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***Why Nikon Coolpix S200?***
The Nikon Coolpix S200 is one of the two digital cameras I use, I take both with me on holiday (the other has more megapixels and is bulkier,will review it too later). However, I prefer using this camera as it has 7.1 megapixels resolution - giving clear images which are displayed on a wide screen on the back on the camera, compared to some other digital cameras where you can only see a very small image preview of the picture you just took. It's simply easy to use, has good storage capacity (provided you use an SD card), good battery life and is small, compact and sleek which makes it perfect to take anywhere with you.
In today's modern world, technology is everywhere and people with smartphones can have even better cameras on their phones. However, in order to maintain phone battery life and to keep the pictures easy to transfer onto my laptop, I prefer to take many pictures from this digital camera. I bought it about two years ago online for £125 but it is now available much cheaper as new models have come out and its price has somewhat dipped.
***Features & Ease of usage***
It's really quite easy to use, there are a lot of different settings you can get around by using the user manual just having a play around. If you want to capture videos, this is possible - however the time you can capture them for depends on the space you have available (I generally use a 2GB memory card which stores hundreds of pictures). The battery life is good and lasts me all day, however it finished quicker if you are using flash (for poor lighting, or night time photography). When the battery is discharged it is possible to recharge it which can take a few hours. It's quite easy to transfer pictures onto the computer or laptop too if you just take the memory card out, the internal memory itself is not sufficient if you want to take a lot of pictures. There is an option to transfer the pictures from the internal memory onto the SD card if you want to make transferring smoother.
Features wise, you can choose what type of scene it is (Beach, indoor, outdoors etc) and it will adjust the lighting for you. I usually just stick with Auto which automatically as the name suggests fixes the settings according to the lighting detected OR I use manual so I can ensure flash is off in certain places where flash photography is prohibited. There is a close up feature, which really captures the photo in detail - I have tried this on flowers and people's faces too and the images are of crisp, clear quality.
I have printed pictures taken from this camera in 6 x 4 format of size, via online printing facility and they all came out wonderful. Although I do miss the good old cameras with reels, digital photography is much cheaper in the long run especially now that many pictures and photo albums can be shared online. The quality is also a lot better in my opinion.
Would I recommend it? Yes, I call it my "people camera because it takes great pictures of groups or individuals as well as scenery but I prefer to use higher megapixel cameras for that!
I love taking photos but I am the first to admit that I am not very good at it. Most of the pics I take are just holiday snaps or pics of the family but I tend to have my fair share of blurry photos and heads cut off, although not so much now. I recently bought the Nikon Coolpix S200 as my old camera had become very aged. This camera is so easy to use it has helped me take a better class of photo straight away.
It has a fairly full range of features which will no doubt take me a long time to learn to use but if you already know your way round a camera will be very useful to you. The camera is a 7.1 mega pixel which I wont try to explain but will tell you that even when zoomed in on your pc or printed in a much larger size will still provide very clear images. It also has electronic Vibration Reduction which helps you to get photos which are not blurry by steadying the picture should you move a little when taking it; this feature has helped me greatly.
This camera like most takes an SD memory card to allow you to store many pictures at a time. It has a 3x optical zoom and a 4x digital zoom allowing you to capture far away images very clearly. One of the reasons behind me choosing this particular camera was its size and weight. It is small enough to fit neatly in my handbag or even in to a pocket, it is very light too although very robust at the same time.
Here is a list of some of the cameras main features.
Choice of 15 scene modes
Macro shooting enables shooting from as close as 10cm (3.9 in.)
Menu available in a choice of 20 languages
List by date
Calendar function make it easy to locate a recorded image
Selection of movie recording modes
SDHC card compatibility
Approx. 20MB of internal memory
Red eye reduction facility
There are of course many more features but to list them all would not make for good reading.
I would recommend this camera to people who love to just pick up their cam and snap away as it has an automatic function which sets itself to the correct options for the conditions. There are however enough options and things to fiddle with to make this camera useful to the more adventurous photographer too.
The image quality of the pictures taken with this camera are excellent and it is so easy to use and to connect to your pc that it should definitely be looked at if you are in the market for a new camera. It cost me £145 from a local store and came with a 2 years warranty which is from the manufacturer so I guess is standard.
This review was previously posted by me on Ciao some time ago!