Nikon Coolpix 775 Review

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Review posted 7/30/01

Introduction & Physical Views

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The ultra-compact $449 Coolpix 775 packs a 3x 38-115mm (35mm equivalent) Zoom-Nikkor lens and 2.14-megapixel CCD into the lightest (6.5 ounces), pocket-sized point-and-shoot digital camera. The Coolpix 775 is perfect for capturing digital photos anywhere, anytime, quickly and easily. Sharing digital photos, emailing friends and family, printing digital photos and creating online photo albums has never been easier. After pictures are taken you connect the camera to a computer with the included USB cable, press the "Transfer" button and your photos are automatically moved to the desktop or uploaded to NikonNet.

The Coolpix 775's QuickReview function allows you to view images captured on 1/4 of the LCD monitor while simultaneously viewing the live action. Get the best photo in a variety of situations by choosing from one of seven Scene Modes including party/indoor, backlight, portrait, night portrait, landscape, beach/snow or sunset mode. Image quality is assured with the use of 256-element Matrix Metering, advanced image-processing and 2.14-megapixel CCD that produces sharp and clean 8 x 10-inch pictures. The camera also offers a Movie Mode that allows users to create QVGA movies for up to 40 seconds at approximately 15 frames per second.

The included NikonView 4 software, gives users ultimate control of how they save, view, store and use their digital images. For added image creativity, the camera features an easy-to-use suite of software from ArcSoft. The Coolpix 775 also offers ArcSoft Panorama Maker 2000, which lets users easily stitch together a number of images to automatically create beautiful panoramic photographs ready to print or e-mail.

Coolpix 775 Features at a Glance:

  • Ultra-compact and extremely lightweight
  • Nikkor 3x optical zoom (38-115mm in 35mm equivalent)
  • Macro focus with AF as close as 2cm
  • 2.14-megapixel CCD imager
  • Image sizes: 1600 x 1200, 1024 x 768 or 640 x 480
  • 1.5-inch TFT color monitor
  • Builtin flash with auto, fill, slow sync, and red-eye reduction.
  • CompactFlash Type I card slot
  • EN-EL1 rechargeable battery and rapid charger included
  • QuickReview feature from the Coolpix 995
  • Programmed Auto plus seven Scene exposure modes
  • Drive modes: Single, Continuous, 16-Shot Multi
  • QuickTime movie clips QVGA 320x240 @ 15fps
  • Coolpix-exclusive Best Shot Selector exposure mode
  • 256-segment Matrix Metering
  • ISO sensitivity of 100 with auto Gain Up
  • One-Touch upload to computer or Internet
  • High speed USB port
  • Video Output with NTSC or PAL format

The Coolpix 775 comes with everything you need for quick and easy digital photography right in the box, offering a great overall value. In addition to the Coolpix 775 camera, users get a USB cable for plug-and play simplicity, an 8 MB Type I CompactFlash memory card and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery with charger (a $50 value). Available in stores now, the Coolpix 775 has an MSRP of $449.95.

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Physical Views

Nikon Coolpix 775

Nikon Coolpix 775

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Nikon Coolpix 775

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Nikon Coolpix 775

The ultra-compact Coolpix 775 and its big brother, the Coolpix 995

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Coolpix 775 Specifications

CCD: 1/2.7-in Interline CCD; 2.14 million total pixels;
2.01 million effective pixels
Image Size: Full (1600x1200), XGA (1024x768), VGA (640x480)
Lens: 3x Zoom-Nikkor; f = 5.8 ~ 17.4mm
(35mm equivalent to 38~115mm)
F2.8 ~ 4.9 with macro
Autofocus: Contrast-detect TTL AF
Focus modes: 1) Continuous AF mode (when using LCD monitor)
2) Single AF mode (when not using LCD monitor)
Shooting distance: 30cm (11.8 in.) to infinity;
4cm (1.6 in.) to infinity in Macro mode
Optical Viewfinder: Real-image zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor: 1.5-in., 110,000-dot, low temp polysilicon TFT LCD; backlight brightness adjustment: 5 steps
Storage System: Digitally stored (compressed JPEG), or QuickTime® Motion JPEG (movie
Media: CompactFlash (CF) Card Type I
No. of Frames with 8MB CF Card (approx.): Fine: approx. 8; Normal: approx. 16; Basic: approx. 32
Shooting Modes: Fully automatic mode, Custom mode (Set by menu); Single/ Continuous/Multi-continuous (16 frames); Movie (QVGA, 15fps, 40s); BSS (Best Shot Selector); Image Sharpening (High/ Low/ Off/ Normal/ Auto); Digital Zoom (1.25x, 1.6x, 2.0x, 2.5x); Self-timer
Mode Dial: Auto (menu settings possible), Movie, Play, Scene (seven modes)
Scene Modes: Seven modes available -- Party, Backlight, Portrait, Night Portrait, Landscape, Beach/Snow, Sunset
Exposure Metering: 256-element Matrix Metering
Shutter: Mechanical and charge-coupled electronic shutter;
8 to 1/1,000 sec.
Exposure Control: Programmed auto; Exposure Compensation
(±2 EV in 1/3 EV steps)
Sensitivity: ISO 100 equivalent; Auto gain-up function
White Balance: 1) Auto with TTL control, 2) 5-mode Manual, 3) Preset
Built-in Speedlight: Guide number approx. 7 (at ISO 100, m) or 23 (at ISO 100, ft.); Flash modes: 1) Auto Flash, 2) Red-Eye Reduction (lamp type), 3) Anytime Flash, 4) Flash Cancel, 5) Slow Sync
Playback Function: 1) 1 Frame, 2) Thumbnail (4/9 segments), 3) Slide show, 4) Enlarged playback (2.5x, one of nine displayed images), 5) Quick Review; shooting information display; Protect attributes can be set to each image
Interface: USB interface (12Mbps, Effective speed: approx. 2Mbps)
Video Output: NTSC/PAL (Selectable)
I/O terminals: Power Input/Video Output/Digital Output
Power Source: EN-EL1 rechargeable lithium battery (included);
Lithium battery (2CR5/DL245) (optional)
Battery Life: Approx. 100 min. when using LCD monitor and an EN-EL1 battery at normal temperature (20C/68F)
Dimensions (WxHxD): 3.4 x 2.6 x 1.7 in. (87 x 66.5 x 44mm)
Weight (without battery): Approx. 6.5 oz (185g )
System Requirements: Windows 98 Second Edition (SE), Windows Me and Windows 2000 Memory (RAM) 32 MB (64 MB or more recommended) Pentium II, Celeron or later.

Macintosh OS 8.6 or later (only built-in USB ports are supported) iMac, iBook, Power Mac G3 Blue and White or Power Mac G4 or later PowerBook G3 (with USB built-in) or later

Accessories Included: Wrist strap, Video cable, 8MB CompactFlash Card, USB cable, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL1, Battery Charger MH-51, Nikon View Ver. 4 CD-ROM
Bundled Software: Canto Cumulus 5.0 Trial, iView Media Pro (Macintosh only), ArcSoft; PhotoImpression 2000, VideoImpression 1.5, PhotoPrinter Pro® 2000, Panorama Maker 2000
Optional Accessories: AC adapter (with Charger), Various size CompactFlash cards, Case

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