Nikon Coolpix S2700 Review

4.0
March 1, 2013 | Gavin Stoker |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 16 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 6Mb.

Given the relatively small sensor, the high-ish pixel count and the low price tag attached to the Nikon Coolpix S2700, on a clear, bright day the picture quality isn’t at all bad for a modest pocket snapshot. In fact it can be distinctly impressive in its crispness of detail and overall clarity, if you overlook the likes of converging verticals at maximum wideangle setting, instances of pixel fringing between areas of high contrast, occasional blown highlights and the odd bit of image blur resulting from camera shake/hand wobble - which we’d expect of most any point and shoot compact, to be fair.

In terms of low light performance we’re beginning to first notice a grittiness to shadow detail at ISO800, though this is by no means ruinous and is only really noticeable if actively looking for it. At ISO1600 the performance isn’t significantly worse either, though we are noticing a softening to edge detail and an overall smudging effect. There’s a colour shift and an even grittier and simultaneously washed out appearance at ISO3200 setting, but again this is no worse than we’d expect of any snapshot camera. Actually, it might even be slightly better. Indeed, if we’ve one conclusion to draw as regards the shooting performance of the S2700, it’s that it is very much better than expected. At this price we weren’t expecting miracles, but the Nikon certainly holds its own.

Noise

The Nikon Coolpix S3000 has sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 80 to ISO 1600 at full resolution, with ISO 3200 available at reduced resolution.

ISO 80 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

 
 

Focal Range

The Nikon Coolpix S2700's 6x zoom lens provides a focal length of 26-156mm in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below.

26mm

156mm

Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops - he right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are slightly soft at the default sharpening setting and benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You can't change the in-camera sharpening level to suit your tastes.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

Chromatic Aberrations

The Nikon Coolpix S2700 shows some purple fringing in areas of high contrast, as shown in the examples below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

Macro

The Nikon Coolpix S3000 allows you to get as close as 5cms to your subject, in this case a Compact Flash card.

Macro

Macro (100% Crop)

Flash

There are five flash modes on the Nikon Coolpix S2700. They are auto, red-eye auto, flash off, flash on and slow sync.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (26mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (26mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Flash Off - Telephoto (156mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (156mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are a couple of portrait shots. Red-eye wasn't a major problem.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
   

Red Eye Reduction

Red Eye Reduction (100% Crop)

Night

The Nikon Coolpix S2700 is hardly the ideal tool for night photography, as the longest shutter speed is 4 seconds in the Fireworks Show scene mode and you cannot set it manually. The shot below was captured at a shutter speed of 1 second at ISO 800.

Night

Night (100% Crop)

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