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I've had this camera or around three years and use it when I don't have or need my dslr. As a compact digital camera it's getting on in years now and has been surpassed by newer models, that said it's still a worthwhile purchase. Positives: -At 5.1 megapixels it's more than enough for the purposes of most compact camera users (despite what most camera manufacturers would try to make you believe - more megapixels is not necessarily better). -The camera is capable of filming at a reasonable quality (there is a switch on the back which you slide across to get the recording mode) and the camera can also record sound without video, which is an advantage. -The LCD screen on the back of the camera is large (2.5") in comparison to the cameras overall size which is handy when it comes to taking the photo as there is no view finder. It is of course also handy for viewing the shots you've taken! -It takes slim line lithium ion EN-EL8 battery which are quick to charge and long lasting. - The camera has an SD slot (SD cards are very easy to get hold of) and a small internal memory (the number of photos you can fit onto the internal memory depends on the quality you are shooting at). - For general everyday use though this is a great compact and has the added bonus of being slim, lightweight and easy to use. The design is also very modern and stylish in appearance, despite the camera being a number of years old. -Also allows you to 'personalise' the camera by picking a welcome image to be displayed on the LCD everytime you turn the camera on which is a nice touch. -The auto focus is fast and generally very accurate, there is no manual focus option. -One option you can adjust is the white balance for which there are several options available including manual, as well as auto where you just let the camera decide what's best. - There are a number of file size options to choose from - including pc and tv quality. Be aware that these are low quality settings which will result in small file sizes not suitable for large scale printing but are appropriate for 4x6 images at the very least and are economical as far as memory space is concerned. Larger file size settings are avilable to choose from on the in camera menu. Negatives: -The main downside to this camera is that the zoom is short (digital only, not optical) and poor quality - image quality diminishing further the more you zoom in. -The lack of a viewfinder does have the knock on effect of diminishing battery life. -There are a number of pre-set shooting 'options' eg, landscape and portrait. There is a night portrait setting although this isn't really that effective - it works by using a quick succession of flashes which generally half blind the person you are trying to photograph and the resulting image generally looks worse than if you had taken it using the normal portrait setting with a flash. -Not the best camera to use for shots at a concert due to the reasons stated above - like most compacts there is a lack of manual settings so when shooting in low light conditions without flash the shutter speed is slowed greatly as opposed to an increase of ISO, and if using the flash you tend to get photos of peoples arms in the foreground with the stage cast into darkness and thus not an appropriate choice of compact for such shooting. -The camera is very durable - I've dropped it a great number of times which has had absolutely no effect on it's working ability and has only suffered a couple of scratches to the casing. All in all a great choice for a compact with the positives far outweighing the negatives. *I have posted this review before on ciao*
This is the first digital camera i have purchased. Therefore it had to be right. I wanted a camera that looked the part and also took good pictures. I took it on Safari to Kenya recently and the pictures that i got back were just wonderful and clear. When you take a picture that is blurry it will tell you immediately that it is blurred and do you want to delete it? It is probably better for those with smaller hands (sorry not being sexist) as it is quite small and the screen is a great size for looking through. It is fairly lightweight and not loaded with a million buttons like some cameras on the market. The menu is easy to use and is pretty idiotproof. It fits in your handbag and its a really nifty little camera. Plus its made by Nikon, so its all good. It comes with a handy cradle for sitting it in to charge and upload your photos onto the pc. It is also capable of taking video, which we tested on New Years Eve in Kenya. Not fantastic quality but then i guess that is what digital camcorders are for.
The Coolpix S1, with an ultra slim body slightly larger than a credit card, boasts good looks, exceptionally easy-to-use controls and the assurance of the advanced Nikon image quality, features a non-protruding zoom Nikkor ED lens. Best of all is the 2.5" large and bright LCD monitor for clear and easy image viewing. Coolpix S1, a pleasure to own, and a joy to use!