Pre-Photokina 2006: Next up is the first of Nikon's new L-series entry-level compacts, the 7.2 million pixel Coolpix L5. The L5 sports a 2.5-inch LCD, a 5x 38-190mm (35mm equiv) zoom lens, Lens shift VR and Nikon's Face Priority AF.

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Nikon’s COOLPIX L5: quality and functionality combined for professional results

Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Nikon Corporation is has unveiled the COOLPIX L5, the latest in their line-up of entry-level compact digital cameras, which offers extreme user-friendly operation without compromising quality of the end-product.

A generous 7.2 megapixels produces images with great picture clarity, which can be fully appreciated on the bright 2.5in LCD with backlight. The powerful, 38-190mm Zoom-Nikkor lens (35mm equivalent) ensures matchless compositional freedom, from zooming in for intimate personal portraits to zooming out for expansive outdoor scenes. Lens shift Vibration Reduction (VR) technology allows the user to make the most of 5x zooming. While the dimensions of the model are surprisingly compact, it is usefully compatible with the universally-available AA size batteries.

The COOLPIX L5 makes it simple to get great-looking results in challenging situations. Three unique in-camera Nikon image innovations adjust the image, detecting and correcting imperfections: Face Priority AF** automatically detects and achieves sharp focus on people’s faces wherever they are in the frame; In-Camera Red-Eye Fix automatically overcomes the red-eye effect sometimes caused by flash; and D-Lighting makes it possible to rescue underexposed images or shots taken with too much back-light.

In fact, the COOLPIX L5 makes it so easy to capture high-quality images in any situation that any amateur can create images that Rankin would be proud of. The user simply selects one of 15 different Scene modes which most resembles the subject at hand, and the camera will automatically adjust its settings to optimize on the current conditions.

COOLPIX L5, offers movier recording with sound in three modes – one standard, one large for TV, one small for the internet or extended recording.

Nikon further justify their reputation for user-friendliness with the PictBridge capability, which enables direct connection to compatible printers without the need for a computer. Complementary PictureProject software simplifies the importing, editing and organization of your images.

The COOLPIX L5 model is an excellent choice for the entry-level photographer, producing rewarding images from the first click.

Nikon Coolpix L5 specifications


• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 7.41 million pixels total
• 7.2 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 3072 x 2304
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 640 x 480 @ 30fps
• 320 x 240 @ 30fps
• 160 x 120 @ 30fps
• with sound
Lens • 38-190mm (35mm equiv)
• F2.9/5.0
• 5x zoom
Image stabilization Lens shift VR
Conversion lenses No
Digital zoom up to 4x
Focus Auto
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance • 50cm - infinity
• Macro: 4cm - infinity
Metering n/a
ISO sensitivity n/a
Exposure compensation n/a
Shuttter speed n/a
Aperture F2.9/5.0
Modes • Single
• Continuous
• Multi-shot 16 (approx 5fps)
• Auto
• 4 modes with Scene Assist
• 11 Scene modes
• BSS (Best Shot Selector)
Scene modes • Portrait
• Landscape
• Sports
• Night Portrait
• Party/indoor
• Beach/snow
• Sunset
• Dusk/dawn
• Night landscape
• Close up
• Museum
• Fireworks show
• Copy
• Panorama assist
White balance • Auto with TTL
• 7-mode manual (Direct Sunlight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Shade, Flash and White Bal. preset)
Self timer 10 sec
Continuous shooting approx 0.7fps
Image parameters Color options
Flash • Auto
• Auto with red-eye reduction
• Flash cancel
• Anytime flash
• Slow sync
• Range: 0.5-5.5m (wide) / 0.6 - 4.0m (tele)
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor • 2.5-inch
• 115,000 pixels
Connectivity • USB
AV out
Print compliance PictBridge
Storage • 8MB internal memory
• SD card compatible
Power • Rechargeable NiMH battery EN-MH1 or 2x AA
• Optional AC adapter
Weight (no batt) 170 g (6.0 oz)
Dimensions 97 x 61 x 45 mm (3.8 x 2.4 x 1.8 in)

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