scene Modes are so incredibly easy to use — simply select the mode that most closely fits the subject, such as Sunset or Portrait, then leave the camera to select the appropriate settings automatically. The COOLPIX 5600/4600 also feature an entirely new Scene mode, “Underwater”, which produces more satisfying, true-to-life colors when using the optional WP-CP3 waterproof case to shoot scenes while snorkeling or scuba diving. This exciting new addition increases the choice of handy Scene Modes to 16!

A choice of five Color Options allows the photographer to have more fun with digital photography, enabling them to select one before shooting to change the entire feel of a shot by making it sepia or black-and-white, for example. The COOLPIX 5600/4600 also have 14MB of internal memory, which enables images to be recorded without additional memory media. What's more, they are compatible with SD cards, which enable a large volume of shots to be stored and are widely available for purchase.

The COOLPIX 5600 and COOLPIX 4600 make it easy to capture action in an expressive manner with movie shooting capability. Both cameras offer a choice of three different movie modes — TV, Small and Smaller — and the COOLPIX 5600 has the ability to capture video with sound. They can also be easily connected to a TV, making it simple to share the results with friends or family.

Even printing is made easy with the COOLPIX 5600/4600. PictBridge compatibility makes it possible to print directly to a compatible printer, without the need for a PC. Both cameras also come bundled with Nikon's proprietary PictureProject software, which is surprisingly user-friendly and offers a broad selection of versatile functions.

* Under CIPA-compliant test conditions, the Nikon E5600 and Nikon E4600 can shoot almost twice as many shots with alkaline batteries as the Nikon E4100.

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

Nikon COOLPIX 5600/4600 Feature Highlights

Exceptionally easy operation
The COOLPIX 5600 and COOLPIX 4600 are surprisingly easy to use. In fact they've been designed to appeal not only to beginners of all ages, but also to people who've never even considered buying a digital camera before. With a redesigned graphic user interface that lets the user navigate functions by either name or icon, they enable the total beginner to find the right mode at the right moment to achieve pleasing results time after time. And with a handy new Help button that displays a description for each selected function on the main menu, there's never an excuse for getting confused. The COOLPIX 5600/4600 also feature a large 1.8-inch LCD monitor too with increased brightness — making it easy to compose shots and view recorded images at any time. Both cameras have additionally been designed to consume much less power, making it possible to take almost twice as many images when using alkaline batteries in comparison with other entry level digital cameras. Add to these factors Nikon's high-level reliability and a body design that makes the cameras more comfortable in the hand and it's easy to see why the COOLPIX 5600 and COOLPIX 4600 are set to become highly popular among beginners and those with no prior interest alike.

Shots that impress. Shots you can improve
You shouldn't have to be an expert photographer to expect pleasingly sharp images with appropriate exposure. In fact, armed with powerful 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm* and 34-102mm* lenses and the clarity of 5.1 and 4.0 megapixels respectively, the COOLPIX 5600/4600 make it easy for even total beginners to produce shots they can be proud of. Furthermore, under certain common circumstances, they allow the user to improve the quality of the results in-camera. The handy Advanced Red-eye Reduction function automatically detects, then corrects red eyes in-camera, turning shots compromised by flash into pleasing night portraits. And 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.

* 35mm [135] equivalent.

Nikon COOLPIX 5600/4600 Other Features

- Easy-to-carry dimensions of 85 x 60 x 35mm (3.3 x 2.4 x 1.4 in.) (W x H x D)
- Light weight of approximately 130g (4.6 oz.) (without battery and memory card)
- Attractive, ergonomic grip for comfortable, confident shooting
- BSS (Best Shot Selector) automatically selects and saves the best exposure from ten sequential shots
- 4 of the 16 Scene Modes offer Scene Assistance (Portrait, Night Portrait, Sports, Landscape)
- Noise Reduction automatically achieves more faithful color reproduction in some Scene Modes
- Time zone function allows local time to be set easily anywhere
- USB compatibility enables swift transfer of image data to PC's
- Voice memo function* records up to 20 seconds of sound that can then be attached to an image
- All buttons located on camera back for easy operation
- 4x digital zoom capability
- Single AF and Continuous AF selectable in Movie Mode
- Choice of White Balance: Auto with TTL control, 5-mode manual (Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy and Speedlight) and Preset
- Allows direct printing to PictBridge-compatible printers
- 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.

* Available on the E5600 only.
February 16, 2005
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