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Nikon Coolpix S01

Ultra-compact 10.1-megapixel digital camera with 3X optical zoom (Pink)

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Our take on the Nikon Coolpix S01

by David Brown
Nikon

Today's point-and-shoot cameras make great pictures easier than ever

From baby's first steps, to that dream vacation in the islands, these cameras make it easy to capture life's greatest hits. Today's cameras have helpful automatic features, like face detection and scene recognition that make shooting more foolproof than ever. And they all have plenty of megapixels for detailed photos that stay sharp, even when you enlarge and print them.

This tiny camera captures all the big moments

Nikon Coolpix S01

The ultra-compact Nikon S01 is small enough to take everywhere. (Silver model shown).

If you want to capture great moments when they happen, then your camera has to be there. At 3/4 of an inch thick, Nikon's Coolpix S01 is small enough to slip in your pocket and take everywhere — so no great shot is lost to that sad phrase: "I didn't feel like lugging my camera along." And because it's a Nikon, you can count on its high-quality lens and advanced image processing for detailed photos and crisp HD video, instead of relying on your smartphone's limited picture-taking prowess.

Those spur-of-the moment photos and videos, whether it's your child's first steps or an impromptu get-together with friends, will look sharp, no custom settings required. Auto mode lets you point and shoot without worrying about lighting details. Plus, the intuitive touchscreen display means you won't spend more time trying to learn to navigate a complex menu system than you do reviewing your photos and movies.


Creative touches and built-in memory

Despite the fact that it can fit in the palm of your hand, the S01 includes powerful editing features, such as pre-shot special effects like Monochrome and Sepia for stylized shooting modes. Or apply creative filters like Fisheye and Miniature after shooting. The 7.3 GB internal memory ensures you've got plenty of room for storage without having to bother with memory cards or sticks.

Highlights:

    Specifications:
    • 10.1-megapixel effective recording
    • 3X optical zoom (up to 4X digital/12X total zoom)
    • 2.5" touchscreen LCD screen (230,000 dots)
    • 35mm equivalent focal length: 29-87mm
    • records photos and video onto internal memory
    Special Features:
    • electronic vibration reduction for blur-free photos
    • face priority autofocus for better portraits
    • smile shutter and blink alert for capturing ideal expressions
    • in-camera automatic red-eye correction
    • built-in effects for shooting stylized photos and video include Sepia, Monochrome, High Key and Low Key
    • built-in editing effects include Soft, Fisheye and Miniature
    • high-definition movie mode (up to 720p resolution)
    • 7 scene modes including Night Portrait, Close Up, and Back Light
    • built-in flash
    • 7.3 GB internal memory
    Connections and Dimensions:
    Supplied Accessories:
    • built-in lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
    • USB cable
    • wrist strap
    • AC outlet charger
     

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    Features and Specs
    General
    LCD Screen Size
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    2.5"
    Adjustable-angle LCD
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    No
    Wi-Fi
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    No
    Touchscreen
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    Yes
    Waterproof
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    No
    GPS-enabled
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    No
    Lens 35mm Equivalent
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    29-87mm
    Optical Zoom
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    3x
    Digital Zoom
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    4x
    Filter Diameter
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    N/A
    Manual Focusing
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    No
    Manual Exposure
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    No
    Built-in Flash
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    Yes
    HDMI Output
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    No
    Memory
    Internal Memory
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    7.3 GB
    Memory Media
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    None
    Image
    Effective Megapixel Count
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    10.1
    Total Megapixels
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    10.34
    Image Stabilization
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    Digital
    Highest Resolution
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    3648 x 2736
    HD Video Recording
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    1280 x 720/30p
    Dimensions
    Width (inches)
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    3-1/16
    Height (inches)
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    2-1/16
    Depth (inches)
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    0-11/16
    Weight With Battery (ounces)
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    3.4
    Warranty
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Product Research
    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • Digital camera (pink)
    • EH-69P AC adapter (5V / 0.55A)
    • 2' USB cable (Type A USB on one end and proprietary connector on the other end)
    • Wrist strap
    • User Manual (En/Fr/Sp/Port)
    • For Your Safety (En/Fr/Sp/Port)
    • Warranty Programs sheet
    • Disposing of the Camera sheet
    • My Picturetown promo sheet

    Our Product Research Team

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    Features
    Play, Edit and Print Functions
    Battery Information
    Inputs and Outputs Notes
    Software

    Recording Features

    Overview: The Nikon Coolpix S01 is the smallest Coolpix camera ever. It is only 3" wide and 2" high, and weighs only 3.4 ounces, and comes with a built-in Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery and a 7.3 GB internal memory. This 10.1 megapixel camera is equipped with a versatile 3x Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens, and a 2.5" touchscreen display.

    2.5" LCD Monitor: The Coolpix S01 has a 2.5" TFT LCD touchscreen monitor, featuring approximately 230,000 dots, and an anti-reflection coating. The LCD monitor has approximately 96% horizontal and vertical coverage in the shooting mode and approximately 100% coverage in playback mode. There is no separate viewfinder on the camera.

    Image Sensor: The Coolpix S01 features a 1/2.9" CCD image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately 10.34-million pixels. The effective pixel count is 10.1-million.

    Optics: The Coolpix S01 digital camera uses a 3x Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens for superb image quality. The 4.1-12.3mm lens has an angle of view equivalent to that of a 29-87mm lens in 35mm photography. Coupled with the 4x digital zoom, the camera's total zoom capability is 12x. The angle of view is equivalent to that of an approximately 348mm lens (35mm format).

    Vibration Reduction: The Nikon Coolpix S01 offers Electronic Vibration Reduction (VR). Vibration Reduction reduces blurring caused by camera shake when shooting. Slight hand movements causes blurred photos, especially when shooting at slow shutter speeds or when zoomed in.

    Built-in Memory: The Coolpix S01 has a built-in 7.3 GB internal memory for storing still images and movies with sound. The camera does not have a slot for external memory cards.

    File Formats: The Coolpix S01 records still images in JPEG format. HD and SD movies are recorded in MOV format (Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC stereo). You have a choice of three still image size options and two movie options:

    Still Images 7.3 GB Memory Capacity
    10M: 3648 x 2736 3000
    4M: 2272 x 1704 7600
    2M: 1600 x 1200 14500
    Movies 7.3 GB Memory Capacity
    HD 720p
    1280 x 720
    Bit Rate: 9 Mbps
    1 hour 40 min
    VGA
    640 x 480
    Bit Rate: 3 Mbps
    3 hours
    Note: The maximum movie length for a single movie is 29 minutes.

    Shooting Mode: The Coolpix S01 automatically selects from the following scene modes: Portrait, Landscape, Night Portrait, Night Landscape, Close-up, Backlit Subject, and Other Subjects. The Shooting Menu lets you choose from the following:

    • Self-timer: The camera is equipped with a 10 second for self-portraits or to prevent camera shake caused by pressing the shutter release button.
    • Flash: The built-in flash has a range of 1'-8" to 4'-7" (Wide angle) and 1'-8" to 2'-7" (Telephoto). You can choose from the following flash modes: Auto, Fill Flash, Off.
    • Special Effects: Select from the following effects: Nostalgic Sepia, High-contrast monochrome, High key, and Low key.
    • Exposure Compensation: Adjust exposure to make pictures lighter or darker. Range is +/-2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV.
    • Image Mode: Choose the Image Size: 10M, 4M, or 2M.
    • Touch Shooting: Turns On or Off the ability to take photos by tapping the screen.

    Movie Menu: When shooting movies, you can select the following options using the Movie Menu:

    • Self Timer: Starts recording about ten seconds after the shutter-release button is pressed.
    • Autofocus Mode: Lets you choose between Single AF (locks focus when recording starts) or Full-time AF (focus adjusted during recording).
    • Special Effects: Select from the following effects: Nostalgic Sepia, High-contrast monochrome, High key, and Low key.
    • Exposure Compensation: Adjust exposure to make pictures lighter or darker. Range is +/-2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV.
    • Movie Frame Size: Choose the Movie Frame Size: HD 720p (1280 x 720) or VGA (640 x 480)
    • Touch Shooting: Turns On or Off the ability to start recording a movie by tapping the screen.

    Play, Edit and Print Functions

    Playback Menu: You can view photos one at a time in full frame, or in a Thumbnail Playback of 4, 9, or 16 images. You can also zoom in to magnify a single image up to 10x. When playing back movies, you can pause/resume, rewind/advance, and adjust volume. Other playback menu options include:

    • Delete: Delete a single photo or multiple pictures.
    • Favorites: Add photos to the Favorites folder.
    • Filter Effects: Create a retouched copy of an image using one of the following effects: Toy Camera, Soft, Fisheye, Miniature, Vivid Color, Black-and-White, Sepia, and Cyanotype.
    • Slide Show: View photos in a slide show, one at a time in the order recorded. You can view All, Favorites Only, or Select Images by Date.
    • Print Order: Create a digital "print order" for PictBridge printers and for devices that support DPOF.

    Battery Information

    Power Requirements: The Coolpix S01 is powered by a built-in rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery. The battery is charged in the camera using the supplied EH-69P AC adapter and UC-E6 USB cable. The battery will last up to approximately 190 shots or 70 minutes of movie recording on one charge. A fully-exhausted battery charges in about 2 hours 50 minutes with the EH-69P.

    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    USB/Audio-Video Output: The camera features a single proprietary jack for connecting the supplied AV or USB cable. This one output allows you to download your photos to your computer or printer via USB using the supplied USB cable, or view your photos on a TV using the optional EG-CP14 Audio Video cable. The USB interface is USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible. The video output is NTSC or PAL compatible.

    Software

    ViewNX2: The Nikon ViewNX 2 software is downloadable from the Nikon website (URL provided in the Reference Manual). The ViewNX 2 software contains the following applications:

    • Nikon Transfer 2: to transfer pictures from the camera to the computer
    • ViewNX 2: for viewing, editing and printing your images
    • Nikon Movie Editor: for basic editing of transferred movies.
    • Picture Control Utility: for managing and adjusting custom Picture Control levels: sharpening, contrast, brightness, saturation, and hue.

    System Requirements: The supplied software will work with the following Windows and Macintosh Operating Systems:

    • Windows 7: Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate (Service Pack 1)
    • Windows Vista: Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate (Service Pack 2)
    • Windows XP: Home Edition, Professional (Service Pack 3)
    • MAC OS X Versions: 10.6.8, 10.7.4, 10.8
     

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    Quick impressions from the Lab

    Comment by Ralph Graves Staff Writer - Creative,

    Small and super

    Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 9/14/2012 10:41:00 AM

    Sure, I've seen the pictures. But it wasn't until I took the Coolpix S01 out of the box that I realised just how small this camera actually is! How small? Well, I can place it in the palm of my hand, curl my fingers around it and completely hide it from view.

    I admire how Nikon condensed all the functionality of a normal sized point-and-shoot camera into this compact camera. Of course, some compromises were made, but as I used the camera in the Crutchfield Labs taking test photos and videos, I quickly learned to work around them.

    Virtually all the controls are on the touchscreen. But since the screen's so small, they're usually hidden. You have to navigate to them to make changes. But that's OK. The automatic settings do a great job in most situations. It does take a little time to navigate from photo to video mode, but once you're there, everything operates smoothly.

    There's no removeable battery or memory card — they're both built-in. It just means you have to plug the camera into the charger rather than the battery. And since the camera has a mini-USB port and comes with a USB charging cable, you can recharge the camera's battery while you're transfering images from the S01 to your computer.

    The built-in memory's pretty generous, and should be plenty for most people. Especially for casual photo and video shooting, such as vacation, party, wedding, etc. But if you're used to taking lots of HD video and swapping out memory cards as they fill up with your camera, you might have to plan your shooting a little more carefully with the S01 (or have a laptop handy to keep the S01's memory cleared out).

    But for just having something to take along for those off-the-cuff photos, the compactness and functionality of the S01 is a combination that's tough to beat.

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    Great Buy

    Written By Anonymous, Saratoga Springs NY on Friday, March 07, 2014
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    Great buy. The camera was easy to set and use. I would highly recommend this camera if you are looking for something small.
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    5 out of 5

    Super small............

    Written By LiveFreeNH, New Hampshire on Saturday, November 02, 2013
     
    Fine digital camera if you want or need the smallest available. The only thing smaller is a much more expensive 'spy' camera. The lack of a removable battery and memory card was disconcerting at first, but the internal memory at 7.3 Gb is more than adequate. A fully charged battery also provides about 180 pics and is easily recharged from any USB power outlet. I also found this to be a very rugged camera that holds up very well to use and abuse. At the original list price, it may have been considered too expensive. At the reduced list price and the now bargain sale price, it is a DEAL!
    Pros:
    Smallest size, rugged, large internal memory, simple battery charging, low sale price
    Cons:
    Lack of removable memory card, sealed internal battery(like Apple)
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    4 out of 5

    Nikon Coolpix S01

    Written By soundbee, Alaska on Friday, September 13, 2013
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    Nikon Coolpix S01 is not the best small camera but great to carry daily for taking pictures for watercolor painting ideas and colors. It keeps my art photos separate from my smart phone and can quickly be down loaded without tying up the smart phone. It is good for the price and probably be great for a first learning camera. I'm good with it's a 3x and not a 10X or 12X zoom.
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    4 out of 5

    Cutest camera

    Written By Cari, New Jersey on Sunday, January 06, 2013
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    I bought the camera as a gift for 2 different people. I thought it was so cute I had to have one too. It is so small and compact which is great for when you are especially going out with a small purse. I know with how well cell phone cameras take pictures and all but this can zoom in a lot better. I also like the fact that it can store a good amount of photos especially since you can't use an SD card. Overall, for the price it is a great camera to have.
    Pros:
    Sleek looking, small size but still easy to manage, nice size touch screen, holds a good number of pictures, zooms and has a flash
    Cons:
    Zooming in sometimes comes out blurry in poor lighting
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    5 out of 5

    Great small camera

    Written By Techdude, Medford, NJ on Friday, January 04, 2013
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    Awesome looking small camera. Got it for my girlfriend in white. She loves it
    Pros:
    Small. Great pictures. Cool design
    Cons:
    Flash is touchy. Sometimes blurry due to shaking
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    Nikon Coolpix S01

    Written By Anonymous, guam on Thursday, December 06, 2012
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    I'm not satisfied with the camera that I order Nikon colpix..the battery can't even last for one hour..picture not good pixelated..
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