Nikon Coolpix S1 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
Over the last few years, Nikon switched from CompactFlash memory cards to the small Secure Digital cards, at least for the line of digital compact cameras. The Secure Digital memory card is a very compact card, light-weighted and available in various storage capacities, currently running up to 2GB. Besides differences in storage capacity there are also noticeable differences in speed. The world of speedy memory cards is a world with stunning slogans, like 80x, High Speed etc. Manufacturers like SanDisk are at the base of innovations and new techniques and use first class components to guarantee stability and reliability. I used the Nikon S1 in practice with a standard Secure Digital memory card and also with a fast SanDisk Extreme III 1GB memory card. The differences are considerably large and I'd advise you to purchase a fast memory card.
Nikon Coolpix S1 - Supports Secure Digital memory card
Memory manufacturers like SanDisk have invested a lot in speed as well as in storage capacity. Various innovations are applied to give the small memory card as much power as possible. The current read and write speed runs to 20MB per second, with a maximum storage capacity of 2GB. The Nikon Coolpix S1 digital camera supports the Secure Digital memory card. The Nikon S1 is standard equipped with an internal memory of 12MB, which can be enhanced with an external SD card. This enhancement is quite necessary or else joyful photographing will only last for a short while. A 5 Megapixel camera like the Nikon Coolpix S1 will make a good combination with a 256 or 512MB memory card.
Considering a capacity of 256MB:
5M - Resolution 2592x1944 pixels - Fine - 99 images
5M - Resolution 2592x1944 pixels - Normal - 195 images
3M - Resolution 2048x1526 pixels - 308 images
PC - Resolution 1024x768 pixels - 1025 images
TV - Resolution 640x480 pixels - 2200 images
TV Movie - 640x480 pixels - 7min 15 sec
Small size - 320x240 pixels - 14min 15 sec
Smaller size - 160x120 pixels - 47 min
Time Lapse - 640x480 pixels - 120 sec (1800 images)
Nikon Coolpix S1 - Difference between memory cards
A test in practise at which the Nikon Coolpix S1 is set in the continuous shooting mode, capturing and storing images on a standard Secure Digital card and a speedy SanDisk Extreme III SD card, show major differences. The standard SD card stores around seventeen 5 Megapixels (Fine) images sequentially at a consistent speed. After that the continuous shooting hesitates and the images have to be written onto the card. If the continuous shooting stops at that moment, it takes approximately 12 seconds to empty the buffer. The very same test, carried out in combination with the Extreme III memory card, performs as follows: approximately 25 images can be taken in sequence before the continuous shooting hesitates. If continuous shooting stops at 17 images, it takes approximately 6 seconds to empty the buffer! This is a vast difference, which is due to the considerably higher write speed, enabled by a fast memory card.
Nikon Coolpix S1 camera - Lithium-Ion battery
The Nikon S1 is delivered with a Lithium-Ion battery. The battery can be recharged through the camera, the docking station or directly via the electric mains. Recharging the battery takes approximately two hours. The docking station is a useful tool to recharge the battery. If you get into the habit of placing the camera into the docking station after you used it you will never get an unpleasant surprise of finding your camera out of energy. The Nikon EN-EL8 Lithium-Ion battery ensures approximately 200 images under ideal circumstances. In practice an amount of 175 images is more realistic (average use of flash, editing images and reviewing them). A spare battery comes in handy for those who want to make more images and who don't have the possibility to recharge the battery on time. For example when you go on holiday or on a weekend trip.