Nikon Coolpix S5100 review

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

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Not every cheap-as-chips compact comes with a well-specified video mode, so it's pleasing to report that the S5100 comes with a 1,280 x 720, 30fps HD mode, as well as 640 x 460 and 320 x 240 modes.

Exposure and focus are modified while you shoot, although the lens' zoom mechanism is disabled, presumably to stop the camera picking up the sound of its own mechanics while recording.

Video quality is reasonable – detail resolution isn't up there with the best, although motion is handled well. We noted the autofocus hunting a little even during relatively static shots, but for the occasional high-def clip, the S5100 just about passes muster.

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