Nikon Coolpix 4300, four megapixel
Aug 29, 2002 at 21:13 GMT
Nikon has today announced the new four megapixel Coopix 4300. This new digital camera is based on the popular Coolpix 885 but has been upgraded with a four megapixel sensor. A quick glance down the features and specifications and this camera appears to be operationally identical to the 885. Just like the Coolpix 885 the 4300 will appear in both black (North America) and silver (rest of the wolrd) bodies.
Nikon Coolpix 4300 pictures
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Nikon Coolpix 4300
Three is Good, Four is Better.
It is not often that something can get one third better, yet stay the same size. Digital cameras, it seems are different and Nikon have proved the point with the Coolpix announced today as a four million pixel update to the sell-out three million Coolpix 885.
For the few members of the public who are not familiar with the famous names in photography, the Nikon Coolpix 4300 is a compact, solid-looking digital camera with a purposeful large-diameter zoom lens. For those familiar with the Nikon brand, the Coolpix 4300 offers assured image quality through the 3x zoom Nikkor optics and the same digital works that has made professional Nikons the choice of the world's press. This heritage means easy operation rather than complexity and even novices will find the controls intuitive. An Auto mode provides point and shoot for the digital beginner or simply when time is limited. For the more adventurous, a total of 12 scene modes set up the camera for specific photographic occasions such as beach/snow, sunset, close up and portrait.
As might be expected from a Nikon there's ample opportunity to take things further with control over aperture and shutter, and of course a host of "digital only" features such as Best Shot Selector for reducing camera shake, controllable white balance to take into account different lighting and a noise reduction system for exceptionally clear long-exposure shots at night. The bright clear monitor screen serves as a complement to the optical viewfinder and also delivers instant review of results.
The Coolpix 4300 is delivered with Nikon's own camera software that transfers all images to a computer with just one button press and then turns the computer into a photo album at home or, on the web with Nikon Fotoshare. For ultimate convenience, the Coolpix 4300 also includes rechargeable battery and charger as standard.
Aimed at the discerning digital buyer the Coolpix 4300 brings the benefits of digital supported by the security of the Nikon name and allows novice and expert alike to enjoy digital pictures and picture-taking.
Nikon Coolpix 4300 Feature Highlights
Stunningly Crisp, Colorful Images
The 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens, offering a focal range of 8-24mm (equivalent to 38-114mm in 35mm  format), and 4.0 million effective pixels combine to give you sharp, vivid images in living color - from breathtaking open landscapes to fabulous close-up photography.
Take Great Pictures Easily - in Virtually any Situation
Start up your digital photography with the COOLPIX 4300's Auto mode and then progress to the 12 programmed Scene Modes. The camera automatically makes adjustments for your choice of specific situations such as Portrait, Landscape, Sunset and Party/Indoor, letting you easily turn great scenes into memorable photographs. There's also Manual mode, which gives you control over exposure value and various settings.
Designed for Portability and Comfort
The COOLPIX 4300's compact, lightweight design makes for a camera that goes anywhere. Its smooth, friendly contours offer a secure, comfortable grip with a modern look. And the clear, sensible ergonomics make all buttons and controls easily accessible.
The COOLPIX 4300 makes transferring images from your camera to your computer one-button easy, letting you share them with family and friends sooner - via e-mail or a website. The supplied Nikon View 5 software turns your computer into the most versatile photo album ever, and the camera's Small Picture function enables the creation of a reduced-size copy within the camera, making images easier to e-mail.
Nikon Coolpix 4300 Major Features
- 5-Area Multi Autofocus for versatile photo composition
- Shutter speeds from 1/1000 to 8 sec.
- Macro shooting at minimum distance of 4cm (1.6 in.)
- Auto and Manual exposure control modes
- 12 Scene Modes - choose from 12 different �scenes� (Portrait, Party/Indoor, Night Portrait, Beach/Snow, Landscape, Sunset, Night Landscape, Museum, Fireworks Show, Close Up, Copy and Back Light)
- Best Shot Selector (BSS) automatically chooses the best shot in continuous mode
- Versatile white balance settings and White Balance Bracketing
- Noise Reduction mode for extended-time exposures
- Movies (up to 35 sec.)
- Quick Review button to review images and keep/delete, without interrupting shooting
- Transfer button for one-touch upload of pictures data to a computer
- Small Picture function creates a small-size duplicate for rapid e-mailing
- Longer battery life of approx. 90 min. with Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL1
- Plug-and-play USB interface for smooth connection to a computer (USB Mass Storage Class or PTP)
- Compatible with Nikon Telephoto, Wideangle and Fisheye Converter Lenses, and Slide Copy Adapter (requires optional Step Down Ring Lens Adapter UR-E4)
- All-in-one package provides everything you need to get started immediately, including Lens Cap, Hand Strap, Video Cable, 16MB CompactFlash� Card, USB Cable UC-E1, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL1, Battery Charger MH-53, Nikon View 5 CD-ROM image management software
Nikon Coolpix 4300 Specifications
Metallic silver or charcoal black
|Sensor||1/1.8" 4.1 megapixel CCD|
|Effective pixels||4.0 million|
|Image sizes|| 2272 x 1704
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
1024 x 768
640 x 480
|Image types|| TIFF
JPEG (Fine, Normal, Basic)
|Lens|| 3x optical zoom, 38
- 114 mm (equiv.), F2.8 - F4.9
9 elements in 8 groups
|Lens thread||28 mm with UR-E4 adapter (option)|
|Focus distance||Normal: 30 cm - Infinity (12 in
Macro: 4 cm - Infinity (1.6 in - Infinity)
|Auto focus|| Contrast detect TTL
5-area Multi AF or Spot AF selectable
|Focus modes|| Continuous AF
Manual Focus (49 positions, inc. focus confirmation)
|Shooting modes|| Auto
|Scene modes|| Portrait
|Continuous modes|| Single
Ultra-high-speed Continuous (QVGA)
|Movie||320 x 240, 15 fps, max 35 secs (no audio)|
|Metering|| 256-segment Matrix
Spot AF Area
|Shutter speed||Bulb (max 1 min), 8 - 1/1000 sec|
|Apertures|| Wide: F2.8 / F7.6
Tele: F4.9 / F13.4
|Exposure modes|| Programmed Auto
|Exposure compen.||+/-2 EV in 0.3 EV steps|
|Noise reduction||Yes, can be enabled|
|Best Shot Selector||Yes, can be enabled|
|AE Bracketing|| 3 or 5 images
+/-0.3, 0.7 or 1 EV
|White balance|| Auto
Manual WB Preset
Fluorescent (FL1 / FL2 / FL3)
Speedlight (Flash) *
* Can be fine tuned +/- 3 levels
|Image processing|| Image adjustment: Contrast
/ Brightness / B&W
Sharpening: Auto, High, Normal, Low, Off
|Self-timer||3 or 10 secs|
Range: Wide 0.4 - 3.0 m (1.3 - 9.8 ft), Tele 0.4 - 1.7 m (1.3 - 5.6 ft)
Modes: Auto, Cancel, Red-Eye reduction, Anytime Flash, Slow Sync
|Viewfinder||Optical (80% frame coverage)|
|LCD Monitor||1.5", 110,000 pixel (97% frame coverage)|
|Connectivity|| USB (1.1)
|Storage||Compact Flash Type I|
|Power|| Nikon EN-EL1 Lithium-Ion
rechargeable battery (included)
or 2CR5/DL245 Lithium battery
|Dimensions||95 x 69 x 52 mm (3.7 x 2.7 x 2.0 in)|
|Weight (no batt)||230 g (8.1 oz)|
|Supplied accessories||Lens Cap, Hand Strap, Video Cable,
16MB CompactFlash Card, USB Cable UC-E1, Rechargeable Li-ion
Battery EN-EL1, Battery Charger MH-53, Nikon View 5 CD-ROM
*Supplied accessories may differ by country or area
|Optional accessories||AC Adapter EH-53, Battery Charger
(DC 12V in) MH-53C, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL1, Various size
CompactFlash Cards, Soft Case CS-E885, Step Down Ring Lens Adapter
UR-E4, Wideangle Converter WC-E24/WC-E63*, Telephoto Converter TC-E2/TC-E3ED*,
Fisheye Converter FC-E8*, Slide Copy Adapter ES-E28*, Remote Cord
MC-EU1, LCD Hood HL-E885
*Step Down Ring Lens Adapter UR-E4 is necessary.