|Nikon Coolpix S1 digital camera review : Nikon introduced a small digital design camera in the first quarter of this year: the Nikon Coolpix S1. This model is completely newly developed and has a very classy appearance. The Nikon S1 is available in the colours Pure Silver and Ebony Black. The material used for the housing of the camera is aluminium and is beautifully finished. The new Nikon Coolpix S1 has a very compact size and is ultra flat with only 19.7 mm. Despite its slim body, the camera is equipped with a 3x optical zoom lens that doesn't extend, like we have seen on other thin digital cameras. This means we find an internal zoom lens with a 3x optical range on this Nikon digital camera.
Nikon Coolpix S1 - Stylish design
I have to admit that it was love at first sight when I received the black version of the Nikon S1, because of its beautiful design. We were already impressed by the stylish Fujifilm FinePix Z1, but the Nikon Coolpix S1 adds a little something. The designer team of Nikon has really done a wonderful job, they have worked to the utmost to design a real eye-catcher and they did it! Beautifully curved lines, a sleek ebony black aluminium housing with nicely hidden covers, impressive!
Nikon S1 camera - User friendliness
Besides paying attention to the design, also the operation of the camera and how the camera works is important. The Nikon Coolpix S1 is designed with emphasis on convenience. At first this seems a contradiction when looking at the rather busy back of the camera, but soon you will find out that navigating through the menu and using the buttons will come to you naturally, and intuitively. The camera works fully automatically and is equipped with a number of Scene modes to give the user a hand in almost any thinkable situation. The menu is beautifully rendered on the bright 2.5 inch size monitor, which made the optical viewfinder disappear. It seems to be a lack on this camera at first instance but the large sized monitor makes up for it, and it would surprise me if there is anybody who would like to turn back to the fussy little optical viewfinder. It seems no loss to me. Adding to the user's convenience is the presence of a Help function that explains the main menu functions.
Nikon Coolpix S1 - Digital camera review
The Nikon S1 offers a high resolution of 5.1 Megapixels which is more than sufficient to achieve a beautiful photo realistic result. The compact size of the Nikon Coolpix S1 lets you take it with you wherever you go, and to be honest, it would be a shame to leave such a stunning and beautifully designed camera at home, tucked away in one or another drawer. For the time we were in possession of the Nikon S1, it went from one person to the other. All of them focused on this Nikon eye-catcher and the stunning design was talked over again and again with proper respect. What we find of the Nikon S1 in practice, can be read in our Nikon Coolpix S1 digital camera review.
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