Nikon CoolPix S5 – Review Roundup & Sample Pictures

Last updated: Review by Digital Camera Info (added on 09.08.06)

Nikon Coolpix S5 is a point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 21.02.06), featuring a 6.0 megapixels (CCD sensor) with 3x Optical Zoom lens (38-116mm equivalent), a 2.5″ LCD screen, measuring Approx 3.7 x 2.3 x 0.8 in. (93 x 59 x 20mm), weighing 4.8 oz (135g), and it’s running on EN-EL8 Batteries. Nikon Coolpix S5 will be available in stores from march 2006 at $349.95 USD.


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>> REVIEWS (last update: 09.08.06)

DigitalCameraInfo reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S5 and wrote;
“The Nikon Coolpix S5 is the skinnier but duller twin sister of the S6, which is slightly thicker but has wireless connectivity. The Nikon Coolpix S5’s sexy all-metal housing is attractive and its 3x Zoom-Nikkor lens is durable from remaining in the camera body, but its looks don’t necessarily translate to awesome looking pictures. The 6.1-megapixel digital camera has a 2.5-inch LCD screen and some cool features like the time lapse shooting and Pictmotion slide show modes, but the poor quality of the pictures trumps any cool feature (who wants a sweet techno slide show of under-exposed pictures?). The flash casts harsh shadows but only in its tiny range, the S5’s controls are cramped and tiny, and the battery doesn’t last very long. In the end, the Nikon Coolpix S5 is a bit over-priced at $349 for its lack of manual controls and overall quality, but is still one of the hottest cameras around.”

ImagingResource reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S5 and wrote;
“One of the reasons I’ve never been particularly fond of slim cameras is that I couldn’t figure out the best place to put my fingers. The Nikon S5 has partially solved that problem by having the grip-end of the camera be slightly curved inward thanks to the wave design. Nikon has also placed a wedge-shaped thumb-grip in the right-hand corner of the rear of the camera which helps to stabilize it. “

CNET reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S5 and wrote;
“The Nikon Coolpix S5 offers generally excellent image quality for snapshots, though critical viewers may notice vignetting and other minor flaws creeping into their photos…The Nikon Coolpix S5 is a snappy performer, capturing its first shot after power-up in just 2 seconds. The camera performs even better when you actually start shooting, delivering a shot-to-shot time of 1.8 seconds”

DCViews reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S5 and wrote;
“The Nikon ED f/3.0-5.4 35-105mm optical zoom lens produces sharp results in the centre of the image throughout its range, but there is some notable vignetting in the extreme corners of the pictures. Also we noted that corners were definitely lacking in sharpness…Despite some rather obvious shortcomings such as the tiny controls and reflective LCD screen coupled to the average lens quality, the Nikon S5 would still make a nice addition to the family’s photographic gear as an elegant ladies’ camera, to capture the kids at play or to record snapshots on holiday. “

DigitalCameraReview reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S5 and wrote;
“Auto ISO images are generally excellent with sharp resolution, bold colors, and lots of snap (although some very minor pattern noise is occasionally visible in shadow areas). ISO 50 and 100 images are consistently excellent with very good detail and virtually no noise. ISO 200 images are surprisingly good, essentially the same as lower ISO images. Noise levels rise noticeably at ISO 400 – images are a bit flat and some fine detail is lost (Noise comes through as an overall soft graininess sort of reminiscent of high speed film). I did see some blotching (chroma noise) in a couple of ISO 400 images.”

Steve’sDigicams reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S5 and wrote;
“The Coolpix S5 has a lot of appeal to those wanting ease of use and good image quality in a very small stylish package. It offers several unique features that distinguish it from the competition, including D-lighting, Red Eye Fix and Best Shot Selector. But it suffers from low flash output and sometimes selects a low shutter speed that results in images blurred by camera shake.”

TrustedReviews reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S5 and wrote;
“Noise control was generally very good, producing very clean results at 50 ISO, but there was some colour distortion in darker areas visible from 100 ISO upwards.
The worst offender though was the lens, which is usually a Nikon strongpoint. This time I found badly blurred corners at both ends of the zoom range, as well as severe barrel distortion at the wide-angle setting, something I’d associate with cheap cameras at the other end of the price range. See the attached sample images to see what I’m on about here.”

ePhotozine reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S5 and wrote;
“The Nikon Coolpix S5 is a quality feature-packed camera that will satisfy anyone looking for an ultra-compact digital camera to take pictures whilst out and about. The only disappointments are the limited ISO sensitivity range, and the amount of noise present at the maximum ISO400 setting.The amount of preset scene modes and features are easy enough for a complete novice to use, but still providing enough control for some more demanding users.”

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>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last update: 23.06.06)

Nikon Coolpix S5 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
Nikon Coolpix S5 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
Nikon Coolpix S5 Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews


Nikon UK is pleased to announce two exciting new cameras – the COOLPIX S5 and S6. These stylish new cameras combine high-quality imaging performance with a striking wave-surface design. Both cameras have the ability to improve images in-camera, large LCDs and a powerful new “Pictmotion” function that allows users to create entertaining in-camera shows.

The brand new Pictmotion function lets users create much more than just a slideshow, allowing users to select their favourite images and movie files, pick a style, and then select a music file from one of the five pre-installed files in the camera to create a unique show. The show can then be played at any time on the ample-sized LCD monitors (COOLPIX S5: 2.5-inch; S6: 3.0-inch), and because each of these monitors offers a wide viewing angle of 170° (both horizontal and vertical), such in-camera entertainment can be enjoyed by everyone at the same time. Both cameras also feature “Auto Image Rotation”, which detects pictures that have been taken with the camera held vertically, automatically rotating them to suit in-camera LCD playback.

Both the COOLPIX S5 and S6 offer a 1/2.5-inch CCD and 6.0 effective megapixel resolution to produce images that stay sharp even when significantly enlarged. They also feature a high-quality 3x Zoom-Nikkor ED lens with a range of 35-105mm (35mm equivalent) that gives the photographer the flexibility to zoom out for beautiful landscapes, zoom in for tightly-composed portraits, and enjoy macro photography from as close as 4cm.

Both the COOLPIX S5 and S6 have been specially designed to be visually appealing as well as easy to use. The eye-catching wave-surface designs are more than just about great styling – their thin, compact dimensions and form make the COOLPIX S5 and S6 really comfortable to hold.

The COOLPIX S5 and S6 feature a new rotary multi-selector that allows fast circular scrolling for speedy image browsing at up to 10 frames per second, a range of buttons that further simplify operation and an on-screen icon with a cursor that tracks circular scrolling, making it easy to select desired features. Furthermore, users can select functions by name or icon according to their personal preference, and all menus and icons have been made easier on the eye with a new colour scheme and optimised icon dimensions.

The COOLPIX S5 and S6 also boast a new one-touch portrait button, conveniently located at the top of the camera body, making it much simpler to take better quality pictures by offering easy access to Nikon’s unique Face-priority AF, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix and D-Lighting functions. With Face-priority AF*, the camera can automatically detect people’s faces in the frame, no matter where they are located, to produce sharply focused portraits.

In-Camera Red-Eye Fix detects the unfortunate red-eye effect that can sometimes happen in flash photography, automatically compensating for it in-camera to produce more pleasing results. D-Lighting (available in playback mode) enables users to improve images that are underexposed or taken with too much back light – creating a copy of the image with light and detail added where necessary while leaving the well-exposed parts exactly the way they were.

The COOLPIX S6 delivers the additional advantage of Wi-Fi capability. Offering IEEE 802.11b/g support, it allows users to send images wirelessly to a computer as soon as they are taken or to transfer in one go all images stored in memory to a computer. The COOLPIX S6 also supports cable-free printing**, enabling images to be sent directly to PictBridge-compatible printers without the need to use a computer .

A selection of 15 Scene modes – 4 with scene assist – allows COOLPIX S5 and S6 users to achieve satisfying results, aided by clear focus and optimal exposure in diverse situations. All the user has to do is select the most appropriate scene mode and compose the shot, leaving the camera to automatically select the best settings.

Three movie modes with sound are also available for capturing action at up to 30 frames per second. Both cameras also feature “Time-lapse” movie shooting capability that allows dramatic results to be created out of slow-moving action..

The COOLPIX S5 and S6 help speed up the user’s search for recorded images thanks to a calendar function that automatically sorts images according to the date they were taken. For further versatility, the COOLPIX S5 and S6 come complete with the COOL-STATION MV-14 and MV-15 respectively, to allow batteries to be recharged while they are still in the camera. They also offer USB connectivity and can even be hooked up for TV display.

Finally the COOLPIX S5 and S6 come bundled with Nikon’s complimentary PictureProject software and an easy-to-use wireless camera setup utility which employs a simple wizard to configure the camera for wireless operation. The beauty of PictureProject is that it makes editing pictures, organising shots and sharing images remarkably simple, while a range of available plug-ins lets users extend capabilities as they like.

* Face recognition capability may be limited in some shooting conditions.
** Requires optionally available Wireless Printer Adapter PD-10.

Sales release schedule: This camera is scheduled for release in February 2006.
Note: Specifications, design, product name, standard accessories, and release schedule may differ by country or area.

Nikon COOLPIX S5/S6 Feature Highlights

Pictmotion with high-quality music

Nikon’s new Pictmotion is much more than a simple slideshow function. Available on both the COOLPIX S5 and COOLPIX S6, it allows you to select your favorite images and movie files, then pick a style and add a music file of your choice from among 5 pre-installed ones, or load your own choice of music* to suit the images. The COOLPIX S5 and S6 then automatically analyse each element to produce an entertaining show with pace and transitions determined by music and style for in-camera viewing anywhere on the generous LCD which has an impressive 170° viewing angle that makes it easy for everyone to see. Furthermore, to heighten enjoyment of audio elements, both cameras also feature a large speaker that delivers heightened sound pressure and a sampling frequency which is increased from 8 to 22kHz * Via PictureProject for Windows only.

Eye-catching wave-surface design

Both the COOLPIX S5 and S6 have been created with a unique wave-surface design that is both esthetically appealing and very comfortable in the hand. They are also available in an attractive range of colours (availability may vary by country or region), with each exterior combining a range of attractive textures comprising a high-grade glossy main aluminum body with elements of protective acrylic, resilient stainless steel and silicone paneling.

Large LCDs

The COOLPIX S5 and S6 feature large 2.5-inch and 3.0-inch 230,000-dot TFT LCDs respectively. Such generous size does away with the need for a viewfinder and makes for easier composition. Both LCDs also offer an impressive 170° viewing angle that makes it easy for everyone to enjoy the playback of still images, movies and entertaining Pictmotion shows anywhere, at any time.

Rotary multi selector and improved GUI

Operation has been made smoother, simpler and faster. A new rotary multi selector incorporated into the camera back enables high-speed image browsing with circular scrolling action at up to 10 frames per second, while a range of buttons built into the rotary multi selector make for more intuitive operation. There’s also an on-screen icon with a cursor that tracks rotary multi selector scrolling to make function selection even simpler still. The COOLPIX S5 and S6 also feature various screens and menus created with a colour scheme that’s easier on the eye, functions can be selected by the user’s choice of name or icon, and all icons have been optimised and made clearer for easy viewing.

Built-in Wi-Fi

The COOLPIX S6 features the additional advantage of built-in Wi-Fi capability to add further enjoyment and flexibility to digital photography. Providing IEEE 802.11b/g support, it enables individual images to be wirelessly transferred to computer as soon as they’re recorded, allows all stored images to be sent to a computer simultaneously and also supports cable-free direct printing* with PictBridge-compatible printers.
* Requires optionally available Wireless Printer Adapter PD-10.

One-touch portrait functions

A standalone One-touch portrait button is conveniently located on the top of the COOLPIX S5 and S6, giving direct access to three innovative Nikon features for in-camera improvement. Face-priority AF automatically finds and then focuses on people’s faces no matter where they are in the frame for pleasingly sharp portraits time after time. In-Camera Red-Eye Fix can automatically detect the annoying red-eye effect that sometimes occurs in flash photography, then compensate for it in-camera to give natural-looking portraits. And D-Lighting can improve underexposed images or shots taken with too much back light by creating a copy with light and detail added wherever necessary and well-exposed areas kept exactly as they are.

Nikon COOLPIX S5/S6 Other Features

• Highly compact dimensions of (W x H x D) S5: 93 x 59 x 20mm (3.7 x 2.3 x 0.8 in.); S6: 100.5 x 60 x 21mm (3.9 x 2.4 x 0.8 in.)
• Carry-anywhere light weight (without battery and memory card): S5: Approx. 135g (4.8 oz.), S6: Approx. 140g (4.9 oz.)
• S5: 21MB (approx.), S6: 20MB (approx.) of internal memory, SD Card compatibility
• BSS (Best Shot Selector) identifies and saves the sharpest shot automatically from ten sequential shots
• Exposure BSS automatically selects and saves the shot most closely matching user-selected criteria from five sequential shots
• USB connectivity supports easy transfer of data to computers and other peripherals
• Swift startup of approx. 0.8 seconds; Continuous shooting at up to 2.2fps
• Date Counter visually records countdown of days to an occasion or number of days since an important event
• Help Button provides easy-to-understand explanations for functions on main menu
• Blur Warning informs user after shooting if an image is blurred
• Menu available in a choice of 20 languages
• Noise Reduction produces better results during low-light conditions
• Time zone function enables the camera clock to be set to local time, anywhere in the world
• 4x digital zoom extends compositional freedom
• Rechargeable EN-EL8 Li-ion Battery (supplied) can shoot approx. 210 shots (S5)/ 200 shots (S6) on a single charge
• Field Jacket FJ-CP1 water-resistant case (optional) lets users keep the COOLPIX dry to underwater depths of 3 meters
• Dock Insert PV-10/PV-11 (supplied) enable direct printing to compatible ImageLink printers
• Choice of White Balance Auto with TTL control, 6-mode manual (Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash and White Bal. Preset)
• Voice recording available for duration of up to 5 hours or until memory capacity is reached

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