Nikon Coolpix S1 Review

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Nikon Coolpix S1


Review posted 6/12/2005

Introduction & Physical Views


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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 and improved speed, in a smooth, compact design. The 3/4-inch thin S1 is the first Coolpix to feature a big, bright 2.5-inch LCD screen The ultra-thin Coolpix S1 is perfect for those who value style and sophistication along with performance.

In Portrait Scene Mode, Nikon's Face-priority AF is smart enough to find a face in the frame. As its name suggests, Face-priority AF ensures that faces remain in focus when shooting portraits by automatically sensing the presence of a human face within the frame and setting accurate focus accordingly. The result is a sharp portrait with the press of a button.

The Coolpix S1 can also automatically detect and fix red-eye directly within the camera thanks to Nikon's renowned In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™ technology, which detects and corrects red eyes in most typical situations without the need to press buttons or select and highlight the eyes in playback. Without the hassle of post-processing, photographers will experience less red-eye photos yielding more print-ready portraits.

Nikon Coolpix S1

The COOLSTATION MV-11 cradle is included for easy downloading
of images and recharging the battery while in the camera


Nikon's exclusive D-Lighting function helps ensure a balanced exposure and can literally turn throwaway shots into frame-able memories. The D-Lighting feature can be selected in Playback mode -- automatically compensating for insufficient flash or excessive back lighting in order to obtain balanced exposure throughout the frame. The S1 is also equipped with Blur Warning, which alerts the user when a shot is compromised by camera or hand shake, allowing another shot to be taken before leaving the scene.

By reducing power consumption the Coolpix S1 takes significantly more shots per battery charge. Using the supplied rechargeable lithium-ion battery you can capture up to 200 shots. With its large, bright 2.5-inch color LCD screen, images are easier to review and share than on most digital cameras. To add speed to precision, the Coolpix S1 offers continuous shooting at 1.8 fps and a quick startup time of less than 2 seconds.


Coolpix S1 Features at a Glance:

  • 5.1 effective megapixels for prints up to 13 x 19"
  • Internal 3x Zoom-Nikkor lens, equivalent to 35-105mm in 35mm format
  • Compact, light weight and durable aluminum alloy body
  • Large 2.5-inch color LCD monitor
  • Macro focus as close as 1.6"
  • AF-assist illuminator for accurate low light autofocus
  • Quick response: Less than 2 second startup time, 1.8fps continuous shooting
  • Best Shot Selector, White Balance Bracketing, Blur Warning
  • VGA size 640x480 movies with sound at 15fps, Timelapse movies too!
  • 17 Scene Modes, 4 with Scene Assist (Portrait, Night Portrait, Sports, Landscape)
  • Voice-only recorder functions
  • Easy to understand icon-based or text menu system
  • In-camera HELP at the touch of a button
  • Date and time stamping on the image
  • Record up to 20 seconds of sound that can be attached to an image
  • Face Priority AF, In-Camera Red Eye Removal and D-Lighting
  • Choice of Single AF and Continuous AF
  • Playback options: Single, 4- and 9-image thumbnail, Slideshow, 10x magnification
  • Built-in Speedlight with settings for Auto, Red-eye Reduction by pre-flash, Anytime flash, Flash cancel and Slow sync.
  • World Time function allows local time to be set easily anywhere
  • USB Direct-Print PictBridge compatibility
  • COOLSTATION MV-11 cradle included for easy downloading and recharging the battery
  • 12MB of internal memory plus SecureDigital card slot
  • Optional WP-CP5 underwater case


The Coolpix S1 includes PictureProject image software, rechargeable EN-EL8 battery, MV-11 Coolstation docking cradle, hand strap, audio-video cable, and USB cable. The Coolpix S1 is available now with an MSRP of $379.95.






Physical Views

Nikon Coolpix S1

Nikon Coolpix S1

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The Coolpix S1 compared to a standard CD disc.




Nikon Coolpix S1

Nikon Coolpix S1

The ultra-slim 5-megapixel Coolpix S1 and the Casio EX-Z55.




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Coolpix S1 Specifications

Effective Pixels: 5.1 million
Image Sensor: Imaging Sensor: 1/2.5-inch interline CCD; Effective pixels: 5.1 million
Image Size: 5M (2592x1944), 3M (2048x1536), PC Screen (1024x768), TV Screen (640x480)
Lens: 3x Zoom-Nikkor; 5.8-17.4mm [35mm (135) format equivalent to 35-105mm]; f/3.0-5.4; 12 elements in 10 groups, Digital Zoom to 4x
Autofocus: Contrast-detect TTL AF with AF-assist illuminator
Focus Range: 12 in. (30cm) to infinity, 1.6 in. (4cm) to infinity in Macro Mode
Focus Area: Center, auto multi-AF
LCD Monitor: 2.5-inch type, 110,000-dot Amorphous silicon TFT LCD monitor with brightness adjustment; frame coverage: (through) approx. 97%, (playback) approx. 100%
Media: SD memory card (optional), Internal memory equipped
Shooting Modes -- Still: Auto, Scene Assist (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait), Scene (Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night landscape, Close up, Museum, Fireworks show, Copy, Back light, Panorama assist, Underwater, Voice Recording), BSS (Best Shot Selector), Image adjustment, Saturation control, White Balance (Auto, Preset and 7 manual modes), Digital zoom (max. 4x), Noise reduction, Self-timer (3 sec., 10 sec)
Shooting Modes -- Movie: TV movie 640 (640x480) at 15fps, Small size 320(320x240) at 15fps, Smaller size 160 (160x120) at 15fps, Time-lapse movie 640* (640x480) at 15fps
Capture Modes: 1) Single, 2) Continuous (approx. 1.8fps), 3) Multi-shot 16 (available only at 5M image size), Interval timer shooting
Number of Frames: (5M): (w/12MB of Internal memory): Fine approx. 5, Normal approx. 10, Basic approx. 17
Shutter: 2-1/350 second
Aperture: Two-step (Open/ND filter (-3.0AV))
Built-in Speedlight: Range: 0.3-2.5m/ 1-8.2 ft. (W), 0.3-1.4m/ 1-4.6 ft. (T); Flash modes: Auto, Red-eye Reduction Auto (In-Camera Red-Eye Fix), Anytime Flash, Flash Cancel and Slow sync.
Interface: via COOLSTATION MV-11; USB (2.0 Full-speed), Audio Video output (NTSC/PAL)
Supported Languages: Japanese/English/
German/French/Spanish/
Italian/Dutch/Swedish/
Simplified Chinese/Traditional
Chinese/Korean/Russian selectable in menu display
Power Requirements: One EN-EL8 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (Supplied ), COOLSTATION MV-11 (supplied), AC Adapter EH-63 (supplied)
Battery Life (approx.): One rechargeable lithium-ion battery EN-EL8 (supplied), 200 images. (based on CIPA standard*)
Dimension (W x H x D): Approx. 3.5 x 2.3 x 0.8 in. (89.9 x 57.5 x 19.7mm)
Weight: Approx. 4.2 oz. (118g) (without battery and memory card)
Supplied Accessories: Hand Strap, USB cable, Audio Video cable, EN-EL8 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, EH-63 AC Adapter, COOLSTATION MV-11 Cradle, PictureProject CD-ROM
Optional Accessories: Battery Charger MH-62, Leather Case/Battery Kit, Leather Case, WP-CP5 Waterproof Case, and SD memory card
PictureProject System Requirements: OS: Macintosh: Mac(R)OS X (10.1.5 or later)/ Windows: Windows(R) XP Home Edition / Professional, Windows(R)2000 Professional, Windows(R)Me, Windows(R)98SE pre-installed models RAM:64MB or more recommendedHard disk:60MB required for installationDisplay:800 x 600 or larger with 16-bit color (full color recommended)Others:CD-ROM drive required for installationOnly built-in USB ports are supported
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer


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