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Nikon Coolpix P5100

By dpreview staff on Aug 30, 2007 at 04:02 GMT

Nikon today announced its new flagship compact digital camera - the COOLPIX P5100. This update from the P5000 uses a variant of Nikon's new EXPEED image processor along with a slightly larger 12.1 megapixel sensor. The lens is unchanged - 3.5x Zoom-NIKKOR optically-stabilized with Nikon's VR technology. However the sensor change has widened the field of view to 35-123mm equiv. The P5100 also has in-camera distortion correction which works in real time to correct the live preview as well as stored images.

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Press release (UK):

Nikon is pleased to announce the COOLPIX P5100

Nikon is pleased to announce the introduction of the COOLPIX P5100, the new flagship model in the Nikon COOLPIX lineup designed to satisfy photography enthusiasts. 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 P5100 is built to realise optimum performance and maximum image quality.

Class-leading imaging ability begins with a full 12.1 effective megapixels of sharp resolution and a new digital image processing engine that reproduce the finest details and subtlest tones with precision and clarity, even when taking advantage of sensitivity settings as high as ISO 3200*. It also includes the compositional freedom of the 3.5x Zoom-NIKKOR lens and compatibility with various converter lenses that further extend wide-angle and telephoto reach.

In addition to a variety of automated and scene modes, four advanced exposure modes offer both enthusiasts and more advanced photographers greater personal control over the camera. The Mode dial provides easy access to these modes, reflecting the COOLPIX P5100’s logical design that works to simplify and streamline operation for the photographer.

Optical lens shift VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilisation counteracts the effects of camera shake in lower light or when shooting unsteady subjects to help achieve sharper results. Active full time also stabilises images displayed on the 2.5-inch high-resolution LCD monitor with wide 170-degree viewing angle for easier framing and more reassured shooting.

The quality-crafted body is made of solid magnesium alloy (Mg), featuring a quality finish, a comfortable grip covered in grid-pattern rubber, as well as an optical viewfinder to aid composition, particularly in brightly lit conditions. The built-in accessory shoe adds support for Nikon Speedlights and advanced i-TTL flash control.

*ISO 3200 is available only for image sizes of 5M (2592 x 1944) or smaller.

Note: Specifications, design, product name, standard accessories, and release schedule may differ by country or area

RRP: £299.99
Sales start date: Autumn 2007

Nikon COOLPIX P5100 Feature Highlights

Superb image quality
Excellent imaging quality is a priority for the COOLPIX P5100, from the 12.1 effective megapixels of imaging power produced by its 1/1.72-inch RGB CCD and new digital image processing engine, to its powerful 3.5x Zoom-NIKKOR lens and optical lens shift VR.

Shooting modes that give the user greater control
Four exposure modes accessed via the Mode dial provide greater control over camera operation. Programmed Auto [P] mode automatically selects the optimal shutter and aperture settings. Shutter-priority Auto [S] lets the user select shutter speed, while the camera sets the optimal aperture. Aperture-priority Auto [A] offers 10-step manual control over the aperture setting to let the user decide depth of field, while the camera automatically adjusts the shutter speed. Manual [M] exposure mode provides full control over both the aperture and shutter speed settings.

Proven lens shift VR image stabilisation
Optical lens shift VR (Vibration Reduction) is field proven technology originally developed for interchangeable lenses used in Nikon SLR camera systems. The VR technology provides the ability to shoot at shutter speeds as much as three stops slower without blurring the image, as well as producing a smoother viewfinder image which aids composition. Nikon's exclusive VR system also yields sharper results when shooting in low light when using the 3.5x Zoom-NIKKOR lens, or when reaching farther with an optional telephoto converter lens.

ISO 3200 capability
Extended light sensitivity range up to ISO 3200* adds the power to shoot more effectively in lower lighting conditions, or to capture fast moving subjects with outstanding clarity. And the new image processing engine produces clear results, even when shooting with high ISO settings.

The convenience of system expandability
Optional system components further expand the photographic possibilities of the COOLPIX P5100. Nikon's 0.67x wide-angle converter (WC-E67) and 3.0x tele-converter (TC-E3ED) lenses are available to extend the range of the attached 3.5x Zoom-NIKKOR lens, while a built-in accessory shoe supports the use of Nikon’s advanced i-TTL flash control for external flashes, including the Speedlight SB-400, SB-600 and SB-800.

*ISO 3200 is available only for image sizes of 5M (2592 x 1944) or smaller.

Nikon COOLPIX P5100 Other Features

  • Three Unique Nikon Image Innovations
    • Face-priority AF with improved speed and efficiency
    • In-Camera Red-Eye Fix
    • D-Lighting
  • Optimise image for shooting monochrome photographs using a choice of 4 different filters for creative effects, (yellow, orange, red and green)
  • Continuous flash shooting helps capture the action by allowing a burst of consecutive flash shots without having to wait for the flash to recharge
  • 1:1 size format allows photos to be shot using 1:1 (square) perspective
  • Distortion control corrects for barrel distortion in images shot, and even displays the corrected image on the LCD in real time
  • Macro shooting from as close as 4 cm (1.6 in.)
  • 4x digital zoom extends compositional freedom
  • Improved menu interface, available in a choice of 23 languages
  • Time zone function for easy setting of multiple locations
  • SDHC card compatibility
  • Approx. 52 MB of internal memory
  • PictBridge support

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Key differences from P5000

  • 12.1 MP
  • EXPEED: Nikon's innovative digital image processing concept
  • New improved Face Detection system – hardware based (10 times faster, increased number of faces may be detected – up to 12 faces)
  • Continuous flash upto 3 frames @ 1.0 fps (new feature)
  • Cosmetic upgrade (mainly button and ring)
  • Improved Graphical User Interface
  • Software Suite CD-ROM
  • Other new functions
    • 1:1 size format - Images can be saved as 1:1 size format
    • Black border - Black border can be applied on taken images. Black border applied images can be saved with original images.

Nikon COOLPIX P5100 specifications

Sensor

• 1/1.72" Type CCD
• 12.43 million pixels total
• 12.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes

• 4000 x 3000
• 3264 x 2448
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 1280 x 960
• 1024×768
• 640 x 480
• 3984 x 2656 (3:2)
• 3968 x 2232 (16:9)
• 2992x 2992 (1:1)

Movie clips

• TV movie (640) at 30fps/15fps,
• Small size (320) at 15fps
• Smaller size (160) at 15fps
• Sepia (320) at 15fps
• Monochromatic (320) at 15fps
• Without sound: Time-lapse movie at 30fps

File formats • JPEG
• Motion JPEG(AVI) with sound
Lens • 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor (35-123mm equiv.)
• f/2.7-5.3
• 7 elements in 6 groups
Optical image stabilization Lens-shift VR
Conversion lenses Yes
Digital zoom Up to 4x
Focus Contrast-detect TTL AF
AF area modes • Auto (9-area automatic selection)
• Manual (99-area manual selection)
• Center
• Face-priority AF mode
AF assist lamp Yes (LED)
Focus distance • 30cm (1 ft.) to infinity (∞) [W], 70cm (2 ft. 4 in.) to infinity (∞) [T]
• Macro close-up mode: 4cm (1.6 in.) to infinity (∞) [W], 40cm (1 ft. 4 in.) to infinity (∞) [T]
Metering • Through-the-lens (TTL) metering
• 256-segment matrix
• Spot
• Center-weighted
• Spot AF area
ISO sensitivity • ISO 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, 3200 (ISO 3200 5MP or lower)
• Auto (ISO 64-800)
Exposure compensation -2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV
Exposure bracketing Yes
Shutter speed 1/2000 to 8 s
Aperture • Six-blade iris diaphragm
• 10 (in steps of 1/3 EV)
Modes

• Auto shooting mode
• Program (auto)
• Shutter Priority Auto
• Aperture Priority Auto
• Manual
• Movie mode
• Scene mode
• High-sensitivity shooting mode
• Anti-shake mode

Scene modes Face-priority AF, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait, Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close up, Museum, Fireworks show, Copy, Back Light, Panorama Assist, Voice recording
White balance • Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash
• Auto, White bal. Preset
White balance fine tune n/a
Self timer 10s, 3s
Continuous shooting Single, Continuous (approx.0.8fps ,image quality Normal, image size 10M), Interval timer shooting, Continuous flash
Image parameters Normal, Softer, Vivid, More vivid, Portrait, Custom, Black-and-white
Flash • Built-in
• Range: (W) 0.3 to 8.0m (1 ft. to 26 ft. 3 in.), (T) 0.3 to 4.0m (1 ft. to 13 ft. 1 in.)
• Flash Hot Shoe
• Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Anytime flash, Flash cancel, Slow sync., Rear-curtain sync.
Viewfinder • Real-image zoom viewfinder
• Approx 80% coverage
LCD monitor • 2.5-in wide viewing angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
• 230,000-dot
• Approx 97% coverage (record mode)
Connectivity

• USB
• AV out

Print compliance PictBridge
Other features

• Time zone function
• BSS (Best Shot Selector)
• D-Lighting
• In-camera Red-Eye Fix
• In-camera barrel-distortion fix (also available on live preview)
• Histogram display
• Voice memo
• Menus available in 23 languages
• Optional wide, tele converters
• Optional Speedlight flashguns

Storage • SD / SDHC card (optional)
• Approx 52MB internal memory
Power • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5 (supplied)
• AC Adapter EH-62A (optional)
Weight (no batt) Approx. 200 g (7.1 oz.) without battery and SD memory card
Dimensions Approx. 98 x 64.5 x 41 mm (3.9 x 2.5 x 1.6 in.) excluding projections
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