Nikon Coolpix S5100 review

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

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Nikon coolpix s5100 review

The S5100 might not be rocking any out of this world features, but it's a solid little camera – particularly when you consider the sub-£150 price. It's small, it's light, and it takes good-quality pictures as long as you can stand the odd spot of purple fringing.

There's no manual mode, and while that's disappointing for purists, for beginners it simply means there are no complicated settings to get to grips with: just the zoom toggle and shutter release button. More complex features, such as the optical image stabilisation and face-detection, work so well they barely require any thought at all to use effectively.

The unfussy design also wins our hearts: this might not be a stunning camera to look at, but everything falls easily to hand. And, while the all-plastic build might not be inspiring, it's likely the S5100 will survive its fair share of mistreatment.

Nikon coolpix s5100 review

We're less convinced by the rather dull video mode, which produces quite flat results, and there's no doubt that those who want a camera that will grow with their photographic skills should look for something a bit more involving, such as the Samsung WB600.

But for those who want nothing more than a camera that produces competent results without the taxing nomenclature of apertures and f-stops, the S5100 is a very solid choice.

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