Pre-PMA 2008:Nikon has today announced two new models in its 'L' series of entry level digital compact cameras. There aren't any earth-shattering innovations to be found on the spec-sheet; the L16 combines a 3x Nikkor zoom lens with a 7.1 MP sensor while the L18 has a slightly higher resolution of 8 MP. The L18 is available in a range of colors while the L16 is available in black or gray only.

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Combining simple operation and high performance for outstanding photographs

Tokyo, January 29, 2008 — Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the COOLPIX L16 and L18, quality compact digital cameras that combine high performance with operating ease. The COOLPIX L18 and L16 offer simple operation for beautiful photographs and are equipped with Nikon’s innovative EXPEED digital image processing concept and a NIKKOR lens.

Intuitive operation ensures error-free command over the performance features of the COOLPIX L18 and L16. Dedicated buttons on the top of the body make it easy to switch between shooting and playback modes. The large 3.0-inch (L18) and 2.8-inch (L16) LCD monitors offer a bright image that is a pleasure to view, even outdoors. And the body itself assures a solid grip with a balance of flowing surfaces contrasted by sharp edge lines.

The COOLPIX L18 and L16 make full use of their respective 8.0 and 7.1 effective megapixels of imaging power to capture true-to-life color and leaves plenty of freedom to crop or produce enlargements. And the precision optics of a 3x Zoom-NIKKOR lens covers a practical range from 35-105mm (35mm format equivalent) to ably capture everything from group shots to close-up portraits. Extended light sensitivity as high as ISO 1600 prevents blurred shots in lower light, or when capturing fast-moving subjects.

The COOLPIX L18 and L16 feature Easy auto mode where users can turn on the camera and shoot without worrying about any settings. Automatically enabled D-Lighting and Anti-shake AE compensate for lighting and camera movement, enabling users to shoot great pictures without difficult operation. The COOLPIX L18 will be available in Silver, Matte Black, Blue and Red, while the COOLPIX L16 will be available in Silver and Matte Black*.

* Color availability may vary according to region.

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

Nikon COOLPIX L18/L16 Feature Highlights

Easy auto mode and scene modes for carefree shooting
Easy auto mode makes it easier to turn on the camera and shoot without worrying about settings. Easy access to 14 different scene modes and three movie modes also ensures shooting that is tuned to give the best results to match the moment.

Anti-shake AE for great pictures at great ease
Effortlessly take better pictures with the COOLPIX L18 and L16 with new Anti-shake AE. It detects subject movement and camera shake, and automatically overcomes blur by adjusting to high shutter speeds and higher ISO sensitivity.

Three Unique Nikon Image Innovations
The COOLPIX L18 and L16 feature a selection of three innovative functions that provide the ability to actually improve the quality of images within the camera. Face-priority AF* automatically finds, then focuses on people’s faces for crisp, clear results time after time. In-Camera Red-Eye Fix automatically compensates to help eradicate traces of the annoying red-eye effect that can sometimes be encountered during flash photography. And D-Lighting can be applied to improve underexposed images or shots taken with too much backlight. D-Lighting automatically creates a copy of the image with detail added where necessary, but with well-exposed areas left completely untouched.

*Face recognition capability may be limited in some shooting conditions.

ISO 1600 capability for better pictures in lower light
Making it easier to take great-looking pictures in lower lighting conditions, or to capture fast-moving subjects with outstanding clarity, the COOLPIX L18 and L16 accurately measure available light to automatically select the optimal sensitivity setting for the shot between the range of ISO 64 to as high as ISO 1600.

Nikon COOLPIX L18/L16 Other Features

  • Light weight with highly compact dimensions
  • Face Zoom-in zooms right in on the subject’s face at playback
  • Macro shooting from as close as 15 cm (5.9 in.)
  • 4x digital zoom extends compositional freedom
  • Time zone function for easy setting of multiple locations
  • Approx. 21 MB of internal memory
  • USB connectivity
  • PictBridge support

Nikon Coolpix L16 / L18 specifications


• 1/2.5-in. CCD
• 7.41 million total pixels
• 7.1 million effective pixels

• 1/2.5-in. CCD
• 8.29 million total pixels
• 8.0 million effective pixels
Image sizes • 3072 x 2304
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
• 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
• 3264 x 2448
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
• 1920 x 1080 (16:9)

• 3x Zoom-NIKKOR
• 5.7-17.1mm (35mm equiv: 35-105mm
• f/2.8-4.7
• 5 elements in 5 groups

Image stabilization No
Conversion lenses No
Digital zoom Yes, up to 4x
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance • Normal: 50cm to infinity
• Macro close-up mode: 15cm to infinity
ISO sensitivity Auto (auto gain ISO 64-1600)
Aperture f/2.8-4.7
Viewfinder n/a
LCD monitor • 2.8-in TFT LCD
• approx. 230k-dot
• 3.0-in TFT LCD
• approx. 230k-dot
Connectivity • Hi-Speed USB
Other features

• Face Zoom-in zooms right in on the subject’s face at playback
• Time zone function for easy setting of multiple locations

Storage • Approximately 21 MB built-in memory
• SD Memory Card
Power • Two AA alkaline (supplied), lithium or oxyride batteries
• Two EN-MH1 rechargeable Ni-MH batteries (optional)
• AC adapter EH-65A (optional)
Weight (no batt) 125 g (4.4 oz.)
Dimensions Approx. 95 x 61 x 29.5 mm (3.7 x 2.4 x 1.2 in.)

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