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Nikon Coolpix S550
Nikon Coolpix S550

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Nikon Coolpix S550

Editor's Review

The Nikon Coolpix S550 packs 10-megapixels and a 5x 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, while Electronic VR image stabilization reduces the affects of shutter drag.


  • 10 megapixels
  • 5x optical zoom
  • Vibration reduction image stabilization
  • 2.5-inch LCD display
  • Secure Digital memory card storage (50MB internal)
  • ISO 64-2000
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: Jan 31, 2008

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Nikon Coolpix S550 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix S550 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
Very Bad Quality (Tushar — 12/26/2009)

I have purchased this camera in thought of Nikon a big name. But my all big image is collapsed. The picture quality is so poor I cannot imagine. Actually i am good photographer so I know how to use the camera but this camera is totally crazy. I have Sony W series but this one is thin in comparison of Sony so I thought lets go for this one. But its a big mistake. Now I am using this paperweight to try to fix the problem.

Dont go with Nikon. Sony will give you perfect result....

  • 2.0 out of 5
Sharpness (Apratim Saha — 12/14/2009)

I'm getting not sharp images with this camera. Don't know why this is happening.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Coolpix S550 Not A Good Camera Unless You Like Blurry, Grainy Pictures (Francisco Chavez — 10/07/2009)

Blurry, grainy pictures no matter what you do. I bought a Nikon COOLPIX S550 and the pictures are blurry and grainy. There is nothing that you can do to fix this and Nikon wont acknowledge this problem on their website. This is not my first digital camera and I am not a novice photographer. I have had digital Canons, Kodaks, Minoltas, and Samsungs all of which take excellent clear sharp pictures. I thought I try Nikon as a birthday present for a friend who already had a very nice but old Canon digital camera that he purchased in 2001. My friend likes up scale brand name items so I thought a Nikon would complement his old Canon. I was very disappointed to see most of the pictures turn out grainy and blurred. Nikon will not acknowledge this problem but it is clearly a problem with the camera. Just do a Google on Nikon blurry picture and you will find many people having the same problem. My friend has now given the S550 back to me saying thanks for the thought but I cannot use it. It is a Shame that Nikon will not acknowledge the blurry, noisy picture taken by its Nikon Coolpix S550.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Takes Awesome Pictures Under Certain Conditions (Kirk — 08/01/2009)

This camera takes amazing pictures if you are outside. If you are indoors and it isn't very bright, it takes blurry poor quality pictures unless you get within about 5 feet from what you are taking a picture of and use the flash and then they are awesome. There are a lot of modes you can use like Night Portrait, Sport, Indoor etc. but most of them end up grainy or they use the annoying red eye reduction flash which flashes 3 times and takes longer to shutter when you can just remove red eye on the computer. Any ISO setting over 200 starts taking pictures with a lot of noise (grainy).

  • 2.0 out of 5
too small (Janet — 06/23/2009)

this camera doesn't take great pictures and is hard to hang onto, and it easily can fall out of your hands.

  • 4.0 out of 5
A god cam (wale — 02/17/2009)

Well to me its a good cam, i felt bad when i just got the cam , but later i sat down and reset to the best Quality, and i can compare some of the shots with Sony CCD, yes, its a good one, The cam performs better on Auto, Set the colour to Vivid colour, u can reduce the whitebalance, and ISO aroud 300-500 will give u good Shot, u need to get to know the cam as if u are getting to know your Spouse. Thank You

  • 1.0 out of 5
Very Poor (mike — 02/06/2009)

Worst camera I have used. Lacklustre color in all settings and modes unless under really BRIGHT conditions, flat grainy images, poor focus, slow shutter speed. LCD screen must boost image quality because they look OK on the camera, but awful elsewhere or when printed. Perhaps reviewers who like it don't look at pics off the camera. Dealer won't accept it as a return and Nikon deny responsibility.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Sharpness and picture quality not up to expectation (Gopal — 01/23/2009)

Camera is handy but picture quality and sharpness is not good. My 3MPixel coolpixel is much better than this camera

  • 5.0 out of 5
Nikon S550 - Excellent all rounder (Billy — 01/05/2009)

I have owned this camera for a while now, and there are many positive aspects:
-The lens is of an excellent quality, and enables clear and focussed images.
-The LCD screen is large and does not scratch easily.
-It is very user friendly, and very light and compact.
-The shutter speed is the quickest I have had on a digital camera.
-It has many different features, and the macro is excellent as it enables me to take extremely closeup shots.
I am not a professional photographer, but the Nikon S550 has all the features and quality of a much more expensive camera, and (from what I have seen) has everything anyone could need.

  • 5.0 out of 5
how easy it is to use it (rayla — 01/02/2009)

I recomend this camera to people who are not good with technical stuff.Because it is so easy to use yet it works fantasticly.I think that it should be ranked best easyest yet fantastic camera of 2008 because of its spectacular use.

by Rayla Jacobs-Kea

  • 1.0 out of 5
not good at all (aly — 12/27/2008)

the pictures are not at all clear. I had around a 7 mp camera and the pictures were awesome, then i got this and its terrible.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not what I expected. (Ashley — 12/19/2008)

This camera does not take clear pictures as expected from a 10mp camera. I would say at best its a where near 10. Extremely disappointed. I have an 18 month old and the pictures are terrible, whether they are action photos or ones where I carefully steady the camera. Not worth the money, spend a little more and buy a Canon, you will be much happier!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Beautiful Camera (kinnu — 10/22/2008)

Excellent clarity, good zoom and easy handling and its lovely. User friendly.Look is good. Easy handy. Nice camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love it (Athena Rummell — 03/27/2008)

Ok im 21 im not a experienced photographer but I have two boys and want to have NICE pictures of them.. i like how easy it is you can just pick it up a shool pretty self explanatory.. it took me a little to get use to where the flash is but thats no big deal.. over all i really like the camera it fells good in your hands and it fell like it is made very well