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Nikon Coolpix Camera Reviews

written by: Arnold Zafra•edited by: Amy Carson•updated: 5/18/2011

Nikon has released several new digital cameras under its Coolpix product series. While most of these camera practically share the same features and specs, there are however specific details that separate these cameras from one another. Find out which is the best Nikon Coolpix camera for you.

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    Coolpix S8100

    nikon coolpix s8100 Boasting a 12.1 MP CMOS sensor, the Coolpix S8100 digital snapper, which is a follow up to the Coolpix S800 gives you high speed operation and exceptional low-light performance. Its 4-way VR image stabilization system efficiently minimizes camera shake, ensuring that you won't get blurry photos even where you're taking a hurried shot. And even when you're taking photos of moving subjects, the camera's motion detection will automatically detect the motion and adjusts the shutter speed and ISO to compensate for the said movements. Speaking of ISO, this camera has up to 3200 ISO range which is also perfect for shooting in low light or fast-moving subjects. Another nice feature of this camera is the Best Shot Selector which takes up to 10 shots while you're pressing the shutter and then it selects and saves only the sharpest image. As for its technical specs, the Coolpix S8100 features - 10X optical zoom, NIKKOR ED glass lens, 3.0-inch diagonal wide viewing angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating. The camera lets you take 210 still photos per charging time. (Price: $229.54)
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    Coolpix S9100

    nikon coolpix s8100 The Nikon Coolpix S9100 is an advanced version of the Coolpix S8100. But they do have the same 12.1 CMOS sensor. In addition to this, the camera is also optimized with Nikon's EXPEED CW processing engine which produces natural looking photos with excellent details. This camera can capture five photos in one second at full resolution and has subject tracking that automatically focuses on your moving subject. When it comes to design, you'll appreciate the camera's thin form factor measuring only 1.4-inches thin as well as its being a lightweight device weighing a mere 7.6 ounces. In other words, the Coolpix S9100 is a great travel camera. Running down the camera's tech specs will give us the following - 18x optical Zoom, NIKKOR ED glass lens, 3.0-inch diagonal TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating, and ISO range from 120-3200. (Price: $329.00)

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    Coolpix S6100

    nikon coolpix s6100 The Nikon Coolpix S6100 is a powerful camera that is so pocketable that you can fit it into your purse, pocket or even glove compartment. It has all the bells and whistles of a solid-performing handy digital snapper that lets you capture landscapes, close ups and portrait photos. It's the successor to the Coolpix S600 camera. Thanks to its 16.0 MP CCD sensor, you can have sharp, stunning images that can be further enhanced through the camera's 7x wide-angle optical ZOOM-NIKKOR ED glass lens. This lens has an optical zoom range of 28-196mm - allowing you to get closer to the subject. A nice feature of this digital camera that you will surely appreciate is the in-camera picture editing feature. This allows you to adjust, focus and shoot through touch screen interface. You'll also have access to Quick Retouch, Active D-Lighting, Soft Focus and other Nikon's proprietary technologies. For its tech specs, this camera gives us - 7x optical Zoom, NIKKOR ED glass lens, 3.0-inch TFT-LCD (touch panel) with Anti-reflection coating, ISO range 80-3200, and up to 210 shots per full battery charging time. (Price: $199.00)

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    Coolpix S5100

    nikon coolpix s5100 Want to have stunning images easily without spending too much on digital camera? The Nikon Coolpix S5100 offers a choice. This digital camera has a powerful 12.2 MP sensor and 5x optical ZOOM-NIKKOR glass lens that produces stunning images. Of course, it goes without saying that the Coolpix S5100 is very handy as well, allowing you to take it anywhere. To mention just a few of the camera's features, it has 4-way VR image stabilization system that minimizes the effect of camera shake to your photos, motion detection that automatical detects movement and adjust the camera's shutter speed to minimize blurring, high ISO range of up to 3200 and the Best Shoot Selector common among Nikon digital cameras which takes up to 10 shots before selecting and saving the sharpest photo. Additionally, the camera has a bright 2.7-inch display with anti-reflective coating, in-camera editing functions and subject tracking. (Price: $179.99)

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    Coolpix S4100

    nikon coolpix s5100 Another affordable digital camera, the Nikon Coolpix S4100 sports an ultra-slim form factor and one touch 720p HD video recording. This camera is great for shooting various school activities, birthday celebrations and other spur-of-the-moment events or once-in-a-lifetime events whether you want to capture those moments in still photos or high-resolution videos. The Coolpix S4100 features 20 scene modes and the new PET Mode feature which finds and focuses on the face of a dog or cat - making it a great camera for photographing your pets. The camera also features Smart Portrait System, smile timer, face-priority AF, blink warning alerts, in-camera Red-Eye correction, and macro shooting capabilities that can get you as close to 4.0-inches to your subject. The camera's battery pack allows you to take up to 190 shots per charging. (Price: $179.00)

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    Coolpix S3100

    nikon coolpix s3100 Another ultra-light and ultra-slim, highly pocketable digital camera, the Coolpix S3100 measures 0.8-inches thin and weighs a mere 4.2 ounces. Nikon is marketing this camera as a fun an enjoyable digital snapper that you can take anywhere. It has a nice one-touch HD movie function and 19 scene modes that you will enjoy applying to your photos. These scene modes automatically adjust the camera settings based on specific scenes. All you need to do is press the shutter and you'll have great-looking photos instantly. The camera also feature Pet Mode, Quick Retouch, Soft Focus, Selective Color, Miniature, Cross Screen, and Fisheye photo effects. Technically, this camera boasts of 14.48 MP CCD Sensor, 5x optical Zoom, NIKKOR glass lens, 2.7-inch diagonal TFT-LCD with 5-level brightness adjustment, ISO Range 80-3200, and 220 shots per battery charging. (Price: $139.95)

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    Coolpix S80

    nikon coolpix s80 This Nikon Coolpix digital camera is a stylish and ultra-slim digital shooter with touch control and a powerful 14.1 MP CCD Sensor. It also features 5x wide-zoom NIKKOR ED glass lens and full 720p HD video recording. This Nikon Coolpix camera has 5-way VR image stabilization system including optical VR IS that minimizes camera shake and hybrid VR image stabilization and electronic VR. It also feature motion detection which automatically detects moving subjects and adjusts the camera's shutter speed and ISO range to compensate for the subject's movement. ISO range is high as well - up to 6400. And yes, the camera also features Nikon's Best Shot Selector as well as EXPEED C2. In addition, this Nikon Coolpix digital camera has a 3.5-inch diagonal widescreen OLED (touch panel) display with anti-reflection coating and 5 level brightness. Its battery life is good for 150 shots per charging time. (Price: $329.95)

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