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309 of 322 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2012
I have both the white and chrome versions of this teeny-tiny camera. I didn't expect much in terms of image quality, but was very pleasantly surprised at how good the photographs are. It also shoots stabilized 720p high-definition video that looks very good as well! It uses a high quality touch-screen to perform most of the menu selections, but once in shooting mode, the camera makes most of the decisions for you - just frame and shoot to your heart's content.
This camera has a built-in non-removable battery, as well as 8GB of built-in non-removable memory. The upside is that you do not need to purchase a separate memory card - this thing is ready to go straight out of the box. The build is very solid for such a tiny camera - it is the smallest camera Nikon has ever made. There is just a single tiny door with a micro-USB port under it on the bottom of the camera that is used to both charge the camera (Nikon includes a wall charger, but you can charge it by plugging it into your computer as well) as well as transfer pictures to your computer. My computer recognized the camera straight away (windows 7) and transferring images was a snap.
I HIGHLY recommend this camera for someone like me who wants something teeny-tiny that they can carry around everywhere that also produces reasonable quality images and video.

**UPDATE - November 3rd ***
A couple of weeks later and I am still thoroughly enjoying this little thing! I think the main thing to bear in mind is that the reason you are buying this camera is because it is TINY and you can have it with you absolutely everywhere. Nikon obviously had to make trade-offs when making something this small - the main one for me is focusing speed - it is a little slow to gain focus - so you have to bear that in mind. Picture quality is EXCELLENT for such a teeny-tiny camera - as well as video.

TIP - as one or two other people have commented, turn off the "touch shutter" function - stabbing the screen with your finger to take a photo will almost certainly produce more blurry photos than just using the shutter button :-)

I am more than happy with this purchase - it definitely meets its intended purpose - something absolutely TINY that you can take with you everywhere and grab some pretty good pictures and video.
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148 of 165 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2012
Ask any photographer and they will tell you that the first rule of photography is having the camera with you. This camera is very small, light weight,and really easy to pocket. Also limited menu options means that there is no learning curve. Downside is a weak flash which frankly is pretty useless (unless you get within 3 feet of your subject), and poor depth of field which limits sharpness on those landscape shots. These negatives aside, I just took it for a weeks vacation to New Mexico, and was pleasantly surprised by picture quality. Since the camera is pretty much a point and shoot automatic, you find yourself concentrating on framing the picture which in many respects helps produce better shots. It also has exposure compensation which is helpful in both low and bright light. I certainly think this camera is a better option than the camera on my smart phone. The touch screen works, but to limit camera shake I suggest using the shutter. All and all I would recommend.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2012
I bought this little camera for both myself and my sister. It's fast to start up, and so simple. I own another Nikon and this little camera takes less time from on to taking a photo. Took a photo of my indoors Christmas lights with no flash and no additional lighting and the photo came out fantastic. Deleting is so simple, just press on the photo and the delete/favorite screen comes up. Love, love, LOVE it's simplicity. Don't have to concern myself with settings, it's automatic, even the flash. Being able to take photos by either touching the screen or shutter button is a plus. Basically, right out of the box and I was taking photos.
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46 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2012
bought this camera 3 days ago and love it !! so easy to use and the size is perfect . I bought mine to take with me to vegas and not be lugging around my nikon s8200 ,taking pictures is a snap and the quality isnt half bad for what the camera has to offer .
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2013
I debated a bit before I bought this little jewel. After all, there were quite a few 'unflattering' reviews to read. But, in the end, I decided to give the Nikon S01 a try myself. I couldn't be happier! I've not left the house without my S01 in my pocket, and have yet to be the least bit disappointed in the images I've captured. I read several peoples complaints about slow shutter speed and blurry images, but can honestly say that I've not experienced any of those issues. Instead, I've found the S01 the perfect partner for my Nikon D90, always handy for the quick shot and excellent for quick videos. I would recommend that folks make use of the button rather that the touch-screen shutter release (and believe the latter may be the reason for some of the blurry photo comments). Overall, I love it!
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2012
This review is more about how disappointed I was that the S01 doesn't directly connect to the iPad using the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (MC531ZM/A). I did however (via YouTube) find you can get it to work by adding a 4 port usb adapter. It's not the sleek flawless set up I was hoping for seeing as how this camera will be a gift for my mother who has technical difficulties. On this detail I wanted to give the camera 1 star but I don't think that would acurately describe the camera itself.

As far as the actual camera. I like it for my 70 year old mother with its simple buttons and basic options. I think she will be excited about the size being able to stash it easily in her hand bag. It seems to struggle a big in low light and may be slow for fast action but for what it is I am very happy with the few experimental pictures I have taken.

This review may be pre mature but the main motivation was to warn holiday shoppers who are planning to use the S01 with an iPad that there will be some snags.
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38 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2013
Lets start out with what Nikon has done right:

The physical design and build quality of this camera are both good. It's very cute, easily pocketable and the physical buttons are responsive. Alas, that's where the good news ends.

Over the past 8 or 9 years I've bought 15 cameras ranging from point and shoots to a mid range SLR. Every single one of those cameras, including a 2 megapixel fixed lens Fuji has had better image quality than the S01. More damning, my Galaxy Nexus has equal or slightly better IQ.

This camera has a very poor sensor that takes terrible pictures in low light and bad to middling in good. Nikon needs to replace this with a CMOS sensor.

The touch screen is poor and unresposive. Often even hard presses do not register.

In camera options are minimal.

This camera is slow. Slow to focus, slow to take a shot, slow to change modes. Everything is slow. You'll press a virtual button and then wait a second or longer for a result.

If you have a smartphone with a halfway decent camera this device becomes redundant. I was hoping for more and Canon's upcoming N2 might deliver that (for a higher price). This is a toy more than a camera and a fair price for the results would be $60 or under.
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2012
I bought Nikon S01 because I couldn't resist it! It's a very small and cute camera, with the respectability of Nikon brand name!
It takes pretty good pictures for its size. I cannot say that it is an outstanding camera by any measure of imagination. But takes nice pictures and is a good conversation starter, too. I have several cameras including Nikon, Canon, and Olympus, but I think this little one is going to be in my pocket when I travel. it's really a handy camera to take pretty decent pictures.
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32 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2012
as much as I love this little camera (my choice was pink), I have to be realistic and give it about a 4. You can't expect a high end camera for this price. That said, the novelty is in the size. It is so cute I'm still "tickled" over it. I've only taken a few indoor shots and I have learned one thing...set the FILL-IN FLASH. You do that, your pictures will be terrific. I haven't tried it outdoors, nor have I tried the video mode. I like that it has 8gb of internal memory, so I don't have to worry about a card. (Those pesky little things are easy to lose, misplace, etc...) and an internal battery that can be charged via usb on the pc, or the outlet. I like shooting in the b/w and sepia modes, too. For the price paid, 129.00, I don't think you can go wrong. Now, if you have exceptionally large hands or tend to be all thumbs then I don't think this would be the camera for you. Sorry about that, cuz it's SUPER COOL. :)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2013
Bought this camera for my wife as a present. She had wanted it due to the small size. The camera is very small and relatively easy to use. However the compromises the designers made in order to achieve the small size make the camera worthless.
In order to achieve the small size the camera has about 7 gigs of non-removable memory. This is okay except for the fact that it does not use a standard micro USB cable. You have to have the special Sony USB cable so that is one more cable to carry around.
In order to achieve decent battery life from a very small battery, they compromised on the power of the flash and how often it is used. In many instances where a regular camera would use auto flash, this camera does not. This saves battery life but gives you a lot of blurry images. My wife took the camera to work and almost every picture of her co-workers was blurry.
When the flash does go off because it is not very bright it only lights up the area within a few feet of the camera. Taking a picture at a restaurant table, the two people at the front look normal and the people at the back (and everything else) was had a strong orange tint.
So the camera is great for shooting images of things that do not move in bright areas. Anything else you'll be better off to use your cell phone.
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