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Nikon Coolpix SQ

alaTest has collected and analyzed 346 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the usability and value for money. The lens and portability also get good feedback. The features and memory get less positive comments, and comments about the screen and image quality are mixed.

design, portability, lens, value for money, usability

battery, viewfinder, shutter, memory, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix SQ is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon's Hot Coolpix


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nikon coolpix sq


The Coolpix SQ is Nikon's newest compact, lightweight digital still camera with a high resolution imager and a swiveling Nikkor 3x zoom lens. It features an entirely new body design, unlike anything ever seen before in the Coolpix family. The Coolpix SQ i

While we rate the Nikon Coolpix SQ a 10 on the style scale, it deserves a 8 on technical merit, a one point deduction based on the startling brightness of its autofocus-assist lamp and lens distortion at the extremes of its zoom range and another point de

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


Nikon's dedication to quality has earned the company an enviable reputation in both the film and digital photography realms, and the company's Coolpix line of consumer digicams has always been well-received, given their good image quality and ease of...


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Nikon Coolpix SQ


This review is now completed. All product photos have been re-shot where necessary, and all photos are from a production-level camera

Very unique square metal body ; Rotating lens ; Robust performance ; AF illuminator ; Nice LCD display ; Impressive macro ability

Images too noisy/grainy ; Close flash/lens positions means dust reflections, redeye ; Pricey for what you get ; No optical viewfinder ; Aside from white balance, no manual controls ; Average playback, movie modes ; Limited battery life

With those out of the way, I can say that the SQ is an attractive camera, with good performance overall. It's the only Nikon camera with an AF illuminator -- and a very bright one at that. The rotating lens comes in handy in situations where you can't...

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Great pictures, bad battery door.


This camera takes nice pictures, downloads quickly.

The battery door has broken twice and has to be taped closed

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Owners Opinion: Nikon Coolpix SQ (Ayhan GEDUK, 21 Sep 05)


Not so good. But image quality better than others. When you shot some pictures you have to wait until writing on the card. I missed a lot of shoots. In that case too slow. Battery life is soo good. When you are going to travel you have to carry all...

Visor not exist. My LCD is not working. Without LCD it is useless. I bought this camera in Dubai. I wrote the nikon many times, They did not reply to me now the warranty is passed. The warranty is no problem but where they repair I do not know. I asked...

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Owners Opinion: Nikon Coolpix SQ (Cristian G. Juverdeanu, 29 Jul 04)


Nice cam... i got it for almost a month, and i like it...Easy to use, solid, good looking...For a beginner, it's excellent. Except some artifacts and a little grain that came out in low light, everything it's perfect. Good job, Nikon! :D

Some artifacts in low light and a little grain

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Owners Opinion: Nikon Coolpix SQ (gebkzoo, 14 Jun 04)


This is my first digital camera. I have not experienced the problems others stated in reviews. Pictures are sharp. Cannot focus manualy, but can choose focus area. Great deal on for $199.00.

Extra memory and battery are a must

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Buy it while the deal is gone


Compact with swivel len rotate to fit your shooting need


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Owners Opinion: Nikon Coolpix SQ (Salvatore Chiazzese, 7 May 04)


Nice design, all-metal construction, very sharp display, easy to use, good lens. A great camera for beginners, a good pocket camera for amateur.

Distortion at wide angle

Product Specifications

The square-shaped Coolpix SQ is a 3-megapixel-class digital still camera that combines a visually compelling, stylish design with outstanding performance. It incorporates a swivel lens that is integral to its overall design statement and optical precision. The Coolpix SQ is a digital camera for trendsetters and opinion leaders for whom style is a primary concern, and who are seeking bold, new ways to make a statement about their personal style. Featuring a 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens and 4x digital zoom, the Coolpix SQ provides excellent optical performance. The camera's exclusively developed features achieve accurate and vibrant color reproduction, fast operation and stress-free operation. The camera's 3.1 effective megapixels offer remarkable resolution, even with printouts as large as B4 size. The Coolpix SQ's swivel lens design offers the flexibility and creative opportunities of free-angle picture taking, including the ability to take self-portraits; it also contributes to the camera's compactness and near-professional-grade image quality. The slim rechargeable battery provides up to 65 minutes of shooting power while helping enable the sleek profile of the full-metal casing. In addition to fully automatic operation, the Coolpix SQ has 15 versatile Scene Modes that capture great pictures in virtually any imaginable situation. Continuous Shooting mode offers rapid sequencing and Movie mode lets users record up to 40 seconds of video with audio. Users can also shoot as close as 4cm (1.6 in.) from their subjects without sacrificing clarity and crispness. The Coolpix SQ comes with the Cool-STATION MV-10, a cradle that serves as a multifunctional base of operations. The battery recharges while the camera rests in the cradle. Uploading images to a computer (via USB cable) requires only a single press of the cradle's transfer button. With its cutting-edge design and array of advanced, yet easy-to-use, features, the Coolpix SQ is an exciting addition to the Coolpix lineup that will appeal to consumers who demand that sophisticated style doesn't preclude high performance.

Audio Input



Run Time (Up To):65min

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):3.8cm
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 portrait / Night scene / Panorama assist / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Sunset & moon

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.6
Max Focal Length:16.8mm
Min Focal Length:5.6mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.4 mm ( 1/2.7 ) / 9.4 mm ( 1/2.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:3.1Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 200 / ISO 70
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera