The Coolpix 775 is Nikon's first ultra-compact digital camera and offers a 2.14 megapixel resolution and 3x optical zoom in a tiny, easy-to-handle design. The most striking thing about the Coolpix 775 is how small it is, measuring a diminutive 87 x 66 x 44 mm while the design still makes it easy to firmly hold in one hand. The small size of the camera hasn't restricted the available features. To start, the 2.14 megapixel resolution is respectable letting the camera take shots at three sizes 1,600 x 1,200, 1,024 x 768 and 640 x 480. Using the supplied 8 MB compact flash card this only stores eight shots at the top quality setting, though dropping the quality to basic bumps this to 32 shots.
Date : 1st January 2001
In use the image quality of the Nikon is excellent, thanks to an intelligent white balance feature--no matter what the lighting conditions the camera produces images with excellent colour reproduction. The macro mode is also impressive for such a compact camera. Tie this all in with sharp final images and the results are amongst the best you can expect from a 2.1 megapixel camera.
The 3x optical zoom works quickly and is backed up by a very quick auto focus, though this seemed to be a little noisier than most other cameras. A standard viewfinder is provided but you'll more than likely be using the extremely clear LCD rear display. If you need it a digital zoom is also available and provides up to an additional x2.5 of zoom depending on your selected resolution.
A bonus for the Coolpix is that it comes with a high capacity rechargeable lithium battery and charger. This helps reduce the size of the camera and provides extended battery life. Overall the Coolpix 775 is slightly more expensive than most competing 2 megapixel cameras. However the end results are well worth the money and taking into account the tiny size and supplied charger and battery the price is justified.
Complete with soft case memory cards, charger and USB Link
Manufacturer : Nikon
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