Nikon Adds New CoolPix Projector Cam


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introduced Tuesday two point-and-shoot digital cameras in its CoolPix line, including a  second-generation model with an integrated Pico projector.

The CoolPix S5100 ($180 suggested retail) the S1100pj ($350 suggested retail) are part of the company's Style Series.

Models include Nikon's Expeed C2 image processing engine for sharper images and offer high-definition video with a dedicated video record button on the back of the camera.

Other CoolPix features include Scene Auto Selector/Easy Auto Mode, which automatically recognizes the shooting situation and adjusts camera settings, and a Smart Portrait System that incorporates a series of automatic functions including in‐camera red‐eye fix, improved face‐priority AF, face priority AE, smile mode, blink warning and skin softening.

Shipping in September, the S1100pj is Nikon's second camera to incorporate a mini video projector, this time offering a 40 percent increase in projected image brightness. The 14-megapixel camera with 14 Lumens of projector brightness adds a stand and touch screen interface for easier set-up and playback.

A computer connection feature allows the S1100pj to be connected to a computer via USB to project whatever is on the computer screen in addition to JPEG image files saved to the camera's memory card or internal memory.

Additional creative features include a built‐in slide show function that plays photos with music and one‐touch HD 720p movie recordings through the internal projector with a screen size of up to 47 inches from more than 7‐feet away.

In also features a 3-inch 460,000-dot touch LCD screen, and a new paint function enabling writing and drawing on projected images in real time.

Also included is a range of retouch functions from adding stamps for an entertaining effect to rating photos for easier searches.

The retouch menu includes soft, selective color, cross screen, fisheye effect, miniature effect and makeup effect.

Other features include a 5x wide‐angle optical zoom‐Nikkor glass lens (28‐140mm) and a five‐way VR image stabilization system with ISO settings up to 6,400, 17 scene modes, subject tracking, easy auto mode and Nikon's Smart Portrait System.

The S1100pj will be available in a choice of colors including black, violet, green and silver.

The affordable S5100 was designed for both speed and ease of use, and offers strong low-light performance.

Shipping in October in a choice of black, pink, purple and blue, the S5100 includes low-light shooting technologies including: image processing that results in less noise at high sensitivities, motion detection function, lens‐shift vibration reduction (VR) function and a new flash control system.

Other key features include: 12.2‐megapixel resolution, a 2.7‐inch LCD display, 5x optical zoom and a four‐way VR image stabilization system with ISO settings to 3200 at full resolution. The CoolPix S5100 also adds a new tripod detection function found on premium Nikkor lenses to detect handheld or tripod shooting and automatically select the appropriate exposure, ISO sensitivity and shutter speed to reduce image blur.

Other features include: 18 scene modes, scene auto selector, subject tracking, and a Smart Portrait System.


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