updated 09:00 am EST, Wed February 16, 2005
Nikon Coolpix 7900/5900
digital cameras. Both feature a large 2.0-inch TFT LCD monitors, a 3x Zoom-Nikkor ED lens with a focal range equivalent to that of a 38-114mm lens in 35mm format, and offer 7.1 and 5.1 effective megapixels resolution, respectively. Nikons new cameras offer continuous shooting at approximately 1.7fps and 2fps, respectively and also feature high-precision Multi AF with a choice of 99 manually selectable areas, 5 choices for Auto select AF and its new Face-priority AF function, which can be easily selected when using the Portrait Scene Mode. The Coolpix 5900 will be available in March for $350, while Coolpix 7900 will be available in April for $450.
Nikon also says that both models are able to take significantly more shots per battery than other compact digital cameras; the 7900 can take approx. 220 shots with a fully charged EN-EL5 battery, while the 5900 can take approx. 270. Both also feature its new D-Lighting function, which adds light and detail to dark areas of shots, while keeping brighter areas just as they are. Both models also offer an In-Camera Red-Eye Fix function as well as a Blur Warning function that alerts the user immediately whenever an image is blurred due to camera movement.
The new models include a 4x digital zoom, direct printing with PictBridge compatibility, USB connectivity, voice memo functions to record up to 20 seconds of sound per image, multiple options for playback, world time functions, 256-segment matrix metering, , BSS (Best Shot Selector), image adjustment, image sharpening, saturation control, auto exposure bracketing, white balance (Auto, Preset and 7 manual modes), WB bracketing, noise reduction, self-timer (3 sec., 10 sec), and multiple movie modies (15fps at 640x480 or 30fps at 320x240).
The Coolpix 7900 will be available in both black and silver and the Coolpix 5900 will be available in silver, although availability of body colors may differ by country or area, according to the company.
Nikon said it would also release a new version of Nikon's unique PictureProject software, which allow the user to edit, organize and share images with greater speed and ease. PictureProject will be bundled with the Coolpix 7900 and Coolpix 5900.