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Nikon CoolPix S710 review




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Over the past couple of months I've reviewed a number of Nikon's recent compact and ultra-compact cameras, including the superb CoolPix S560, and the good but expensive S610c (although the non-WiFi S610 is about £30 cheaper). Today I'm taking a look at the big brother of these two cameras, the 14.5-megapixel CoolPix S710.

Announced in August this year, the S710 is the flagship model of Nikon's luxury ultra-compact S-series. It features a 14.5MP 1/1.72-inch CCD sensor, a 3.6x zoom lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8-5.6 and optical lens-shift image stabilisation, and a 3.0-inch 230k dot wide-view monitor with an anti-glare coating. It competes directly with Canon's IXUS 980 IS (£238) and Panasonic's Lumix FX150 (£232), and at £232 it matches them both closely in price. I hope to review both of these cameras very soon.

The S710 is a good looking camera. It has an all-aluminium body, and is available in black, titanium or silver. A burgundy red colour is also shown on Nikon's website, although that is probably not available in the UK.

The body design is so understated it's almost plain, in that way that only expensive luxury gadgets can get away with. It is relatively large for an ultra-compact, measuring 92.5 x 57.5 x 24mm, and at approximately 170g fully loaded it is quite heavy too. You could carry it in a shirt pocket, but you'd certainly know it was there.

The front panel of the body is slightly bowed, and the smooth brushed finish of my silver review sample proved to be quite hard to grip securely. There is an indented thumb grip area on the back of the camera, but it doesn't help much. It's hard to hold the camera one-handed and operate the zoom control at the same time.


December 10, 2008, 6:34 pm

Is 'chromatic abberation' the same as purple fringing in high-contrast areas of the image? If so, the photo showing corner-sharpness shows plenty of it! (unless it's a compression artefact?).


December 10, 2008, 6:52 pm

Chromatic aberration is a general term for various colour altering effects that can occur due to a poor lens. One of which is purple fringeing and, yes, there is some in that photo. Not a lot though.


December 10, 2008, 9:50 pm

As far as I know, while looking very similar, purple fringing and chromatic aberration are competely different phenomena. Purple fringing is a sensor-based effect, caused by a charge overload leaking from one CCD-element to its neighbouring ones. On the other hand, chromatic aberration is in fact a optics-related effect, caused by different refractions of the different colours of light passing the lens.


December 11, 2008, 2:40 am

What a crummy camera. I think your scores are too kind. I'd give it a 4 for image quality, value and overall.

Cliff Smith

December 12, 2008, 12:22 am

Here's a tutorial I wrote on chromatic aberration: http://www.trustedreviews.com/...


March 20, 2009, 9:25 pm

Im interested in this camera and was wondering if you anyone knows anythin about the shutter priority mode. Usually nikons have a 'firework show' mode, which at night you can take a pic of fireworks or cars on a motorway at a low shutter speed of 4secs.

So i wanted to know if you can set the shutter priority on this camera for use during the day and at night? And what is the longest time the shutter will stay open for?

john somer

July 8, 2010, 5:12 am

We purchased this camera 08.11.2008.from Harvey Norman computer Super store aspley QLD Australia. My Wife taken about 50 photos the photos quality was excellent. June 2010 she wanted to take a photo of our Great grand Child and find the camera inoperable, showing a message "lens error" i returned the camera to the Store where I been told "have to pay $49 for estimate and what ever is the repair cost. I have contacted NIKON, where I been told "the repair would cost over $200 for a camera used only 6 to 7 Times taking about 50 photos. Thank you Nikon. Thank you Harvey Norman.

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