Nikon Coolpix S210 Review

Review posted 6/16/2008

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Click on the Coolpix S210 to take a QuickTime VR tour

Nikon has introduced a new ultra-compact Coolpix model to their Style Series line. The super thin (less than 3/4- inch) S210 offers 8- megapixels resolution, a 3x Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens, Electronic Vibration Reduction (VR) Image Stabilization technology, and a slim, quality-crafted aluminum body. The S210's design comes in an array of color options, and delivers high performance and ease-of- operation.

The S210 features Electronic VR Image Stabilization, which is designed to help produce sharper and clearer images, especially in lower lighting conditions or when capturing moving subjects. Users can also take advantage of extended light sensitivity settings as high as ISO 2000. Automatic sensitivity control is also included, which allows users to concentrate on a taking a photo while the camera selects the optimal ISO. To minimize blur, the S210 comes with a High-Sensitivity mode that automatically selects the optimal light sensitivity. The COOLPIX S210 utilizes Nikon's innovative EXPEED image processing system for enhanced noise reduction and improved the signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio.

This model comes with a bright, high resolution 2.5-inch LCD monitor with a wide 170-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angle. The LCD monitor has an anti-reflective coating, easing the composition of photos even in direct sunlight, and an acrylic panel that prevents scratches and fingerprints. The S210 also boasts improved menu displays, as well as revised menu icons that will make framing photos easier than ever before.

Like all cameras in the Coolpix line, the S210 boasts user-friendly imaging innovations designed to make the photo-taking process fun and easy. These technologies, referred to as Nikon In-Camera Innovations, include In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, D-Lighting, and Face Priority AF. In-Camera Red-Eye Fix automatically detects and corrects red eye, a common condition that occurs in flash photography. In playback mode, D-Lighting compensates for excessive backlight or insufficient flash in images, and Nikon's enhanced Face-Priority AF automatically finds and focuses on up to 12 people's faces within one frame, ensuring clear, crisp portraits.

The S210 comes bundled with Nikon's exclusive COOLPIX Software Suite for organizing, editing and sharing photos. The S210 is SDHC compatible and utilizes the Nikon's ultra-compact EN-EL10 rechargeable Li-ion battery. The S210 will be available in a selection of colors such as plum, graphite black, cool blue, and brushed bronze.

Coolpix S210 Features:

  • 8-megapixel effective CCD imager
  • Nikkor 3x optical zoom lens (38-114mm in 35mm equivalent)
  • Nikon's Electronic VR (Vibration Reduction) system
  • Ultra-compact, durable and lightweight body
  • Exclusive Face Priority AF makes taking incredible portraits easy
  • Large 2.5-inch LCD color monitor with anti-reflection coating
  • Automatic exposure and 11 pre-programmed Scene modes
  • Sensitivity settings up to ISO 2000
  • 640x480 @ 30fps movie mode w/sound, length limited only by memory card capacity (2GB max.)
  • 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
  • 52MB internal memory and SD/SDHC memory card slot
  • USB connectivity, PictBridge direct-print compliant
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery and Battery Charger included

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Nikon Coolpix S210

Nikon Coolpix S210

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Nikon Coolpix S210

Nikon Coolpix S210

Nikon Coolpix S210

The Coolpix S210 compared to a standard CD disc.

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Coolpix S210 Specifications

Effective pixels: 8 million
CCD: 1/2.5-inch type (8.29 million total pixels)
Image modes: 3264 x 2448 (8M), 2592 x 1944 (5M), 2048 x 1536 (3M), 1024 x 768 (PC), 640 x 480 (TV), 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
Lens: 3x Zoom-Nikkor; 6.3-18.9mm (35mm [135] format picture angle: 38-114mm); f/3.1-5.9
Focus system: Contrast gradient TTL
Focus range (approx.): 2 ft. (60cm) to infinity. Macro close-up mode: 3.9 in. (10cm) to infinity (when zoom indicator is positioned below ^ on wide-angle side)
LCD monitor: 2.5-in., 230,000-dot, TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment (approx. frame coverage 97%)
Storage media: Internal memory (approx. 52 MB), SD/SDHC memory cards
Movie With sound: TV* movie (640) at 30fps, small size (320) at 30fps, smaller size (320) at 15fps, time-lapse movie at 30fps, stop-motion movie (640x480)
Vibration Reduction (VR) Electronic VR Image Stabilization
Built-in flash: (W) 2.0 to 13.1 ft. (0.6 to 4.0m), (T) 2.0 to 6.9 ft. (0.6 to 2.1m)
Flash modes: Auto, Auto with Red-eye Reduction), Flash Cancel, Forced Flash and Slow sync.
Interface: USB (MTP or PTP protocol), Audio/Video output (NTSC or Pal)
Supported languages: German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Swedish, Portuguese, Polish, Indonesian, Finnish, Danish, Norwegian, Czech, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Turkish, Greek, Hungarian, Arabic
Power sources: One rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL10 (supplied), AC Adapter EH-62D (optional)
Battery life (approx.): Approx. 220 shots with EN-EL10 battery (based on CIPA standard)
Dimensions (WxHxD): Approx. 3.5 x 2.2 x 0.7 in. (90 x 55.5 x 18mm) excluding projections
Weight (approx.): 100g (3.5 oz.) without battery and SD memory card
Supplied accessories*: USB Cable UC-E6, Audio and Video Cable EG-CP14, Strap AN-CP18, Rechargeable Battery EN-EL10, Battery charger MH-63, Software Suite for COOLPIX
Optional accessories: AC Adapter EH-62D, Nikon S series Leather case
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer

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