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Nikon Coolpix S51
Nikon Coolpix S51

Hey! You should know that this product has been discontinued. Here are our current recommended cameras in the Ultra Compact Digital Cameras category.

Nikon Coolpix S51

We've given the S51 a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

The Nikon Coolpix S51 is a simple, sleek ultracompact looking to make a splash with a large LCD screen and some handy image stabilization. It's a nice looking camera, with a solid array of specifications that should please any casual photographer. It's close relative, the S51c is essentially the same camera, but with added Wi-Fi capability. We're not too keen on the Wi-Fi, especially for the price bump, so we say stick with the S51 and your plain old USB cable.


  • 8 megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • Lens-shift optical image stabilization
  • Movie mode with sound
  • Auto and manual focus
  • Auto exposure
  • ISO 100-1600
  • JPEG file format
  • 3.0-inch LCD display
  • Secure Digital memory storage (13MB internal)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: COOLPIXS51C
  • UPC: 018208255740
  • Release Date: Sep 05, 2007

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Nikon Coolpix S51 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix S51 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 3.0 out of 5
Great pictures, not durable (Maeve — 01/03/2010)

The camera is great, it takes great pictures with very good zoom. I have had it for about a year now and the lense has gotten stuck closed multiple times. It is starting to hurt my wallet with the amount of times I had to send in it to get it fixed.

  • 5.0 out of 5
AWESOME CAMERA (kennyv — 08/19/2009)

I've NEVER had any problems with this camera... not once. I've got probably about ten camera... digital and manual... this is my favorite digital by far. one recommendation - buy a case or pouch to put this camera in... the lcd is huge and (of course) scratches easily.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Overall Pretty Good (Hannah — 03/24/2009)

Like the title, overall, this is a pretty good camera. My only complaint is that unless you're COMPLETELY still, you'll get some blurry pictures. Great size screen, great colors, quick processor..... overall a pretty good camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Lots of problems- BUYER BEWARE! (Tracy — 03/15/2009)

This camera was too expensive for all the problems I have had. First of all, when you try to take a picture, it takes a good 3 seconds before it focuses and takes it, but by then, the moment has passed! Especially if you have little kids like I do and want a candid shot. Second, if you check the internet, hundreds of people have had the same problem I am now experiencing with the memory card being write protected. It is not the memory card's fault, though. Inside the camera, there are sensors that go bad quickly and when you insert your memory card, it own't take pictures. the only option is to tape the memory card into the unlock position so that the camera will sense it is there. It is a short-term fix and not one that an owner of the camera should have to do since it is obviously an error in the manufacturing since so many people have experienced the same issue. So, even though this camera looks good and is compact, I wouls NEVER buy it or any of the Coolpix cameras again.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good shots...if you can get them (Lea — 02/17/2009)

I got this camera for my birthday because my previous camera was just so bulky. I wanted something I could carry around in my purse. So, I love the slim styling of it for sure. I think it takes great outdoor shots but after more than a year of ownership, I still have not been able to get great indoor shots. Also, the delay is quite pronounced. I have two small children and a dog - my primary subjects - and I miss at least half of all photo opportunities because it takes a full two seconds from the time I click to when it takes the picture. Though I think it's a pretty good camera, I will be shopping for a new one for this reason alone. Also, it seems that every time I zoom in more than halfway, the picture always looks grainy. I think I know why Nikon discontinued this model.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Excellent Camera- Bad Service (Macie — 12/25/2008)

I really like this camera and i recommend it but i had to send it in 3 times. They always sent in back but it was never correctly repaired. So the final time i sent it in i called and made sure they would send me a whole new camera. And they did and it arrived at my house 2 days later and it has worked ever since

  • 1.0 out of 5
overall opinion of camera and support (Grant Rapp — 12/07/2008)

After two months the battery was low so I cccharged it up and reinstalled it and now the camera turns on and has menu,the last picture taken shows when powering up but has no screen after that, and pictures taken are just a black screen. Sent it back but they said it got wet but I know it didn't. If it got wet it didn't happen on my end so I wasted time and money on this camera. My new Fugi works great.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Overall, a great purchase (Laura — 12/06/2008)

I've had my Nikon Coolpix S51 for a little over a year now. I take it everywhere with me and I have been quite satisfied with the quality of the pictures that it takes. The only problem that I have found with the camera is that it takes a long time to actually snap a photo. I push the button and have to wait several seconds before it actually captures the image. This is usually okay and I have learned to be patient but it's a bit frustrating when trying to take pictures of small children who don't like to sit still, or when trying to catch an image before it changes. The battery is long-lasting and re-chargable which is great. It also has several different visual modes that play with the color/sepia/black and white, etc. of the photo. Overall, I have been very satisfied with this product. :)

  • 5.0 out of 5
Superb (Anurag — 08/29/2008)

I have a blue Nikon coolpix s51. It offers great Picture quality. There are so many options available to take any type of images. With sleek and small size, it is easy to carry anywhere anytime like a mobile phone. I would like to thank Nikon to offer such a great camera

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nice Screen, good pics, something sounds inside (Edmundo — 02/01/2008)

It has a great LCD screen, it tooks great pics, the buttons are too small especially the zoom button. When you shake it you can hear a noise like something is inside but no complains. A good camera and a good investment.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very Well Liked (Stacy — 01/29/2008)

I keep bragging about this camera, I used to have a kodak and it took horrible pictures.. I like the quality of these photos and the options it has with it. VERY WELL PLEASED!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Didn't meet my expectations (Tammy — 12/27/2007)

I'm not happy with the time it takes to snap a photo. In low light, it takes almost 2 seconds from the time you push the button to when the photo actually snaps. It has to first focus, then flash about 3 times. By the time the photo snaps, the picture changes. I also wish it had a normal USB cable - I don't like special cables & software.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I dont find any difference (Rajkumar — 11/30/2007)

I dont find any difference between S51 and S51c in Nikon except the Wifi capabilites.
Also I compared the Canon SD700 with Nikon S51. I found Nikon is the superior in few aspects.
I love this camera 3" screen and non elevated lense. Its worth to own for $200. I would like to go for this (S51)