Nikon Coolpix S70

Last Update (07 April’10):
– Review by PCMag

Nikon Coolpix S70 is a 12 megapixel stylish digital camera features 5x Wide-angle Optical Zoom (35mm equivalent: 28-140 mm) with 5-way VR Image Stabilization System, HD Movie Recording, Subject Tracking, Nikon’s Smart Portrait System and a 3.5-inch High Resolution TOUCH PANEL OLED. The camera measures 2.4 in(60.5mm)x3.8 in. (96.5mm)x0.8 in. (20mm) and weighs 4.9 oz. (140g).

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

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Nikon Coolpix S70 Reviews

PCMag reviews the Nikon Coolpix S70 and writes;
“Nikon’s OLED-touch-screen-equipped Coolpix S70 has great potential, but mediocre image quality, a low-resolution display, and interface issues underwhelm.”
Rating: ★★½☆☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Nikon Coolpix S70 and writes;
“the Nikon Coolpix S70 is overall a decent camera. While I did struggle with it’s slower GUI and shooting performance, the camera does capture nice photos, and there are plenty of really nice shooting modes and options. I think this would be a great camera for someone looking to capture snapshots of friends and family…”
Rating: N/A reviews the Nikon Coolpix S70 and writes;
“We like: Well-executed touchscreen interface; great tap-and-shoot feature; attention-grabbing design. We don’t like:Leisurely performance; in-camera battery charging might bother some; tricky to hold. CNET UK judgement: The Nikon Coolpix S70 has a top-notch touchscreen interface and eye-catching design, but you’ll definitely be paying plenty for them”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Nikon Coolpix S70 and writes;
“This camera offers you complete touch control. The camera is easy to operate as long as you are comfortable with screen icons rather than text based menus. Picture quality is good in a lot of instances, but sharpness can fall off in more distant scenes.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Nikon Coolpix S70 and writes;
“The bottom line: The Nikon Coolpix S70 has a top-notch touch-screen interface and eye-catching design, but you’re definitely paying for them.”

Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Nikon Coolpix S70 and writes;
“S70 produced images of average quality. Centre sharpness was generally high, but off-centre sharpness and resolution tended to be noticeably worse, and not just in the extreme corners. Colours on the whole were true to life, but highlight clipping would often occur in contrasty lighting”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

DPInteface reviews the Nikon Coolpix S70 and writes;
“The Nikon Coolpix S70 is a capable touchscreen camera which deserves my recommendation. It excels at shooting outdoors and in bright light, has a basket of neat features and takes good quality photos. Consider the Coolpix S70 if you’re looking for a point-and-shoot compact with a ‘cool’ touchscreen (how can multi-touch be uncool?!), but back away if you plan to shoot in low-light or moving subjects often.”
Rating: N/A

KenRockwell reviews the Nikon Coolpix S70 and writes;
“The images from the S70 are usable, however the lens is fuzzy in the corners at most settings. Again, any decent Canon Powershot, like the SD980, is far superior for sharpness. “
Rating: N/A

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Nikon Coolpix S70 Features

XPEED digital imaging technology
Nikon’s smarter approach to digital imaging technology. From image capture to processing, Nikon’s comprehensive EXPEED digital imaging concept encompasses the entire picture-taking operation. EXPEED is much more than a processing engine; it is a revolution in digital photography.

New 3.5-inch Clear Color OLED Display with touch control
The Coolpix S70 introduces a new 3.5-inch, wide-screen OLED Display with approx. 288k-dot resolution. In addition to the immediately recognizable benefits of vivid color reproduction and sharp contrast, OLED technology also improves power efficiency and allows for a thinner camera design. New capacitive touch screen technology ensures sure and immediate response to finger action on the display’s glass surface. Other features include anti-reflection coating and brightness adjustment.

VR image stabilization in action
Nikon’s Hybrid Optical lens shift and Electronic VR image stabilization systems combine to help produce blur-free images. High ISO 6400** 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.
* The camera selects and uses only the features required to optimize each image.
** ISO 3200 and 6400 are available only for image sizes of 3M (2048 x 1536) or smaller.

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. Subject Tracking even functions if the subject moves out of the frame for a second or two.

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

Nikon Coolpix S70 Other Features

* Selection of three different stylish HOME screen displays
* Macro shooting from as close as 3 cm (1.2 in.)
* 16 handy scene modes for optimized shooting in various settings
* D-Lighting
* Active Zoom
* Versatile file sorting functions
* Four movie modes with sound
* Time zone function for easy setting of multiple locations
* Approx. 20 MB of internal memory
* Hi-Speed USB connectivity with USB charging via Charging AC Adapter EH-68P or PC

What’s in the Box

* EN-EL12 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
* EH-68P AC Adapter/Charger
* UC-E6 USB Cable
* EG-CP14 Audio Video Cable
* AN-CP19 Strap
* Coolpix Software Suite CD-ROM

One Response to “Nikon Coolpix S70”

  1. Larry Armijo says:

    Love the operation, look and feel but like many others have found its image quailty disapointing.
    This was a gift so I hate to retun it so I plan to use it a few more days and see if it is just and aquired skill. If no improvement it may be history.