Review posted for Nikon Coolpix S5!|
(Monday, June 26, 2006 - 07:59 EDT)
Though it might not lead the pack based on image quality alone, the Nikon Coolpix S5 has a lot going for it in a camera this small.
For starters, the Nikon S5's svelte metallic chassis is one of the thinnest I've used, making it the perfect camera to slip into your pocket and forget about until you're ready to take pictures. Its impressive 3x optical Nikkor ED glass lens does not protrude from the body even at full zoom, making it inherently less vulnerable. A nice 2.5-inch LCD graces the Nikon S5's back, making a great venue for the dazzling new creative Pictmotion slideshow. A little more tricky to customize than it first seems, Pictmotion is a great way to share photos with friends while showing off the Nikon S5's crisp screen.
While the Nikon S5 produced very good images in standard daylight and cloudy conditions, it stumbled a bit in darker indoor settings, with the maximum ISO of 400 not able to reduce blur, in most cases, when shooting without a flash. What the Nikon S5 might give up in tricky lighting conditions, it makes up for in its dynamic feature set including Nikon's In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, Face Priority AF, and D-Lighting. That it's all available in a slim package makes the Nikon S5 a camera worth looking at.