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Nikon Coolpix S700

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

The second metal bodied compact Nikon with an image stabilized lens is the S700. Get ready to be a little bit afraid because this camera packs twelve megapixels behind its three times optical zoom lens (F2.8 - F5.4). Naturally like all the cameras today the S700 gets 'EXPEED', lets hope it has an effective noise reduction algorithm. The S700 will cost £279.99 and will be available from 'Autumn 2007'.

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Press release (UK):

Nikon is pleased to announce the COOLPIX S700

Nikon is pleased to announce the introduction of the COOLPIX S700. Blending elegant design and quality construction with advanced features and high performance, the COOLPIX S700 is as satisfying to carry as it is to shoot beautiful images. 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 S700 is built to realise optimum performance and maximum image quality.

The COOLPIX S700 delivers photographic performance that exceeds expectations of the smallest body among competing compact digital cameras*. Imaging power begins with a full 12.1 effective megapixels of sharp resolution from the new 1/1.72-inch CCD image sensor and precision optics of a 3x Zoom-NIKKOR lens. Completing the set is a new digital image processing engine that not only delivers the high performance to reproduce these high-resolution images with clarity and true-to-life colour, but also to realise delightfully fast camera response.

The stylish contours and fine finish of the aluminum body reflects a true high performance camera. The COOLPIX S700 powers up within 0.9 seconds and its practically imperceptible shutter release time lag is 0.005 seconds or less.

Quality operation and controls receive as much attention. The 2.7-inch LCD monitor offers a bright and large image, even when out in the sun. The surrounding large control buttons and the user-friendly rotary multi selector are carefully positioned to provide intuitive operation.
*Among competing models with 10 effective megapixels or higher as of August 30, 2007 (according to research conducted by NIKON CORPORATION).

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

RRP: £279.99
Sales start date: Autumn 2007

Nikon COOLPIX S700 Feature Highlights

VR image stabilization for crisper results
Image sensor shift VR (Vibration Reduction) lets the COOLPIX S700 detect camera movement, make precise automatic adjustments to compensate by moving the image sensor, and thereby help overcome the effects of camera shake and produce satisfyingly sharp images, while also contributing to a reassuring shooting experience.

ISO 3200 capability
Light sensitivity can be manually set as high as ISO 3200*. In High-Sensitivity mode, ISO control automatically selects the optimal sensitivity setting for the shot across a range up to ISO 1600.

Large 2.7-inch LCD monitor for quality viewing and menu operation
Almost defying the compact body proportions of the COOLPIX S700 is a high quality 2.7-inch LCD monitor. Features include 230,000 dots of high resolution, a wide viewing angle of 160 degrees, anti-reflection coating for better display in bright situations, and a new acrylic panel that prevents scratches and fingerprints.

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

Nikon COOLPIX S700 Other Features

  • Three Unique Nikon Image Innovations
    • Face-priority AF with improved speed and efficiency
    • In-Camera Red-Eye Fix
    • D-Lighting
  • Light weight with highly compact dimensions
  • Macro shooting from as close as 6 cm (2.4 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
  • USB connectivity for swift data transfer to computers and other peripherals
  • PictBridge and ImageLink compatibility
  • Distortion control

Nikon COOLPIX S700 specifications

Sensor

• 1/1.72"-type Interline CCD
• 12.43 million pixels total
• 12.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes

• 4000 x 3000
• 3968 x 2232 (16:9)
• 3264 x 2448
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480

Movie clips

• 640 x 480 30fps
• 320 x 240 15/30fps
• 160 x 120 15fps
• 640 x 480 30fps (TV lapse movie)

File formats • JPEG EXIF 2.2
• Motion JPEG (AVI) WAV audio (monaural)
Lens

• 7.9-23.7mm (37-111mm equiv.)
• 3x zoom
• f/2.8-5.4 maximum aperture

Optical image stabilization Yes (Lens-shift)
Conversion lenses No
Digital zoom Up to 4x
Focus Contrast-detect TTL AF
Focus modes • Single AF
• Continuous AF
• Face-priority AF
AF area modes • Face priority AUTO
• Auto (9 spot)
• Centre
• Manual (99 area)
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance • Standard: 50cm - infinity (19.7 in - infinity)
• Macro: 6cm - infinity (2.4 in - infinity) (tele)
Metering • 256-segment matrix metering
• Matrix-pattern, Spot, Center-weighted (digital zoom)
ISO sensitivity • Auto (ISO 64-1600)
• ISO 64
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 2000
• ISO 3200*
*ISO 3200 is available only for image sizes of 5M(2592 x 1944) or smaller
Exposure compensation -2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV
Exposure bracketing No
Shutter speed 4-1/2000s
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
White balance • 5-mode manual (Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash)
• Auto, White bal. Preset
Self timer 10s, 3s
Continuous shooting Single, Continuous (approx.1.1fps), Multi-shot 16 (approx.1.4fps), Interval timer shooting (TBD)
Image parameters Standard, Vivid, Black-and-White, Sepia, Cool
Flash • Built-in
• Range: (W) 30cm - 4.8m (11.8 in - 15.7ft), (T) 30cm - 2.4m (11.8 in - 7.9ft)
• Auto, Red-eye reduction by pre-flash, Anytime flash, Flash cancel, Slow sync.
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor

• 2.7" TFT LCD with Anti-reflective coating
• 230,000 dots
• Approx 97% coverage (record mode)
• 5-step brightness adjustment

Connectivity

• USB 2.0 Full-Speed
• AV out (NTSC/PAL)

Print compliance • PictBridge
• DPOF
• ImageLink
Other features

• Time zone function
• D-Lighting
• In-camera Red-Eye Fix
• Distortion control

Storage • SD / SDHC card (optional)
• Approx 52MB internal memory
Power • EN-EL10 Li-ion rechargeable battery
• AC Adapter EH-62D (optional)
Weight (no batt) 130g (4.6 oz.)
Dimensions Approx. 89 x 54 x 23 mm (3.5 x 2.1 x 0.9 in.) excluding projections
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