Nikon’s added facial recognition technology to its latest line up of Coolpix cameras. The Coolpix 7900 and 5900 both come with software called Face-priority AF, which can seek out the face of your subject and then use it for auto focus. The software can deal with movement as well, locking onto the faces in the frame and staying right on target. The Face-priority software has been based around the Facelt program, developed by Identix Corporation for use in biometric security systems, including Sweden’s new biometric passport. A quick run down of the specs include: 7.1 megapixels, 3x Zoom-Nikkor ED Glass lens for the 7900; 5.1 effective megapixels, 3x Zoom-Nikkor ED Glass lens for the 5900. The Coolpix 5900 is scheduled for release in February 2005 for £249.99, exclusively to Jessops, while the Coolpix 7900 is scheduled for release in March 2005 and will retail at £319.99.
Press Release [plus, further details from Gadget Madness]