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The COOLPIX S8000 and S6000

INTERVIEW 01
COOLPIX S8000, COOLPIX S6000 product teams Interview
More beautiful images of once-in-a-lifetime moments.

Equipped with four functions that enable beautiful blur-free images, even under the most difficult circumstances.

Four technologies for beautiful, blur-free images

Striving for a camera capable of blur-free images of difficult scenes such as night landscapes and those captured with super telephoto zoom.

What do users currently demand of compact digital cameras? Generally, users want a camera capable of capturing precious, once-in-a-lifetime moments in beautiful, crisp images. However, those moments do not always occur under optimum shooting conditions. Users require a camera equipped with functions that compensate for difficult conditions, such as the use of super telephoto zoom, shooting at night or in dark locations, and even backlighting, so that even first-time users can experience consistent success.

The teams that developed the S8000 and S6000 had cameras that offer the ultimate in basic performance and necessary functions to do just that in mind. The combination of four technologies that enable beautiful night shots-low noise at high sensitivities, a new flash control system, Motion Detection, lens-shift vibration reduction (VR) function-and technical capability that made fast response even with the high-power 10× (S8000)/7× (S6000) optical zoom lens possible were the keys to meeting the basic demand of all users.

S8000 shot image
S8000 shot image

S8000 shot image
S8000 shot image

Four technologies for beautiful, blur-free images.

First, to achieve low noise at high sensitivities, a new image processing engine that supports high sensitivities was developed. This technology controls blur and noise with shooting in dark locations. The evolution of this feature enabled overwhelming advances for the new flash control system and Motion Detection function. For example, many users do not like the common results of nighttime flash photography as the intended subject may be properly exposed, but the background remains dark and all ambience from background lighting is lost. Until now, there has been great difference in what was visible to the naked eye and what was reflected in photos. However, by increasing ISO sensitivity, reducing the noise that frequently occurs at high sensitivities and adding a new flash control system, problems caused by insufficient lighting are eliminated with images captured in dark locations or with super telephoto zoom, and photos that accurately reflect the natural ambience of the scene become possible. In addition, the Motion Detection function helps to eliminate blur by automatically adjusting shutter speed when a moving subject is detected. Further, along with increased ISO sensitivity, the range within which sensitivity is increased with instantaneous detection of camera shake or subject movement is expanded, so that sharp, clear photos of night landscapes and dynamic action shots are now possible.

Further improvements to the lens-shift vibration reduction (VR) function have also been achieved. Just as its name implies, when camera shake occurs a special lens is moved to compensate for the camera shake and prevent blur. However, as zoom ratios and image image quality increase, more precise technologies are required for the success of this function. Regardless of the degree to which noise is reduced and the ability to capture beautiful images in dark situations is increased, these achievements are meaningless if images are blurred by camera shake. Nikon has spent more than ten years evolving its exclusive technologies that enable the vibration reduction (VR) function. The latest evolution of the function has been built into all of the new COOLPIX cameras.

S6000 shot image
S6000 shot image

High-speed response that enables capture of fleeting moments

State-of-the-art technologies have also been adopted to enable high-speed response. The COOLPIX S600, announced in January 2008, offered a start-up time of approximately 0.7 seconds(*1), the world's fastest at that time. Since then, autofocus drive speed has been increased and the shooting time lag reduced in an effort to achieve our goals of faster, more accurate operation and to increase response speed from start-up until shooting is complete. Now, having adopted lenses with unheard of high-power zoom ratios, there were a number of issues to be overcome. In order to respond to demands for the ability for certain capture of fleeting moments, we were able to overcome these issues and achieve a start-up time of approximately 0.75 s and a shooting time lag of approximately 0.3 s.(*2)
We do not intend to stop here, however. We will continue to increase response speed, not only with regard to start-up time and shooting time lag. We hope to continue increasing the speed at which our cameras respond in all situations and manners in which they are used.

Faster, simpler operation for more beautiful photos. The evolution continues.

The ability to capture distant subjects and take more beautiful photos in dark locations. Users demand the certain ability to capture the perfect, blur-free image of once-in-a-lifetime moments. Nikon has responded to this demand with the S8000 and S6000, which offer the increased basic camera performance required of compact digital cameras. Though achieving such a high level of basic performance was very difficult, it has been possible only through repeated examination and improvement to technologies and know-how Nikon has cultivated over the years. The evolution of the COOLPIX camera continues.

*1 Among compact digital cameras equipped with 28mm (35mm format equivalent) zoom lens and optical vibration reduction as of January 29, 2008 (according to research conducted by NIKON CORPORATION).

*2 Based on CIPA industry standard.