Nikon Coolpix S1 Review

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Nikon Coolpix S1

Record Modes & Screens

AUTO record mode screen display. The Zoom indicator displays briefly whenever the Zoom is operated. The "5M*" icon indicates the image resolution is 5-megapixels at Fine quality. Flash is set to Auto and will fire when needed and there's 188 pictures remaining at the current image resolution.

Nikon Coolpix S1

When you half-press the shutter release the autofocus is locked and the exposure is calculated and set. If autofocus was successful the AF dot icon is blue-green, if it fails it is red and blinks.

Nikon Coolpix S1

AUTO record menu:

    Image Quality/Size - (5M*) High 2592x1944, (5M) Normal 2592x1944, (3M) Normal 2048x1536, (PC) 1024x768 or (TV) 640x480

    White Balance - Auto, Manual preset, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Shady or Speedlight

    Exp Comp - Override metering +/- 2.0 EV in 0.3 steps

    Continuous - Shooting mode: Single frame, Continuous, Multi-Shot 16, Interval shooting

    BSS - Best Shot Selector

    Sensitivity - ISO 50, 100, 200, 400 or Auto (ISO 50-200)

    Color Options - Standard, Vivid, Black-and-white, Sepia, Cyanotype

Nikon Coolpix S1

If the Menu option is set to "icon" then this is what your menu will look like.

Nikon Coolpix S1

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

Nikon Coolpix S1

Scene mode options include: Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait, Party, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close Up, Museum, Fireworks, Copy, Back Light, Panorama assist, Underwater, Voice Recording, Image size/quality and Sound Recording.

Nikon Coolpix S1

The Macro closeup focus mode covers from 1.6 in. (4 cm) to infinity and the flash throttles down nicely for closeup work.

Nikon Coolpix S1

The Coolpix S1 can also be turned into a simple voice recorder.

Nikon Coolpix S1

Some of the portrait scene modes have onscreen framing guides to help you properly position your subject for the desired effect.

Nikon Coolpix S1

Whenever you are making a menu selection you can press the Help button (telephoto zoom) to display a brief explanation of the mode or option.

Nikon Coolpix S1

Each of the other specific scene modes on the Mode Dial; Portrait, Landscape, Sports and Night Portrait, have their own sub-menus of further choices.

Nikon Coolpix S1

One of the unique Portrait modes is Face Priority AF, as you can see from the frame above it can identify the "face" in the frame and properly focuses on it.

Nikon Coolpix S1

Movie mode screen display. You can record QuickTime MOVie clips limited in length only by the amount of remaining available memory. Sound is recorded with the moving image, the optical zoom can not be used during movie recording - it can be preset before recording begins.

Nikon Coolpix S1

Movie mode options:

    TV Movie - Color 640 x 480 pixels, 15fps

    Small size - Color 320 x 240 pixels, 15fps

    Smaller size - Color 160 x 120 pixels, 15fps

    Time-lapse - Captures images at intervals of 30s, 1m, 5m, 10m, 30m, 1h (up to 1,800 images). Combines all images into a continuous movie.

    Autofocus mode - Single or Continuous AF

Movie Storage Capacity Nikon Coolpix S1

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