Nikon Coolpix S1 Brief Review


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  • 5.1 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom
  • 4x digital zoom
  • auto focus only
  • program exposure only
  • JPEG file format
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound. Includes docking station
  • Release Date: 2005-03-17
  • Final Grade: 65 3.25 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon Coolpix S1
5.1 megapixels (effective); 3x optical zoom; 4x digital zoom; auto focus only; program exposure only; JPEG file format; proprietary Lithium-Ion battery; movie mode with sound. Includes docking station
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

The S1 has since been replaced by the Nikon Coolpix S70.  Here's what we had to say about the S1 when it first hit the shelves:

The pocket-sized Nikon Coolpix S1 is Nikon's answer to the Sony DSC-T33. Both cameras offer remarkably thin, all-metal bodies that make them perfect companions for a night on the town. Despite the Nikon S1's tiny size, (it is only 3/4" thick) it sports a huge 2.5" LCD and a 3x optical zoom. With a camera of this size there is not much room for manual controls, so the S1 has 17 different scene modes, which can optimize settings for subjects ranging from sunsets to museums. The S1 also comes standard with a "Cool-Station" docking station which makes recharging the S1 and transferring pictures a snap.

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Nikon has long been one of the top manufacturers in the industry, and their products are still solid options today. The camera giant is continuously releasing new products with enhancements in image quality and performance.

It's hard to go wrong with a Nikon DSLR. With a different model available for every skill level from beginner to professional, Nikon's DSLR's have always been top notch. Their latest DSLRs have seen improved noise reduction, enhanced video quality and upgraded designs over cameras from just a few years ago.

Nikon made an interesting move in the realm of mirrorless cameras—instead of pushing for bigger sensors, Nikon instead has focused on speed. The Nikon 1 line cameras use a 1” sensor, which is larger than your average point-and-shoot but smaller than the Micro Four Thirds options. While the 1 line doesn't have much resolution, their cameras boast speeds upwards of 15 fps—no other mirrorless line currently comes close to that level of speed.

Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.

Nikon offers a full range of cameras from tiny budget models to professional DSLRs. More often than not, if you go with a Nikon, you're getting a solid camera.

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