16th September 2004, 02:02 PM
Nikon Coolpix 8400 - Official Press Release
Nikon COOLPIX 8400
The compact digital camera offering exceptional wide-angle 24-85mm* zoom, the clarity of 8.0 effective megapixels and a range of other advantages.
* 35mm equivalent
Tokyo ó Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the COOLPIX 8400 ó a high-quality compact digital camera combining 8.0 effective megapixel performance, versatile 24-85mm (35mm equivalent) zoom capability, fast AF and a host of amazing features.
With a range of 24-85mm (35mm equivalent), the COOLPIX 8400 offers exceptional wide-angle zoom capability, allowing you to capture a wide range of subjects from landscapes to portraits. The COOLPIX 8400 allows macro shooting from as close as 3cm (1.2 inches), enabling the user to fill the screen with small objects with incredible detail. Packing an impressive 8.0 megapixels, the COOLPIX 8400 has the ability to produce images with amazingly high resolution. Furthermore, printing can be carried out without the need for a PC as the COOLPIX 8400 offers the direct print convenience of PictBridge. The COOLPIX 8400 is also a ďsystemĒ camera, offering a variety of optional lens converters and other accessories.
Fast autofocus makes it easy to capture unexpected moments and the lightweight, high-strength magnesium body enables easy handling in all situations. The addition of a 134,000-dot Vari-Angle TFT LCD monitor makes it easy to compose shots from above the head, from the waist or other imaginative angles. The camera is both easy to hold and visually attractive due to its Nikon D-SLR-consistent design which has been adopted from one created by famed industrial designer Giorgetto Giugiaro* exclusively for Nikon.
Nikonís exclusive D-Lighting, which can be selected in Playback mode, automatically compensates for insufficient flash or excessive back lighting in order to obtain balanced exposure throughout the frame. Furthermore, the COOLPIX 8400 featureís Nikonís proprietary Red-eye Reduction which automatically detects and corrects red eyes in-camera in most situations.
Supporting the taking of high-quality images, the COOLPIX 8400 offers a selection of file formats for recording. Compression-free recording is available in the form of RAW (NEF) and HI (TIFF-RGB). Thereís also a selection of compression modes too, comprising JPEG EXTRA (approx. 1/2) that offers a satisfying balance of quality and data efficiency, FINE (approx. 1/4), NORMAL (approx. 1/8) and BASIC (approx. 1/16).
For capturing the feel of the moment when the subject is in motion, the COOLPIX 8400 offers continuous shooting. Whatís more, the COOLPIX 8400 is also capable of recording TV-sized movies with sound at the smooth rate of 30 fps and offers a digital compensation function that corrects the effects of any movement that takes place during shooting. Once youíve finished shooting, the COOLPIX 8400 can then be easily connected to a TV, making it extremely easy to share what youíve recorded with family, friends or colleagues.
Not only is the COOLPIX 8400 one of the most highly advanced models of the popular COOLPIX line of digital cameras, it is also the very first to offer TTL flash capability when used with external SB-800 and SB-600 Speedlights. In addition, another new feature is auto color enhancement. Combining a plethora of high-end Nikon technologies, this handy feature accurately records, assesses and fine-tunes the colors within images to achieve results that are noticeably more attractive to the human eye.
The creative potential of the COOLPIX 8400 can also be extended through combination with a selection of optionally available converter lenses, including wide-angle converter lenses and telephoto converter lenses, one of which ó the TC-E3PF ó uses a Phase Fresnel (PF) lens created using unique Nikon production technology. It offers 3x magnification, yet its dimensions and weight have been significantly reduced compared to a conventional telephoto converter of equal power. Indeed thanks to Nikonís unique PF technology, the new 3x telephoto converter lens has dimensions that really are pocket size.
The COOLPIX 8400 is also USB compatible enabling easy data transfer to PCís. Additionally it comes complete with Nikonís PictureProject software too. Enabling easy viewing, simple editing and a range of other features, PictureProject also has the ability to embrace new capabilities as quickly as Nikon makes them available.
Sales release schedule: This camera is scheduled for release in September 2004.
Note: Specifications, design, product name, standard accessories, and release schedule may differ by country or area.
Nikon COOLPIX 8400 Feature Highlights
Superior image quality & responsive AF
The COOLPIX 8400 boasts the exceptional versatility of a high-quality wide-angle 24-85mm Zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens (35mm equivalent), making it easier to capture expansive scenes and achieve more creative compositions in general. The camera also offers the imaging power of 8.0 effective megapixels, which translates into an exceptional level of detail. And as a direct result of Nikon advanced technology, the COOLPIX 8400 also offers fast autofocus ó an advantage that makes it easy to capture unexpected moments with clarity.
Consistent with Nikonís acclaimed range of D-SLR cameras, the ergonomic design of the COOLPIX 8400 makes the camera easy to hold and operate. All controls and buttons have been carefully placed to enable a sure grip through composition and shooting and the COOLPIX 8400 has also been designed to offer swift response through easy operation and fast autofocus. Furthermore, it also features a versatile Vari-Angle 134,000-dot, 1.8-inch TFT LCD monitor which makes it easy to capture shots from unusual and imaginative angles.
Additional features for further convenience
With a choice of 15 handy Scene Modes, the COOLPIX 8400 enables the user to quickly select the best possible camera settings based on the photographic situation (i.e. portraits, landscapes, sports, etc.). The COOLPIX 8400 also has the ability to record movies with audio at a smooth rate of 30 fps. Furthermore, the COOLPIX 8400 also comes with Nikonís renowned PictureProject software included, which offers a wide range of functions to bring more enjoyment to digital photography and also has the power to embrace new abilities as quickly as Nikon makes them available.
Nikon COOLPIX 8400 Other Features
Easy-to-carry dimensions of 113 x 82 x 75mm (4.4 x 3.2 x 3.0 in.) (W x H x D)
Magnesium body combines strength with a light weight
BSS (Best Shot Selector) and AE-BSS (Auto Exposure BSS) automatically select and save the best exposure from five sequential shots
White Balance Bracketing takes three shots with a single release of the shutter ó producing one with normal white balance, one with a bluish cast and one with a reddish cast
Histogram display enables exposure to be gauged with greater accuracy during shooting and playback
Newly adopted JPEG EXTRA achieves 50% compression, maximizing image quality while minimizing data compression
RAW data recording (NEF) extends the potential for image manipulation after shooting
AF-assist illuminator helps ensure sharp focus when shooting in low light conditions
Electronic viewfinder features easy diopter adjustment control
USB 2.0 (HI-SPEED) compatibility enables swift transfer of image data to PCís
Shutter release placed close to function button for stress-free operation and close to grip to enable a sure grip during shooting
Fast AF achieves sharp results when shooting unexpected occurrences; 9-area multi-AF available
Macro shooting from as close as 3cm (1.2 inches ) from the subject
New Li-ion rechargeable battery EN-EL7 offers increased power capable of enabling the shooting of 260 images on a single charge
Allows direct printing to PictBridge-compatible printers
Compatible with the exclusive Nikon D-Lighting system
Advanced Red-eye Reduction corrects red-eyes in camera automatically in most situations, doing away with the need for a PC
Continuous shooting capability offers selection of Single, 5 shot buffer, Continuous H, Continuous L, Multi-shot 16, Ultra HS, Interval timer shooting
TTL flash capability when used with SB-800 and SB-600 Speedlights
A range of accessories, including a handy battery pack, a selection of COOLPIX filters (neutral color, circular polarizing, neutral density) and converter lenses [fisheye, wideangle, telephoto (TC-E3PF)]