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Nikon Coolpix S9

Ilse Jurrien
Photokina report
Thursday 24th, August 2006
Posted by: Ilse Jurrien

Nikon is pleased to announce the introduction of the Nikon Coolpix S9. A high-quality compact digital camera that packs 6.1 Megapixels and a range of easy-to-use functions into a slim, sophisticated wave-surface body, the Nikon Coolpix S9 has the style and capability to let anyone shoot with greater confidence. Featuring a 1/2.5-inch CCD that offers enhanced precision and 6.1-effective Megapixel image resolution, the Nikon S9 captures true-to-life color and delivers sharp, fine detail. It also features a 3x Zoom-Nikkor ED lens with a 38-114mm range (35mm equivalent) which gives users broad compositional freedom to shoot anything from expansive scenery to tight portraits.

Nikon Coolpix S9

Nikon S9 camera - LCD monitor
In addition, the lens of the Nikon Coolpix S9 features an ingenious "right-angled" design, which allows it to operate throughout its entire focal range without ever protruding from the surprisingly slim body with its wave-surface design that's as attractive to the eye as it is comfortable in the hand. And as the Nikon S9 has the advantage of a generous 153,600-dot, 2.5-inch LCD, it not only allows simple composition, but also enables high-quality playback anywhere and supports smoother menu navigation.

Nikon Coolpix S9 digital camera - Face priority and Flash
With a new Stop-motion movie function, the Nikon Coolpix S9 brings a whole new dimension of fun to compact digital photography. As its name suggests, it's a function that makes it a cinch for users to create their very own stop-motion animated films. Users simply take a shot of the models they wish to animate, move the models, then shoot again, it really is that simple! The Nikon Coolpix S9 also makes it especially easy to get great-looking results in challenging conditions with a handy One-touch portrait button that provides direct access to three unique in-camera Nikon image innovations, Face Priority AF that automatically detects and achieves sharp focus on people's faces wherever they are in the frame, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix that can automatically overcome the red-eye effect sometimes caused by flash, and Nikon's D-Lighting that can rescue underexposed images or shots with too much back light.

Nikon Coolpix S9 compact camera - Scenes
What's more, the Nikon S9 offers 15 Scene modes that can produce great-looking shots in a wide range of common conditions, with 4 of the modes also offering Scene assist to promote more pleasing composition. The Nikon Coolpix S9 features a handy Date Counter too, which visually records the countdown of days to a special occasion or number of days since an event, as well as a Time zone function that allows the setting of home town and new city time zones for easy image sorting after traveling.

Nikon S9 digital camera - Availability and Price
The Nikon Coolpix S9 also comes complete with Nikon's unique PictureProject software. Not only does PictureProject offer a broad range of powerful features for image editing, organizing and sharing, but it also has an interface that makes it extremely easy for virtually anyone to use. PictureProject is also compatible with a range of plug-ins, allowing users to extend their capabilities as the Nikon Coolpix S9 adds to their photographic confidence and enjoyment. The Nikon S9 digital camera is scheduled for release in September 2006 in Europe. The recommended retail price in the Netherlands is €299.

Nikon Coolpix S9

Nikon Coolpix S9 digital compact camera features
• Highly compact 90.5 x 58.0 x 20.4mm (W x H x D) excluding projections
• Carry-anywhere light weight of approx. 115g (4 oz.)
• Four-direction mode selector smoothes operation
• BSS (Best Shot Selector) identifies and saves the sharpest image
• Exposure BSS identifies and saves users choice of image
• Auto image rotation activates with use of Face-priority AF
• Automatically turning images recorded in vertical orientation for LCD playback
• Blur Warning alerts, allowing the user to shoot again before leaving the scene
• Approx. 24MB internal memory
• 3 movie modes, Time-lapse movie up to 30fps
• Stop-motion movie function at specified speed available
• Improved Graphical User Interface (GUI) refines menu visibility
• Help function displays simple explanations for functions on the main menu
• Menu available in a choice of 20 languages
• Noise Reduction produces better results when shooting in low light
• Time Zone function makes for easy image sorting after traveling
• Battery Charger MH-62 supplied
• Choice of White Balance
• USB port offers easy connectivity to computers and printers supporting PictBridge
• Rechargeable EN-EL8 Li-ion battery takes up to 190 shots on a single charge
• Auto with TTL control
• 6-mode manual (Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash, Preset)

Nikon S9 - Design
The Nikon Coolpix S9 successfully packs high-level quality and functionality into amazingly small dimensions. It has also been designed with a wave-surface body that's both distinctively attractive and extremely comfortable in the hand and has a beautifully smooth, glossy high-quality finish that truly sets the camera apart from others in its class.

Nikon Coolpix S9

Nikon Coolpix S9 - Portrait photography
The handy One-touch portrait button makes it easier than ever to achieve more satisfying shots by providing direct access to three unique Nikon image innovations. Face-priority AF can automatically detect then achieve accurate focus on people's faces, no matter where they are in the frame. In-Camera Red-Eye fix can automatically detect the annoying red-eye effect sometimes caused by flash and compensate for it in-camera. And the D-Lighting function can rescue underexposed images or shots with too much backlight by creating a copy of the image but with light and detail added where necessary and well-exposed areas left exactly as they were.

Nikon S9 compact camera - Movie clips
The Nikon Coolpix S9 brings further photographic fun with the Stop-motion function that makes it easy to create professional-looking animated films. Users simply pose the models they wish to animate, move them slightly, and then shoot them again to create a film frame by frame. Opaque versions of previous shots are shown on the camera's large LCD to assist users when making the movements and a one-second shutter delay keeps the overall result steady. Once all the shooting is done, the user is free to select up to 200 images as well as the frame rate for playback and the Nikon S9 creates the final film automatically in-camera.

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