Nikon Coolpix S810c Review

May 21, 2014 | Matt Grayson | |

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 5Mb.

Noise

As we tested the Nikon Coolpix S810c, we started to get very excited about the results. They looked superb on the monitor, but we did keep in mind that the monitor on the back of a camera and the computer screen give vastly different results. Low ISO settings are very promising with ISO 125 showing fantastic results. There's no noise in any areas while the edges are clean and sharp.

If we were to be pedantic, there's an ever so slight drop in edge definition at ISO 400, but it's very small and only seen on sharp edges at full magnification. It's by no means anything to worry about and, indeed, you don't have to worry at all until ISO 1600 when slight amounts of colour noise start to show through. Image quality drops significantly at ISO 3200, but to keep it in perspective, a similar result on other digital cameras would happen around ISO 800.

ISO 125 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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Focal Range

The focal range of the Nikon Coolpix S810c is 25-300mm in 35mm terms. That's a 12x optical zoom which is a slight improvement on the 10x optical zoom on the S800c predecessor.

25mm

300mm

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Sharpening

We tried sharpening a couple of images in Adobe Photoshop and while it increased the quality slightly, we don't think there's a distinct need to add any on a regular basis.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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Chromatic Aberrations

Chroma is very hard to find on the images from the Nikon Coolpix S810c. We did see it, but it's faint or in very extreme edges of the frame.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

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Chromatic Aberrations 3 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 4 (100% Crop)

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Macro

Close focusing is 2cm in macro mode. That's a very close range and will help in a lot of situations. The downside is that the camera suffers from dispersion. Image quality drops very early from the centre of the frame and very fast. The sweet spot only occupies a small percentage of the centre of the frame.

Macro

Macro (100% Crop)

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Flash

Flash on the Nikon Coolpix S810c is intelligent whereby it stabilises the available light without taking over and washing out the natural light. In fact, it's designed to make it look as though you're using natural light. In the red-eye test, we didn't get any on the portraits we took.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (25mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (25mm)

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Flash Off - Telephoto (250mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (250mm)

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And here are a couple of portrait shots.

Flash On

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Red Eye Reduction

Red Eye Reduction (100% Crop)

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Night

The Nikon Coolpix S810c has a scene menu and you can select a night landscape when shooting. We actually got a slightly better exposure in auto mode than we did using the scene preset. The camera did select a slower shutter speed and we had the camera set to a third under exposed on the exposure compensation. All other settings were identical in selection by the camera.

Night Auto

Night Auto (100% Crop)

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Night Scene

Night Scene (100% Crop)

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