March 30
New Nikon Camera Bundled with Genuine Fractals
Coolpix 990 offers 2,048 x 1,536 capture

by David Nagel
Senior Producer

Nikon will release a new model in its line of Coolpix digital cameras in April. The new model, the Coolpix 990, offers a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 (3.34 megapixels). It will come bundled with Altamira Genuine Fractals 2.0 limited-edition software. Genuine Fractals, which comes as a plugin for Photoshop, can save files in a format that allows for changes in the image size with little loss of image quality. Altamira claims that an 8" x 10" 200 DPI image can be resized to 20" x 27" with no loss of image quality.

The camera comes equipped with a 3x Zoom-Nikkor lens with 38 mm to 115 mm coverage (35 mm equivalent) and a 4x step-less digital zoom. It accepts all optional Coolpix lenses and accessories, including fisheye, wide-angle and telephoto. It also offers two frames per second for full-resolution image capture, 30 frames per second QVGA and 15 frames per second QVGA movies for 40 seconds in M-JPEG mode.

Other specifications of the camera include:

  • Lens: 3x Zoom-Nikkor; f = 824 mm [35mm (135) format equivalent to 38-115 mm]/F2.54 with macro; 9 elements in 8 groups; Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) applied; glass-molded aspherical lens element included.
  • Autofocus: Contrast-detect TTL AF; 4,896-step autofocus control including macro range; five-area Multi AF or Spot AF selectable.
  • Focus modes: Continuous AF mode (when using LCD monitor); Single AF mode (when not using LCD monitor and/or selectable from shooting menu); Manual (50 steps from 0.8" to infinity with Peaking Indication).
  • Optical viewfinder: Real-image zoom viewfinder; magnification: 0.4x to 1.1x; frame coverage: approximately 85 percent; diopter adjustment: -2 to +1 DP; LED indication.
  • Interface: USB interface; Mac and Windows serial interfaces (230 Kbps and 115 Kbps, respectively).
  • Video output: NTSC or PAL (selectable).
  • External Speedlight: Multi-flash sync terminal connects to external Nikon Speedlight SB-28/28DX/26/25/24/22s through the Multi-Flash Bracket Unit SK-E900; built-in Speedlight can be turned off when using external Speedlight.
  • Built-in Speedlight: Guide number: 30 (at ISO 100, ft.).
  • Flash control: sensor flash system.
  • Flash modes: Auto Flash, Flash Cancel, Anytime Flash, Slow Sync, Red-Eye Reduction.

Altamira Genuine Fractals 2.0 LE software included in the bundle enables users of the Coolpix 990 to save images as resolution-free files. Users of the Coolpix 990 are eligible to purchase the full version of Genuine Fractals for a special discounted price. The LE plugin supports RGB mode. The full version, in addition to RGB, also supports grayscale, indexed color, multichannel (up to 16 channels) and duotone color modes. The full version of genuine Fractals 2.0 is $159.

For more information, visit http://www.nikonusa.com/products/detaila.cfm?id=282. For more information on Genuine Fractals, visit http://www.altamira-group.com.

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