Excerpt: I have used many different cameras disposable, 35mm, and digital. Nikon however exceeds my expectations everytime I use one of their cameras.I can feel confident that my picture will come out amazing even if I do not have the best lighting around. The s710 is not exception. For being such a little device it packs amazing features! I have not been disappointed at all with this camera. The battery has amazing life, and the resolution of the pictures are spectacular!
Excerpt: My parents got me this camera for my birthday. I previously had a Nikon Coolpix but the lens wouldn't close and I loved how small and compact it was. I have had the camera for about 6 months and am not as happy with it as I thought I would be. My pictures constantly come out blurry no matter the setting. I have tried adjusting to all the different options, flash/no flash, and so on. Still no luck. My parents also have the same camera and decided recently to go back...
Summary: I purchased this item 1 1/2 year ago. It started to show signs of faulty construction after 1 year. I barely used it also. After 6-8 months, a lcd pixel went bad. Then a little after 1 year the flash did not work. I have sent it to Nikon, but they got a confusing RMA process for someone who has never RMA before. I asked a Nikon representative and they said I could just send it in, but read on the website and fill out some RMA ticket to make sure you do it right first.
Summary: well, I should have heeded the warnings of a large number of people who submitted negative reviews of this camera... but I figured... what are the chances that the problem would continue in the 4 (I know, I'm an idiot) cameras that I bought for Christmas gifts in 2009... They were a good deal at the time...
Summary: Purchased two of these for christmas presents. First one failed (lens error)in first 30 days. Returned it (thank you amazon)and had it replaced under warranty. Second one failed 8 months later, this one cannot be returned and is not covered by warranty. Expensive cameras like these should have much better reliability or should be covered by warranty for a year. Stay away from these cameras! I'm going back to Sony!
Summary: I bought this camera because I wanted a point and shoot that still allowed me to have manual settings. When I got it, I was a little disappointed in the picture quality. The contrast is usually pretty flat, sometimes it is grainy. Sometimes it doesn't use the flash when I think it should, etc. All of this can be fixed using iPhoto, so if you're not picky it's not a big deal. (I usually do some editing anyway so it works out fine.
Summary: If you are familiar with compact digital cameras you will find this one easy to use. Picture quality is excellent. You will need to buy a memory card for it. Suggest buying one with high speed (class 6) and 4 GB minimum. Computer interface works fine and is intuitive. Also got a great price on it through Amazon with speedy shipping. You also may want to consider a carrying case for it as it does not come with one. Very happy with purchase.
Summary: I previously owned a Nikon Coolpix 4200 and after about 3 years of flawless service in conditions ranging from zero degree winter hikes to summer boat trips I thought Nikon made the best point-n-shoots. Maybe they do, but the S710 is an exception. The BIOS chip that holds date/time failed several days into a trip to Spain. I didn't bother fixing it, and probably should have sent it back.