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Nikon debuts Coolpix 2200, 3200 digital cameras

updated 09:35 am EST, Thu January 8, 2004

Nikon Coolpix 2200, 3200

Nikon today announced its (3.2MP) compact digital cameras. Each camera employs a new LED light that minimizes red-eye in-camera and helps Auto Focus during low light situations. The cameras also feature a 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens, 14.5MB of internal memory, SD card support, 15 scene modes, a new panora assist mode, macro shooting functions (as close as 1.6 in), an automatic Best Shot selector function, three movie modes (with sound on the Coolpix 3200) up to 640x480 at 15fps, and more.

Both new digital cameras incorporate NikonView 6.0 photo management software to easily transfer, browse, edit, save and print photos. NikonView 6.0 offers the One-Touch Red-Eye Fix software, extensive one-button emailing options and an option to create online photo portfolio templates using HTML (Hyper Text Mark-up Language), which can easily be added to any personal Web site or page. The cameras along bundle ArcSoft software, including PhotoImpression for basic photo editing; VideoImpression to and share QuickTime( movies taken with the camera and Panorama Maker, which lets users easily stitch together a number of images to create beautiful panoramic photos.



The Nikon Coolpix 2200 ($200) and Coolpix 3200 ($300) bundle the new NikonView 6.0 software, wrist strap, USB cable, video cable and 2 AA Alkaline batteries. Optional Nikon rechargeable batteries and a quick charger are also available as an accessory. They can be powered by two rechargeable NiMH, one CRV3 lithium or rechargeable/disposable AA batteries. Both cameras will be available nationwide in February 2004.




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Ugh...

    I hate to tell people this, but Cannon makes much better consumer based digital cameras. I would buy the Cannon A60 over the Nikon 2200 any day. The same goes for the Cannon A70 over the Nikon 3200.

    I like the design of the Nikon low end cameras, but you simply don't get all of the features of the Cannon cameras. You can add cool lenses to the Cannon cameras and can also purchase an underwater case for it. Cannon also uses a less expensive memory card format (I hate the idea of Nikon moving away from Compact Flash in favor of Secure Digital)

    I also like the 4 batteries vs. 2 batteries of the Cannon cameras.

    Nikon is simply playing catch-up to where Cannon has been for over a year.

    Most of the people that buy these cameras are people that know Nikon has a good name, but can't afford one of their high end cameras. Nikon rules the high end market (for the most part) but Cannon > IS < the consumers camera of choice.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    not bad

    I have the 4300 and its decent camera. I see these new cameras such as 3200 uses SD card...is Nikon abandoning Compact Flash?

    BTW, its Canon not Cannon. ;-)

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    Re: Ugh...

    4 batteries is better than 2? Unless we have info on how long they last, how do you know it is better. I would guess Nikon went to SD to save space.

    Canon and Nikon both make nice cameras, when I went looking for one, I chose the Nikon 4500 - Canon couldn't touch it on features or price at the time.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Ugh... (v.2)

    ORIGINAL POSTER HERE

    I will agree that the 4300 is MUCH more competitive then either the 2100 or the 3100 and delivers high quality photos and competes well with the Canon cameras. It still lacks audio (important for some, not for others). The video is also very poor.

    AF Assist lamp:

    All Canon cameras come with an AF Assist lamp which helps tremendously in low light situations (birthday parties, bar sceen, etc.). The Nikon does OK considering, but I feel this rather valuable.

    Regarding the batteries:

    The Canon can take approximately 2.5 times as many photos with only 2x the batteries (as tested by DP Review). In my opinion, people hate carrying around batteries when on a LONG day trip or weekend excursion.

    I still feel you get more camera for your money when comparing the low end Canon cameras vs. the low end Nikon cameras.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    ...hee hee...

    I really like the idea of having a Canon troll on a Mac board.

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