The stylish all-weather all-rounder that’s sure to make a splash

Tokyo, April 20, 2005 — Nikon continues to put innovation at the heart of its COOLPIX family of digital cameras today with the introduction of the COOLPIX S2, featuring a splash-proof body* which means it can be used in the most challenging weather conditions.

The COOLPIX S2 boasts stylish good looks, bright 2.5 -inch LCD screen, slim dimensions – it’s just 22mm deep – and a range of innovative, highly intelligent Nikon functions that actually make pictures more attractive in-camera.

Great images, whatever the weather
The aluminum exterior of the COOLPIX S2 not only lends it certain sophistication, but also provides it with the splash-proof water resistance facility that makes it such a compelling camera for outdoor users – or those simply unlucky with the weather.

In addition to the good looks, the ‘brains’ of the COOLPIX S2 ensure sharp, clear results and faithful colour thanks to 5.1 effective megapixels and a versatile 35-105mm 3x Optical Zoom-Nikkor ED† lens (35mm equivalent).

Making the most of your images
The COOLPIX S2 boasts a range of Nikon features that helps the user improve images in-camera. The D-Lighting function, for example, can be selected in Playback Mode to simply and automatically correct insufficient exposure by leaving properly-exposed areas alone while adding light and detail to darker areas of an image.
The clever Face-priority AF is another smart feature of the COOLPIX S2. By automatically detecting the presence of a human face in the frame, the feature provides sharp focus on the face resulting in better portraits without any extra hassle.

On the subject of portrait shots, the COOLPIX S2 features Nikon’s In-Camera Red-Eye Fix function, which detects red-eye caused by flash, and digitally corrects it in-camera.

In addition to these great features, the COOLPIX S2 also has a handy Blur Warning function, which alerts users if an image has been affected by camera shake so they can recompose and take another picture again before it’s too late.

Easy to use
The COOLPIX S2 features a “right-angle” optics system so the lens functions without protruding from the camera body, and the inclusion of a large, bright 2.5-inch LCD monitor means there’s no need for a viewfinder. Add to that an easy-to-use Graphic User Interface (GUI) that allows the user to select functions by either name or icon, and a handy HELP button which displays explanations in the user’s choice of 12 languages, and you have an all-round, all-weather package that’s hard to beat.

Nikon has also designed the COOLPIX S2 with energy efficiency in mind, so the user can take up to 190 images with an EN-EL8 Rechargeable Battery (based on CIPA standard‡). It also offers an accelerated startup time of just 1 second (approx.) and rapid continuous shooting at up to 1.8 frames per second (approx.), making it easier for users to capture fleeting images.

All-in-one package – battery and COOL-STATION included
The COOLPIX S2 comes complete with the new COOL-STATION MV-12 docking station, which allows the user to charge batteries without removing them from the camera and connect the COOLPIX S2 to their TV or computer.

The COOLPIX S2 has a variety of Scene Modes for the most common photographic situations, four of which feature Scene Assist so the user can simply select the one best suited to the subject — such as Sunset or Portrait —and leave the camera to automatically select the optimal settings.

Although the COOLPIX S2 is compatible with widely available SD memory cards, it also has 12MB of internal memory so users can go on shooting even when they are not carrying any additional media.

For users wanting to record movies with sound, the COOLPIX S2 is an ideal choice with four movie modes capable of delivering 15 frames per second and VGA quality resolution. Once captured, the COOLPIX S2 can be connected to a TV to make it easy to view the results.

And when it comes to producing printouts, the COOLPIX S2 offers PictBridge compatibility so it can be connected directly to any compatible printer, dispensing with the need for a computer. Finally, the COOLPIX S2 comes complete with Nikon’s PictureProject software to help the user edit, organize and share images.

Sales release schedule: The camera is scheduled for release early summer 2005.

* According to Nikon test results, the body of the COOLPIX S2 offers “splash-proof” water resistance equivalent to IEC 60529 IPX4. It is not waterproof and should never be immersed in water.
† Nikon’s ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass offers superior sharpness and optimal color correction.
‡ Industry standard for measuring life of camera batteries. Measured at 25ºC (77ºF); zoom adjusted with each shot, built-in flash fired with every other shot, image mode set to Normal.

Note: Specifications, design, product name, standard accessories, and release schedule may differ by country or area.




Nikon COOLPIX S2 Other Features
Highly portable dimensions of 91.9 x 59 x 22mm (3.6 x 2.3 x 0.9 in.) (W x H x D)
Minimized weight of approximately 140g (4.9 oz.) (without battery and memory card)
BSS (Best Shot Selector) identifies and saves the best exposure automatically from ten sequential shots
4 of the 16 Scene Modes offer Scene Assist (Portrait, Night Portrait, Sports, Landscape)
3 movie modes with sound and Time-lapse movie mode
Noise Reduction achieves more faithful color reproduction when used in combination with some Scene Modes
Time zone function enables local time to be set regardless of where you are in the world
Voice recording Mode saves up to 30 minutes of audio, or up to 5 hours with a 256 MB SD card
All buttons are thoughtfully located on the camera back for easy access
4x digital zoom
Single AF and Continuous AF are selectable in Movie Mode
Choice of White Balance: Auto with TTL control, 5-mode manual (Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy and Speedlight) and Preset
Playback options: Single, 4- and 9-segment thumbnail, Slideshow
Built-in flash: features settings for Auto, Red-eye Reduction by pre-flash, Anytime flash, Flash cancel and Slow sync.

Nikon Digital Camera COOLPIX S2 Specifications

Type: Digital camera COOLPIX S2
Effective pixels: 5.1 million
CCD 1/2.5-inch type (5.36 million total pixels)
Image modes: High (2592*), Normal (2592), Normal (2048), PC (1024), TV (640)
Lens: 3x Zoom-Nikkor ED; 5.8-17.4mm (35mm [135] format equivalent to 35-105mm); f/3.0-5.4; 12 elements in 10 groups; Digital zoom: up to 4x
Focus range: 30cm (12 in.) to infinity (8) 4cm (1.6 in.) to infinity (8) in Macro Mode
LCD monitor: 2.5-inch type, 110,000-dot Amorphous silicon TFT LCD monitor with brightness adjustment
Storage media: Internal memory: approx. 12MB, SD memory card
Shooting modes: Auto, Scene Assist (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait), Scene (Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night landscape, Close up, Museum, Fireworks show, Copy, Back light, Panorama assist, Voice recording), BSS (Best Shot Selector), Blur Warning, Date imprint, Self-timer (10 sec.)
Movie: With sound: TV movie (640) at 15fps, Small size (320) at 15fps, Smaller size (160) at 15fps; Without sound: Time-lapse movie at 15fps
Capture modes: 1) Single, 2) Continuous (approx. 1.8fps), 3) Multi-shot 16 (16 frames 1/16 in size)
Number of frames
(w/ Internal memory): 5M: High (2592*) approx. 5, Normal (2592) approx. 10, 3M: Normal (2048) approx. 17
Built-in flash: Range: 0.3-2.5m/ 1' - 8'2" (W), 0.3-1.4m/ 1' - 4'7" (T); Flash modes: Auto, Auto with Red-eye Reduction (In-Camera Red-Eye Fix), Anytime Flash, Flash Cancel and Slow sync.
Interface: USB (via COOL-STATION MV-12)
Water resistance: Equivalent to IEC 60529 IXP4 (“splash-proof”)*
Supported languages: German/English/Spanish/French/Italian/Dutch/Swedish/Japanese/Simplified Chinese/Traditional Chinese/Korean/Russian selectable in menu display
Power requirements: One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL8 (supplied), AC Adapter (supplied)
Battery life (approx.): Approx. 190 images with EN-EL8 Rechargeable Battery (based on CIPA standard†)
Dimensions (W x H x D): Approx. 91.9 x 59 x 22mm (3.6 x 2.3 x 0.9 in.)
Weight: Approx. 140g(TBD) (4.9 oz.) (without battery and memory card)
Supplied Accessories‡: COOL-STATION MV-12, Strap, USB Cable UC-E10, Audio Video Cable EG-E5000, AC Adapter EH-63, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL8, PictureProject CD-ROM
Optional Accessories: COOL-STATION MV-12, USB Cable UC-E10, Audio Video Cable EG-E5000, AC Adapter EH-63, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL8, Battery Charger MH-62

* The body of the COOLPIX S2 offers “splash-proof” water resistance equivalent to IEC 60529 IPX4. It is not waterproof and should never be immersed in water.
† Industry standard for measuring life of camera batteries. Measured at 25°C (77°F); zoom adjusted with each shot, built-in flash fired with every other shot, image mode set to Normal.
‡ Supplied accessories may differ by country or area.

PictureProject System Requirements

OS Macintosh: Mac® OS X version 10.1.5 or later (version 10.2.8 or later required for Burn Disc option) / Windows: Windows® XP Home Edition/Professional, Windows® 2000 Professional, Windows® Me, Windows® 98SE pre-installed models
RAM Macintosh: Minimum 64MB / Windows: Minimum 64MB (128MB with muvee option)
Hard disk 60MB required for installation
Display 800 x 600 or more with 16-bit color (full color recommended)
Others CD-ROM drive required for installation
Only built-in USB ports are supported

Microsoft® and Windows® are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Macintosh® and QuickTime® are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. The FotoNation logo is a trademark. The SD logo is a trademark. PictBridge is a trademark. D-Lighting technology is provided by Apical Limited. Face-priority AF technology is provided by Identix®. Products and brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. March 2005 ©2005 NIKON CORPORATION