I love my Cannon DSLR camera, it takes great photos, even when I really don’t know how to use it to its full potential. However sometimes it is kind of a pain to lug around. Especially if you are going somewhere like a theme park or an all day outing. You may want the freedom of not taking a purse or bag. I love the Nikon Coolpix S800c but it doesn’t really fit in my pocket. I was shocked to see how tiny the Nikon Coolpix S01 was.
The Nikon Coolpix S01 is currently on sale at Best Buy marked down from $179.99 to $99.99, that is quite the savings. It is one of the more inexpensive Coolpix camera’s and does the necessary camera operations. It doesn’t have all the fancy features that the Nikon Coolpix S800c has (which I highly recommend) but it is a great little camera to have around when you just want to throw it in your pocket and run.
I fired up the camera after a little charged and scrolled through the settings and options. For this camera I believe you can pretty much learn its features simply by playing with it. I always go to the photo options first. See what kind of photos I can take. I used the three of the special effects to show you how each one looks. From the top left square going clockwise you have : normal, sepia, hi/lo contrast, and high.
You can zoom with ease to get a close up shoot of your subject. There is a self timer and the ability to turn off the flash when needed. I mentioned the special effects above and you can adjust the exposure comp. The Nikon Coolpix S01 can also take video. The screen is also a touch screen. You can navigate through the settings by selecting the up and down arrow. I did find on my camera the back button is not very sensitive. It is one button I have to touch often to get it to work.
There are a few personal features you can use to customize your Nikon Coolpix S01 such as the screen background. You can choose from a few that come with the camera or choose one of your own photos. You can set your settings to your preference, how you want to see the date, sounds, etc. some of the basic features on most phones.
I’ve actually decided to give this camera to my daughter. She always wants to use mine to take photos. The size is perfect for her little hands and the price is something I would spend on a child that is not quite ready for an expensive camera but wants to take better photos then some of the inexpensive child cameras do. The Nikon Coolpix S01 also comes with an attachable wrist strap which I will insist she use when taking photos.
I can’t wait to see what she thinks when I give her the camera and the photos she takes!
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