Pre-PMA 2005: Nikon is hoping to woo consumers who have never considered buying a digital camera before with two new entry level cameras, the Coolpix 4600 and Coolpix 5600 (4.0 and 5.1 million pixels respectively). Both have enhanced in-camera features such as Nikon's D-Lighting function, which, when selected in playback mode, can compensate for insufficient flash or excessive backlighting as well as In-Camera Red-Eye Fix and Blur Warning. They also have a newly designed GUI and help buttons that explain menu functions. Menus can be displayed in 11 different languages too. Spec-wise the pair have 1.8-inch color LCDs, 4cm macro function and a 3x zoom. Both cameras will be available this month. An underwater housing, WP-CP 3, is also available in Europe.

Press Release:

Nikon COOLPIX 5600/4600

Two easy-to-use compact digital cameras that make shooting more fun and convenient!

TokyoNikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the COOLPIX 5600 and COOLPIX 4600 — two new digital compact cameras with impressive image quality and packed with enhanced in-camera features that are easy to use, making them ideal for beginners of all ages.

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 menu function. Furthermore, both cameras display the menu in a choice of 11 languages. The COOLPIX 5600 and the COOLPIX 4600 feature a large, bright 1.8-inch LCD monitor that makes it easy to compose shots and to view the results. In addition to making operation even more convenient, 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 resolution enable the COOLPIX 5600 and COOLPIX 4600 respectively to deliver high image quality exceeding that of most entry level digital compact cameras. They also feature the advantage of a 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens — combining the freedom to compose in different ways with high-quality and reliability, and meanwhile supporting macro shooting from as close as 4cm (1.6 inches).

Furthermore, the COOLPIX 5600/4600 not only allow the user to achieve truly pleasing quality with minimal preparation, but they also stand apart from other cameras in their class with the handy ability to automatically improve the quality of recorded images with the touch of a button. Nikon’s exclusive D-Lighting function, for example, can be selected in Playback mode — automatically recovering and compensating for insufficient flash or excessive back lighting in order to obtain balanced exposure throughout the frame. Nikon’s Advanced In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, 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 to achieve the optimal result.

Designed with a new high-density integration of key components, the COOLPIX 5600/4600 have been created with compact dimensions. They are also lightweight and easy to carry, making them even more attractive to the day-to-day user. To make operation even simpler, the COOLPIX 5600 and COOLPIX 4600 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 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 “Underwater” Scene mode, 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 number 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.

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 come bundled with Nikon’s own PictureProject software, which is 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.

Both cameras are compatible with the new dedicated waterproof case, WP-CP3, available as an optional accessory, offering sub-aqua shooting at depths of up to 40 meters.

Sales release schedule: Both cameras as well as the waterproof case, WP-CP3 are scheduled for release in February 2005.

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

Nikon COOLPIX 5600/4600 Feature Highlights

Easy operation

The COOLPIX 5600 and COOLPIX 4600 are 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. There is also a handy new “Help” button that displays a straightforward description for each selected function on the main menu. 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. As both cameras have been designed to consume much less power, it is 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 in digital photography 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 In-Camera Red-Eye Fix function automatically detects, and then corrects red eyes in-camera, turning shots compromised by flash into pleasing night portraits. And the highly impressive D-Lighting function automatically recovers and 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:

  • Compact and 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 (not available on COOLPIX 4600) 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.

Nikon Coolpix 5600 and Coolpix 4600 specifications

 

Nikon Coolpix 5600

Nikon Coolpix 4600
Sensor

• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 5.4 million pixels total
• 5.1 million effective pixels

• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 4.2 million pixels total
• 4.0 million effective pixels
Image sizes • 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
• 2288 x 1716
• 1600 x 1200
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
Movie clips

• 160 x 120 @ 15 fps
• 320 x 240 @ 15 fps
• 640 x 480 @ 15 fps
• With sound

• 160 x 120 @ 15 fps
• 320 x 240 @ 15 fps
• 640 x 480 @ 15 fps
• Without sound
Lens • 34-105 mm (35 mm equiv) 3x optical zoom
• F 2.8 - 4.9

• 34-102 mm (35 mm equiv) 3x optical zoom
• F 2.9 - 4.9

Digital zoom Up to 4x
Focus distance Macro: 4 cm (1.6 in)
Shutter speed 4 - 1/3000 sec
Scene modes

• Auto
• Scene Assistance (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait)
• Scene:
• Party/Indoor
• Beach/Snow
• Sunset
• Dusk/Dawn
• Night landscape
• Close up
• Museum
• Fireworks show
• Copy
• Back light
• Panorama assist
• Underwater
• BSS (Best Shot Selector)
• Multi-shot 16 (16 consecutive frames 1/16 in size)

White balance

• Auto
• Daylight
• Incandescent
• Fluorescent
• Cloudy
• Speedlight

Self timer 10 secs
Continuous shooting 1.3 fps up to 3 frames
Image parameters • Blur warning
Flash • Built-in Speedlight
• Auto, Red-eye Reduction by pre-flash, Anytime flash, Flash cancel and Slow sync
•0.4-3.3 m / 1.3 - 10.8 ft. (W), 0.4-2m / 1.3 - 6.6 ft. (T)
Viewfinder Optical
LCD monitor • 1.8" TFT LCD
• 80,000 pixels
Connectivity

• AV out
• USB

• Video out
• USB
Print compliance PictBridge
Storage • SD card
• 14 MB internal memory
Power • LR-6 AA size batteries (accessories may differ by country or area)
• Charger optional
Weight (no batt) 130 g (4.6 oz)
Dimensions 85 x 60 x 35 mm (3.3 x 2.4 x 1.4 in)

Nikon Coolpix 5600 images