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The Nikon Coolpix S2800 was announced in January 2014. It is a slim compact with a 20.1 megapixel CCD sensor and 5x optical zoom lens. Other features include a range of filter effects which can be applied to pictures in playback. The S2800 is available exclusively from Argos in purple lineart, pink, red, silver, black and purple for £69.99.
The Scene Auto Selector automatically optimises the camera settings for the detected scene, or you can choose your own from 18 scene modes. There is the Smart Portrait System which includes Smile Timer, Blink Proof alerting and Red-Eye Fix. After shooting your portraits they can be enhanced using Advanced Glamour Retouch, which includes 12 retouch effects such as add make-up and hide eye-bags. You can also edit your images via the Retouch menu with 32 quick effects, which includes Selective Colour.
Videos are recorded in 720p HD.
- 20.1 megapixel CCD sensor
- 5x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 26-130mm)
- Electronic vibration reduction
- 2.7 inch 230k dot LCD screen
- In-camera filter effects
- 720p HD video recording
- ISO 80-1600 (ISO 3200 available in auto mode)
- 10cm minimum focusing distance
- 1.1 fps continuous shooting
- Available in purple lineart, pink, red, silver, black and purple
The rest of the rear of the camera is filled with the 2.7 inch screen, which has a 230k dot resolution. This is a low resolution, but fairly typical for a budget compact camera. The screen also has an anti-reflection coating, making it easy to view the screen in bright sunlight. The menu is easy to read and navigate. After each shot you are asked if you would like to apply a quick effect to your picture. This can be quite tedious, but it is possible to switch it off.
Battery life is rated at 220 shots according to CIPA test results, it's likely a full day of shooting will require the batteries to be recharged. 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||0.25 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.4 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.6 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.4 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||2.4 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||5.7 secs|
|Continuous Shooting||1.0 fps|
When using the flash, the S2800 becomes very sluggish between shots.
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Nikon Coolpix S2800 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/5.8 | 13.5 mm | ISO 200
Landscape | 1/320 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 80
Night Landscape | 1/4 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 800
Pet Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.5 | 8.8 mm | ISO 80
Sample Photos - The S2800 produces well exposed images with decent colour reproduction. Portraits have decent skin tones, are free of red-eye and you can enhance them further using the Glamour Retouch available via playback.
Nikon Coolpix S2800 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/200 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 100
Full Optical Zoom | 1/100 sec | f/6.5 | 23.0 mm | ISO 100
Digital Zoom | 1/200 sec | f/6.5 | 92.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/10 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 400
Lens Performance - Detail is good when shooting wide, with sharp images produced. When zooming in, detail isn't as good. There is a little purple fringing in contrasting areas, but it doesn't impact too much on image quality. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 10cm, so it's not easy to take a frame filling macro shot.
Nikon Coolpix S2800 ISO test images
0.5 sec | f/6.0 | 20.1 mm | ISO 80
0.4 sec | f/6.0 | 20.1 mm | ISO 100
1/5 sec | f/6.0 | 20.1 mm | ISO 200
1/10 sec | f/6.0 | 20.1 mm | ISO 400
1/20 sec | f/6.0 | 20.1 mm | ISO 800
1/40 sec | f/6.0 | 20.1 mm | ISO 1600
1/80 sec | f/6.0 | 20.1 mm | ISO 3200
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO 80 and 100, with only a small increase in noise at ISO 200 and 400. Images clearly have more noise at ISO 800 and quality drops significantly at ISO 1600. Image size is limited to just 4 megapixels at ISO 3200.
Nikon Coolpix S2800 White-balance test images
AWB Tungsten | 1/8 sec | f/4.2 | 7.7 mm | ISO 100
WB Tungsten | 1/8 sec | f/4.2 | 7.7 mm | ISO 100
AWB Fluorescent | 1/5 sec | f/4.2 | 7.7 mm | ISO 100
WB Fluorescent | 1/5 sec | f/4.2 | 7.7 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights, both the Auto White Balance (AWB) and incandescent presets perform well, taking very similar images. Under the fluorescent lights, the AWB again performs well - the fluorescent preset takes an image with a magenta cast.
Nikon Coolpix S2800 Digital filters
Colour Options Standard | 1/10 sec | f/4.2 | 7.7 mm | ISO 800
Colour Options Black And White | 1/10 sec | f/4.2 | 7.7 mm | ISO 800
Colour Options Cyanotype | 1/10 sec | f/4.2 | 7.7 mm | ISO 800
Colour Options Sepia | 1/10 sec | f/4.2 | 7.7 mm | ISO 800
Colour Options Vivid | 1/8 sec | f/4.2 | 7.7 mm | ISO 560
Quick Effects - Cross Process Blue | 1/200 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 100
Quick Effects - Cross Process Green | 1/200 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 100
Quick Effects - Cross Process Red | 1/200 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 100
Quick Effects - Cross Process Yellow | 1/200 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 100
Quick Effects - Cross Screen | 1/200 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 100
Quick Effects - Cyanotype | 1/200 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 100
Quick Effects - Fisheye | 1/200 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 100
Quick Effects - High Contrast Monochrome | 1/200 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 100
Quick Effects - High Key | 1/200 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 100
Quick Effects - Low Key | 1/200 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 100
Quick Effects - Painting | 1/200 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 100
Quick Effects - Photo Illustration | 1/200 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 100
Quick Effects - Pop | 1/200 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 100
Quick Effects - Selective Colour | 1/200 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 100
Quick Effects - Sepia | 1/200 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 100
Quick Effects - Soft | 1/200 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 100
Quick Effects - Super Vivid | 1/200 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 100
Quick Effects - Toy Camera Effect 1 | 1/200 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 100
Quick Effects - Toy Camera Effect 2 | 1/200 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 100
Quick Effects - Miniature | 1/30 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 140
Quick Effects - Selective Colour | 1/5 sec | f/3.2 | 4.6 mm | ISO 800
Quick Effects - Soft Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/5.8 | 13.5 mm | ISO 200
Glamour Retouch | 1/60 sec | f/5.8 | 13.5 mm | ISO 200
Digital Filters - When shooting, you can apply one of five colour modes. After shooting, there are a number of different quick effects available, we've included examples of each above (there are several different selective colour effects available, we have included just one).
Video - Below is a video recorded in 720p HD. Quality is OK, there's no optical zoom available during recording, but you can use digital zoom.
Value For MoneyThe Nikon Coolpix S2800 is available for £69.99. There are plenty of other cameras available that have a similar specification. Options include the Sony Cybershot W710 at £64.99, Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1 at £54.99 and Canon PowerShot A3500 IS at £79.99.
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.
Nikon Coolpix S2800 ProsEasy to use
Images have decent colour reproduction
Good value for money
Available in a number of colours
Nikon Coolpix S2800 ConsLacks features
Low battery life
10cm minimum focusing distance
No optical image stabilisation
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Nikon Coolpix S2800 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.2 - f/6.5|
|35mm equivalent||26mm - 130mm|
|CCD pixels||20Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||80 - 3200|
|Optical Zoom with Video||No|
|Box Contents||Camera Strap, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL19 (with battery case), Charging AC Adapter EH-69P, USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP14, ViewNX 2 Installer CD, Reference Manual CD|