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Nikon Coolpix S50

alaTest has collected and analyzed 176 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the usability and design are overall positive. The image quality and screen also get good feedback. Views are divided on the image stabilizer. There are some critical opinions about the optics and features.

portability, screen, image quality, design, usability

battery, shutter, focus, features, optics

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix S50 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

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Nikon S50


Consumers dare not tread carelessly while buying an ultra-compact camera, for apart from style most fail in performance. Nikon S50 is a classic example of a feature packed product that just fails to m

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Nikon Coolpix S50


Nikon has added two new stylish and feature-packed digital cameras to the Nikon COOLPIX Style Series line-up, the S50 and S50c. The COOLPIX S50 and the COOLPIX S50c boast 7.2 effective megapixels, a 3x Zoom-Nikkor glass lens and a huge, bright 3.0 inch...

Nikon is making it easier than ever to get great-looking pictures with a handy One-Touch Portrait Button that acts as a shortcut to three Nikon In-Camera Image Innovations to correct common photo problems. This system includes Face-priority AF, which...

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Nikon Coolpix S50!


Lacking only the WiFi of its sister, the Nikon Coolpix S50 is the same camera as the silver S50c, except that it's available in black, red, and brown. Its 7.2 megapixel CCD, 3x folded optical zoom lens with vibration reduction, and large, 3.0 inch LCD...


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Nikon Coolpix S50 Review and Prices


At first glance, Nikon's Coolpix S50 looks like the perfect ultra-compact digital camera. It has a stylish, thin metal camera body and a large liquid crystal display (LCD). Unfortunately, if you dig a little deeper, the Coolpix S50's performance levels...

Stylish model, very good image quality, good value, large and bright LCD, easy-to-use camera

Response times should be much better, camera can be difficult to hold, no optical viewfinder, battery life is below average

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Nikon Coolpix S50 Review


This new member of Nikon's Coolpix “Style” series features a 7.2 megapixel sensor, 3 inch LCD, and 3x Nikon optical zoom lens.

First rate image quality and color fidelity ; 3 inch monitor ; Vibration Reduction ; D-Lighting ; Automatic red eye fix

So-so battery life ; Below average speed of operation ; High ISO mode is really a last resort if you can't get the shot another way

This new member of Nikon's Coolpix "Style" series features a 7.2 megapixel sensor and 3x Nikon optical zoom lens that provides a 35mm film equivalent focal length range of 38 to 114mm. Nikon has also packaged in 15 scene options, optical Vibration...

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Owners Opinion: Nikon Coolpix S50c (anton ivanko, 4 Mar 08)


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Owners Opinion: Nikon Coolpix S50c (david32, 7 Sep 07)


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Owners Opinion: Nikon Coolpix S50c (GRANT ISAAK, 26 Jul 07)


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Owners Opinion: Nikon Coolpix S50c (PeterOD, 6 Jul 07)


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Amazon review summary for Nikon Coolpix S50


alaTest has collected and analyzed 138 user reviews of Nikon Coolpix S50 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

portability, screen, design, usability, image quality

focus, features

88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nikon Coolpix S50 7.2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Vibration Reduction Zoom (Black)Nikon Coolpix S50 7.2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Vibration Reduction Zoom (Red)Nikon Coolpix S50 Digital Camera - Black - Refurbished by Nikon U.S.A.

Product Specifications

The COOLPIX S50 is equipped with a huge, bright 3.0" LCD great for viewing images anywhere, anytime. The impressive 170-degree wide viewing angle makes it easier for everyone to see and enjoy images. The larger high-resolution LCD lets you make the most of smooth, sharp movies, great-looking stills and exciting Pictmotion shows. You can shoot sharper, clearer and without blur with Nikon's ingenious VR Optical Image Stabilization technology improving stability by automatically compensating for camera shake. With Nikon Optical VR Image Stabilization you can shoot at shutter speeds up to three stops slower than other wise possible without camera shake blurring your pictures. The Zoom Nikkor glass lens gives you the power of 3x optical zoom lens, 38mm-116mm (35mm equivalent) while Macro capability lets you get as close as 1.6 inches. This combination is supported by Nikons' world-renowned optical technology delivering crisp, clear images. High light sensitivity up to ISO 1600 opens up a whole new world of photo opportunity. Allowing you to tackle scenes and situations far beyond the capabilities of conventional compacts, high ISO offers you new power to capture fast-moving objects with outstanding clarity and gives you great exposure in significantly lower light.

Audio Input



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

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.3-4.2
Max Focal Length:18.9mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens



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:7.2Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto (100-800)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None