Pre-PMA 2007: Last but not least is the Coolpix L12 digital camera, a well-specified 'budget' camera with 3x zoom, optical image stabilization (VR) and 7.1 million pixel CCD. The L12 also sports a 2.5-inch LCD screen, ISO 1600 and - like all the models here - Nikon's D-Lighting, Face Detection and Red-Eye Fix features.

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Nikon is pleased to introduce the new COOLPIX L12

Nikon has a reputation for being the pioneer of photography technology, and is constantly striving to develop new, better cameras for professionals and amateurs alike. The new COOLPIX L12 is the latest addition to the COOLPIX range, which has earned a reputation within the photography community of delivering excellent results through simple camera operation.

In this model Nikon has taken every possible measure to ensure that the user is able to achieve perfect pictures, whatever the conditions. The Vibration Reduction feature compensates for camera shake to produce clearer, steadier images. This function operates whenever the camera is switched on, making it possible for the user to select the best moment to take the shot by viewing the image on the cameras 2.5-inch screen.

The combination of a 7.1 megapixels of resolution and the powerful 3 x Zoom-Nikkor lens with a range of 35-105mm enables the COOLPIX L12 to deliver excellent picture detail whether the subject is a close-in portrait or a broad panorama. Light sensitivity up to ISO 1600 guarantees high image quality in low-light conditions, and also enables the faster shutter speeds that are essential when photographing fast-moving objects.

Three unique Nikon innovations make it possible to manipulate the images in-camera, enabling amateurs to achieve results that a professional would be proud of. Face-priority AF detects people’s faces to achieve sharp focus, no matter where they happen to be located in the frame; In-Camera Red-Eye Fix tackles this effect by providing automatic compensation for more flattering, natural-looking portraits in low light. Finally, Nikon’s unique D-Lighting function, available in playback mode, improves underexposed images or shots taken with too much back light by creating a copy of an image with added light and detail wherever necessary, leaving well-exposed areas untouched.

Nikon’s exclusive PictureProject software allows the user to further manipulate images once they have been uploaded onto a computer. This is an easy-to-use programme which makes it a joy to edit, organise, transfer and share the photographs taken with the COOLPIX L12.

RRP: £149.99/ €219
Sales start date: Beginning of April

Nikon COOLPIX L12 Feature Highlights

VR image stabilization corrects camera shake
The COOLPIX L12 offers the advantage of optical lens shift VR (Vibration Reduction), which cleverly detects any camera shake and accurately compensates for it to produce sharper, steadier images. And because the VR system remains active whenever the camera is on, images also appear more stable on the LCD monitor, making it much easier to judge the right moment to take the shot. The same effect is also available when shooting movies, while a handy Anti-Shake button located on the top panel can be pressed to activate three functions for sharper shooting – VR, High-Sensitivity mode and BSS.

Compatible with AA-size batteries
The COOLPIX L12 is compatible with AA-size batteries, which are widely available around the world. As a result, users can shoot as they like without having to worry about recharging or running out of power on an important day.

One-touch portrait button
A handy standalone button offers direct access to three Nikon innovations that produce more satisfying images – Face-priority AF* that automatically detects and achieves sharp focus on people’s faces wherever they are in the frame, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix that can automatically overcome the red-eye effect sometimes caused by flash, and Nikon’s D-Lighting that can rescue underexposed images or shots taken with too much backlight.

Face recognition capability may be limited in some shooting conditions.

Nikon COOLPIX L12 Other Features

  • Light weight with compact dimensions
  • Choice of 15 Scene modes
  • Selection of movie recording modes
  • BSS (Best Shot Selector) identifies and saves the sharpest image automatically from ten sequential shots
  • SDHC memory card compatibility
  • Voice recording capability
  • Colour Options add to creative freedom
  • 21MB of internal memory (approx.)
  • PictBridge and ImageLink compatibility
  • Menu available in a choice of 20 languages
  • Time zone function allows setting of home town and new city time zone for easy image sorting after traveling
  • USB connectivity enables swift data transfer to computers and other peripherals
  • Macro shooting enables shooting from as close as 15cm (5.9 in.)
  • 4x digital zoom extends compositional freedom
  • Choice of White Balance: Auto with TTL control, 7-mode manual (Direct sunlight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Shade, Flash and White Bal. Preset)

Nikon Coolpix L12 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.5 " Type CCD
• 7.41 million pixels total
• 7.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 3072 x 2304
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
• 3072 x 1728 (16:9)
Movie clips

• With sound
• TV movie (640) at 30fps
• Small size (320) at 30fps/15fps
• Smaller size (160) at 15fps
• Stop-motion (640)

File formats JPEG
Lens • 3x Zoom-Nikkor (35-105mm equiv.)
• f/2.8-4.7
• 5 elements in 5 groups
Image stabilization Lens-shift VR
Conversion lenses No
Digital zoom Up to 4x
Focus Auto
AF area modes Face Priority mode
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance • 50cm (1 ft. 8 in.) to infinity (∞)
• Macro close-up mode: 15cm (5.9 in.) to infinity (∞)
Metering n/a
ISO sensitivity Auto (auto gain ISO 50-1600)
Exposure compensation n/a
Exposure bracketing n/a
Shuttter speed n/a
Aperture n/a
Modes Auto / Scene
Scene modes 15 Scene modes
White balance Auto with TTL control, 7-mode manual (Direct sunlight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Shade, Flash and White Bal. Preset)
White balance fine tune n/a
Self timer n/a
Continuous shooting n/a
Image parameters Color Options
Flash • Built-in
• Range: (W) 0.5-8.0m (1 ft. 8 in. – 26 ft. 3 in.), (T) approx. 0.5-4.5m (1 ft. 8 in. – 14 ft. 9 in.)
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor 2.5-in., 115,000-dot, TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
Connectivity USB & AV out
Print compliance • ImageLink (L11 only)
• PictBridge
Storage • SD card (optional)
• Approx 21MB internal memory
Power • 2x AA battery
• Optional AC adapter
Other features • Time zone function
• BSS (Best Shot Selector)
• D-Lighting
• In-camera Red-Eye Fix
Weight (no batt) Approx. 125 g (4.4 oz.) without battery and SD memory card
Dimensions 91 x 61 x 26 mm (3.6 x 2.4 x 1.0 in.) excluding projections

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