Nikon's COOLPIX L14 is an entry-level compact digital camera with the claim to fame of being the 3x zoom compact with the longest battery life (as of 30th August 2007). Nikon claim one can squeeze out over 1000 shots from a pair of Lithium AAs. It's also got 7.1 megapixels, a 2.4" LCD and a 38-114 (equiv.) lens. Priced at £129.99, the COOLPIX L14 should be in UK shops from Sept 2007.

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Nikon is pleased to announce the COOLPIX L14

Nikon is pleased to announce the COOLPIX L14, a quality compact digital camera that combines high performance with operating ease, as well as also providing long battery life. Built on a custom application of Nikon's innovative EXPEED digital image processing concept and incorporating the precision optics of a NIKKOR lens, the COOLPIX L14 is built to realise optimum performance and maximum image quality.

The COOLPIX L14 makes full use of its 7.1 effective megapixels, capturing true-to-life colour and fine detail that leaves plenty of freedom to crop or produce enlargements. Paired with the precision optics of a 3x Zoom-NIKKOR lens that covers a practical range of 38-114mm (35mm equivalent) the new model captures a range of scenes, from group shots to close-up portraits.

The COOLPIX L14 offers the world’s longest battery life*, maximizing the power of the supplied Energizer™ lithium AA-size batteries. Using a standard battery size that is widely available around the world brings a great advantage in that it means never worrying about recharging or running out of power. Better still, the energy efficient design of the COOLPIX L14 allows it to shoot 1,000 photos on a pair of Energizer™ lithium AA-size batteries.

Intuitive operation and user-friendly controls ensure error-free command over the performance features of the COOLPIX L14. Dedicated buttons on the top of the body make it easy to switch between shooting and playback modes. The large 2.4-inch LCD monitor offers a bright, easy to view image, even when outdoors. To best match individual preferences, the COOLPIX L14 will be available in three attractive body colours**: Silver, Blue and Pink.
*Offers best battery performance in 3x zoom compact class as of August 30, 2007 (according to research conducted by NIKON CORPORATION). Takes approx. 1,000 shots with supplied Energizer™ lithium, 440 shots with alkaline or 520 shots with EN-MH1 batteries (based on CIPA standard)
**Colour availability may vary according to region.

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

RRP: £129.99
Sales start date: Autumn 2007

Nikon COOLPIX L14 Feature Highlights

New Easy Auto mode and scene modes for carefree shooting
Easy Auto mode makes it easier to turn on the camera and shoot without worrying about settings. Easy access to 15 different scene modes and five movie modes also ensures shooting that is tuned to give the best results to match the moment.

Three Unique Nikon Image Innovations
The COOLPIX L14 features a selection of three innovative functions that allows the photographer to improve the quality of images within the camera. Face-priority AF* automatically finds, then focuses on a face for crisp, clear results time after time. In-Camera Red-Eye Fix automatically compensates to help eradicate traces of the annoying red-eye effect that can sometimes be encountered during flash photography. And D-Lighting can be applied to improve underexposed images or shots taken with too much backlight. D-Lighting automatically creates a copy of the image with detail added where necessary, but with well-exposed areas left completely untouched.
* Face recognition capability may be limited in some shooting conditions.

Stop-Motion animation for more creative fun
Stop-motion makes it easy to create animated films within the camera. Users can shoot models, move them, shoot them again and, when done, have the camera process the images to deliver professional-looking results using the timing of preference.

ISO 1000 capability for better pictures in lower light
Making it easier to take great-looking pictures in lower lighting conditions, or to capture fast moving subjects with outstanding clarity, the COOLPIX L14 accurately measures available light to automatically select the optimal sensitivity setting for the shot between the range of ISO 64 to as high as ISO 1000.

Nikon COOLPIX L14 Other Features

  • Light weight with highly compact dimensions
  • Macro shooting from as close as 10 cm (3.9 in.)
  • 4x digital zoom extends compositional freedom
  • Improved Graphical User Interface (GUI)
  • Improved menu interface, available in a choice of 23 languages
  • Time zone function for easy setting of multiple locations
  • Energizer™ lithium AA-size batteries included
  • Approx. 23 MB of internal memory
  • SDHC card compatibility
  • USB connectivity
  • PictBridge compatibility

Nikon COOLPIX L14 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.5"-type Interline CCD
• 7.38 million pixels total
• 7.08 million effective pixels

Image sizes

• 3072 x 2304
• 3072 x 1728 (16:9)
• 2048 x 1536
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480

Movie clips

• 640 x 480 30fps
• 320 x 240 15/30fps
• 160 x 120 15fps
• Stop-Motion mode

File formats • JPEG EXIF 2.2
• Quick Time Motion JPEG (AVI)
Lens

• 6.3-18.9mm (38-114mm equiv.)
• 3x zoom
• f/3.1-5.9 maximum aperture

Image stabilization No
Conversion lenses No
Digital zoom Up to 4x
Focus Contrast-detect TTL AF
Focus modes • Single AF
• Full-Time AF (in Macro mode)
• Face-priority AF
AF area modes Center
AF assist lamp No
Focus distance • Standard: 60cm-infinity
• Macro: 10cm-infinity
Metering 256-segment matrix metering
ISO sensitivity • Auto (ISO 64-1000)
Exposure compensation -2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV
Exposure bracketing No
Shutter speed 4-1/1000s
Modes

• Still : Easy auto mode, Auto mode, scene modes
• Movie : Movie with sound modes

Scene modes Portrait, Night Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Party, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Museum, Fireworks Show, Close Up, Copy, Back Light, Panorama Assist
White balance • 5-mode manual (Daylight,Incandescent,Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash)
• Auto, White bal. Preset
Self timer 10s
Continuous shooting Single, Multi-shot 16 (Only available at image size at 2816/normal)
Image parameters Standard, Vivid, Black-and-White, Sepia, Cyanotype
Flash • Built-in
• Range: (W) 30cm - 5.0m (1 - 16.4ft), (T) 30cm - 3.0m (1 - 9.8ft)
• Auto, Red-eye reduction by pre-flash, Anytime flash, Flash cancel, Slow sync.
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor

• 2.4" TFT LCD with LED backlight
• 115,000 dots
• Approx 97% coverage (record mode)
• 5-step brightness adjustment

Connectivity

• USB 2.0 Full-Speed
• AV out (NTSC/PAL)

Print compliance • PictBridge
• DPOF
Other features

• Time zone function
• D-Lighting
• In-camera Red-Eye Fix
• Available in silver, blue and pink

Storage • SD / SDHC card (optional)
• Approx 23MB internal memory
Power • 2 x AA batteries (Energizer™ lithium AA-size batteries included)
• AC Adapter EH-65A (optional)
Weight (no batt) 125g (4.4 oz.)
Dimensions 91 x 60.5 x 26mm (3.6 x 2.4 x 1.0 in.)