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In keeping with the simple to use nature of this camera, I'll try and keep this review pretty simple. Having owned this camera for about a year now, I have to say I'm very pleased with it! It's travelled with me to Lanzarote, France, Greece, Space Camp, Gozo and many a rainy beach day in Wales, serving me well everytime! This camera is perfect for taking a really quick picture of something that'll still look really nice when you look at it on a larger screen or print it out. Very easy to use, the standard settings are great for taking holiday snapshots or documenting family occasions! The generous 7.1 megapixels are more than enough for those applications. The autofocus is very reliable, and the macro close up feature is really superb for a camera this size, and I've taken many a pretty picture of flowers. The special red eye removing flash - although blinding - works a treat and has proved great for taking shots in dark nightclubs and other such places. A generous 3 inch screen means that reviewing pictures is itself a pleasant experience, and you can showcase your shots to others straight from the back of the camera - something I've found difficult to do with other small cameras. The added bonus of wifi connectivity is very enjoyable, making it possible to email photos back home. Personally I've never actually used this feature, either I can't get an internet connection (being mostly out and about when I take the photos) or I find that it's easy enough just to plug the SD card straight into my laptop. The camera is very pleasingly small, while still boasting a large screen and impressive picture quality, all in all, a great purchase!
A slim, sophisticated digital compact camera, the COOLPIX S7c packs good looks and great performance into compact dimensions, while offering the advantage of vibration reduction and innovations for in-camera image improvement.
Combining 7.1 effective megapixels of imaging performance with a 35-105mm (35mm equivalent) Zoom-Nikkor ED lens, the COOLPIX S7c can capture everything from wide-open landscapes to tight portraits with outstanding clarity and true-to-life color. And because it features a large, bright 3.0-inch LCD monitor with an unusually wide 170-degree viewing angle, it realizes smoother composition and high-quality playback anywhere. What's more, the camera offers e-VR and other Vibration Reduction capabilities that can compensate for camera shake and unsteady subjects to realize sharper, clearer results. Anti-shake mode can automatically activate e-VR and BSS that selects the sharpest image from up to ten sequential shots, while also setting the optimal ISO for steady results. High-Sensitivity mode also makes the most of the camera's exceptionally high light sensitivity by choosing the optimal setting up to ISO 1600 for the shooting of fast-moving subjects or clearer results in lower light.
The COOLPIX S7c offers the additional benefit of built-in IEEE 802.11b/g LAN support. With a Wi-Fi antenna set unobtrusively into its stylish body, it supports wireless image transfer that sends pictures to a computer on command, wireless shooting that sends each shot to a computer as soon as it's taken and wireless printing to PictBridge-compatible printers. The COOLPIX S7c is also compatible with Nikon's COOLPIX CONNECT service that lets users take pictures, then send them to friends across the world in mere seconds. What's more, it's absolutely free of charge! Just take the shots, select recipients from the in-camera address list and send them straight from the camera's built-in Wi-Fi antenna to a local wireless network.
Making it easier than ever to get great-looking pictures, the COOLPIX S7c features a handy One-touch portrait button that acts as a shortcut to three unique Nikon image innovations - with Face-priority AF automatically focusing on people's faces for satisfyingly sharp portraits, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix allowing photographers to compensate for unwanted red-eye effects in-camera, and D-Lighting rescuing underexposed images or shots taken with too much backlight. Satisfying shooting is made easier still with a choice of 15 Scene modes.
Extending the enjoyment beyond shooting, the COOLPIX S7c offers the in-camera entertainment of Pictmotion - a function that lets users select their favorite images and movies as well as music and visual styles ready for the COOLPIX S7c to combine them automatically in-camera to produce audiovisual shows that can be enjoyed anywhere on the large built-in LCD. The camera also features a new Stop-motion movie function that lets users create professional-looking animated movies.
Nikon adds to the photographic versatility of the COOLPIX S7c by supplying the COOL-STATION MV-15 with the camera. Handy cradles allowing the camera to be simply slipped in, they allow batteries to be recharged without them having to be removed from the camera. It also features a USB port and can easily be hooked up to a TV. Also included is a Dock Insert PV-11, which adds immediate direct print performance with ImageLink-compatible printers. And, like all COOLPIX cameras, the COOLPIX S7c comes complete with Nikon's unique PictureProject software that makes it surprisingly easy to edit, organize and share images and is compatible with a range of available plug-ins for further functionality.