Summary: The market for £100 cameras has really improved in quality over recent years. Where once you'd struggle to purchase anything respectable around that price, there are now a host of models vying for pole position. While the Nikon COOLPIX S2500 does have a few issue, namely average image quality, not the best LCD screen and limited shooting modes, it's still a great little compact camera and well worth a look.
Conclusion: Finally the unit incorporates a dedicated Subject Tracking function, with single and full-time AF options. Disregarding the fact that the S2500 is purposefully designed to lack an abundance of features – thus appealing to a point and shoot audience – we were slightly disappointed that the camera didn't contain any form of guide function especially as Nikon was one of the first to drive this feature through its range of entry-level DSLRs and many of its competitor brands...
Conclusion: Being a point-and-shoot style camera you want to whip it out, take the shot and put it back in your pocket, all relatively quickly. The Coolpix 2500 impresses, from completely off it takes 1.4 seconds to fully turn on with the zoom or around 4 seconds to turn on and then shoot with flash. Moreover, when taking photos at 12MP there is around a 2 second delay between shots, so you can be sure you’ll never miss that lucky photo.
Excerpt: So have Nikon put style over functionality? Well, despite such a slim body, the S2500 has a 4x optical zoom lens fitted to it. Interestingly, even though it has an ED lens element fitted, Nikon haven't listed in on the front of the lens barrel in the same way that they do on other cameras. The Extra low Dispersion lens element is a symbol of excellent lens build quality so it's surprising that it's not mentioned.
Excerpt: The Nikon S2500 is part of the new spring range of Coolpix compacts, bringing the range up to date. The onus is on style as the S2500’s body is a slim 20mm in width, making it easy to slip into a pocket and carry with you wherever you go.