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Nikon Europe announce Coolpix 775 and 885

Aug 27, 2001 at 04:00 GMT

IFA 2001: 0800 CET: Nikon Europe has this morning confirmed that the Coolpix 775 will be released to the European market, they have also announced the new upgraded and improved Coolpix 885. "As compact as most film cameras, the Coolpix 775 is a natural choice for families and individuals who want to make the move to digital and to enjoy sharing their images on line and on print.", "Ready for anything, the Coolpix 885 takes compact digital photography to a new level of sophistication in a remarkable combination of quality, convenience and ease of use."

Press release:

Nikon Introduces Two New Digital Cameras With Broad Appeal.

In a perfectly-timed response to the enthusiastic reception for Digital Cameras amongst an ever widening audience, Nikon is pleased to announce the European launch of two new models in the award-winning Coolpix range of digital cameras.

Based on the concepts embodied in the successful Coolpix 880, the two new models expand the Nikon range by offering simplicity and sophistication for both the spontaneous and serious user alike.

Spontaneity comes in the form of the pocket-able Coolpix 775. Small and light in weight, it offers a wide-range 3x zoom lens and a resolution perfect for high-quality album prints as well as e-mail and sharing on the internet. With a one-touch button for transferring pictures to a computer, support for direct printing (PRINT Image Matching compatible) and easy-to use software, this camera is always ready to record and keep those precious moments shared between family and friends. An easy-to use control dial positioned on the top of the camera makes taking digital photography both quick and simple, yet by offering a choice of eight preset scenes modes - including a general purpose Automatic mode - optimal results are ensured whatever the situation.

As compact as most film cameras, the Coolpix 775 is a natural choice for families and individuals who want to make the move to digital and to enjoy sharing their images on line and on print.

Stepping up from the Coolpix 775 in both size and performance, the new 3,21 (effective) Megapixel Coolpix 885 offers increased resolution, a wider selection of scene modes and manages to incorporate a host of sophisticated features such as matrix, center-weight and spot metering, professional-grade five-area auto-focus and adjustable white balance, all within a palm-sized form factor. A range of converter lenses is available to allow this camera to develop into a partner that will support the photographic ambitions of the user, and the optional remote control cord and monitor hood further extend the flexibility of this new addition to the Coolpix family.

Ready for anything, the Coolpix 885 takes compact digital photography to a new level of sophistication in a remarkable combination of quality, convenience and ease of use.

Both models offer extended battery life and are supplied with a rechargeable battery and charger for environmentally friendly operation. The software package includes Nikon View for convenient image transfer from camera or Compact flash card to the computer and Fotostation Easy for image management and one-button upload to Nikon's free on-line European photo community, www.nikonfotoshare.com.

We do of course have a full review of the Nikon Coolpix 775 (which was announced to the rest of the world back in April). We also have a pre-production Coolpix 885 in-house and hope to be starting a review on our return from IFA 2001 in Berlin.

Nikon Coolpix 885 specifications

Body material Plastic
Body finish Metallic silver or charcoal black
Imager 1/1.8" 3.34 megapixel, (3.12 megapixel effective)
Image sizes 2048 x 1536, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480
Small picture sizese: 640 x 480, 320 x 240, 160 x 120, 96 x 72
Image formats TIFF (Hi), JPEG (Fine, Normal, Basic)
Lens 3x zoom; 38 - 114 mm (as 35 mm equiv.)
F2.8 - F4.9
Lens construction 9 elements in 8 groups
Lens thread 28mm with UR-E4 optional adapter
Focus distance Normal: 30 cm - Infinity (12 in - Infinity)
Macro: 4 cm - Infinity (1.6 in - Infinity)
AF System Contrast detect (Continuous / Single AF selectable)
Manual focus 49 positions with focus confirmation 'sharpening'
Digital zoom Up to 4x in 20 steps of 0.2x
Sensitivity Auto, ISO 100, 200, 400 (selectable in CSM mode)
Metering 256-element Matrix Metering, CW Average, Spot, Spot AF Area
Exposure compen. +/-2 EV in 0.3 EV steps
AE Bracketing Yes, 3 or 5 images in 0.3, 0.7 or 1.0 EV steps
White balance Automatic, 5 presets (with fine tuning), manual
Shutter speed 8 sec - 1/1000 sec
BULB (up to 60 secs)
Apertures Wide: F2.8 or F7.6
Tele: F4.9 or F13.4
Flash range Wide: 3.7 m (12 ft)
Tele: 2.3 m (7.5 ft)
Flash modes Auto, Red-Eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Flash cancel, Slow Sync
Shooting settings BSS (Best Shot Selector)
Image Sharpening (High / Low / Off / Normal / Auto)
Continuous Single / Continuous
Multi-continuous (16 frames)
Ultra High Speed (70 QVGA frames at 30 fps)
Exposure modes Auto, Scene, CSM (P / M), Movie
Scene modes Portrait, Party/Indoor, Night Portrait, Beach/Snow, Landscape, Sunset, Night Landscape, Museum, Fireworks Show, Close Up, Copy and Back Light
Image adjustment Sharpening, Contrast, Brightness
Noise Reduction Yes, can be enabled
Best Shot Selector Yes, can be enabled
Self Timer 3 or 10 seconds
Movie clips QuickTime Motion JPEG (no audio), 15 fps, max 40 seconds
Playback modes Frame
Thumbnail (4/9 segments)
Slide show
Zoom (4x)
Quick Review; shooting information display; Protect attributes
can be set to each image
Histogram / highlight indication / Focus confirmation indication
Viewfinder Optical
LCD 1.5" TFT, 110,000 pixel, 5 level brightness adjustment
Storage Compact Flash Type I, 16 MB Card supplied
Connectivity USB (1.1)
Video Out NTSC / PAL (switchable)
Power Included rechargeable battery EN-EL1 (charger included)
or 2CR5 Lithium battery
Dimensions 95 x 69 x 52 mm (3.7 x 2.7 x 2.0 in)
Weight (inc batt) 286 g (10.1 oz)
Print compliance DPOF, EPSON Print Image Matching (PIM)
Accessories inc. Lens cap, Wrist strap, Video cable, 16MB CompactFlash™ Card, USB cable, Nikon View 4 (COOLPIX) CD-ROM, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL1, Battery Charger MH-52

* Standard accessories may differ by country and area

Nikon Coolpix 775 specifications

Body material Plastic
Imager 1/2.7" 2.1 megapixel, (1.92 megapixel effective)
Image sizes 1600 x 1200, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480
Image formats JPEG (Fine, Normal, Basic)
Lens 3x zoom; 38 - 115 mm (as 35 mm equiv.), F2.8 - F4.9
Lens thread ???
Focus distance Normal: 30 cm - Infinity (12 in - Infinity)
Macro: 4 cm - Infinity (1.6 in - Infinity)
AF System Contrast detect
Digital zoom 1.25x, 1.6x, 2.0x, 2.5x
Sensitivity ISO 100 equiv., Auto "gain-up"
Metering 256-element Matrix Metering
Exposure modes Automatic, Movie, Scene
Exposure compen. +/-2 EV in 0.3 EV steps
White balance Automatic, 5 presets, manual
Shutter speed 8 sec - 1/1000 sec
Flash Internal, range: 7 m (22 ft)
Flash modes Auto, Red-Eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Flash cancel, Slow Sync
Shooting settings BSS (Best Shot Selector)
Image Sharpening (High / Low / Off / Normal / Auto)
Continuous Single / Continuous
Multi-continuous (16 frames)
Scene modes Party, Backlight, Portrait, Night Portrait, Landscape, Beach/Snow, Sunset
Movie clips QuickTime Motion JPEG (no audio), 15 fps, max 40 seconds
Playback modes Frame
Thumbnail (4/9 segments)
Slide show
Enlarged playback (2.5x, one of nine displayed images),
Quick Review; shooting information display; Protect attributes
can be set to each image
Viewfinder Optical
LCD 1.5" TFT, 5 level brightness adjustment
Storage Compact Flash Type I, 8 MB Card supplied
Connectivity USB
Video Out NTSC / PAL (switchable)
Power Included rechargeable battery EN-EL1 (charger included)
or 2CR5 Lithium battery
Dimensions 87 x 66.5 x 44 mm (3.4 x 2.6 x 1.7 in)
Weight (inc batt) 233 g (8.2 oz)
Accessories inc. Wrist strap, Video cable, 8MB CompactFlash™ Card, USB cable, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL1, Battery Charger MH-51, Nikon View Ver. 4 CD-ROM
Bundled software Canto Cumulus 5.0 Trial, iView Media Pro (Macintosh only), ArcSoft; PhotoImpression™ 2000, VideoImpression™ 1.5, PhotoPrinter Pro® 2000, PhotoStudio® 2000, Panorama Maker™ 2000
List price US$449.95
Availability July 2001
Review Click here for review

* Standard accessories may differ by country and area