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Nikon Coolpix S50c

alaTest has collected and analyzed 165 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the image quality and screen. The design and portability are also appreciated. Comments are divided on the low light performance, and many are critical about the energy efficiency and viewfinder.

usability, portability, design, screen, image quality

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix S50c is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix S50c


The Nikon Coolpix S50c compact camera has a few tricks up its sleeve, namely Wi-Fi connectivity, optical image stabilization, and a handy rotary dial that works like a trackball, giving you a fast way to navigate menus. However, while we appreciate...

3-inch LCD ; Wireless capability

No optical viewfinder ; Somewhat lethargic operation

Wi-Fi connectivity and optical image stabilization don't make up for sluggish performance and just-okay image quality.

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Nikon Coolpix S50c


Nikon continues taking the lead in wireless digital cameras, but these cameras are still a bit tricky to use. A number of things keep the Nikon Coolpix S50c from receiving top honors. First, I found significant shutter lag, mainly due to the delayed...

Excellent wireless features. Good price for lots of special features.

Mediocre performance. Shutter lag.

Nikon continues to lead with its wireless digital cameras. That said, the company's cameras are still a bit tricky to use, and the Coolpix s50c is a perfect example of this. In addition, it won't win any awards for performance.

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Nikon Coolpix S50c


Some things never change. Some other things, such as Nikon's wireless S-series cameras, change a little bit at a time. Nikon's new Coolpix S50c is a whole lot like the S7c that the company offered last year. It boasts a 7.2-megapixel CCD imaging...

Nice click-wheel; sleek, slim design; supports wireless 802.11b/g photo e-mail via T-Mobile hot spots and private access points; optical image stabilization.

The lack of a built-in browser prevents you from being able to access most free public Wi-Fi access points.

While it takes good pictures and it's nice to be able to access private Wi-Fi access points, the lack of a browser keeps this camera from rising to the next level.


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Nikon Coolpix S50c Digital Camera - Review


The Nikon S50c is a beautiful digital camera. It's compact. It has a great LCD. The Coolpix S50c even has WiFi. Nikon has even given the Nikon S50c a real Zoom lever and a nice Shutter button. Toss in a Vibration Reduction lens, D-Lighting, In-Camera...

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Nikon Coolpix S50c


If they had been more thoughtfully implemented, the Nikon Coolpix S50c's Wi-Fi features might have been enough to compensate for its undistinguished image quality and ease of use. As it is, you're probably better off choosing a more capable shooter.

Wi-Fi system for e-mailing photos straight from the camera ; Useful in-camera editing tools

Soft images ; Limited Wi-Fi connection choices ; Hair-trigger power switch

If they had been more thoughtfully implemented, the Nikon Coolpix S50c’s Wi-Fi features might have been enough to compensate for its undistinguished image quality and ease of use. As it is, you're probably better off choosing a more capable shooter and...

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Camera's Wi-Fi feature doesn't impress


Does ability to e-mail photos or post them on a Web site make up for poor image quality and ease of use?

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Nikon Coolpix S50c 7.2MP Digital Camera


Sylish cameras are nothing new, but Nikon takes sexiness in cameras to a new level with their S50c. It's curvy, sleek, compact and feature-packed. It includes a huge 3.0" LCD screen and offers 7.2 megapixel images. Is the smaller frame worth the slight...

Good-quality images for the camera size ; 7.2 Megapixel images useful for those who need it ; Compact and sleek design ; Feature-packed ; WiFi Capability

Battery life (130~ images) ; No viewfinder, therefore difficult to use in the sun ; Price/quality ratio

Nature is one of the most popular subjects regardless of what kind of camera you own, and it's a great test for checking the color and lens capabilities. So, I took a trip to a park near my house to see what the camera was capable of. I will let a few...

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Nikon Coolpix S50c Review


The Nikon Coolpix S50c is the WiFi equipped version of the Coolpix S50.

Nice 3 inch LCD ; Optical Vibration Reduction (image stabilization) ; Useful (if you actually plan to use it) wireless features ; Slim and stylish

Sluggish operation ; Mediocre battery life ; Zoom rocker switch too small ; LCD is very prone to fingerprints ; Noise increases rapidly as you increase ISO

The slow speed of the Coolpix S50c is probably the biggest downfall of this camera. If you're ok with the camera's speed, you'll be pleased with this camera. While there are no advanced manual exposure modes, the target user of this camera won't use...

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Nikon Coolpix S50c Review


The Nikon Coolpix S50c with a stylish wave-surface design, will be available in stores from April 2007. It's equipped with Optical VR Image Stabilization system, one-touch portrait button (offers easy access to a selection of three innovative...

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"not what I expected"


I 'upgraded' to the S50c from my S7c. I loved the wifi on the S7c and wanted to get the same thing with image stabilization. I have a D70 and use my point-and-shoot for parties and other situations where it's not feasible to lug the SLR.

wifi large screen scroll wheel

image stabilization power button location lens cover

Product Specifications

The COOLPIX S50c 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
LAN and Wireless Image Transferring Protocols:IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
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