Nikon Coolpix S50 Review

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Review posted 6/18/2007

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Nikon has added two new stylish and feature-packed digital cameras to the Nikon COOLPIX Style Series line-up, the S50 and S50c. The COOLPIX S50 and the COOLPIX S50c boast 7.2 effective megapixels, a 3x Zoom-Nikkor glass lens and a huge, bright 3.0 inch LCD screen. These cameras also utilize an Optical VR Image Stabilization system, ensuring the consumer will be able to capture stunningly sharp images. What's more, the COOLPIX S50c also offers the additional advantage of a built in Wireless capability for e-mail and image storage with the enhanced COOLPIX CONNECT 2 service.

Not only do the S50 and the S50c feature 7.2 effective megapixels, allowing the consumer to make superior quality prints in a variety of sizes, they also incorporate advanced technologies which help create new opportunities to take sharper, and more natural looking photos. These technologies include the new Optical VR Image Stabilization, high sensitivity up to ISO 1600, and Best Shot Selector (BSS) which can all be activated by pressing the Anti-Shake Button, conveniently located on the top of the camera. These features allow the S50 and S50c to produce shots that are steady, sharp and stunning.

Nikon is making it easier than ever to get great-looking pictures with a handy One-Touch Portrait Button that acts as a shortcut to three Nikon In-Camera Image Innovations to correct common photo problems. This system includes Face-priority AF, which was the first system to automatically find and focus on a subject's face, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, which automatically detects and corrects red-eye, and D-Lighting, an innovation that automatically creates a copy of the image with detail added where necessary, but with well-exposed areas left completely untouched. These cameras also feature huge, bright, high resolution 3.0-inch LCD monitors with a 170-degree viewing angle and an anti-reflection coating, so they are able to facilitate easier composition and high-quality playback anywhere, even in direct sunlight.

Furthermore, the LCD monitors serve as excellent platforms for Pictmotion™, which allows users to select their favorite images or movies, as well as music (up to 10 songs) and combine them automatically in-camera to produce audiovisual shows in VGA quality for the ultimate photo-sharing experience.


Coolpix S50 Features:

  • 7-megapixel effective CCD imager
  • Nikkor 3x optical zoom lens (38-114mm in 35mm equivalent)
  • Nikon's Optical lens shift VR (Vibration Reduction) system
  • Compact, durable and lightweight body
  • Exclusive Face Priority AF makes taking incredible portraits easy
  • Large 3.0-inch LCD color monitor with anti-reflection coating
  • Automatic exposure and 16 pre-programmed Scene modes
  • Sensitivity settings up to ISO 1600
  • QuickTime 640x480 @ 30fps movie mode w/sound, length limited only by memory card capacity
  • Built-in flash with auto, fill, slow sync, and red-eye reduction
  • Nikon's D-Lighting automatically brightens dark images in playback mode
  • In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™ automatically fixes most instances of red-eye in the camera
  • 13MB internal memory and SD memory card slot
  • USB connectivity, PictBridge direct-print compliant
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery and Battery Charger included


The COOLPIX S50 ships with Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL8, Battery Charger MH-62, AV/USB Cable UC-E12, Strap, Printer Dock Accessory: Dock Insert PV-12, PictureProject CD-ROM, and is available now with an MSRP of US$299.95. See our Buy Box below for current pricing at various online vendors.






Physical Views

Nikon Coolpix S50

Nikon Coolpix S50

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Nikon Coolpix S50

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Nikon Coolpix S50

The Coolpix S50 compared to a standard CD disc.




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Coolpix S50 Specifications

Effective pixels: 7.1 million
CCD: 1/2.5-inch type (7.41 million total pixels)
Image modes: 3072 x 2304 (High: 3072*/Normal: 3072), 2592 x 1944 (Normal: 2592), 2048 x 1536 (Normal: 2048), 1024 x 768 (PC: 1024), 640 x 480 (TV: 640), 3072 x 1728 (16:9)
Lens: 3x Zoom-Nikkor; 6.3-18.9mm (35mm [135] format picture angle: 38-114mm); f/3.3-4.2; 12 elements in 9 groups; digital zoom: up to 4x (35mm [135] format picture angle: 456mm)
Focus system: Contrast gradient TTL
Focus range (approx.): 1 ft. (30cm) to infinity , Macro close-up mode: 1.6 in. (4cm) to infinity
LCD monitor: 3.0-in., 230,000-dot, wide viewing angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
Storage media: Internal memory (approx. 13 MB), SD/SDHC memory cards
Movie With sound: TV movie (640) at 30fps, Pictmotion (640) at 10fps, small size (320) at 30fps, smaller size (160) at 15fps; without sound: time-lapse movie at 30fps, stop-motion movie (640) at 5, 10, 15fps, Electronic VR (Vibration Reduction) available (except for time-lapse movie)
Vibration Reduction (VR) Optical lens shift VR (Image Stabilization)
Built-in flash: Range: (W) 0.3 to 6.0m (12 in. to 19 ft. 8 in.), (T) 0.3 to 4.0 (12 in. to 13 ft. 1 in.)
Flash modes: Auto, Auto with Red-eye Reduction), Flash Cancel, Forced Flash and Slow sync.
Interface: USB, Audio/Video output (NTSC or Pal)
Supported languages: Czech, Danish, German, English, Spanish, French, Indonesian, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Finnish, Swedish, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese, Korean, Thai
Power requirements: Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL8 (supplied), AC Adapter EH-64 (optional)
Battery life (approx.): Approx. 130 shots with EN-EL10 battery (based on CIPA standard)
Dimensions (WxHxD): Approx. 92.5 x 59 x 21 mm (3.6 x 2.3 x 0.8 in.) excluding projections
Weight (approx.): 125g (4.4 oz.) without battery and SD memory card
Supplied accessories*: Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL8, Battery Charger MH-62, AV/USB Cable UC-E12, Strap, Printer Dock Accessory: Dock Insert PV-12, PictureProject CD-ROM
Optional accessories: AC Adapter EH-64, COOLPIX S-series Leather Case
PictureProject System Requirements OS Macintosh: Mac(R) OS X version 10.3.9, 10.4.x Windows: Windows(R) Vista (32 bit), Windows(R)XP Home Edition/Professional, Windows(R) 2000 Professional pre-installed modelsNote: CD-ROM drive required for installation. Only built-in USB ports are supported.
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer


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