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Nikon Coolpix S02
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Nikon Coolpix S02 Digital Camera

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13.2MP 3x CMOS Sep 2013
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29 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This Nikon camera received a "Recommended" from PhotographyBlog.com who said that this camera was good.

Good User Reviews

Based on 29 user reviews the average user rating of this digital camera is 83 out of 100.

Good Quality Lens

A few people who reviewed it considered that it had a good zoom. Amazon Customer said “Unlike most phones this has a proper zoom that does not lose pixels”. Marian said in her review of this digital camera on Amazon “The touch screen is hard to touch like old nokia mobiles, day time photos are ok and 3 zoom is helpful.”. Ephotozine.com said on expert website Ephotozine “It is an ultra-compact camera with 3x optical zoom, full 1080p HD video recording” in their review but despite that they rated it 3 stars.

A few people who reviewed the product thought it had a good lens. Three years ago Dale Thorn he wrote in his review “There is a breakdown in quality at and near the edges of the image, again due to the lens I believe”.

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Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Compact camera digital cameras built by Nikon have good ratings on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all digital cameras (not just compact camera digital cameras) and found that Nikon also has good ratings across its entire range.

Good Size

Six Nikon Coolpix S02 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was compact. Expert review site Techradar said “Almost all compact camera manufacturers have suffered as the onslaught of camera phones continue to march forward” in their Nikon Coolpix S02 review. Techradar also wrote “Some manufacturers try to fight the smartphone by offering incredibly small compact cameras that still manage to outdo their always connecte”. Expert review site Pocket-Lint.com wrote three years ago “Nikon has updated its smallest compact camera, resulting in the Nikon Coolpix S02”.

Nice Design

Some Nikon Coolpix S02 owners who purchased this digital camera agreed that it was good looking. Pc Mag said in their review in October last year “Ultracompact, stylish, cute design” but even so they gave it a score of 50 out of 100. Digitalversus.com mentioned in their Nikon Coolpix S02 review on expert website Digital Versus “The Nikon Coolpix S02 is a stylish and easy-to-use compact that's super-small size makes it ideal for snapping while out”.

One Nikon Coolpix S02 reviewer thought the product was a good design. Pc Mag said “Design extrmement compact et lgant” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S02.

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Good Quality Pictures

Eight Nikon Coolpix S02 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Dale Thorn wrote in his review on Amazon three years ago “The Panasonic LF1's images are excellent in the center” but even so he gave the product a rating of 3 stars. Dale Thorn also mentioned “Its images are clear and detailed edge to edge”. Dale Thorn also wrote “The S02 daylight images will look very good when fitted to the screen size.”.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good image sensor. Expert website Photographyblog.com mentioned “This tiny camera features a 13 megapixel CMOS sensor, Full HD video, 2.7 inch touch-screen” .

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Robust

One person mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to damage or scratch. Last year Pc Mag mentioned “Chromeeffect finish scratches quite easily”.

One Nikon Coolpix S02 owner said in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Two years ago Gordon Mcmenemy said in his Nikon Coolpix S02 review on Amazon “It is small and fits into the pocket well, robust and takes reasonable images” and gave the product an excellent rating.

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Good Product Quality

A number of people who bought it mentioned that it was good quality. Dale Thorn mentioned in his review “The quality seems very good based on examining its images”. Dale Thorn also wrote “A better quality lens”. Dale Thorn also mentioned “The pixel quality is much better with the LF1, yielding a more detailed image”.

Good Video Capture

Several Nikon Coolpix S02 reviewers concluded that this digital camera was good for video recording.

Easy to Use

Several customers who reviewed the product concluded that it was easy to use. Pc Mag said on PC Mag “Simple to use”.

Good Flash

One Nikon Coolpix S02 owner who reviewed it concluded that it had a good flash.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Nikon Coolpix S02 supports Full HD video. Most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the Coolpix S02 do not support Full HD video.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras which support Full HD video and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-WX60, the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS ($195.00), and the Nikon Coolpix L820 ($284.00) is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix S02, the Nikon Coolpix S02 has an image stabiliser.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabiliser and we think the DSC-WX60, and the DSC-W830 ($118.00) both from Sony or the Canon IXUS 132 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years, the Nikon Coolpix S02 has a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-W830 ($118.00), the Canon IXUS 132, or the Olympus SZ-14.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Very Big Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 7,300 megabytes, the Coolpix S02's internal memory is one of the biggest amongst compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix S02. Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix S02 the internal memory range from 8MB to 8.2GB.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The number of white balance modes found on the Nikon Coolpix S02 is more than most similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Coolpix S02.

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Has Three Photo Effects

The Coolpix S02 has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The photo effects "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this camera.

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Supports Six ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Nikon Coolpix S02 is more than most cameras of this age and spec. The most commonly supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this Nikon camera. The ISO speeds 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600 and Auto are also supported by this Nikon digital camera.

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the Coolpix S02 is more than most cameras of this spec and age. The most frequently supported audio format is WAV, but this audio format is not supported by this Nikon camera. The audio formats LPCM are also supported by this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Nikon Coolpix S02 has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best video resolution amongst all cameras that came out more than two years ago.

Amongst comparable types of digital camera the worst video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Nikon Coolpix S02 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most common video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. In addition, this Nikon camera support a video resolution of 960 x 540 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is actually the best supported video resolution across all digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Coolpix S02.

Across comparable types of digital camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Coolpix S02 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This digital camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Coolpix S02. The camera file systems "DCF" and "DPOF 1.1" are also supported by this camera.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most frequently found light exposure correction on cameras of this age and spec.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is the most frequently found focus on cameras that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Light

With a weight of only 100 grams, the Coolpix S02 is one of the lighter digital cameras of this age and spec amongst similar spec cameras of this age. The weights of compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Coolpix S02 range from 20g to 710g, and the average weight is 170g.

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Short

The Coolpix S02 is one of the shorter digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years (only 51.3 millimeters) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. Across all the cameras that were released more than two years ago the heights range from 16mm to 750mm, and the average height is 61mm.

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Narrow

At only 77.1 millimeters, the Nikon Coolpix S02 is very narrow compared to most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix S02. Across all the compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix S02 the widths range from 22mm to 470mm, and the average width is 100mm.

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18 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

This compact camera digital camera has an average expert rating of 57% based on seven expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Digital Versus and PC Mag. That puts this camera in the bottom 6% of all the digital cameras of a similar type and age.

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Poor Connectivity

One Nikon Coolpix S02 owner who bought the Nikon Coolpix S02 thought it was not wifi compatible. Expert review site Pcmag.com said last year “The lack of wireless connectivity makes it a less appealing” in their review and scored it 3 stars.

One Nikon Coolpix S02 owner mentioned in their reviews that the product was not good in terms of HDMI connections.

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Inferior Technical Features

One person who reviewed it thought it did not have good features.

Poor Battery Life

Several people thought it did not have a good battery life. Hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh wrote two years ago “The battery is not replaceable” in their review of this digital camera.

Quite Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 3 times zoom factor, the Coolpix S02's optical zoom is one of the smallest amongst digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Coolpix S02. Across all the comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago the optical zooms range from 2x to 50x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the IXUS 132 (8x), or the IXUS 150 (8x) both from Canon or the Sony DSC-W830 ($118.00) (8x) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Coolpix S02 does not support video recording, unlike most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix S02.

It is worth considering alternative cameras which also support video recording including the Olympus SZ-14, or the Sony DSC-H90 ($421.35) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Nikon Coolpix S02 does not support WiFi connectivity, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS ($195.00) which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Nikon Coolpix S02 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix S02 are also not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a digital camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the Olympus SZ-14, or the Nikon Coolpix L820 ($284.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Coolpix S02 does not have a GPS. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix S02 also do not have a GPS.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS that you might want to look at including the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS ($195.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix S02, the Coolpix S02 is not waterproof.

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Quite Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

When compared to other compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix S02 that we have checked the maximum camera shutter speed of, the Coolpix S02's maximum camera shutter speed of only 1 second is one of the shortest. The average maximum camera shutter speed of compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Coolpix S02 is 13s, and the maximum camera shutter speeds range from 0.12s to 250s.

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Quite Narrow Field of View

The field of view of digital cameras of this age and spec range from 96% to 100%, and the average field of view is 99%. At only 96 percent, the Nikon Coolpix S02 has a very narrow field of view compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the Coolpix S02.

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Only 1600 X 1200 Still Image Resolution

The Coolpix S02 has a 1600 x 1200 still image resolution which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution found on most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. In addition, this Nikon digital camera have a still image resolution of 4160 x 3120 and 2272 x 1704. Across all compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 5152 x 3864 (best).

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

With a maximum ISO speed of only 1,600, the Coolpix S02 has a quite low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. Compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix S02 have maximum ISO speeds of between 3 and 52,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 4,500.

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

The Nikon Coolpix S02 has a quite few total megapixel count (only 14.17 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix S02. Across all the compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix S02 the total megapixel counts range from 10MP to 15,000,000MP.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

The Coolpix S02 has one of the lower display resolutions (only 230,000 pixels) amongst digital cameras of this age. The display resolutions of digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Coolpix S02 range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 400,000 pixels.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The number of supported image formats on the Coolpix S02 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Big Minimum ISO Speed

With a minimum ISO speed of 125, the Coolpix S02 has a very big minimum ISO speed compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. The smallest minimum ISO speed of comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix S02 is 10, the biggest is 800, and the average minimum ISO speed is 96.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix S02

Released Over Three Years Ago

This compact camera digital camera has been on the market for over three years.

Average Digital Zoom

The Coolpix S02 has a pretty standard digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix S02.

If you are looking for a camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to look at the Kodak Pixpro FZ151 ($99.96) (6x), or the Sony DSC-W830 ($118.00) (32x) which is also higher rated.

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Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the Coolpix S02 has a relatively average screen size compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix S02.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 2.7" screen digital cameras currently available including the Sony DSC-WX60 which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a camera with a larger screen size then you might also want to consider the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS ($195.00) (3"), the Nikon Coolpix L820 ($284.00) (3"), or the VTech 80-145054 (3") which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Coolpix S02 has a MOS sensor type which is better than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. Most digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a CCD sensor type.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-WX60, the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS ($195.00), or the Nikon Coolpix L820 ($284.00).

If the sensor type of this camera is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Sony DSC-H90 ($421.35) (CCD), the Olympus SZ-14 (CCD), or the Canon IXUS 132 (CCD) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Coolpix S02 has a fairly standard megapixel count (13.2 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the Coolpix S02.

If this Nikon digital camera megapixel count is too low for you then you might also want to look at the IXUS 132 (16MP), or the PowerShot SX600 HS ($195.00) (16MP) both from Canon or the Minox DCC 14.0 (14MP) which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Focusing
Auto Focus
Macro Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Camera File System
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Bluetooth
Other Features

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Expert Reviews

(12)
24 February 2015

The Nikon Coolpix S02 is inexpensive and small, but it doesn't have much else going for it...

Very small
Plenty of internal storage space
Affordable
Ultracompact, stylish, cute design
Responsiveness is generally good
Poor image quality
Lacks Wi-Fi
Proprietary USB interface
Low-res LCD
Poorquality screen
31 December 2013

The Nikon Coolpix S02 is a stylish and easy-to-use compact that's super-small size makes it ideal for snapping while out and about. In essence, it's a sleek and original take on a classic pocket...

21 November 2013

When we reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S01 we said that its lack of features and stripped-down menu options in the wake of other cameras having them crammed into every corner was rather refreshing. A...

Small
Robust build
Simple to use
Compact
Light weight
No memory card slot
Few controls
Poor high ISO images
Average picture quality
Limited settings
8 November 2013

At the price of 8,450 INR, the Nikon Coolpix S02 is a fairly priced ultra-compact camera. It comes with inbuilt battery and storage and is fairly simple to use. But one should keep in mind that...

30 October 2013

PhotographyBlog.com

Springing out of the Style range of cameras is the slight Nikon Coolpix S02. This tiny camera features a 13 megapixel CMOS sensor, Full HD video, 2.7 inch touch-screen and digital effects. It... Read more…

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User Reviews

(8)
Reviewed 27 August 2014 by Michael
(Verified Purchase)

Great looking, but fiddly to use. However it works well with me lap top and printer. However, it should be easier to access memory card and battery.

Reviewed 18 June 2014 by Hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
(Verified Purchase)

Ordered the silver version. It is not as per the image of it.
It is like highly polished chrome and not like other silver cameras.

Other comment is the charger for it, it's huge! ... Read more…

Reviewed 7 May 2014 by Mr. C. Sandys-Lumsdaine "Lummychops"
(Verified Purchase)

I thought this camera would be bigger in size and was slightly disappointed when it arrived. However, I have been really impressed by the quality of photos it takes, the picture options available... Read more…

Reviewed 2 May 2014 by Gordon McMenemy
(Verified Purchase)

Choose this little camera for a skiing holiday. It is small and fits into the pocket well, robust and takes reasonable images. Great buy.

Reviewed 10 April 2014 by Mr. Paul G. Gray "tibetan2"
(Verified Purchase)

My wife loved this camera its tiny but has great functionality, will fit in a tiny pocket or bag if out at a function, comes with all you need (apart from an HDMI cable) which is not really needed... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon coolpixs02, nikon coolpixs02b, nikon coolpixs02bl, nikon coolpixs02blu, nikon coolpixs02blue
Barcodes 00018208264322, 00018208937028, 00018208937042, 00018208937073, 00018208937103

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