Nikon Coolpix 7600 Review

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Nikon Coolpix 7600

Full review posted 5/25/2005

Introduction & Physical Views

Click on the Coolpix 7600 to take a QuickTime VR tour

The Nikon Coolpix 7600 combines state-of-the-art technology, image quality and speed, and delivers it to consumers at a very affordable price. This compact camera features a 7.1-megapixel imager, 3x optical zoom with an exceptionally high quality Nikkor ED glass lens, 1.8-inch LCD screen, and the new Face-priority AF feature.

Nikon's Face-priority AF is smart enough to find your subject's face in the frame when using the Portrait Scene Mode. As its name suggests, Face-priority AF ensures crisp focus when shooting portraits by automatically sensing the presence of a human face within the frame and setting accurate focus accordingly. The Coolpix 7600 can also automatically detect and remove red-eye directly within the camera. Nikon's exclusive In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™ technology detects and corrects red eyes in most typical situations without the need to press buttons or select and highlight the eyes in playback.

The Coolpix 7600 uses intelligent technology to help ensure a balanced exposure and sharpness. Nikon's exclusive new D-Lighting function is another new addition that can literally turn throwaway shots into frame-able memories. The D-Lighting feature can be selected in Playback mode -- automatically compensating for insufficient flash or excessive back lighting in order to obtain balanced exposure throughout the frame. And the Blur Warning, another feature unique to Nikon, alerts the user when a shot is compromised by camera or hand shake, allowing another shot to be taken before leaving the scene.

The Coolpix 7600 makes shooting in a range of common situations even simpler through the incorporation of Scene Modes. Simply select one of the sixteen different Scene Modes that best matches the subject, then point and shoot for optimal results. And capture all the moving action in an expressive manner with the power to record VGA-size movies with sound at a smooth rate of 30 frames per second. You can also connected the camera to a TV, using the included video cable, to share the fun with friends and family.

The Coolpix 7600 makes the entire digital process more convenient. PictBridge compatibility makes it possible to print directly to a printer, without the need for a computer. For those who enjoy organizing and sharing their photographs on a computer, all Nikon Coolpix cameras ship with Nikon's proprietary PictureProject software, a user-friendly photo management software designed expressly for use by Nikon Coolpix photographers, that offers a broad selection of cataloguing, editing and sharing functions. This software package is aimed at providing a central location that is simple, intuitive and seamless for Coolpix digital photographers.

Coolpix 7600 Features at a Glance:

  • 7-megapixel effective CCD for prints up to 16x20 inches
  • Nikkor 3x optical zoom ED glass (38-114mm in 35mm equivalent)
  • Compact, easy to use and lightweight
  • Macro focus with AF as close as 1.6 inches
  • Selectable color modes; Standard, Vivid, B&W, Sepia or Cool
  • Exclusive Face Priority AF makes taking incredible portraits easy
  • Nikon's D-Lighting automatically brightens dark images in playback mode
  • In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™ automatically fixes most instances of red-eye in the camera
  • 1.8-inch TFT color monitor
  • Program AE and 16 pre-programmed Scene modes
  • Single, Continuous, 5-shot buffer, Multi-Shot 16 modes
  • 640x480 @ 30fps movie mode with Vibration Reduction and sound, length limited only by memory card capacity
  • Built-in flash with auto, fill, slow sync, and red-eye reduction
  • TTL Auto White Balance, 6 presets, custom set and bracketing
  • Exif 2.2 and PictBridge compatible
  • 14.5MB internal memory and SD memory card slot
  • Powered by two standard AA type batteries
  • Plug-n-Play USB and PictBridge direct-print compliant

The Coolpix 7600 includes PictureProject, NikonView 6, a complete image editing and processing package, 2 x AA batteries, hand strap, A-V cable, and USB cable. The Coolpix 7600 is available now with an MSRP of $379.95.

Physical Views

Nikon Coolpix 7600

Nikon Coolpix 7600

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Nikon Coolpix 7600

Nikon Coolpix 7600

Nikon Coolpix 7600

The Coolpix 7600 compared to a standard CD disc.

Nikon Coolpix 7600

The 7-megapixel Coolpix 7600 and the Coolpix 7900.

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Coolpix 7600 Specifications

CCD 1/1.8-in. high-density CCD
7.1 million effective pixels
Image sizes 3,072 x 2304
2,592 x 1,944
2,048 x 1536,
1,600 x 1,200
1,024 x 768
640 x 480
Lens 3x Zoom-Nikkor; f = 7.8-23.4mm (equivalent to 38-114mm) F2.8-4.9 with macro; 7 elements in 6 groups; ED glass, Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) applied; glass-molded aspherical lens elements included
Digital Zoom 4x 0.2x step digital zoom
Autofocus Contrast-detect TTL AF with AF-assist lamp
Focus range 12 in. to infinity in normal,
1.6 in. to infinity in Macro mode (wide angle)
Focus area Auto (five-area selection), Manual (99-area selection) and Center-focus area selection available
Optical viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder
frame coverage: approx. 82%
LCD monitor 1.8-in., 85,000-dot, amorphous silicon TFT LCD with LED backlight
brightness (5 levels) adjustment, Auto gain-up at low-brightness,
frame coverage: approx. 100%
Auto OFF mode 30 sec.; can be set manually (1/5/30 min.)
Image Storage EXIF 2.2 compressed JPEG compliant with design rule for camera file system (DFC)
QuickTime Motion JPEG (Movie with audio)
Media Internal memory: approx 14.5MB;
SD memory card (not included)
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, BSS (Best Shot Selector)

Movie with sound (640x480 15/30fps, 320x240 15/30fps, 160x120 15fps)
Electronic VR (Vibration Reduction)

Capture modes Single, Continuous (1.3fps), Multi-shot 16 (16 consecutive frames 1/16 in size at 5M)
Exposure metering 256-segment Matrix
Shutter Mechanical and charge-coupled electronic shutter
Automatic 4 sec. to 1/2000 sec.
Aperture Electronically controlled preset aperture
Range: 2 stops (f2.8, f4.9)
Exposure control Programmed Auto with exposure compensation (±2 EV in 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure range EV +1.1 ~ +17.1 (W), EV +2.6 ~ +18.6 (T)
Best-shot Selector Camera takes up to 10 shots (at approx 2fps) and records the most detailed image of the 10 using anti-jitter logic which is effective for poor lighting, telephoto and macro shooting. Not available when the speedlight is on.
ISO Sensitivity Auto ISO 50-200 equivalent
White balance 1) Matrix Auto White Balance with TTL control
2) Manual or preset for Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Shade, Speedlight)
Self-timer 10 sec. duration
Built-in Speedlight Shooting range 0.4-3.4m / 1.3 - 11.2 ft. (W), 0.4-2.0m / 1.3 - 6.6 ft. (T)
Flash control Flash modes:
1) Auto Flash
2) Flash Cancel
3) Anytime Flash
4) Red-eye reduction by LED lamp
5) Slow Sync
Playback menu 1 frame, Thumbnail (4/9 segments), Slide show, Zoom playback (max 10x: 0.2 steps at 1x to 6x, 1 step at 6x to 10x, position selectable), Shooting information display
Delete function Deletes all frames or selected frames
Interface USB 2.0 (full speed 12Mbps), mass storage or PTP
Languages German/English/Spanish/French/Italian/Dutch/Swedish/Japanese/ Simplified Chinese/Traditional Chinese/Korean selectable in menu display
Supported Platforms Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP
Mac OS 9.0-9.2 (only built-in USB ports supported)
Mac OS X (10.1.2 or later)
Audio Video output NTSC or PAL (selectable)
I/O terminal Audio-Video output and Digital output terminal
Power requirements Two LR6 (AA-size alkaline) batteries (supplied), two EN-MH1 Rechargeable batteries (optional), two ZR6 (AA-size nickel manganese) batteries (optional), two FR6 (AA-size lithium) batteries (optional)
Battery life 100 images with supplied AA-size alkaline batteries, 250 images (EN-MH1 rechargeable Ni-MH AA batteries, based on CIPA standard*)
(W x H x D)
3.3 x 2.4 x 1.5 in. (85 x 60 x 39mm)
Weight Approx. 5.1 oz (Approx. 145g) (without battery and SD memory card)
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer

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