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 May 18, 2005
Nikon's New Splash-Proof Coolpix S2

 Nikon Inc. recently introduced the new Nikon Coolpix S2 ultra-slim digital camera as a complement to the Coolpix S1, already available nationwide. The Coolpix S2 is a splash-proof 5.1 megapixel, ultra-slim digital camera with a full range of exclusive in-camera solutions. Coupled with its incredible, bright 2.5" LCD screen, the durable and capable Coolpix S2 will please consumers who require compact size, splash-proof protection and the ability to quickly and easily capture top-quality images in a number of shooting situations.

The Coolpix S2 benefits from Nikon's Exclusive Feature System made available through its Coolpix line of products and even incorporates a 16th Scene Mode - Voice Recording Scene Mode - to its arsenal of on-board technology. These features include Nikon's exclusive Face Priority Auto Focus, which ensures that faces remain in focus when shooting portraits by automatically sensing the presence of a human face within the frame and setting accurate focus points accordingly. The result is a sharp portrait with the press of a button. The S2 also boasts Nikon's renowned In-Camera Red-Eye Fix technology, which detects and corrects red eyes in most typical situations without the need to press buttons or select and highlight the eyes in playback. The D-Lighting feature can be selected in Playback mode - automatically compensating for insufficient flash or excessive back lighting in order to obtain balanced exposure throughout the frame.

More Features in a Sleek, Splash-Proof Design

- 5.1 effective megapixels
- 3x Zoom-Nikkor ED Glass lens with a focal range equivalent to that of a 35-105mm lens in 35mm format
- Compact dimensions of (W x H x D - 3.6 x 2.3 x 0.9 inches)
- Light weight of approx 4.9 oz. (without battery and memory card)
- COOLSTATION MV-12 cradle included for easy downloading of images and recharging the battery in the camera
- AF-assist illuminator can be switched on and off
- 256-segment Matrix Metering with Center-weighted, Spot, or Spot AF metering
- 7 manual white balance settings and White Balance Bracketing
- Direct printing with PictBridge compatibility
- 4 of the 16 Scene Modes offer Scene Assist (Portrait, Night Portrait, Sports, Landscape)
- World Time function allows local time to be set easily anywhere
- USB compatibility enables swift transfer of image data to computers
- Voice memo function records up to 20 seconds of sound that can then be attached to an image
- 4x digital zoom capability
- Choice of Single AF and Continuous AF
- Options for playback: Single, 4- and 9-segment thumbnail, Slideshow, 10x magnification
- Built-in Speedlight: features settings for Auto, Red-eye Reduction by pre-flash, Anytime flash, Flash cancel and Slow sync.