Nikon S600 leads new Coolpix compact digital camera line-up
By Jude Garvey
February 8, 2008
February 9, 2008 Boasting a blistering start up speed of 0.7 seconds and the the world’s smallest body for a compact digital camera equipped with a 28mm zoom lens and optical vibration reduction, Nikon’s 10 mega-pixel S600 leads a flurry of new additions to the company's COOLPIX compact digital camera range. The S600 is exceptionally portable at 130 g (4.6 oz.) and features 14 different scene modes and three movie modes, automatic light sensitivity control between ISO 100 and ISO 800 (with manual settings up to ISO 3200), Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization technology and a 2.7-inch LCD monitor that has been given anti-reflection coating as well as improved shooting displays and revised icons.
The S600 features a powerful 4x zoom-Nikkor lens, high-speed auto focus and the 28mm wide-angle capability (35mm format equivalent) gives you the range required to shoot anything from landscapes to close-up portraits or as close as close as 3 cm (1.2 in.).
The monitor also has approximately 230k-dots of high resolution and a wide 160-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angle.
The S600 has a choice of 14 different scene modes and three movie modes including the new Active Child mode, a function which allows you to frame and select a moving subject before shooting. Then as you begin to shoot, the camera tracks and focuses on that moving subject and creates clearer images.
With user-friendly functions such as large buttons and the rotary multi selector, the titanium silver body gives the camera a solid feel and when shooting close-ups the active zoom mode gives you smoother zooming. The S600 comes with a rechargeable Li-ion Battery which will give you about 190 shots
The COOLPIX S600 will be available in March 2008 at an MSRP of USD$299.95
All of the new COOLPIX cameras also feature three innovative functions to improve picture quality. Face-priority AF automatically finds, then focuses on people’s faces, in-camera red-eye fix and D-lighting, which can be applied to improve an underexposed image.
Nikon COOLPIX S600 specifications
- Effective pixels: 10.0 million
- Image sensor: 1/2.33-in. CCD; total pixels: approx. 10.34 million
- Lens: 4x Zoom-NIKKOR; Digital zoom: up to 4x (35mm)
- Storage media: Internal memory (approx. 45 MB), SD memory cards
- Interface: Hi-Speed USB
- Power sources: Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL10 (supplied), AC Adapter EH-62D (optional)
- Dimensions (WxHxD): Approx. 88.5 x 53 x 22.5 mm (3.5 x 2.1 x 0.9 in.) excluding projections
- Weight: Approx. 130 g (4.6 oz.) without battery and SD memory card
Like the S600, the S550 also boasts 10 mega-pixels (effective) but has a 5x zoom-Nikkor lens and a range of colors including urban black and purple. The new smile mode technology has a gauge which informs the user when the subject has smiled and a blink warning system detects when the subject has blinked so you should be able to get the perfect shot. The COOLPIX S550 will be available from this month at USD$229.95
At 94 x 53 x 22.5 mm (3.7 x 2.1 x 0.9 in.) the S520 offers 8.0 MP (effective) resolution, quick response and with sensitivity settings as high as ISO creates clear images. The COOLPIX S520 will be available in March 2008 in an array of colors - including plum and graphite black - at USD$229.95.