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Nikon Coolpix S1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 560 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the image quality and screen. The design and usability also get good feedback. There are mixed comments on the contrast and flash. There are some critical comments about the manual image adjustments and viewfinder.

portability, usability, design, screen, image quality

shutter, build quality, low-light, viewfinder, manual adjust.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix S1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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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 shoots nice 5.1 Megapixel photos and is easy to use. That's about all a point and shoots camera needs. Make sure that you carry it...

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Nikon Coolpix S1


The Nikon Coolpix S1 is a super-slim 5.1-megapixel camera featuring state-of-the-art technology like the exclusive Face Priority AF (Auto Focus) feature, enhanced image quality and improved speed, in a smooth, compact design. The 3/4-inch thin S1 is...

Bottom line - the Coolpix S1 makes a good choice for those who want ease of use, speedy performance, and great image quality in an extremely small camera that can be tucked away almost anywhere. While it offers very useful features like Face-priority AF,

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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...


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Nikon Coolpix S1


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.

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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.

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Digital Cameras - Nikon Coolpix S1 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


Nikon's Coolpix line of consumer digicams has always been well-received, appreciated for their image quality and ease of use. The Coolpix S1 starts a new design trend for the company, packing a lot of features, a 5.1-megapixel CCD with 3x zoom lens,...

Attractive design, well-built, Good accuracy from the LCD viewfinder, LCD stays pretty visible under bright lighting (better than average in sunlight)

Rather soft corners in its images (unfortunately rather common in subcompact digital cameras), Very bright color (a liability if you like more natural-looking color)

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Nikon Coolpix S1


The Coolpix S1 is one of many cameras in this class. How does it compare? Find out now

Stylish ultra-compact metal body ; Large 2.5" LCD (though low light visibility could be better) ; Tons of scene modes ; Nice continuous shooting mode ; Useful D-Lighting and Best Shot Selector features ; AF-assist lamp (but see issue below) ; In-camera...

Too much blurring in the corners and around the edges of photos ; Redeye a problem ; Disappointing movie mode (poor VGA quality, slow frame rate) ; Weak flash ; Despite having AF-assist lamp, low light focusing wasn't great ; No optical viewfinder ;...

The Coolpix S1 has a lot of potential, but frankly there are better ultra-thin cameras on the market now. Let's hope the next iteration of the Coolpix S1 does a little better.

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Nikon Coolpix S1


This camera does the thinking for you

Automated on-board features that make snapshooting easy, cool design, large LCD, cradle included (but not necessary for charging), printed manual.

Average performance and image quality.

Large SD card

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Nikon Coolpix S1 Digital Camera


For some time I have wanted to get a compact, light weight, and cool looking digital camera that I can take anywhere.

Compact design, easy to use, and light weight

Not good enough to low light conditions

If you are looking for a small light weight digital camera that takes excellent photo's... this is it for you.

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Nikon Coolpix S1 Digital Camera Review


Ultra-compact digital cameras are all the rage now. Check out the latest addition to the Coolpix line from Nikon.

Product Specifications

The Coolpix S1, with an ultra slim body slightly larger than a credit card, boasts good looks, exceptionally easy-to-use controls and the assurance of the advanced Nikon image quality, features a non-protruding zoom Nikkor ED lens. Best of all is the 2.5" large and bright LCD monitor for clear and easy image viewing. Coolpix S1, a pleasure to own, and a joy to use!

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Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL8

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Back light / Beach/snow / Close-up / Copy / Dawn/dusk / Fireworks / Landscape / Museum / Night landscape / Night portrait / Panorama assist / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Sunset / Underwater

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.0-5.4
Max Focal Length:17.4mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Ebony black

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:5.1Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cool / Neutral / Saturation / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None