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The Nikon Coolpix S01 is an extremely small camera, as you can see from the picture below next to a can of diet coke. In terms of width and height, it is smaller than a credit card. It is available in red, pink, black, white and silver, with 7.3Gb of internal memory, for £129.95.
The S01 is kept simple and therefore only has Easy Auto Mode with Auto Scene Selector. When shooting images and videos you can add a special effect, such as sepia or monochrome. In playback you can add filter effects such as toy camera, soft, fisheye, miniature and more.
The 2.5 inch touch screen has an anti-reflective coating with large menu icons and the ability to change the home screen to one of your own pictures. The S01 is so small, there's no room for a memory card, so Nikon have provided 7.3Gb of internal memory, enough room for 3000 pictures. You just need to connect your camera via USB to your computer. This will also charge the camera, or you can use a wall plug.
Movies are recorded in 720p HD which can be activated by pressing the screen.
- 10 megapixel CCD sensor
- 3x optical zoom (35mm equiv: 29-87mm)
- Motion blur reduction
- 2.5 inch touch screen with anti-reflective coating
- 7.3Gb internal memory
- 720p HD movie recording
- ISO 80-1600
- 5cm minimum focusing distance
- Range of special effects and filters
- Available in black, white, red, pink and silver
The battery has a CIPA rating of 190 shots, we were unable to accurately determine if it was able to take this amount on one charge as it was regularly plugged in to download photos. Keep doing this and the battery life won't be an issue anyway.
We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
|Shutter Response||0.125 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.5 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.7 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.1 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||3.2 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||2.0 secs|
There are no continuous shooting modes available.
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Nikon COOLPIX S01 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/30 sec | f/4.7 | 7.9 mm | ISO 640
Landscape | 1/250 sec | f/3.3 | 4.1 mm | ISO 80
Water | 1/125 sec | f/5.9 | 12.3 mm | ISO 80
Pet Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/5.9 | 12.3 mm | ISO 400
Sample Photos - Images tend to be well exposed with colour reproduction also quite good. Portraits have good skin tones and are free of red-eye.
Nikon COOLPIX S01 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/320 sec | f/3.3 | 4.1 mm | ISO 80
Full Optical Zoom | 1/250 sec | f/5.9 | 12.3 mm | ISO 80
Digital Zoom | 1/125 sec | f/5.9 | 49.2 mm | ISO 80
Macro | 1/30 sec | f/3.3 | 4.1 mm | ISO 80
Lens Performance - Detail is OK, but not good enough quality if you want to print them large. The camera is certainly aimed at those who share on social networks, for which the images will be fine. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 5cm, this allows for a fairly decent macro shot.
ISO1600 | 1 sec | f/3.3 | 4.1 mm
ISO Noise Performance - You're not able to control the ISO setting on the S01, but we've taken a number of shots at varying ISO's throughout the review which you can see. The image above is at the highest ISO of 1600. You can see noise in the images at ISO 250, with images at ISO 400 a little soft. They are softer still at ISO 640 with some detail lost with quite a lot of detail lost at ISO 1600 which is visible on the above thumbnail.
Nikon COOLPIX S01 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/30 sec | f/4.2 | 6.4 mm | ISO 250
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/13 sec | f/4.2 | 6.4 mm | ISO 400
White Balance Performance - The white-balance is another setting you can't adjust on the S01, but the AWB copes really well, particularly under our studio lights.
Nikon COOLPIX S01 Other sample images
Drive | 1/125 sec | f/3.3 | 4.1 mm | ISO 80
Landscape With Building | 1/1000 sec | f/3.7 | 5.2 mm | ISO 80
Trees | 1/80 sec | f/3.3 | 4.1 mm | ISO 80
Black And White Text | 1/30 sec | f/3.3 | 4.1 mm | ISO 250
The first three pictures above show the performance in outdoor conditions, with the final one indoors.
Nikon COOLPIX S01 Digital filters
Special Effects High Contrast Monochrome | 1/800 sec | f/3.3 | 4.1 mm | ISO 80
Special Effects Hi Key | 1/500 sec | f/3.3 | 4.1 mm | ISO 80
Special Effects Low Key | 1/500 sec | f/9.3 | 4.1 mm | ISO 80
Special Effects Sepia | 1/640 sec | f/3.3 | 4.1 mm | ISO 80
Digital Filters - The S01 has four special effects which you can use during recording, with examples of each above.
Video - Videos are recorded in 720p, with an example below. Video quality isn't bad, but you can't use optical zoom during recording.
Value For MoneyThe Nikon Coolpix S01 is a fairly unique camera. It's priced at £129.95 so it's not one of the cheaper cameras around, but it does have 7.3Gb of internal memory which saves you some money on memory cards. Other similar cameras are the Kodak Easyshare Mini M200 and Samsung ST30.
Nikon Coolpix S01 ProsReally tiny body
Good amount of built-in memory
Very easy to use
Available in a range of colours
Nikon Coolpix S01 ConsImages aren't of good enough quality for large prints
A little expensive
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Nikon COOLPIX S01 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.3 - f/59|
|35mm equivalent||29mm - 87mm|
|CCD pixels||10.1Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.9 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||230,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||1sec|
|ISO sensitivity||80 - 1600|
|Continuous shooting||No Data|
|Video FPS||No Data|
|Optical Zoom with Video||No|
|Battery Type||Built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery|
|Box Contents||Camera Strap, Charging AC Adapter EH-69P, USB Cable UC-E16|