Nikon Coolpix S2500 review

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Nikon Coolpix S2500 Review: Performance

Considering the Nikon S2500 price tag, we weren't expecting flawless results but actually what we did get was a cluster of well exposed, colour correct pictures exuding good detail definition. When using the majority of the scene and shooting modes we discovered that the Coolpix was more than capable of handling tricky lighting environments – even when the subject was situated in areas of high contrast, capturing details in the highlights and shadows with ease.

If we were to forget its market placement we could argue that the S2500 did have a slight tendency to overexpose, but users do have access to exposure compensation should the need arise. The auto white balance was equally adequate and provided good colour replication especially in situations where natural, even light was employed, less so when shooting indoors or at a higher ISO.

That said, the camera's handle on sensitivity was not as bad as one might have thought for a lower-end unit and operating the Auto setting delivered images with little to complain about. The first tell-tale signs of noise only surfaced at ISO 800 but it wasn't until ISO 1600 that degradation affected colour and detail.

Results captured at ISO 3200 were largely unusable, displaying high volumes of grain, blurred and muddied details with diluted mottled colours; furthermore noise became an issue when we employed the full capacity of the camera's zoom, as textures were flattened and tones muted.

There were a only a few issues with the lens, namely that in a number of compositions displaying contrast we found evidence of purple fringing along edges and on some occasions we discovered lens flare, however scenes retain sharpness in the centre with only minor softening towards the edges.

The camera's AF system performed well, and in particular subject tracking was pleasing although the lens had a tendency to hunt noisily when used in some low contrast occasions or when the subject moved quickly. Whilst the AF system remained solid through the scene and Auto modes we can't avoid talking about the macro mode.

Users will find that the minimum focus range for the S2500 is a painful 8cm, meaning that close up captures is for the most part out of the question.

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