Nikon Coolpix S5100

Last updated (28 February’11):
– Review by ITReviews

Nikon Coolpix S5100 is a 12.2-megapixel CCD sensor digital camera features 5x wide-angle optical Zoom, ISO 100-3200 and 2.7 in. TFT-LCD. The camera measures (H x W x D) 2.3 in. (56.9mm) x 3.9 in. (97.1mm) x 0.9 in. (21.6mm) and weighs 4.7 oz. (132g) (including battery and SD memory card).

Overall Rating: ★★★★★ | Latest Price Info

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Nikon Coolpix S5100 Reviews

ITReviews reviews the Nikon Coolpix S5100 and writes;
“he COOLPIX S5100 is a fun, chic compact digital camera that produces good low-light results and offers easy to use controls, a wide range of shooting options and impressive daylight imagery – apart from the rather lacklustre and noisy HD video mode.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PocketLint reviews the Nikon Coolpix S5100 and writes;
“It’s very rare that a compact camera of this price level truly impresses. During testing the Nikon Coolpix S5100 proved itself to be easy to use, reasonably responsive and capable of delivering great quality images. In fact I feel the image quality of this camera punches above its weight, equalling that of cameras up to twice the price.”
Rating: ★★★★½

ePhotozine reviews the Nikon Coolpix S5100 and writes;
“It’s very rare that a compact camera of this price level truly impresses. During testing the Nikon Coolpix S5100 proved itself to be easy to use, reasonably responsive and capable of delivering great quality images. In fact I feel the image quality of this camera punches above its weight, equalling that of cameras up to twice the price.”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Nikon Coolpix S5100 and writes;
“The Nikon Coolpix S5100 looks attractive and fulfils its purpose if all you want to do is take snaps and occasionally shoot a short video. Ultimately, it’s a modest addition to the Nikon range. Fortunately, it comes with a price tag to match.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

NeoCamera reviews the Nikon Coolpix S5100 and writes;
“The image quality, without being top-of-class, is very reliable with reasonable noise-levels, rich color, very good white-balance and barely any optical distortion. This makes it easy to forgive the purple-fringing and other minor problems listed earlier. The only two weak areas are the long gap required between shots and below average battery-life.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCAuthority reviews the Nikon Coolpix S5100 and writes;
“ISOs 100-400 are all but indistinguishable from each other: sharp edges and virtually no noise meant our test shots all looked excellent. ISO 800 began to produce more noise, although not enough to discourage printing at large sizes. Even images taken at ISO 1600 were good enough for printing, if not cropping and enlarging.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

T3 reviews the Nikon Coolpix S5100 and writes;
“ISO 3200 is not usable at all (hence why it’s not on the vast majority of compact cameras), although images taken at 1600 are usable which is good. From 100 up to 400 there’s virtually no noise – impressive stuff”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Nikon Coolpix S5100 Features

Speed, ease and great image quality are the results of advanced Nikon imaging technology built into the Coolpix S5100. A versatile 5x 28-140mm optical Zoom-Nikkor glass lens and 12.2 megapixels produce stunning pictures and HD movies. The sleek, compact design makes the S5100 convenient to carry, and its automatic features and bright 2.7-inch LCD makes it easy to compose, view and share images. Nikon’s 4-Way VR Image Stabilization combines four technologies for crisp, sharp pictures, and Nikon’s Smart Portrait System finds faces, fixes red-eye, softens fine skin lines, provides a blink warning and fires the shutter as the subject smiles.

Nikon Coolpix S5100 Highlights

Advanced Flash Control
Enables bright, natural-looking shots with less blur even under dim lighting conditions.

Hand-held/tripod night landscape detection function
When shooting night landscapes and other nighttime shots, the camera automatically distinguishes between hand-held shooting and shooting using a tripod, and then adjusts ISO sensitivity and shutter speed accordingly. This is the first Nikon camera equipped with the hand-held/tripod night landscape detection function, which enables capture of nighttime shots with less blur. This function makes it possible to capture beautiful photos, as intended, with shooting of nighttime scenes that, until now, have often been blurred.

Superior high-speed response that consistently captures the moment
With fast start-up, focusing speed and quick response while shooting, the Coolpix S5100 offers the high-speed operation that will capture those once-in-a-lifetime shots.

Five advanced technologies for beautiful shots at night
Advanced flash control and Optical VR image stabilization combine with enhanced Motion Detection and ISO 3200 capability at any image size to help ensure beautiful results even when the lights are low. Auto detection and exposure setting for tripod and handheld shooting further ensures better images under challenging lighting conditions. Note: Auto detection functions only when VR image stabilization is turned on in the setup menu and Night Landscape scene mode is selected, either manually or by Scene Auto Selector.

Sharper results with five advanced Nikon image stabilizing features*1 Nikon’s 4-way VR Image Stabilization System
utilizes Optical lens shift image stabilization system to help produce blur-free images. High ISO 3200 capability allows faster shutter speeds when shooting in low light or capturing fast-moving subjects. Motion Detection automatically controls shutter speed and the ISO setting to compensate for subject movement and camera shake. And, Nikon’s original BSS (Best Shot Selector) function automatically shoots a series of sequential frames and saves the one with the sharpest focus.

Nikon’s Smart Portrait System with Skin Softening
Face-priority AF helps produce more satisfying portraits by adjusting focus and exposure for as many as 12 faces in the framed shot. Skin Softening function detects and analyzes a framed subject’s skin, and then adjusts smoothness to produce enhanced results.

Smile Timer automatically releases the shutter when the subject smiles, while its Blink Proof function shoots two sequential frames, then saves the one in which the subject’s eyes are widest open. Blink Warning presents an alert when it suspects that someone in the shot has blinked. In-Camera Red-Eye Fix automatically corrects any perceived red-eye effect before saving the image to memory.

Intelligent automated shooting modes that promote carefree shooting
Nikon’s Scene Auto Selector makes it faster and easier to capture the moment by eliminating the need to manually select a scene mode to match the intended shot. This intelligent function determines the subject, analyzes the surrounding settings, and then automatically selects the appropriate scene mode for optimal results.

Subject Tracking enhances the shooting experience by following the subject’s movement to ensure clear focus and quick response when that special shutter opportunity presents itself.

Quick Retouch
Quick Retouch automatically adjusts the contrast and saturation of selected photos to create an enhanced copy with the right finishing touch.

One-touch HD movie recording
A single press of a button lets you begin recording 720p high definition movies with ease and speed that helps ensure you capture the moving moment.

Superior Image Quality

* 12.2-megapixel CCD sensor for stunning image quality.
* 5x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom-Nikkor Glass Lens. Versatile 28-140mm lens ranges wide to capture landscapes, zooms in to get close to the action. In the Nikkor tradition of precision optics, the high-quality glass lens delivers superb color and razor-sharp results.
* 4-way VR Image Stabilization System
* Optical VR Image Stabilization by lens shift minimizes the effect of camera shake.
* Motion Detection automatically detects moving subjects and adjusts shutter speed and ISO to compensate for camera shake and subject movement.
* High ISO up to 3200 at full resolution for optimum results when shooting in low light or capturing fast-moving subjects.
* Nikon’s Best Shot Selector (BSS) automatically takes up to ten shots while the shutter is pressed, then selects and saves the sharpest image.
* EXPEED C2 continues to expand the possibilities of photography with improved levels of image quality, fine detail and processing speed. Custom-optimized for each Coolpix model, Nikon’s renowned digital image processing engine ensures outstanding images.

Advanced Functions

* 2.7-inch Bright (230,000-dot) Display with anti-reflective coating for still images and movies that come alive with rich detail and improved contrast.

Creative Control

* ISO can be set as high as 3200 at full resolution.
* In-camera editing functions include, Quick Retouch, D-Lighting and more.
* Color Options include Standard, Vivid, B/W, Sepia, Cyanotype.
* Subject Tracking will track a moving subject to ensure sharp focus.

Convenient Features

* Smart Portrait System
* Smile Timer automatically releases the shutter when your subject smiles.
* In-Camera Red-Eye Fix automatically corrects most instances of red-eye as you shoot. You may never see red-eye again.
* Face-Priority AF Nikon’s face-finding technology automatically focuses on up to 12 faces.
* Skin Softening smoothes skin tones at three different levels for optimal portraits; can be applied while shooting or during playback.
* Blink Proof automatically takes two sequential shots and saves the one in which your subject’s eyes are open.
* Blink Warning alerts you if a subject has blinked.
* 18 Scene modes, including Scene Auto Selector
* Scene Auto Selector automatically recognizes the scene you’re shooting and selects the most appropriate scene mode; offers six scene modes plus auto.
* Macro shooting as close as 0.8 inches.
* 200 shots (approx.) with supplied EN-EL10 Li-ion rechargeable battery.

What’s in the Box
EN-EL10 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, UC-E6 USB Cable, EG-CP14 Audio/Video Cable, EH-68P Charging AC Adapter, Software Suite for Coolpix

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