Design & Publishing Center _/_ &Photographic _/_ NIKON
|We liked the
NIKON Coolpix 900s
so much we decided to buy it!
OUR QUEST for the ultimate (under $1,000) digital camera has culminated in the discovery of the NIKON Coolpix 900s. We like it so much we decided to buy it.
|. . . First, let us say that NIKON has taken the same route as Olympus in withholding necessary accessories from the package -- it comes with no AC adapter and plain Alkaline batteries. Tsk, tsk. The adapter will cost you $49.00 extra and you really need to buy it. You can also pick up a NiCad battery charger from Radio Shack for under $20, and a set of 8 Nicads for under $20 and youíll be set for all the shooting you need. With that said, let me tell you why we liked the Coolpix best. . .|
|. . . It takes the best pictures. In every situation
from outdoor landscapes to holiday snapshots around the tree, the NIKON continually
gave better point-n-click results than both the Olympus and Mavica. No need to show
you comparisons, the web is full of them. (See the FOTOgraphic section in the Design
Center.) The shots were almost always bright and crisp. They printed well to 5 x
7 prints with very little evidence of being digitally taken.
. . . Next, we really liked the shape, weight and feel of the camera. It has the traditional feeling of the popular 35mm cameras, and is well constructed -- less plastic means more durability. Its weight felt good, and provided solid shooting. The well positioned viewfinder is large and bright -- I can use it without rubbing my big nose all over the LCD screen.
. . . The 3x optical Zoom (Nikkor) lens gave bright, sharp images with excellent color. Better yet, it drove deeper into the shadow areas than any of the others. We were delighted to see the Flash-Sync Port (hot-shoe) for use with external flash -- although a flash unit that works with it will be hard to find.
|. . . The 8MB CompactFlash removable memory card stores
up to 48 images at 1.3 Million pixel (1280 x 960) resolution. The software and interface
was clear and easy to use, with cleanly designed buttons and controls. Everything
. . . The NIKON shipped with its own carry case and strap, and even included a copy of the latest Duke Nukem CD! (Windows only!) Although I would have much rather had the AC adapter.
. . . Okay... I fibbed a little bit. This NIKON is our choice as the Design Center recommended camera... however we didnít really buy it because we couldnít -- we couldn't find a mail order house in the country with the Coolpix in stock. Yup, we calledíem all . . . sold out, back ordered, waiting list.
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