Release Issued by Nikon:
Nikon announces the introduction of the COOLPIX L2, COOLPIX L3 and COOLPIX L4 entry-level digital compact cameras.
The trio combines an array of high-quality components including a 3x Zoom-Nikkor lens and a bright 2.0-inch LCD screen with in-camera image-improvement features, housed in lightweight, compact yet elegantly finished bodies.
All three cameras boast powerful 3x Zoom-Nikkor lenses with a focal range equivalent to that of a 38-116mm (114mm for the COOLPIX L4) (35mm equivalent), providing freedom to zoom in for tight personal portraits, or zoom out to capture expansive outdoor scenes.
The CCD delivers higher performance within tighter dimensions, greatly adding to the cameras’ compact form and portability while offering generous effective megapixel values of 6.0 for the COOLPIX L2, 5.1 for the COOLPIX L3, and 4.0 for the COOLPIX L4, ensuring the refined image clarity that users have come to expect from Nikon.
All three latest L series models also feature a bright, easy-to-view 2.0-inch LCD that’s now even easier to operate with new icons and function selections as well as a brand new colour scheme.
The specific design aspects of the COOLPIX L2, L3 and L4 make it streamlined and comfortable to hold. The curved grip contributes both to the cameras’ ergonomics and shooting stability.
In common with the entire COOLPIX digital camera range, these three latest additions feature a number of Nikon inspired capabilities that give the user the power to automatically improve recorded images in-camera. Available in playback mode, for example, the D-Lighting function selects and creates a copy of images with excessive backlight or insufficient flash illumination, adding light and detail wherever needed.
Nikon’s Face-priority AF* function automatically detects and focuses on people’s faces, regardless of where they are in the frame, ensuring superb crisp-focus portraits. The In-Camera Red-Eye Fix function analyses each image, automatically finding and then correcting the accidental red-eye that sometimes occurs in flash photography, for more natural-looking portraits.
A choice of 15 different Scene modes – four with Scene assist – ensures desired results in a wide range of everyday situations. By choosing the Scene mode best suited to the subject at hand, the COOLPIX L2, L3 or L4 automatically selects the ideal settings, whether indoor party or outdoor nighttime fireworks display. Scene assist displays useful framing guides in the monitor, helping the user compose shots for optimal results.
All three of the latest COOLPIX L class cameras are compatible with widely available SD memory cards. The provision of 23MB of internal memory for the COOLPIX L2 and L3 and 10MB for the COOLPIX L4 allows the user to keep shooting when no additional memory is available, as well as easily moving images from one SD card to another.
This latest trio of COOLPIX digital cameras also offer movie-shooting capability** in three sizes: TV movie size (640) for viewing on TV or computers; convenient Small size (320); and Smaller size (160) for extended recording or Internet usage.
Printing is kept simple with PictBridge capability enabling connection to a compatible printer without the need of a computer and USB connectivity eases data transfer to computers and other peripherals.
Completing the picture is the complimentary PictureProject accessory software, which greatly simplifies the importing, editing and organizing of images, and even offers compatibility with a range of plug-ins which allow functions to be extended on demand.
Note: Specifications, design, product name, standard accessories, and release schedule may differ by country or area.
* Face-recognition capability may be limited in some shooting conditions.
** COOLPIX L4 without sound.
Nikon COOLPIX L2/L3/L4 Feature Highlights
High performance from a small CCD
Utilizing space-efficient design parameters that help facilitate the compact size of the COOLPIX L2/L3/L4, the 1/2.5-inch CCD adds the advantage of outstandingly high performance. Boasting effective pixel values of 6 million for the COOLPIX L2, 5.1 million for the COOLPIX L3, and 4 million for the COOLPIX L4, the CCD enables the capture of crisp-focus images that retain their high quality even when significantly enlarged.
3x zoom capability
The remarkably compact dimensions of the COOLPIX L-line cameras belie the incorporation of powerful 38-116mm (114mm for COOLPIX L4) Zoom-Nikkor lenses (35mm equivalent), ensuring the freedom of a 3x zoom. These precision lenses allow zooming in for tightly composed portraits, or zooming way out for expansively wide views, providing greater compositional independence than the average digital camera. Macro mode allows shooting from as close as 4cm for the COOLPIX L4, and 10cm for the COOLPIX L2 and L3.
Simple-to-use features improve images in-camera
A range of unique Nikon functions enables the photographer to actually improve images in-camera. Available in playback mode, the D-Lighting function selects and creates a copy of images with excessive backlight or insufficient flash illumination, adding light and detail wherever needed while keeping other areas as they were. The Face-priority AF function automatically detects and then focuses in on people’s faces, regardless of where they are in the frame, ensuring superb crisp-focus portraits. The In-Camera Red-Eye Fix function analyzes each image, automatically finding and then correcting any accidental red-eye, which sometimes occurs in flash photography, to produce more natural-looking portraits.
AA-size battery compatibility
Despite their compact dimensions, the COOLPIX L2, L3 and L4 are compatible with AA-size batteries, one of the most widely available battery sizes in the world. The power to shoot approximately 180 shots for the COOLPIX L2, 200 shots for the COOLPIX L3, and 250 shots for the COOLPIX L4 when using alkaline batteries greatly augments their compact convenience.
Nikon COOLPIX L2/L3/L4 Other Features
Unique combination of all-round quality, ease of operation, and elegant styling makes COOLPIX L2, COOLPIX L3, and COOLPIX L4 the compact digital camera of choice for entry-level photographers
Compact, portable dimensions for COOLPIX L2 and L3 of 91 x 60.5 x 26mm (3.6 x 2.4 x 1.0 in.) (W x H x D); COOLPIX L4: 86.5 x 60.5 x 34.5mm (3.4 x 2.4 x 1.4 in.)
Light weight for COOLPIX L2 and L3 of approx. 120g (4.2 oz) (without battery and SD memory card); COOLPIX L4: approx. 115g (4.1 oz) (without battery and SD memory card)
BSS (Best Shot Selector) automatically selects the shot with the sharpest focus from a series of consecutive images
Blur Warning informs user after shooting if an image is blurred
Time zone function enables local time to be set regardless of where you are in the world
Single AF and Continuous AF selectable in Movie mode
Capture modes: Single, Continuous and Multi-Shot 16 for COOLPIX L2 and L3; Single and Multi-Shot 16 for the L4
Built-in flash: features settings for Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction (In-Camera Red-Eye Fix), Off, Fill Flash and Slow sync.
Noise reduction provides more attractive results in low-light conditions
Digital zoom of up to 4x
Choice of White Balance
Auto with TTL control, 6-mode manual (Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash and White Bal. Preset)
USB connectivity allows quick and easy data transfer to computers and other peripherals
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