Nikon Coolpix S01 Review

December 5, 2012 | Gavin Stoker |


*¹ Based on Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards for measuring battery life.

*² The maximum size for a single movie is 4 GB, and the maximum recording time for a single movie is 29 minutes, even when there is sufficient free space on the memory card. If the camera becomes hot, movie recording may stop before these limits are reached.

Product name COOLPIX S01
Type Compact digital camera
Number of effective pixels 10.1 million
Image sensor 1/2.9-in. type CCD; total pixels: approx. 10.34 million
Lens 3x optical zoom, NIKKOR lens
Focal length 4.1-12.3 mm (angle of view equivalent to 29-87 mm lens in 35 mm [135] format)
f/-number f/3.3-5.9
Lens construction 6 elements in 5 groups
Digital zoom magnification Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to approx. 348 mm lens in 35 mm [135] format)
Vibration reduction Electronic VR (movies)
Motion blur detection Motion blur reduction
Autofocus (AF) Contrast-detect AF
Focus range (measured from center of front surface of lens) Approx. 30 cm (11.8 in.) to infinity; approx. 5 cm (2 in.) to infinity (W) or approx. 50 cm (1 ft 8 in.) to infinity (T) in macro close-up mode
Focus-area selection Face priority, center, manual (tap to select)
Monitor 6.2 cm (2.5-in.), approx. 230k-dot touch screen TFT LCD
Frame coverage (shooting) Approx. 96% vertical and horizontal
Frame coverage (playback) Approx. 100% vertical and horizontal
Media Internal memory (approx. 7.3 GB)
File system DCF, Exif 2.3, DPOF-compliant
File formats Still pictures: JPEG, Movies: MOV (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC with LPCM monaural sound)
Image size (pixels) 10 M (3648 x 2736), 4 M (2272 x 1704), 2 M (1600 x 1200)
Movie frame size (pixels) HD 720p (1280 x 720), VGA (640 x 480)
ISO sensitivity (standard output sensitivity) ISO 80-1600
Metering mode 256-segment matrix, center-weighted (at under 2x digital zoom), spot (at 2x digital zoom and up)
Exposure control Programmed auto with exposure compensation (±2 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)
Shutter Mechanical and charge-coupled electronic shutter
Shutter speed 1/2000 - 1 s
Aperture Electronically-selected neutral density (ND) filter (-3 AV)
Aperture range 2 positions (f/3.3 and f/9.3 [W])
Self-timer Approx. 10 seconds
Built-in flash range (approx.; auto ISO) W: 0.5-2.2 m (1 ft 8 in.-7 ft 2 in.), T: 0.5-1.2 m (1 ft 8 in.-3 ft 11 in.)
Flash control TTL auto with monitor preflashes
Interface Hi-Speed USB
Data Transfer Protocol MTP, PTP
Video output NTSC, PAL
I/O terminal Audio video output/digital I/O (USB)
Supported languages Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Power sources Built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery
Charging time Approx. 2 h 50 min (using Charging AC Adapter EH-69P; battery fully discharged)
Battery life *¹ Still pictures: Approx. 190 shots (with built-in battery), Movies (actual battery life for recording) *²: HD 720p (1280 x 720): Approx. 1 h 40 min; VGA: 3 h (with built-in battery)
Case (optional) CS-CP4-1 (with strap)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 77.0 x 51.2 x 17.2 mm (3.1 x 2.1 x 0.7 in.), excluding projections
Weight Approx. 96 g (3.4 oz)
Temperature 0 °C-40 °C (32 °F-104 °F)
Humidity 85% or less (no condensation)
Supplied accessories Camera Strap, Charging AC Adapter EH-69P, USB Cable UC-E16
Optional accessories Leather Case CS-CP4-1, Audio Video Cable EG-CP14