Ilse Jurriën : February 21th 2006 - 07:00 CET
Nikon Coolpix L4
Nikon Coolpix L4 : Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the Nikon Coolpix L4 entry-level digital compact camera. The new Nikon Coolpix L4 digital camera combines an array of high-quality components including a 3x Zoom-Nikkor lens and a bright 2.0 inch LCD screen with in-camera image-improvement features, housed in lightweight, compact yet elegantly finished bodies. The Nikon L4 camera boasts a powerful 3x Zoom-Nikkor lens with a focal range equivalent to that of a 38-114mm (35mm equivalent), providing the freedom to zoom in for tight personal portraits, or out to capture expansive outdoor scenes. The Nikon Coolpix L4 digital camera is scheduled for release in February 2006.|
Nikon L4 - 4 Megapixel sensor|
The CCD delivers higher performance within tighter dimensions, greatly adding to the cameras' compact form and portability while offering generous effective Megapixel value of 4.0 for the Nikon Coolpix L4 ensuring the refined image clarity that users have come to expect from other members of the Coolpix family. The Nikon L4 camera also features a bright, easy-to-view 2.0 inch LCD that's now even easier to operate with new icons and function selections as well as a new colour scheme that is easier on the eye.
Nikon Coolpix L4 camera - Dimensions and Body
The specific design aspects of the Nikon Coolpix L4 makes it streamlined and comfortable to hold, with a smooth, elegant finish that suggests a much higher level of sophistication. The curved grip contributes both to the cameras' design elegance and their shooting stability. The strikingly compact dimensions and light camera weight makes the Nikon Coolpix L4 ideal for taking anywhere the user may go, reinforced by the convenience of AA-size battery compatibility. One of the most widely available battery sizes in the world, in alkaline, lithium, rechargeable or other forms, AA compatibility allows near-ubiquitous use anywhere in the world.
Nikon Coolpix L4 digital camera - Red eye reduction
In common with the entire current Coolpix digital camera range, this latest addition features a number of Nikon inspired capabilities that give the user the power to automatically improve recorded images in-camera. Available in playback mode, for example, the D-Lighting function selects and creates a copy of images with excessive backlight or insufficient flash illumination, adding light and detail wherever needed while keeping other areas as they were. Nikon's Face-priority AF (Face-recognition capability may be limited in some shooting conditions) function automatically detects and focuses in on people's faces, regardless of where they are in the frame, ensuring superb crisp-focus portraits. The In-Camera Red-Eye Fix function analyses each image, automatically finding and then correcting the accidental red-eye that sometimes occurs in flash photography, for more natural-looking portraits.
Nikon L4 digital camera - Program and SD card
A choice of 15 different Scene modes, four with Scene assist, makes the challenge of achieving desired results in a wide range of everyday situations that much simpler. By choosing the Scene mode best suited to the subject at hand, the Nikon Coolpix L4 automatically selects the ideal settings for exactly the picture you had in mind, whether indoor party or outdoor nighttime fireworks display. Scene assist displays useful framing guides in the monitor, helping the user compose shots for optimal results. The Nikon L4 camera is compatible with widely available SD memory cards. The provision of 10MB of internal memory for the Nikon Coolpix L4 allows the user to keep shooting when no additional memory is available, as well as easily moving images from one SD card to another.
Nikon Coolpix digital camera - Video and PictBridge
The latest Coolpix digital camera also offers movie-shooting capability (without sound) in three sizes: TV movie size (640) for viewing on TV or computers; convenient Small size (320); and Smaller size (160) for extended recording or Internet usage. With the Nikon L4, ease of use and convenience are still priorities, even when the shooting is over. Printing is kept simple, with PictBridge capability enabling connection to a compatible printer without the need of a computer and USB connectivity eases data transfer to computers and other peripherals. Completing the picture is the complimentary PictureProject accessory software, which greatly simplifies the importing, editing and organizing of images, and even offers compatibility with a range of plug-ins that allows functions to be extended on demand.
Nikon Coolpix L4 - CCD image sensor
Utilizing space-efficient design parameters that help facilitate the compact size of the Nikon Coolpix L4, the 1/2.5-inch CCD adds the advantage of outstandingly high performance. Boasting effective pixel values of 4 million for the Nikon Coolpix L4, the CCD enables the capture of crisp-focus images that retain their high quality even when significantly enlarged.
Nikon L4 compact camera - Nikkor lens
The remarkably compact dimensions of the Nikon Coolpix L-line camera belies the incorporation of powerful 38-114mm Zoom-Nikkor lenses (35mm equivalent), ensuring the freedom of a 3x zoom. This precision lens allows zooming in for tightly composed portraits, or zooming way out for expansively wide views, providing greater compositional independence than the average digital camera. Macro mode allows shooting from as close as 4cm for the Nikon L4.
Nikon Coolpix L4 - Effects and Software
A range of unique Nikon functions enables the photographer to actually improve images in-camera. Available in playback mode, the D-Lighting function selects and creates a copy of images with excessive backlight or insufficient flash illumination, adding light and detail wherever needed while keeping other areas as they were. The Face-priority AF function automatically detects and then focuses in on people's faces, regardless of where they are in the frame, ensuring superb crisp-focus portraits. The In-Camera Red-Eye Fix function analyzes each image, automatically finding and then correcting any accidental red-eye, which sometimes occurs in flash photography, to produce more natural-looking portraits.
Nikon Coolpix L4 camera - Power
Despite its compact dimensions, the Nikon Coolpix L4 is compatible with AA-size batteries, one of the most widely available battery sizes in the world. The power to shoot approximately 250 shots for the Nikon Coolpix L4 when using alkaline batteries greatly augments its compact convenience.
Nikon Coolpix L4 digital camera features
• Unique combination of all-round quality, ease of operation, and elegant styling
• Compact dimensions of 86.5 x 60.5 x 34.5mm (3.4 x 2.4 x 1.4 in.)
• Light weight of approx. 115g (4.1 oz) (without battery and SD memory card)
• BSS (Best Shot Selector)
• Blur Warning informs user after shooting if an image is blurred
• Time zone function enables local time to be set
• Single AF and Continuous AF selectable in Movie mode
• Capture modes: Single and Multi-Shot 16
• Built-in flash: Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Off, Fill Flash and Slow sync.
• Noise reduction provides more attractive results in low-light conditions
• Digital zoom of up to 4x
• Choice of White Balance
• USB connectivity allows quick and easy data transfer
• Auto with TTL control
• Auto with TTL control
• 6-mode manual (Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash and White Balance Preset)