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      24.01.2012 00:47
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      Great camera with high quality images, rarely any problems, great features

      I was first given this camera for my birthday a couple of years ago, after it became clear that I was the only one interested in making photo albums enough, to want to actually photograph all of our familys memories. I've owned it for about 4 years now, and never had any problems with it. It was reccomend after a friend of mine owned a similar one and showed me her pictures from a holiday and they'd came out so clear, I just had to know how to get my pictures that good. Luckily, the Nixon Coolpix S220 was at hand to help make my pictures more clearer and just better looking overall.

      The camera is designed to be quite compact, as it fits in the palm of my hand quite well or with the wrist strap that came attached to it, I can hold onto it a bit more securely. They come in a variety of colours, to suit any persons favourite colour or preference. The Nixon Coolpix has not tried to make a complex and difficult phone, as it has only minimal buttons, a 2.5 inch LD screen and a 10 megapixels lense with 3x zoom.

      The buttons always respond quickly to the touch, especially the Picture button which can be annoying or a great thing as even if you lightly press it it will take a picture. There is also the playback button, recycle button, effects button and menu button. These are relatively small buttons, and add to the compact look of the camera.

      There are many different settings available, although I hardly even use some of them! My favourite ones and the ones a just casual photographer will use are Image Mode, Continuous Shot (which gives you the ability to have several shots taken right after you have pressed the button to take a photo - using this can create great effects like if you take a cartwheel it shows the whole thing in one big photograph and each step is recorded!) and the Colour Option (which allows you to take pictures in different colours such as black and white, sepia or vivid colour)

      The zoom is really good on this camera, as I have zoomed as far as it would go, and although it might get slightly grainy the picture quality is still great. Always remember to zoom up to the bar, as past that and it just becomes grainy! Navigating this was pretty simple, as there was a little rotary button which you could turn to make the lense go in or out, and even my mum could use it.

      The quality of the pictures themselves is really good on this, as from landscapes to people, my camera has photographed everything, and it has came back with some really great results. It is much better than any other camera I had bought and as I usually get red eye in pictures, this camera has somehow stopped that from happening, which gives it extra points!

      Being able to look back at all your pictures is pretty good, as it has allowed me to fastly browse through all my pictures and decide what ones need to go and which ones are staying. Also, by having a good delete button, I also have the ability to either delete single images, selected ones or the whole of what is included on my camera. Having this is really great if I need to make space for other photos fast!

      Overall, this has a wide amount of features that anyone who needs a fast acting, well designed, good quality camera will need to purchase. It has been one of my favourite purchases so far and I carry it almost everywhere, snapping random shots of friends and family. I have never even encountered any problems with it.

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      12.10.2011 15:21

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      I liked the fact the camera was small and compact and the scene modes availible. Picture quality was good. However after only owning it for a few months and using it for normal everyday use the screen broke and as a result I was unable to use it anymore. Was kind of annoying as the rest of the camera worked fine but it was impossible to take a photo without seeing what you were taking a photo of.

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      30.12.2010 23:51
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      I love it, its a great everyday camera and very easy to use

      I have a Nikon D40x, but I cant always use that in some places without people looking at me funny, or in a restaurant.

      So I got this little gem, as I trust the Nikon Brand. I bought this for £34 brand new.

      I opened it up and tested it, the modes on the camera are the standard ones you get with compacts from Nikon, with a few cool features I have not seen before.

      The functions are easy to use, and you can get to grips with it straight away.

      The metal body casing feels good and gives a good weight to the camera.

      The picture quality depends on what setting you have it on, and at the highest it gives you the best picture I have ever seen from a compact camera. (The last compact camera I used took film)

      The focus points are good and easy to adjust.

      I think its a great everyday camera, the screen on the back is nice and clear.
      So far I cannot find any faults with this camera, it is well made and feels very expensive.

      The zoom on it is not bad and you can mess around with the settings to get good pictures at night and outdoor shots in the day are beautiful.

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        23.11.2010 12:06
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        A ggood camera considering the price, excellent quality photos!

        Bought this camera because it was fairly cheap and wasnt too bothered about really high quality photos.
        Must say I was very impressed by the quality overall. The photos I take are clear and sharp, and can be zoomed in many times without becoming blurry or pixelated. The camera's interface and menus are clear enough, a little bit complicated at times, especially when you first get it but fairly easy to get used to, however this result in a few accidentaly deleted photos, so be careful!
        The only problem i do seem to be having qith this camera is that the flash is rather temperamental when it is on auto and sometimes doesnt come on when it is really really dark, not sure if there is a setting which changes how sensitive the auto flash is but if there is I havent found it yet. This though could be a fault with mine, and not with the camera design.
        Uploading photos to your computer or laptop is really easy, pretty much the same as most cameras or other memory devices so easy to get the hang of.
        All in all a good value for money camera.

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          08.10.2010 12:01
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          see above

          Nikon's coolpix range has been going for a good number of years now (I've got a coolpix S1 at home from at least 5 years ago) and this model, the S220 is probably a couple of years old now, having being replaced by models such as the S3000, however you can purchase this model as a nikon factory refurnishment for roughly £80.

          Specifications:
          - 10.1mp (more than enough for a compact)
          - 2.5" LCD
          - Lithium ion battery
          - SD compatability (and a small internal memory)
          - 3x optical zoom

          The camera itself has a very slimline body - it's the thinnest compact camera I've come across (along with the S3000) and as such would be small enough to fit in most people's pockets - this really is a pocket camera in the true sense of the term. The camera looks modern and stylish (and is available in a number of different colours), the brushed metal body doesn't attract fingerprints and the camera feels durable for its size.

          3 times optical zoom, while not huge is pretty standard for a camera of this price range, further more if the zoom where to be larger, the camera as a whole would be too. 3x is adequate for use in the majority of every day situations.

          This camera is essentially a point and shoot - don't buy this if you want to set your own apeture or shutter speed, however due to its simplistic nature the camera is very intuitive to use. The different settings are: auto, scene (eg. landscape), smile and movie and the specific adjustments you can make are to the flash settings (on, off, red eye etc.), set the smile detection (which does work but there is a shutter lag), exposure compensation and set the macro function (which can focus from a distance of roughly 5-6cm). There is also a self timer option of between 2 and 10 seconds.

          As for image quality this camera does unfortunately leave quite alot to be desired - auto white balance is next to useless indoors (ridiculously yellow images) and the camera renders skin tones overly yellow. As mentioned above there is a smile detection (where the camera activates the shutter itself when it detects a smile) which works however due to the lag you need to be patient waiting for it to take a photo and in all honesty you'd probably be better off just pressing the shutter button yourself.

          There is also a video fuction which has an output of 640, described by Nikon as being TV quality. The video function is almost better than the still images as there is no focus fluctuation and colours are accurate, it also picks up sound well although you will notice a fair amount of white noise.

          Essentially that's all there is to say about this camera due to it's stripped down and simplistic nature. As much as I love Nikon (use their DSLR's to shoot professionally) I am disappointed with this camera - the image quality seems poorer than my coolpix from many years ago which quite frankly isn't good enough. Price wise it is cheap however you can get even cheaper cameras with a comparable image quality (but worse build quality). I honestly think Nikon spend too much time designing the appearance of this camera and not enough on the internal workings.

          In conclusion this camera would be suitable for:
          - some one who wants a very simplistic point and shoot camera
          - some one who needs a camera that will fit in their pocket
          That is of course provided that people in both the above circumstances aren't overly fussed about image quality!

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          17.09.2010 11:18
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          affordable, practical and cool

          First of all, after reading some of the reviews with 1 start ratings I disagree immensely. This little camera is ridiculously handy by size and quality while being easy on the eyes at the same time.

          I'm not a spec person so I'll just reveal the basics:

          -Good Brand > Nikon
          -3x optical zoom
          -Vibration reduction iso 2000
          -10 megapixels
          -2.5 inch LCD screen
          -18 different modes e.g. sunset, sport, close-up or panorama (just a few)
          -video

          I've had the camera for about a year where I turned up in Paris with a broken digital camera, so purchased this one for about 150 euros which was the most reasonable regarding it's initial spec, looks and brand. It's the type of camera some one would get if you were looking to buy something just above all the cheap camera's which would do you for your situation aka on the first day of your holiday finding you have nothing to take photo's with.

          So in hindsight I feel as if the camera has been a brilliant purchase as the pictures I have look like everyone elses and I have no complaints. I guess if you were to spend £500 more then you'd start to see diff, but my mum has the dog's b******** SLR nikon camera and if you wanted something to take pictures during a night out or daily life.. who wants to be lugging around a huge neck-strap camera. The S220 in small and straight forward, doesn't do the stupid business of taking a couple seconds to take a photo once the moments past either.

          bottom line - affordable, practical and cool :) what more can you ask

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          12.07.2010 13:12
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          Fantastic little camera for families

          I bought this camera for my dad who had never had a digital camera before.

          Being slightly more mature in years I wanted a great quality product which was not so jam packed with tech that it would be difficult for him to use.

          The coolpix has certainly not disappointed us!

          Cost?

          Relatively inexpensive it is a small light camera which boasts 10 megapixels and three times optical zoom.

          Is it worth it?

          For an every day family camera the nikon performs well. Perhaps those budding photographers out there wouldn't be too impressed with some of the quality when pictures are blown up however cameras within this price range are usually only used for everyday use.

          Whats it like?

          The camera can be switched on and taking pictures within seconds opposed to some more complex models which take a minute or two to load up all its gadgets and gizmos.

          The menu options are simple to use and the lay out is very user friendly. The camera comes complete with all the standard editing features and modes for different weather and lighting conditions. The good old self timer also gives ample time for running in front of camera for you to take pride of place in a shot.

          It comes complete with a lithium battery and charger and we have found the battery life to be more than adequate.

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          02.07.2010 12:38

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          Not bad.

          This Nikon camera is excellent. It is very compact and slim and it easily fits in a small bag or pocket.

          I have found that it gives me very clear images I also like that it has a setting that you can use to reduce the megapixels used so that you can send your images more easily by email. I have found however that many of the functions I do not use in particular, portrait, scenes and the option where you are able to take more than one image and then join them together in a panoramic type view. The macro is great though and the self timer is easy to operate.

          I can so far describe the battery life as brilliant as it rarely seems to need to be recharged.

          Video clips are easy to do and the screen size is good for my failing eyesight. Deleting is also an easy operation and the red eye flash gives good results.

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          23.02.2010 22:18
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          complete rip off and disappointment from a good brand name.

          WOW what a disappointment! :(

          I bought my boyfriend this camera for Christmas after my mum had spotted that Argos had it on special offer for £79.99, I think they usually charge around £130 for it. I don't know much about cameras and would usually read reviews and research products like this before buying, but since it was a Nikon at a special one-week only price, I decided to go for it!

          I couldn't have been more wrong.

          When my boyfriend came to use it, he decided to take a few snaps before taking it on the night out, to get used to the settings, then he went a bit quiet... :( he was obviously not impressed with what ever came up on the screen so took few more shots with different settings and then loaded them onto the computer. The photographs were AWFUL quality. In fact it is hard to describe how bad they were without sounding like I am exaggerating!

          They were very very blurred and grainy and I have seen better quality pictures come from my camera phone, which is over 3 years old!!

          We were confused as to whether it was just our particular camera so decided to read some reviews, it turns out that this camera is rated badly by many people.

          Just when we thought the worst was over, we realised that Argos do not offer returns on cameras, due to data protection. I did however look up the meaning of statuary rights and I believed that this product did not fulfill the 'fit for purpose' clause, it really was that bad.

          We tried to return this to Argos explaining just how disgusted we were but they said unfortunately there was nothing they could do!

          So thank god for eBay, and some unfortunate soul who chose to buy this from us!

          At first look, we really liked the product overall, it was a good size for my boyfriend as it fitted in his pocked, had an ion battery and charger, was made by a reliable name, and a good price. It is such a shame that this was the opposite of what it seemed.

          This review was of my personal experience of the product, for technical reviews please look to the advice of other users or sites, and please rate me for the insight that I have given you, not that I didn't mention the spec etc, to be honest I don't think that information is relevant anyway because once you have read my thoughts then I would have thought you would be put off this particular model.
          Thanks for reading :)

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            04.02.2010 14:30
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            gutted.

            Shocker!



            I got this for Christmas as I'd wanted/needed a new digital camera for a while as I'd dropped my old Sanyo model one too many times.


            With my Dad being a photographer and owning several cameras, he always said that his favourite make was Nikon. Based on this I asked him for the Coolpix S220 in (electric blue!) for Christmas.


            Usually before I buy a new bit of technology I read 400 reviews on it first, but on this occasion I didn't. Oops...


            This is just an overview of the camera from my point of view. It won't be all techy because I'm not all that interested with cameras, I know what's good and what's not so good, so it's just my personal experience with the camera...


            Cost; I bought this from a Tesco Direct store near me for £89.99. In the box I got a lot of promo leaflets, a User Manual, the camera, a battery and separate charger, and a strap thing which I don't really like.

            Appearance; I got an electric blue coloured one which looks really nice, but it also comes in a black, silver, minty green, red, purple and pink! It's quite thin and compact and looks really smart.

            Features; Quite a lot. It's got the scene settings, flash settings, photo size, shoot mode and then all the white balance and colour settings. Oh and you can put a normal SD card in it to increase memory.

            Performance; The camera is supposedly 10 megapixels, which is pretty good. Unfortunately the overall quality of the pictures doesn't reflect this at all.

            Picture quality; I messed around with this so much, with all the settings and the auto settings and everything and no matter how steady my hand was and how had I tried all the photos looked.. Well a mess. It wasn't that they were blurry, out of focus or anything, there was just so much noise on every single photo! [If you don't know what that is it's like little 'dots' all over] Inside, outside, flash, no flash, every room in the house. My 5MP phone could honestly take better photos.



            I thought maybe it's just the screen, so I put the SD card in my laptop and looked at them on the screen. They looked just as bad. Convinced I was being stupid and doing something painfully wrong, I had a Google and got up Amazon. I noticed that this camera had got many 1 and 2 star ratings all commenting on the picture quality and the amount of noise on the photos.



            I took it to my Dad and he had a bit of a play with it and came to the same conclusion.



            I returned it to the shop the next day and replaced it with a Sony Cybershot W210.




            All the Nikon camera's I've come across before have been really good in terms of performance ease of use and picture quality, so I can only assume that this a bad model.

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            23.01.2010 19:06

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            Great gift for teenagers or young women

            As a girl, I was after a slim, funky looking camera that could fit into my handbag, and that's why I chose the Coolpix. I got the purple version and to be honest, I didn't buy it to take excellent quality photos of sunsets or landscapes, it was just for fun photos of nights out and holidays, etc. However, I did want some basic advantages like a large memory (when the memory card is out of the camera) and clear pictures. The Coolpix was the cheapest camera I could find that fit those requirements and I think it's great. The pictures are of a good enough of any camera you'll find for that price, and it's really simple to use. I think this would make a perfect gift for a teenage girl who is getting her first digital camera as it looks good and doesn't have too many fancy features. If you want professional though, find something a bit more complicated and pricey.

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            29.12.2009 23:12
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            Small digital camera with good features and simple to use.

            I bought this camera after searching for a small digital camera that would be simple to use and still give good quality pictures. It is compact and easy to carry around - it fits into a pocket or a small camera case. The functions and menu are very simple to use and understand. The 3x zoom facility works very simply, but I did sometimes find this wasn't enough for some of the close-up shots I wanted to take. It is simple to scroll through the pictures you have taken, and it is easy to manage them through the menu options. The camera display was sometimes unclear, but the overall picture quality was very good when viewed on a computer. This product is great for anyone wanting to take simple snaps without too much hassle, and would be an excellent first digital camera for anyone taking their first steps into digital photgraphy. Getting the photos onto a computer was very simple via the USB lead supplied with the product. For the price, it is great value.

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            22.10.2009 08:02
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            Decent stuff

            Although I am not a professional photographer yet I am interested in the nuances of photography because I consider it to be a very very important part of aesthatic life. When I was a kid my father bought a Rollichord which my 2nd elder brother was very fond of and used to take amazing pictures. What he used to say was it required great amount of skill, and if you have that the picture reproduction will be glass like. And really they were. In fact it had to have every thing adjusted manually, even the aperture and shutter speed. In fact even in the not so very past quite few studios used either Rollichord or Roliflex for their use. But now every thing has changed, obviously because of advancement in technology and to suit the modern ultra fast speed of life.

            But Canon, Nikon and Sony has always captured my imagination for churning out best cameras one after another which of course is a healthy sign for consumer. Because competition ought to lead to reduction in price and improved quality. Nikon Coolpix S 220 is a reasonably good camera considering its price. I don't think that pros or for that matter serious amateurs will really be hankering to own it. For every body I must say it's a cool and sexy acquirement.

            ''In a nut shell the basic positives and negetives of the sexy Nikon Coolpix S 220:'

            ''Pros:' Ultra-stylish design, small and light, good feature set for asking price and range of cool colors, including red, black, magenta, purple and several shades of silver (I loved these) and blue. It measures 18 mm to the thickest and weighs 100g.

            'Cons:' Patchy flash, image quality is merely adequate

            It is equipped with 2.4"LCD screen

            Nikon introduces its own get-the-faces-right system comprised of automatic red-eye fix, improved face-priority AF, and smile- and blink-detection. I must say the Nikon Coolpix S220 is so very well equipped that should satisfy most if not every body and casual users will love it (like I do). It has a reasonably good 10 megapixel effective resolution fitted with a 3x optical zoom NIKKOR lens which has a sensitivity range at least upto ISO 2000 add to that a new user friendly technology like BSS (Best Shot Selector) and motion detection, which must enhance its night life credentials. It adjusts its ISO and shutter speed, eliminating problems with the movement of the subject and camera shake, helping it do away with streaks of light and ugly motion blur from under-lit or dimly lit pictures. The ½.33 in CCD sensor works excellently both indoors and outdoors reducing noise with images taken at ISO 400, giving sharp, crisp and the detail is very good. But you might land up with a bit grainier picture quality while shooting indoors. Shooting with it out doors should give you reasonable satisfaction indoor shooting, well might not satisfy you to the best. The Flash is patchy and gingery. In fact the flash is its weakest link.

            On the whole Nikon CoolPix S 220 is a solid and smart little performer offering good performance across the board.

            Looks:

            The most seductive feature of this camera is it looks and it what make it stand out from the crowd, may be it not quite distinctly an entry level camera. Sleek and sexy it chronicles the social life you live at an amazing price. It has all it boxes ticked at the right place. If you are a fashion lover and love to click what you like just go for it. It is bound to make you happy and others envy.

            A unique feature is Nikon's introduction of smile and blink detection, red eye fix, improved get-the-face-right system, improved face priority AF, manual focus property and a host of others. Quite some features.

            At a price around $149.95 or even lets it's more than good shopping


            (This review is also available at ciao.co.uk under the same user name)

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            19.10.2009 14:06
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            Very good for the holiday photographer!

            I had been researching digital cameras for ages for use on vacations and at special events, and the Nikon CoolPix was constantly recommended as the best value-for-money point-and-shoot camera on the market. I bought the S220 in blue, and have been absolutely delighted with the product. I am hardly technologically savvy, but I have found it incredibly easy to use - easy zoom, picture editing, and delete features. The face recognition technology is also great, as even pictures that you take on the go come out great! My one problem is that up close, the pictures can be blurred - for instance, I was taking picture of a bottle with small print on it, and from every angle I took it at, the text was blurred. But I had a Sony Cybershot before this camera and was constantly disappointed with a yellow-tinge to all the pictures. The colors captured by the CoolPix have all been true to life, and the image quality is great. If you aren't interested in spending more than £200 on a digital camera, I couldn't recommend the CoolPix enough!

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          Slim compact stylish the Coolpix S220 wants to be carried everywhere. Its ultra slim body just 18mm thin easily slips into any one's life style. Advanced easy to use features such as scene auto selector, that automatically selects one of six scene modes, and 4-way VR image stabilization combined with 10-megapixel resolution and 3x Zoom-NIKKOR lens put's the Coolpix S220 in a category all it's own.