Nikon Coolpix 2000 Review

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First Look posted 05/29/2002
Full Review posted 08/02/2002

Introduction & Physical Views

Click to take a QuickTime VR tour of the Nikon Coolpix 2000
Click on the Coolpix 2000 to take a QuickTime VR tour

The Nikon Coolpix 2000 is a 2-megapixel digital camera with a 3x (38-114mm 35mm equivalent) Zoom-Nikkor lens, it was designed for those looking for an entry-level camera. Complete with five automatic Scene modes, One-Touch Upload button and a built- in Speedlight featuring Red-eye reduction, Automatic, Anytime Flash, Flash Cancel and Slow Sync modes. Its Movie mode allows you to capture up to 20 seconds of motion video. The multi-function controls let you set the Image Quality, Image Size, White Balance, Exposure Metering, Continuous Shooting, Best Shot Selector, Exposure Compensation and Image Sharpening when you're ready to take more control over the photographic process.

Common Nikon features are included in the Coolpix 2000 like the Quick Review button that allows you to zoom in on the photo just taken to be sure you caught that special moment without having to switch to play mode. The One-Touch Upload button transfers images to a computer desktop or the Internet, when it is connected to a computer with the included USB cable. The Coolpix 2000 can also save the image in a reduced size with the Small Picture button for emailing to family and friends.

Once the photos are stored on the computer, the included NikonView 5 image browser software offers an image editing and processing package to organize, retrieve and print images, create a slideshow and share pictures via email, the Web or PDAs. Also included in the package are ArcSoft programs: PhotoImpression, a manipulation package that allows users to edit, retouch or apply special effects to photos and VideoImpression, which lets users edit and share QuickTime movies. The package also offers ArcSoft's Panorama Maker to stitch together a number of images to create panoramic photographs and PhotoBase for PDAs. Also packed with the camera is a video cable to display a slide show from the camera directly onto a TV screen.

Coolpix 2000 Features at a Glance:

  • Nikkor 3x optical zoom (38-114mm in 35mm equivalent)
  • Macro focus with AF as close as 1.6 inch
  • 2.0-megapixel CCD imager
  • Image sizes: 1632 x 1224, 1024 x 768 or 640 x 480 pixels
  • 1.5-inch TFT color monitor
  • Built-in flash with auto, fill, flash off, slow sync, and red-eye reduction.
  • CompactFlash Type I card slot
  • Four "AA" battery power supply
  • QuickReview feature
  • Programmed Auto Exposure plus five Scene modes
  • Drive modes: Single, Continuous, Movie
  • QuickTime movie clips QVGA 320x240 @ 15fps up to 20 secs.
  • Coolpix-exclusive Best Shot Selector exposure mode
  • 60-segment Matrix Metering
  • One-Touch upload to computer or Internet
  • Video Output with NTSC or PAL format
  • USB 1.1 connectivity

A Nikon Coolpix 16MB Starter Memory Card for storing images and four AA-type standard alkaline batteries to power the Coolpix 2000 are also included. The Coolpix 2000 weighs approximately six-ounces and measuring 4.3 x 2.7 x 1.5-inches.

The Coolpix 2000 will be available in July 2002 with an MSRP of $249.95.

Physical Views

Nikon Coolpix 2000

Nikon Coolpix 2000

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Nikon Coolpix 2000

Nikon Coolpix 2000

Nikon Coolpix 2000

The Coolpix 2000 and a standard Compact Disc for size comparison.

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Coolpix 2000 Specifications

Effective pixels 2.0 million
CCD 1/2.7-in. type (2.11 million total pixels)
Image size Selectable from: 1,632 (1,632 x 1,224 pixels), 1,024 (1,024 x 768 pixels), 640 (640 x 480 pixels)
Lens 3x Zoom-Nikkor; Focal Length 5.8 -17.4mm, F = 2.8 - 4.9 (35mm camera format equivalent to 38-114mm); Seven elements in six groups
Digital zoom 2.5X digital zoom
Autofocus (AF) Contrast-detect through-the-lens (TTL) AF
Focus range 12 in. to infinity in normal mode and from 1.6 in. to infinity in Macro mode.
Focus mode Single AF (continuous AF in macro close-up mode)
LCD Monitor 1.5-in; 110,000-dot low-temp. polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Frame coverage Approximately 95% vertical and 95% horizontal
Storage media CompactFlash™ (CF) card Type I (16MB Nikon Starter Memory Card included)
File system Compliant with Design rule for Camera File systems (DCF), Exif 2.2, and Digital Print Order Format (DPOF)
Compression JPEG-baseline-compliant
Exposure Metering 60-segment matrix metering, spot, center-weighted
Exposure control Programmed auto exposure with exposure compensation (-2.0 - +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)
Exposure Range (ISO 100 equivalent) W: 1.9 - 15.9 EV
T: 3.5 - 17.6 EV
Shutter Mechanical and charge-coupled electronic shutter
Shutter Speed 1 - 1/1000 s
Aperture Electronically-controlled preset aperture
Aperture Range Two steps
Sensitivity Approximately equivalent to ISO 100 (auto gain to ISO 400 equivalent)
Self-timer Ten- and three-second duration
Number of frames w/16MB CF card Fine: approx. 16; Normal: approx. 33; Basic: approx. 65
Built-in Speedlight Flash Range: 0.4 - 2.7 m (1´4½ - 8´10½)
(W) 0.4 - 1.3 m (1´4½ - 4´3½) (T)
Flash control: Sensor flash system
Flash modes: Auto, Flash cancel (off), Red-Eye Reduction,
Anytime Flash (fill-flash), Slow Sync
Computer interface USB 1.1
Power Sources • Four LR6 (AA) batteries • EH-53 AC adapter (available separately)
Battery life Approximately 60 minutes (measured at room temperature [20 °C/68°F] under standard Nikon test conditions: zoom adjusted with each shot, flash used in approximately one third of photographs, image quality set to NORMAL)
(W x H x D)
108 � 69 � 38 mm (4.25 � 2.75 � 1.55 inches)
Weight Approximately 190 g (6.8 oz) without battery or memory card
Supplied accessories* Strap, 16MB CF card, USB cable, 4 - AA alkaline batteries, Nikon View 5 (COOLPIX) CD-ROM
* Supplied accessories may differ by country and area.

Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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