The Nikon Coolpix S9 is announced, offering 6 megapixels, 2.5 inch LCD screen and a 3x zoom lens. The Nikon S9 will cost £199.99, available in August 2006.
Nikon UK Press Release
The Nikon Coolpix S9 is a high-quality compact digital camera that packs 6.1 megapixels and a range of easy-to-use functions into a slim and sophisticated wave-surface body. The camera features a 1/2.5-inch CCD that offers enhanced precision and 6.1-effective megapixel image resolution, to help capture true-to-life colour and sharp detail. It also features a 3x Zoom-Nikkor ED lens with a 38-114mm range (35mm equivalent) which gives users broad compositional freedom to shoot anything from expansive scenery to tight portraits. In addition, the lens of the COOLPIX S9 features an ingenious “right-angled” design, which allows it to operate throughout its entire focal range without ever protruding. The camera has a generous 153,600-dot, 2.5-inch LCD to allow simple composition and high-quality playback anywhere.
With a new Stop-motion movie function, the COOLPIX S9 brings a whole new dimension of fun to compact digital photography. As its name suggests, it’s a function that makes it easy for users to create their very own stop-motion animated films. Users simply take a shot of the models they wish to animate, move the models, then shoot again. The COOLPIX S9 also makes it especially easy to get great-looking results in challenging conditions with a handy One-touch portrait button that provides direct access to three unique in-camera Nikon image innovations – Face Priority AF* that automatically detects and achieves sharp focus on people’s faces wherever they are in the frame, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix that can automatically overcome the red-eye effect sometimes caused by flash, and Nikon’s D-Lighting that can rescue underexposed images or shots with too much back light.
What’s more, the COOLPIX S9 offers 15 Scene modes that can produce great-looking shots in a wide range of common conditions, with 4 of the modes also offering Scene assist to promote more pleasing composition. The COOLPIX S9 features a handy date counter too, which visually records the countdown of days to a special occasion or number of days since an event, as well as a time zone function that allows the setting of home town and new city time zones for easy image sorting after traveling.
The COOLPIX S9 comes complete with Nikon’s unique PictureProject software. PictureProject offer a broad range of powerful features for image editing, organizing and sharing as well as an interface that makes it extremely easy for virtually anyone to use. PictureProject is compatible with a range of plug-ins, allowing users to extend their capabilities as the COOLPIX S9 helps to build their photographic confidence and enjoyment.
* Face recognition capability may be limited in some shooting conditions.
Note: Specifications, design, product name, standard accessories, and release schedule may differ by country or area.
Nikon COOLPIX S9 Feature Highlights
Slim, stylish wave-surface design
The COOLPIX S9 successfully packs high-level quality and functionality into amazingly small dimensions. It has also been designed with a wave-surface body that’s both distinctively attractive and extremely comfortable in the hand and has a beautifully smooth, glossy high-quality finish that truly sets the camera apart from others in its class.
One-touch portrait button
The handy One-touch portrait button makes it easier than ever to achieve more satisfying shots by providing direct access to three unique Nikon image innovations. Face-priority AF* can automatically detect then achieve accurate focus on people’s faces, no matter where they are in the frame. In-Camera Red-Eye fix can automatically detect the annoying red-eye effect sometimes caused by flash and compensate for it in-camera. The D-Lighting function can rescue underexposed images or shots with too much backlight by creating a copy of the image but with light and detail added where necessary and well-exposed areas left exactly as they were.
* Face recognition capability may be limited in some shooting conditions.
The COOLPIX S9 brings further photographic fun with the Stop-motion function that makes it easy to create professional-looking animated films. Users simply pose the models they wish to animate, move them slightly, and then shoot them again to create a film frame by frame. Opaque versions of previous shots are shown on the camera’s large LCD to assist users when making the movements and a one-second shutter delay keeps the overall result steady. Once all the shooting is done, the user is free to select up to 200 images as well as the frame rate for playback and the COOLPIX S9 creates the final film automatically in-camera.
Nikon COOLPIX S9 Other Features
Highly compact 90.5 x 58.0 x 20.4mm (W x H x D) excluding projections
Carry-anywhere light weight of approx. 115g (4 oz.)
Four-direction mode selector smoothes operation
BSS (Best Shot Selector) identifies and saves the sharpest image automatically from ten sequential shots
Exposure BSS identifies and saves users choice of image with least overexposure, least underexposure or best overall optimum exposure from five sequential shots
Auto image rotation activates with use of Face-priority AF – automatically turning images recorded in vertical orientation for optimal LCD playback
Blur Warning alerts when an image is blurred, allowing the user to shoot again before leaving the scene
Approx. 24MB internal memory
3 movie modes, Time-lapse movie up to 30fps, Stop-motion movie function at specified speed available
Improved Graphical User Interface (GUI) refines menu visibility
Help function displays simple explanations for functions on the main menu
Menu available in a choice of 20 languages:
Simplified Chinese/Traditional Chinese/Korean/Russian/Thai/
Noise Reduction produces better results when shooting in low light
Time Zone function makes for easy image sorting after traveling
Battery Charger MH-62 supplied
Choice of White Balance
Auto with TTL control, 6-mode manual (Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash and Preset)
USB port offers easy connectivity to computers and printers supporting PictBridge
Rechargeable EN-EL8 Li-ion battery takes up to 190 shots (approx.) on a single charge
Nikon Digital Camera COOLPIX S9 Specifications
1/2.5-inch type (approx. 6.36 million total pixels)
High (2816*), Normal (2816), Normal (2048), PC (1024), TV (640)
3x Zoom-Nikkor ED; 6.4-19.2mm (35mm  format equivalent to approx. 38-114mm); f/3.5-4.3; 13 elements in 10 groups; Digital zoom: up to 4x
Focus range (approx.)
25cm (0.8 ft.) to infinity (8), 4cm (1.6 in.) to infinity (8) in Macro mode
2.5-inch type, 153,600-dot TFT LCD monitor with brightness adjustment
SD memory card and internal memory (approx. 24MB)
Auto, 4 modes with Scene assist (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait), 11 Scene modes (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), Exposure BSS, Colour Options, Blur Warning, Date Imprint, Self-timer (10 sec.)
With sound: TV movie (640) at 30fps, Small size (320) at 30fps, Smaller size (160) at 30fps; Without sound: Time-lapse movie at 30fps, Stop-motion movie at specified speed available
Capture modes: 1) Single, 2) Continuous (approx. 1.7fps), 3) Multi-shot 16 (approx. 2.1fps, only available at image size 6M), 4) Interval timer shooting
Number of frames
(w/ Internal memory): 6M: High (2816*) approx. 9, Normal (2816) approx. 18, 3M: Normal (2048) approx. 32
Range: approx. 0.25-3.2m/ 10 in. - 10.5 ft. (W), approx. 0.45-2.6m/ 1.47 ft. - 8.5 ft. (T); Flash modes: Auto, Auto with Red-eye Reduction (In-Camera Red-Eye Fix), Flash Cancel, Anytime Flash and Slow sync.
USB, Audio Video output
Total of 20 languages: German/English/Spanish/French/Italian/Dutch/Russian/ Swedish/Japanese/Simplified Chinese/Traditional Chinese /Korean/Thai/Portuguese/Polish/Indonesian/Finnish/Danish
/Norwegian/Czech selectable in menu display
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL8 (supplied)
Battery life (approx.): 190 shots with EN-EL8 (based on CIPA standard)
Dimensions (WxHxD): Approx. 90.5 x 58.0 x 20.4mm (3.5 x 2.2 x 0.8 in.) excluding projections
115g (4 oz.) without battery and SD memory card
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL8, Battery Charger MH-62, USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP14, Strap, PictureProject CD-ROM
* Supplied accessories may differ by country or area.
PictureProject System Requirements
OS Macintosh: Mac® OS X version 10.3.9 or later
Windows: Windows® XP Home Edition/Professional, Windows® 2000 Professional pre-installed models
Note 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®. Pictmotion contains patented technologies provided by muvee Technologies Pte. Ltd. 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. August 2006 ©2006 NIKON CORPORATION