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Nikon Coolpix S01 Hands-On Preview

We go hands on with the ultra-compact Nikon Coolpix S01, a compact camera that is literally tiny.

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 Nikon Coolpix S01 (14) (Custom)
Nikon Coolpix S01 in Chrome

This Nikon Coolpix S01 is an ultra compact camera, that really is smaller than a bar of soap, available in chrome, white, red, black, pink, with a 2.5 inch touch screen on the back (adding buttons would have required either a smaller screen or a larger camera). It has rounded corners, a built in flash, and the zoom control surrounds the shutter release button.

Nikon Coolpix S01 (16) (Custom)
Nikon Coolpix S01 Chrome, Pink, White

It's possible for it to be so small, as it uses a smaller than standard 1/2.9" sensor - one that's slightly bigger than used in mobile phones. The 3x optical zoom lens is the equivalent of 29mm at the wide end, and zooms to 87mm telephoto which is very similar to the Kodak Easyshare M200 Mini and Samsung ST30 as they also use smaller sensors. 

Nikon Coolpix S01 (1) (Custom)
Nikon Coolpix S01 Rear Red, Chrome, Pink, Black and White
It's a very stylish and cute camera you could take anywhere with you and forget you had it on you. Built in lithium-ion battery that can't be removed as well as 7.3gb of memory. The Nikon Coolpix S01 has an RRP of £149 and will be on sale mid-September.

Nikon 1 Series J2 (14) (Custom)
Here the Nikon Coolpix S01 is shown next to the new Nikon 1 Series J2, in matching pink to show how compact the S01 is.

Nikon COOLPIX S01 Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Nikon COOLPIX S01 Specifications

Max Aperturef/3.3 - f/5.9
35mm equivalent29mm - 87mm
Optical Zoom3x
Image Sensor
Pixels10.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)3648
Pixels (H)2736
Sensor TypeCCD
Sensor Size1/2.9 inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor2.5in
Screen resolution230,000 dots
Touch ScreenYes
Min Focus5cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest1sec
Bulb modeNo
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity80 - 1600
White balance
  • Auto
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shootingNo Data
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPSNo Data
Stereo SoundNo
Optical Zoom with VideoNo
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • Internal
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeBuilt-in rechargeable Li-ion battery
Battery Life (CIPA rating)190shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsCamera Strap, Charging AC Adapter EH-69P, USB Cable UC-E16

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Photographs taken using the Nikon COOLPIX S01

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