Nikon Coolpix S10 Concise Review
Announced in August, the Coolpix S10 is the latest incarnation of Nikon's 'twisting body' camera design that can be traced all the way back to the original Coolpix 900 in 1998, though - like the S4 before it - this one manages to squeeze in a big 10x optical zoom. Design tweaks aside, the S10's biggest enhancement over its predecessor is the inclusion of CCD-shift image stabilization (or Vibration Reduction, 'VR' as Nikon calls it), pretty much an essential for a camera with a zoom this big. The maximum ISO has also been boosted to 800 and there are a couple of interesting new features. The big zoom market is a crowded one, and truly compact models such as this have rarely impressed when compared to their bulkier 'SLR-like' cousins. Let's find out if the Coolpix S10 has what it takes to offer the ultimate 'pocket' super zoom, starting as ever with the headline features:
- 6.0million effective pixels
- 10x optical zoom (38-380mm equiv.)
- Swivel lens design
- Image-sensor shift VR
- Wide viewing angle 2.5" TFT screen
- Two-mode VR (Vibration Reduction) system (lens-shift)
- BSS (Best Shot Selector) identifies and saves the sharpest image automatically from up to ten sequential shots
- Exposure BSS mode
- 4cm macro
- Face-priority AF
- In-camera red-eye removal & 'D-Lighting'
- 15 Scene modes
- Pictmotion function
- 16MB internal memory + SD card storage
|Street Price||• US: $350
• UK: £240
1/2.5 " Type CCD
|Image sizes|| 2816 x 2112
2048 x 1536
1024 x 768
640 x 480
|Movie clips|| 640 x 480@ 30fps
320 x 240 @ 15/30fps
160 x 120 @ 15fps
320 x 240 @ 30fps (PictMotion)
|Lens|| 38-380mm (35mm equiv)
|Image stabilization||Image-sensor shift VR (Electronic VR when shooting movie)|
|Digital zoom||up to 4x|
|AF assist lamp||Yes|
|Focus distance|| 30cm-infinity
|ISO sensitivity||up to ISO 800|
4 modes with Scene Assist
11 Scene modes
BSS (Best Shot Selector)
Multi-shot 16 (approx 1.9fps)
|Scene modes|| Portrait
|White balance|| Auto with TTL control
7-mode manual (Direct sunlight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Shade, Flash and White bal. preset)
|Self timer||3 or 10 sec|
|Continuous shooting||approx 1.6fps|
|Image parameters||Color options|
Auto with red-eye reduction
Range: 0.3-5.4m (wide) / 1.0- 5.4m (tele)
|LCD monitor|| 2.5-inch TFT
|Storage|| 16MB internal memory
SD card compatible
|Power|| Rechargeable Li-ion battery EN-EL5
AC adapter EH-62A
|Other features|| Best Shot Selector
In-camera red-eye removal (automatic)
Face detection AF
D-Lighting (shadow lightening)
|Weight (no batt)||220 g (7.8 oz)|
|Dimensions||112.5 x 74.5 x 40.5 mm (4.4 x 2.9 x 1.6 in)|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area
|It's time to go by Gerard Beullac|
from Out the window
|Nature's Balance by Domenick Creaco|
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