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Compact Flash compartment

The 775's Compact Flash compartment door is a slide out and flip open type, it fits fairly flush into the rear of the hand grip. Inside you'll find a Compact Flash Type I slot and an eject button which pushes the card out just far enough for the 'thumb lip' on the back of the card to be exposed. No major problems here.

Power and size constraints mean that the 775 doesn't support Type II cards (such as the IBM Microdrive). That said, the 775 has less of a storage requirement than its 3 megapixel 'bigger brother' the 995 and that the price of Type I cards is coming down all the time. The camera is supplied with a 8 MB card (good for just 13 shots at FINE quality).


Connections

On the right side of the camera (from the back) just beside the Compact Flash compartment you'll find the DC-IN connector for use with an optional AC adapter, it's marked as 6V, +ve middle pin. On the left side we find a 'one port does all' connector (something we've seen on other brand digital cameras, but never before on a Nikon). Two cables are supplied with the same D-shaped end, one for video out (ends in a yellow RCA jack) and one for USB connection.


Lens

The 775's tiny lens is completely different to that of the 880 (the last compact Coolpix) which had a much larger lens. This new lens has an automatic lens cover which flips closed over the last element just as the lens is fully retracted. It takes just under a second to extend (though power up takes much longer) and just over a second to retract.

The lens has a maximum aperture of F2.8 at full wide angle (38 mm equiv.) and a relatively slow F4.9 at full telephoto (115 mm equiv.).


Flash

The 775's flash unit is mounted above and to the left of the lens, it has a quoted range of 3 m (9.8 ft) at wide angle. The small lamp directly below it is for red-eye reduction / self timer indication.

In red-eye reduction mode the lamp lights for approximately 1.5 seconds before the flash fires which is supposed to help reduce the size of the subject's pupil.


Tripod mount / camera base

Relatively simple base design, tripod mount is made of plastic (this will make some cringe, but this camera isn't aimed at prosumers). The thing that bugs me more than its material is that it's located to close to the battery compartment, when mounted on a tripod it wouldn't be possible to open the battery compartment door.

Again, this may well be a non-issue for the target market.


Supplied In the Box

Supplied in the box is:

  • Nikon Coolpix 775 digital camera
  • 8MB Compact Flash card
  • EN-EL1 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
  • EU: MH-50 battery charger & power cable
  • US: MH-51 battery charger & AC adapter
  • USB cable
  • Video-out cable
  • Wrist strap
  • Manual (excellent quality)
  • CD-ROM - Nikon View 4, Canto Cumulus 5.0 Trial, iView Media Pro (Macintosh), ArcSoft; PhotoImpression 2000, VideoImpression 1.5, PhotoPrinter Pron 2000, PhotoStudio 2000, Panorama Maker 2000


Optional Accessories

Optional accessories include:

  • EH-21 AC Adapter / charger
  • CS-E775 soft case
  • Compact Flash / Accessories: EC-CF 64 MB, EC-CF 96 MB, EC-AD1 PC-Card adapter
  • UR-E3 lens adapter (allows use of WC-E24, WC-E63, TC-E2 lenses)
  • Lenses: WC-E24 Wide angle (x0.66), WC-E63 Wide angle (x0.63), TC-E2 Tele converter (x2.0)
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