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Nikon Coolpix S1 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 5.1MP 3x CCD Jun 2010
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
Average expert reviews
Nice design
Inferior technical features
26 Reviews

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Features

Inferior Technical Features

Two owners who reviewed the product thought it did not have good features. Expert website Dcresource.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Nikon has a few interesting features thr”. Twelve years ago expert website Expertreviews.co.uk wrote in their review of this digital camera “Nikons S1 isnt crammed with features”.


Reviews

Average Expert Reviews

Nineteen experts from sites including CNET.com, Expert Reviews, Photo Radar and Cameras.co.uk have rated this camera on average 72 out of 100.

Nikon Cameras Have Good Reviews

We checked 25,424 expert and owner reviews (including 514 verified purchases) for Nikon cameras and found that on average Nikon has good ratings. We also found that Nikon has good ratings specifically within its low megapixel digital cameras range. 99% of those that bought a Nikon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Design

Nice Design

Four people said in their reviews that the product was good looking. Expert review site Neocamera.com wrote “Here is a nice looking ultra-slim camera that fails exactly where it counts” yet they only gave it a score of 1 stars out of 5. Expert review site Bayreviews.com gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and said “Cool looking digital camera that I can take anywhere”. Twelve years ago Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned on expert review site Expert Reviews “The S1 is an impressively stylish camera, with looks that would inspire envy in most other compacts” in their review of this digital camera and rated the product 80 out of 100.

Three customers who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S1 concluded that it was well designed. Expert review site Letsgodigital.org gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “It is inevitable that you will watch the beautiful design in admiration”. Expert review site Pcmag.com mentioned twelve years ago “We like the sleek design and the big LCD.”.

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Good Product Quality

Four customers who purchased it considered that it was good quality. Twelve years ago expert review site Cnet.com said “Aimed squarely at snapshooters looking for a carefree pocketful, this ultracompact does all the hard work and delivers decent picture quality.” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “Picture quality is good”.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Nikon Coolpix S1 supports video recording. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago also support video recording.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Four people who reviewed the product mentioned that it was compact. Expert review site Bayreviews.com said eleven years ago “For some time I have wanted to get a compact, light weight” . Twelve years ago expert review site Pocket-Lint.com wrote “A super compact addition to the Nikon range” and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5. Expert review site Cameras.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera in the same month “A very good ultra compact digital camera” and rated it 4 stars out of 5.

Two customers who reviewed the product thought it was thin. Expert website Neocamera.com said “For cameras this slim” but in spite of that they only gave it a rating of 1 stars out of 5. Expert review site Dpinterface.com wrote “DPInterface Nikon Coolpix S1 ReviewBrad Soo - July 9th, 2005 (Updated January 5th, 2006) The extremely slim Nikon Coolpix S1 is the latest addition to the Nikon Coolpix collection of 2005”.

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Very Light

The Coolpix S1 is quite light (only 118 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age. Across all the cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera the weights range from 50g to 1.3kg, and the average weight is 260g.

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Other

Released Over Seven Years Ago

This camera was released in June 2010.


Lens System

Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 3 times zoom factor, the Coolpix S1 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camera. The average optical zoom of digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera is 7.4x.

Alternative 3x optical zoom cameras currently available which you might want to consider include because of their better review scores, the D3000 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm, or the Coolpix 5900 both from Nikon or the Canon EOS 1D MarkIII ($810).

If this Nikon camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Canon A800 (3.3x and higher rated), or the Samsung ZZBPWFR (3.3x and higher rated).

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Coolpix S1 has a relatively average digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

There are a number of other 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available which you might want to consider including the SX220 HS, or the SX130 IS both from Canon or the Samsung SAMSUNG ST90 which all of have better reviews.

If this Nikon digital camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Canon 500 (4.1x) which also has a higher rating.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Coolpix S1 supports video capability. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera also support video capability.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support video capability to this camera and we think because of their better review scores, the D3S, and the D300S both from Nikon are also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon Coolpix S1 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also have a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the D3S, or the L25 both from Nikon or the Lexibook DJ048LPS which all of have better reviews.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Coolpix S1 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Good Quality Lens

Two owners who purchased the product considered that it had a good autofocus. Steves-Digicams.com mentioned on expert website Steve's Digicams “The Nikon Coolpix S1 is a super-slim 5.1-megapixel camera featuring state-of-the-art technology like the exclusive Face Priority AF (Auto Focus) feature, enhanced image quality”. Expert review site Cnet.com said in their review of this digital camera twelve years ago “Simple operation; face-recognition autofocus; postcapture correction of red-eye” .

Good Quality Pictures

Four owners who purchased this digital camera considered that it was able to produce good images.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 2.5 inches, the Coolpix S1 has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 2.5" screen cameras currently available including the Canon EOS 5D & EF 24-105 4L IS USM, or the Nikon Coolpix P3 which both of have better reviews.

If this camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to look at the Coolpix S2500 ($145.66) (2.7" and higher rated), or the 31 (2.7" and higher rated) both from Nikon or the Samsung ES71 (2.7" and higher rated).

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The display resolutions (numeric) of low megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera range from 640 pixels to 1,100,000 pixels. At only 110,000 pixels, the Nikon Coolpix S1 has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Coolpix S1 features voice recording. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Coolpix S1 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Coolpix S1 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Memory

Very Small Internal Memory

The smallest internal memory of digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera is 8MB, the biggest is 7.5GB, and the average internal memory is 300MB. The Nikon Coolpix S1 has a fairly small internal memory (only 12 megabytes) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera.

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Picture Quality

1/2.5"" Optical Sensor Size

The Coolpix S1 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/2.5"". That's 32% less optical sensor size than a 1/1.7"" camera, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. 5.76 x 4.29mm.

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon Coolpix S1 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of this type and age. This camera has a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s), whereas most similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 384 x 480 still image resolution(s). Digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera still image resolution(s) range from 384 x 480 (worst) to 6016 x 4016 (best).

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Only 2592 X 1944 Pixels Image Resolution

The Coolpix S1 has a 2592 x 1944 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution found on most comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

A 2592 x 1944 pixels maximum image resolution is actually the worst image resolution across all low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

Across similar types of camera the best image resolution is 4608 x 3456 pixels.

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5.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 5.1 megapixels camera.

We compared all the other 5.1MP digital cameras to this camera and we think because of its better review score, the Nikon Coolpix 5900 is also worth considering.

Cameras with a higher megapixel that might be worth looking at include the Nikon Coolpix 8800 (8MP and higher rated), or the Canon EOS 1D Mark II N + Speedlite 580EX Digital Camera (8.2MP and higher rated).

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Light Exposure

Supports One ISO Sensitivity

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Nikon Coolpix S1 is more than most cameras of this age and spec. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 51,200, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivities 50/100/200/400 are also supported by this digital camera.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00018208255290

Nikon Coolpix S1 Review Sources

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