Nikon Coolpix S5 Brief Review

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  • 6 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • auto focus
  • auto exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • movie mode w/sound
  • lithium ion battery
  • 2.5 inch LCD
  • SD card storage (21MB internal)
  • Release Date: 2006-02-24
  • Final Grade: 67 3.35 Star Rating: Recommended

3.35 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon Coolpix S5
6 megapixels; 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom; auto focus; auto exposure; JPEG file format; movie mode w/sound; lithium ion battery; 2.5 inch LCD; SD card storage (21MB internal)
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

Nikon's new S5 ultra-compact is a slightly reduced version of the robust and magnificent S6, but even in the shadow of its bigger brother, the S5 can hold its own. It still has all the same great features, like integrated support for Wi-Fi, which allows for instantaneous image transfer to your computer and direct printing (with a printer adapter). The PictMotion functions also allow for in-camera slideshows with custom music, displayed on the large 2.5 inch screen. It's not the luxury model like the S6 (really the main difference is the S6's larger LCD), but it's still loaded with neat features that will get the neighbors talking about your hot new toy.

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