Nikon Coolpix S5 Review

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Nikon Coolpix S5

First Look posted 2/21/2006
Full review posted 4/7/2006

Introduction & Physical Views

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The new COOLPIX S5 and S6 combine high-quality imaging performance with impressive new Pictmotion photo sharing technology. Both the S5 and S6 have sleek, slim wave designs, appealing to users who want their cameras to look as great as the pictures they take. Each camera boasts 6.0 effective megapixels with a 3x Zoom-Nikkor lens and the S6 features built-in WiFi support for wireless image transfers and printing.

The S5 and S6 incorporate Nikon's exclusive technology for improving the image during and after capture. The D-Lighting function selects and creates a copy of images with excessive backlight or insufficient flash illumination, adding light and detail wherever needed while keeping other areas as they were. The Face-priority AF function automatically detects and then focuses in on people's faces, regardless of where they are in the frame, ensuring superb crisp-focus portraits. The In-Camera Red-Eye Fix function analyzes each image, automatically finding and then correcting the accidental red-eye that sometimes occurs in flash photography, for more natural-looking portraits. And Best Shot Selector automatically identifies and saves the sharpest shot from ten sequential shots.

Making it simple and convenient to take stunning portraits, a standalone One-Touch Portrait Button featured on both cameras, gives you instant access to the Face Priority AF and In-Camera Red Eye Fix options. To ensure quality photos in various shooting environments, users have the option of 16 scene modes,17 for S5 with Underwater mode, including four modes with Scene Assist and a TV Quality Movie Mode function that records moving memories at 30fps with sound.

Pictmotion technology puts a creative new spin on the in-camera slide show. It lets you select your favorite images and adds one of five royalty-free, pre-installed music files (or your own choice of music) to produce in-camera slide shows that look great and are fun to share with others. The S5 and S6 provide quality playback of sound and the bright, sharp expanded 2.5 and 3.0-inch LCD's - with an impressively wide 170-degree viewing angle - make it easy for everyone to see.

With the incorporation of a Rotary Multi Selector, you can easily scroll through the new menu system or breeze through picture playback. Another new feature is a calendar function that automatically sorts images according to the date that they were taken. For in-camera assistance, the Help button provides easy-to-understand explanations for functions on the main menu.

USB connectivity eases transfer of data to computers and other peripherals. Printing is simplified as well, with PictBridge capability enabling connection to a compatible printer without the need of a computer in between. The latest version of Nikon PictureProject offers convenient options allowing users, for example, to import wireless images automatically into a slideshow as well as tools to edit, organize, design and share images. The software is designed to extend the enjoyment of taking pictures: transferring images from camera to computer, organizing images so they are easy to find, editing them to add an extra sparkle, designing ways to show off the pictures and sharing them with friends and family.

Coolpix S5 Features:

  • 6-megapixel effective CCD imager
  • Nikkor 3x optical zoom lens (35-105mm in 35mm equivalent)
  • Compact, durable and lightweight body
  • Macro focus with AF as close as 1.6 inches
  • Exclusive Face Priority AF makes taking incredible portraits easy
  • 256-segment Matrix metering
  • Large 2.5-inch 170° wide-view LCD color monitor
  • Automatic exposure and 16 pre-programmed Scene modes
  • 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
  • 21MB internal memory and SD memory card slot
  • USB connectivity, PictBridge direct-print compliant
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery and charging cradle included

The COOLPIX S5 and S6 will be available nationwide in March 2006. The S5 has an MSRP of $349.95 and the S6 $449.95.

Physical Views

Nikon Coolpix S5

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The Coolpix S5 compared to a standard CD disc.

Nikon Coolpix S5

The Coolpix S5 and the WiFi capable Coolpix S6

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Coolpix S5 Specifications

Effective pixels: 6.0 million
CCD: 1/2.5-inch high-density CCD (6.18 million total pixels)
Image modes: 6M* High (2816), 6M Normal (2816), 3M (2048), PC (1024), TV (640)
Lens: 3x Zoom-Nikkor; 5.8-17.4mm (35mm format equivalent to approx. 35-105mm); f/3.2-5.3; 12 elements in 10 groups; Digital zoom: up to 4x
Focus system: Contrast gradient TTL
Focus range (approx.): Normal: 30cm (1 ft.) to infinity
Macro: 4cm (1.6 in.) to infinity
LCD monitor: 2.5-inch type, 230,000-dot TFT LCD monitor with brightness adjustment and 170-degree wide viewing angle
Storage media: Internal memory (approx. 21MB), SD memory card
Shooting modes: Auto, 4 modes with Scene assist (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait), 11 Scene modes (Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close Up, Museum, Fireworks Show, Copy, Back Light, Panorama Assist), Voice Recording, One-Touch Portrait Mode, BSS (Best Shot Selector), Exposure BSS, Color Options, Blur Warning, Date Imprint, Self-timer (3, 10 sec.)
Movie: With sound: TV movie (640) at 30fps, Small size (320) at 30fps/15fps, Smaller size (160) at 15fps, Pictmotion (320) at 15fps; Without sound: Time-lapse movie at 30fps, Electronic VR (Vibration Reduction) available
Capture modes: 1) Single, 2) Continuous (approx. 2.2fps), 3) Multi-shot 16 (approx. 2fps, only available at image size 6M), 4) Interval timer shooting
Pictmotion: 5 styles selectable to playback movies or up to 30 still images, 5 music files pre-installed, max. 3 music files loadable
Built-in flash: Range: 0.3-2.6m/ 1 ft. - 8 ft. 6 in. (W), approx. 0.3-1.4m/ 1 ft. - 4 ft. 7 in. (T);
Flash modes: Auto, Auto with Red-eye Reduction (In-Camera Red-Eye Fix), Flash Cancel, Anytime Flash and Slow sync.
Interface: USB, Audio Video output (via COOL-STATION MV-15)
Wireless capability: none
Supported languages: German/English/Spanish/French/Italian/Dutch/Russian/ Swedish/Japanese/Simplified Chinese/Traditional Chinese/ Korean/Thai/Portuguese/Polish/Indonesian/Finnish/Danish/ Norwegian/Czech selectable in menu display
Power requirements: Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL8 (supplied), AC Adapter EH-64 (supplied)
Battery life (approx.): 210 shots with EN-EL8 (based on CIPA standard)
Dimensions (WxHxD): Approx. 93 x 59 x 20mm (3.7 x 2.3 x 0.8 in.) excluding projections
Weight (approx.): 135g (4.8 oz.) without battery and SD memory card
Supplied accessories*: Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL8, AC Adapter EH-64, COOL-STATION MV-14/MV-15, USB Cable UC-E10, Audio Video Cable EG-E5000, Strap, Dock Insert PV-10/PV-11, PictureProject CD-ROM
Optional accessories: AC Adapter EH-64, Rechargeable Li-ion battery EN-EL8, Battery Charger MH-62, Field Jacket FJ-CP1 (S5 only), COOL-STATION MV-14, COOL-STATION MV-15, Dock Insert PV-10, Dock Insert PV-11 * Supplied accessories may differ by country or area.
PictureProject System Requirements OS Macintosh: Mac® OS X version 10.1.5 or later (version 10.2.8 or later required for Burn Disc option) / Windows: Windows® XP Home Edition/Professional, Windows® 2000 Professional, Windows® Me, Windows® 98SE pre-installed models RAM Macintosh: 64MB or more recommended/ Windows: 64MB or more recommended (128MB with Pictmotion option) Hard disk 60MB required for installation Display 800 x 600 or more with 16-bit color (full color recommended) Others CD-ROM drive required for installation Only built-in USB ports are supported
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer

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