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Nikon Coolpix S100 Angled
The Nikon Coolpix S100 was released in August 2011 and is designed to be both high-tech and stylish. It is available in black, pink and red for £179.95.
Nikon Coolpix S100 Front
Other modes include Easy Panorama 360°/180°, 3D shooting mode and High speed continuous shooting at 8 fps. The camera can also be charged by USB when connected to your computer or by an AC wall plug.
The camera records videos in full 1080p HD with stereo sound, optical zoom and autofocus available during recording. Videos can also be recorded in slow or fast motion using recording speeds from 15 to 240 fps. To view your videos the camera has a built-in HDMI connector with HDMI-CEC support for output to an HDTV.
Nikon Coolpix S100 Top
- 16 megapixel back illuminated CMOS image sensor
- 5x optical zoom lens (35mm equivalent: 28-140mm)
- Hybrid VR (Lens-shift and Electronic Vibration Reduction)
- Compact body 18.1 mm body
- 3.5 inch OLED (819K-dot) touch screen
- Multi-touch control
- 3D shooting mode
- Clear, easy-to-use menu
- ISO 125 - 3200
- Best Shot Selector (BSS)
- Dedicated light modes
- High speed continuous shooting at 8 fps
- 1080p full HD movie recording with stereo sound, optical zoom and autofocus
- Film in slow or fast motion
- Easy Panorama 360°/180°
- USB and AC charging
Nikon Coolpix S100 Screen
The camera has menus which are well laid out and simple to navigate. The camera is let down by its battery, which has a CIPA rating of just 150 shots. Carrying a spare is highly recommended. The camera is ready to take pictures within a couple of seconds of switching on and the camera is quick to focus. During test the camera was able to shoot 16 megapixel images at 5 fps in Continuous Shooting H mode, with 1.3 fps achieved by Continuous Shooting L.
Nikon Coolpix S100 Battery
Nikon Coolpix S100 Lens test images
Wide-angle | 1/320 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 125
Full optical zoom | 1/400 sec | f/4.8 | 25.0 mm | ISO 125
Digital zoom | 1/200 sec | f/4.8 | 100.0 mm | ISO 125
Macro | 1/15 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 125
There is no noise at ISO 100 with just a touch appearing in images at ISO 200. Images are slightly softened at ISO 400 with noise really starting to have a significant effect on image quality at ISO 800. There is plenty of noise at ISO 1600 and ISO 3200, with images produced best used on the web. Despite an increase in noise, colour reproduction isn't effected much at all at high ISOs.
Nikon Coolpix S100 ISO test images
ISO 125 | 1/15 sec | f/4.3 | 12.8 mm
ISO 200 | 1/25 sec | f/4.3 | 12.8 mm
ISO 400 | 1/50 sec | f/4.3 | 12.8 mm
ISO 800 | 1/100 sec | f/4.3 | 12.8 mm
ISO 1600 | 1/200 sec | f/4.3 | 12.8 mm
ISO 3200 | 1/400 sec | f/4.3 | 12.8 mm
The sample images below are great examples of the colour reproduction quality from the S100. Landscapes have excellent blues and greens. Portraits have good skin tones, with a hint of red-eye. Portraits can be further enhanced in playback mode. Using glamour retouch you can soften the skin, make the face look smaller and enlarge the eyes.
Nikon Coolpix S100 Scene modes
Landscape | 1/640 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 125
Landscape with building | 1/1250 sec | f/4.0 | 7.0 mm | ISO 125
Portrait | 1/30 sec | f/4.1 | 9.9 mm | ISO 200
Food | 1/4 sec | f/4.4 | 13.9 mm | ISO 400
Panoramic | 1/500 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 125
Auto white-balance produces consistent results, as can be seen under our studio lighting. Under the incandescent lights, very similar images are produced whether using the AWB or incandescent presets. Under the fluorescent lighting the fluorescent preset produces an image with a slight orange cast.
Nikon Coolpix S100 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/15 sec | f/4.0 | 7.0 mm | ISO 125
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/15 sec | f/4.0 | 7.0 mm | ISO 125
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/5 sec | f/4.0 | 7.0 mm | ISO 125
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/5 sec | f/4.0 | 7.0 mm | ISO 125
Although no filter effects can be added when shooting, during playback you can enter the Retouch Menu, where you can add filters such as selective colour, soft focus, miniature and many more. Examples of some of these are below. Other options available are Glamour Retouch, D-Lighting, Stretch, Perspective Control and more.
Nikon Coolpix S100 Digital filters
Original | 1/6 sec | f/4.1 | 9.1 mm | ISO 125
Black and white | 1/6 sec | f/4.1 | 9.1 mm | ISO 125
D-lighting | 1/6 sec | f/4.1 | 9.1 mm | ISO 125
Fisheye | 1/6 sec | f/4.1 | 9.1 mm | ISO 125
Selective colour | 1/6 sec | f/4.1 | 9.1 mm | ISO 125
Soft | 1/6 sec | f/4.1 | 9.1 mm | ISO 125
Video ModeBelow is an example video shot at full 1080p HD. Optical zoom can also be used during recording, with an example on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page. The S100 can also shoot high-speed videos at 240fps although it is limited to QVGA quality, an example can be seen here.
Value For MoneyThe Nikon Coolpix S100 is currently available for £179.95. Other cameras with a 16 megapixel sensor and 5x optical zoom are the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS at £104.00, Sony Cybershot W570 at £124.95, Fujifilm FinePix Z900 at £139.95, Sony Cybershot WX7 at £184.95 and Samsung MV800 at £199.00.
|The Nikon Coolpix S100 is a stylish camera which takes superb images.|
Nikon Coolpix S100 Pros1080p full HD movie recording
Excellent colour reproduction
Image editing options in playback
Responsive touch screen
Easy Panorama 360°/180°
Minimum focus distance of 1cm
Nikon Coolpix S100 ConsShort battery life
Noise effects image quality at ISO 400
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Nikon Coolpix S100 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.9 - f/4.8|
|35mm equivalent||28mm - 140mm|
|CCD pixels||16Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.16mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.62mm|
|Screen resolution||820,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/1500sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||125 - 3200|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Box Contents||Camera Strap AN-CP19, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL19, Charging AC Adapter EH-69P, UC-E6, EG-CP16 and ViewNX 2 CD-ROM|