Nikon to Release Digital Camera w/ GPS, Wired LAN Capabilities

Aug 11, 2008
Yukiko Kanoh, Nikkei Electronics
Coolpix P6000
Coolpix P6000
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Nikon Imaging Japan Inc, a subsidiary of Nikon Corp, announced that it will release the Coolpix P6000, a compact digital camera with GPS and wired LAN capabilities, in September 2008.

The expected market price is about ¥60,000 (approx US$546), although there is no manufacturer's suggested price.

With the built-in GPS function, images shot using the Coolpix P6000 can be attached with a "Geotag," which is a piece of information about the shooting location. With this feature, images and map information can be managed in association with each other by using Nikon's "ViewNX" image management software or using an image storing and sharing Website called "my Picturetown," according to Nikon.

A LAN cable can be directly connected to a 100BASE-TX wired LAN terminal, which is provided on the main unit. This enables the users to store images in the "my Picturetown" via the Internet. The camera is capable of uploading and sharing the images in the NRW format, which is a RAW data format dedicated to the Coolpix series.

The Coolpix P6000 features an effective pixel count of 13.5 Mpixels and has a 1/1.7-inch CCD image sensor. The camera is equipped with an optical 4x zoom NIKKOR lens with extra dispersion (ED) lens elements. The lens covers a focal length of 28-112mm (35mm format equivalent).

The camera also features a digital zoom of up to 4x. The maximum ISO sensitivity is 6,400. The shutter speed ranges from 1/200 to eight seconds. In the manual exposure mode, it is 1/2000-30 seconds.

Still images can be recorded in the JPEG or the RAW format, and the camera supports simultaneous recording in these formats. In addition, the camera can record video images in the AVI format. It uses a built-in memory with a capacity of approximately 48 Mbytes. It also supports the SD memory card.

The camera has a 2.7-inch LCD panel with approximately 230,000 pixels and a built-in flash. It uses the EN-EL5 Li-ion rechargeable battery. Based on the CIPA standard, the Coolpix P6000 is capable of shooting about 260 photos using the EN-EL5 battery. The camera measures 107 (W) x 42 (D) x 65.5mm (H), excluding the protrusions. It weighs about 240g, excluding the battery and the memory card.