Features & Controls
The Coolpix S70
is equipped with a 5x wide-angle NIKKOR optical
zoom lens which covers a 35mm equivalent range of 28 - 140mm. This is a generous zoom range for a camera of this size, and the wide angle view will work well for indoor shooting or nice wide landscapes.
- Normal Mode is 1ft. 6in to infinity
- Macro Mode is 1.2in. to infinity
To the left you can see the built-in flash unit. There are five settings available (Auto, Auto with Red-Eye, Off, Fill Flash and Slow sync), and thanks to a Li-ion power source the flash has a quick recharge time.
Effective Flash Range (ISO Auto):
- Wide: 1 ft. (0.3m) - 11 ft. (3.5m)
- Tele: 1 ft. 8 in. (0.5m) - 8 ft. (2.5m)
On the back is a massive 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD. This is an OLED type display, which features a wide 16:9 viewing format, 288k dots of resolution, and 5 levels of brightness adjustment; default brightness setting is Auto mode. When using the highest 12-megapixel image size option (4:3 aspect), the LCD provides 98% frame coverage. In one of the 16:9 image size modes, it offers 92% horizontal and 98% vertical coverage.
All of the camera controls are right on the screen. At the top left you can see the mode selection button, which offers access to Easy Auto, Program Auto, Scene, and Movie modes. Below that is the playback mode button. The camera's 5x optical zoom lens is also controlled via the touchscreen, which I personally did not like; it would have been better to add an actual control switch on the top of the camera in my opinion. As we've mentioned before, the S70 offers a Touch shooting abilities, where you simple tap the LCD to snap a photos. The area in which you tap will also be the point of focus. Overall I feel the layout of thie GUI is good, gving users direct access to often used functions. However, the system is very slow when compared to other touch enabled digicams or other electronic devices.
I/O connector is located on the bottom next to the plastic tripod socket. This combination port handles both the USB 2.0
(High-speed) connectivity to your PC or PictBridge printer, charges the cameras battery as well as Audio/Video output (NTSC or PAL format).
images and movie clips can be stored on the cameras 20MB of internal storage or a removable SD/SDHC card.
Power is supplied by a proprietary EN-EL 12, 3.7v 1050mAh Li-ion battery pack. The battery is charged in-camera, using the USB cable. This means you can either charge the S70 from your PC, Laptop, photo printer (with USB) or you can use the included AC adapter. Unfortunately, because the battery is charged inside the camera, it will be very difficult to keep an extra pack charged and on hand. Nikon claims that the EN-EL 12 can power the S70 for up to 200 still images; this includes a mix of flash and non-flash photos.
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