Nikon Coolpix S10

Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ CamerasUK (added on 15 April’07)

Nikon Coolpix S10 is a point-and-shoot digital camera (announced 24.08.06) featuring 6.0 effective megapixels, a huge 10x swivel optical zoom (equivalent to 38 mm – 380 mm), CCD-shift Vibration Reduction, 14 scene modes, 16 MB of internal memory and a 2.5″ LCD Screen. The camera is measuring 113 x 75 x 41 mm (4.5 x 3 x 1.6 in), weighing around 280 g (9.9 oz) and running on Nikon EN-EL5 Lithium-Ion battery.

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>> REVIEWS (last updated: 15.04.07) | back to top

CamerasUK reviews the Nikon Coolpix S10 (rating: 84/100) and writes;
“If you are looking for a straightforward digital camera that will give you plenty of zoom then I would recommend the Nikon Coolpix S10. I found great levels of sharpness and strong colours too. The twisting lens design gives the camera something different too…I was very pleased with the Nikon Coolpix S10. Picture quality was impressive and the camera is easy to use compared to other super zoom digital cameras. It is also smaller and more compact than other similar models. Recommended.”

T3 reviews the Nikon Coolpix S10 and writes;
“The only down side is that you have to slog through menus with a joystick designed by Satan to get to options like 1fps burst shooting, colour, focus and exposure options and “D-Lighting”, which allegedly brightens underexposed pics. You’ll need to use this with caution if you don’t want that “photos-lit-by-nuclear-explosion” effect. Photos and movies look generally spiffy though, with pin-sharp detail and realistic colours, and that’s the most important thing. If you’re after a versatile big-zoomer, this chunky twister will blow you away.”

ImagingResource reviews the Nikon Coolpix S10 and writes;
“Shooting with the Nikon Coolpix S10 was fun. The camera never got in the way, and often deftly avoided obstacles that would cause other camera designs to miss the shot…The 10x Nikkor zoom lens makes the Nikon Coolpix S10 an exceptional swivel. It does exhibit some chromatic aberration at both wide and telephoto ends of the zoom range, but we thought it was kept under control, probably thanks to Nikon’s use of ED glass in the Coolpix S10. ISO 800 shots were only usable at 4×6, but the ISO 50 shots were quite good at 11×14. There’s little arguing with having such quality from a zoom this long in such a small and convenient package, especially at the street prices we’re starting to see. And the special Nikon-only features included will all come in handy as you use the camera. The versatile Nikon Coolpix S10 is certainly a Dave’s Pick.”

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Nikon Coolpix S10 and writes;
“Bottom line – While it seems that Nikon has not made many changes to this model when compared to the S4, (same resolution, lens, AF system, etc.), with its better image quality and performance the S10 is a much more capable camera. That said, with a price of US$349 or less, it offers a good value for a compact, 6-megapixel, super-zoom model, and is sure to please those in the market for a camera in this class. If you liked the S10′s features, but don’t need a 10x zoom and want something pocketable then check out our review of the “ultra- compact” Coolpix S9. “

ComputerActive reviews the Nikon Coolpix S10 (Rating: 3/5) and writes;
“Although sharp results are achievable with the S10, you have to work for them. It’s frustrating that it struggles to find focus in less than bright light, the lens ‘hunting’ around a lot and going on to take a blurred shot regardless. Colours are coolly naturalistic, and benefit from the ‘vivid’ colour option. Night shots reveal image noise (grain-like flecks) at ISO400 and above…Overall This twist-and-turn retro beast has a certain charm, but although the S10 certainly stands out, the images it takes are below par given the outlay and Nikon’s usually sterling reputation. To sum up: a brave throwback, but not altogether successful.”

DigitalCameraReview reviews the Nikon Coolpix S10 and writes;
“The S10 is reasonably pocketable and durable enough (metal alloy body shell) to go just about anywhere. Ergonomically, the S10 is a two handed camera – the camera’s slick metal surfaces and lack of a raised grip preclude safe one-hand operation…The Nikon Coolpix S10 is a bit over-priced; it’s menu driven/non-intuitive and there are a couple of irritating design glitches, but it is not a bad camera. If it had been introduced two years ago it would have absolutely skunked the competition – today it may not be the best choice for smart digicam buyers. Potential purchasers might want to wait and check out the soon to be released Canon Powershot TX1. The TX1 may look quite different from the S10, but it is in fact a very comparable camera.”

PhotographyBlog reviews the Nikon Coolpix S10 (3/5) and writes;
“It looks like a blast from the past, and sure enough the Nikon Coolpix S10 struggles to match the performance of similarly priced compacts today. It’s not awful but it’s far from great, and, in the final analysis if I’d spent £300 on the Nikon S10, after my initial enthusiasm I’d be feeling pretty deflated. My chief frustration with the Coolpix S10 is the way it struggles to find critical focus time and again – the lens hunting more than it should – and happily takes the shot even if it has failed to find it. This camera is supposed to be easy to use, but you have to work against its limitations rather than with its strengths. Thus it gets a miserly ’2 out of 5′ stars for ease of use, when its score should be right up there. Of course noise is an issue, but it’s less of a problem than I’ve experienced with Casio and Olympus compacts, and the Nikon S10 can – with a little encouragement – deliver pictures that cause you to muster a ‘not bad’, which in turn explains the average score I’ve awarded it. I’m usually the first to applaud any camera manufacturer who dares to come out with something different in the face of identikit parades of compacts – and that design is love it or hate it – so I tried hard to find positives that outweighed the negative. But the Nikon Coolpix S10 ultimately proves that you shouldn’t revisit past glories unless you can do it better.”

Megapixel have reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S10 and write;
“As with some other Nikon compact cameras, the Coolpix S10 only offers a choice of compression level at the highest image size, when the camera is set to 6M*. Still, this image quality applies a compression in the range of 8:1, a compression level that is traditionally associated with an average compression, designed to offer a compromise between image quality and file size. While that level of compression engenders a slight loss in the finer details of images, it still retains a reasonably good overall sharpness, and avoids the loss of colour nuances. Nevertheless, it is regrettable that the image quality choices that used to be a standard on older Nikon cameras are no longer offered. With its split body design allowing more flexibility and creativity than normal when framing shots, and a compact shape that offers a fully internal stabilized 10X zoom, the most surprising aspect of Coolpix S10 is that it has a very reasonable street price, making it excellent value for the money. “

Pocket-Lint have reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S10 where they rate the camera 8/10 and write;
“White balance works well enough (the snow preset did particularly well with snow on the White Cliffs of Dover (see test images) but the overcast setting seemed to warm everything up slightly, greys becoming slightly yellow. The custom preset mode worked best and proved a real boon to have. Despite this, the complete lack of other manual controls (aperture or shutter priority for example) apart from exposure compensation may irk some. I also noted that shadow detail and highlight detail drops away quickly on more general subjects.”

ePhotozine have reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S10 where they rate the camera 6/10 and write;
“The selling points of this camera are the flexibility of the design and the powerful zoom. Neither of these will let prospective purchasers down, but anyone looking for a more general camera will be disappointed by the image quality overall and the problematic flash. The VR system is something that a big zoom really needs if in poor lighting condition, but it is hardly infallible so a few shots are generally required, rather than assuming it will have worked. It does help keep the ISO rating down, which is a good idea. While ISO800 images are noisy, they retain detail and sharpness. So, one for the person who like to get close to the action and wants a pocket-sized camera, but not for everyone else. “

ImagingResource have reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S10 and write;
“The 10x Nikkor zoom lens makes the Nikon Coolpix S10 an exceptional swivel. It does exhibit some chromatic aberration at both wide and telephoto ends of the zoom range, but we thought it was kept under control, probably thanks to Nikon’s use of ED glass in the Coolpix S10. ISO 800 shots were only usable at 4×6, but the ISO 50 shots were quite good at 11×14. There’s little arguing with having such quality from a zoom this long in such a small and convenient package, especially at the street prices we’re starting to see. And the special Nikon-only features included will all come in handy as you use the camera. The versatile Nikon Coolpix S10 is certainly a Dave’s Pick.”

DCRP have reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S10 and write;
“Photo quality, on the other hand, was good — and comparable with the best ultra zooms out there. The S10 took well-exposed photos with accurate colors (on most occasions), pleasing sharpness, and minimal purple fringing. Noise levels were low through ISO 200 and reasonable at ISO 400. While there’s an ISO 800 option, I’d avoid it if possible. The camera’s advanced redeye reduction system did an “okay” job at removing redeye — your results may vary of course, as redeye is different from person to person.”

TrustedReviews have reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S10 where they rate the camera 5/10 and write;
“The Nikon Coolpix S10 is a well-made and attractively finished camera with some useful capabilities, excellent noise handling and is capable of producing good results under the right circumstances. However, lacklustre performance, terminally slow AF, poor low-light capability and awkward handling limits its appeal. It is also expensive compared to rival cameras with superior performance, so the overall outlook is bleak.”

CNET have previewed the Nikon Coolpix S10 where they rate the camera 7/10 and write;
“Images from the Nikon Coolpix S10 were very nice with lots of fine detail at its lower ISOs, well-saturated colors, and very little in the way of JPEG artifacts or colored fringing. The camera’s automatic white balance served up nearly neutral colors with our lab’s tungsten lights; there was an extremely mild warm cast, though some users may even like the effect…The good: Solid, fast 10X optical zoom lens; flexible, swivel-body design; sensor-shift image stabilization. The bad: No manual exposure controls; no flash compensation; noisy images at ISO 400 and above. The bottom line: Nikon’s S10 has some decent features, including a really nice lens, but it doesn’t live up to its potential and can’t compete with similarly priced superzooms.”

Let’sGoDigital has a preview of the Nikon Coolpix S10 and write;
“In practice, the Nikon Coolpix S10 is a handy digital camera to work with. I liked it and although the Nikon S10 is not the smallest Megazoom camera on the block, the format and features are such that the camera adds up to a very interesting combination. I have pleasant memories of the useful innovations with which Nikon scored top points in the past and it reminds me of a time when creativity gained more importance in digital photography. The optical range of 38 – 380mm in combination with the image stabiliser gives an enormous range which can satisfy the user’s wishes on all fronts. Although there are few manual settings available to the photographer, it is surprising how much is possible, thanks to the 15 pre-programmed modes and useful composition assistance…”

Nikon Coolpix S10 User Opinions

>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last updated: 15.04.07) | back to top

- Nikon Coolpix S10 Sample Photos @ CamerasUK
- Nikon Coolpix S10 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
- Nikon Coolpix S10 Sample Photos posted @ ImagingResource
- Nikon Coolpix S10 Sample Photos @ Pbase
- Nikon Coolpix S10 Sample Photos @ Flickr
- Nikon Coolpix S10 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
- Nikon Coolpix S10 Sample Photos posted @ PhotographyBlog
- Nikon Coolpix S10 Sample Photos @ Megapixel
- Nikon Coolpix S10 Sample Photos @ ePhotozine
- Nikon Coolpix S10 Sample Photos posted @ ImagingResource
- Nikon Coolpix S10 Sample Photos posted @ DCRP
- Nikon Coolpix S10 Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews

>> USER MANUALS | back to top

- Download Nikon Coolpix S10 User Manual (English)
- Download Nikon Coolpix S10 User Manual (en Espanol)

>> PRESS RELEASE | back to top

The Nikon COOLPIX S10: raising the bar with stylish swivel design for impressive shots from any angle

Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Nikon Corporation is bringing something new to the table: the COOLPIX S10. Packing powerful imaging performance, 10x zoom capability and a stylish swivel design into compact dimensions, the COOLPIX S10 makes it easy to take great-looking shots from more imaginative angles.

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