Summary: I bought the S200 several years ago for a trip and its had some use since. Several days ago I turned it on and it whirred and the lens came out and moved in & out and then the lens went back and the "lens error" appeared. I didn't drop the camera and I wasn't around dust or dirt and the lens isn't stuck. There seems to be no way to get the camera to respond or to change modes.
Summary: I used this same model for work. I am not a professional photographer but take pictures of job sites to better communicate with my technicians. It's simple enough to use and understand. I bought this model to replace the one I broke at work. The only difference I see is that I cannot adjust the flash on normal shooting mode. There are ways around it so I didn't really see the benefit in going through the hassle of returning the item, plus it was used.
Summary: I tried to like this camera. It takes nice photos. Images are in focus and have accurate color. It's light and small enough to fit nicely in my shirt pocket. It starts and focuses quickly. It has a fair macro feature. The price is very reasonable. But after using it for a week I returned it.
Nice size and display but disappointed with the image quality
Tom "Tom", Amazon
15 May 2007
Summary: I bought one from Costco and already returned it after one week. 50% of the pictures taken outdoor were blurred, maybe from handshake. The VR is probably not effective per Hiram's review. Otherwise, it is pretty nice and solid camera. The video quality is pretty good. Interface is good. I just found out another colleague had bought one too and he is complaining about the blurred image issue. I am now considering the Nikon S50.
Summary: The Coolpix S200 is a solid entry in the compact digital field. It's sleek good looks and solid construction make it very appealing. However, it's the first Coolpix to use the VR designation that uses "digital" VR instead of the proven and preferable lens shift and CCD shift VR. On the positive side, it uses a reliable lithium-ion battery system, and Nikon is much more reasonable than many brands on accessories such as batteries.