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Nikon Coolpix S2500 Digital Camera

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12MP 4x CCD Sep 2011
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
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One Industry Award

The expert at one expert review site concluded that they would recommend this Nikon camera. This Nikon digital camera received a "Recommended" award from PhotographyBlog.com.

Reasonably Priced

Several customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was good value for money. Six years ago Whatdigitalcamera.com said in their Nikon Coolpix S2500 review on expert review site What Digital Camera “Where once you'd struggle to purchase anything respectable around that price, there are now a host of models vying for pole position”. Ephotozine.com mentioned on expert website Ephotozine in the same month “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”. Digicambuyer.co.uk scored this digital camera 80 out of 100 and said in their Nikon Coolpix S2500 review on expert website Digicam Buyer.co.uk also six years ago “A good-looking camera that’s refreshingly slim, light and good value for money”.

Some customers who purchased this digital camera considered that it was cheap. Photographyblog.com mentioned in their review six years ago “The Nikon Coolpix S2500 is a budget digicam with a sense of style thanks to its all-metal body”. Also six years ago Cnet.co.uk said on CNET.co.uk “Nowadays, many big-name manufacturers are coming up with low-cost cameras that don't skimp on performance or features”. Also six years ago expert website Pocket-Lint.com said in their Nikon Coolpix S2500 review “The Nikon Coolpix S2500 is a 12.1-megapixel budget compact with a slender 20mm body”.

A few Nikon Coolpix S2500 owners concluded that the Nikon Coolpix S2500 was a bargain for the price. Ephotozine wrote “Cheap, in-camera Colour Options”. Cnet.com.au gave the Nikon Coolpix S2500 a rating of 4 stars and said 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 said “The S2500 is a respectable cheap compact that loses marks for its basic feature set”.

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Good Size

Several Nikon Coolpix S2500 owners thought this digital camera was thin. Photographyblog.com scored the Nikon Coolpix S2500 4 stars and wrote on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “Teenagers will find the slim design attractive and anyone who isn't photographically minded will also”. Expert review site Cnet.co.uk gave the product a score of 70 out of 100 and mentioned “The slim, 12.1-megapixel Nikon Coolpix S2500 could well”. Expertreviews.co.uk wrote “Slim, attractive and relatively quick.” in their Nikon Coolpix S2500 review yet they scored the product 60 out of 100.

Five customers who reviewed this digital camera said that it was compact. Expert review site Pocket-Lint.com wrote “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”. Tech-Reviews.co.uk scored the Nikon Coolpix S2500 70 out of 100 and said “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 people wrote in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Expert website Ephotozine.com wrote six years ago “The camera has a variety of auto and scene modes available designed to make taking pictures fun and easy” and gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars. Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Expert Reviews in the same month “Its photos are significantly better” although they rated the product 3 stars. Pocket-Lint.com wrote in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S2500 on expert website 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”.

One person who reviewed the product considered that it had a good picture resolution.

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Nice Design

Two customers who purchased this digital camera concluded that it was good looking. One customer who reviewed the product said that it was a good design.

One customer said in their reviews that it was smooth. Expert website Digicambuyer.co.uk mentioned in their Nikon Coolpix S2500 review “It’s a neat and smooth design, too”.

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Nikon Has Good Camera Reviews

Nikon has good average reviews for its compact cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range compared to other brands.

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Good Product Quality

Several Nikon Coolpix S2500 reviewers wrote in their reviews that the Nikon Coolpix S2500 was good quality. Whatdigitalcamera.com said on What Digital Camera “The market for £100 cameras has really improved in quality over recent years” in their review. Expert review site Photographyblog.com wrote “The image quality is very good”.

Easy to Use

One person who purchased the product thought it was easy to use. Six years ago Cnet.co.uk wrote “This compact camera is small, easy to use”.

Good Technical Features

One customer who reviewed this digital camera thought it had good features. Cnet.co.uk rated the product 70 out of 100 and mentioned six years ago “Offers pretty impressive performance and features for the price”.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on compact cameras that were released around the same time as it. 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.

There are a number of alternative cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available which you might want to look at including the Rollei Powerflex 240 HD[plb_1879236_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many cameras of this spec and age. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this Nikon camera is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), the Canon Powershot S200[plb_2175840_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Panasonic DMC-TZ55[plb_2145740_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Nikon Coolpix S2500 supports video capability, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Coolpix S2500 do not support video capability.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support video capability to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the Sony DSC-HX10[plb_1543755_price], and the Fujifilm FinePix JX500[plb_1672380_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Coolpix S2500 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of other cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the GE C1033[plb_1772798_price], or the Olympus VR-370[plb_1721828_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix S2500, the Coolpix S2500 has a built-in flash.

There are a number of alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might also want to consider including the D300s[pl_994_price], or the Coolpix P330[pl_1724102_price] both from Nikon or the Lexibook DJ134[plb_2288229_price] which has better reviews.

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Very Light

Across all the digital cameras of this spec and age the weights range from 0.097kg to 180kg. At only 0.117 kilograms, the Coolpix S2500 is quite light compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Coolpix S2500.

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Has Four White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Coolpix S2500 is more than most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This Nikon camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix S2500. The white balances "Cloudy", "Flash" and "Manual" are also found on this digital camera.

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Has Two Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Coolpix S2500 is more than most cameras of this age and spec. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on cameras of this spec and age. The photo effects "Sepia" is also found on this Nikon camera.

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Light

With a weight of only 117 grams, the Coolpix S2500 is one of the lighter cameras of this spec and age amongst compact cameras of this age. The weights of similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix S2500 range from 20g to 840g, and the average weight is 170g.

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TFT Display

The Coolpix S2500 has a TFT display which is better than most compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. Most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it 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. Across all similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix S2500 the worst display is LCD and the best is AMOLED.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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14 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Average

Eleven experts from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Expert Reviews and Digicam Buyer.co.uk have rated this Nikon digital camera on average 68%.

Very Small Optical Zoom

Across all the compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix S2500 the optical zooms range from 0.17x to 63x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x. At only 4 times zoom factor, the Coolpix S2500 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix S2500.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 4x optical zoom digital cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price] is also worth considering.

Digital cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth looking at include the Canon 310 HS[plb_651755_price] (4.4x), or the Panasonic DMC-TS5[plb_1900903_price] (4.6x) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Low Megapixel

The Coolpix S2500 has one of the lower megapixels (only 12 megapixels) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. Across all the similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix S2500 the megapixels range from 0.3MP to 46MP, and the average megapixel is 14MP.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 12MP cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price].

If you would prefer a higher megapixel then you might also want to consider the DMC-FT4[pl_1353102_price] (12.1MP), the Lumix DMC-FS10[pl_2396948_price] (12.1MP), or the Lumix DMC-TZ71[pl_2770268_price] (12.1MP) all from Panasonic which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix S2500 do not support Full HD video. The Nikon Coolpix S2500 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support Full HD video including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Olympus XZ-2[plb_1716567_price], or the Canon 115 HS[plb_1526810_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Coolpix S2500, the Coolpix S2500 does not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Samsung ST200[plb_378406_price], the Canon IXUS 265 HS[plb_2110773_price], or the Sony DSC-WX300[plb_1621847_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

Most digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix S2500 are not 3D. The Coolpix S2500 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

If you would prefer a camera that is 3D then you might want to consider the Olympus VR-360[plb_362476_price], the Samsung ST200[plb_378406_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41[plb_2149949_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix S2500, the Nikon Coolpix S2500 does not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a GPS (satellite) and we think the Canon IXUS 140[plb_1561326_price], the Sony DSC-HX10[plb_1543755_price], or the Panasonic DMC-TS5[plb_1900903_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Coolpix S2500 is not waterproof. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec are also not waterproof.

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Only 1280 X 720 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Coolpix S2500 has a 1280 x 720 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most digital cameras of this spec and age. Digital cameras of this spec and age still image resolution(s)s range from 384 x 480 to 5152 x 3864.

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Only Features Two Flash Modess

The Coolpix S2500 has a greater number of flash modes than most compact cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix S2500. The flash modes "Manual" is also featured on this Nikon digital camera.

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Quite Few Total Megapixels

The Nikon Coolpix S2500 has one of the least total megapixelss (only 12.39 megapixels) amongst compact cameras of this age. The least total megapixels of comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix S2500 is 10MP, the most is 48MP, and the average total megapixels is 16MP.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 108 millimeters, the Coolpix S2500 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix S2500. The maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of compact cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix S2500 range from 18mm to 1,000mm.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Coolpix S2500 has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Across all similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years the worst video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the Nikon Coolpix S2500 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This Nikon digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by compact cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix S2500.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix S2500

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when this Nikon digital camera was released.

Average Digital Zoom

The Nikon Coolpix S2500 has a fairly standard digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix S2500.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 4x digital zoom cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P3[plb_2003_price].

If this compact camera camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Canon 500[plb_1539093_price] (4.1x and higher rated).

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

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

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Average Display Diagonal

At 2.7 inches, the Coolpix S2500 has a fairly average display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

If this compact camera camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to consider the Canon PowerShot N[plb_1478196_price] (2.8"), the Fujifilm FinePix x100 Classic Kit[plb_1609683_price] (2.8"), or the Sony DSC-WX10B[plb_595125_price] (2.8") which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
AV Output
Connection to PC
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Camera File System
Camera Playback
Built-In Processor
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Weight
Interface
Dimensions (WxDxH)
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Cable Type
Aperture Range (F-F)
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Ports Quantity
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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