Nikon announces 10-Megapixel Nikon D200 Digital SLR

10-Megapixels for poster-size enlargements
Press Release

Nikon Corporation and Australian distributor Maxwell Optical Industries
are pleased to announce the introduction of the D200. Combining
newly-developed Nikon technologies with advanced features, the D200 is
a precision-engineered, high-performance digital SLR designed to
satisfy the requirements of passionate and demanding photographers.

Employing a new 10.2 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD image
sensor, and featuring Nikon’s exclusive image processing engine and
image-optimising functionality, the D200 captures images with sharp
detail and faithful colour to deliver extraordinary resolution that
supports significant image enlargement and enables greater freedom for
creative cropping.

This image sensor also incorporates high-speed 4-channel data output
and features a new Optical Low Pass Filter, significantly reducing the
incidence of moiré as well as colour fringing and shifting.
Furthermore, 4-channel output allows the D200 to adopt the advanced
image-processing engine of the D2x, which combines colour-independent
preconditioning prior to A/D conversion with advanced digital image
processing algorithms, to deliver fine colour gradations with
satisfyingly smooth, consistent transitions.

Equipped with Nikon’s exclusive 1005-pixel 3D Colour Matrix Metering
II, the D200 seamlessly determines ideal exposures, even in complex
lighting conditions. Capturing scene elements including brightness,
contrast and colour content with a 1005-pixel RGB-enabled sensor, this
advanced system employs improved algorithms for even better evaluation
of highlight and shadow detail, and an onboard database of over 30,000
images to evaluate against the content of each scene.

The D-200 is even compatible with (non-CPU) Nikkor F-mount lenses. The
user simply dials in focal length and aperture information, and the
camera does the rest!


Handling response is exceptional. With power-up in a mere 0.15 seconds,
a remarkable shutter lag of only 50 milliseconds and a shortened
viewfinder blackout time of just 105 milliseconds, the D200 excels in
the capture of fleeting or unexpected moments. Combined with high-speed
continuous shooting capability at up to 5fps, and continuous bursts of
up to 37 JPEG (Fine-large) images* or 22 shots* in NEF (RAW) format,
the D200 is a perfect choice for discriminating photographers, and a
natural choice for wedding, event and action specialists

*When using a SanDisk SDCFH (Ultra II) or SDCFX (Extreme III) 1GB CF card.

For accurate autofocus across a more diverse range of compositions, the
D200 features a new and highly accurate 11-area AF system in addition
to its 7 wide-area AF – both of which are based on Nikon’s advanced
Multi-CAM 1000 AF Sensor Module. Not only does this AF system support
the photographer with fast and precise autofocus under a variety of
shooting conditions, but it also offers an array of functions for
greater flexibility – allowing an individual area to be selected from
either the 11-area AF or 7-wide area AF sensors for Single AF, or
making use of multiple sensors to enable Dynamic AF, Closest Subject
Priority Dynamic AF, and Group Dynamic AF.

Complementing its excellent handling, the D200 has been created with a
magnesium alloy chassis that combines light weight with durability. In
addition to this, it also features an enhanced sealing system that
helps protect exterior seams from potentially damaging moisture and
dust. The D200 also features a large and bright viewfinder offering
large 0.94x magnification to ensure the clearest view possible for
precise composition, as well as built-in dioptre adjustment that allows
the camera to be calibrated to the photographer’s eyesight.

Viewing excellence is taken further with an expansive 2.5-inch
high-resolution LCD that provides an ultra-wide 170˚ viewing angle from
all directions. It also offers the ability to magnify images by up to
400%, to enable photographers to closely inspect fine details in their
work. The LCD features a selectable RGB histogram display, which allows
photographers to make better-informed exposure decisions by viewing
either a composite RGB histogram, or a separate histogram for each
individual colour channel.

The D200 also features the largest top LCD panel among cameras in its
class, to convey maximum information at a glance with easy access to
shooting data including shooting mode, battery condition, card
information, gridline display, shutter speed, F-stop and number of
remaining shots.

Simultaneous NEF (RAW) and JPEG capture

The D200 offers the photographer the option to shoot in
memory-efficient JPEG format, in the NEF (RAW) format, or in both
simultaneously. This allows photographers to select the image best
suited to the purpose at hand or make use of the myriad advantages of
NEF (RAW), which comprises not only the RAW image data captured by the
10.2 megapixel image sensor but also a thumbnail image and a highly
useful “Instruction Set” of the cameras settings at the time of

NEF allows each and every element of the Instruction Set data – such as
white balance, colour balance and tone curves and more – to be reset
for each recorded image at any time after shooting through the use of
Nikon Capture software (available for purchase separately). Use of
Nikon Capture also allows NEF to preserve a record of the original
settings even after the saving of a new version, making it easy to
return to the original results in just a few clicks.

Nikon Capture 4.4 enables a flexible, stable and creative workflow for
any photographer, through Nikon’s unique approach, referred to as
“Camera to NEF to Capture” performance.

Like all Nikon SLR cameras, the D200 also offers all the advantages of
compatibility with Nikon’s superior and comprehensive Total Imaging
System. High image quality is assured through compatibility with over
50 outstanding AF Nikkor lenses, including Nikon’s DX Nikkor lenses
engineered exclusively for use with Nikon digital SLRs and an extensive
array of AF Nikkors designed for use on digital and 35mm SLRs.
Expanding the Total Imaging System further, the D200s offers
compatibility with the Nikon Creative Lighting System, enabling
high-precision flash photography with SB-800, SB-600 and the new
SB-R200 Speedlight, to offer benefits such as i-TTL flash control,
Advanced Wireless Lighting, highly reliable FV Lock and Auto FP
High-Speed Sync. Nikon’s Total Imaging System also allows the
photographer to benefit from the use of Nikon’s digital-exclusive DX
Nikkor lenses as well as those from Nikon’s 35mm/digital compatible AF
Nikkor System.

The latest version of Nikon’s PictureProject software (included)
enables easy image editing, organization and sharing as well as the
design of multi-image album pages, the creation of slideshows and much
more to push photographic enjoyment even further. Nikon’s image
processing software, Nikon Capture 4 (Ver. 4.4) (available for purchase
separately) allows photographers to reprocess and refine images or even
initiate processing settings as an
alternative to those made by the
camera, and it also accepts a diverse range of optional plug-in
software, such as the nik Colour Efex Pro 2.0 range of filters and

Taking freedom and versatility even further, the D200 is compatible
with the Wireless Transmitter WT-3* (available second quarter, 2006),
which delivers
IEEE802.11b/g compatibility to enable cable-free image
transfer to a compatible computer with the added assurance of
wide-ranging network and security protocols. For additional
convenience, the Wireless Transmitter WT-3 provides alternative buttons
for shutter release and AF start as well as an extra command dial to
facilitate more comfortable shooting in vertical format.

* Available only in countries that approve the use of 13 frequency channels.

The Nikon D200 will be available in Australia in January at a price yet to be determined.

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

Major features

Exceptional imaging performance

  • Newly developed 10.2 effective megapixel Nikon DX Format CCD
    image sensor with the power to capture exceptional sharpness and
    faithful colour at 3,872 x 2,592 pixels size. Incorporates high-speed
    4-channel data output that contributes to 5fps continuous shooting
    performance and employs a newly developed Optical Low Pass Filter that
    helps prevent moiré, colour fringing and shifting while improving
    resolving power.
  • Adopts the industry-leading advanced imaging processing engine of
    the D2x, which allows colour-independent pre-conditioning prior to A/D
    conversion to work in symphony with advanced digital image processing
    algorithms to achieve fine colour gradations with exceptionally smooth,
    consistent transitions.
  • Newly developed 11-area AF system packs the same number of focus
    areas available for the professional D2 series into a space-efficient
    system, with the photographer able to select individual focus areas
    from 11-area wide and 7 wide-area AF for Single Area AF, Dynamic AF
    that delivers precise Continuous servo AF mode operation for moving
    subjects, Closest Subject Priority Dynamic AF and also Group Dynamic
    AF. All such AF options are supported by refined lens-controlling
    algorithms that realise improved focus precision, better subject
    acquisition capability, keener subject tracking ability and overall
    improved system response.
  • 3D Colour Matrix Metering II (AE) – as used in the D2x – delivers
    optimised exposure through the use of new technology developed for the
    Nikon 1,005-pixel RGB exposure/Colour Matrix Metering Sensor.
    Evaluating brightness, colour, contrast, selected focus area and
    camera-to-subject distance, this system references all such data
    against an expanded onboard database that has been created using data
    from more than 30,000 actual photographic scenes to instantly and
    accurately calculate the final value with high-level dependability
    during both automatic and manual operation. Also offers variable size
    center-weighted metering which concentrates 75% of sensitivity within
    the center-weighted circle, as well as spot metering supporting each
    individual sensor of both the 7 wide-area AF and 11-area AF groups.
  • New image optimization modes enable photographers to produce
    results more closely matching the intended results, with a range of
    choice comprising optimization of sharpening, tone (contrast), colour,
    saturation, and hue, with choices from Normal, Softer, Vivid, More
    vivid, Portrait, Custom and Black-and-white optimization.

Impressively high speed

  • Near instant power-up of 0.15 seconds lets photographers respond to sudden opportunities.
  • A mere 50-millisecond shutter time lag promotes fast handling,
    while 105-millisecond viewfinder blackout realizes assured control
    that’s especially useful during continuous shooting.
  • Swift continuous shooting performance at 5 frames per second
    enables the shooting of up to 37 JPEG (Fine-Large) images* or up to 22
    NEF (RAW) images*, with shutter speeds ranging from 1/8,000 of a second
    to 30 seconds.

*When using a SanDisk SDCFH (Ultra II) or SDCFX (Extreme III) 1GB CF card.  

Further versatility

  • Multiple exposure enables up to 10 separate images to be used to
    create a single composite to produce imaginative and even surreal
  • Image overlay function creates a composite image in-camera from
    two selected NEF (RAW) images. The original files remain unaltered,
    opacity can be precisely controlled and the resultant image can be
    saved in either RAW, JPEG or TIFF format.
  • Connection to a GPS (Global Positioning System) unit via an
    optionally available GPS Adapter Cord MC-35 enables the recording of
    data including latitude, longitude, elevation and UTC (Coordinated
    Universal Time) along with conventional shooting data for each image.
  • A large 2.5-inch LCD monitor with a 170˚ viewing angle from every
    direction assists accurate assessment of sharpness by enabling image
    preview with up to 400% magnification. It also offers RGB information
    as a single display or separate histograms for each colour channel to
    enable better exposure-related decision-making.
  • The large top LCD panel makes it easy to read a wealth of data at
    a glance, such as shooting mode, battery condition, card information,
    gridline display, shutter speed, F stop and number of remaining shots.
  • A new colour-coded menu display features a colour scheme that
    promotes easy viewing as well as the use of intuitive keywords that
    assist speedy navigation. There’s also a Recent Settings list that
    displays the last 14 settings selected from shooting and Custom menus
    and playback options include single frame, 4- or 9-image thumbnail
    display, zoom with scroll, histogram indication and highlight point
  • A chassis crafted from magnesium alloy gives the D200 lightweight
    resilience, while an enhanced sealing system helps protect each and
    every exterior seam from potentially damaging dust and moisture.
  • A double-bladed shutter unit tested to well over 100,000 cycles
    ensures highly reliable, highly durable performance. The shutter unit
    also employs a refined mirror balance mechanism that allows the mirror
    to complete its motion cycle and reach a complete stop with virtually
    no mirror bounce, providing the extended viewfinder visibility
    essential for fast, accurate focus tracking and continuous shooting.
  • The newly developed high-energy EN-EL3e rechargeable lithium-ion
    battery delivers enough power to support the shooting of up to 1,800
    images on a single charge, can be recharged at any time and features a
    handy real-time fuel gauge system display that shows remaining charge
    by percentage, number of shots since last charge and overall battery
  • The optionally available MB-D200 battery pack adds extended
    shooting capability with an ergonomic design. Able to run on either six
    AA-size batteries or two EN-EL3e batteries*, it also features an
    additional command dial and alternative buttons for shutter release and
    AF start that make for more comfortable vertical shooting.  
  • * Compatible AA-size batteries comprise alkaline, NiMH, lithium and nickel-manganese batteries.
  • The Wireless Transmitter WT-3* adds all the convenience of
    IEEE802.11b/g capability, enabling cable-free image transfer to a
    compatible computer while also supporting wide-ranging network and
    security protocols for added assurance.
  • * Available only in countries that approve the use of thirteen frequency channels.

Compatible with Nikon’s Total Ima
ging System

  • Compatible with Nikon’s digital-exclusive DX Nikkor lenses as well as Nikon’s 35mm/digital compatible AF Nikkor System.
  • Compatibility with the Nikon Creative Lighting System allows the
    D200 to work seamlessly with SB-800, SB-600 and
    SB-R200 Speedlights to
    deliver the benefits of i-TTL flash control’s advanced monitor
    pre-flash, accurate measurement for bounce and versatile wireless
    operation. SB-600 and SB-800 Speedlights also offer a Wide-Area
    AF-assist Illuminator specially tailored to the D200’s 11-area
    Multi-CAM 1000 AF Sensor Module.
  • Nikon Capture 4 (Ver. 4.4) unlocks the extensive potential of NEF
    (Nikon Electronic Format). Not only does it make smoother fidelity for
    tonal and other colour corrections possible, but it also empowers
    photographers to reprocess images at any time and save the results to
    the original NEF file as a new Instruction Set, or as a TIFF or JPEG
    file, while retaining the integrity of the original data at all times.
  • PictureProject Ver. 1.6 (complimentary with camera) empowers the
    photographer with tools that help expand the enjoyment of photography.
    These include tools for Organising the images to promote effective
    viewing, Automatic and manual options for image editing, Design
    selections that help make multi-image album and presentation pages, and
    tools to help photographers share images with others through CD/DVD
    burning, slide shows, muvee presentations, fast and effective e-mailing
    and access to Nikon’s PictureProject In-touch. In addition to helping
    anyone enjoy their pictures, PictureProject also provides the means to
    make sure that the computer’s hard drive won’t turn into an “electronic
    shoe box” full of pictures – instead they can be kept as neatly ordered
    as the user like!


Nikon Digital SLR Camera D200 Specifications

Type of Camera:        Single-lens reflex digital camera

Effective Pixels:         10.2 million

Image Sensor:        RGB CCD, 23.6 x 15.8mm; total pixels: 10.92 million

Image Size (pixels):        3,872 x 2,592 [L], 2,896 x 1,944 [M], 1,936 x 1,296 [S]

ISO Sensitivity:     100 to 1600 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV with additional settings up to 1 EV over 1600

Storage Media:        CompactFlash(TM) (CF) Card (Type I and II) and Microdrive(TM)

Storage System:        Compressed NEF (RAW): 12-bit compression, JPEG: JPEG baseline-compliant

File System:        Exif 2.21, Compliant DCF 2.0 and DPOF

White Balance:    Auto (TTL white balance with
1,005-pixel RGB sensor), six manual modes with fine-tuning, colour
temperature setting, preset white balance, white balance bracketing
possible (2 to 9 frames in increments of 1, 2 or 3)

LCD Monitor:    2.5-in., 230,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD, brightness adjustment

Playback Function:    1) Full frame 2) Thumbnail (4 or 9
segments) 3) Zoom 4) Slideshow 5) RGB histogram indication 6) Shooting
data 7) Highlight point display 8) Auto image rotation

Delete Function:        Card format, All photographs delete, Selected photographs delete

Video Output:        Can be selected from NTSC and PAL

Interface:    USB 2.0(Hi-speed) (mini-B connector); mass
storage and PTP connectable; FTP file transfer and PTP/IP camera
control/file transfer is also available with optional WT-3 (IEEE
802.11b/g); CF card slot Type II: supports firmware updates via CF cards

Text Input:    Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text
input available with LCD monitor and multi-selector; stored in Exif

Compatible Lenses:    Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)

Picture Angle:         Equivalent in 35mm [135] format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length

Viewfinder:        Fixed eye-level pentaprism; built-in dioptre adjustment (-2.0 to +1.0m-1)

Eyepoint:            19.5mm (-1.0m-1)

Focusing Screen:    Type-B BriteView Clear Matte screen
Mark II with superimposed focus brackets and On-Demand grid lines

Viewfinder Coverage:    Approx. 95% (vertical & horizontal)

Viewfinder Magnification:    Approx. 0.94x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0m-1

Viewfinder Information:    Focus indications, Metering
system, AE/FV lock indicator, Flash sync indicator, Shutter speed,
Aperture value, Exposure/Exposure compensation indicator, ISO
sensitivity, Exposure mode, Flash output level compensation, Exposure
compensation, Number of remaining exposures

Autofocus:     TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM
1000 autofocus module with AF-assist illuminator (approx. 0.5m to 3.0m)
Detection range: EV -1 to +19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal
temperature: 20°C/68°F)

Lens Servo:     Instant single-servo AF (S);
continuous-servo AF (C); manual (M); predictive focus tracking
automatically activated according to subject status in continuous-servo

Focus Area:     Normal: 11 areas; single area or group
can be selected; Wide: focus area can be selected from 7 areas

AF Area Mode:     1) Single Area AF 2) Dynamic Area AF
3) Group Dynamic AF 4) Dynamic area AF with closest subject priority

Focus Lock:    Focus can be locked by pressing
shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing
AE-L/AF-L button

Exposure Metering System:    Three-mode through-the-lens (TTL) exposure metering

1) 3D Colour Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); colour matrix
metering II (other CPU lenses); colour matrix metering available with
non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data; metering performed by
1,005-segment RGB sensor

2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, 10, or 13mm dia. circle in center of frame

3) Spot: Meters 3mm dia. circle (about 2.0% of frame) centered on
active focus area (on center focus area when non-CPU lens is used)

Exposure Metering Range

(ISO 100, f1.4 lens, 20°C):    EV 0 to 20 (3D Colour
Matrix or center-weighted metering) EV 2 to 20 (spot metering)

Exposure Meter Coupling:    Combined CPU and AI

Exposure Modes:    Programmed Auto [P] with flexible
program; Shutter-Priority Auto [S]; Aperture Priority Auto [A]; Manual

Exposure Compensation:    ±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV

Auto Exposure Lock:     Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button

Auto Exposure Bracketing:     2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2, or 3

Shooting Modes:     1) Single frame shooting mode 2)
Continuous low speed (CL) shooting mode: 1-4 frames per second 3)
Continuous high-speed shooting mode: 5 frames per second 4) Self-timer
shooting mode 5) Mirror-up mode

Shutter:     Electronically-controlled vertical-travel
focal plane shutter, 30 to 1/8000 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV,

Sync Contact:         X-contact only; flash synchronisation at up to 1/250 sec.

Flash Control:         1) TTL: TTL flash control by 1,005-pixel RGB sensor

Built-in Speedlight: i-TTL balanced fill-flash or standard i-T
TL flash (spot metering or mode dial set to [M])

SB-800, SB-600 or SB-R200: i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR

            2) Auto aperture: Available with SB-800 with CPU lens

3) Non-TTL Auto: Ava
ilable with Speedlights such as SB-800, 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27, and 22s

4) Range-priority manual; available with SB-800

Flash Sync Mode:     1) Front-curtain Sync (normal
sync), 2) Red-eye Reduction, 3) Red-eye Reduction with Slow Sync, 4)
Slow Sync, 5) Rear-curtain Sync

Built-in Flash:         Manual pop-up with button release

Guide number (ISO 100 at m/ft and 20°C/68°F): approx. 12/39 (manual 13/42)

Flash Compensation:     -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV

Accessory Shoe:         Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock provided

Sync Terminal:         ISO 519 standard terminal

Self-timer:         Electronically controlled timer with 2 to 20 seconds duration

Depth of Field Preview:     When CPU lens is attached,
lens aperture can be stopped down to value selected by user (A and M
modes) or value selected by camera (P and S modes)

Remote Control:     Via 10-pin Remote Cord MC-30/36 (optional) or Wireless Remote Control WT-3 (optional)

GPS:     NMEA 0183 (Ver. 2.01) interface standard
supported with 9-pin D-sub cable (optional) and GPS Adapter Cord MC-35

Power Source:     One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
EN-EL3e, MB-D200 battery pack (optional) with one or two rechargeable
Nikon EN-EL3e Li-ion batteries or six AA alkaline (LR6), NiMH (HR6),
lithium (FR6) batteries, or ZR6 nickel-manganese AA batteries, AC
Adapter EH-6 (optional)

Tripod Socket:         1/4 in. (ISO 1222)

Dimensions (W x H x D):    Approx. 147 x 113 x 74mm (5.8 x 4.4 x 2.9 in.)

Weight:     Approx. 830g (1 lbs 13 oz) without battery, memory card, body cap, or monitor cover

Supplied Accessories*:     Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
EN-EL3e, Quick Charger MH-18a, Video Cable, USB Cable UC-E4, Strap,
Body cap, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecup DK-21, LCD monitor cover
BM-6, PictureProject CD-ROM

Optional Accessories:     Multi-Power Battery pack
MB-D200, Wireless Transmitter WT-3, Semi-soft case D200, Magnifying
Eyepiece DK-21M, Remote cord MC-36/30, GPS Adapter Cord MC-35, AC
Adapter EH-6, Speedlight SB-800/SB-600/SB-R200, Nikon Capture 4 (Ver.
4.4), CompactFlash card

* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area.

CompactFlash(TM) is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation. Products and brand
names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective

The New Olympus 10x Zoom camera

The SP-500UZ offers a 10x optical zoom and 6 million pixels in an impressive package
The new SP-500UZ seems to be a pretty impressive package. Six million
pixels and a 10x optical zoom with a decent maximum aperture may make
this a great camera for parents of sporting children, as well as
photography enthusiasts.

Main features:

  • 6.0 million pixels
  • Bright 10x zoom lens (equiv. to 38-380mm) 1:2.8-3.7, plus 5x digital zoom
  • Electronic viewfinder with 201,600 pixels
  • 6.4cm/2.5″ LCD
  • Auto, Programme, Aperture Priority, Shutter priority and manual
    exposure and 21 scene modes (e.g. Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Sunset)
  • Focusing options: iESP autofocus and Spot incl. option for
    selectable AF area with 143 points, plus Predictive AF for back or
    forward moving subjects
  • Super Macro mode up to 3cm
  • Histogram function in shooting mode and playback
  • Auto Bracketing for up to 5 frames
  • Sequence shooting with 2.5 shots per second up to 3 images
  • Recording in JPEG or RAW format
  • Movie recording with sound up to VGA size at 30fps (recording up to the capacity of the memory)
  • 10MB internal memory plus xD-Picture Card slot
  • TruePic TURBO image processor
  • USB AutoConnect
  • PictBridge compatible
  • SDK support
  • Optional macro, tele and wide converters can be attached

As goes with such a long zoom, the camera has an electronic viewfinder
and has RAW capability. We’ll be reviewing once we can get a unit.

The SP-500UZ will be available from October 2005 in selected retail
outlets, at an Australian RRP of $599. Check local pricing in other

DigArts Creates A Rumble In The Jungle

Jungle DVD offers high speed imaging tools for art pros using Corel Painter or Paint Shop Pro.
Press Release

DigArts Software announces the release of their newest collection of
high-speed paints for art professionals using Corel Painter or Paint
Shop Pro.

“Jungle DVD is a massive upgrade to our Jungle series,” said Dennis
Berkla, president of DigArts Software.  “It adds over 800 new
nozzles and tubes that render forests, trees and gardens better than
ever, whether as textures for 3D game environments, film effects and
architectural visualizations or for photo retouching, illustration and
fine art.  I like to think of it as our rumble in the imaging
jungle because they’re a real advance in imaging media.”

Jungle DVD’s new “cluster” paints work as progressive iterations of
plant growth.  Think next generation paints that render
landscapes, trees and nature with unmatched ease and visual
sophistication.  That’s because artists actually paint with
coordinated clusters of foliage and flowers. They simply spray the
foliage the way they want it to grow, even at print resolutions. 
Whole forests are possible, not to mention gardens, trees, plants and

“And we didn’t stop there,” Berkla continued. “We doubled and tripled
the number of images in the paint sets while increasing angular
diversity and articulation.  The result is the paints render with
greater realism.  They’re customizable now too.  Artists can
add effects or shadows, even new foliage elements in much the same way
traditional artists mix pigments on a palette.  It’s as simple as
lift, mix, drop and save.  You simply modify the paints as needed.”

The two-disc set, which includes the original Jungle 2D and 3D
products, is currently available for Corel Painter (Mac or Windows) and
Paint Shop Pro. Other versions are in the works.  For detailed
product information, examples and trial versions visit DigArts website

Jungle DVD sells for US$149.95 not including bundle discounts.  Upgrade paths are available as well.

Established in 1994, DigArts Software creates imaging solutions for
artists working in over 40 countries worldwide.  DigArts other
products include Tree Forestry, Grains & Grasses, Palm Paints,
Tubular Neon and assorted texture collections.

The Swivel Is Back

Swivel-mounted 10x zoom Nikon Coolpix S4 combines outstanding performance with ease of use
Press Release

Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the
COOLPIX S4, which along with the Coolpix S3 represents the latest in
the new Nikon “S series” of elegant, lightweight Coolpix cameras. A
stylish camera designed for active people, the Coolpix S4 packs a high
megapixel count, a large LCD monitor and 10x zoom capability into a
swiveling body that allows the lens and LCD sections to move

The Coolpix S4 features a 10x Zoom-Nikkor lens that delivers
outstanding 38-380mm performance (35mm equivalent), giving the user the
freedom to capture everything from extreme close-ups to architecture
and landscapes. It’s also swivel-mounted, to enable easy shooting from
the waist or overhead, and allows better composition for
self-portraits. The Coolpix S4 delivers the imaging resolution of 6.0
effective megapixels, producing quality shots that remain impressive
even when considerably enlarged.

Despite offering such imaging performance, the Coolpix S4 is designed
to fit comfortably in the hand, with the swivelling section neatly
enclosing and protecting the powerful zoom lens and a zoom lever
located on the top of the body for easy operation. The Coolpix S4 also
features a newly-designed grip that contributes to a more confident
shooting feel and features a large, bright 2.5-inch LCD that makes it
easy to compose pictures and simple to play back the results on the
spot. The Coolpix S4 is remarkably slim for a 10x zoom model (with a
depth of 37mm) and weighs just 205g.

A range of unique Nikon capabilities give the user the power to improve recorded images in-camera with automated ease:

In Camera Help

Nikon Coolpix cameras have some of the most advanced features available
today. To ensure that all users get the full advantage of these
features Nikon have built in a “Help” facility to their Coolpix
cameras.  Just press the Help button for a quick, straightforward
explanation of the menu features. Using a camera has never been easier.

Face Priority AF

Imagine a camera smart enough to find a face in a scene. Nikon’s new
Face Priority AF can do just that when selected while using the
camera’s Portrait Scene Mode.

Face-Priority AF uses technology to actually identify up to three faces
within a scene and then sets the camera’s focus point accordingly. The
function even tracks the faces if they move about during composition.

An illuminated box shows the face the Coolpix is focusing on then turns
green to prompt the user to take the picture when focused. The result
is crisp, sharp portraits at the press of a single button. This
state-of-the-art technology makes taking beautiful snapshots as easy as
turning on the camera, framing the shot and pressing the shutter
release. It’s really that simple.

In-Camera Red-Eye Fix(TM)

Other digital cameras usually use only a preflash system to try and
remove red eyes. Nikon’s In-Camera Red-Eye Fix(TM) identifies eyes in an
image, detects the red colouring and removes it automatically for the
user.  Nikon’s red-eye solution is completely transparent to the
user and the result is simple – far less red-eye-effected photographs
straight from the camera.


Tricky lighting situations or insufficient flash can sometimes lead to
dark-looking photographs. Nikon’s new D-Lighting function is a tool to
compensate for these occurrences, dramatically improving the quality of
incorrectly exposed pictures. The D-Lighting function adds light and
detail to the dark areas of your pictures while leaving the
well-exposed areas as they are.

After applying D-Lighting, the camera saves a corrected copy to the
camera’s internal or removable memory, leaving the original image
untouched. D-Lighting corrections can be made at any time.

An application of D-Lighting can literally turn a dark, throwaway shot into a memory worth framing.

The Coolpix S4 is equipped with a useful Blur Warning function too. It
alerts the user whenever a shot may have been compromised by camera
shake, providing a chance to take another image before leaving the

Taking fun and convenience further, the Coolpix S4 can be powered with
a pair of AA-size batteries, which are widely available around the
world in alkaline, lithium or other forms, making the camera well
suited to travel. There’s also a selection of four Movie Modes, three
of which also record sound, while the fourth is a Time-lapse movie
function that allows the capture of action taking place over extended

A choice of 16 Scene Modes simplify shooting in a wide range of common
situations – allowing the user to select the icon that most closely
matches the desired shot, for which the Coolpix S4 selects the optimal
settings automatically. Four of these Scene Modes come with the added
advantage of Scene Assist, which helps the user to achieve better
composition. There’s also the Voice Recording Mode, useful in meetings,
lectures and for captioning “on the fly”. Up to 5 hours of sound can be
recorded when using a 256MB SD card.

Offering PictBridge compatibility, the Coolpix S4 makes printing easy,
too – allowing the camera to be directly connected to compatible
printers to produce photographs without the need for a computer. The
camera also offers USB connectivity that makes it swift and easy to
transfer data to computers and other peripherals. Furthermore, the
Coolpix S4 even comes complete with Nikon’s versatile PictureProject
software – making it simple to edit, organize and share images with a
wide range of easy-to-use functions.

The Coolpix S4 will be available in Australia in October, with an RRP of $649.

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

Nikon Digital Camera Coolpix S4 Specifications

Type:    Compact digital camera

Effective pixels:     6.0 million

CCD     1/2.5-inch type (6.4 million total pixels)

Image modes:     High (2816*), Normal (2816), Normal (2048), PC (1024), TV (640)

Lens:     10x Zoom-Nikkor; 6.3-63mm (35mm [135] format
equivalent to 38-380mm); f/3.5; 12 elements in 9 groups; Digital zoom:
up to 4x (35mm [135] format equivalent to approx. 1520mm)

Focus range:    30cm (12 in.) to infinity (∞), approx. 4cm (1.6 in.) to infinity (∞) in Macro mode

LCD monitor:     2.5-inch type, 110,000-dot TFT LCD monitor with brightness adjustment

Storage media:    Internal memory: approx. 13.5MB, 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), BS
S (Best Shot
Selector), AE-BSS, Colour Options, 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. 1.3fps), 3) Multi-shot 16 (16 frames 1/16 in size)
Number of frames

(w/ Internal memory):    High (2816*) approx. 4, Normal (2816) approx. 9

Built-in flash:    Range: 0.4-3.0m/ 1 ft. 4 in. – 10
ft.; Flash modes: Auto, Auto with Red-eye Reduction (In-Camera Red-Eye
Fix), Anytime Flash, Flash Cancel and Slow sync.

Interface:    USB

Supported languages:  
Chinese/Traditional Chinese/Korean/Russian selectable in menu display

Power requirements:     Two AA-size batteries
(Rechargeable Ni-MH Battery EN-MH1-B2 with Battery Charger MH-71, LR6
alkaline batteries, ZR6 oxy-nickel batteries and FR6/L91 lithium
batteries), AC Adapter EH-62B

Battery life (approx.):     Approx. 290 shots with
EN-MH1-B2 Rechargeable Batteries, approx. 450 shots with lithium
batteries, approx 160 shots with LR6 (AA-size alkaline batteries)
(based on CIPA standard*)

Dimensions (W x H x D):    Approx. 111.5 x 68.5 x 37mm (4.4 x 2.7 x 1.4 in.)

Weight:    Approx. 205g (7.2 oz.) (without batteries and memory card)

Supplied accessories:**    Neck strap, USB Cable UC-E6,
Audio Video Cable EG-CP14, Rechargeable Ni-MH Battery EN-MH1-B2,
Battery Charger MH-71, Lens cap, PictureProject CD-ROM

Optional accessories:    AC Adapter EH-62B

*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: 64MB or more recommended / Windows: 64MB or more recommended (128MB with muvee option)

Hard disk    60MB required for installation

Display    800 x 600 or more with 16-bit colour (full colour 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. August 2005 ©2005 NIKON