Nikon Coolpix S2500 review

Easy to use and easy to carry

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  • Very affordable
  • Handles tricky light conditions well
  • Simple to use


  • Very no frills
  • Lack of guide function

Nikon Coolpix S2500 Review: Overview

Unlike its launch bigger brothers, the S2500 is equipped with a regular 1/2.3 type CCD 12MP sensor rather than the fancier backside illumination CMOS sensor found on the new S9100, nor does it share its Full HD movie mode function, instead quietly touting its ability to record VGA footage at a maximum resolution of just 640 x 480.

The unit lacks the touch panel the new S6100 boasts and it can't lay claim to the palette of exciting filter effects both the S3100 and S4100 share. What the S2500 can deliver however, is great value for money in the entry-level quarter, with the Nikon S2500 price tag at a very comfortable £99.99.

Although the S2500 lacks a great deal of the 'must-have' technology of the hour, it does pocket one of two helpful and creative assets that are sure to see newcomers on their way to collecting higher quality frames.

For example, whilst it might not be able to shoot in a faux fish-eye or miniature settings, it does offer a small sample of colour options, which include: standard, vivid, black and white, sepia and cyanotype. Of these the 'Vivid' option is the most appealing; and is particularly useful for donating punchy reds and energetic greens to compositions.

Aided with the brand's Expeed C2 image processor, the 12MP sensor can produce images at an accommodating maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels, creating images large enough to satisfy the needs of the average beginner.

Elsewhere we note the addition of a 4x optical and 4 x digital zoom wide angle generating a staple equivalent focal length of 27-108mm, supported by Vibration Reduction technology. Shooting modes come in the form of; Auto mode, Scene Auto Selector mode, plus 17 scene modes and there is even a Smart Portrait mode with independently selectable options for smile timer, blink proof and skin softening.

Finally the unit incorporates a dedicated Subject Tracking function, with single and full-time AF options. Disregarding the fact that the S2500 is purposefully designed to lack an abundance of features – thus appealing to a point and shoot audience – we were slightly disappointed that the camera didn't contain any form of guide function especially as Nikon was one of the first to drive this feature through its range of entry-level DSLRs and many of its competitor brands now offer this as standard in their range of entry-level newcomers.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Effective Camera Resolution12 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyCoolpix S
HD Movie ModeNo
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationDigital
Optical Zoom4x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Manual White Balance
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsAVI
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)117 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height57.1 mm
Width93.1 mm
Depth20 mm
Product SeriesS
Focal Length4.90 mm to 19.60 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelS2500
Product NameCoolpix S2500 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Exposure Control
  • Programme AE
  • Automatic
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVMA781E1
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Fun to use and a pleasure to look at, the ultra-slim COOLPIX S2500 makes it easy for anyone to capture beautiful images. The precision NIKKOR wide-angle zoom lens and 12.1 megapixel image sensor combine to deliver incredibly detailed results that make superb poster-size enlargements. When the moment calls for a portrait, Nikon's Smart Portrait system helps you achieve perfect shots. You'll never miss a smile, and the camera will warn you if someone had their eyes closed so you can quickly take another shot.

Package Contents
  • Coolpix S2500 Compact Camera
  • Camera Strap (AN-CP19)
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (EN-EL19)
  • Charging AC Adapter (EH-69P)
  • USB Cable (UC-E6)
  • Audio Video Cable (EG-CP14)
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year