Large internal memory means no need for external storage media
Very few and easy to use camera controls
Electronic VR image stabilization
Appealing price tag
Takes nice "people" pictures
Poor image quality, comparable to a smartphone camera
Can be difficult to operate for someone with large hands
Flash is very weak
No HDMI output for HD movies for an HDTV
Memory is not expandable
Battery life is not spectacular and there is no way to swap out for a fresh battery
The Nikon CoolPix S01 is more of a novelty ultra-compact than a serious camera. While it is very easy to use, its lack of a burst mode and poor image quality has left us wanting more. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Nikon's Coolpix S01 is an ultra-compact digital camera that, at 3.1 x 2.1 x 0.7 inches, fits easily in the palm of your hand, costs less than $200, and boasts a number of nice features to make camera navigation and taking pictures easy and fun.
At the top of the feature list, the 2.5-inch touchscreen display features a new graphic user interface (GUI) and menu system. You can also signal the camera to focus and take a picture simply by tapping your photo subject on the screen. Smart Auto Mode will automatically optimize camera settings by selecting one of six pre-programed modes based on current shooting conditions. There are also in-camera retouching capabilities to make every shot look as though it was perfect when you first took it.
As a camera, the S01 offers a 10.1-megapixel CCD image sensor, a 3x wide angle optical zoom, and 720p HD video recording. Not the best of the best, but at this price and size, it's pretty hard to beat.
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