Nikon Coolpix S10 Review
Features & Controls
The Coolpix S10 is equipped with a 270° swiveling 10x Nikkor optical zoom lens with 38~380mm (in 35mm equivalent) focal length coverage. The maximum aperture is F3.5 and electronically preset in 5 steps (f3.5, f4.0, f6.8, f8.0 and f13.6). This all-glass lens is constructed of 12 elements in 9 groups and has Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) applied. The lens operates internally and does not extend. It comes with a nifty little cap that snaps onto the end of the lens.
The S10 features Nikon's Vibration Reduction (VR), an innovation that minimizes the probability of blurry images by compensating for various levels of camera shake by shifting the CCD imager.
The built-in speedlight is on the lens section so it's always pointing at the subject and is ideal for macro closeup photography. The AF-assist lamp is used for the red-eye reduction flash mode.
The flash range is approx. 0.4-3m / 1.3 - 10 ft. (at ISO
auto) and can be set for Auto Flash, Auto+Red-Eye Reduction, Fill Flash, Slow Sync or
Disabled. The S10 also features In-Camera Red-Eye Fix which will automatically
detect and remove most occurrences of flash red-eye in people pictures.
The Coolpix S10's lens section swivels 270° (180° CCW and 90° CW). This allows the camera to be used in virtually any angle from over your head to low on the ground. It's also great for macro closeups on a tripod or handheld self-portrait shots!
Auto focus is handled by a contrast detect TTL system with a 5-area AF using automatic selection. Low light focusing is aided by an AF-assist LED. Single AF and Continuous AF modes are available and the focus range is:
1.6 in. (4cm) to infinity in Macro mode
The large 2.5-inch color LCD serves as the viewfinder and is also used to review/share your images and movies and access the menu screens. The display automatically dims when no buttons are pushed to conserve battery power. Nikon doubled the S4's screen resolution, it now has 230,000 pixels and it's gorgeous with a wide 170° viewing angle.
Controls on the lens side: The VR button turns the Vibration Reduction system on/off and selects the VR mode. The One-Touch Portrait Button provides access to the Face-priority AF, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, and D-Lighting functions.
Controls on the LCD side: The Trashcan
button deletes images in
playback mode. The Menu button calls up and dismisses the menu system. The "M"ode button
lets you change exposure mode. The "blue arrow" button switches between Play and Record
mode. The 4-way selector is for navigating menus and selecting pictures, press it straight
in to accept selections. In record mode pressing it "Up" selects the flash mode,
"Left" activates the selftimer and "Down" enables the macro focus mode.
Delkin eFilm PopUp LCD Shade doesn't come with the camera - but it should - this is
the best $25 you'll ever buy. It makes the
2.5-inch screen a pleasure to use outdoors or in any bright environment. Besides
shading the LCD from glare it also protects it from scratches. When not in use it folds
away tight to the camera body, barely increasing its depth.
Controls on top: The speaker, power on/off button, the shutter release
and the zoom control which acts as the Index and
Magnify buttons in playback. For Help on a menu screen press the zoom button
The single interface connector is a combination port that is used to connect either the
USB 1.1 cable for downloading images to Mac and Windows computers or to connect the
Audio-Video cable for viewing on a TV set. The video signal is selectable for
either NTSC or PAL standards. The USB port is PictBridge compatible for direct
printing without a computer.
The Coolpix S10 is equipped with ~16MB of
internal memory and a SD memory card slot, no card is supplied with
the camera. Images and movies can be copied from internal memory to SD card or vice-versa.
The S10 is compatible with SD cards up to 2GB and the newer SDHC type cards 4GB and larger.
Approximate Storage Capacity
The camera is powered by an EN-EL5 rechargeable lithium battery that will power the camera for up to 300 shots (per CIPA standard testing). The compact MH-61 charger is included and replenishes battery packs out of the camera so it can charge a second battery as you use the first. We recommend buying a spare EN-EL5 as the S10 can't be powered by "off the shelf" type batteries and your battery always goes dead when you need it the most.
An optional power adapter allows the camera to be powered from an A/C wall outlet.