Compared to the L14 the COOLPIX L15 adds VR and an 8.0 megapixel sensor. Its lens equates to a 35-105mm zoom range and it has a larger 2.8" 230,000 dot LCD (so more of the same, a subtly different price and another piece of shelf space owned). The camera will be in UK shops from Sept 2007 priced at £129.99

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Press release (UK):

Nikon is pleased to announce the COOLPIX L15

Nikon is pleased to announce the introduction of the COOLPIX L15, a quality compact digital camera that combines high performance with operating ease and the support of advanced features, including optical lens shift VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilisation. 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 L15 is built to realise optimum performance and maximum image quality.

Offering the full imaging potential of 8.0 effective megapixels, the COOLPIX L15 captures true-to-life colour with enough fine details to leave plenty of creative freedom to crop or produce beautiful enlargements. The precision optics of a 3x Zoom-NIKKOR lens covers the highly practical range of 35-105mm (35mm equivalent) ensuring capture of various scenes, from panoramic vistas to close-up portraits.

Optical lens shift VR image stabilisation counteracts the effects of camera shake in lower light or when shooting unsteady subjects to help achieve sharper results. Active full time, VR also stabilises images displayed on the 2.8-inch high-resolution LCD monitor for easier framing and more reassured shooting.

Intuitive operation and dedicated controls ensure faultless command over the performance features of the COOLPIX L15. This includes the dedicated buttons on the top of the body for switching between shooting and playback modes. The expansive 2.8-inch high-resolution LCD monitor offers a bright and large image that makes it a pleasure to view, even out in the sun. And the no-nonsense design of the body itself assures a solid grip combined with the inviting balance of flowing surfaces contrasted by sharp edge lines. The COOLPIX L15 will be available in three body colours*: Silver, Black and Pink.

*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 L15 Feature Highlights

Proven optical lens shift VR image stabilisation
Field proven technology originally developed for interchangeable lenses used in Nikon SLR camera systems, optical lens shift VR image stabilisation provides the ability to shoot at shutter speeds as much as three steps slower without blurring the image, whilst also producing a smoother image when shooting.

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 three movie modes also ensures shooting that is tuned to give the best results to match the moment.

Three Unique Nikon Image Innovations
The COOLPIX L15 features a selection of three innovative functions that provide the ability to actually improve the quality of images within the camera. Face-priority AF* automatically finds, then focuses on people’s faces 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.

AA-size batteries for carefree shooting, anywhere
The COOLPIX L15 runs on AA-size batteries, a standard battery size available in virtually every corner of the world. This means carefree shooting anywhere, free of any worries about running out of power or needing to recharge when that special moment arises.

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 L15 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 L15 Other Features

  • Light weight with highly compact dimensions
  • Macro shooting from as close as 15 cm (5.9 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
  • Approx. 23 MB of internal memory
  • SDHC card compatibility
  • USB connectivity
  • PictBridge and ImageLink compatibility

Nikon COOLPIX L15 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.5"-type Interline CCD
• 8.29 million pixels total
• 8.0 million effective pixels

Image sizes

• 3264 x 2448
• 3072 x 1836 (16:9)
• 2592 x 1944
• 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

• 5.7-17.1mm (35-105mm equiv.)
• 3x zoom
• f/2.8-4.7 maximum aperture

Optical image-stabilization Yes (Lens-shift)
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 Yes
Focus distance • Standard: 50cm-infinity
• Macro: 15cm-infinity
Metering • 256-segment matrix metering
• Matrix-pattern, Center-weight, Center-spot
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 4-1/1500s
Modes

• Still : Easy auto mode, Auto modes, scene modes, One Touch Portrait mode
• 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, Voice Recording
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) 50cm - 6.3m (1.6 - 20.7ft), (T) 50cm - 3.7m (1.6 - 12.1ft)
• Auto, Red-eye reduction by pre-flash, Anytime flash, Flash cancel, Slow sync.
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor

• 2.8" TFT LCD with LED backlight
• 230,000 dots
• Approx 97% coverage (record mode)
• 5-step brightness adjustment

Connectivity

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

Print compliance • PictBridge
• DPOF
• ImageLink
Other features

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

Storage • SD / SDHC card (optional)
• Approx 32MB internal memory
Power • 2 x AA batteries (Energizer™ lithium AA-size batteries included)
• AC Adapter EH-65A (optional)
Weight (no batt) Approx. 125g (4.4 oz.)
Dimensions Approx. 91 x 60.5 x 26mm (3.6 x 2.4 x 1.0 in.)