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The concept of dealer-exclusive models is a strange one. Take this Nikon CoolPix S225 for example. It's exactly the same as the CoolPix S220, an ultra-slim 10-megapixel compact with a 3x zoom lens and a 2.5-inch monitor. The only difference is that the S220 comes in black, red, blue or green, but the S225 only comes in silver. For this concession Jessops gets an exclusive model which it can sell for £20 less than the virtually identical S220. It doesn't seem to make much sense from Nikon's point of view, but it does mean that we can buy the same camera for £20 less.
It's not a bad little camera either. The concept of the 3x zoom ultra-compact has been around forever of course, and has been pretty much done to death by Casio and Pentax, among many others, but it looks like Nikon fancied one last crack at it before we all move on to ultra-wide long-zoom travel cameras, and decided to make the tiniest, cutest camera it could. The S225 is absolutely tiny, measuring 89.5 x 55.5 x 18 mm, and weighing just 117g including battery and memory card. The only camera I can think of that is smaller is the 9MP Casio EX-Z85, but there's only a couple of millimetres in it, and the Nikon is slightly slimmer. Both cameras are approximately the same weight.
Nikon is well known for its excellent build quality, and the S225 is certainly well made. The body is all aluminium, and despite its low weight it feels solid and durable. The attractive semi-matt anodized finish is surprisingly scratch resistant and the monitor is slightly recessed, just as well for a camera that's probably going to spend most of its life bouncing around in a pocket along with loose change and car keys.
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