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Nikon CoolWalker MSV-01

Jan 28, 2004 at 06:02 GMT

Pre-PMA 2004: Nikon enter the mobile storage market with the new CoolWalker product line, starting with the MSV-01. The CoolWalker MSV-01 has a 2.5" TFT LCD monitor, rubberized body finish, a Compact Flash Type I/II slot (other media supported via CF adapters), 30 GB hard disk, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface, Audio/Video output plus supplied IR remote control, is powered by a Lithium Polymer battery and has PictBridge direct printing support. The CoolWalker MSV-01 measures 130 x 81 x 35 mm (5.1 x 3.2 x 1.4 in) and weighs just 350 g (12.3 oz). The CoolWalker supports JPEG, TIFF and NEF (Nikon RAW from digital cameras) as well as the playback of audio and video clips (Motion JPEG).

Press Release:

Nikon Introduces Mobile Storage Device for Digital Cameras:
The Nikon COOLWALKER

Amsterdam, Wednesday, January 28, 2004 (8:00 CET) - Nikon, a world leader in film and digital cameras, today announces the Nikon COOLWALKER MSV-01; a 30GB portable image storage device for the organisation of your digital images.

The Nikon COOLWALKER is a stylish and powerful storage device that offers an invaluable solution to the organisation of thousands of large resolution image files of all formats produced by today's high-resolution digital cameras.
Featuring a large 2.5 inch TFT monitor and easy to use Menu the COOLWALKER can guide anyone through the process of efficient image management on the move with practical PC less options to share and print your work later.

Compatible with all major image file formats (JPEG, TIFF) as well as NEF (Nikon Electronic Format) Raw files produced by Nikon Digital SLRs and certain COOLPIX digital cameras and a variety of popular storage media formats.

Transfer and Organise your digital images
The COOLWALKER has 30GB of storage capacity, translating to over 10.000 2MB* image files. *E.g. a typical 6Mp camera JPEG Fine. Images are transferred quickly via the Compact FlashTM 1 / II media slot to free up your camera media card to continue shooting in the field. Optional adaptors are available for SD, MMC, SM and MS media formats as well. Images are automatically stored by date, for searching later and folder creation is simple through the plain language Menu interface displayed on the large TFT monitor.

Browse, Save quickly and easily
The large 2.5 inch TFT monitor makes instant browsing of thumbnails in the field easy before or after transfer to the HD conserving camera battery power for shooting pictures rather than playing them back. Full image playback functions are offered such as Rotate, Zoom, Histogra,m and EXIF shooting data displayed. The large screen and Nikon's renowned ergonomic four way Multi selector style pad makes delete, move, copy, rename operations easy supported by a straightforward 5 language Menu. En, De, Fr, Es, Jp.

Share images with family and friends.
Once your output is organised into a extensive mobile photo album images are easy to share with family, friends or colleagues without the need of a PC. Just connect the Nikon COOLWALKER to a TV or projector (PAL/NTSC) using the included Remote Control to present a slide show playback of your folders of images from the comfort of your armchair or presentation desk.

Print direct (PictBridgeTM compatible)
The COOLWALKER also enables a PC-less solution for printing your pictures as well. Just plug the COOLWALKER directly to any PictBridge™ compatible printer
for PC free printing.

Long Life Battery
The COOLWALKER can operate for up to two hours thanks to the powerful rechargeable Lithium Polymer Nikon EN-EL6 battery and charger/AC adaptor included.

Freedom to go anywhere
The Nikon COOLWALKER is a complete solution for anyone who enjoys digital photography but risks getting lost in the organisation and archiving of their work. Internal shock absorbers protect the hard disk in the field and in the office, providing a safe secure location for your precious digital image archive for years to come.

Speaking about the COOLWALKER; Hans Gaarlandt, Marketing Executive Prosumer Film and Digital products said:

"Extensive research tells us that customers are rapidly embracing the benefits of digital photography, but losing their way when it comes to organising them for sharing later. Everyone wants to be taking pictures instead of filing and captioning them! But the most pleasure from you're your digital photography comes in sharing them quickly and easily, instead of browsing around folders on your PC screen".

He continued: "The Nikon COOLWALKER combines two major benefits for the digital camera user: it frees up your expensive CF card capacity, say, on holiday or business trip without the need for a PC, and once your home just take the COOLWALKER and a Video Out cable to connect your digital photo album with family, friends or colleagues using the simplest viewing medium of them all, television".

NIKON COOLWALKER MSV-01 MAJOR FEATURES

** The MSV-01 is compatible with CompactFlash and Microdrive cards and can also be made compatible with SD cards through combination with a CF adapter purchased from a third-party vendor.

Nikon CoolWalker MSV-01 Specifications

Storage • 30 GB Hard Disk (2.5 inch)
• 0.1 GB used for system
Media • Compact Flash Type I/II
• Microdrive supported
• Other media via CF adapter
Image display • 2.5" Color TFT LCD
• 117,600 pixels (490 x 240)
• Brightness adjustable
Menu languages • English
• French
• German
• Spanish
Playback data • Dsign rule for Camera File System (DCF) compliant rule: JPEG, TIFF, NEF (RAW)**
• QuickTime Motion JPEG, TIFF Wave Format Audio File (WAV)***
• Supports file formats recorded by Nikon cameras.
** Supports NEF files recorded by Nikon digital cameras; does not support NEF files created by Nikon scanners.
***Available only for audio files attached to images recorded by Nikon digital cameras. Audio video equipment with an appropriate input required playing audio.
Playback • Thumbnail
• One frame
• Zoom (JPEG still only) 2x, 4x, 8x
• Slideshow
• Movie
• Histogram display
• Shooting information display
• Search function available by date
Video output
(selectable)
• NTSC
• PAL
Interface • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• Mass storage device
• Direct connection to PictBridge compatible printers via USB
Connectivity • CF card slot (Type I/II)
• USB (mini)
• A/V output
• DC input
Remote control Infrared remote control
Power • Lithium Polymer battery EN-EL6 (2000 mAh)
• AC adapter (supplied)
Playback life Approx. 1.5 hours continuous with EN-EL6 battery
Dimensions 130 x 81 x 35 mm (5.1 x 3.2 x 1.4 in)
Weight (w/battery) 350 g (12.4 oz)
System req. Interface: Support for standard built-in USB ports (may not function via USB hub); OS: Windows XP Home Edition / Professional, 2000 Professional, ME, 98SE†, Mac OS 9.1-9.2, Mac OS X (Version 10.1.2 or later) pre-installed models.
† CD-ROM required for Windows 98SE to install the MSV-01 driver software.
Box contents USB cable, AV cable, Rechargeable battery EN-EL6 (installed), AC adapter, Remote control unit, Soft case, Software, CD-ROM, Instruction manual, Warranty