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Nikon announces Coolpix S52 and Wi-Fi enabled S52c
by David Rasnake -  4/9/2008

Nikon unveiled a pair of new ultracompacts this evening: the Coolpix S52 and physically identical Wi-Fi enabled Coolpix S52c.

Nikon Coolpix S52
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The latest additions to Nikon's Style ("S") line, the new 9.0 megapixel cams use the 38-114mm 3x zoom from their predecessors, the Coolpix S51 models. A 3.0-inch LCD dominates the back of the new models, which continue Nikon's trademark "wave-surface" ultracompact body design.

Nikon Coolpix S52
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Both cameras use Nikon's optical Vibration Reduction technology and EXPEED image processing. The S52 and S52c expand on the low-light capabilities of their predecessors with sensitivity up to ISO 3200. Face detection, red-eye correction, Nikon's D-Lighting technology, and the Pictmotion advanced slideshow function add to the list of highlighted features.

Nikon Coolpix S52
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Wi-Fi image transfer is the S52c's headline attraction, allowing shooters to send images via email or upload them to Nikon's my Picturetown photo sharing site. We were a bit cool toward the last Wi-Fi enabled Nikon we reviewed, but the manufacturer continues to streamline wireless transfer functions and we're cautiously optimistic that this technology may finally come into its own in the near term - perhaps with this model.

Both cameras will be available in May. The S52 is priced at $249.95 and available in red or black, with the black-only S52c adding $30 to the base sticker price.

Nikon Coolpix S52/S52c Specifications:

Sensor9.0 megapixel, 1/2.5" CCD
Lens/Zoom3x (38-114mm) zoom, f/3.3-4.2
LCD/Viewfinder3.0", 230K-dot TFT LCD
SensitivityISO 100-3200
Shutter SpeedNot Specified
Shooting ModesAuto, Scene, Movie
Scene PresetsPortrait, Night Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Party, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Museum, Fireworks Show
White Balance SettingsFluorescent, Incandescent, Flash, White Balance Preset, Auto, Daylight, Cloudy
Metering ModesNot Specified
Focus ModesFace-Priority AF, Auto AF
Drive ModesNormal, Burst
Flash ModesSlow sync, Red-eye reduction, Redeye reduction with slow sync, Flash cancel/ flash off, Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Anytime flash
Self Timer Settings
10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off
Memory FormatsSD, SDHC
Internal Memory
38 MB
File FormatsJPEG, AVI
Max. Image Size3456x2592
Max. Video Size
640x480, 30 fps
Zoom During Video Not Specified
BatteryRechargeable lithium-ion, 200 shots
ConnectionsUSB 2.0, AV output, DC input
Additional FeaturesVibration Reduction optical image stabilization, D-Lighting, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, Wi-Fi Image Transfer (S52c)