Nikon Coolpix S51c review

Review Date : Mon, 7 Apr 2008

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Nikon Coolpix S51c
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The 8-megapixel Nikon Coolpix S51c is a style-led compact that features Wi-Fi connectivity, a 3in LCD screen and an ISO range of 100-1600.

Pros: 3-inch LCD screen, wi-fi.
Cons: Slow focusing, complex menu system.

Sleek Styling

Upon first inspection, the Nikon Coolpix S51c looks as if it wouldn’t look out of place in a wine bar. Matt-black and chrome finished, and full wave-surface design give the S51c immediate trendy appeal.


The camera features an 8MP sensor and large, 3in LCD screen, with a decent ISO range of 100-1600 also thrown in. Start-up time is a little slow, and the tardy auto focus means you’ll miss any shots that need instant snapping. It does have a convenient wi-fi option, should you wish to use it (though a cheaper wi-fi free S51 model also exists, should you not).

Image Quality

When it comes to images, the camera performs well throughout. Noise is well controlled up to ISO 800, and though the camera meters well, highlights seem to be forgotten and are left blowing their detail.


A sleek looking camera, but slow focusing and some fiddly controls let it down a bit.

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Design 17/20
Image Quality 17/20
Performance 16/20
Value 16/20
Features 16/20
Overall Score 82%

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