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Nikon COOLPIX S570 12.0 MP Digital Camera - Pink
(5 Epinions reviews)
Epinions Product Rating:
Clean Video / Crisp Pictures > $200
Oct 29, 2009
Review by eyoshimitsu
Rated a Helpful Review
I purchased this compact camera for the following features: small size and 5x optical zoom. This unit is to replace a Kodak Z730; this new unit had to produce stills at least as well and preferably better video, too. We also purchased a Kodak M381 because after using the Nikon S570 for a day, I found the menus difficult to navigate without needed to further study the extensive user's manual. Being a veteran Kodak user, I thought I'd give the Kodak M381 a try (please see that review for details on that camera).
Recommend this product?
General use: I'm still trying out all of the S570's features, but find that I'm using Auto mode the most. I'm generally taking pictures of my children so I usually don't have time to set modes. Still photos have been quite clear and crisp. The auto ISO selection has been accurate enough to capture my daughter coming down a slide without blur. Video 640x480 30 fps was clear using indoor flourescent lighting.
I generally like having an optical view finder, but cameras of this class do not often feature one. Using the camera to capture my children in action means I need a camera that can focus quickly and retake shots immediately. While I found the S570 to be a little slow, it wasn't intolerable. Depending upon your needs, you may not find its shot-to-shot time a variable.
I found the menus difficult to navigate. Yes, it has many photo setting and features. One can control many of the exposure profiles; however, I want a point-and-shoot camera that also takes high definition pictures. It's version of smart-capture seems to work well although I haven't used the camera in many varied lighting conditions.
Summary:What I love: accurate settings in auto, smooth video images, small size, less than 100 minute recharge, small compact size.
What I hate: difficult to navigate menus, lack of optical viewfinder, long shot-shot times, I have to take the battery out to charge it.
Amount Paid (US$): 170
This Camera is a Good Choice if You Want Something... Flexible Enough for Enthusiasts
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