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Two exciting digital compacts: the Nikon Coolpix S5 and S6

Nikon announces a stylish addition to the Nikon Coolpix S for Style series of digital cameras. The new Coolpix S5 and S6 combine high-quality imaging performance with impressive new Pictmotion photo sharing technology to make the S5 and S6 the must-have compact digital camera. Both the S5 and S6 have sleek, slim wave designs, appealing to users who want their cameras to look as great as the pictures they take...

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Two exciting digital compacts: the Nikon Coolpix S5 and S6 - digital camera and photography newsNikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the COOLPIX S5 and COOLPIX S6. Two exciting new cameras built for the sharing of digital photographic enjoyment, they combine high-quality imaging performance with impressive wave-surface design, enable images to be improved in-camera, feature outstandingly large LCDs and introduce the powerful Pictmotion function that allows users to create entertaining in-camera shows.

Available for the very first time, the Pictmotion function lets users create so much more than a slideshow – in fact, it's an imaginative function offering totally new in-camera entertainment. Allowing users to select favorite image and movie files, pick a style, and then select a music file from one of 5 pre-installed in the camera, or even add their own music (via PictureProject for Windows only) to suit the show, Pictmotion automatically analyzes all the aforementioned elements to produce highly entertaining shows with pace and transition selected to match music and style. These shows can then be played back anywhere, anytime on the ample-sized LCD monitors (COOLPIX S5: 2.5-inch; S6: 3.0-inch), and because each of these monitors offers a surprisingly wide viewing angle of 170° (both horizontal and vertical), such in-camera entertainment can be enjoyed by everyone at the same time. Both cameras also feature Auto Image Rotation, which detects pictures that have been taken with the camera held vertically, automatically rotating them to suit in-camera LCD playback.

With the COOLPIX S5 and S6, image quality is also pleasingly high. Both cameras offer a 1/2.5-inch CCD and 6.0 effective megapixel resolution to produce images that stay sharp even when significantly enlarged. They also each feature a superior quality 3x Zoom-Nikkor ED lens with a range of 35-105mm (35mm equivalent) that gives the photographer the freedom to zoom out for beautiful landscapes, zoom in for tightly composed portraits, and enjoy macro photography from as close as 4cm.

Both the COOLPIX S5 and S6 have been specially designed to be highly appealing as well as easy to use. More than merely having great styling, the eye-catching wave-surface designs with thin, compact dimensions make the COOLPIX S5 and S6 feel more comfortable in the hand. And in terms of control, they also feature a new Rotary multi selector that allows fast circular scrolling for speedy image browsing at up to 10 frames per second. The Rotary multi selector also features a range of buttons that further simplify operation, while an on-screen icon with a cursor that tracks circular scrolling makes it easy to select desired features. Furthermore, users can choose to select functions by name or icon according to their preferences, and all menus and icons have been made easier on the eye with a new color scheme and optimized icon dimensions.

The COOLPIX S5 and S6 also feature a new One-touch portrait button conveniently located at the top of the camera body that makes it much simpler to take better quality pictures by offering easy access to Nikon's unique Face-priority AF, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix and D-Lighting functions. With Face-priority AF*, the cameras can automatically detect people's faces in the frame, no matter where they are located, to produce sharply focused portraits. In-Camera Red-Eye Fix can detect the unfortunate red-eye effect that can sometimes happen in flash photography, then automatically compensate for it in-camera to produce more flattering results. D-Lighting (available in playback mode) enables users to improve images that are underexposed or taken with too much back light – creating a copy of the image with light and detail added where necessary and well-exposed parts left exactly the way they were.

The COOLPIX S6 delivers the additional advantage of Wi-Fi capability. Offering IEEE 802.11b/g support, it allows users to send images wirelessly to a computer as soon as they are taken or to transfer all images stored in memory to computer in one go. The COOLPIX S6 even supports cable-free printing**, enabling images to be sent directly to PictBridge-compatible printers without the need to use a computer at all.

A selection of 15 Scene modes – 4 with Scene assist – lets users of the COOLPIX S5 and S6 achieve pleasing results with clear focus and optimal exposure in diverse situations. All the user has to do is select the Scene mode best suiting the scene and then compose the shot, while the camera automatically selects the most appropriate settings.

Three movie modes with sound are also available for capturing action at up to a smooth 30 frames per second. Both cameras also feature Time-lapse movie shooting ability that allows dramatic results to be created out of slow-moving action, such as when shooting a flower blooming or creating a movie of clouds rushing across the sky, for example.

The COOLPIX S5 and S6 even speed the search for recorded images with the Calendar function that automatically sorts images according to the date they were taken. And for further versatility, the COOLPIX S5 and S6 come complete with the COOL-STATION MV-14 and MV-15 respectively, which allow batteries to be recharged while they are still in the camera, offer USB connectivity and can even be hooked up for TV display.

Furthermore, the COOLPIX S5 and S6 come bundled with Nikon's complimentary PictureProject software. Now featuring special Wi-Fi functions for use with the COOLPIX S6, PictureProject makes it easy to edit pictures, organize shots and share images, while a range of available plug-ins lets users extend capabilities as they like.

* Face recognition capability may be limited in some shooting conditions.
** Requires optionally available Wireless Printer Adapter PD-10.

Note: Specifications, design, color, product name, standard accessories, and release schedule may differ by country or area.
February 21, 2006
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