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Jan 5, 2004 For the one who likes to digitized your film or prints, Nikon updated their popular Coolscan series scanners with simultaneous introduction of three "high end" scanners at the same time. Coolscan V ED, Super Coolscan 5000 ED and the Super Coolscan 9000 ED. Loaded with features such as one-button-simple operations and Applied Science Fiction's Digital ICE4 advanced technology. high quality ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass for sharp clear images; boast 4,000 dpi and 14-bit A/D input conversion across the product line and faster processing speeds (USB 2 and Apple's Fire Wire - IEEE 1394) and an enhanced version of Nikon Scan 4. Super Coolscan 5000 ED is semi-professional model delivering 135 or IX240 film scanning at an amazing 20 seconds per image with a 16-bit A/D converter and 16-bit output channel; accessories including the redesigned Slide Feeder (SF-210) and Roll Film Adapter (SA-30) to accommodate a variety of slide mounts and uncut film. Super Coolscan 9000 ED is a pro-model that handles a broad range of film formats such as 35mm, 120/220, 16mm, 6 x 7, 6 x 9 film, electron microscope and more. outputs a true optical resolution of 4,000 dpi while 16-bit A/D conversion; Multi-sample scan capability of as many as 16 passes; employs a newly developed 3-line CCD sensor, which contributes to unmatched image quality, as well as fast scanning (35mm: 40 seconds; 6 x 9: 185 seconds) with an IEEE 1394 interface. Any of this models would make my Coolscan 1000 like a museum showcased piece.

Coolpix 3200, 2004Coolpix 2200, 2..4

Nikon Coolpix 2100, Coolpix 3200 Jan 8, 2004

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The first two new offerings from Nikon to expand its mass consumer digital compact camera market in 2004. Both were very compact and light but more importantly, they were also being priced very cheap. However, the image resolution was a compromise as the Nikon Coolpix 2200 only offers a so-so 2.0 effective megapixel (1600 x 1200 pixels) while the Nikon Coolpix 3200 incorporates a 3.2 effective megapixel CCD (2048x1536 pixels). Nikon Coolpix 2200 has a zoom range of 36-108mm while the Nikon Coolpix 3200 features a 38-115mm lens (both 35mm equivalents) and the easy to navigate & use Scene Modes and Scene Assist features were incorporated. Highlights include a 14.5MB of internal memory and compatibility with SD memory cards;AF assist illuminator; 15 Scene Modes; Panorama Assist Mode; Red-Eye reduction Macro shooting capability as close as 1.6 in.; * Three Movie Modes (with sound on the Coolpix 3200), including TV movie (640) at 15 fps, Small size (320) at 15fps, and Smaller size (160) at 15fps - recordable until SD memory card is full; USB interface; 5 Creative Color Options (standard color, Vivid color, Black-and-white, Sepia, and Cyan-type ); Blur Warning; Battery life of up to 320 shots; direct print capability ; In-camera editing tool and can display photos directly onto a television. Others worth mentioned features are: Best Shot Selector takes a series of shots, then automatically picks and records the clearest one, Blur Pictures Warning, Date counter recordings and LCD (1.6-in., 80,000-dot TFT). Both models share a lot of similarities in features, the main difference was the deliveries in their respective resolution.


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Nikon D70 Digital Still SLR camera. Jan 28, 2004
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Based on announcement of December, 2003. Spearheading the widespread popularity of digital imaging even further, the first Nikon interchangeable-lens digital SLR that broke the sub-USD1k retail price barrier was materialized. It was the 6th Nikon D-model after the D1, D1X, D1H, D2H and D100. With 6.1-effective megapixel DX Format CCD image sensor (Multi-CAM 900) that can deliver good resolution of 3,008 x 2,000-pixel images. IT is a good entry model IF you have not own a Nikon prior to this OR for those who has built a Nikon system based on autofocus system. It offers tremendous value by incorporating many advanced features and innovations with its new advanced Integrated Circuit (LSI) processor. The improved Dynamic Buffer technology permits the D70 to continuously take up to 144 pictures at a speed of three pictures per second (fps) when using JPEG NORMAL setting. Other improvements include a revised Digital Vari-Program mode, simultaneous compressed NEF (RAW) and JPEG writing capabilities, and i-TTL flash compatibility with sync speed of 1/500 second. One significant technical highlights was with each of its sensor's pixels incorporates individual micro-optics that precisely align the image from the camera's lens to optimize performance. This enable the compatibility between Nikon digital SLR models and the entire line of Nikon's AF Nikkor and DX Nikkor optics. The built-in speedlight adopts i-TTL flash control with monitor preflash using 1,005-pixel RGB sensor and synchronized speeds up to 1/500 second. Also can be used in Commander Mode to remotely control one group of multiple wireless SB-600, SB-800 or other compatible Nikon flash units. The LSI and its double-path bus also maximizes system performance for faster processing of compressed Nikon Electronic Format (NEF) RAW files using Nikon's file compression technology, fast dynamic memory buffer, fast simultaneous recording of JPEG and compressed NEF (RAW) files, and near-instant LCD image monitor display. The camera also inherited the DX format sensor and Nikon F-Mount. The F-Mount will allow photographers to not only use DX-series Nikkor lenses, but also maintain seamless compatibility with all AF Nikkor lenses but as with any newer film/digital Nikon SLRs - older Nikkor lenses were still confined to less practical in all aspects of applications. Further, flash was another weak area in its compatibility - even Nikon's own labeled SB-XXDX series speedlights suffered where in most cases, only non-TTL flash is offered..

Main improvements made to the camera from previous models are: improved signal to noise ratio and broader dynamic range; Accurate white balance achieved by Nikon's 3D Color Matrix Meter with 1,005-pixel; improved buffer memory that offers 3 frames per second to to 144 pictures; short shutter time lag;improved recording times for compressed NEF (Nikon Electronic Format) files and the inclusion of a simultaneous NEF + JPEG file save setting. 5-area AF system with predictive focus tracking and Lock-on; shutter speed with a range from 30 to 1/8,000 sec; flash sync shutter speeds up to 1/500 sec. 7 Automated Digital Vari-Program selections; 3 TTL exposure modes, including Nikon's acclaimed 3D Color Matrix Meter with 1,005-pixel RGB Sensor, variable Center-Weighted Meter and choice of Spot Meters; built-in iTTL automatic balanced Fill-Flash;Flash exposure compensation; Color Reproduction System offers a choice of three color modes; 25 Custom Settings;lithium-ion battery system delivers excellent capacity and long life to shoot up to approx. 2,000 pictures on a single charge and Versatile LCD playback options.

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Summary: You don't bike the creator anymore when they were trying to screeze every drop in their capacity to offer consumers a cheap entry into digital imaging. It could have been better (price and built quality) but it does some features powered by Nikon in order bringing the camera even for serious usage: I like the clean, no-frills controls, its good shutter speed range where a top 1/8000 sec as well as top sync speed offered, the easy-to-use auto exposure modes couldn't be better for new D-SLR owners, but the viewfinder magnification was still a disappointing issue for me in terms of operational ease and one just have to cultivate the habit of using the rear LCD to shoot pictures from now - one way or another, it defies the advantage of a TTL reflex-camera. Overall, It was a good beginning from Nikon again to bring us a modest price tag D-SLR and hope there are many better things to come in the future from now.

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Basic outfit Include a DX Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED lens for experienced and amateur photographers.

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As barely less than 13 months ago ( as at Jan.28.2005), Nikon announced its first DX Nikkor lens, and this digital-dedicated Wide-Telephoto offered advantage in a compact and lightweight package..Its popular 35mm-equivalent 27-105mm zoom range has enabled it as a standard zoom lens for Nikon D70 digital SLR camera Highlights include: Silent Wave motor (AF-S); Extra-Low Dispersion glass (ED) & and Internal Focusing (IF). Picture angle comparable to that of 35mm format lenses with a 1.5x factor. Since the introduction of the DX Nikkor lenses, the series has grown to include 4 of such lenses:

AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 IF-ED: 76 degrees - 22° 50' angle-of-view
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED: 79 degrees - 28
° 50' angle-of-view
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED: 99 degrees - 61
°s angle-of-view
AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED lens: 180
° angle-of-view


When used with a Nikon digital SLR camera and Nikon Capture(TM) software, images shot with the AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm lens can be transformed into ultra-wide angle rectilinear images with a choice of 100° and 130° horizontal angles of view.

Coolpix 8700, 2004
Nikon Coolpix 8700. Jan 28, 2004

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Prices between the Digital SLRs and Digital Compacts was quite far apart. A new category of a "pro-consumer" grade of camera was emerged to bridge the difference (It actually began with the Coolpix 5700 back in 2002 where the 8700 design was based on but it was less obvious with the price variations now as entry Digital SLR models were "beginning" to roll out one by one ..). However, this top-of-the-line, all metal (Magnesium-alloy) digital compact model by Nikon did embodied itself with a few things that can even make some eyebrows raised: - a first in a Nikon D-compact - 8.0-megapixel resolution ((total pixels: 8.31 million) and even a more amazing use of a 8X Z-ratio 8.9 - 71.2mm f/2.8-4.2 Zoom-Nikkor with ED lens elements (equivalent to 35mm-280mm in 35mm format), it was also the among the few Nikon Digital-Compacts that employed with a "serious Nikkor" lense instead of the usual "Nikon" optic (The equally impressive Coolpix 5700 of 2002 with the 35-280mm ED zoom has a "weaker" spec). The lense can focus from 50cm (19.7 in.) to infinity (i); 3cm (1.2 in.) to infinity (i) in Macro mode (middle zoom position). Macro shooting capability as close as 1.2-inches supported by Best Shot Selector (BSS) function. Great huh ?

The CCD produces image sizes of up to 3,264 x 2,448-pixels for prints larger than 20 x 30-inches (various image sizes: 8M (3,264 x 2,448), 3:2 (3,264 x 2,176), 5M (2,592 x 1,944), 3M (2,048 x 1,536), 2M (1,600 x 1,200), 1M (1,280 x 960), PC (1,024 x 768), TV (640 x 480).; supports PictBridg for direct printing; an ultrahigh resolution, 238,000 pixel electronic viewfinder (EVF) for direct through-the-lens viewing. In addition, Autofocus is handled by a 5-Area Multi Autofocus with AF-Assist Illuminator and metering was powered by Nikon's Matrix meter to deliver 256-segment Matrix Metering, Center-Weighted, Spot and Spot AF area metering for all its 4 exposure modes, 12 preset Scene Modes (AUTO, SCENE, Custom 1, Custom 2 (includes shooting menu for control of Continuous, Movie, Best-Shot Selector, Noise Reduction, Image Adjustment, Image Sharpening, Digital zoom and Self-timer)). Captured images in either RAW recording mode (Exif 2.2 file (uncompressed RAW [NEF] and TIFF-RGB or compressed JPEG); Coolpix accessories such as the 1.5x ED glass Teleconverter (TC-E15ED)(420mm), the 0.8x Wide Angle Adapter (WC-E80)(28mm) and the new Fisheye converter lens (FC-E9)(7mm) are usable to expand picture fun. Movie - TV movie (640 x 480 pixels; 30 fps) with audio, Small movie (320 x 240 pixels; 15 fps) with audio, or Sepia movie (320 x 240 pixels; 5 fps) with audio, or Time-lapse movie (640 x 480 pixels; 30 fps) without audio. Hot shoe for external Nikon SB-series Speedlights and accessories. The built-in Speedlight is an automatic pop-up; Shooting range: approx. 0.5 to 4.1m (1.6 to 13.5 ft.) (W), approx. 0.5 to 2.7m (1.6 to 8.9 ft.) (T); Flash control: Sensor flash system; Flash modes: 1) Auto Flash, 2) Flash Cancel, 3) Red-Eye Reduction, 4) Anytime Flash, 5) Night Portrait (Slow Sync Flash). Uses 1 x rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL1 (included), Battery Pack MB-E5700 (optional) with six 1.5V LR6 (AA-size alkaline), 1.5V FR lithium, 1.2V Ni-MH, or 1.2V NiCd batteries, one 2CR5 (DL245) lithium battery (optional), AC Adapter EH-53 (optional). Measures 113 x 78 x 105mm and weighs only approx. 480g.

As from the 4500 onwards, Nikon also started to employ a vari-angle LCD like the Canon. So, the large 1.8" vari-angle LCD panel at the rear couldn't be more easier to handle macro shooting and/or composing or reviewing pictures even in bright daylight. The comparable rivaling camera model was the Canon Pro 1 with its EF 28-200mm f/2.4~3.5L zoom lense and Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* powered Sony 828.The introduction of the Nikon Coolpix 8700 in 2004 spearheaded a new waves of series of high performance Nikon digital compact models later.

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Nikon SB-600 AF-TTL Speedlight, Jan 28, 2004
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The long awaited 2nd Nikon speedlight that is fully compatible for CLS (Creative Lighting System) control. As the more sophisticated Nikon SB-800 was too pricey and this cheaper alternative midrange SB-flash fits the market requirements, Featuring i-TTL and offers versatile Wireless Functions with SB-800/D70 and or other newer series of Nikon Digital SLRs. The flash ; delivers automatic balance Fill-Flash and advanced wireless lighting capabilities; seamlessly compatible with all new Nikon digital SLR camera's (esp. those which has a built-in speedlight (such as Nikon D-70) or the professional grade Nikon D2H digital SLR. Integrates with Nikon SB-800 Speedlight, both individually and in arrangements of multiple SB-600/800 speedlights; support for Nikon Advanced wireless TTL operation, and can function as a remote flash when controlled by the SB-800 Speedlight or applicable Nikon digital SLR camera's built-in speedlight set to Commander Mode. Additionally, the SB-600's Auto FP High Speed Sync Mode allows it to fire at shutter speeds as high as 1/8000 second when used with the D2H or equivalent professional digital SLR camera models. Other major features include Flash Value (EV) Lock, flash color information, wide area AF illuminator and built-in modeling flash. Highlights: FV-Lock: FV-Lock (Flash Value Lock); Auto FP High-Speed Sync Flash; Modeling Flash; Auto White Balance Adjustment using Flash Color Temperature Information; Manual Mode; Custom Settings & Wide Area Illuminators. Note: Along with the high end Nikon SB-800, this midrange Nikon flash MAY NOT provide full compatibility when used with Nikon Digital Still SLR cameras that are not CLS-enabled. See here for a brief illustrations/explanation- not entirely a popular decision...

ds5mcu1 camera, 2004
Feb. 4, 2004. Nikon announced Picture Project Picture Project will be shipped with all Nikon digital cameras, including both Coolpix compacts as well as Nikon digital SLR cameras as a key component to the digital photography process and a tremendous added value to consumers. It was a photo software designed & aimed at creating a simple, intuitive and seamless photographic experience for digital photographers of all skill levels. May 24, 2004 Nikon's DS-5Mc-U1 Digital Photomicrographic Camera System Enables Low Light Imagery Application Support

Coolpix 4100, 2004 Coolpix 4200, 2004

Nikon Coolpix 4100, Coolpix 4200 May 8, 2004

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Nikon Coolpix 4100, 4200 May 28, 2004

Basically, the Coolpix 4100 was just another upgrade of the Coolpix 2100 where most of the features remained the same EXCEPT the CCD now boosted to deliver a 4.0 effective megapixel (total pixels: 4.23 million) for higher image resolution (High (2288*), Normal (2288), Normal (1600), PC Screen (1024), TV Screen (640). It was a simple, affordable, user-friendly digital compact camera with features such as Scene Assist and Blur Warning, 5 Color Options, AF-assist illuminator, etc. The built-in Speedlight offers various shooting range: approx. 0.4-3.4m / 1.3-11.2 ft. (w), 0.4-2.0m / 1.3-6.6 ft. (t); Flash modes: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction by LED lamp, Anytime Flash, Flash Cancel (off), Slow sync etc. and display via multi-languages selection; with PictBridge, it can transfer capture images directly to compatible printers for sizes of up to 11x 17-inches. The lense used was a 3x Zoom-Nikkor; 5.8-17.4mm (35mm format equivalent to 35-105mm); f/2.8-4.9; 4x digital zoom with Macro shooting from as close as 4cm (1.6 inches) and continuous shooting at approximately 1.5 frames per second (fps). 14.5 MB of internal memory and compatibility with SD memory cards; 15 Scene Modes including four with Scene Assist; Three Movie Modes; powered by 2 Alkaline AA disposable batteries; Main attraction was its slim dimensions and a light weight (140g). Another good feature was the compatibility with widely available LR6/AA-size alkaline batteries.

On the other hand, the Coolpix 4200 has a slightly different design as well as internally, it was different with its various spec- even though it has also a same 4.0 effective megapixel CCD which is actually a D-SLR processor. Another main difference was the use of a ED/aspherical-glass 3x Zoom-Nikkor; 7.8-23.4mm (35mm format equivalent to 38-114mm); f/2.8-4.9; 7 elements in 6 groups (one ED lens and two aspherical lenses); Digital zoom: up to 4x and focus ranges from approx. 30cm (11.8 in.) to infinity (i); approx. 4cm (1.6 in.) to infinity (i) in Macro mode. Exposure metering were either Matrix metering, Center-Weighted metering, Spot metering; 15 Scene modes including four with Scene Assistance function (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait) The built-in Speedlight offers working range from: 0.3-4.5m/1-14.8 ft. (W), 0.3-3.5m/1-11.5 ft. (T); Flash modes: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction Auto (Advanced Red-Eye Reduction), Anytime Flash, Flash Cancel, and Slow sync. Other features: Supported multi-languages; continuous shooting at approx. 1.3fps; lightweight, attractive aluminum body which weighs only 155g.

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AF-S VR Nikkor 200mm F/2G IF-ED, May 28, 2004

Remember the original manual focus Nikon 200mm f/2.0s ED-IF lense back in 1977 ? After almost 25 years it was given a revival in an all new fashion AFS version with Vibration Reduction technology. Combines Fast f/2.0 Performance with the Precision of Super ED Glass and Innovative Vibration Reduction (VR); Compatibility with Teleconverter, Including a new converter-type, Nikon TC-17E II. Most fast speed (expensive) optic usually came with a matching Teleconverter - not so luck this time around. Next, for such a long time, this was the only truly high speed AF-Nikkor below 300mm category being introduced, for heaven-sake - why made it a G-spec specific Nikkor ? at least those affordables who have bought a Nikon camera between quarter of a century can also have a chance to share the thrills ....whatever it is, the Nikkor lens lineup began to go for serious expansion..

Jun 21, 2004. Nikon eventually provided a Firmware Upgrade for the 5.1 megapixel Coolpix 5400 full support of Nikon's NEF/RAW file format

Coolpix 4800, 2004  

Nikon Coolpix 4800, Sept. 16, 2004

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Whether like to hear it or don't, Digital Compact cameras is one of the main income providing factor for all camera manufacturers. The main reason attributed to this was its portability and sheer convenience it provides. The second half of 2004 saw Nikon suddenly turned aggressive by launching a series of very well-spec models.

The Coolpix 4800 & Coolpix 8400 were discussed at one group because their model names often can create confusion between the two. The Nikon Coolpix 4800 has a 8.3x optical ED-zoom with a 35mm equivalent range of 36-300mm (Zoom-Nikkor; 6.0-50mm (35mm format equivalent to 36-300mm); f/2.7-4.4; 4x digital zoom) where the lense only requires 1.3-second to zoom across the entire focal range but the MACRO mode provide an impressive working range down to as close as 1cm (0.4 inches). However, its CCD was only a 4.0 megapixel where I thought 5.1 megapixel should be a better choice (total pixels: 4.24 million) and capables of delivering images resolution of High (2288*), Normal (2288), Normal (1600), PC screen (1024), TV Screen (640). where it has a13.5MB of internal memory ready for anytime shooting. The choice of a lower resolution was mainly making the camera more affordable than the equivalent of the Coolpix 8400 and the flaagship Coolpix 8800 models.. It offers 15 Scene Modes with four come with Scene Assist feature as well as the Best Shot Selector (BSS) and Auto-Exposure BSS (AE-BSS) functions, where BSS selects sharpest image among up to 10 images, while AE-BSS chooses 1 out of 5 shots with the best relative exposure. Cntinuous shooting captures up to 8 images at up to 1.5fps was possible where Multi-shot function combines 16 shots in a single image.The EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) adds compositional accuracy with a 97% field of view with rear 1.8-inch LCD. The camera also offers direct printing capability using PictBridge technology. Built-in speedlight provides shooting range: approx. 0.4-4.3m/1.4-14.1 ft. (W), approx. 1.0-2.6m/3.3-8.6 ft. (T); Flash modes: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Flash Cancel (off), Anytime Flash (fill flash) and Slow Sync. It weighs heavier than earlier 4xxxx-series models, at 255g. Good value in terms of features and functions except for the short fall of another megapixel.

Nikon Coolpix 8400, Sept. 16, 2004
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The next model, Nikon Coolpix 8400 has a more distinctive look & feel of a D-SLR type handgrip and shutter release control. It features the widest-angle of coverage of any digital camera available as at 2004, offering photographers who prefered wide-angle photography.

Coolpix 8400, 2004

 

Neither its deliveries of image resolution disappointing, as it was supplied with a 8.0 effective megapixel ( (total pixels: 8.31 million)) performance and a versatile ultra-wide 3.5x 6.1-21.6mm f/2.6-4.9 (24-85mm - 35mm equivalent ED zoom with optical composition of 10 elements in 7 groups; two glass molded ED lens elements included; 4x digital zoom) .


An optional wide-angle converter takes the camera even wider to a more amazing 18mm of picture coverage. Together, Nikon also improved its AF speed and accuracy and offering 15 Scene shooting modes 15 Scene Modes (including Panorama Assist). Macro shooting can go down to as close as 1.2 inches (shooting range:- 50cm (19.7 in.) to infinity (i); 3cm (1.2 in.) to infinity (i) (W), 20cm (7.9 in.) to infinity (i) (T) in macro and manual focus modes). Continuous shooting enables 5 images to be taken at 2.3 fps at even its full 8-megapixel resolution + Multi-Shots function allows 16 consecutive shots to be taken in quick succession. The Coolpix 8400, like the Coolpix 8800, features a "last 5-shot buffer" that allows users to hold down the shutter release and let go when the action stops. File formats: RAW (NEF) and TIFF-RGB (uncompressed), JPEG-baseline-compliant (1:2, 1:4, 1:8, 1:16) (compressed), QuickTime (movies), WAV (sound files) The body construction uses a durable magnesium-alloy which is a rare treat. It has a built-in speedlight which offers working range: approx. 0.56.0m (1.819.8 ft.) (W), approx. 0.5-3.0m (1.8-9.1 ft.) (T); Flash modes: 1) Auto Flash, 2) Flash Cancel, 3) Red-eye Reduction (Advanced Red-eye Reduction), 4) Anytime Flash, 5) Night Portrait (Slow Sync Flash), 6) Rear Curtain Sync; Sync method: Standard i-TTL flash) but the Coolpix 8400 was the first of the popular COOLPIX range to offer TTL flash capability when used with the top of the line Nikon SB-800 or the midrange NIkon SB-600 AF-TTL Speedlights - which partly explains this is not an entirely amateur model (It is also compatible with a range of other Nikon optional Speedlights and converter lenses, including the new TC-E3PF converter lens which uses Phase Fresnel lens technology). It measure merely approx. 113 x 82 x 75mm but weighs much heavier due to use of metal construction, at 400g. Power source include: 1 x Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL7 (included), Battery Pack MB-CP10 (optional) with six 1.5V LR6 (AA-size alkaline) batteries*, AC Adapter EH-54 (optional) *1.5V FR Lithium, 1.2V NiMH, or 1.2V NiCd batteries can also be used. Personally, I quite like this model, except for the rear LCD which is small than the Sony equivalent of DSC-V3 but the Nikon's vari-angle LCD beats it hand down in resolution deliveries(8.0 v 7.2) as well as picture shooting, compositon & reviewing.

Coolpix 8800, 2004
Nikon Coolpix 8800, Sep 16, 2004
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I'd really like this Nikon... Here is the world's first 8-megapixel with an amazing 10X zoom ratio digital camera with Vibration Reduction (VR). There were some debatable points in arguing whether it should be a more practical 28-280mm or should the camera be sticking to outdoor/action-fun 35-350mm zoom range - something that reminds me with the Canon's early constant aperture EF 35-350mm f/3.5
L zoom lense. In a way, I thought the idea of providing a primary super-telephoto focal length while using an accessory to extend its wideangle capability is good but nothing compare to a built-in 28mm rather than a less practical 35mm for day to day usage. However, may be it was too much to ask for because it is a tremendous effort in realizing such a super-zoom digital compact. This flagship Coolpix 8800 is/was, currently the most powerful compact digital camera available for consumers as it boosts a high 8-megapixel resolution (as at 05.2005) matched to a high-powered 10x optical Zoom-Nikkor ED lens - thereby opens up plenty of shooting opportunities To complement this versatile and precise lens, Nikon has incorporated its Vibration Reduction (VR) System into the camera - a similar version of the system used in Nikkor professional SLR lenses to minimize possible image blur especially when the longer focal length is used. This offers photographers the ability to shoot at shutter speeds up to three stops slower without the risk of camera vibrations blurring the image and incorporating this feature, it offers tremendous value in applied consumer digital imaging. The benefits of VR feature supplied further evident when enhanced with a series of dedicated lens accessories that broaden the range of lens performance from Fisheye (7mm) to a 600mm telephoto, making it the ideal camera for serious photographers who consider the lens a critical factor in their regular shooting.

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The Coolpix 8800 also packed with all the most advance technologies you can relate to Nikon. One area that was given special attention is the transfer of Nikon superior flash technologies into this digital compact. It offers D-lighting option. In Playback, D-lighting compensates for an underexposed area of an image while maintaining the properly exposed area of the same image. The result resembles a "digital fill flash" and salvages dark silhouettes into well-balanced album-worthy memories. Another new feature, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, automatically corrects Red-Eye inside the camera in most instances when using the Red-Eye Reduction mode of the built-in flash.

Constructed with a compact, lightweight magnesium (Mg) alloy, the camera is well prepared to withstand the wear and tear that comes with frequent use. Besides, a high resolution (238,000 pixel) electronic viewfinder (EVF) offers more pleasure for through-the-lens viewing which was good, because weak design in the viewfinder section often make one to depend on the rear LCD. The Coolpix 8800 also incorporated a fairly large 1.8" vari-angle LCD panel - important is the all angled function which I used this feature frequently.. There are also 4 exposure modes (Programmed Auto [P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A] and Manual [M] & 15 preset Scene Modes readily for easy shooting. any shooting situation. The camera has the ability to capture images in RAW recording mode (NEF format) for maximum image control and supplemented by Nikon's new Capture 4.2 software. The camera also supports the newly adopted JPEG EXTRA file format, which offers higher image quality with less compression (compression rate: 1/2) in addition to its Basic, Normal, Fine, TIFF and NEF/RAW settings. The system accessories is an important component for serious photography. The Nikon Coolpix 8800 supports a complete series of affordable accessory lenses, which expand the camera's zoom range from 7mm-600mm, previously unimaginable in the consumer compact digital category. The Coolpix 8800 is compatible with Coolpix accessory lenses including the all new 1.7x ED glass Teleconverter (TC-E17ED) (600mm), the new 0.8x Wide Angle Adapter (WM-E80) (28mm) and the Fisheye converter lens (FC-E9) (7mm). That translates to a whopping 86x optical zoom capability ... a figure that is unparalleled throughout the photo industry. The Coolpix 8800's VR system even works with the accessory telephoto converter lens at 600mm. In addition, lighting enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the Coolpix 8800's accessory hot shoe now enables i-TTL flash operation using the Nikon SB-800 or SB-600, including complete control of the zoom head.

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A quick summary of the Nikon Coolpix 8800 Key features:
* 8.0 effective megapixel (3,264 x 2,448-pixels)
(total pixels: 8.31 million)
image sizes:
8M (3,264 x 2,448), 3:2 (3,264 x 2,176), 5M (2,592 x 1,944), 3M (2,048 x 1,536), 2M (1,600 x 1,200), 1M (1,280 x 960), PC (1,024 x 768), TV (640 x 480)
capacity:
RAW: 20, HI: 10, EXTRA: 30, FINE: 60, NORMAL: 125, BASIC: 240 (With 256MB CF Card, image size 3,264 x 2,448)
* 10x optical
8.9-89mm f/2.8-5.2 Zoom-Nikkor ED lens with a zoom ratio of 35-350 mm (35mm format)
Optical construction: -16 elements in 10 groups; two glass molded ED lens elements (4x digital zoom)
* Vibration Reduction (VR) system shoots up to 3 stops slower

* 238,000-pixel high resolution through-the-lens EVF (Electronic Viewfinder), enhances user experience with backlight LED illumination
* Programmed Auto [P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A] and Manual [M] exposure control modes
* RAW data image mode - NEF * Fast, accurate Nine-Area Multi Autofocus
* Macro shooting capability as close as 1.2-inches supported by Best Shot Selector (BSS) function and VR function
Shooting Range: -50cm (19.7 in.) to infinity (i) (W)/1m (39.4 in.) to infinity (i) (T); 3cm (1.2 in.) to infinity (i) (W) in macro and manual focus modes
* AE-BSS (Auto Exposure-BSS) for automatic selection of the best relative exposure - highlight, shadow or histogram
* Quick response -- instant startup, reduced shutter release time lag and fast image processing
* 15 preset Scene Modes, including the new Panorama Assist Mode
* Continuous shooting of up to 5 full-size images at 2.3 frames per second (fps)
* Nikon's exclusive 256-segment Matrix Metering, complemented by Center-Weighted, Spot and Spot AF area metering
* Noise Reduction Mode for timed exposures slower than 1/4 of a second
* In-camera color control - Saturation control (5 steps and B&W)
* Movie - TV movie (640 x 480 pixels; 30 fps) with audio, Small movie (320 x 240 pixels; 15 fps) with audio, or Sepia movie (320 x 240 pixels; 5 fps) with audio, or Time-lapse movie (640 x 480 pixels; 30 fps) without audio
* Large vari-angle highly transmissible advanced TFT-LCD backlit monitor
* Powered by:
1 x Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL7 (included), Battery Pack MB-CP11 (optional) with six 1.5V LR6 (AA-size alkaline) batteries*, AC Adapter EH-54 (optional)

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*1.5V FR Lithium or 1.2V Ni-MH can also be used.
Measures:
116 x 85 x 121mm & weighs approx. 600g.Built-in Speedlight Shooting range: approx. 0.5 to 6.0m (1.6 to 19.8 ft.) (W), approx. 1.0 to 3.0m (3.3 to 9.1 ft.) (T); Flash modes: 1) Auto Flash, 2) Flash Cancel, 3) Red-Eye Reduction (In-Camera Red-Eye Fix), 4) Anytime Flash, 5) Night Portrait (Slow Sync Flash), 6) Rear Curtain Sync; Sync method: Standard i-TTL flash

Standard accessories include: Picture Project image management software, USB cable, video cable, neck strap, the new EN-EL7 rechargeable battery and quick charger. It is not cheap, came with a suggested retailed price of approx. $999.95 - almost the price of an entry level Nikon Digital SLR body (no lense) -

So - HOW ?
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Useful downloads: PDF instruction Manual (852k) for COOL Light Flash Unit SL-1 | PDF instruction Manual (261k) for FC-E8 FISH EYE CONVERTER (183 DEGREES VIEW ANGLE / 0.21X | PDF instruction Manual (572k) for WC-E68 Wideangle Converter | PDF instruction Manual (257k) for WC-E63 Wideangle Converter | PDF instruction Manual (256k) for WC-E24 Wideangle Converter | PDF instruction Manual (262k) for TC-E3ED 3 X TELEPHOTO CONVERTER | PDF instruction Manual (263k) for TC-E2 2 X TELEPHOTO CONVERTER | PDF instruction Manual (475k) for ES-E28 SLIDE COPYING ADAPTER | PDF instruction Manual (1.6MB) for MB-E5700 BATTERY PACK FOR COOLPIX 5700 | PDF instruction Manual (687k) for UR-E3 STEP DOWN RING LENS ADAPTER FOR COOLPIX 775 | PDF instruction Manual (175k) for MC-EU1 REMOTE CONTROL | PDF instruction Manual (345k) for SK-E900 BRACKET | AC/BATTERY CHARGER: - PDF Instruction Manual (351k) for MH-53 (2 HOURS CHARGER) FOR ENEL-1 | PDF User Manual (887k) for MH-53C (2 HOURS CAR CHARGER) FOR ENEL-1 | PDF User Manual (300k) for MH-60 (2 HOURS CHARGER) FOR ENEL-2 | PDF instruction Manual (469k) for MH-70 (2.5 HOURS CHARGER) FOR ENMH-1 | PDF instruction Manual (295k) for EH-53 | PDF instruction Manual (308k) for EH-60 | PDF instruction Manual (409k) for EH-61 | PDF User Manual (409k) for EH-21 (AC ADAPTOR/ENEL-1 CHARGER) | PDF User Manual (2.5MB) WC-CP1 Underwater camera housing

Courtesy of Nikon Singapore.

You may thiink the Coolpix 8800 was a earth mover in the consumer digital compact market but the most juicy event for Nikon was actually the sequential launching of not one - but TWO top-of-the-line professional class SLR cameras. One was a film-based 6th generation of the single-digit F, the Nikon F6 and another was the third digital Nikon D2X full flech profeesioanl class model. The series of simultaneous launching of these two flasg ship models + the two high end digital compacts made 2004 one of the most aggressive calender year for Nikon. If I can recalled, it was

More ... Later.

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The Eyes of Nikon:-
Rangefinder RF-Nikkor lenses:- Main Index Page | Nikon Auto Focus Nikkor lenses:- Main Index Page

Nikon Manual Focus Nikkor lenses:-
Fisheye-Nikkor Lenses - Circular | Full Frame | Ultrawides Lenses - 13mm15mm18mm20mm | Wideangle Lenses - 24mm28mm35mm |
Standard
Lenses -
45mm 50mm 58mm | Telephoto Lenses - 85mm105mm135mm180mm & 200mm |
Super-Telephoto
Lenses - 300mm 400mm 500mm 600mm 800mm 1200mm |

Special Application lenses:
Micro-Nikkor Lenses - 50mm~55mm -60mm 85mm -105mm 200mm Micro-Zoom 70-180mm
Perspective Control (PC) - 28mm 35mm PC-Micro 85mm
Dedicated Lenses for Nikon F3AF: AF 80mm f/2.8 | AF 200mm f/3.5 EDIF
Depth of Field Control (DC): 105mm 135mm
Medical Nikkor: 120mm 200mm
Reflex-Nikkor Lenses - 500mm 1000mm 2000mm
Others: Noct Nikkor | OP-Nikkor | UV Nikkor 55mm 105mm | Focusing Units | Bellows-Nikkor 105mm 135mm
Nikon Series E Lenses: 28mm35mm50mm100mm135mm | E-Series Zoom lenses: 36~72mm75~150mm70~210mm

MF Zoom-Nikkor Lenses: 25~50mm | 28~45mm | 28~50mm | 28~85mm | 35~70mm | 36~72mm E | 35~85mm | 35~105mm | 35~135mm |
35~200mm | 43~86mm | 50~135mm | 50~300mm | 70~210mm E | 75~150mm E | 80~200mm | 85~250mm |
100~300mm | 180~600mm | 200~400mm | 200~600mm | 360~1200mm | 1200~1700mm

Tele-Converters: TC-1 | TC-2 | TC-200 | TC-201 | TC-300 | TC-301 | TC-14 | TC-14A | TC-14B | TC-14C | TC-14E | TC-16 | TC-16A | TC-20E

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Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number:
http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-153.html by: my friend, Rick Oleson
http://www.zi.ku.dk/personal/lhhansen/photo/fmount.htm by: Hansen, Lars Holst
http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/nikonfmount/lens2.htm
http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/serialno.html

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