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 Nikon updates digital SLR, intros new consumer cameras
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Message Text: Nikon today launched the D2Hs professionals digital SLR that comes with 802.11g connectivity and GPS support. The company also introduced four new digital consumer cameras covering the $200 to $500 segment.

The successor of the D2H SLR is not entirely new, but offers several updated and added features for photo enthusiasts and professional photographers. The device kept its 4.1 megapixel CCD, but includes a new image processing engine that allows users to take up to 40 consecutive frames in RAW format or 50 in JPEG.

The camera also integrates 3D-color matrix metering to enable quick and reliable exposure calculations. As the D2X, and D1X/D1H, the DH2s is compatible with GPS systems and can record latitude, longitude and altitude taken from a GPS unit into the image's metadata. Additionally, wireless connectivity was updated to now support the new transmitter WT-2/2A and 802.11g.

The camera carries a suggested retail price of $3500 and will be available in March.

Nikon also renovated its camera product line for consumers with the models Coolpix 4600, 5600, 5900, 7600 and 7900. The 7000-series received a 7.1 megapixel capability, the 5000-line 5.1 megapixels and the 4600 four megapixels.

The entry-level 4600, 5600 and 7600 are designed for easy and everyday use and target users who purchase their first digital camera. The cameras come in waterproof casing, offer preprogrammed shooting modes, integrate 14 MByte memory and will run on common alkaline instead of the usually required NiMH batteries. Prices range from $200 for the 4600 to $380 for the 7600.

On step higher in the product line are the new 5900 and 7900 compact cameras that offer 5.1 and 7.1 megapixels resolution. Compared to the 5600 and 7600, the devices offer a 3x zoom lens, improved auto focus capability with face priority, direct printing via PictBridge compatibility, voice and movie recording and as well as a speed flash. Prices for the cameras are $350 (5900) and $450 (7900).

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