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Nikon Coolpix S1 Digital Camera

5.1MP 3x CCD 1/2.5" Jun 2010
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Surprisingly Slim, Exceptionally Stylish The COOLPIX S1 Blends High Reliability With High-quality Shooting For Users Of All Levels.TOKYO Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction... More
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Average Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this camera is 72 out of 100 based on nineteen expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Expert Reviews, T3.com and Cameras.co.uk.

User Reviews Are Excellent

People who bought this camera rated this digital camera 90% on average.

Nice Design

A few people wrote in their reviews that the product was good looking. Expert review site Letsgodigital.org scored it 4 stars and mentioned in their review “It is inevitable that you will watch the beautiful design in admiration”. Expert review site T3.com mentioned “Eye-catching and sophisticated are words commonly associated with Liz Hurley.”. Twelve years ago Expertreviews.co.uk wrote in their Nikon Coolpix S1 review on expert website Expert Reviews “The S1 is an impressively stylish camera, with looks that would inspire envy in most other compacts” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100.

One Nikon Coolpix S1 reviewer who purchased the product considered that it was a good design. Pcmag.com mentioned “We like the sleek design and the big LCD.” but they only rated this digital camera 50 out of 100. One customer who purchased the product concluded that it was smooth.

One Nikon Coolpix S1 owner who purchased it concluded that it was neat. Expert review site Pcworld.com_techhive.com mentioned in their Nikon Coolpix S1 review “Nikons Coolpix S1 is a neat and simple snapshot camera that slides easily into a shirt or pants pocket”.

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Good Size

Some Nikon Coolpix S1 owners who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S1 agreed that it was compact. Expert website Cameras.co.uk rated it 79 out of 100 and mentioned “A very good ultra compact digital camera” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S1. Bayreviews.com rated the Nikon Coolpix S1 4 stars and said in their Nikon Coolpix S1 review “For some time I have wanted to get a compact, light weight”. Pocket-Lint.com mentioned on expert website Pocket Lint “A super compact addition to the Nikon range”.

A few Nikon Coolpix S1 reviewers said that it was thin. Expert review site Neocamera.com said in their review eleven years ago “For cameras this slim” however they only scored it 20 out of 100. Expert review site Dpinterface.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera twelve years ago “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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Good Product Quality

A number of people reckoned that it was good quality. Steve rated it 80 out of 100 and he wrote in his review of this digital camera “A good quality made camera”. Steve also said “Laggy with controls-image quality is fairly good”. Expert website Cnet.com mentioned in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S1 “Aimed squarely at snapshooters looking for a carefree pocketful, this ultracompact does all the hard work and delivers decent picture quality.”.

Good Brand

Based on 15,245 expert and owner reviews, Nikon has good ratings for its cameras. Nikon also has good ratings specifically for its compact cameras compared to other brands.

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Good Quality Pictures

Some people who bought it reckoned that it was able to produce good images. Twelve years ago expert website Expertreviews.co.uk rated the product 4 stars and said “Picture quality is good”. Expert review site Steves-Digicams.com mentioned “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” in their review.

One Nikon Coolpix S1 owner who bought the Nikon Coolpix S1 thought it had a good picture resolution. Expert review site Cnet.com wrote twelve years ago “Digital camera, 5,100,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5 in - Color” although they only scored it 3 stars.

One person who bought it concluded that it was good at handing highlights and shadows in pictures. Twelve years ago expert review site Megapixel.net mentioned “The body of the Coolpix S1 is entirely metal-clad, its finishing mostly satin with a few bright highlights”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

One person who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S1 considered that it had a good screen.

Good Quality Lens

A number of Nikon Coolpix S1 owners who reviewed it agreed that it had a good autofocus. Cnet.com wrote twelve years ago “Simple operation; face-recognition autofocus; postcapture correction of red-eye” however they gave the Nikon Coolpix S1 a rating of 58 out of 100.

One Nikon Coolpix S1 owner said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good lens. Twelve years ago expert review site Megapixel.net said in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S1 “The front has the lens, protected by an automatic vertical shutter”.

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Good Technical Features

One Nikon Coolpix S1 reviewer said in their reviews that it had good features. Dcresource.com wrote “Nikon has a few interesting features thr”.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an sd compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this compact camera camera is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Panasonic DMC-TZ55[plb_2145740_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Coolpix S1 supports video capability, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix S1 do not support video capability.

Other cameras which support video capability currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix JX500[plb_1672380_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago, the Nikon Coolpix S1 has a built-in flash.

There are a number of other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might also want to look at including the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price], or the Olympus Stylus SH-60[plb_2273504_price] which has better reviews.

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Has Five White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Coolpix S1 is more than most compact cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix S1. The white balances "Cloudy", "daylight", "Fluorescent" and "Incandescent" are also found on this digital camera.

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Has One Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Coolpix S1 is more than most digital cameras of this age and type. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Coolpix S1.

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Features Two Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Nikon Coolpix S1 is more than most compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. The most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes is Face detection, but this auto focusing (AF) modes is not featured on this digital camera. The auto focusing (AF) modess continuous auto focus and single auto focus are also featured on this Nikon camera.

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Supports One ISO Sensitivity

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Coolpix S1 is more than most digital cameras of this age and type. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 8,000, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Nikon camera. The ISO sensitivitys 50/100/200/400 are also supported by this camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Very Small Minimum RAM

Across all the cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the minimum RAMs range from 64MB to 1.1GB, and the average minimum RAM is 380MB. The Nikon Coolpix S1 has a fairly small minimum RAM (only 64 megabytes) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Low Minimum Hard Disk Space

The Nikon Coolpix S1 has one of the lower minimum hard disk spaces (only 60 megabytes) amongst cameras of this age. The minimum hard disk spaces of cameras of this spec and age range from 25MB to 1.1GB, and the average minimum hard disk space is 270MB.

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19 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was not noisy. Expert website Neocamera.com said “This camera takes noisy, blurry and distorted pictures with visible chromatic aberrations” .

Poor Support

One Nikon Coolpix S1 owner wrote in their reviews that this digital camera did not have good technical guidance. Twelve years ago Cnet.com mentioned in their Nikon Coolpix S1 review on CNET.com “Few manual controls; slow autofocus in dim light; average image quality; limited shutter-speed range”.

Very Low Megapixel

The average megapixel of digital cameras that have been around for more than two years is 14MP, and the megapixels range from 0.3MP to 46MP. The Nikon Coolpix S1 has a fairly low megapixel (only 5.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

There are a number of other 5.1MP cameras currently available that you might want to consider including the Nikon Coolpix 5900[plb_2162_price] which has better reviews.

Digital cameras with a higher megapixel that might be worth looking at include the Nikon Coolpix 8800[plb_1640989_price] (8MP), or the Canon A800[plb_1399055_price] (10MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The Nikon Coolpix S1 has a quite small optical zoom (only 3 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix S1. The optical zooms of compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Coolpix S1 range from 0.17x to 63x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x.

There are a number of other 3x optical zoom digital cameras currently available that you might want to consider including the Nikon Coolpix 5900[plb_2162_price] which has better reviews.

If this digital camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Canon A800[plb_1399055_price] (3.3x and higher rated), the Samsung SAMSUNG EX2F[plb_1609335_price] (3.3x and higher rated), or the Sony DSC-RX100M2[plb_1610616_price] (3.6x and higher rated).

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Coolpix S1 does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix S1 do have an image stabilizer.

Other digital cameras which also have an image stabilizer that you might also want to consider include the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Coolpix S1, the Nikon Coolpix S1 does not support Full HD video.

We compared all the other cameras which also support Full HD video to this camera and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

The display diagonals of digital cameras of this spec and age range from 1" to 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 2.8". The Coolpix S1 has one of the smaller display diagonals (only 2.5 inches) amongst digital cameras of this age.

Other 2.5" screen cameras currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix P3[plb_2003_price].

If this camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to look at the DSC-W830[pl_3766520_price] (2.7"), or the DSC-W630[pl_1873640_price] (2.7") both from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Coolpix S1 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Coolpix S1 also do not support wi-Fi.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a wi-Fi and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40[plb_2046319_price], or the Sony DSC-WX300[plb_1621847_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

The Coolpix S1 is not 3D. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec are also not 3D.

Digital cameras which are 3D that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41[plb_2149949_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon Coolpix S1 does not have a GPS (satellite), although keep in mind that most of the other cameras that have been available for more than two years also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared all the other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) to this digital camera and we think the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price], or the Canon IXUS 140[plb_1561326_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the Coolpix S1, the Coolpix S1 is not waterproof.

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Quite Small Combined Zoom

The Coolpix S1 has a very small combined zoom (only 3 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for more than two years. The combined zooms of compact cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 3x to 1,600x.

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Quite Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

When compared to other digital cameras of this spec and age that we have assessed, the Coolpix S1's motion JPEG frame rate of only 15 frames per second is one of the lowest. Compact cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix S1 have motion JPEG frame rates of between 15fps and 240fps.

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Nikon Coolpix S1 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. This Nikon digital camera has a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s), whereas most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it have a 2736 x 1824 still image resolution(s). Digital cameras of this type and age still image resolution(s)s range from 384 x 480 (worst) to 6016 x 4016 (best).

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The display resolution (numeric)s of compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Coolpix S1 range from 1 pixels to 16,000,000 pixels. The Nikon Coolpix S1 has one of the lowest display resolution (numeric)s (only 110,000 pixels) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

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Only Features Five Flash Modess

The Coolpix S1 has a greater number of flash modes than most similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on cameras of this type and age. The flash modess "Flash off", "Pre-flash", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Nikon camera.

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Only 2592 X 1944 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Coolpix S1 has a higher image resolution than most cameras of this age and type. This Nikon camera has a 2592 x 1944 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution.

A 2592 x 1944 pixels maximum image resolution is in fact the worst image resolution amongst all compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Amongst similar types of digital camera the best image resolution is 5152 x 3864 pixels.

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Very Small Internal Memory

Compact cameras that were released more than two years ago have internal memorys of between 6.9MB and 8.2GB, and the average internal memory is 290MB. The Coolpix S1 has a fairly small internal memory (only 12 megabytes) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Nikon Coolpix S1 is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Across all digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Coolpix S1 the worst video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix S1

Released Over Six Years Ago

Nikon released the Coolpix S1 over six years ago.

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 that were released around the same time as the Coolpix S1.

Alternative 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Coolpix P3[pl_2003_price], or the Coolpix 5900[pl_2162_price] both from Nikon or the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price].

If this camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Canon 500[plb_1539093_price] (4.1x) which is also higher rated.

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1/2.5"" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Coolpix S1 is 1/2.5"". That's 7% less optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/2.33"". 5.76 x 4.29mm.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 118 grams, the Coolpix S1 has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
ISO Sensitivity
Flash
Flash Modes
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Recording
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
I/O Ports
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Power Requirements
System Requirements
Mac Compatibility
Minimum RAM
Minimum Hard Disk Space
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
Metering
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Interface
Dimensions (WxDxH)
Compatible Operating Systems
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Aperture Range (F-F)
Camera Shutter Speed
Camera CCD Sensor
Minimum System Requirements
Lens System
Digital SLR

Expert Reviews

(26)
15 July 2009

But there are drawbacks to cameras this size: smaller sensors and a greater proximity to noise-inducing battery packs, plus tricky handling. Unless you have miniscule digits, you're likely to find... Read more…

1 January 2007

5.1 megapixel image resolution and a 3 times optical zoom gives the Coolpix S1 all the abilities of your average point-and-shoot, but in a smaller package. Large 2.0 inch LCD screen. Face finder... Read more…

31 December 2006

Here is a nice looking ultra-slim camera that fails exactly where it counts. This camera takes noisy, blurry and distorted pictures with visible chromatic aberrations and vignetting. For cameras... Read more…

27 July 2006

For some time I have wanted to get a compact, light weight, and cool looking digital camera that I can take anywhere. I cannot take my big...

1 January 2006

When you see the Nikon Coolpix S1 for the first time, it is inevitable that you will watch the beautiful design in admiration. Its a must to have held the camera in your hands for a while. If you... Read more…

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 24 April 2015 by Steve
(Verified Purchase)

A good quality made camera but laggy with controls-image quality is fairly good but not outstanding -you are paying a premium for the projector facility --if that's important to you then there... Read more…

Reviewed 28 September 2014 by Thekal "Keith"
(Verified Purchase)

Ok.

Reviewed 27 September 2014 by Thekal
(Verified Purchase)

Ok...

Reviewed 26 November 2012 by Roger Brighton
(Verified Purchase)

Excelent value has not disapointed.Would had liked a case with it.Projector OK.light weight .should also have been offered with a mini tripod.

Reviewed 22 September 2011 by Edjennings "edjennings" | 3 Comments

I am a lover of cameras and toys,and this one of the best yet. I have over 60 cameras includeing a number of miniture Minoxs.When the price of the Fuji X100 and the Nikon V1 come down I will be... Read more…

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