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The Nikon Coolpix S2700 was announced in January 2013 and is a slim compact camera with a 6x optical zoom lens and 720p HD video recording. It is available black, red, blue, purple and pink for around £90.
To make picture taking easy there is Scene Auto Selector which adjusts the camera settings automatically for your situation, you can also manually choose from 18 scene modes. There is also the smart portrait system which has smile timer, blink proof alert, skin softening, in-camera red-eye fix and glamour retouch.
When shooting moving subjects there is Subject Tracking AF to ensure they stay in focus. When you've finished shooting you can edit your pictures via the retouch menu which includes filters such as selective colour and cross screen.
Videos are recorded in 720p HD.
- 16 megapixel CCD image sensor
- 6x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 26-156mm)
- Motion blur reduction
- 2.7 inch 230k dot LCD screen
- 720p HD movie recording
- ISO 100-3200
- 5cm minimum focusing distance
- Smart portrait system
- 18 scene modes
- Subject Tracking AF
- Available black, red, blue, purple and pink
Battery life is rated at 210 shots according to CIPA test results, although we were able to take around 500 shots before the battery went flat. 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||0.175 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.4 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.6 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.1 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||1.6 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||4.9 secs|
|Continuous Shooting||1.3 fps|
Continuous shooting records at full 16 megapixel resolution.
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Nikon Coolpix S2700 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 200
Landscape With Building | 1/800 sec | f/4.2 | 6.8 mm | ISO 80
Low Light | 1 sec | f/4.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 100
Pet Portrait | 1/250 sec | f/6.5 | 27.6 mm | ISO 800
Sample Photos - The S2700 produces colourful, well exposed images. Portraits have decent skin tones and are free of red-eye. The camera also performs well in low-light.
Nikon Coolpix S2700 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/800 sec | f/3.5 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Full Optical Zoom | 1/320 sec | f/6.5 | 27.6 mm | ISO 80
Trees | 1/100 sec | f/3.5 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Macro | 1/20 sec | f/3.5 | 4.6 mm | ISO 100
Lens Performance - Detail is OK at both ends of the lens, but the images are more suited for sharing on social networks rather than large prints. The lens has minimum focusing distance of 5cm, but due to the lack of detail in pictures, close-ups aren't particularly impressive.
Nikon Coolpix S2700 ISO test images
ISO 100 | 1/5 sec | f/5.6 | 11.3 mm | ISO 100
ISO 200 | 1/10 sec | f/5.6 | 11.3 mm | ISO 200
ISO 400 | 1/20 sec | f/5.6 | 11.3 mm | ISO 400
ISO 800 | 1/40 sec | f/5.6 | 11.3 mm | ISO 800
ISO 1600 | 1/80 sec | f/5.6 | 11.3 mm | ISO 1600
ISO 3200 | 1/160 sec | f/5.6 | 11.3 mm | ISO 3200
ISO Noise Performance - Images are noise free at ISO 100 but there is enough to cause the images to become soft at ISO 200. This gets worse at ISO 400 with some detail lost at ISO 800. At ISO 1600, images are extremely noisy, lots of detail is lost. Again, a very noisy image is produced at ISO 3200, but the size is restricted to just 4 megapixels. The two highest settings are best used for images which are to be resized for use in the web.
Nikon Coolpix S2700 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/13 sec | f/3.8 | 5.3 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/13 sec | f/3.8 | 5.3 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.4 sec | f/3.8 | 5.3 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.4 sec | f/3.8 | 5.3 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights the AWB preset has an orange cast, with the incandescent preset taking the better picture. When using the fluorescent lights, the AWB preset performs well, with a magenta cast appearing when using the fluorescent preset.
Nikon Coolpix S2700 Digital filters
Colour Option - Standard | 1/5 sec | f/5.0 | 18.7 mm | ISO 100
Colour Option - Black And White | 1/5 sec | f/5.0 | 18.7 mm | ISO 100
Colour Option - Cyanotype | 1/5 sec | f/5.0 | 18.7 mm | ISO 100
Colour Option - Sepia | 1/5 sec | f/5.0 | 18.7 mm | ISO 100
Colour Option - Vivid | 1/5 sec | f/5.0 | 18.7 mm | ISO 100
Filter High - Contrast Monochrome | 1/10 sec | f/5.0 | 18.7 mm | ISO 400
Filter- High Key | 1/10 sec | f/5.0 | 18.7 mm | ISO 400
Filter- Low Key | 1/60 sec | f/5.0 | 18.7 mm | ISO 400
Filter- Nostalgic Sepia | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 18.7 mm | ISO 400
Filter - Selective Colour | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 18.7 mm | ISO 400
Filter - Soft | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 18.7 mm | ISO 400
Digital Filters - The S2700 has a number of colour options to add creativity to your images, with examples of each above.
Video - The Nikon Coolpix S2700 records videos at 720p, although you can't use the optical zoom.
Value For MoneyThe Nikon Coolpix S2700 is a budget compact camera. Other options to consider are the Pentax Optio LS465 at £49.99, Sony Cybershot W710 at £84.99, Olympus VG-180 at £89.99, Canon Powershot A3200 IS at £64.79 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS50 at £102.91.
You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
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Nikon Coolpix S2700 ProsGood value for money
Available in a range of colours
Compact, metal body
Images have good colour reproduction
Nikon Coolpix S2700 ConsImages are noisy from ISO 400 upwards
Images lack enough detail for large printing
Battery life expectancy not great
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Nikon Coolpix S2700 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.5 - f/6.5|
|35mm equivalent||26mm - 156mm|
|CCD pixels||16Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||230,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||80 - 3200|
|Optical Zoom with Video||No|
|Image Stabilisation||No Data|
|Battery Type||One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL19|
|Box Contents||Camera Strap, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL19 (with battery case), Charging AC Adapter EH-70P, USB Cable UC-E6, ViewNX 2 CD|