Nikon CoolPix 100 (1996)

Nikon's first digital camera. Demonstrated at the World PC EXPO and Windows World 1996. Announced by Nikon on 1996-09-02. Almost together with the multi-purpose digital camera CoolPix 300. The CoolPix 100 was a very slim and very easy to use digital camera. The lower part of the camera consisted of a PCMCIA card so it could be directly plugged into a IBM PC or notebook (PCMCIA typ II / III). Macintosh computers were not supported at first.

The camera had a built-in flash, auto exposure, self-timer and auto white balance. It did not support removable memory cards but had a built-in flash memory that could store up to 42 photos in normal mode. Another feature was the ability to take photos vertically with the camera and a 14cm macro function. Nikon usually puts an E before the model name internally, so the camera is called CoolPix E100. Not many know this but because the CoolPix 100 and 300 had no tripod mounts, Nikon quickly marketed a special tripod adapter for the CoolPix 300 called ET-1. It could be used for the CoolPix 100 as well.

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  • Brand: Nikon
  • Model: CoolPix 100
  • First mentioned: 1996
  • Marketed: yes
  • MSRP: $499
  • Imager Type: 0.30MP 1/3" CCD
  • Resolution: 512x480
  • Internal Storage: 1MB
  • External Storage: -
  • Lens: 6.2mm fixed-focus f4.0 lens
  • Shutter: 1/45s - 1/10,000s
  • Aperture Range: F4.0
  • LCD screen size: -
  • Size: 152 x 60 x 33mm
  • Weight: 160 gr.
  • Remarks: -

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