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Nikon Coolpix 2100 and 3100

Feb 18, 2003 at 03:16 GMT

Pre-PMA 2003, 15:00 TOKYO: Nikon has today announced the Coolpix 2100 and 3100. Both cameras are based on the same body (with some subtle styling differences), the Coolpix 2100 has a two megapixel 1/3.2" sensor, the 3100 a three megapixel 1/2.7" sensor. These cameras can be seen as the successors to the Coolpix 775 and 885, although these cameras offer significant developments including RGB color filter array, a new menu system and a smaller more stylish case. Storage is on Compact Flash card and the cameras are powered by two AA batteries (NiMH rechargeables supplied).

Click here for our hands-on Quick Preview of the Nikon Coolpix 3100

Press Release (Nikon Europe):

Two new Coolpix cameras for Digital Family Fun.

Traditional in design but executed with a modern, compact styling, Nikon have announced today, 18th Feb 2003, two new models aimed at the family and recreational photographer.

Conceived in response to the booming interest in general digital photography, the two new cameras are specifically designed to offer a perfect combination of quality, ease of use, portability and affordability.

Weighing in at only 150g and comparable in size to a pack of playing cards, the 2.0 megapixel Coolpix 2100 and 3.2 megapixel Coolpix 3100 still have room for a 1.5 inch monitor for instant review of results and a 3 x optical with an additional 4x digital zoom for landscapes vistas to intimate close-ups.

Small in size and weight, the cameras feature the latest generation of Nikon's optical design and image processing technology resulting in outstanding pictures of strong, vibrant colour and sharp detail. The resolution of the Coolpix 2100 model will produce prints of up to A4 and the Coolpix 3100 stretches this by a further 50% to B4.

Although one of the most respected names in professional photography, Nikon's new generation of cameras aren't difficult to use or complicated - a general purpose Auto mode makes taking a great picture just a matter of point-and-shoot under most conditions, with a built in flash and software to intelligently reduce the red-eye effect when people are caught staring at the camera. For special occasions the camera can be set to one of 14 preset Scene modes such as "Beach", "Party" and "Sunset" to capture the atmosphere of a unique event. Four of the modes offer a new on-screen Scene Assistance feature to help novices achieve a perfect picture composition.

The camera can take pictures one at a time or in a continuous sequence and can even shoot TV- sized movie clips. As would be expected from a specialist manufacturer, the focus distance ranges from infinity to as close as 4cm and darkroom effects such as old-fashioned black and white, sepia toning, sunlight sparkles and halos can be added to enhance the mood of any picture.

Also new to the Coolpix 3100 and Coolpix 2100 models is the possibility to automatically imprint a date-stamp on any picture. Transfer from the camera to computer is easy with the included Nikon View software which also enables photos to be organised, edited, e-mailed, printed in simple to select pre-set layouts and uploaded to Nikon's free on-line Fotosharing web-site.

The camera is supplied complete with rechargeable batteries and charger, memory card, USB cable and software.

Nikon Coolpix 3100 Feature Highlights

Great images, pocket-size design
The 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens, offering a focal range of 5.8-17.4mm (equivalent to 38-115mm in 35mm [135] format), and 3.2 million effective pixels combine to create sharp images. The COOLPIX 3100's compact, lightweight design enables go-anywhere portability.

14 Scene Modes and Scene Assistance function
The general-purpose Auto Mode and 14 Scene Modes offer users extraordinary flexibility and creative leeway. Just select the mode appropriate to the scene, and the COOLPIX 3100 will handle all the adjustments automatically. Four of the Scene Modes have a Scene Assistance function that optimizes picture composition through a fast, easy process.
There are four Movie Modes (without audio), including one that can record clips as large as 640 x 480 pixels and one that makes 320 x 240-pixel clips. Movies can be color, B/W or sepia, and can be as long as 40 seconds.

Versatile Image editing
The Photo trim function allows users to crop an unwanted portion of any picture while it's still in the camera. The Date Imprint function dates the photo right when it's taken. Image filters (B/W, sepia and halo) can be used to make pictures even more interesting.

Single-touch operation
Transfer images from the camera to a computer with a single touch of a button, and share pictures with family and friends faster using e-mail or a web site. Press the PLAY button once for hassle-free switching between viewing stored images and the active shooting mode.

Nikon View software
The supplied Nikon view software allows users to browse uploaded images in thumbnail format (for a comprehensive view) or in an enlarged format (for closer inspection). The software also allows users to adjust color balance, change the size of images for e-mailing or web posting, run a slide show of selected images, print images directly, and eliminate red eyes with the touch of a button.

Nikon Coolpix 3100 Major Features

* Depending on the country or area, the battery and charger may not be included, but will be available as an option.
** "Exif Print" is the industrial term for Exif 2.2, which is a newly established standard for Digital Still Camera Image File Format.

Nikon Coolpix 2100 Feature Highlights

Great images, pocket-size design
The 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens, offering a focal range of 4.7-14.1mm (equivalent to 36-108mm in 35mm [135] format), and 2.0 million effective pixels combine to create sharp images. The COOLPIX 2100's compact, lightweight design enables go-anywhere portability.

14 Scene Modes and Scene Assistance function
The general-purpose Auto Mode and 14 Scene Modes offer all users extraordinary flexibility and creative leeway. Just select the mode appropriate to the scene, and the COOLPIX 2100 will handle all the adjustments automatically. Four of the Scene Modes have a Scene Assistance function that optimizes picture composition through a fast, easy process. There are four Movie Modes (without audio), including one that can record clips as large as 640 x 480 pixels and one that makes 320 x 240-pixel clips. Movies can be color, B/W or sepia, and can be as long as 15 seconds.

Versatile Image editing
The Photo trim function allows users to crop an unwanted portion of any picture while it's still in the camera. The Date Imprint function dates the photo right when it's taken. Image filters (B/W, sepia and halo) can be used to make pictures even more interesting.

Single-touch operation
Transfer images from the camera to a computer with a single touch of a button, and share pictures with family and friends faster using e-mail or a web site. Press the PLAY button once for hassle-free switching between viewing stored images and the active shooting mode.

Nikon View software
The supplied Nikon view software allows users to browse uploaded images in thumbnail format (for a comprehensive view) or in an enlarged format (for closer inspection). The software also allows users to adjust color balance, change the size of images for e-mailing or web posting, run a slide show of selected images, print images directly and eliminate red eyes with the touch of a button.

Nikon Coolpix 2100 Major Features

* Depending on the country or area, the battery and charger may not be included, but will be available as an option.
** "Exif Print" is the industrial term for Exif 2.2, which is a newly established standard for Digital Still Camera Image File Format.

Nikon Coolpix 2100 and 3100 specifications

 

Nikon Coolpix 2100

Nikon Coolpix 3100
Sensor 1/3.2" CCD, 2.1 million pixels 1/2.7" CCD, 3.34 million pixels
Effective 2.0 million 3.2 million
Color Filter Array RGB RGB
Lens 36 - 108 mm equiv. F2.6 - F4.7 38 - 115 mm equiv. F2.8 - F4.9
Digital zoom Up to 4x
Image sizes • High (1600 x 1200)
• Normal (1600 x 1200)
• PC Screen (1024 x 768)
• TV Screen (640 x 480)
• High (2048 x 1536)
• Normal (2048 x 1536)
• Normal (1600 x 1200)
• PC Screen (1024 x 768)
• TV Screen (640 x 480)
Movie clips • 640 x 480, 15 fps, max 7 sec
• 320 x 240, 15 fps, max 15 sec
• 320 x 240 B&W, 15 fps
• 320 x 240 Sepia, 5 fps
(All without audio)
• 640 x 480, 15 fps, max 20 sec
• 320 x 240, 15 fps, max 40 sec
• 320 x 240 B&W, 15 fps
• 320 x 240 Sepia, 5 fps
(All without audio)
Shooting modes

• Auto
• Scene
• Manual
• Movie
• Portrait scene
• Landscape scene
• Sports scene
• Night scene

Scene modes • Portrait
• Party / Indoor
• Night Portrait
• Beach / Snow
• Landscape
• Sunset
• Night Landscape
• Museum
• Fireworks Show
• Close Up
• Copy
• Back Light
• Sports
• Dusk / Dawn
Manual features • White balance selection
• Capture mode
• Best Shot Selector
• Exposure compensation
• Image sharpening
Drive modes • Single
• Continuous
• Multi-Shot 16
Flash Built-In, 3.0 m range
Flash modes • Auto
• Flash cancel
• Red-Eye reduction
• Anytime flash (fill flash)
LCD monitor 1.5" 75,000 pixels 1.5" 110,000 pixels
Storage Compact Flash Type I
Supplied 8 MB Compact Flash card 16 MB Compact Flash card
Connectivity • USB 1.1
• Video output
Power • 2 x AA batteries
• Supplied NiMH and charger
Dimensions 88 x 65 x 38 mm (3.4 x 2.6 x 1.5 in)
Weight (no batts) 150 g (5.3 oz)
Supplied accs. Strap, CF card, USB cable, Video cable, Rechargeable Ni-MH Battery EN-MH1, Battery Charger MH-70, Nikon View CD-ROM

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