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Nikon S1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1052 reviews of Nikon S1. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Comments about the portability and image quality are generally positive. The price and performance also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the shutter and low light performance, and there are some mixed reviews about the durability.

usability, performance, price, image quality, portability

viewfinder, stabilizer , low-light, shutter

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon S1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Nikon S1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 174 user reviews of Nikon S1 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the glare and performance. The portability and usability are also appreciated, whereas there are some negative opinions about the size and durability.

price, usability, portability, performance, glare

durability, size

98% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nikon Coolpix S1 5.1mp Digital Compact Camera [White]Nikon Coolpix S1 5.1mp Digital Compact Camera [White]

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Nikon S1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 317 user reviews of Nikon S1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the lens and performance. The image quality and price also get good feedback, whereas the focus and low light performance get negative comments.

usability, price, image quality, performance, lens

low-light, focus

82% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nikon Coolpix S1 5.1 MP Slim-Design Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Includes Dock)Nikon Coolpix S1 5.1 MP Slim-Design Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Includes Dock)

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Nikon S1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Nikon S1 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nikon 1 S1 10.1 MP HD Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm 1 NIKKOR Lens (White)Nikon 1 S1 10.1 MP HD Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm 1 NIKKOR Lens (White)

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : David Elrich (digitaltrends.com)

Nikon 1 S2 review

 

Unless you can find the Nikon 1 S2 at a ridiculously low price, we suggest you spend a little more money on stronger mirrorless cameras like Sony's A5000.

At $450, the Nikon 1 S2 seems like a good deal, but look beyond the price and you’ll see it is sacrificing a lot to save very little money. The camera has way too many compromises versus the Nikon J4 (which we weren’t especially thrilled with either)....

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (pcworld.com)

Gavin Stoker

 

The Nikon 1 S1 is an easy and portable transition for anybody trading up to an interchangeable lens camera for the first time.

Pocket sized with lens removed ; Simple to use ; Pop-up flash

Small sensor ; No built-in viewfinder

If you’re not allied to the Nikon brand, there are better options to be had in terms of the image quality. You can find an older Canon EOS M that’s a little more expensive, but it includes a larger APS-C sensor, and Pentax has its Q System cameras. If...

May, 2014

Expert review by : PC Magazine (pcmag.com)

Nikon Coolpix S1

 

Sleek and stylish design. Big 2.5-inch LCD. Nice flash pictures

Some distortion when using zoom lens. Poorly designed docking station

We like the sleek design and the big LCD, but when we zoomed in close, there was too much image distortion for our taste.

Oct, 2006

Expert review by : Paul Jasper (pcworld.com)

Nikon Coolpix S1 Camera

 

Nikon's $380, 5.1-megapixel Coolpix S1 is no bigger than a deck of cards, even when you're snapping shots. At all times, the 3X optical zoom lens remains entirely within the S1's stylish, brushed aluminum case, so you can put the S1 away without ever...

Simple to use Fits easily in shirt or pants pocket

Battery life is very short

Our tests photos had good image quality with accurate exposure in most lighting conditions. The exception was an underexposed flash portrait of Gloria, our mannequin model. We saw low levels of distortion in our resolution test, and shots reproduced...

Aug, 2005

Expert review by : David D. Busch (cnet.com)

Nikon Coolpix S1 - digital camera review

 

Nikon Coolpix S1 - digital camera

Simple operation; face-recognition autofocus; postcapture correction of red-eye and exposure; versatile burst mode; time-lapse capabilities.

Few manual controls; slow autofocus in dim light; average image quality; limited shutter-speed range.

Aimed squarely at snapshooters looking for a carefree pocketful, this ultracompact does all the hard work and delivers decent picture quality.

Jun, 2005

Expert review by (pcmag.com)

Nikon Coolpix S1 review by PC Magazine

 

We like the sleek design and the big LCD, but when we zoomed in close, there was too much image distortion for our taste. ...

Sleek and stylish design. Big 2.5-inch LCD. Nice flash pictures.

Some distortion when using zoom lens. Poorly designed docking station.

May, 2005

Expert review by : Kyle Schurman (steves-digicams.com)

Nikon 1 S2

 

The Nikon 1 S2 is a tiny mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that almost looks more like a toy than a serious camera. Unfortunately some of its features are more toy-ish than serious too. The S2's menu structure is such a mess that it makes this...

Very small and lightweight camera body ; Minimal shutter lag and shot-to-shot delay issues ; Continuous shot modes are extremely fast ; Image quality is good ; Can shoot in RAW or JPEG (but not both at the same time) ; Several choices of body colors ;...

Menu structure is confusing and poorly organized ; Smaller image sensor versus DSLRs ; Only can shoot in 3:2 aspect ratio ; No image stabilization option ; Lowest ISO setting available is ISO 200 ; Ergonomics could be better; no raised area to serve as...

The Nikon 1 S2 is a tiny mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that almost looks more like a toy than a serious camera. Unfortunately some of its features are more toy-ish than serious too. The S2's menu structure is such a mess that it makes this...

Sep, 2014

Expert review by : Michael Palmer (steves-digicams.com)

Nikon 1 S1 Preview

 

Nikon introduced two new 1-series models at CES 2013, the S1 and the J3. The main differences are these: the Nikon 1 S1 will retail in kit-form for about $100 less than the J3. The S1 features a smaller 10.1 megapixel CX-format CMOS image sensor, a...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (steves-digicams.com)

Nikon Coolpix S1

 

Physical Views The Coolpix S1 compared to a standard CD disc. The ultra-slim 5-megapixel Coolpix S1 and the Casio EX-Z55 . Continue on to Page Two Coolpix S1 Specifications Effective Pixels: 5.1 million Image Sensor: Imaging Sensor: 1/2.5-inch...

Jun, 2005

Expert review by : Hubert Nguyen (ubergizmo.com)

Nikon S1 camera [bottom-line: it´s nice outside and inside]

 

Click to enlarge The Canon S1 is a very desirable digital ultra-compact camera that has a big 2.5-inch display. It [...]

May, 2005

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:AAC / PCM
Audio system:Stereo
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Voice recording: Yes

Battery

Battery life (CIPA standard):220 / 270
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:EN-EL20 / EN-EL22 / EN-EL8
Number of batteries supported:1
Power Requirements:EN-EL8 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, EH-63 AC Adapter
Power source type:AC, Battery / Battery

Camera

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Anti-dust function: Yes
Calendar: Yes
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.3, RAW / DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3 / DCF, DPOF, Exif 2.3
Camera playback:Movie, Single image / Movie, Single image, Slide show, Thumbnails / Movie, Slide show
GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Rotating
Languages support:ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SWE, TUR, UKR
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR, UKR / ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, SWE, THA, TUR, UKR
Photo effects:Black&White / Black&White, Neutral, Sepia, Vivid / Neutral, Vivid / Vivid
Scene modes:Close-up (macro), Landscape, Night landscape, Night portrait, Portrait / Close-up (macro), Landscape, Night landscape, Night portrait, Portrait, Underwater / Close-up (macro), Landscape, Night landscape, Night portrait, Self-portrait / Landscape, Portrait / Night, Night landscape, Night portrait, Panorama, Portrait
Self-timer:2,10 / 2,5,10 / 3
Self-timer delay:2,10 / 2,5,10 / 3
Shooting modes:Auto / Auto, Manual, Movie / Auto, Movie
Smartphone remote support:Y
Tripod mountable: Yes
Tripod mounting supported:Y
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Tungsten / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Underwater / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Shade, Tungsten / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent / auto, Cloudy, daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Tungsten / Auto, Cloudy, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Manual, Shade, Underwater / Auto, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Manual, Shade, Sunny, Underwater / Auto, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Manual, Shade, Underwater / Auto, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Underwater

Design

Color of product:Black / Ivory, White / Khaki / Pink / Red / Silver / White / Yellow
Dust-resistant: Yes
Dustproof:Y
Energy Star certified:N
Protection features:Dust resistant

Display

Display:LCD / TFT
Display Diagonal:2.5 / 3
Display resolution (numeric):110.000 / 110000 / 460000
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Flash

External flash connector: No
Flash exposure compensation: Yes
Flash exposure correction:-3EV - +1EV (1/3 EV step)
Flash exposure lock: Yes
Flash guide number:196.9
Flash modes:Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Second curtain synchro, Slow synchronization, Soft / Auto, Fill-in, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / auto, Flash off, Pre-flash, Red-eye reduction / Auto, Flash off, pre-flash, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Manual / auto, Red-eye reduction / Fill-in, Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash sync-speed:1/60

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) points:135
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Continuous Auto Focus, Contrast Detection Auto Focus, Face detection, Single Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Face detection, Selective Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Face detection, Single Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Face detection, Spot Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus / Contrast Detection Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance:11.8
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto / Auto/Manual / Manual

Lens System

Combined zoom:3
Digital Zoom:4
Filter size:1.59
Focal length range (f-f):0.228 - 0.685 / 0.433 - 1.08 / 1.18 - 4.33
Lens mount interface:Nikon 1
Lens structure:8/6
Lens structure (elements/groups):8/6
Maximum aperture number:16 / 5.6
Minimum aperture number:3.5
Number of aspheric elements:1
Number of diaphragm blades:7
Optical Zoom:2.5 / 3

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2250, 2500, 3200, 4000, 6400 / 100, 6400 / 100, 800, 3200, 6400 / 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 / 200, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 / 200, 800, 3200, 6400, 12800
ISO sensitivity (max):12800 / 6400
ISO sensitivity (min):100 / 200
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step) / ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE / Auto / Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Matrix, Spot / Centre-weighted, Spot / SPOT

Memory

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC / SD / SD, SDHC, SDXC
Internal memory:12
Maximum memory card size:8
Memory slots:1

Networking

Wi-Fi: No

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 85
Operating relative humidity range:0 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):-10 - 40 / 0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):-10 - 40 / 0 - 40

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.38 - 4.13
Aperture range (F-F):3 - 5.4
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera CCD sensor:5.1M
Camera shutter speed:1/16000-30 / 2 - 1/350 / 2-1/350
Compatible operating systems:Mac OS X (10.1.5)\nWindows XP Home Edition; Professional, Windows 2000 Professional; Windows Me; Windows 98SE / Windows 98/Me/2000/XP\nMac 10.1.5 +
Digital SLR: No
Dimensions (WxDxH):3.54 x 2.28 x 0.787
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.38 - 4.13
Frame: Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
Interface:COOLSTATION MV-11; USB 2.0, Audio Video output (NTSC/PAL) / USB / USB 2.0
Lens system:Zoom-Nikkor
Metering:TTL
Minimum system requirements:CD-ROM / CD-ROM \nUSB \nDisplay: 800 x 600
On/Off switch: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Bundled software:PictureProject / ViewNX 2/Short Movie Creator
Cables included:USB
Carrying case: Yes
Hand strap: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera / MILC
Image formats supported:JPG / JPG, RAW
Image Sensor Size:1/2.5
Image sensor size (W x H):0.516 x 0.346 / 0.52 x 0.346
Image Stabilizer:No / Yes
Maximum image resolution:2592 x 1944 / 3872 x 2592 / 4592 x 3056 / 4608 x 3072
Megapixel:10.1 / 14.2 / 5.1
Sensor Format:CX
Sensor Type:CCD / CMOS
Still image resolution(s):2896 x 1944, 1936 x 1296, 3840 x 2160, 1280 x 720 . / 2896 x 1944,3840 x 2160,3872 x 2592 / 2896 x 1944\n3840 x 2160\n3872 x 2592 / 4592 x 3072, 3440 x 2296, 2288 x 1528, 1280 x 856, 4592 x 2576 / 4592 x 3072\n3440 x 2296\n2288 x 1528\n1280 x 856
Supported aspect ratios:3:2, 16:9 / 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Total megapixels:15.13

Ports & interfaces

Connection to PC: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
HDMI: Yes
HDMI connector type:Mini
I/O ports:USB \nNTSC/PAL
PictBridge: Yes
USB connector:Micro-USB B
USB connector type:Micro-USB B
USB version:2.0

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic / Electronic, Mechanical
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/16000
Shutter speed settings:B
Slowest camera shutter speed:30

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes
Minimum hard disk space:60
Minimum RAM:64

Technical Details

Remote Control Type:WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter
Smartphone remote support: Yes

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080 / 640 x 480
Motion JPEG frame rate:15 / 60
Video compression format:H.264, MOV, MPEG4 / H.264, MPEG4 / MOV
Video formats supported:H.264,MOV,MPEG4 / H.264,MPEG4 / MOV
Video Frame Rate:15 / 60
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:320 x 120,320 x 240,640 x 240,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080 / 320 x 120,640 x 240,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080 / 320 x 120,640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.776 / 1.16 / 1.17
Height:2.26 / 2.38 / 2.39
Lens diameter:2.26
Lens length:1.22
Lens weight:2.82
Weight:4.16 / 6.7 / 6.95 / 7.09
Weight (including battery):8.11 / 8.47
Width:3.54 / 3.98 / 4.02 / 4.33