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The Nikon Coolpix S70 is a compact 12.1 digital camera with a 5x zoom NIKKOR lens and a touch control screen.

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compact and lightweight

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competitively priced based on advanced functionality

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records video in 720p high definition

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good build quality

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large 3.5" OLED multi-touch display - great colours, impressive viewing angle, responsive

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cool touch-focus functionality - focuses on a point you touch and snaps a picture quickly

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lens is protected by cover when not in use - turned on by exposing it

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very fast to turn on - ready to shoot in under 2 seconds

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poor value - creates mediocre images for the price

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display resolution is poor (288k dot on a 3.5" screen)

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relies too heavily on the touchscreen for basic functionality - eg/ no dedicated physical rocker for zoom

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basic point and shoot - 5x optical zoom, 12MP sensor, poor noise at low ISO

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no integrated GPS sensor for geo-tagging (compare with e.g. Samsung CL65)

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The Nikon Coolpix S70 is a compact 12.1 digital camera with a 5x zoom NIKKOR lens and a touch control screen.  It features a 3.5" OLED touch screen which Clear Color display that gives a more intuitive and smooth operation than typical button operated cameras. Shooting touch controls include touch shutter and scene effect adjustment while playback controls include flipping through images and pinching-zoom in/ out with two fingers. It has a stylish thin design with dual textures for advanced feel and look. There are five advanced image stabilizing features including ISO 6400, Lens shift VR image stabilization, Electronic VR image stabilization, Motion Detection, and Best Shot Selector. Subject tracking automically tracks your photo subject while Easy Auto Mode provides quick and carefree picture taking in a variety of situations.  Other features include Quick Retouch for the best balance of contrast and saturation, D-Lighting to add detail and optimize underexposed images and a Smart Portrait System with skin softening technology.

  • Effective pixels: 12.1 million
  • Image sensor: 1/2.3-in. CCD; total pixels: approx. 12.39 million
  • Lens: 5x Zoom-NIKKOR; 5.0-25.0mm (equivalent with 35mm [135] format picture angle: 28-140mm); f/3.9-5.8; Digital zoom: up to 4x (35mm [135] format picture angle: 560mm)
  • Focus range (from lens): 30 cm (1 ft.) to infinity, Macro mode: 3 cm (1.2 in.) to infinity 
  • Monitor: 3.5-in., approx. 288k-dot, wide-viewing angle OLED monitor with touch screen control and anti-reflection coating
  • Storage media: Internal memory (approx. 20 MB), SD/SDHC memory cards
  • Image size (pixels): 4000 x 3000 (High: 4000?/Normal: 4000), 3264 x 2448 (Normal: 3264), 2592 x 1944 (Normal: 2592), 2048 x 1536 (Normal: 2048), 1024 x 768 (PC: 1024), 640 x 480 (TV: 640), 3968 x 2232 (16:9: 3968)
  • Vibration Reduction (VR): Combination lens-shift and electronic VR
  • ISO sensitivity: ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, Auto (auto gain ISO 80-800), Fixed range auto (ISO 80-200, 80-400)
  • Interface: Hi-Speed USB
  • Power sources: Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 (supplied), Charging AC Adapter EH-68P/EH-68P (AR) (supplied), AC Adapter EH-62F (optional), Battery Charger MH-65 (optional)
  • Battery life: Approx. 200 shots with EN-EL12 battery
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): Approx. 96.5 x 60.5 x 20 mm (3.8 x 2.4 x 0.8 in.) excluding projections
  • Weight: Approx. 140 g (4.9 oz.) without battery and SD memory card
  • Supplied accessories: Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12, Charging AC Adapter EH-68P/EH-68P (AR), USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP14, Strap AN-CP19, Software Suite CD-ROM
  • Optional accessories: AC Adapter EH-62F, Battery Charger MH-65 
Post Review
09/18/2009 08:27

The new S70 lives up to all of the Nikon claims. Like most Nikon cameras I have owned, it functioned perfectly right out of the box. Having been highly disappointed with the previous S60, this new S70 seems to have corrected all of the shortcomings of the S60 and much more. The new OLED touch screen is a joy to use - sensitive and responsive. The screen visibility and clarity is excellent under all lighting conditions. Nikon also substituted a more robust battery which in combination with the OLED panel should extend camera use between charges.

Perhaps more important is the clarity and sharpness of the images taken with the S70. They are impressively sharp and clear under magnification. The menus are intuitive and easy to navigate. The touch screen focus and shutter release function is a nice touch. The simplified and enhanced in-camera cropping and retouch functions are well done and welcome additions. The Easy Auto mode handles very well all of the major camera settings and functions required for a good picture when a quick "point & shoot" situation arises. I would have preferred however an out-of-camera battery recharging system as I usually charge and carry a spare battery. I will be purchasing an external charger.

I have owned Nikon film and digital cameras for the last 25 years and I consider my new S70 to be a very worthwhile addition. It is stylish, functional, fun to use, and takes great photos. When you need a high quality pocket sized camera, you should take a close look at this one. I would highly recommend the S70.

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