Nikon Coolpix S01 review

A very small, simple camera to take anywhere

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In some respects, the Nikon Coolpix S01 is a refreshing change: it's a compact camera that doesn't inundate you with features and options you'll use once in a blue moon. It is what it is, a very simple point-and-shoot, and you can use it to capture those moments you might not normally record due to not having a camera on you at the time.

The Nikon Coolpix S01's size enables you to tuck it into a back pocket, a visor, even a sock while running, giving you the versatility to be able to shoot anywhere, any time.

It's often said that the best camera is the one you have on you, and with the Coolpix S01, Nikon is aiming to wrest that title back from the now ubiquitous smartphone.

But is that a winnable battle? And will a small but limited camera with no potential to expand its capabilities with smartphone-like apps still meet your needs in the medium to long term?

Portability is one thing, but almost anyone who takes pictures wants a little bit of control. White Balance, for instance. And ISO. And Autofocus!

We liked

We achieved nice, strong colours straight from the camera in our sample images, and very good dynamic range results. The Nikon Coolpix S01 is also a pocket camera in every sense of the word

We disliked

The Nikon Coolpix S01 lacks some basic controls such as white balance and ISO settings, which may put you off. Images from the camera are noisy even in bright conditions, and the focal range is too limited.

Final verdict

The Nikon Coolpix S01 is certainly stylish, and its size makes it extremely portable - a pocket camera even when you don't have any pockets.

There's something refreshing about having a basic point-and-shoot camera, a simple creative tool that enables you to focus solely on composition and capturing the moment. Such is the strength of the iPhone and other smartphone cameras.

So while we're willing to overlook the lack of certain commonly used controls, we just can't overlook image quality. The Nikon Coolpix S01's tiny 1/3-inch type sensor didn't produce reliably sharp and noise-free images in our tests, and at this price point we'd probably opt for a smartphone as our carry-anywhere point-and-shoot.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Wireless LANNo
Effective Camera Resolution10.1 Megapixel
Product FamilyCoolpix S
HD Movie ModeYes
Image StabilizationDigital
Optical Zoom3x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesLive View, Self-timer, Face Detection
Screen Size6.4 cm (2.5")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4 AVC
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)96 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Image Sensor Size1/2.9"
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height51.2 mm
Width77 mm
Depth17.2 mm
Product SeriesS
Focal Length4.10 mm to 12.30 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelS01
Product NameCoolpix S01 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Exposure Control

Program AE

Manufacturer Part NumberVNA212E1
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Pick your perfect body color and get noticed with the COOLPIX S01: the small camera that loves to be seen.

Light as a feather, this camera is so petite you won't even notice you're carrying it. When you do slip it out of your pocket or purse, you can be sure of superior photos and movies, thanks to the 3x optical zoom lens and the 10-megapixel image sensor.

Have fun shooting movies with effects or applying filters to the photos you've taken. Enjoy the super-bright, anti-reflective touch screen that makes everything easy to control.

Package Contents
  • Coolpix S01 Compact Camera
  • Camera Strap
  • Charging AC Adapter EH-69P
  • USB Cable UC-E16
Limited Warranty1 Year