August 24, 2011
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the S100, a new COOLPIX S-series model that offers a refined design and advanced functions.
As successor to the S80, the S100 is a compact digital camera with an image sensor offering 16.0-million effective pixels and a widescreen 3.5-inch, approximately 820k-dot OLED touch panel monitor with wide viewing angle for high-definition, high-contrast rendering. Various improvements to touch panel operation since the S80 have enabled more stress-free, intuitive operation. Adoption of a backside illumination CMOS image sensor, which offers superior performance when shooting at high sensitivities, suppresses the noise that often occurs with capture of night landscapes and dimly lit indoor scenes. In addition, support for recording of full-HD movies and a new 3D photography scene mode have been adopted to make photography with the camera more fun and the resulting images more beautiful. Despite these new features, the S100 still maintains the slim body and sharp, stylish design emphasizing portability of its predecessor.
The S100 is equipped with an 820k-dot widescreen 3.5-inch OLED touch panel monitor with a wide viewing angle. The high-resolution Full WVGA OLED monitor makes shooting, viewing and sharing photos more enjoyable.
- High-contrast reproduction of beautiful night landscapes in which the deepest blacks are faithfully displayed and loss of detail in highlights is kept to the absolute minimum. The OLED monitor enables expression of richer, more vivid colors.
- With a color gamut approximately 50% broader than the sRGB gamut, subjects are vividly reproduced. This broad color gamut enables high-definition display of not only images, but the user interface as well.
- The 180° viewing angle enables clear viewing of the monitor display from nearly any angle
An effective pixel count of 16.0-million pixels and adoption of a slim, right-angle optics zoom NIKKOR lens offering 5× optical zoom that begins at the wide-angle 28 mm (equivalent in 35mm  format)
Adoption of a backside illumination CMOS image sensor, which increases image quality with shooting at high sensitivities, has led to even further advances in Nikon technologies that enable the capture of beautiful nighttime shots. When the HDR (high dynamic range) option is enabled in Backlighting scene mode, images exhibiting rich expression of tones and noticeably less loss of detail in shadows and highlights can be captured by combining multiple shots taken in quick succession.
A slim body with a depth of just 18.1 mm has been achieved with adoption of a slim, right-angle optics zoom lens. Despite the compact size, the S100 still offers excellent basic camera performance and stress-free operation. Design of the S100 has been refined and simplified with a touch panel monitor that takes up nearly the entire rear surface, and by incorporating the power switch into the slide cover and reducing operational controls to the shutter-release button. A beautiful form has been achieved with the camera through the skillful combination of smooth curves and a sharp look.
With this option, the user presses the shutter-release button once to capture the first picture and then moves the camera horizontally until the subject is aligned with the guide displayed in the monitor. The camera takes the second picture automatically and then processes the two images (left eye image and right eye image) to create a 3D image. This feature enables the capture of 3D still images with a sense of depth in any situation regardless of the shooting distance, from macro to telephoto photography. 3D images captured with the S100 can be viewed in 3D by connecting a 3D-compatible HDMI cable to the camera and a 3D TV.
Impressive full-HD movies with stereo sound and a frame size of 1920 × 1080 pixels can be recorded. In addition, optical zoom can be used during movie recording. What's more, dramatic movies recorded using the HS Movie function can be played back in slow motion at 1/8, 1/4 or 1/2 the normal playback speed, or in fast motion at twice the normal playback speed for a comical effect.
Easily edit pictures taken with the S100 by simply choosing the option that suits the desired intent from the Filter Effects item in the retouch menu.
(Available options: Color options, Soft, Selective color, Cross screen, Fisheye, Miniature effect)
A new graphical user interface (GUI) for enhanced visibility and improved operation
Easy auto mode with which the camera identifies the type of subject and automatically applies the optimum scene mode
20 built-in scene modes
The subject tracking function with which the camera automatically tracks the subject