Nikon Coolpix S10 Brief Review


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  • 6 megapixels
  • 10x optical zoom / 6x digital zoom
  • Auto focus and exposure
  • Image-sensor shift VR stabilization
  • ISO up to 800
  • Movie mode with sound
  • 2.5-inch LCD display
  • Secure Digital card storage (16MB internal)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2006-09-03
  • Final Grade: 75 3.75 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon Coolpix S10
6 megapixels; 10x optical zoom / 6x digital zoom; Auto focus and exposure; Image-sensor shift VR stabilization; ISO up to 800; Movie mode with sound; 2.5-inch LCD display; Secure Digital card storage (16MB internal); Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

The Nikon Coolpix S10 is a unique looking extended zoom camera with a twisty lens. Much like it's predecessor, the Coolpix S4, the S10 is a funky looking camera. The twisting lens gives it a quirky flair, and definitely stands out in a crowd. Unfortunately, this isn't much of an update. The S10 is virtually identical to the S4 except for one major difference. The S10 features "Vibrational Reduction" image stabilization that utilizes "CCD-shift," meaning that the camera manipulates the position of the image sensor in response to shakes and jitters, providing a clearler final picture. It's definitely a nice feature, but we would have liked to have seen a boost in megapixels from the S4, perhaps.

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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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