May 18, 2005

Nikon COOLPIX S2 Announced

Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the COOLPIX S2, one of the new "S series" of COOLPIX cameras combining high-level portability with new sleek style — in fact, the "S" in "S2" stands for style and so much more. The COOLPIX S2 has good looks, slim dimensions of just 22mm and a range of handy features. Indeed not only is it pleasing to the eye, it also features a splash proof body* that enables you to keep on shooting even in undesirable weather. What's more, it offers a range of innovative Nikon functions that actually make pictures more attractive in-camera.

The aluminum exterior of the is both stylish and practical, with splash proof water resistance that enables photography even in the rain or in snow and a sliding metal cover that protects the lens when not in use. The COOLPIX S2 is also surprisingly slim, which makes it ideal for carrying virtually anywhere. Sharp, clear results with faithful color are ensured through the power of 5.1 effective megapixels and a versatile 35-105mm 3x Zoom-Nikkor ED lens (35mm equivalent). Furthermore, the COOLPIX S2 features a “right-angled” optics system that enables the lens to function without protruding from the camera body. The COOLPIX S2 does away with the need for a viewfinder through the advantage of a large, bright 2.5-inch LCD monitor, while making operation easy with a Graphic User Interface (GUI) that allows the user to select functions by either name or icon. A useful HELP button displays explanations for functions on the main menu and information can be displayed in the user's choice of 12 languages.

Nikon COOLPIX S2 Other Features

Highly portable dimensions of 91.9 x 59 x 22mm (3.6 x 2.3 x 0.9 in.) (W x H x D)
Minimized weight of approximately 140g (5 oz.) (without battery and memory card)
BSS (Best Shot Selector) identifies and saves the best exposure automatically from ten sequential shots
4 of the 16 Scene Modes offer Scene Assist (Portrait, Night Portrait, Sports, Landscape)
3 movie modes with sound and Time-lapse movie mode
Noise Reduction produces clearer results when using Dusk/Dawn and Night landscape modes
Time zone function enables local time to be set regardless of where you are in the world
Voice recording Mode saves up to 30 minutes of audio, or up to 5 hours with a 256 MB SD card
All buttons are thoughtfully located on the camera back for easy access
4x digital zoom
Single AF and Continuous AF are selectable in Movie Mode
Choice of White Balance: Auto with TTL control, 5-mode manual (Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy and Speedlight) and Preset
Playback options: Single, 4- and 9-segment thumbnail, Slideshow
Built-in flash: features settings for Auto, Red-eye Reduction by pre-flash, Anytime flash, Flash cancel and Slow sync.

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