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Nikon Coolpix S2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 72 reviews of Nikon Coolpix S2. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and durability. The price and size are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the color and memory. The reliability and viewfinder get mixed comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix S2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Nikon Coolpix S2 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviewers are impressed by the price. The durability is also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some critical views about the image quality.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2019

Expert review by : Doug Harman (

Nikon Coolpix S2 digital camera


Svelte, stylishly cool digicams are all the rage at the moment with Sony and now Nikon following the trend-setting Konica Minolta X-series models with a slim, upright style camera featuring periscope-like, folded optic lens technology.

Stylish digicam sealed against the elements with good resolution and folded optic 3x optical zoom lens.

Small controls make handling a tad fiddly with some image quality issues.

Given my grumbles you'd be forgiven for thinking I don't like this camera, not so. It's a gem, if a little flawed around the edges. Anyone making standard sized prints from its images will be more than happy with its results and it is so nice to look...

Aug, 2005

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Nikon CoolPix S2


Minimalist looking camera that will fit into most pockets or small bags. Designed for the everyday point and clicker this is a good holiday camera. The S2 lures us with the promise of being weather-resistant (to an IPX4 standard), which is even more of a

Expert review by : What Digital Camera Magazine (

Review of the Nikon Coolpix S2 - Digital SLR Reviews


Camera watchers may have noticed an extremely short space of time between the Nikon Coolpix S1 appearing and the announcement of the Coolpix S2.

Expert review by : Good Gear (

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A fairly average camera that has a few things to offer, but suffers from poor picture quality. There are other models in a comparable price range that offer much better images.

Snappy performance, stylish design

Blurred pictures, requires a cradle for connection to a PC

Nov, 2006

Expert review by : Andrew Kliem (

Nikon Coolpix S2


The compact Coolpix S2 from Nikon suffers from one unfortunate flaw that makes it very difficult to recommend - it takes average photos at best. Whil...

Snappy performance, stylish design

Blurred pictures, requires a cradle for connection to a PC

A fairly average camera that has a few things to offer, but suffers from poor picture quality. There are other models in a comparable price range that offer much better images.

Nov, 2005

Expert review by : Barb Dybwad (

Nikon Coolpix S2


You know what the Nikon Coolpix S1 was really missing? Splash-proofedness. At least, that's what Nikon appears to be betting on with the release of the Coolpix S2, which shares the same featureset as its predecessor but comes in an all-weather...

May, 2005

Expert review by : David D. Busch (

Nikon Coolpix S2 review


Nikon Coolpix S2

Simple operation; face-recognition autofocus; postcapture correction of red-eye and exposure; versatile burst mode; time-lapse capabilities; water resistance.

Few manual controls; slow autofocus in dim light; average image quality; limited shutter-speed range.

Aimed squarely at snapshooters looking for a carefree pocketful, the ultracompact Nikon Coolpix S2 does all the hard work and delivers decent picture quality.

Oct, 2005

Expert review by : CNET Australia (

Nikon Coolpix S2


The S2 is clearly an upgrade from the S1 with more features and slightly better performance.

Weatherproof ; D-Lighting function ; In-camera red-eye fix ; Face-priority autofocus

Prone to lingering fingerprints ; Poor performance of D-Lighting function for night pictures

Without any form of image stabiliser, our pictures taken at night turned out to be blurry with ghoulish trails. A blur warning function in the form of a blinking red hand appears on the LCD when the camera is unstable and the unit promptly asks for the...

Jul, 2005

Expert review by : Mike Tomkins (

Nikon S2 Review


At the start of 2013, Nikon launched its S1 mirrorless camera, setting a new benchmark for 1-series affordability. Almost a year and a half later, the 14-megapixel Nikon S2 follows in that camera's footsteps, and while it can no longer technically be...

May, 2014

Expert review by : terry (



The face area of the camera is about the same as a credit card and it is 25mm thick. It is made of aluminium and feels durable. There is no optical viewfinder but there is a large 65mm LCD screen that has one remarkable feature – it is actually visible...

The S2 has a clever little trick up its sleeve called “D Lighting”. When you take the once-in-a-lifetime picture and it is underexposed the camera can process the shot to bring out lost detail in a selective way so that lightening the shadows, for...

There are no manual controls at all in the S2, apart from ISO sensitivity, white balance and exposure compensation. This level of simplicity will appeal to some but deter a serious photographer

The fashion accessory camera is a crowded sector of the market and the latest generation of cameras has, to some extent, overcome the problems that occur when there is no viewfinder. The quality of images from these little point-and-shoot cameras is...

Sep, 2005

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