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

Nikon is pleased to announce the introduction of the Nikon Coolpix L5, the latest in their lineup of entry-level compact digital cameras. Combining high-quality components like a 5x zoom lens and a bright 2.5-inch LCD, and featuring the same advanced Lens shift Vibration Reduction (VR) mechanism that was originally developed for Nikon's renowned SLR systems, the Nikon L5 elevates user-friendliness to new levels with its simplified operation and unrivaled results. The powerful, 38-190mm Zoom-Nikkor lens (35mm equivalent) of the Nikon L5 camera ensures matchless compositional freedom, from zooming in for intimate personal portraits to zooming out for expansive outdoor scenes.

Nikon Coolpix L5

Nikon L5 camera - Anti shake
Lens shift Vibration Reduction (VR) technology allows the user to make the most of 5x zooming. The CCD provides enhanced precision with minimized dimensions, greatly adding to the Nikon Coolpix L5's compact portability while offering generous 7.2 effective Megapixels, for the refined image clarity that's expected of the Coolpix family. There's also a large, bright 2.5-inch LCD with backlight that greatly eases composing superb images and then playing them back.

Nikon Coolpix L5 digital camera - Portrait photography
The Nikon L5 has surprisingly compact dimensions despite the fact it is compatible with AA-size batteries in alkaline, lithium, ZR6 oxyride, rechargeable or other forms. And because such batteries are widely available around the world, Nikon Coolpix L5 users can keep on shooting internationally without worrying about running out of batteries. Adding to the convenience are three unique Nikon image innovations that make it easier to achieve great-looking results, all directly accessible via a One-touch portrait button on the camera's top panel. 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 Coolpix L5 compact camera - Scenes
A choice of 15 different Scene modes, 4 with Scene assist, automatically provides ideal settings for everything from night portraits to beach parties. Just choose the Scene mode best suited to the subject at hand, and the Nikon Coolpix L5 automatically selects the perfect setting for exactly the picture you had in mind. The Scene modes with Scene assist helps the user compose the shot for optimal results.

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Nikon Coolpix L5 features
• Compact dimensions : 97 x 61 x 45mm excluding projections
• Light weight : 170g (6.0 oz.) without battery and SD memory
• Improved GUI (Graphical User Interface) enhances user operability and visibility
• BSS - Best Shot Selector
• Macro shooting enables image capture as close as 4cm
• Capture modes: Single, Continuous and Multi-Shot 16
• Built-in flash with in-camera red-eye fix
• Color options let user choose from 5 different color effects
• Interface: USB, Audio/Video output
• Date counter visually records the countdown of days to a special occasion
• Slide show function adds fun to image viewing anytime
• Small picture function creates image with smaller data
• Trimming function makes it easy to improve composition after shooting
• Time zone function enables the camera clock to be set to local time
• Choice of White Balance: Auto with TTL control, 7-mode manual (Direct sunlight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Shade, Flash and White Bal. Preset)

Nikon L5 digital compact camera - Secure Digital flash memory
The Nikon Coolpix L5 is also compatible with widely available Secure Digital memory cards. And 8MB of internal memory allows the user to continue shooting even when no additional memory is available, as well as easily moving images from one Secure Digital flash memory card to another. The Nikon Coolpix L5 offers movie recording with sound in three modes: TV size (640) for viewing on TV or computers, convenient Small size (320), and Smaller size (160) for extended recording or Internet use.

Nikon Coolpix L5

Nikon Coolpix L5 - Availability and Price
The Nikon L5 even simplifies printing, with PictBridge capability enabling direct connection to compatible printers without the need of a computer in between. USB connectivity eases transfer of data to computers and other peripherals. Complimentary PictureProject accessory software completes total convenience by greatly simplifying the importing, editing and organizing of your images, and includes other options that add to the fun of digital photography. The Nikon Coolpix L5 camera is scheduled for release in September 2006 in Europe. The recommended retail price in the Netherlands is €369.

Nikon Coolpix camera - Vibration reduction
Impressive Lens shift VR technology, initially developed for Nikon's highly respected SLR camera systems, efficiently compensates for varying levels of camera shake, enabling sharp, clear images in active shooting situations. The new VR button conveniently located on the top panel allows a choice of three settings: Normal, Active and Off. The Normal setting compensates for the minor and horizontal camera movement common to normal shooting and panning. The Active setting is designed to compensate for more pronounced camera movement, or when shooting from an unsteady location such as a moving vehicle, delivering image precision comparable to shooting at shutter speeds more than two stops faster (wide-angle and telephoto).

Nikon L5 Coolpix camera - CCD image sensor
Space efficiency helps facilitate the compact size of the Nikon Coolpix L5, its 1/2.5-inch CCD adding the advantage of outstandingly high performance. Boasting an effective pixel value of 7.2 million, the CCD enables the capture of crisply focused, high-quality images that easily stand up to significant enlargement.

Nikon Coolpix L5

Nikon L5 compact digital camera - Zoom lens
The Nikon Coolpix L5's remarkably compact dimensions belie the incorporation of a powerful 38-190mm Zoom-Nikkor lens (35mm equivalent), ensuring the expansive freedom of 5x zoom. This high-precision lens allows zooming in for tightly composed portraits, or zooming way out for expansively wide views, providing greater compositional independence than the average compact camera. And revolutionary VR technology ensures no-blur images even in the telephoto range of the zoom.

Nikon Coolpix L5 camera - Digital picture effects
The One-touch portrait button on the top panel provides convenient direct access to Nikon's image innovations: Face-priority AF, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix and D-Lighting. Face-priority AF automatically finds and then focuses in on people's faces, regardless of where they are in the frame, for consistently crisp portraits. In-Camera Red-Eye Fix automatically corrects any accidental red-eye that can occur in flash photography, producing more natural-looking portraits. D-Lighting allows selection of images with excessive backlight or insufficient flash illumination, automatically creating a copy of the selected image and adding light and detail wherever needed.

Nikon L5 photo camera - Battery
Despite its compact dimensions, the Nikon Coolpix L5 is compatible with AA-size batteries, one of the most widely available battery sizes in the world. A battery life of approximately 490 shots with lithium, 150 shots with alkaline or 250 shots with EN-MH1 batteries greatly augments its compact convenience.

Nikon Coolpix L5

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