Nikon's List of Perfect Holiday Gifts

Shopping for the right camera made easy with Nikon Canada's 2011 holiday lineup

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - With the warmth of summer and the treats of Halloween behind us, people are already thinking about their holiday shopping. Nikon Canada today announced its 2011 holiday lineup with something for everyone on your list.

"Showcasing the latest and most advanced in digital imaging technology, this year's holiday lineup is one of the strongest in the company's history," said Gregory Flasch, National Advertising and Communications Manager, Nikon Canada. "Featuring a wide range of digital cameras to match any skill level, lifestyle and budget, our digital SLRs, COOLPIX and recently introduced Nikon 1 series of compact interchangeable-lens cameras are sure to please everyone on your list, from the person who has everything to the social butterfly to the photography enthusiast. This lineup ensures that your gift shopping will be quick and easy."

New Nikon 1 Compact Interchangeable-Lens Cameras

Nikon 1 J1: For the Visual Storyteller
Photography is a channel of expression used by many to tell stories, and the job of the visual storyteller is an important one. "A picture is worth a thousand words," and photographs can evoke memories and feelings that may otherwise be forgotten. This holiday season, surprise the visual storyteller in your life with an advanced camera with interchangeable lenses that opens the doors to a fresh way to capture images and Full High Definition (HD) movies.

The revolutionary Nikon 1 camera system with interchangeable lenses was built from the ground up with next-generation technology focused on performance and simplicity. Redefining image quality, speed and portability, the new Nikon 1 J1 comes equipped with a 10.1 megapixel CX-format high speed AF CMOS sensor designed for incredible image quality in a variety of lighting conditions with a native ISO range of 100-3200 with a boost to 6400 for maximum versatility. Nikon's new EXPEED 3TM image processing engine drives all the features of the camera for high-speed performance and maximum battery efficiency.

The Nikon 1 J1 features the new advanced hybrid AF system, the world's fastest autofocus1 with Phase detection AF for split-second response times when photographing fast-moving subjects and contrast-detect AF to optimize image results in low-light conditions. The camera also allows users to produce Full HD 1080p movies at 30 fps or elevate the production with additional 400 and 1200 fps modes for super slow motion effects. Further showcasing its flexibility, the Nikon 1 can capture both Full HD movies and high-resolution images simultaneously.

Certain snapshots from life stir emotions that cannot be retold with merely a photograph. Remember the feelings you had when your children took their first steps or when they opened that special gift? Motion Snapshot, a unique new feature found only in the Nikon 1 series, brings those moments alive with a single click. The technology unites a still image with a slow-motion video clip set to a built-in audio soundtrack. When played back, the Motion Snapshot comes to life and users can re-live memories with real movement and depth included in the image.

We've all taken blurry or poorly lit photos, and wished we could rewind to that moment to try again to capture the perfect image. With a single touch, users can switch to Smart Photo Selector mode, which allows the camera to rapidly capture 20 high-resolution images. It then analyzes these images for exposure, focus and advanced facial recognition, saves the top five and suggests the best one.

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) (with 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5 - 5.6 VR lens): $649.95. Available in white, pink, red, silver and black. There's also a pink model available in a special dual lens kit (1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5 - 5.6 VR and 30-110mm f/3.8 - 5.6 VR) with matching lens hoods, leather strap, and cloth. MSRP: $899.95.

Nikon 1 V1: For the Photography Aficionado
Designed for enthusiasts who value the versatility of interchangeable lenses and desire a small form factor, the Nikon 1 V1 builds off the J1 and comes with added features to satiate the desire for creating superb holiday images and movies. As the world's smallest and lightest digital camera with interchangeable lenses and a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF)2, its small form factor makes it convenient to bring along to holiday parties and gatherings and its advanced features make it the number one choice for serious photographers who would like the option of packing light.

The advanced 1.44 million-dot high resolution EVF automatically activates when users raise the camera to their eye. The high-speed electronic shutter and high-performance mechanical shutter provide quick response times and expanded shooting options. Additionally, the Multi-Accessory Port offers users the ability to control their shots with optional accessories like the SB-N5 compact speedlight and video light, or the GP-N100 GPS module. The Nikon 1 V1 also comes with a stereo microphone input for high-quality audio.

MSRP (with 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5 - 5.6 VR lens): $899.95. Available in black.

Nikon COOLPIX Cameras

COOLPIX P7100: For the Creative Expert
Creative autonomy is not easy to achieve, and for photographers of all skill levels, it's often a barrier to true expression. This holiday season, give the gift of artistic freedom and watch as the endless possibilities unfold.

As Nikon's flagship compact digital camera, the COOLPIX P7100 sports a 3-inch, high-resolution (921,000-dot) vari-angle LCD monitor, full manual features and the ability to record HD 720p movies at 30 frames-per-second in stereo sound. The 10.1-megapixel COOLPIX P7100 empowers users with full creative control and the consistent performance for which Nikon is known.

It comes equipped with a versatile 7.1x-wide-angle Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens designed to achieve high-reproduction capability with less chromatic aberration when capturing images and videos. Vibration Reduction (VR) technology, the Low Noise Night Mode and Noise Reduction Filter are used to achieve blur-free photos when shooting in low-light conditions or photographing fast-moving subjects.

The COOLPIX P7100 offers new Special Effects and Filter Effects for extra creative control. Whether users want to incorporate imaginative colour tones, artful blurs, monochrome photos or a Fisheye effect, this camera gives them the freedom to create and define their photography styles.

MSRP: $499.95. Available in black.

COOLPIX P500: For the Action Photographer
How does one capture and convey motion in a still medium like photography? You need to have a working knowledge of the activity being photographed, a good sense of timing, a great point of view, adequate lighting and superior equipment. For the action photographers in your life, Nikon has exactly what they need to freeze time and immortalize an important moment.

The COOLPIX P500 puts you in the centre of the action by allowing you to shoot closer and wider than ever before with its incredible 36x zoom, shattering the conventional zoom barrier and making it the longest zoom ever integrated into a COOLPIX camera. Perfect for photo enthusiasts who enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you're a mountain climber or a snowboarder, this camera ensures you never miss a shot. The COOLPIX P500 is equipped with an EXPEED C2™ dual image processor and the technology required for high-speed and highly detailed shooting in less-than-ideal lighting conditions. From VR image stabilization to Easy Panorama mode, this camera allows users to capture stunning images at long focal lengths.

The COOLPIX P500 comes with a 3-inch high resolution (921,000-dot) vari-angle monitor and a 12.1-megapixel backside illumination CMOS sensor that produces superior images in low-light conditions. Record Full HD (1080p) movies with stereo sound at 30 fps with just a single touch, and adjust recording speeds to create slow motion3 or high-speed special effects. Additionally, take advantage of the COOLPIX P500's ability to capture still images while simultaneously recording movies.

MSRP: $399.95. Available in red and black.

COOLPIX S9100: For the Sophisticated Explorer
The holidays are a great time to travel and spend time with loved ones, and a digital camera is an absolute must when it comes time to pack.

With its 18x wide-angle zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens built into a sleek body, the COOLPIX S9100 is the ideal travel companion. From wide-angle (25mm) to super-telephoto (450mm), whether photographing sweeping landscapes or distant subjects, this camera is packed with technology and features to ensure you get that perfect shot.

The five-way, Hybrid VR Image Stabilization system minimizes the effects of camera shake while the Motion Detection feature identifies moving objects and automatically adjusts shutter speed and ISO to the environment to ensure crisp, blur-free images. Full HD (1080p) movie recording with stereo sound is enabled with one-touch operation, and it's easy to capture still images during recording. Easy Panorama mode makes it simple for users to create seamless panoramic images, and Night Landscape mode shoots a series of consecutive shots and composes them into a single, brilliant image. With the COOLPIX S9100, users can be assured they will never miss great photo opportunities whether they're travelling abroad or simply spending a day at the park.

MSRP: $329.95. Available in silver and black.

COOLPIX AW100: For the Serious Adventurer
At the extreme end of the travel spectrum is the thrill seeker constantly on the lookout for the next adventure. Temperatures and weather conditions can't damper their spirits, and they look forward to a good challenge. Nikon has the perfect camera to fill their stockings.

The award-winning COOLPIX AW1004 is Nikon's first rugged compact digital camera. Waterproof to a depth of 10 metres, shock resistant from a drop of 1.5 metres, and weather-resistant down to -10C, this all-weather camera is designed to withstand extreme and harsh environments. At 22.8mm thin and 180 grams light, it's the ideal companion for the most adventurous users. For more information regarding features and limitations of the waterproof, shockproof, and freeze-proof features, please visit Nikon.ca/aw100info.

The built-in GPS function and internal map display allows COOLPIX AW100's images to be displayed via location information, and saves latitude and longitude coordinates in the image data. Using Nikon ViewNX2 software or Google EarthTM, users can shoot and track their route. The camera can also track users' locations while not in use so it can display an accurate map of their travels. Additionally, the E-compass built into the COOLPIX AW100 allows users to orientate via the LCD screen.

The COOLPIX AW100 features a 16.0-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor for optimal picture quality and Full HD (1080p) recording with stereo sound even in challenging low-light conditions. Vibration Reduction technology is used to minimize the effects of camera-shake to ensure sharp images and HD movies.

MSRP: $379.95. Available in orange, black and blue.

COOLPIX S6200: For the Everyday Trekker
Raising the standard for pocketable super zooms, the COOLPIX S6200 packs a highly versatile 10x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens into a super slim body (approximately 25mm thin). Utilizing precision NIKKOR optics and VR image stabilization, holiday shots taken on the go are captured with stunning detail and sharpness. Perfect for anyone on your list, the COOLPIX S6200 offers a 16.0-megapixel resolution, HD (720p) movie capture in stereo sound and a 2.7-inch bright LCD display.

The high-performance zoom combined with myriad features such as Best Shot Selector (which takes up to 10 shots and automatically selects and saves only the sharpest image), Smart Portrait System with Skin Softening and Face-Priority AF, and motion detector (to track moving subjects) work together harmoniously to make the COOLPIX S6200 anyone's ideal partner for fun, simple and enjoyable photography.

MSRP: $229.95. Available in red, blue and black.

COOLPIX L120: For the Family-Oriented
Featuring a 21x wide-angle Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens with side zoom control, the 14.1-megapixel COOLPIX L120 makes capturing holiday moments fun and simple. The Easy Auto mode aids users by selecting the most appropriate scene mode for the environment. The hybrid VR image stabilization system and high sensitivity up to ISO 6400 ensure crisp images and great low-light performance.

The COOLPIX L120 features a one-touch control button for HD video (720p) in stereo sound, making it easy to capture those memorable extended family gatherings. A variety of features aid users in capturing the most beautiful images including Smile Timer, which detects when a subject smiles and automatically takes the photo; Pet Portrait Mode, which detects a pet's face so users can capture those priceless expressions and actions of their furry friends; and Blink Warning, which identifies when a subject may have blinked and signals you to retake the shot.

MSRP: $229.95. Available in red, bronze and black.

Looking for additional ideas?
Nikon has a new series of stylish cases and bags in a variety of sizes and colours. There's even a new messenger-style bag for those who would appreciate a trendy and spacious alternative to the typical camera bag. There are many other accessories that may be perfect for the photographer on your list, like a GPS unit to geotag images, a wireless transmitter for cable-free image transfer, or a stereo microphone for improved sound quality when recording movies, among others. Visit Nikon.ca to see the complete selection of accessories and their compatibility.

Exclusive Canadian Warranty
Nikon Canada offers an exclusive two-year warranty for all Nikon 1 CX-format digital cameras, COOLPIX digital cameras and select digital SLR cameras purchased from an Authorized Nikon Canada Dealer. Additionally, all NIKKOR and 1 NIKKOR interchangeable lenses are backed by a five-year warranty when purchased from an Authorized Nikon Canada Dealer.

About Nikon
Nikon, At the Heart of the ImageTM, is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Canada distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and System Accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics as well as the new Nikon 1 J1 and V1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lens system. At the heart of every Nikon camera is Nikon's Exclusive EXPEED, EXPEED 2 or EXPEED 3 advanced digital image processing system technologies. All Nikon Canada products are sold through a network of Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers. For more information on Nikon Canada and its products and services or to find an Authorized Canada Dealer, visit www.nikon.ca.

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Note: Specifications, design, product name, standard accessories and release schedule may differ by country or area. Pricing is subject to change. Refer to www.nikon.ca for the latest pricing.

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1 Based on performance with shooting using a standard zoom lens (10-33mm) at the maximum wide-angle position with AF-area mode set to Single-point (results based on Nikon test conditions, as of September 5, 2011).
2 Among compact digital camera systems with interchangeable lenses with a built-in Electronic Viewfinder (EVF), as of September 5, 2011.
3 Slow motion playback is achieved by recording at a higher frame rate and reducing the frame size.
4 In November 2011, the Nikon COOLPIX AW100 was one of five Nikon products to be awarded the 2012 iF Product Design Award. The iF Design Award is a global recognition sponsored by the International Forum Design GmbH of Hanover, Germany.

SOURCE Nikon Canada

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