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Nikon S02 Digital Camera

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13.2MP 3x CMOS Sep 2013
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
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24 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The editor of PhotographyBlog.com decided that concluded that they would recommend this camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

Good Owner Reviews

On average, based on 29 owner reviews this camera has an overall owner rating of 83 out of 100.

Good Quality Lens

Several Nikon S02 owners concluded that it had a good zoom. Amazon Customer rated the Nikon S02 as excellent and said on Amazon “Unlike most phones this has a proper zoom that does not lose pixels” in their Nikon S02 review. Marian mentioned in her review of the Nikon S02 on Amazon three years ago “The touch screen is hard to touch like old nokia mobiles, day time photos are ok and 3 zoom is helpful.” however she scored this digital camera 2 stars. Ephotozine.com wrote in their review of the Nikon S02 “It is an ultra-compact camera with 3x optical zoom, full 1080p HD video recording”.

Two Nikon S02 reviewers agreed that it had a good lens. Dale Thorn said “There is a breakdown in quality at and near the edges of the image, again due to the lens I believe” in his review of this digital camera.

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Good Brand

Based on 15,565 owner and expert reviews, Nikon has good ratings for its digital cameras. Nikon also has good ratings specifically within its compact cameras range compared to other brands.

Good Size

A few customers wrote in their reviews that it was compact. Pc Mag said in their Nikon S02 review on PC Mag “Design extrmement compact et lgant”. Expert website Techradar wrote three years ago “Almost all compact camera manufacturers have suffered as the onslaught of camera phones continue to march forward”. Techradar also wrote “Some manufacturers try to fight the smartphone by offering incredibly small compact cameras that still manage to outdo their always connecte”.

Nice Design

A number of people who bought the Nikon S02 reckoned that it was good looking. Pc Mag mentioned in their Nikon S02 review “Ultracompact, stylish, cute design”. One Nikon S02 reviewer who reviewed it considered that it was a good design.

Good Quality Pictures

Eight people said that it was able to produce good images. Dale Thorn mentioned in his review on Amazon “The Panasonic LF1's images are excellent in the center”. Dale Thorn also wrote “Its images are clear and detailed edge to edge”. Dale Thorn also said “The S02 daylight images will look very good when fitted to the screen size.”.

One Nikon S02 reviewer who bought it reckoned that it had a good image sensor. Photographyblog.com said on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “This tiny camera features a 13 megapixel CMOS sensor, Full HD video, 2.7 inch touch-screen” in their review and gave the Nikon S02 a rating of 4 stars.

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Robust

One Nikon S02 reviewer said in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Gordon Mcmenemy wrote “It is small and fits into the pocket well, robust and takes reasonable images” in his Nikon S02 review and rated it as very good. One Nikon S02 reviewer wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to damage or scratch. Pc Mag wrote in their review “Chromeeffect finish scratches quite easily”.

Good Product Quality

Four Nikon S02 reviewers who purchased the Nikon S02 considered that it was good quality. Three years ago Dale Thorn said “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 people who reviewed the Nikon S02 mentioned that it was good for video recording.

Easy to Use

Three Nikon S02 reviewers reckoned that it was easy to use. Pc Mag wrote on PC Mag “Easy to use”. Three years ago expert website Techmagnifier.com mentioned “Is fairly simple to use.” but in spite of that they gave it a rating of 40 out of 100.

Good Flash

One customer concluded that it had a good flash.

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon S02 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the S02 also have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of alternative cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Olympus SZ-14[plb_1686232_price], the Samsung WB350F[plb_2134241_price], or the Panasonic DMC-TZ55[plb_2145740_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon S02 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the S02.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Olympus SZ-14[plb_1686232_price], the Panasonic DMC-TZ55[plb_2145740_price], or the Canon 105[plb_377573_price] which has better reviews.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is typical of many compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Very Big Internal Memory

Digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the S02 have internal memorys of between 6.9MB and 8.2GB. When compared to other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago, the internal memory of the Nikon S02 of 7,300 megabytes is one of the biggest.

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Has One White Balance

The Nikon S02 has a greater number of white balance modes than most comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the S02.

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Has Three Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Nikon S02 is more than most compact cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on cameras of this age and spec. The photo effectss "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Nikon digital camera.

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Supports Six ISO Sensitivitys

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

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Nikon S02 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels. In addition, this camera support a video resolutions 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.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all compact cameras that came out around the same time as the S02.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of camera.

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MOV Video Formats Supported

This digital camera supports a MOV video formats supported, which is typical of many digital cameras of this spec and age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Nikon S02 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution across all cameras of this age and spec.

The worst video resolution amongst comparable types of digital camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Light

The Nikon S02 is one of the lighter cameras of this age and type (only 100 grams) amongst compact cameras of this age. The weights of similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the S02 range from 20g to 840g, and the average weight is 170g.

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18 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

Based on seven expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Digital Versus and PC Mag the average expert rating of this compact camera digital camera is 57 out of 100. The camera expert review sites don't rate this camera very highly.

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Poor Connectivity

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

One Nikon S02 reviewer who reviewed it mentioned that it was not wifi compatible. Pcmag.com mentioned on expert review site PC Mag “The lack of wireless connectivity makes it a less appealing” and gave it a rating of 50 out of 100.

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Inferior Technical Features

One Nikon S02 reviewer who bought it reckoned that it did not have good features.

Poor Battery Life

Two people said in their reviews that it did not have a good battery life. Hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh wrote “The battery is not replaceable” but in spite of that they gave it a score of 80 out of 100.

Quite Small Optical Zoom

Digital cameras of this age and spec have optical zooms of between 3x and 63x. When compared to other compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the S02 that we have assessed, the optical zoom of the Nikon S02 of only 3 times zoom factor is one of the smallest.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the Sony DSC-WX220[plb_2165839_price] (10x), the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS[plb_2110760_price] (18x), or the Panasonic DMC-TZ55[plb_2145740_price] (20x) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The Nikon S02 does not support video capability, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the S02 also do not support video capability.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also support video capability including the Olympus SZ-14[plb_1686232_price], the Samsung WB350F[plb_2134241_price], or the Panasonic DMC-TZ55[plb_2145740_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Nikon S02 does not support Full HD video, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other compact cameras that came out more than two years ago also do not support Full HD video.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a Full HD video and we think the Sony DSC-WX220[plb_2165839_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most digital cameras of a similar age and type to the S02 do not support wi-Fi. The Nikon S02 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

There are a number of other cameras which also support wi-Fi which you might want to consider including the Samsung WB350F[plb_2134241_price], the Panasonic DMC-TZ55[plb_2145740_price], or the Sony DSC-WX220[plb_2165839_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

The Nikon S02 is not 3D. Most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago are also not 3D.

If you would prefer a camera that is 3D then you might want to look at the Olympus SZ-14[plb_1686232_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon S02 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the S02 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) to this digital camera and we think the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS[plb_2110760_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Nikon S02 is not waterproof. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the S02 are also not waterproof.

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Quite Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

Across all the digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the S02 the slowest camera shutter speeds range from 0.12s to 250s. With a slowest camera shutter speed of only 1 second, the Nikon S02 has a quite short slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Narrow Field of View

Across all the compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the S02 the field of views range from 96% to 100%. The Nikon S02 has a very narrow field of view (only 96 percent) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the S02.

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Only 1600 X 1200 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Nikon S02 has a higher still image resolution than most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera has a 1600 x 1200 still image resolution(s), whereas most compact cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this digital camera have a still image resolution(s) of 4160 x 3120 and 2272 x 1704. The best still image resolution of all compact cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the S02 is 5152 x 3864 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

The Nikon S02 has one of the lower ISO sensitivity (max)s (only 1,600) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. The ISO sensitivity (max)s of digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the S02 range from 3 to 26,000.

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Quite Few Total Megapixels

The average total megapixels of cameras of this type and age is 16MP. The Nikon S02 has a quite few total megapixels (only 14.17 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the S02.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The Nikon S02 has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by digital cameras of this type and age.

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Fairly Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

The average ISO sensitivity (min) of digital cameras of this type and age is 94. When compared to other cameras of a similar type and age to the S02 that we have assessed, the ISO sensitivity (min) of the Nikon S02 of 125 is one of the biggest.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Nikon S02

Released Over Three Years Ago

This compact camera digital camera was released over three years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Nikon S02 has a fairly average digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon 105[plb_377573_price], or the Olympus SZ-14[plb_1686232_price].

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Samsung WB350F[plb_2134241_price] (5x and higher rated), or the Sony DSC-WX220[plb_2165839_price] (20x and higher rated).

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Average Display Diagonal

The Nikon S02 has a fairly average display diagonal (2.7 inches) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the S02.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 2.7" screen digital cameras currently available including the Canon 105[plb_377573_price] which has better reviews.

If this compact camera digital camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to look at the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS[plb_2110760_price] (3" and higher rated), the Samsung WB350F[plb_2134241_price] (3" and higher rated), or the Panasonic DMC-TZ55[plb_2145740_price] (3" and higher rated).

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MOS Sensor Type

The Nikon S02 has a better sensor type than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This Nikon camera has a MOS sensor type, whereas most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it have a CCD sensor type.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS[plb_2110760_price], the Samsung WB350F[plb_2134241_price], or the Sony DSC-WX220[plb_2165839_price] which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a camera with a better sensor type then you might also want to consider the Canon 105[plb_377573_price] (CCD), the Sony DSC-H90[plb_1610625_price] (CCD), or the Olympus SZ-14[plb_1686232_price] (CCD) which is also higher rated.

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 13.2 megapixels, the Nikon S02 has a relatively standard megapixel compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a higher megapixel then you might also want to consider the Minox DCC 14.0[plb_2503314_price] (14MP), the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS[plb_2110760_price] (16MP), or the Panasonic DMC-TZ55[plb_2145740_price] (16MP) which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Internal Memory
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Camera File System
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
System Requirements
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Hand Strap
Networking
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity

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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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