Nikon Coolpix S52 Brief Review


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  • 9.0 Megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom
  • Movie mode with Sound
  • JPEG file format
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Auto focus
  • Auto exposure
  • ISO 100-3200
  • 3.0-inch LCD display
  • Secure Digital and SDHC memory storage (38mb internal)
  • Proprietary Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2008-04-27
  • Final Grade: 77 3.85 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon Coolpix S52
9.0 Megapixels; 3x optical zoom; Movie mode with Sound; JPEG file format; Optical Image Stabilization; Auto focus; Auto exposure; ISO 100-3200; 3.0-inch LCD display; Secure Digital and SDHC memory storage (38mb internal); Proprietary Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

Nikon's Coolpix S52 is a stylish supercompact digital that offers a 9-megapixel sensor paired with a 3x optically stabilized zoom lens. The camera also offers a respectable 100-3200 ISO range, allowing it to take good snapshots in dim light. A bevy of pre-programmed scene modes should appeal to casual photographers who just want to set it and forget it, though it lacks manual controls for more experimental users. Of further note is its all metal construction, which feels great in the hand and bespeaks a certain dedication to quality.

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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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