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Nikon Coolpix S2500 Digital Camera

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One Industry Award

This compact camera camera received a "Recommended" from PhotographyBlog.com who concluded that this camera was good.

Reasonably Priced

Some customers who purchased the product reckoned that it was good value for money. Expert website Whatdigitalcamera.com mentioned five years ago “Where once you'd struggle to purchase anything respectable around that price, there are now a host of models vying for pole position” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S2500. Expert website Ephotozine.com wrote in their review “The Coolpix S2500 represents good value for money although for just £111 you can get the Coolpix S3100 which has more megapixels, longer optical zoom”. Five years ago Digicambuyer.co.uk scored the product 4 stars and wrote in their review “A good-looking camera that’s refreshingly slim, light and good value for money”.

A number of Nikon Coolpix S2500 reviewers who reviewed the product concluded that it was cheap. Photographyblog.com said on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “The Nikon Coolpix S2500 is a budget digicam with a sense of style thanks to its all-metal body”. Cnet.co.uk said five years ago “Nowadays, many big-name manufacturers are coming up with low-cost cameras that don't skimp on performance or features” in their review. Expert review site Pocket-Lint.com wrote “The Nikon Coolpix S2500 is a 12.1-megapixel budget compact with a slender 20mm body” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S2500.

A number of Nikon Coolpix S2500 owners said in their reviews that it was a bargain for the price. Ephotozine said “Cheap, in-camera Colour Options” in their Nikon Coolpix S2500 review and gave the product a rating of 4 stars. Cnet.com.au mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site CNET.com.au “Amidst the influx of cheap compact cameras here at CNET of late - see the”. Cnet.com.au also wrote “The S2500 is a respectable cheap compact that loses marks for its basic feature set”.

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Good Size

A few Nikon Coolpix S2500 reviewers wrote in their reviews that the Nikon Coolpix S2500 was thin. Five years ago Photographyblog.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “Teenagers will find the slim design attractive and anyone who isn't photographically minded will also”. Cnet.co.uk scored it 4 stars and wrote on CNET.co.uk “The slim, 12.1-megapixel Nikon Coolpix S2500 could well” in their review of this digital camera. Five years ago Expertreviews.co.uk said “Slim, attractive and relatively quick.” however despite that they scored the product 3 stars.

A few customers said in their reviews that it was compact. Pocket-Lint.com mentioned on Pocket Lint “If you’re looking for a budget point-and-shoot compact to snap day-to-day images without the need for critical detail then the Nikon S2500 can deliver that for under £100”. Five years ago Tech-Reviews.co.uk gave it a rating of 70 out of 100 and mentioned “Its compact size means it easily fits in your pocket for use at parties or when you’re out” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S2500.

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Good Quality Pictures

A few Nikon Coolpix S2500 owners who reviewed it concluded that it was able to produce good images. Expert review site Ephotozine.com wrote “The camera has a variety of auto and scene modes available designed to make taking pictures fun and easy”. Five years ago Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned in their review “Its photos are significantly better”. Pocket-Lint.com wrote on expert review site Pocket Lint “Is the S2500 the perfect partner for great images? The Nikon S2500 is part of the new spring range of Coolpix compacts, bringing the range up to date” in their Nikon Coolpix S2500 review but in spite of that they only rated this digital camera 60 out of 100.

One person who purchased it thought it had a good picture resolution.

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Nice Design

Some customers who bought this digital camera thought it was good looking. One customer thought the Nikon Coolpix S2500 was smooth. Expert website Digicambuyer.co.uk said in their Nikon Coolpix S2500 review five years ago “It’s a neat and smooth design, too” and rated the product 4 stars.

One Nikon Coolpix S2500 reviewer who bought it said that it was a good design.

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Nikon Cameras Have Good Reviews

Nikon compact camera digital cameras have good ratings on average and across all digital cameras Nikon is one of the superior manufacturers.

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Good Product Quality

A few Nikon Coolpix S2500 reviewers said in their reviews that the product was good quality. Whatdigitalcamera.com said on expert website What Digital Camera five years ago “The market for £100 cameras has really improved in quality over recent years”. Photographyblog.com wrote on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “The image quality is very good” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 80 out of 100.

Easy to Use

One person considered that it was easy to use. Cnet.co.uk wrote on expert review site CNET.co.uk “This compact camera is small, easy to use” in their review.

Good Technical Features

One Nikon Coolpix S2500 owner said in their reviews that it had good features. Expert review site Cnet.co.uk wrote “Offers pretty impressive performance and features for the price” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S2500.

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

We compared all the other digital cameras that have a CCD sensor to this camera and we think the GE J1455[plb_1773004_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If you are looking for a camera with a better memory card type then you might want to look at the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), the Sony DSC-WX350[plb_2163795_price] (MicroSD (TransFlash)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Canon PowerShot N100[plb_2118439_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Coolpix S2500 supports video recording, as do most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Coolpix S2500.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras which support video recording currently available including the IXUS 140[pl_1561326_price], or the IXUS 130[pl_1644860_price] both from Canon or the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Nikon Coolpix S2500 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix S2500.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabiliser and we think the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS40[plb_1786919_price], and the GE A1455[plb_1772760_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix S2500, the Nikon Coolpix S2500 has a built-in flash.

We compared all the other cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], the Lexibook DJ024[plb_1833399_price], and the GE C1233[plb_1772801_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Very Light

The lightest digital camera of this age and spec is 0.097kg heavy and the heaviest is 180kg. At only 0.117 kilograms, the Coolpix S2500 is quite light compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The Coolpix S2500 has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix S2500. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Flash" and "Manual" are also found on this Nikon camera.

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Has Two Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Coolpix S2500 is more than most cameras of this type and age. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix S2500. The photo effect "Sepia" is also found on this camera.

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Features Four Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Nikon Coolpix S2500 is more than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This Nikon camera features a Face detection auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix S2500. The auto focus "Centre weighted Auto Focus", "Continuous Auto Focus" and "Face tracking" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Light

Across all the similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix S2500 the weights range from 20g to 710g. With a weight of only 117 grams, the Nikon Coolpix S2500 is quite light compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Coolpix S2500.

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TFT Display

The Nikon Coolpix S2500 has a better display than most cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. The best display of all digital cameras of this type and age is OLED and the worst is LCD.

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Very Thin

Across all the compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Coolpix S2500 the depths range from 4mm to 2,200mm. At only 20 millimeters, the Coolpix S2500 is quite thin compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix S2500.

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Narrow

Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Coolpix S2500 the widths range from 16mm to 470mm, and the average width is 100mm. With a width of only 93.1 millimeters, the Coolpix S2500 is one of the narrower comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Coolpix S2500 amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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15 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this camera is 68 out of 100 based on eleven expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Expert Reviews and Digicam Buyer.co.uk.

Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 4 times zoom factor, the Coolpix S2500 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Coolpix S2500. The smallest optical zoom of similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix S2500 is 2.7x and the biggest is 63x.

Other 4x optical zoom cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price] which has better reviews.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth looking at include the Coolpix P310[pl_1332003_price] (4.2x), or the Coolpix P310[pl_2119209_price] (4.2x) both from Nikon or the Canon PowerShot ELPH 310 HS[plb_651755_price] (4.4x) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The megapixel counts of compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 0.3MP to 46MP, and the average megapixel count is 14MP. With a megapixel count of only 12 megapixels, the Coolpix S2500 has one of the lower megapixel counts amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

There are a number of other 12MP cameras currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price].

If this camera megapixel count is too low for you then you might want to consider the PowerShot S120[pl_1602828_price] (12.1MP), the PowerShot N[pl_1478196_price] (12.1MP), or the PowerShot SX230 HS[pl_1143510_price] (12.1MP) all from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Nikon Coolpix S2500 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support Full HD video including the Coolpix S9500[pl_1721861_price], or the Coolpix S6500[pl_1882940_price] both from Nikon or the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Coolpix S2500 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix S2500 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Canon IXUS 240 HS[plb_408112_price], the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[plb_2083466_price], or the Nikon Coolpix S5200[plb_1873851_price].

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Not 3D Compatible

Most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Coolpix S2500 are not 3D compatible. The Coolpix S2500 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth looking at include the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS[plb_66875_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30[plb_1847857_price], or the Nikon Coolpix S9500[plb_1721861_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Most compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago do not have a GPS. The Coolpix S2500 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a GPS to this digital camera and we think the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2[plb_2711451_price], the Canon IXUS 140[plb_1561326_price], or the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Most cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Coolpix S2500 are not waterproof. The Coolpix S2500 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Only 1280 X 720 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon Coolpix S2500 has a 1280 x 720 still image resolution which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution found on most compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. The best still image resolution of all compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago is 5152 x 3864 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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Only Features Two Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Coolpix S2500 is more than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Coolpix S2500. The flash mode "Manual" is also featured on this camera.

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Quite Few Total Megapixel Count

With a total megapixel count of only 12.39 megapixels, the Nikon Coolpix S2500 has one of the less total megapixel counts amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. The average total megapixel count of compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago is 16MP.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

The average maximum focal length of compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years is 250mm, and the maximum focal lengths range from 0.28mm to 1,800mm. The Coolpix S2500 has a fairly short maximum focal length (only 108 millimeters) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix S2500.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Nikon Coolpix S2500 is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Across all digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Coolpix S2500 the best video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Only Has Two Playback Modes

The Nikon Coolpix S2500 has a greater number of camera playback modes than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This digital camera has a Movie playback mode, which is the most commonly found playback mode found on similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix S2500. The playback mode "single image" is also found on this camera.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The number of supported image formats on the Coolpix S2500 is more than most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Nikon digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by cameras of a similar age and type to the Coolpix S2500.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix S2500

Released Over Five Years Ago

This compact camera camera has been on the market for over five years.

Average Digital Zoom

The Coolpix S2500 has a fairly typical digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix S2500.

Alternative 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available which you might want to look at include the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price] which has better reviews.

If this camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Canon IXUS 500[plb_1539093_price] (4.1x and higher rated).

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Screen Size

The Nikon Coolpix S2500 has a pretty standard screen size (2.7 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

There are a number of alternative 2.7" screen cameras currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix S5100[plb_1308_price].

If you are looking for a larger screen size then you might want to look at the Canon PowerShot N[plb_1478196_price] (2.8" and higher rated), or the Fujifilm FinePix X100[plb_1426201_price] (2.8" and higher rated).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
AV Output
PC Connectivity
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Included Cable
Battery Included
Other Features
Video Recording
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
Weight
Interface
Dimension
Focal Length
Cable
Aperture Range
USB 3.0 Port
Lens System
Digital SLR

1 Award

PhotographyBlog.com Recommended

Expert Reviews

(13)
5 September 2011

Priced at under £60 as a no fuss camera the Nikon Coolpix S2500 is a great little purchase, turn it on, shoot and walk away with an okay photo. Its compact size means it easily fits in your...

The Nikon Coolpix S2500 costs less than £100 so for the money, the image quality is very good. It's pretty to look at fits perfectly in your pocket. Teenagers will find the slim design attractive...

PhotographyBlog.com

23 May 2011

Slim, attractive and relatively quick, but mediocre photo and video quality take the shine off...

21 April 2011

The S2500 is a respectable cheap compact that loses marks for its basic feature set and standard images...

Digicam Buyer.co.uk

14 April 2011

A good-looking camera that?s refreshingly slim, light and good value for money. It?s just let down by the LCD panel that makes the camera almost unusable outdoors Overall Our provides the latest...

14 April 2011

The Nikon Coolpix S2500 costs only £90, so you can't expect perfection. But this compact camera is small, easy to use, and offers pretty impressive performance and features for the price...

16 March 2011

At just £89.99, the Coolpix S2500 represents good value for money although for just £111 you can get the Coolpix S3100 which has more megapixels, longer optical zoom and HD movies. The Coolpix...

Cheap, in-camera Colour Options
Poor LCD, unreliable AF, no HD video
15 March 2011

The market for £100 cameras has really improved in quality over recent years. Where once you'd struggle to purchase anything respectable around that price, there are now a host of models vying...

8 March 2011

If you?re looking for a budget point-and-shoot compact to snap day-to-day images without the need for critical detail then the Nikon S2500 can deliver that for under £100. It?s not without its...

4 May 2011

Le petit prix du Nikon Coolpix S2500 ne permet pas d?en attendre la perfection. Mais cet appareil photo compact est petit, facile d?usage et délivre des performances et des fonctions plutôt...

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