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Nikon Coolpix S60

Mark Peters
Photokina report
Tuesday 2nd, September 2008
Posted by: Mark Peters

Representing the cutting edge of elegant design and intuitive operation, the stylish new Nikon Coolpix S60 compact camera introduces an entirely new touch screen interface that places all controls at the fingertips. And it does so in a delightful new way that makes picture-taking and playback more fun and exciting. The Nikon Coolpix S60 offers intuitive fingertip shooting control and a variety of exciting playback options, all seamlessly integrated into an innovative touch screen interface. With a newly developed 3.5-inch LCD monitor featuring a 16:9 widescreen display, the only physical button to press is the shutter - and even that isnít needed when using handy features such as the self-timer or the Smile Timer.

Nikon Coolpix S60

Technology in the Nikon Coolpix S60
The optimized interface offers a choice of three different HOME screens with large icons that make fingertip selection of operating modes and controls easy and accurate. Even the 5x zoom can be controlled via icons on the touch screen. Advanced features of the Nikon S60 include the ability to lock autofocus and exposure on a subject by simply touching the corresponding location on the screen. The camera then follows the subjectís movement to ensure sharp focus when the shutter is pressed. And, when used in conjunction with the new Portrait One-touch Zoom function available in Portrait or Night Portrait scene modes, one more touch of the screen commands the camera to automatically zoom in and capture the subject with just the right amount of framing.

Nikon Coolpix S60

Nikon S60 with a touch screen monitor
Touch controls also bring a new dimension of fun to viewing images, from fingertip scrolling through images, quick switching between various thumbnail views, instant image selection, and playback zoom. Auto image rotation ensures optimal display regardless of the pictureís orientation. The supplied stylus can be used for a variety of functions including: The Draw Function, which allows handwritten memos on the touch screen to be stored as JPEG files, and the Paint Function, which enables memos and frames to be added to images. And the new HD Pictmotion function combines with HDMI connectivity to allow high-quality playback and slide shows on an HDTV.

Nikon Coolpix S60

Nikon S60 offers a 5x Zoom Nikkor lens
Imaging power begins with 10.0 effective megapixels of sharp resolution. This is matched to the enhanced compositional freedom of a 5x Zoom-NIKKOR lens that ably covers focal lengths from 33-165mm, a range broad enough for shooting everything from buildings or group pictures to close-up portraits. And an optimized processing system based on Nikonís original EXPEED digital image-processing concept quickly delivers quality results with faithful color reproduction and subtle tones, even when taking advantage of sensitivity settings as high as ISO 3200 in low lighting conditions or when shooting fast-moving subjects.

Nikon Coolpix S60

Nikon Coolpix S60 price & availability
The Nikon Coolpix S60 adds further polish to the elegant sophistication with its smooth curves and beautiful finish of Nikonís compact wave-surface design. One touch will prove that taking pictures has never been this fun before. The Nikon Coolpix S60 will be available in a choice of Crimson Red, Espresso Black, Arctic White, Burgundy, Champagne Pink, and Platinum Bronze. The Coolpix S60 utilizes a rechargeable EN-EL10 battery and SD/SDHC memory cards. The camera will come packaged with the Coolpix Software Suite for editing, sorting and sharing images. The Nikon Coolpix S60 will be available nationwide in September 2008 at an MSRP of $349.95

Nikon Coolpix S60

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