Nikon Coolpix S210 Review

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Nikon Coolpix S210 Ease of Use 9
Features 8
Movie Mode 8
Build Quality8
Colours 8
Photo Quality 8
Style 8
Lowlight 8
Macro 7
Value for Money 8
8 Megapixels
3x Zoom
2.5 inch LCD Screen
90 x 55.5 x 18mm
120g

Overview

The Nikon Coolpix S210 is a pocket digital camera with 8 megapixels and a 3x optical zoom lens. It is available in four colours, black, brushed bronze, blue, and plum.

Why Buy The Nikon Coolpix S210

The Coolpix S210 is one of the thinnest digital cameras on the market at just 18mm wide. So if a true pocket sized camera is of interest to you the S210 could be a camera to look out for.

Main Features

Megapixels:
Zoom:
LCD Screen:
Dimensions:
Weight:

8
3x
2.5 inches
90 x 55.5 x 18mm
120g

HD Movies:
Manual Controls:
Batteries:
Memory Cards:

No
No
Lithium ion
SD/SDHC

Image Quality - See Sample Images Below

Outdoor Scenic Shots in Good Light

I really like the colours in this shot. In fact I find them quite striking. The Coolpix S210 does a good job when it comes to capturing detail in both the lighter and darker areas of the photo. Sharpness is not quite as spot on as some cameras manage, but it is nothing to be concerned about unless you are looking to make poster-sized prints.

When the lens is used at its widest setting, there is some loss of light in the corners of the photo. In places, there is also a small amount of purple fringing. As with the first photo, this will only become noticeable if you are planning to make extra large prints.

Taking photos from this distance proves to be a hard task for this Nikon digital camera. Focusing becomes softer with the lens fully extended and the scene still away from the camera. Purple fringing also shows up in this shot. Colours remain vivid.

With the building giving the Coolpix S210 something stronger to focus on the result is better all round. One of the problems I have with a number of Nikon digital cameras is that there is not a multi point focusing option. The inclusion of such an option could help to make landscape type photos more sharply focused from edge to edge.

Portraits

I am happy with all three of my portrait test shots. They prove that the Coolpix S210 finds it easier when the subject is closer to it. The outdoor portrait has no problems when it comes to sharpness. The colours produced by the camera are not as vivid as those produced by some cameras and I think this gives the photo a more natural look.

This picture works well for me. There is plenty of detail in the shot and I prefer it to the indoor portrait taken with flash.

Again, there are no focusing issues to worry about here. I feel that the flash has lit the centre of the photo more than I would have liked. This leads to shadows being highlighted nearer the edges. This is quite a picky comment though!

Macro, Colours and Noise

In terms of the way the macro shot looks, I have no problems. It is a bright shot with enough detail showing. Be aware though that the Coolpix S210 needs to be at least 10cm away from any subject before it is able to focus.

I like the colours and also the brightness of the photos produced by this Nikon digital camera. Although the camera is capable of striking colours they stay on the safe side and do not overpower the shots.

At ISO 400, noise creeps in, but this setting may allow you to take shots that would otherwise not be possible. At ISO 1600, noise becomes a much bigger issue. Even in good light it will clearly show even on smaller prints.

Summary

The sharpness issues listed above will only cause you a problem if you are planning to produce large prints. If you are looking for a snapshot camera, the Coolpix S210 should be able to do the job.

See sample images link arrow

Style

At 18mm wide this is a super slim digital camera. It has a simple, rectangular design and is available in a number of different colours.

Shutter Lag Times

Shutter Lag Rating Slow

Single Shot
Five Shots
Single Shot With Flash
Five Shots With Flash
Turn on Time

1.62 seconds
18.93 seconds
0.58 seconds
20.1 seconds
2.62 seconds


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Ease of Use

Ease of Use - Easy One area I never seem to have any complaints with Nikon digital cameras is when it comes to ease of use. Their cameras are well presented and it is easy to find your way around the menu system they use.

Points I Like

Ease of use - small size - colours - brightness of photos

Where it Could Improve

Shutter lag

Verdict

When looking at such a small camera as the Nikon Coolpix S210 it is rare to find perfect photos. This camera does a decent job and is a good snapshot camera for carrying around on your travels.

Product Shots

Front View

Nikon Coolpix S210 Front View

Back View

Nikon Coolpix S210 Back View

Top View

Nikon Coolpix S210 Top View

Sample Menus

shooting menu scene menu

movie options image mode

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Review Date

July 2008

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