Pre-Photokina 2006: Also added to the slimline Nikon S-series of cameras is the Coolpix S9. This 6.1-megapixel compact features a 2.5-inch screen, 3x zoom, 15 scene modes and Face Priority AF.

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Nikon enhances COOLPIX family with the stylish S9

Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Nikon Europe has announced a new member of its COOLPIX family with the launch of the COOLPIX S9.

The S9 is a high-quality compact digital camera that packs 6.1 megapixels and a range of easy-to-use functions into a slim, stylish and sophisticated wave-surface body designed to help anyone shoot pictures with greater confidence.

At the heart of the COOLPIX S9 is a 1/2.5-inch CCD that offers enhanced precision and 6.1-effective megapixel image resolution to capture true-to-life color and deliver sharp, fine detail. It also features a 3x Zoom-Nikkor ED lens with a 38-114mm range (35mm equivalent), which gives users broad compositional freedom to shoot anything from expansive scenery to tight portraits.

Continuing in line with Nikon’s reputation for innovation, the COOLPIX S9 lens features an ingenious “right-angled” design that allows it to operate throughout its entire focal range without ever protruding from the camera’s slim body. A generous 153,600-dot, 2.5-inch LCD not only allows simple composition, but also enables high-quality playback anywhere as well as supporting smoother menu navigation.

Another fun innovation featured in the COOLPIX S9 is a Stop-motion movie function which makes it easy for users to create their very own stop-motion animated films by taking a shot of the models they wish to animate, move the models, then shoot again.

The COOLPIX S9 also makes getting great-looking results in challenging conditions remarkably easy with a handy One-touch portrait button that provides direct access to three unique in-camera Nikon image innovations: Face Priority AF*, which automatically detects and achieves sharp focus on people’s faces wherever they are in the frame; In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, which automatically overcomes the red-eye effect sometimes caused by flash; and Nikon’s D-Lighting, which rescues underexposed images or shots with too much back light.

Adding to the fun and creativity aspects, the COOLPIX S9 offers 15 Scene modes that can produce great-looking shots in a wide range of common conditions, with four of the modes also offering Scene assist for better picture composition. There are other handy features, too, such as a Date Counter which visually counts down the days to a special occasion, as well as a Time zone function for setting home town and new city time zones so images can be sorted easily after travelling.

In common with all members of the COOLPIX family, the S9 comes complete with Nikon’s unique PictureProject software, offering a broad range of powerful features for image editing, organising and sharing and compatibility with a range of plug-ins, allowing users to extend their capabilities as the COOLPIX S9 enhances their photographic confidence and enjoyment.

Nikon Coolpix S9 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.5 " Type CCD
• 6.36 million pixels total
• 6.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 2816 x 2112
• 2048 x 1536
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 640 x 480 @ 30fps
• 320 x 240 @ 30fps
• 160 x 120 @ 30fps
• with sound
Lens • 38-114mm (35mm equiv)
• F3.5-4.3
• 3x zoom
Image stabilization No
Conversion lenses No
Digital zoom up to 4x
Focus Auto
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance • 25cm-infinity
• Macro: 4cm-infinity
Metering n/a
ISO sensitivity n/a
Exposure compensation n/a
Shuttter speed n/a
Aperture F3.5-4.3
Modes • Auto
• 4 modes with Scene Assist
• 11 Scene modes
• Exposure BSS (Best Shot Selector)
• Single
• Continuous
• Multi-shot 16 (approx 2.1fps)
Scene modes • Portrait
• Landscape
• Sports
• Night Portrait
• Party/indoor
• Beach/snow
• Sunset
• Dusk/dawn
• Night landscape
• Close up
• Museum
• Fireworks show
• Copy
• Panorama assist
White balance • Auto with TTL control
• 6-mode manual (Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Shade, Flash and preset)
Self timer 10 sec
Continuous shooting approx 1.7fps
Image parameters Color options
Flash • Auto
• Auto with red-eye reduction
• Flash cancel
• Anytime flash
• Slow sync
• Range: 0.25-3.2m (wide) / 0.45 - 2.6m (tele)
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor • 2.5-inch
• 153,600 pixels
Connectivity • USB
• AV out
Storage • 24 MB internal memory
• SD card compatible
Power Rechargeable Li-ion battery EN-EL8)
Weight (no batt) 115 g (4 oz)
Dimensions 90.5 x 58 x 20.4 mm (3.5 x 2.2 x 0.8 in)