Nikon Coolpix S210 Review

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Record Modes & Screens


Nikon Coolpix S210


AUTO record is the point-n-shoot mode that lets anyone get great pictures with little or no fuss. The "8M*" icon indicates the image resolution is 8-megapixels at High quality, there are 986 pictures remaining at the current image resolution. The zoom lens gauge is shown for a few moments whenever the focal length is changed (not shown above.)



Nikon Coolpix S210


When you half-press the shutter release the autofocus is locked and the exposure is calculated and set. If autofocus was successful the AF brackets will turn green, if it fails they will be red and blink.



Nikon Coolpix S210


Pressing the mode button brings up this screen which allows you to choose your shooting mode from the selections above or the settings menu.



Nikon Coolpix S210


Record mode menu:

    Image mode - 8M* High, 8M Normal, 5M Normal, 3M Normal, PC, TV, 16:9
    White balance - Auto, Custom WB, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent,
      Cloudy or Flash
    Continuous - Shooting mode: Single frame, Continuous, BSS, Multi-Shot 16 or
      Intvl timer shooting
    ISO sensitivity - Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000
    Color options - Standard color, Vivid color, B&W, Sepia, Cyanotype
    AF area mode - Face Priority, Auto, Manual, Center




Nikon Coolpix S210


Pressing the 4-way selector "up" changes flash modes, "left" enables the self-timer, "right" adjust exposure compensation, and "down" changes the focus mode. You set these options via onscreen popups as shown above.



Nikon Coolpix S210

Scene mode options include: Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait, Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close Up, Museum, Fireworks Show, Copy, Backlight, Panorama assist, and Image mode.




Nikon Coolpix S210


Macro focus mode allows you to focus on subjects as close as 3.9 inches. Without leaving macro mode the camera can focus all the way out to infinity.

Nikon macro tip #1 - a lot of people never read their user manuals and don't know the "secret of the sweet spot" - in macro mode run your zoom in and out until you see the macro flower icon turn green (or yellow on some Coolpix cameras). This is the setting that allows you to shoot the closest possible shots. And by all means, use a tripod and the self-timer for the sharpest possible shots.




Nikon Coolpix S210


Movie mode screen display. You can record 640x480 .AVI MOTION JPEG Movie clips at 30fps, limited in length only by the amount of remaining memory (max. clip size of 2GB.) Sound is recorded so the zoom cannot be used while recording, but can be preset beforehand.



Nikon Coolpix S210


Movie mode options:

    TV Movie 640* - Color 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps
    Small Size 320* - Color 320 x 240 pixels, 30fps
    Small Size 320 - Color 320 x 240 pixels, 15fps
    Time-lapse Movie - Without sound 30fps
    Electronic VR - On or Off




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