Nikon Coolpix S10 Concise Review
The S10 has five white balance presets (daylight, incandescent, fluorescent, cloudy, and flash) in addition to the default automatic setting and a manual (custom) white balance option. In our tests the auto white balance struggled with dim artificial light (like most cameras), producing a strong cast (although to be fair the AWB actually did better than most compact cameras in incandescent lighting). The most annoying thing about the S10's white balance is how poorly the preview image reflects the image as it is eventually captured - all the examples below actually looked perfect on-screen (in live view and record mode).
|Auto White Balance||Fluo (FL1) Preset||Auto White Balance||Incandescent preset|
|Fluorescent light - Auto white balance poor,
Preset white balance average
|Incandescent light - Auto white balance good,
Preset white balance average
Ever since the earliest Coolpixes Nikon has offered excellent macro capabilities, a tradition continued by the S10. As is common the closest focus is only available at the wider end of the zoom, where you can down to a shooting distance of 4cm. You can actually zoom in a little at the 4cm focus point, allowing you to capture an area of between 3.5 and 5cm across. At the long end of the zoom you can't focus as close, but you can still capture a fairly small area (just over 6cm across), with a lot less distortion - pretty impressive.
In all cases there is fairly strong corner softness (curvature of field) and some visible chromatic aberration at the wide end, but for 'real world' shots you really need to be looking for problems to see them.
- Click here for wide macro test chart (at 38mm)
- Click here for wide macro test chart (at 72mm)
- Click here for tele macro test chart (at 380mm)
Resolution is similar to the other cameras in this class, and roughly in the middle of the pack if you take 6 megapixel cameras as a whole. As you move towards the very highest frequencies there is fairly strong moiré visible, but we struggled to find any evidence of it in real-world shots.
|Click here for the full resolution test chart||
resolution 1200 LPH
resolution 1250 LPH
Distortion and other image quality issues
The S10 exhibits moderately high distortion at the wide end of the zoom - 1.3% barrel distortion (click here for test chart), which doesn't get much better until you are approaching the mid-zoom point. On a more positive note there is only the slightest measurable distortion (0.2% pincushion) at the telephoto end (click here for test chart).
Like so many cameras the S10's output is something of a mixed bag. Taken as a whole the results give few real causes for complaint; they are generally well-exposed, in focus and with accurate, natural color. Compared to most 'point and shoot' models the output is a little 'flat', and shots at longer focal lengths in particular benefit from a little contrast / saturation and sharpness boost. This is no bad thing if you're prepared to do the post-processing, but is perhaps not best suited to the presumed target market.
Looking a bit closer the compromises in producing such a small camera with such a big zoom range become more obvious. The lens shows visible distortion and suffers from fairly strong curvature of field, meaning it's impossible to get the center and corners in focus at the same time (though of course this will be a problem only if you are shooting flat things). There is some mild corner softness visible in many shots, some purple fringing and an overall lack of biting sharpness (the noise reduction at ISO 50 smears very fine low-contrast detail and the lens isn't producing world-class results).
We also found the focus at the long end of the zoom to be a little unreliable, though this is as much a problem of focus speed as it is of focus accuracy. Don't try and shoot anything that's moving at full telephoto - it'll be long gone before the S10 finds its mark. We saw occasional problems with flare, again at the long end of the zoom, and the S10, inevitably, suffers from some highlight clipping in bright, contrasty scenes, something not helped by the tendency to slightly overexpose in such situations.
To put this all into perspective many of the problems mentioned above fall firmly into the 'nit picking' category, and most (focus issues aside) won't be an issue for the typical user viewing the photographs at standard print sizes or reduced to fill a computer screen. But if you are someone who isn't happy unless your camera produces output that stands up well to close scrutiny at anything approaching a pixel level the S10 is going to disappoint.
|scrum break away by al booth|
from Sport competition
|Parking Deck by Olaf R|
from Your City - Parking Garage
|Communication Tech by alberto_b|
|With & without by OBellini|
from Empty - Full
ISOCELL comprises four sub-brands: Bright, Fast, Slim and Dual which are tailored to specific mobile device market demands.
The new store will be located at the Fotografiska center for contemporary photography in Stockhom, Sweden and carry the full range of Hasselblad products.
A recent vacation gave Richard a chance to think about the needs of travel photography – and how our reviews might recognize the perfect travel camera.
Need more evidence that 2017 is the year analog begins its comeback? Well, welcome another new film stock to the world.
The winners of the 10th annual iPhone Photography Awards have been announced, and they're striking.
If you were disappointed by reports that the Sony a9 struggles with adapted Canon glass, you might be able to take some comfort from Metabones' latest update.
Blackmagic Design has dropped the prices of its Video Assist external monitor/recorders for a limited time. Prices of the SD card-based recorders will be reduced in all markets, while supplies last.
Instagram has started testing a new feature called 'favorites' that enables users to share photos with only certain people. Only a small number of users have access to the feature at this time, though it may roll out to everyone in the future.
Lensbaby has announced the Velvet 85 F1.8 for interchangeable lens cameras. The lens is available in Canon, Nikon, Sony E, Sony A, Pentax K, Samsung NX, Fuji X and Micro 4/3 mounts.
It's the end of an era. Parent company Micron has announced that they are discontinuing the Lexar retail brand. This includes 'memory cards, USB flash drives, readers, and storage drives.'
Youthful trainspotter turned adult photographer, John Sanderson has traveled across the United States, documenting the country's railroads. But you won't find any trains in his pictures.
Sony's new CMOS sensor is backside-illuminated and offers an all-pixel global reset function which should drastically reduce rolling shutter effect when panning.
Shoulderpod has converted its offerings into a lego-like modular system by offering all individual parts of existing products separately, allowing users to build exactly the rig they need for a specific project or simply replace a damaged part.
Photographer Felix AAA has spent the past ten years touring the world with a variety of musicians, capturing behind the scenes shots and portraits. He talks about some of his favorite images on the FujiFilm Blog.
A roll of film discovered in an Argus C2 from an Oregon Goodwill turned out to contain some incredible images – and has been re-united with the original owner's family.
Nikon's 28mm F1.4E ED appears to roundly complete the company's updated lineup of fast, professional prime lenses. We've already seen some initial images from a Nikon ambassador, but we've worked through a gallery of our own, with a lens of our own over the past week. Take a look.
Google is holding a competition that could see your Pixel photos gracing millions of screens.
Nikon's 100th birthday party continues worldwide as a distributor in Italy organized a one-of-a-kind feat: assembling the world's largest 'human camera' from over a thousand volunteers.
Ricoh has dropped the price of its Theta SC 360 spherical camera by to $199, a reduction of roughly $50. The camera features two 12MP sensors and can record Full HD video in addition to stills.
Photojournalist Pete Souza served as the presidential photographer for both Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. In an interview with fellow photographer Marcia Nighswander, he discusses several of his most noteworthy images.
Photographer Michael Wolf has been documenting the crowded conditions of Tokyo's subway trains since the 1990s. The photos have gone viral regularly in the years since he started the project, and he just published the final edition in the series.
The just-launched OnePlus 5 is getting a minor update that should improve camera function.
A Belgian camera shop is showing off an extremely rare, limited 'Rex Edition' Nikon D500. The cosmetic alterations were provided by a customer's German Shepherd Rex, who got ahold of the camera within a day of its purchase.
Adobe says that many of its users have been relying on SkyBox for VR editing and it therefore made sense to make the plug-ins available to all subscribers through Creative Cloud.
The Pictar grip provides a number of customizable physical controls for your iPhone camera, but at its price point we would like to see better materials and build quality.
Peak Design's 'consider every detail' approach shines in the Everyday Backpack. While expensive, it's one of the best options out there for a photographer who needs to pack a lot of stuff in addition to gear.
If you're thinking of using Canon's sports glass on the Sony a9, think again. The ultra-fast camera slows way down when you attach off-brand glass.
The Polish town of Katowice is not famed as an area of beauty, but as all photographers know, that doesn't mean that beauty can't be found if you look in the right places. Mariusz Pietranek used a drone to look down on the colorful sedimentation tanks at an ironworks.
New York Times video journalist Ben Solomon spent a harrowing three weeks accompanying Iraqi Major Sajjad al-Hour as he and his men fought to retake Mosul from I.S. forces.
The 3D VR camera launched through a crowdfunding campaign in 2015 goes on sale beginning June 26.