Sep 8, 2005

Nikon Coolpix S2 Digital Camera Review

The Coolpix S2 is a splash-proof 5.1 megapixel, ultra-slim digital camera with a full range of exclusive in-camera solutions. Coupled with its incredible, bright 2.5” LCD screen, the durable and capable Coolpix S2 will please consumers who require compact size, splash-proof protection and the ability to quickly and easily capture top-quality images in a number of shooting situations. The S2 also boasts Nikon’s renowned In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™ technology, which detects and corrects red eyes in most typical situations without the need to press buttons or select and highlight the eyes in playback. The D-Lighting feature can be selected in Playback mode — automatically compensating for insufficient flash or excessive back lighting in order to obtain balanced exposure throughout the frame.
NIKON Coolpix S2 Digital Camera

NIKON Coolpix S2 Digital Camera today posted their review of the S2 and had this to say about it-
"The Nikon Coolpix S2 is built with style in mind, as well as ease of use for the fashion-conscious point-and-shooter. The 5 megapixel 1/2.5-inch CCD comes packed in a splash-proof metal body with a 3x optical zoom lens that remains flush with the camera body at all times. The stylish design includes a sliding lens door that protects the lens and flash while providing a nice mirror for your own fashion purposes.

The Nikon S2 has 15 scene modes as well as its generic automatic mode. There is no manual mode and there are hardly any manual controls, although there is a manual white balance setting. The S2 isn’t supposed to have manual controls though; this camera is built for people who don’t want to bother adjusting the aperture – they just want to take great pictures. Unfortunately, even that may be hard with the Nikon Coolpix S2. Many of the photographs I took turned out blurry, even in bright daylight. The image quality obviously isn’t emphasized on this model, as it boasts a lot of features that digital camera manufacturers are flaunting this year. The camera has a large 2.5-inch LCD screen, but its resolution is substandard. It has 12MB of internal memory, but that’s only enough for about ten pictures. It has fancy Nikon technology that claims to recognize faces, fix red-eye, and compensate for poor lighting; however, I found these features a little lacking. The Coolpix S2 does come with a unique time lapse mode for still and video, as well as a nice help guide to aid those point-and-shooters. Retailing for a pricey $449.95, Nikon hopes consumers will be enamored with the S2’s design, because internally, it is just another expensive digital camera with a shortage of manual options and substandard picture quality."

Nikon Coolpix S2 Features:
* 5.1 effective megapixels
* 3x Zoom-Nikkor ED Glass lens with a focal range equivalent to that of a 35-105mm lens in 35mm format
* Compact dimensions of (W x H x D – 3.6 x 2.3 x 0.9 inches)
* Light weight of approx 4.9 oz. (without battery and memory card)
* COOLSTATION MV-12 cradle included for easy downloading of images and recharging the battery in the camera
* AF-assist illuminator can be switched on and off
* 256-segment Matrix Metering with Center-weighted, Spot, or Spot AF metering
* 7 manual white balance settings and White Balance Bracketing
* Direct printing with PictBridge compatibility
* 4 of the 16 Scene Modes offer Scene Assist (Portrait, Night Portrait, Sports, Landscape)
* World Time function allows local time to be set easily anywhere
* USB compatibility enables swift transfer of image data to computers
* Voice memo function records up to 20 seconds of sound that can then be attached to an image
* 4x digital zoom capability
* Choice of Single AF and Continuous AF
* Options for playback: Single, 4- and 9-segment thumbnail, Slideshow, 10x magnification
* Built-in Speedlight: features settings for Auto, Red-eye Reduction by pre-flash, Anytime flash, Flash cancel and Slow sync.
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