Nikon Coolpix S01 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 10.1 megapixel 1/3" CCD sensor
  • 3x optical zoom
  • 720p HD video capture with mono sound
  • 2.5-inch touchscreen LCD
  • 7.8GB of built-in storage
  • Built-in lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2012-09-07
  • Final Grade: 84 4.2 Star Rating: Recommended

4.2 Star Rating: Recommended
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Nikon Coolpix S01
10.1 megapixel 1/3" CCD sensor; 3x optical zoom; 720p HD video capture with mono sound; 2.5-inch touchscreen LCD; 7.8GB of built-in storage; Built-in lithium-ion battery
By Digital Admin, Last updated on: 7/26/2014

A camera of the tiniest proportions, the S01 weighs in at just under 100 grams and proportions that may make it the smallest camera on the market. Nikon has achieved this engineering feat by packing in a smaller, cellphone camera sized 10.1 megapixel CCD sensor, a built-in battery, and 7.8 GB of internal storage rather than a memory card. The sparsely laid back of the camera is essentially just a 2.5-inch touchscreen as well as Home button, not much to go by but that's probably okay with the target market. The metallic surface also looks to pick up fingerprints extremely easily. Hopefully image quality is better than Canon's ELPH 520 HS, which used the same size sensor and was panned in reviews.

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