Nikon Coolpix S51 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 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
  • Release Date: 2007-09-05
  • Final Grade: 77 3.85 Star Rating: Recommended

3.85 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon Coolpix S51
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
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

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.

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