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Nikon Coolpix S52
Nikon Coolpix S52

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Nikon Coolpix S52

We've given the S52 a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

Nikon's Coolpix S52 is a stylish supercompact digital that offers a 9-megapixel sensor paired with a 3x optically stabilized zoom lens. The camera also offers a respectable 100-3200 ISO range, allowing it to take good snapshots in dim light. A bevy of pre-programmed scene modes should appeal to casual photographers who just want to set it and forget it, though it lacks manual controls for more experimental users. Of further note is its all metal construction, which feels great in the hand and bespeaks a certain dedication to quality.


  • 9.0 Megapixels
  • 3x optical zoom
  • Movie mode with Sound
  • JPEG file format
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Auto focus
  • Auto exposure
  • ISO 100-3200
  • 3.0-inch LCD display
  • Secure Digital and SDHC memory storage (38mb internal)
  • Proprietary Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: VMA-201-E1
  • UPC: 018208261055
  • Release Date: Apr 27, 2008

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Nikon Coolpix S52 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix S52 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
Worst camera ever! (Lisa — 05/19/2010)
I owned a Cannon, and loved it. My husband spilt a drink on it and after drying it out, it still didn't work :(. I was living in the UK at the time & had little choice but to buy a new one. So hence, I bought this Nikon Coolpix. Have to say....1st one I purchased made a rattling sound so I exchanged it for same sort. Ever since, I've been so pissed off with it. It takes horrible pictures as well. I HATE THIS CAMERA WITH A PASSION!!! I come from a family of photogs, and I am not a great one, but LOVE to take pictures, and love my cameras. I have been stuck with this piece of crap since. And now that I recently got married, the camera of course, decided not to work properly for my wedding!! Now...all of a sudden it is telling me I have a " LENS ERROR". I'm searching everywhere for a fix, as I don't know why this happened. BUT>>> like everything, electronics are becoming replaceable and who gives a #$#T. So, I have to live with it. Bottom line.....don't buy a NIkon. They are NOTHING like they use to be.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Great little camera for any occasion, everyone wants to steal (Kenneth H. Bond — 09/12/2009)

My photos are crystal clear up to and including 8 x 10
Have used 5 or 6 different digitals over the years,
this is a great little camera, save for some add'l zoom powers.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Very Dissapointed (Jerry G — 07/19/2009)

After only 6 months of ownership, using the camera only a few times, and never dropping it, my camera now has a "lens error" message that popped out of nowhere locking up my camera making it unusable.
I had a repair estimate of $170 dollars. The camera only cost me a little more than that.
I will forget the repair, cut my losses, and seek out a REPUTABLE camera company.
I don't care what the "professionals" say about Nikons, they need to go back to the drawing board on this one. I read other posts on various websites and realized this is a common problem with this camera...ah, hindsight...

  • 1.0 out of 5
spots (jo marraccini — 06/23/2009)

After much research last year this is the camera I bought. I took it on a cruise and when I printed the pictures there were light spots on the photos. Took it back to the store and they told me it was because the lens and flash are so close together that when it flashes it picks up dust particles in the air. Gave me another camera...same does the same thing. Would not give me a totally new camera, evne after I purched the insurance on it. Don't but it!!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great For Me (Tom — 05/12/2009)

I bought this for carrying everywhere when I need quick shot at home or at work. This is a great camera that fills that need. I have another camera to use for more creative control.

  • 1.0 out of 5
picture is grainy and unclear (Jayna — 12/27/2008)

picture is terrible, unclear, and grainy. i could get a much better camera for this price from other brands. i'm taking it back tomorrow.

  • 5.0 out of 5
best little camera! (Madeline — 10/02/2008)

This is the 4th digital camera I've owned, and the one I like the best! I get great pictures, it's very easy to use, and I can fit it in my pocket! For the price and convenience, I think this is a great camera!

  • 5.0 out of 5
I LOVE IT (Jason Liberty — 07/12/2008)

This is my second digital camera. I absolutely love it!! It's easy to use. Bright LCD. Great pics!!! I love the color options. The video is easy to use!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent performance for a small point and shoot camera (DAVID DINGMAN — 06/21/2008)

The objective was to find a camera that a person with limited technical understanding could use easily and get good photos and could also be used effectively by a technical person who does some photo-editing. The Nikon S52 does both for my family. I'm the technical one and find it produces excellant photos. I'm still learning to use it well, but so far am quite delighted. It's really small, lots of features and they work well.

  • 1.0 out of 5
picture is not clear (joe ross — 05/23/2008)

indoor is bad, out door is a little better, returning camera today.