Nikon Coolpix S5100 review

A tiny compact that's ideal for snapping on the fly

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nikon s5100 review

Image quality is excellent. The lens resolved plenty of detail, which meant sharp images. The corners of our test images remained reasonably sharp, even with the lens at its longest 140mm setting.

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ISO performance is satisfyingly good as well: there's little distinction to be made between 100 and 400. ISOs 800 and 1600 show a little noise and discolouration creeping in, but not enough to discourage us from using it in low-light situations where the flash isn't an option.

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Indeed, stick the S5100 on ISO 1600, then use a tripod with the image stabilisation on and you should have a camera capable of surprisingly good results in low light.

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The only problem is ISO 3200 – image quality takes a dive at this setting. Colour accuracy plummets and supposedly plain areas take on mottled, grey-brown hues. One best left for emergencies.

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The only recurring complaint we had was chromatic aberration. Purple fringing was a factor in far too many of our test shots – most areas of high contrast proved problematic.

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The S5100 isn't the worst culprit we've seen, and if you tread carefully when taking pictures that are likely to be a problem – tree branches against an overcast sky, for instance – you can avoid it… but it's worth bearing in mind.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution12.2 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyCoolpix S
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom2x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesFace Detection
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsAVI
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)115 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height56.9 mm
Width97.1 mm
Depth21.6 mm
Product SeriesS
Focal Length5 mm to 25 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelS5100
Product NameCoolpix S5100 Point & Shoot Digital Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVMA641E1
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Vibrant-looking, pocket-size camera that helps you capture the night in style and the day with ease. Whether you want to shoot the action on the dance floor or take romantic shots of candlelit dinners, this camera's great low-light capabilities and precision NIKKOR wide angle 5x zoom lens deliver consistently sharp results. Nikon's Smart portrait system helps you capture every face at its best, while the 12.2 megapixel resolution lets you make impressive enlargements of your favorite photos to hang on the wall. The COOLPIX S5100 - the perfect companion on a fun weekend away.

Package Contents
  • Coolpix S5100 Point & Shoot Digital Camera
  • Strap AN-CP19
  • Audio Video Cable EG-CP14
  • AC Adapter EH-68P
  • Battery EN-EL10
  • USB Cable UC-E6
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year