Conclusion: Nikon Coolpix S1 digital camera - Stylish design When you see the Nikon Coolpix S1 for the first time, it is inevitable that you will watch the beautiful design in admiration. It's a must to have held the camera in your hands for a while. If you are completely indifferent as far as design is concerned, you might fall for the efficient way of operating the camera and the well-organized menu.
Conclusion: While the Nikon Coolpix S1 is a great camera when it comes to continuous shooting, still images and scene modes, it lacks "real" manual controls and it's shutter speeds are too slow/fast. Nikon's D-Lighting, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, Best Shot Selector and Face Priority AF were all helpful in shooting and so did its scene modes. The internal help system is especially useful. The LCD resolution could be improved and so can the below average movie mode.
Pros: Stylish and thin camera design, Battery level indicator, Large 2.5 inch LCD, The 4 features in the paragraph above, Lots of scene modes, Camera help, Constant focusing reduces shutter lag
Cons: 12 MB internal memory, Weak flash, Lack of manual controls, Very small shutter speed range, Barrel distortion, Above average noise in movies
Excerpt: The Coolpix S1 ($379) is Nikon's entry into the ultra-thin camera market. The S1's specs are just like the other cameras in this class: 5 Megapixel CCD, 3X zoom lens, large LCD, and point-and-shoot operation. Nikon has a few interesting features thrown in for good measure, and I'll cover those in the review.
Pros: Stylish ultra-compact metal body, Large 2.5" LCD (though low light visibility could be better), Tons of scene modes, Nice continuous shooting mode, Useful D-Lighting and Best Shot Selector features, AF-assist lamp (but see issue below), In-camera help system, Optional underwater case
Cons: Too much blurring in the corners and around the edges of photos, Redeye a problem, Disappointing movie mode (poor VGA quality, slow frame rate), Weak flash, Despite having AF-assist lamp, low light focusing wasn't great, No optical viewfinder, Camera needs slower shutter speeds (in my opinion, 2 seconds isn't slow enough), Only 12MB on built-in memory, USB 2.0 High Speed would've been nice
Summary: The Nikon Coolpix S1 is a super-slim 5.1-megapixel camera featuring state-of-the-art technology like the exclusive Face Priority AF (Auto Focus) feature, enhanced image quality and improved speed, in a smooth, compact design. The 3/4-inch thin S1 is the first Coolpix to feature a big, bright 2.5-inch LCD screen The ultra-thin Coolpix S1 is perfect for those who value style and sophistication along with performance.
Excerpt: Nikon's Coolpix S1 joins a band of cameras favouring style and portability over quality and substance. But there are drawbacks to cameras this size: smaller sensors and a greater proximity to noise-inducing battery packs, plus tricky handling. Unless you have miniscule digits, you're likely to find operation a fair bit more fiddly than using an average mock-SLR.
Conclusion: There is little to choose between the Nikon Coolpix S1 and the Canon IXUS 50, even when it comes to price. In my opinion these are the two best five megapixel, ultra compact cameras that I have reviewed to date. The IXUS 50 produced a better indoor portrait shot, but the Coolpix S1 delivered better photos in very poor light, macro and the outdoor portrait. It is a close call and the Coolpix S1 is certainly worth close consideration.
Pros: Design and style, Overall image quality, Large, bright and clear LCD screen