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Nikon Coolpix S1 | Digital Camera Review | Control
The Nikon Coolpix S1 is a camera with emphasis on user friendliness. The camera is ready to shoot in less than a second. In fact, activating the camera is the only thing the user has to do to enable making the first picture. The large size monitor lights up and all you have to do is press the release button to take the first image. The size of the camera is very compact but still the camera lies comfortably in your hand. The camera is made for automatic use. This doesn't mean that there are no settings possible, but the camera certainly doesn't contain an abundance of setting possibilities and this fact has pleased me enormously.
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Nikon S1 camera - Easy of use
As I said before, the Nikon S1 is designed for ease of use. This shows strongly from the menu, the way it's built up and the rendition. The large monitor is used to the utmost here. The 2.5 inch size monitor enables deciding a good image composition and the results are rendered perfectly. The menu is rendered in a well-organised way and the subjects are clear, with nothing left to wish for. If you need some extra information or explanation, you can fall back on the built-in Help function. Pressing the zoom button to the right will show you an additional explanation of the meaning of the menu's function that lights up on the monitor, very handy and efficient! The GUI (Graphic user interface) is very clear and in my opinion one of the most well-organized ones that is used in digital cameras nowadays. The GUI is definitely very well thought-out. It is even possible to set the menu to choose via names or via icons.

Nikon Coolpix S1 - Modes
Besides the fully automatic mode the Nikon Coolpix S1 also features a number of shooting modes, 15 to be precise. A separate button on the back of the camera offers direct access to these shooting modes. These so-called subject modes offer an immediate solution for the most common photographic situations. It doesn't mean that the automatic mode doesn't know how to handle these situations. Test images prove that certain scenes seem to achieve the same end result under sufficient light circumstances as the default automatic setting. At least, witnessing it with the bare eye, I came to this conclusion. However, using one of the scene modes, the camera's intelligent software of Nikon detects the specific features of the composition and sets the camera accordingly. Four out of the fifteen scene modes have a so-called scene assist. For example when you choose the Portrait mode you will get to see an extra screen with examples of an eventual composition and the option Face priority AF. The Face priority AF uses a complete new technology to recognise human faces in an image automatically, to focus clearly and easily with this information. This means you don't have to do anything other than just composing your family and friends on a random spot in the image. The Nikon Coolpix S1 then automatically focuses correctly on the face of the person in the image. This technique doesn't always succeed under difficult light circumstances but under normal circumstances it works surprisingly precise.
Nikon Coolpix S1 camera - Red-eye correction
Lately Nikon has concentrated on the intelligent in-camera software. The competition of more and more Megapixels is not interesting anymore, because 5 Megapixels of resolution is more than sufficient to make you forget the old analogue camera. The Nikon Coolpix S1 is equipped with built-in red-eye correction. The software detects and recognizes the notorious red eyes and corrects them in the camera. In practice it works wonders, and it is rather amazing how it is possible for a camera to recognize red eyes that quickly, correct them and store the picture, without you even noticing it. It is of great ease that you can print the in-camera edited images just like that.

Nikon Coolpix S1 - Docking station
The Nikon Coolpix S1 is standard delivered with a small docking station. Through this station, the Nikon MV-11 Cool-Station the Lithium-Ion battery can be recharged directly inside the camera, images can be transferred onto a computer or images can be viewed on a television screen. Recharging the battery will start immediately and if you make it a habit to place the camera into the station after using it, you will never be without energy.

Nikon Coolpix S1 - Zoom
The camera is equipped with an internal optical zoom lens with a 3x zoom range. The zoom lens is not very bright, but contains a moderate brightness of f/3.0 - f/5.4 and can be adjusted in only six stops from wide angle 35mm to telephoto 105mm. The minimum focal distance is 30cm and for macro enthusiasts there is the possibility of taking a close-up as close as 4cm. The camera has an average speed when focussing, not too fast, but not too slow either. The precision of focussing is extremely good, even in situations with insufficient light. This is also possible thanks to the presence of an AF assist illuminator that makes focussing a lot easier for the camera.

Nikon Coolpix S1 digital camera - Pleasant operation
The new Coolpix S1 leaves behind a pleasant impression as far as operation is concerned. The built-in Help function, the construction of the menu, the in-camera intelligent software, adds to the user friendliness and the ease of operation of the Nikon S1. To create an easy, simple to use digital camera seems to be a big challenge for most digital camera manufacturers but as far as I am concerned; Nikon succeeded with flying colours with the new Nikon Coolpix S1!
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