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Nikon COOLPIX S570 Digital Camera

Light weight, inexpensive, pink, and telephoto

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Cool, $130 And Easy To Use. Basic Point And Shoot.

  • Apr 3, 2010
Rating:
+5

One of the main reasons that you may decide to purchase one of these cameras is for the compactness of the camera. We have a large D40x Nikon and you have a big bulky bag and two lenses to carry around with you at all times, not to think about also losing this it is very cumbersome to lug about on your vacation. My spouse is going on vacation in Italy for a week and I thought that it would be very nice to have a lightweight camera that could be shoved into a fanny pack instead packing it in her purse, which is also very cumbersome just like the camera bag. We did a lot of searching the internet and found for the money and the fact she is only going to use this for one week this would be the perfect size and weight for our purpose. We found this camera, the Nikon Coolpix S570 on a site called www.adorama.com for only $130 and free shipping. This only took one week to finally reach us, you will also have to remember to purchase a memory card, because this camera does not come with one. We priced this camera at Best Buy and found that we had gotten an exceptionally good deal. They wanted close to $200 for the same camera, and by getting this from www.adorama.com , we never had to even leave the house to get it.

Description
This camera does not come with very much, and that is what makes this the perfect camera. This only comes with a rechargeable Li-ion battery (EN-EL 10), a charger and a power cord, a small strap (which will probably never get used), plus a software disc and three user manuals. One in English and one in several other languages, plus a quick start manual. You will also get a USB sable and a audio video cable, to allow you to hook this up to your computer.  I have found that even though this camera is very simple to learn and operate, it can be a little difficult to remember at times, so I would highly recommend keeping the quick start manual around for a while.

This camera is very compact and it has the most megapixels that I have ever used and that is 12.4, the size of the screen is a gargantuan 27", there is 5 times optical zoom and a 4 times digital zoom. With all of this in mind you would think that this would have to weigh a lot but it only weighs ¼ of a pound, and measures only 4" wide across x 0.8" thick x 2" in height from the top to the bottom.  The battery is very small and even though it is an Li-Ion battery, you will only be able to take about 220 pictures until you need another charge, therefore I suggest that you purchase another battery for your trip.  The lenses are not interchangeable because you cannot remove it and the 5 times optical zoom has a 35 mm zoom lens that can range from 28 to 140 mm and its focus range is from 17" to as far as the eye can see. The macro focus range starts at 1.2" all the way to infinity, and both of these can be done in the wide angle. 

With this many megapixels you will have quite a few of different resolutions settings to choose from and they are; 640 x 480, 3264 x 2448, 2592 x 1944, 2048 x 1536, 1024 x 768, 4000 x 3000, and 3968 x 2232. The ISO speeds can change from starting in the automatic position to the 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, and 3200, all of which you will have to learn which one you will need for what. This cameras does not have a view finder but the LCD screen is very crystal clear as far as small screens go. The screen resolution is 230,000 pixels, and that is a heck of a lot of pixels. This also has a couple of different types memory cards that you can use and along with the built in one that this has, you will have to purchase an extra one so that you can take a lot of pictures instead of carrying a pc or laptop around with you while you are on vacation, and they are the SD card, and the SDHC card, You can purchase the largest GB that you can find, because they are fairly cheap right now. When these first came out they outrageously expensive but now you can find them at dirt cheap prices. The one thing that I should stress about these cards,( which I did not know until recently) is that they come in different classes and the higher the class the better it will get read by your device when trying to copy your pictures. So check out the little number that is in the little circle on the face of the memory card this will tell you what class that you are getting.

You can purchase this from Best Buy in black, but if you order on line you will be able to choose a different color. We chose pink and silver. There are eleven important things that are visible when you first see the camera, they are the on/off power button, the shutter release button, the zoom control, you will be able to choose the shooting mode that you want, play back button, the multi selector, the ok button, menu button, delete button, the battery charger and memory card slot cover, and of course the 2.7" monitor screen.

There is a lot more to this camera than what you will actually see when you pull it out of the box. The zoom control has several operations from wide, telephoto, thumbnail playback, playback zoom, and a help spot. There is also a self-timer lamp and an AF assist illuminator, a built in flash, a lens, and a built in microphone and speaker. Included in all of this, this camera has a pin and lens cover, a tripod socket, a battery and memory card chamber and slot cover.

On the monitor there are several functions that you should get acquainted with. All of these different modes will help you take better and clearer pictures once you learn to use them. The modes include regular shooting mode, macro mode, zoom indicator, AE/AF-L indicator, focus indicator, flash mode, battery level indicator, motion detection icon, electronic VR icon, date not set indicator, travel destination indicator. Other options that you will be able to take advantage of is the date imprint, the image mode, movie options, along with this you will be able to see the internal memory indicator, there is also a smile indicator, aperture, skin softening, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation value, a regular focus area and a priority face area focus, color options, white balance, self-timer, blink proof icon. All of this is on the screen to help you remember to look into the manual before you take your picture.

Experience
We have had this camera for several weeks and have take over 1000 different types of photos, this way when she is ready to go to Italy she will have no problems using this camera. Even though this is just a point and shoot camera, we have noticed that there is a lot more to this little package that meets the eye. Speaking of eyes, this also has a nice option that helps eliminate the dreaded red eye on all of your photos, this also has an image stabilization protection. But, if you are still really shaky while you are taking your photos,  then I suggest that you purchase a small tripod to help you out.

We were amazed at how easy it was to use this camera and the clarity of the photos that we were taking. We were taking pictures of the outside, inside and even at night, they all turned out like a professional was taking them. We had went to a wedding and used this camera and some of them were better than the professional photographer pictures were. We set it for that personal touch and a soft touch background and they came out beautiful.

 For the most part this was perfect, because we tried to emulate what it was going to be like while on vacation and basically it was just point and shoot photos. This was the easiest way to use this camera and a lot has to depend on how good of a printer that you are using while you are printing out your pictures. If you have only a small PC that will also slow down the process. But, if you have a sufficient PC and printer that will make all the difference in the world. When we took photos of flowers you could see the droplets of dew when we took a close up and when we used this camera at the top of the Sears tower or as it is known now as the Big willy (Willis Tower) we could see the cars on the street down below as clear as we were standing next to them.

Warranty
This camera comes with a one year warranty, but by the time that that runs out they will probably have a better model out there that we will purchase.

Recommended:
Yes

Amount Paid (US$): 130.00
This Camera is a Good Choice if You Want Something... Flexible Enough for Enthusiasts


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April 03, 2010
Great review! At $130 that's certainly a bargain for a camera with 2.7" screen & 5x optical zoom! I think I'll go shop for one tomorrow ;-)
 
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For the money this is excellent and even a child can point and shoot this camera.
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This camera does not come with very much, and that is what makes this the perfect camera. This only comes with a rechargeable Li-ion battery (EN-EL 10), a charger and a power cord, a small strap (which will probably never get used), plus a software disc and three user manuals. One in English and one in several other languages, plus a quick start manual. You will also get a USB sable and a audio video cable, to allow you to hook this up to your computer.  I have found that even though this camera is very simple to learn and operate, it can be a little difficult to remember at times, so I would highly recommend keeping the quick start manual around for a while.

This camera is very compact and it has the most megapixels that I have ever used and that is 12.4, the size of the screen is a gargantuan 27", there is 5 times optical zoom and a 4 times digital zoom. With all of this in mind you would think that this would have to weigh a lot but it only weighs ¼ of a pound, and measures only 4" wide across x 0.8" thick x 2" in height from the top to the bottom.  The battery is very small and even though it is an Li-Ion battery, you will only be able to take about 220 pictures until you need another charge, therefore I suggest that you purchase another battery for your trip.  The lenses are not interchangeable because you cannot remove it and the 5 times optical zoom has a 35 mm zoom lens that can range from 28 to 140 mm and its focus range is...
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