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Fantasea announce FL-19/20 underwater housing for Nikon Coolpix L19 and L20 digital cameras

10 June, 2009 (14:31) | Fantasea | By: Camera News

Fantasea FL-19/20
Fantasea FL-19/20

Fantasea has announced new underwater housing called Fantasea FL-19/20. The Fantasea FL-19/20 are designed for the Nikon Coolpix L19 and L20 digital cameras. They are depth rated to 60 meters/200 feet. The housing protects the camera from water, dust, sand and other elements that can damage the camera. You can access all functions on the camera with the housing and it even has a removable flash diffuser.

The Fantasea FL-19/20 underwater housing is available now and costs about $280.

Press release:
New Housing Provides Access to All Camera Controls and Functions

Fantasea Line announces the release of a new housing specifically designed for the Nikon Coolpix L19 and L20 digital cameras. The FL-19/20 Housing, depth rated to 60 meters/200 feet, is fully functional providing photographers with access to all camera functions. Fantasea’s new compact housing design and improved construction ensures easy handling and accurate access to camera functions through the critical placement of push-button controls. The Fantasea FL-19/20 Housing has a double O-ring seal on all controls, anti-glare hood over LCD screen, removable flash diffuser and a 46mm threaded lens port.

The FL-19/20 Housing is ideal for outdoor and underwater photographers’ needs. Underwater photographers can dive or snorkel and capture all the excitement of this fascinating world, while outdoor photographers also have the option of capturing the action of such activities as white water and paddle sports, sailing and boating, surfing, fishing, hunting, backpacking and camping. The FL-19/20 protects the Nikon Coolpix camera from water, sand, dust, and other damaging elements.

Free One Year Flood Insurance Policy
As with all other Fantasea Camera Housings, in the event of accidental water leakage, the camera inside is insured*. This attractive additional protection is exclusive only to Fantasea Housings and provides the ultimate peace of mind for photographers, who want to be sure their cameras are adequately and safely protected during use in these rugged environments.
*According to the terms and conditions of the Flood Insurance Program.

About Fantasea
Fantasea Line is an international company dedicated to developing, manufacturing and marketing of creative and affordable product solutions for the diving, underwater photography and water sports markets. Fantasea’s management has been involved in the diving, water sports and photographic industries for over 37 years. With offices and representatives worldwide, Fantasea cooperates with leading international manufacturers on joint venture projects for product development and distribution.

Nikon announces Coolpix L19 budget digital camera with 8 megapixels

3 February, 2009 (09:33) | Compact Camera, Nikon | By: Camera News

Nikon Coolpix L19
Nikon Coolpix L19

Nikon has announced a new line of budget cameras. Among them we find the Nikon Coolpix L19 with a megapixel sensor and a 3.6x optical zoom lens. The camera is closely related to its big brother the Coolpix L20.

Some key features for the Nikon Coolpix L19:
-8 megapixel sensor
-3.6x optical zoom (41 – 145mm)
-2.7″ LCD screen
-20MB of built-in memory

The Nikon Coolpix L19 will be on the marked in February 2009 and cost about $110.

Press release:
Powerful New L100 Packs Performance, High-Powered Zoom And Advance Functions Into An Easy To Use Camera

The L100 Boasts 15x Zoom and High-Speed Shooting

MELVILLE, NY (Feb. 2, 2009) – Nikon Inc. today introduced the new L100, a powerful photographic tool that blends ease-of-use with advanced shooting functions. Optimized for action shots, high-powered zoom and simple operation, the L100 is equipped and ready to help capture every precious moment with quality and clarity that will make lasting memories an even greater joy. The L100 is one of three new L-Series cameras announced today. For consumers seeking a fully-featured camera at a competitive price, Nikon also introduced the L20 and L19, presenting consumers with a strong value proposition.

“The L100 represents a fantastic choice for the family photographer who needs to capture everything from soccer games to portraits,” said Bill Giordano, General Manager Marketing, COOLPIX for Nikon Inc. “It also extends our tradition of previous L-Series cameras, combining ease-of-use, high performance and a tremendous value for consumers.”

The L100 achieves its versatility through its 15x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR lens. Covering 28mm wide-angle to 420mm super-telephoto shooting, the lens’ broad focal range can readily handle everything from landscapes and group shots, to tight close-ups and shots taken from a distance.

Additional features of the 10.0-megapixel L100 include:


Large, bright 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD with anti-reflection coating for easy composition and reviewing of images.


New Sport Continuous Scene Mode for shooting at up to 13fps1 (up to 30 frames when consumers set the resolution to 3MP or lower). This high-speed capture setting helps photographers stay ahead of the action, whether on the football, baseball or soccer fields.

4-Way Vibration Reduction (VR) Image Stabilization

Optical VR image stabilization compensates for the effects of camera shake by moving the image sensor, producing clearer, sharper results in lower lighting or unsteady conditions.

Motion Detection automatically detects moving subjects and adjusts shutter speed and the ISO setting to compensate for camera shake and subject movement.

High ISO 32002 capability creates new opportunities to take sharper, more natural-looking photos in lower light conditions.

Nikon’s original Best Shot Selector (BSS) automatically takes up to 10 shots while the user presses the shutter, and saves the sharpest image.

Smart Portrait System, which integrates the following to make it a snap to capture stunning portrait photos of friends and family:

In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™, which automatically fixes most instances of red-eye.

Enhanced Face-Priority AF, which can detect up to 12 faces from a variety of angles, including straight on, from the side, or even in a multitude of three-quarter positions.

Smile Mode, which automatically detects when your subject smiles and releases the shutter.

Blink Warning, which displays a warning message, should the camera detect that the subject has blinked.

The new L100 camera will be available nationwide beginning April 2009 and will retail for $279.95.

COOLPIX L20 and L19
Nikon complements the L100 with two new cameras that successfully blend features and price to create a strong value proposition. The L19 (8.0 megapixels) and L20 (10 megapixels) cameras leverage proven Nikon innovations, including NIKKOR Glass Lenses, EXPEED™ Digital Image Processing concept, Smart Portrait System, Motion Detection and Easy Auto Mode with Scene Auto Selector. These features combine to create digital compact cameras that combine high performance with outstanding operating ease.

The design of the L19 and L20 cameras complement Nikon’s technology innovation to offer ease-of-use, versatility and portability. For example, the large high-resolution 3.0-inch (L20) and 2.7-inch (L19) LCD monitors offer a bright image that consumers can easily view, even outdoors. The cameras also include dedicated buttons on the top of the body, which make it easy for consumers to switch between shooting and playback modes, as well as contours on the large thumb rest and the body itself to ensure a solid grip. Finally, the cameras are powered by (2) AA-batteries, available anywhere.

The L20 will be available in Deep Red beginning February 2009 and will retail for $129.95. The L19 will be available in Bright Silver beginning February 2009 and will retail for $109.95.

For more information about the new L-Series COOLPIX cameras, as well as the full line of COOLPIX products, please visit, which links all levels of photographers to the Web’s most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.

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