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Nikon Coolpix S210
Nikon Coolpix S210

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Nikon Coolpix S210

We've given the S210 a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

The Nikon Coolpix S210 packs 8.1-megapixels and a 3x optical zoom into a small, easy to use point and shoot.A 2.5-inch high-resolution LCD and Electronic Viewfinder makes reviewing images easy. The In-Camera Red-Eye Fix and the enhanced Face Priority Auto Focus ensures that every image comes out clear and crisp.


  • 8.1 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom
  • ISO 64-2000
  • 2.5-inch LCD display
  • Secure Digital memory card storage (52MB internal)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: 26102
  • UPC: 18208261024
  • Release Date: Jan 31, 2008

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Nikon Coolpix S210 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix S210 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
I LOVE this camera! (Kaytlin — 07/19/2010)
I got my Coolpix s210 for Christmas 2 years ago. As a simple point and shoot camera it has gotten me many GREAT shots and was reasonably priced. It's compact and easy to tote around. I keep mine in a hard camera case (actually I think the case I bought was originally made for a phone, this camera is so compact though that it's fine!) at all times and after 2 1/2 years of being used all over by a teenager, no less, the only wear and tear visible is a teeny dent in the metal ring around the lens. The camera works like new and I love it. All the photos here were taken by my s210: :)
  • 4.0 out of 5
Good camera to pack & shoot (Maria — 03/10/2010)
I purchased this camera ( I think from Amazon) to take camping. Its compact design makes it very easy to slip in my saddle bag (YES it went horse trail riding). It survived its 1st outing thru a thunder/lightening storm in a barely waterproof saddlebag. Since then, it has survived multiple rains by residing in a sandwich bag along w my cell phone. I occas. have issues with motion blurriness, but.. I think this is also sometimes caused by my horse not standing still. I now always keep it set on "sport" which has really helped w/ blurry pics. The Evi (antivib) setting is on all the time also. I have taken this camera to the mountains, beach, rain, snow, dust and anything else you can drag your camera thru. Either I got a good camera or have just been real lucky. It is now starting to show some scratches on the front, but it is not ready to stop picture taking. I feel it has good battery life can take pics all day on an 8 hour ride & I have never had the battery fall out. I think the macro lense setting is adequate also. For the purpose I purchased this camera for, I feel I have gotten my money's worth.
  • 2.0 out of 5
takes great pictures till you get a lense error (tiff — 12/29/2009)

i got this camera as a going away for college present and seriously i fell in love with it, it was simple to use it took great pictures i even dropped it a couple times and no worries there until one day i went to grab it and it had a lense error i freaked. as a college student its not like i have a ton of money laying around so i googled it and tried to fix it and nothing worked. fixing cost the same as replacing it so why bother. parents dont buy this for your kids its a waste!

  • 2.0 out of 5
don't buy this camera (lisa kachan — 12/28/2009)

picture quality is terrible in subtle lighting. flash photography is bad. sports mode does not work; action shots are very blurry. would not buy another compact camera again.

  • 1.0 out of 5
bad camera (upset — 11/17/2009)

Own more than a year and half. Now the lens error shows up. Bad camera for $180.00.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Piece of junk (Donn — 09/23/2009)

Used it for my business. Out in the field on a job and the lens won't come out. What a pain, out of the blue problem with no warning! Do not buy this camera. Tried all the tricks and can't get it to work. $149 down the toilet...

  • 3.0 out of 5
Disgusted (Taylor — 09/20/2009)

Bought at Best Buy, Camera stop working after 7 months.
I will never buy another Nikon or coolpix. Money tight and now the Lens will not open up.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Do not buy... (Hari — 09/10/2009)

Worst cam i have ever seen. Unfortunately i had purchased this n now i m paying for that. very bad image quality. The pictures taken in the night are worse.. This is a cam which can spoil the brand name of nikon..

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens error (Bill — 09/10/2009)

Have owned since 12/08. Now getting the lens error and it won't work. Will have to pay to have it sent to be fixed. Really not sure that it is worth it. Don't buy this.

  • 1.0 out of 5
DO NOT BUY! (Kurtis — 08/30/2009)

Battery clip broke first and now I can get the flash to operate. AWESOME piece of crap here for $175

  • 1.0 out of 5
Nikon Coolpics S210 (Jeremy White — 08/24/2009)

14 months old lens error and will not focus. Lots of people have the same problem. There is a manufacturing fault with this camera and Nikon should be repairing for free. But they will not.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens Error ah! (Kara — 08/12/2009)

This sucks, the tiniest bump or grain of dirt will cause a lens error. We bought two at christmas and both are now broken with lens errors! I took it back to the store I bought it from and they said it would be $80 to fix... they cost $110! No thanks!

I had an older coolpix that had occassional lens errors, but nothing I could twist or push on myself to get it moving again.

No more coolpix or nikon for me!

  • 1.0 out of 5
lens error (Tom Barnett — 06/29/2009)

Used gently for six months before lens error (less than 300 shots). Sent back to Nikon and they replaced lens under warranty. I question if this is going to happen again. Do not buy this camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens error strikes again (Shera — 06/26/2009)

I owned my camera for about 7 months before the lens error occured. I was taking pictures at my son's last tee ball game and it was working fine until I tried to turn it off. The lens was stuck out and the screen read lens error. I sent the camera in to Nikon for repairs 2 and a half months later they informed me that my warranty was void because there was dust inside the camera. The repair was going to cost more than purchasing a new camera. I will never buy another Nikon!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Lens error (Tersia Stone — 05/01/2009)

The lens error is a known problem with Nikon. Nothing seems to work, tapping, holding the power and shutter down etc. I was told by Nikon to send the camera in for repair. What an inconvenience, will NEVER buy Nikon again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 2.0 out of 5
was great until (Debbie Livingston — 04/25/2009)

the lens error light came on and the lens would not retract back in the camera. trying all suggestions and they're not working.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Annoyed with it (Anni — 03/10/2009)

I bought this in May of 2008, worked great until Christmas time hit! Being a mom of a two year old I wanted to get good Christmas pics and the camera started acting up. Kept getting lens errors and then the pictures would get cream, green and red stripes down the entire pic. I can take pics in the complete dark and they would be fine, but if there is any kind of light...forget it!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Coolpix S210 camera "Lens error" (Maggie — 02/02/2009)

I loved it until the "Lens error" showed up and I am unable to use my camera now. I've had it for 2 months and it worked great until the other day, when I was walking with my camera in my coat pocket. No bumps or anything. Then I heard the musical chimes go off that said it was turning on! I took it out of my pocket and then out of its case, and the "Lens error" was on the viewer and the lens was stuck inside the camera. I looked in the manuel and it said to turn it off and then back on. I did, but it still didn't work.

I called a technician and they said to charge the battery up for 6 to 8 hours, then try it again. They said if it didn't work I'd have to send it in to Nikon. Well it didn't work. It is still under warranty, but I would have to be without it for a few weeks! And I've been reading that it happens all the time. It alway would cost about $200.00 to fix! Not going to buy this camera again.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good...UNTIL (Prajakta — 01/10/2009)

The camera is really good....sleek....and easy to carry.........
I was very happy until the lens started giving trouble......the camera shows LENS ERROR......i am very upset abt that...n the other reviews that i read...mention that this model does have a problem of the LENS....hoping it is repaired with no problems......

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Buy (C Dandy — 12/30/2008)

Despite owning this wonderful camera for only 2 weeks, I believe it is the best one yet! I love the fact that the user has the ability to choose whether or not they want to shoot in 3 m, 5m, or 8 megapixel. I have had nothing but good times with the camera. It is nice and light, has a rechargeable battery ( which is eco friendly), and comes with the capability to choose several different shooting modes, including "party", sports, portrait, landscape, dusk/dawn, sunset, night landscape, etc.

Hopefully this camera will endure the extreme usage I plan on putting it through. Be sure to look around carefully before purchasing a new digital camera and I hope that this review was helpful.

  • 5.0 out of 5
very nice (cbear — 12/29/2008)

tiny perfect i love it

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens Error after 1 month (Tyson Jones — 12/11/2008)

Owned the camera all of 1 month and handled with great care and kept in a protective hip bag. Taken approximately 400 shots and now has a Lens Error, which I now see is fairly endemic of Nikon cameras of similar design. I wish I hadn't purchased it, as although it's under warranty, I face the prospect of having to wait a signficant time for repair in addition to having a camera that may go faulty outside of the warranty. Not recommended

  • 4.0 out of 5
sleek handy smart (Milind Kulkarni — 11/12/2008)

The camera is light weight and worth being 8 MP as compared to cameras from Sony, Canon,Kodak etc.

Go buy it for satifaction

Improvement needed in the display of camera screen
I would love to buy the next if it comes wih 5x Zoom

  • 4.0 out of 5
Okay (fiababe — 10/19/2008)

Easy to use, very slim and light, which is what I really liked about it. The pictures can come out crystal clear. What I encountered was when I am video recording I 'll been getting rather a lot of "noise". Also, the battery life indicator only appears when it's low which I think was a bad feature.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Disappointing (Brenda — 09/27/2008)

It seems we keep getting more megapixels and worse pictures for the money. I had a Sony DW55 prior to this, but first digital camera was a Sony DSC9 - had great pictures with only 5 megapixels but was stolen. Even on ISO setting I got a lot of "noise" in outdoor evening pictures.

  • 4.0 out of 5
good (susen jingga — 08/12/2008)

good camera