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Nikon Unveils 6.1 Megapixel SLR

New 'swivel' Coolpix also announced By Dave Nagel
Nikon has unveiled two new models in its lines of enthusiast and consumer digital cameras. The D100, which will be available by June, is a 6.1 megapixel digital SLR targeted toward the high-end amateur and enthusiast market. Nikon also introduced the Coolpix 2500, a consumer model with a swivel lens design. It will be available in April.

The D100 incorporates a high-definition CCD that captures 6.1 million effective pixels, producing images at 3,008 x 2,000 pixels. Nikon says the camera has an improved image-processing algorithm and an enhanced auto white balance system. Features include

3D Matrix metering system.

  • D-TTL flash control capability.
  • A top shutter speed of 1/4000 second..
  • Flash sync speed of up to 1/180 second.
  • Three color mode options for different color gamut environments.
  • Five area autofocus with dynamic AF operation.
  • USB 1.1 interface.
  • The D100 is compatible with more than 40 AF Nikkor Lenses and advanced speedlights, including the new SB-80DX.

    The D100 will be available in the second quarter of 2002, along with the optional Multi Function Battery Pack that features voice-memo, vertical shutter release button, command and sub-command dials, AF start button and a 10-pin remote terminal. Pricing has not yet been announced.

    The new Coolpix 2500 is a pocket-sized 2 megapixel point and shoot model targeted toward consumers. It has a 3x optical zoom lens that can be swiveled 180 degrees. It has a zoom range of 37 mm to 111 mm (35 mm equivalent). It also has a built-in speedlight annd red-eye reduction. It will sell for $379.95 when it becomes available this April.

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    Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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