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Nikon S02 Digital Camera

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13.2MP 3x CMOS Sep 2013
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24 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The editor of PhotographyBlog.com recommend this Nikon digital camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

User Reviews Are Good

The average user rating of this camera is 83 out of 100 based on 29 user reviews.

Good Quality Lens

A number of people who reviewed it considered that it had a good zoom. Amazon Customer mentioned in their review on Amazon “Unlike most phones this has a proper zoom that does not lose pixels”. Marian said in her review of the Nikon S02 “The touch screen is hard to touch like old nokia mobiles, day time photos are ok and 3 zoom is helpful.”. Ephotozine.com wrote “It is an ultra-compact camera with 3x optical zoom, full 1080p HD video recording” in their review of the Nikon S02.

Several Nikon S02 owners wrote that the product had a good lens. Dale Thorn mentioned four years ago “There is a breakdown in quality at and near the edges of the image, again due to the lens I believe”.

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Nikon Has Good Camera Reviews

We checked 15,328 owner and expert reviews for Nikon digital cameras and found that on average Nikon has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Nikon has good ratings specifically for its compact cameras.

Good Size

Six Nikon S02 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was compact. Pc Mag mentioned “Design extrmement compact et lgant” however despite that they gave it a score of 3 stars. Four years ago expert review site Techradar wrote “Almost all compact camera manufacturers have suffered as the onslaught of camera phones continue to march forward”. Techradar also said “Some manufacturers try to fight the smartphone by offering incredibly small compact cameras that still manage to outdo their always connecte”.

Nice Design

Two Nikon S02 owners who reviewed this digital camera thought it was good looking. Pc Mag wrote in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Ultracompact, stylish, cute design”. One Nikon S02 reviewer who bought it wrote that it was a good design.

Reasonably Priced

Several customers thought this digital camera was good value for money. Amazon Customer rated the product 5 stars and mentioned “For the price and size it takes a very good picture” in their review. Mr. Paul G. Gray wrote on Amazon “A great price for a lovely camera” in his Nikon S02 review and gave the product a score of 5 stars. Expert website Techmagnifier.com said four years ago “The Nikon Coolpix S02 is a fairly priced ultra-compact camera” however they only gave this digital camera a rating of 2 stars.

One Nikon S02 reviewer who purchased the product mentioned that it was cheap. Pcmag.com wrote on expert review site PC Mag “The Nikon Coolpix S02 is inexpensive and small.” in their review of this digital camera but despite that they only gave the product a rating of 3 stars.

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Good Quality Pictures

Several Nikon S02 reviewers said in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Four years ago Dale Thorn said “The Panasonic LF1's images are excellent in the center” but he only rated it 60 out of 100. Dale Thorn also mentioned “Its images are clear and detailed edge to edge”. Dale Thorn also wrote “The S02 daylight images will look very good when fitted to the screen size.”.

One customer wrote in their reviews that the product had a good image sensor. Expert website Photographyblog.com wrote four years ago “This tiny camera features a 13 megapixel CMOS sensor, Full HD video, 2.7 inch touch-screen” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 80 out of 100.

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Robust

One customer who reviewed it thought it was strong and durable. Gordon Mcmenemy wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “It is small and fits into the pocket well, robust and takes reasonable images”. One Nikon S02 reviewer who purchased it considered that it was easy to damage or scratch. Pc Mag said in their review on PC Mag “Chromeeffect finish scratches quite easily”.

Good Product Quality

A few Nikon S02 owners who bought the product agreed that it was good quality. Dale Thorn mentioned “The quality seems very good based on examining its images” in his Nikon S02 review however despite that he only gave the Nikon S02 a rating of 3 stars. Dale Thorn also mentioned “A better quality lens”. Dale Thorn also said “The pixel quality is much better with the LF1, yielding a more detailed image”.

Good Video Capture

Some Nikon S02 reviewers said in their reviews that the Nikon S02 was good for video recording.

Easy to Use

Some people mentioned in their reviews that the Nikon S02 was easy to use. Pc Mag wrote “Easy to use” in their Nikon S02 review. Expert website Techmagnifier.com wrote four years ago “Is fairly simple to use.”.

Good Flash

One Nikon S02 owner who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it had a good flash.

Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the S02, the Nikon S02 has an image stabilizer.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the Kodak Pixpro FZ151[plb_2596074_price], the Olympus SZ-14[plb_1686232_price], or the Fujifilm F850EXR[plb_1730221_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the S02, the Nikon S02 has a built-in flash.

There are a number of other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Kodak Pixpro FZ151[plb_2596074_price], the Olympus SZ-14[plb_1686232_price], or the Fujifilm F850EXR[plb_1730221_price].

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is the most commonly found camera shutter type on compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Big Internal Memory

When compared to other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the S02, the Nikon S02's internal memory of 7,300 megabytes is one of the biggest. The average internal memory of compact cameras that came out around the same time as the S02 is 300MB, and the internal memorys range from 6.9MB to 8.2GB.

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Has One White Balance

The Nikon S02 has a greater number of white balance modes than most compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the S02.

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Has Three Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Nikon S02 is more than most compact cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on cameras of a comparable type and age to the S02. The photo effectss "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Nikon digital camera.

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Supports Six ISO Sensitivitys

The Nikon S02 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Nikon digital camera. The ISO sensitivitys 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600 and Auto are also supported by this digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Nikon S02 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by cameras that were launched around the same time as the S02. This digital camera also support a video resolutions of 960 x 540 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Nikon S02 has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best video resolution across all comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the S02.

The worst video resolution amongst similar types of digital camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Light

The lightest digital camera of a comparable age and type to the S02 is 20g and the heaviest is 840g. With a weight of only 100 grams, the Nikon S02 is one of the lighter digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the S02 amongst cameras of this age.

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20 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this camera is 57 out of 100 based on seven expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Digital Versus and PC Mag. This puts this Nikon camera in the bottom 5% of all the compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years when ranked by average expert review score.

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Poor Connectivity

One customer who bought this digital camera concluded that it was not good in terms of HDMI connections.

One customer said in their reviews that it was not wifi compatible. Expert review site Pcmag.com wrote “The lack of wireless connectivity makes it a less appealing” in their review of this digital camera and rated the product 50 out of 100.

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Inferior Technical Features

One person reckoned that the Nikon S02 did not have good features.

Poor Battery Life

Several people reckoned that it did not have a good battery life. Hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh said on Amazon three years ago “The battery is not replaceable” in their review.

Quite Small Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of compact cameras that were released around the same time as the S02 is 0.17x and the biggest is 50x. At only 3 times zoom factor, the Nikon S02 has a very small optical zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the S02.

Digital cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the Nikon Coolpix S2900[plb_2715755_price] (5x and higher rated); or the Nikon Coolpix L29[plb_2124045_price] (5x and cheaper).

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the S02, the Nikon S02 does not support video capability.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support video capability to this digital camera and we think the Olympus SZ-14[plb_1686232_price], the Samsung WB350F[plb_2134241_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix F750EXR[plb_1270902_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the S02, the Nikon S02 does not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support Full HD video including the DSC-WX220[pl_2165839_price], or the DSC-WX350[pl_2163795_price] both from Sony or the Fujifilm FinePix F750EXR[plb_1270902_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

The display diagonals of similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago range from 1" to 4.8". At only 2.7 inches, the Nikon S02 has a fairly small display diagonal compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a comparable age to the S02.

Digital cameras with a larger display diagonal that might also be worth considering include the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS[plb_2110760_price] (3" and higher rated), the Samsung WB350F[plb_2134241_price] (3" and higher rated), or the Panasonic DMC-TZ55[plb_2145740_price] (3" and higher rated).

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Nikon S02 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the S02 also do not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Samsung WB350F[plb_2134241_price], the Panasonic DMC-TZ55[plb_2145740_price], or the Sony DSC-WX220[plb_2165839_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the S02, the Nikon S02 is not 3D.

Digital cameras which are 3D that might also be worth looking at include the Olympus SZ-14[plb_1686232_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix F750EXR[plb_1270902_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon S02 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago also do not have a GPS (satellite).

It is worth also looking at alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS[plb_2110760_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Nikon S02 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the S02 are also not waterproof.

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Quite Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

With a slowest camera shutter speed of only 1 second, the Nikon S02 has a quite short slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec. The shortest slowest camera shutter speed of compact cameras that are a comparable age to the S02 is 0.12s and the longest is 250s.

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Very Narrow Field of View

The field of views of digital cameras of this type and age range from 96% to 100%, and the average field of view is 99%. With a field of view of only 96 percent, the Nikon S02 has a quite narrow field of view compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

Across all the cameras of this age and type the ISO sensitivity (max)s range from 3 to 52,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 4,700. The Nikon S02 has a quite low ISO sensitivity (max) (only 1,600) compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as the S02.

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Only Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The Nikon S02 has a greater number of audio formats than most cameras of this type and age. The most commonly supported audio formats supported is WAV, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this camera. The audio formats supporteds LPCM are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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Quite Few Total Megapixels

The least total megapixels of digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the S02 is 10MP, the most is 48MP, and the average total megapixels is 16MP. The Nikon S02 has one of the less total megapixelss (only 14.17 megapixels) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Only Features Three Light Meterings

The Nikon S02 has a greater number of light metering modes than most digital cameras of this type and age. This Nikon digital camera features an Spot light metering, which is the most commonly featured light metering featured on compact cameras that are a similar age to the S02. The light meterings "Centre-weighted" and "Evaluative (Multi-pattern)" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the Nikon S02 is more than most comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by digital cameras that are a similar age to the S02.

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Fairly Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

With an ISO sensitivity (min) of 125, the Nikon S02 has one of the biggest ISO sensitivity (min)s amongst cameras of this age. Across all the similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago the ISO sensitivity (min)s range from 10 to 160.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Nikon S02

Price Has Recently Increased by £2.18

The price of the S02 has increased by £2.18 in the last 55 days.

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera has been on the market for over three years.

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Nikon S02 has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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 Olympus SZ-14[plb_1686232_price], or the Casio EX-ZR800[plb_1990677_price].

If this digital camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Samsung WB350F[plb_2134241_price] (5x and higher rated), the Kodak Pixpro FZ151[plb_2596074_price] (6x and higher rated), or the Sony DSC-WX220[plb_2165839_price] (20x and higher rated).

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MOS Sensor Type

The Nikon S02 has a better sensor type than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has a MOS sensor type, whereas most cameras of this spec and age have a CCD sensor type.

We compared all the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this camera and we think the FinePix F750EXR[pl_1270902_price], and the F850EXR[pl_1730221_price] both from Fujifilm or the Casio EX-ZR800[plb_1990677_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If the sensor type of this digital camera is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Sony DSC-H90[plb_1610625_price] (CCD and higher rated), or the Olympus SZ-14[plb_1686232_price] (CCD and higher rated); or the Nikon Coolpix L29[plb_2124045_price] (CCD and cheaper).

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 13.2 megapixels, the Nikon S02 has a relatively standard megapixel compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

If this digital camera megapixel is too low for you then you might want to consider the Minox DCC 14.0[plb_2503314_price] (14MP and higher rated), the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS[plb_2110760_price] (16MP and higher rated), or the Panasonic DMC-TZ55[plb_2145740_price] (16MP and higher rated).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Internal Memory
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Camera File System
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
System Requirements
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Hand Strap
Networking
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity

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PhotographyBlog.com Recommended

Expert Reviews

(12)
24 February 2015

The Nikon Coolpix S02 is inexpensive and small, but it doesn't have much else going for it...

Very small
Plenty of internal storage space
Affordable
Ultracompact, stylish, cute design
Responsiveness is generally good
Poor image quality
Lacks Wi-Fi
Proprietary USB interface
Low-res LCD
Poorquality screen
31 December 2013

The Nikon Coolpix S02 is a stylish and easy-to-use compact that's super-small size makes it ideal for snapping while out and about. In essence, it's a sleek and original take on a classic pocket...

21 November 2013

When we reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S01 we said that its lack of features and stripped-down menu options in the wake of other cameras having them crammed into every corner was rather refreshing. A...

Small
Robust build
Simple to use
Compact
Light weight
No memory card slot
Few controls
Poor high ISO images
Average picture quality
Limited settings
8 November 2013

At the price of 8,450 INR, the Nikon Coolpix S02 is a fairly priced ultra-compact camera. It comes with inbuilt battery and storage and is fairly simple to use. But one should keep in mind that...

30 October 2013

PhotographyBlog.com

Springing out of the Style range of cameras is the slight Nikon Coolpix S02. This tiny camera features a 13 megapixel CMOS sensor, Full HD video, 2.7 inch touch-screen and digital effects. It... Read more…

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User Reviews

(8)
Reviewed 27 August 2014 by Michael
(Verified Purchase)

Great looking, but fiddly to use. However it works well with me lap top and printer. However, it should be easier to access memory card and battery.

Reviewed 18 June 2014 by Hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
(Verified Purchase)

Ordered the silver version. It is not as per the image of it.
It is like highly polished chrome and not like other silver cameras.

Other comment is the charger for it, it's huge! ... Read more…

Reviewed 7 May 2014 by Mr. C. Sandys-Lumsdaine "Lummychops"
(Verified Purchase)

I thought this camera would be bigger in size and was slightly disappointed when it arrived. However, I have been really impressed by the quality of photos it takes, the picture options available... Read more…

Reviewed 2 May 2014 by Gordon McMenemy
(Verified Purchase)

Choose this little camera for a skiing holiday. It is small and fits into the pocket well, robust and takes reasonable images. Great buy.

Reviewed 10 April 2014 by Mr. Paul G. Gray "tibetan2"
(Verified Purchase)

My wife loved this camera its tiny but has great functionality, will fit in a tiny pocket or bag if out at a function, comes with all you need (apart from an HDMI cable) which is not really needed... Read more…

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