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.

Product Overview

Overall rating:

82%
Overall score:82%
Features:80%
Value:80%
Performance:80%
Image Quality:85%
Design:85%

Pros:

  • 3-inch LCD screen, wi-fi.

Cons:

  • Slow focusing, complex menu system.

Product:

Nikon Coolpix S51c

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£190.00

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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.





Features

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.

Verdict

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

Full Specification

Memory Card:
SD/SDHC + 13MB internal memory
Flash Modes:
5 modes

White Balance:
5 modes
ISO Range:
100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, Auto (auto gain ISO 100-800)

Metering System:
224-segment matrix metering
Exposure Modes:
6 modes

Shutter Speeds:
4-1 – 2000s
File Formats:
JPEG, Movie Mode Motion JPEG (AVI)

LCD:
3.0-in., 230,000-dot, wide viewing angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
Lens:
38-114mm

Sensor:
8.1mp
Connectivity:
USB 2.0

Power:
Li-ion
Dimensions:
98 x 59 x 21mm

Weight:
125g
Other:
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