Ilse Jurriën : September 1st 2005 - 08:00 CET
Nikon Coolpix P2
Nikon Coolpix P2 introduction : Nikon introduces the Nikon Coolpix P2. The new Coolpix P2 corporate versatile Wi-Fi capability, excellent imaging performance and an array of advanced features that can even improve images in-camera. Providing versatility beyond any previous compact camera, the Nikon P2 camera adds the advantage of built-in Wi-Fi LAN support (IEEE802.11b/g) to realize new picture-taking potential that does away with the need for inconvenient wires and cables. In addition to USB connectivity that makes it easy to hook the P2 up to a computer or other peripherals, wireless transfer allows the photographer to send pictures from the memory card or the camera’s internal 16MB memory direct to a selected computer on command.|
Nikon P2 - Wireless shooting|
Wireless shooting automatically transfers each picture to a selected computer as soon as it is shot and can be viewed with Nikon’s powerful, yet fun-to-use and easy PictureProject software. And wireless printing delivers the convenience of cable-free direct printing to PictBridge-compatible printers. All of the aforementioned functions are easy to implement, too. Just set them up with the Wizard utility to enjoy easy wireless capabilities that add outstanding flexibility to the digital photography experience.
Coolpix P2 camera - 5.1 Megapixels and 3.5x Optical zoom
The Nikon Coolpix P2 also excels in terms of sheer image quality. Featuring the imaging performance of 5.1 effective Megapixels, it offers ample resolution for beautiful enlargements as well as offering plenty of leeway for creative cropping. The Nikon P2 digital camera features the further compositional freedom of 3.5x zoom capability too, incorporating a powerful 36-126mm Zoom-Nikkor lens (35mm equivalent) that enables users to zoom in for tight compositions or zoom out to capture impressive landscapes, for example.
Nikon P2 digital camera - Scene mode
A selection of 16 handy Scene Modes make it easy to take pleasing pictures in a wide range of common situations. All the user has to do is select the one best suited to the scene and the camera automatically selects the optimal settings for great-looking results. The Nikon Coolpix P2 offers a selection of new Advanced Scene Modes for 11 of the Scene Modes. Comprising three different effects (Normal, Effect 1, Effect 2), these Advanced Scene Modes enable users to produce pictures better suited to their personal tastes. What’s more, the Coolpix P2 camera offers even closer control still with an Aperture-priority Auto Mode that offers 10-step manual control over aperture settings in 1/3EV increments.
Nikon Coolpix P2 - In-camera correction and Portrait mode
With the Nikon P2 digital camera, images can also be corrected in-camera, thanks to the incorporation of three unique Nikon features. Available in Playback mode, the D-Lighting function has the power to improve images taken with excessive back light or insufficient flash, automatically creating a copy of the selected shot, but with enhanced detail and light applied exactly where necessary. The Portrait (Face AF) Mode has the ability to detect a human face in the frame achieving sharp focus for it when the subject is facing the camera from a typical portrait distance. The Nikon Coolpix P2 features the handy In-Camera Red-Eye Fix function too, which corrects for the unfortunate red-eye effect that can sometimes be caused by flash to produce more attractive portraits at night. In addition to these functions, the P2 camera also features a useful Blur Warning function that alerts users when a shot may have been compromised by camera shake, thereby allowing them to recompose and shoot again before leaving the location.
Nikon P 2 digital camera - Video and Action shooting
Taking photographic enjoyment beyond still shooting, the Coolpix P2 can also record high-quality movies at a smooth rate of up to 30fps. There are a total of seven movie modes to choose from, comprising six with the capability to record sound as well as a Time-lapse mode that enables the user to capture events occurring over an extended period of time. The Nikon Coolpix P2 is also highly responsive, offering swift start-up and continuous shooting at up to 2.3 frames per second respectively. What’s more, the P2 digital camera even speeds the search for recorded images with a new Date Search function that allows users to confirm images shot on specific days, make individual images for available for wireless transfer and even allocate print settings.
Nikon Coolpix P2 - Design and Availability
As for design, the Coolpix P2 instantly imparts a sense of high quality. The camera is compact (with a depth of approx. 39mm, 1.5 inches) and lightweight (approx. 170g, 6 oz.), making it comfortable to shoot with and easy to carry virtually anywhere. The P2 also features a newly designed grip for more confident shooting and the advantage of a large, bright and easy-to-view 2.5-inch LCD that makes camera operation easier, enables simple composition and makes it a cinch to play back and share images right after shooting. Rounding out the exciting new performance for this model is the complimentary PictureProject software provided. With the newly updated version, customers can import images via cable connection or wirelessly as they please. PictureProject also makes it easy to organize and edit images, create slide shows, make movie presentations with music and special effects, share images and do much more, putting additional performance at the customers’ fingertips and adding fun to their photography. The Nikon Coolpix P2 digital camera is scheduled for release in September 2005.
Nikon Technology - Wireless LAN support
Offering built-in Wireless LAN support (IEEE802.11b/g), the Coolpix P2 presents new potential in the field of compact digital photography and offer unprecedented photographic freedom. Supporting wireless transfer, the Nikon Coolpix P2 is able to transfer pictures from the memory card to a computer at the user’s command. Enabling wireless shooting, both cameras can transfer each individual picture to a computer literally as soon as it is shot. The P2 camera also offers wireless printing, (requires optional Wireless Printer Adapter), which combines the advantages of wireless transfer and PictBridge direct-printing technology to achieve simple printing of pictures without the inconvenience of cables.
Coolpix camera - Advanced Scenes and Aperture priority auto mode
Providing users with much closer control over the appearance of the final image, the Nikon Coolpix P2 offers a selection of Advanced Scene Modes in addition to their ample range of conventional Scene Modes. Giving a choice of three different effects (Normal, Effect 1, Effect 2), these Advanced Scene Modes can produce results that match personal preferences more closely. The Nikon Coolpix P2 comes with the advantage of Aperture-priority Auto Mode. Offering 10-step manual control in 1/3EV increments, it lets the user decide depth of field while the camera automatically ensures optimal exposure.
Nikon P2 - In-camera improvements
The Nikon P2 even features a range of functions that give users the ability to refine images in-camera. Nikon’s unique D-Lighting Function is available in Playback Mode for the correction of images with insufficient flash or excessive backlight. Just select the image you want to improve and D-Lighting creates a copy with automatically added detail and light wherever necessary. Portrait (Face AF) has the unique ability to detect human faces in the shot, providing sharp, appropriate focus, when the subject is facing the camera from a typical portrait distance. There’s also In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, which corrects for the unfortunate red-eye effect that can be caused by flash to make for more pleasing portraits in low light.
Coolpix P2 camera - High image quality
In addition to offering such an impressive array of capabilities that go beyond the norm, the Nikon Coolpix P2 delivers excellent imaging quality. Equipped with a 1/1.8-inch CCD featuring 5.1 Megapixels, it offers outstanding resolution that can stand up to significant enlargement. What’s more the P2 is also equipped with a powerful, high-quality 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens, which delivers 36-126mm (35mm equivalent) performance for broad compositional freedom.
Nikon Coolpix software - PictureProject
The Nikon Coolpix P2 comes bundled with a complimentary copy of Nikon’s PictureProject software. As well as offering accelerated speed, this latest version of PictureProject also offers support for the Wi-Fi functions of both cameras and includes a handy setup utility as well as intuitive control. It also offers intuitive controls over the various wireless image transfer options and features improved speed and an enhanced set of functions. Whether you are new to digital photography or a seasoned user, PictureProject fulfills your desire by complementing your picture-taking experience with in-computer activities that are fun, easy, and productive. PictureProject software is a convenient tool to help you Transfer, Organize, Edit, Design and Share your images.
Nikon Coolpix P2 digital camera features
• Dimensions of 91 x 60 x 39mm (3.6 x 2.4 x 1.5 in.) (W x H x D)
• Minimized weight of approximately 170g (6 oz.) (without battery and memory card)
• BSS (Best Shot Selector)
• Choice of Graphic User Interface (GUI)
• HELP button displays easy-to-understand explanations
• Menu available in a choice of 12 languages
• Advanced Scene Modes for 11 of the Scene Modes
• Rechargeable EN-EL8 lithium-ion battery
• Macro mode lets the user compose as close as 4cm from the subject
• e-VR (Electronic Vibration Reduction)
• Noise Reduction produces clearer images at shutter speeds slower than 1/4 second
• Time zone function lets users set the camera clock to local time
• All buttons are positioned on the camera back for easy, intuitive access
• 4x digital zoom provides further compositional freedom
• Single AF and Continuous AF are available for selection in Movie Mode
• Choice of White Balance: Auto with TTL control, 5-mode manual
• Playback options: Single, 4- and 9-segment thumbnail, Slideshow.