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Nikon Coolpix S52

alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the lens and design. The portability and screen also get good feedback. There are mixed views on the focus and battery. Some have doubts about the features and value for money.

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value for money, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix S52 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix S52c Review


Pleasing, true-to-life images ; Wi-Fi as good as ever ; Slim form factor ; AF performance dramatically improved

Still not always easy to hop on free Wi-Fi ; Battery life a challenge ; Lots of little lens niggle ; Some ominous body squeaks and rattles

Admittedly, few of the issues that have dogged our S52c sincethe day it was delivered have been related to faults with the camera itself.But a combination of bad luck and bad karma have made it hard for anyone hereat DCR to really want to spend lots of...

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Nikon Coolpix S52


The Nikon Coolpix S52 is a 9.0 megapixel slim and compact point and shoot digital camera with 3x optical zoom lens (38 - 114 mm equivalent) and 3.0 inch LCD monitor. The Nikon S52 also features optical lens shift image … Continue reading →

The COOLPIX S52 and S52c will be available nationwide in May 2008. The S52 has an MSRP** of $249.95, and the S52c has an MSRP** of $299.95. For more information about these and other COOLPIX cameras, please visit

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Nikon Coolpix S52


I have had Nikon's first internal telescoping ultracompact camera (S1) for the last three years - I have found it almost bulletproof and I need a small rugged internal telescoping type of camera for many outdoor activities, as it is lightweight, very...

Body is very thin ; LCD scratches easily ; Got a little moisture in it and it died on me in a month


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Nikon Coolpix S52


The S52 is a nice small pocket camera; that is slightly thicker than other models, but most user would still refer to this as a very nice pocket camera. The Biggest factor that blew me away with this camera is its low light ability. This little camera...

Door seems weak ; Hot pixels occur in LCD after extended use

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Amazon review summary for Nikon Coolpix S52


alaTest has collected and analyzed 104 user reviews of Nikon Coolpix S52 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

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85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nikon Coolpix S52 Eco-Green - Digital camera - compact - 9.0 Mpix - optical zoom: 3 x - supported memory: MMC, SD, SDHCCOOLPIX S52 9MP Digital Camera, Crimson Red with Extended Warranty and CaseNikon Coolpix S52 Eco-Green - Digital camera - compact - 9.0 Mpix - optical zoom: 3 x - supported memory: MMC, SD, SDHC

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Great little camera for any occasion, everyone wants to steal


My photos are crystal clear up to and including 8 x 10

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Very Dissapointed


After only 6 months of ownership, using the camera only a few times, and never dropping it, my camera now has a "lens error" message...

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After much research last year this is the camera I bought. I took it on a cruise and when I printed the pictures there were...

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Fantastic Color -- Solid 7 Stylish NIKON camera


When it comes to electronics, I'm very critical. Both my wife and I are care a great deal about image quality, we chose this NIKON S52 and never regrets it. 1) Huge 3" LCD with 230K lumens/dpi clearly viewable under sun-light -- this is critical...

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Great For Me


I bought this for carrying everywhere when I need quick shot at home or at work. This is a great camera that fills that need.

Product Specifications

Nikon Coolpix S52 is an extremely elegant 9 megapixel camera with distinctive wave-surface design and a wealth of advanced functions to help you shoot stunning images. The versatile NIKKOR 3x zoom lens offers outstanding precision and Advanced Face Priority AF makes it easier than ever before to achieve perfect group portraits. Optical VR image stabilization and high ISO light sensitivity combine to enable sharp shots in all conditions. The Coolpix S52 - looks great, shoots great.

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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

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

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

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:Beach/snow / Dawn/dusk / Fireworks / Landscape / Museum / Night landscape / Night portrait / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Sunset


Model:S52/S52 Eco-Green
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


Color:Crimson red/Midnight black
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

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:9Megapixel

Optical System

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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100-3200 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cyanotype / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None