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Nikon's three-camera trick

Coolpix range extended

Camera maker Nikon has introduced three new Coolpix digital camera models to its range- the 2100, 3100 and SQ models.

The Coolpix 2100 and 3100 both feature the smallest Coolpix body design, according to Nikon, along with a new Scene Assist function to help users take ideal shots. They're also the first Nikon digital cameras to feature a one-touch red-eye fix, which works automatically within digital camera images. Both cameras also feature 256-segment matrix metering.

The 2100 features 2Mp (megapixels) and a maximum resolution of 1,600x1,200, while the 3100 has 3.2Mp and a top resolution of 2,048x1,536. The 2100 has a zoom range of 36-108mm while the 3100 features a 38-115mm lens (35mm equivalents, according to Nikon).

Both cameras also have enhanced Movie Modes that enable you to take QuickTime movies. The 3100 can store up to 40 seconds of QuickTime video at 15 frames per second at 320x240 resolution, or 20 seconds at 640 x 480 format. The 2100 can shoot 15 and seven seconds in the same modes, respectively, and both cameras can shoot movies in colour, black and white, or sepia tones.

The third new Coolpix camera is the SQ model. It features a 3.1Mp CCD, 3x optical lens and swivelling body design, which Nikon says allows the lens path to remain in a straight line using original light without incorporating prisms.

The SQ's Cool-Station Power Base enables users to transfer files to their Mac or PC and charges the camera's battery as well as a spare.

The 2100 and 3100 feature a software CD, wriststrap, USB cable, video cable, and 16MB memory card, as well as a CR-V3 lithium battery. A rechargeable Ni-MH battery and quick charger kit are both available separately.

The 2100 has a suggested retail price of $249.95 (approx £156) and the 3100 costs $349.95 (approx £256). Both cameras will be available beginning in March. The Coolpix SQ's price was not announced, but Nikon said it'll be available in late Spring, and advises interested customers to check back then.

Coolpix range extended

Camera maker Nikon has introduced three new Coolpix digital camera models to its range- the 2100, 3100 and SQ models.

The Coolpix 2100 and 3100 both feature the smallest Coolpix body design, according to Nikon, along with a new Scene Assist function to help users take ideal shots. They're also the first Nikon digital cameras to feature a one-touch red-eye fix, which works automatically within digital camera images. Both cameras also feature 256-segment matrix metering.

The 2100 features 2Mp (megapixels) and a maximum resolution of 1,600x1,200, while the 3100 has 3.2Mp and a top resolution of 2,048x1,536. The 2100 has a zoom range of 36-108mm while the 3100 features a 38-115mm lens (35mm equivalents, according to Nikon).

Both cameras also have enhanced Movie Modes that enable you to take QuickTime movies. The 3100 can store up to 40 seconds of QuickTime video at 15 frames per second at 320x240 resolution, or 20 seconds at 640 x 480 format. The 2100 can shoot 15 and seven seconds in the same modes, respectively, and both cameras can shoot movies in colour, black and white, or sepia tones.

The third new Coolpix camera is the SQ model. It features a 3.1Mp CCD, 3x optical lens and swivelling body design, which Nikon says allows the lens path to remain in a straight line using original light without incorporating prisms.

The SQ's Cool-Station Power Base enables users to transfer files to their Mac or PC and charges the camera's battery as well as a spare.

The 2100 and 3100 feature a software CD, wriststrap, USB cable, video cable, and 16MB memory card, as well as a CR-V3 lithium battery. A rechargeable Ni-MH battery and quick charger kit are both available separately.

The 2100 has a suggested retail price of $249.95 (approx £156) and the 3100 costs $349.95 (approx £256). Both cameras will be available beginning in March. The Coolpix SQ's price was not announced, but Nikon said it'll be available in late Spring, and advises interested customers to check back then.


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