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Nikon Coolpix S550 10MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom (Plum)

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  • 10-megapixel resolution for stunning prints as large as 16 x 20 inches
  • 5x optical zoom; Electronic VR image stabilization
  • 2.5-inch, high-resolution LCD
  • In-Camera Red-Eye Fix; enhanced Face-Priority AF automatically focuses on up to 12 faces
  • Capture images to SD memory card (not included)
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This item: Nikon Coolpix S550 10MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom (Plum)
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Price $ 159.00 $ 134.00 $ 129.95 $ 79.00
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Color Plum Red Red Silver
Optical Zoom 5 multiplier x 12 multiplier x 12 multiplier x 7 multiplier x
Viewfinder None None None None
Max Resolution 10 16.2 16 20
Video Capture Resolution 640 x 480, 30 fps, 320 x 240, 30 fps, 160 x 120, 15 fps 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288) 1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (120 fps) 1280 x 720
Image Stabilization None Optical Optical Optical
Battery Description Lithium-Ion (EN-EL11) & charger EN-EL19 EN-EL22 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Display Size 2.5 inches 3 inches 3 inches 2.7 inches
Flash Memory SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC SD, SDHC, SDXC
Dimensions 2.11 inches x 3.54 inches x 0.87 inches 2.3 inches x 1.1 inches x 3.8 inches 2.26 inches x 3.81 inches x 0.9 inches 2.3 inches x 0.9 inches x 3.9 inches
Optical Sensor Resolution 10 megapixels 16 megapixels 16 megapixels 20.1 megapixels
Optical Sensor Technology CCD CMOS CMOS CCD
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Product Details

Color: Plum
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 0.9 x 2.1 inches ; 5.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B0012OELQW
  • Item model number: 26110
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,840 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 30, 2008

Product Description

Color: Plum

Product Description

Nikon COOLPIX S550 10MP Plum Digital Camera

From the Manufacturer

Smart, fast, and blessed with long reach. Packing stylish elegance, high performance and advanced functions into the smallest body among competing compact digital cameras, the 10-megapixel Coolpix S550 fits comfortably in the hand and offers simplified operation.

Coolpix S550 Highlights

10.0 megapixels of pure imaging power That’s plenty of sharp resolution to capture the finest details, crop creatively and produce beautiful enlargements. Optimizing performance and color reproduction is an advanced new image-processing engine.

5x Zoom-Nikkor lens Exceptional image quality with greater creative freedom distinguishes the 5x Zoom-Nikkor lens (35mm format equivalent) for the Coolpix S550. Employing four aspherical elements and delivering telescopic reach of up to 180mm, its quality Nikkor optics also allow macro shooting from as close as 10 cm from your subject.

VR image stabilization Compensating for the effects of camera shake to realize sharper results, electronic VR image stabilization frees you to enjoy capturing special moments without worrying about slight hand movements, particularly in lower light conditions.

Smile mode and Blink warning Smile mode and blink warning both help in faithfully recording precious smiles in the brief instants they appear. Smile mode automatically releases the shutter when the selected subject smiles, helping to ensure smiles on the faces of loved ones. The Smile indicator, activated via Portrait mode, displays a gauge that changes when a smile is detected. Blink warning alerts you when it suspects that a subject has blinked, and allows you to immediately retake the shot.

Coolpix Premium Features

Coolpix in-camera technologies give you the edge when it comes to taking beautiful pictures more easily and with greater enjoyment. Included are innovative functions that increase shooting opportunities in a broader range of situations, help to optimize images, and add a new dimension of fun to sharing those results.

VR image stabilization Nikon Coolpix cameras offer an array of VR technologies that produce blur-free images when shooting in unsteady conditions or at slower shutter speeds. Selected models are equipped with one of two types of Optical VR, Lens Shift VR, which delivers sharp and steady images effective for shooting and faster framing with the LCD, or Image Sensor Shift VR, which moves the image sensor to accurately compensate for camera shake. Other models offer Electronic VR which applies movement data to image processing to turn blurred images into beautifully clear results.

Better pictures in lower light Selected Coolpix models offer ISO capability beyond the range of conventional digital compacts. An exciting advantage that greatly increases photographic possibilities, high ISO capability delivers excellent exposure in challenging conditions, broadens the scope of possible subjects and allows scenes to be captured beautifully without compromising natural light.

Face-priority AF Available only with Nikon Coolpix cameras, the clever Face-priority AF function helps ensure satisfyingly crisp portraits no matter where the subject is in the shot. By automatically detecting people's faces in the frame, the photographer is free to press the shutter for sharp portraits with focus exactly where it's wanted.

D-Lighting Only Nikon delivers the advantage of D-Lighting, a unique technology with the ability to rescue underexposed images or shots taken with excessive backlight. Accessible in Playback mode, this innovative feature automatically creates a copy of the image, adding light and detail added where necessary, while leaving correctly-exposed areas untouched. As a result, images are significantly improved in a manner that is much more natural looking.

In-camera red-eye fix Coolpix cameras offer refined red-eye reduction capability that surpasses other digital compacts. First, a series of pre-flashes stimulate the subject’s pupils, causing them to constrict. The camera then analyzes the captured image for the remaining presence of red eyes, automatically correcting them in-camera before saving the image to memory.


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Customer Reviews

Would recommend this camera for anyone who is traveling.
L. John
It would take some major improvements in their product line to make me try a Nikon again.
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This is a great compact camera that is easy to use and takes clear pictures.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

241 of 243 people found the following review helpful By Michigoon VINE VOICE on June 30, 2008
Color Name: Graphite Black
As a fairly cheap point-and-shoot camera, the Nikon Coolpix S550 is a pretty neat piece of hardware. It's certainly not a high-end DSLR, but it's good at what it does, and it offers some nice pluses over other cameras in its price range.

The good:
-5x optical zoom is very good for a little camera like this, and is tops in this camera's class. I would like to remind readers that "digital zoom" really just crops out part of a picture to make it look bigger in the viewfinder while destroying actual shot quality, so please disregard the "digital zoom" on this or any camera.
-10megapixel resolution is pretty phenominal, especially in this camera's price range, especially coupled with the 5x zoom. Dollar-for-dollar, you're getting a lot.
-Shutter and record speeds seem great. Note that with megapixels this high, you're going to need a high-speed SDHC memory card if you don't want to see too much of the hourglass.
-The high resolution and zoom really combine for wow power when you take movies with the camera. Although the mic is terrible and you'll probably just want to mute it, you can take movies of a pet where you can see every individual hair from a respectable distance if you so choose. On a one-gig card, I can shoot a half-hour of movies at this quality.
-The camera's overall size is very comfortable. Not much taller and wider than a credit card, not much thicker than a thin paperback, and compeletely flat when it's powered down. Yet it's still roomy- I'm a 6'+ guy with stubby fingers, and I've never fumbled a button yet.
-Tons of modes. The camera can take widescreen pictures or regular format, PAL or NTSC, and resolutions from standard tv (640x480) through the roof (over 3,000 vertical pixels).
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184 of 187 people found the following review helpful By Ben Franklin on July 31, 2008
Color Name: Plum
I did quite a bit of research before deciding on this camera. The majority of the reviews were excellent. There were a few that were scary. Now i realize why. This camera is a great camera if you are willing to put the time in to learn all it has to offer and how to use it. It comes in cool, fresh colors which may be one of the reasons that people felt mislead. Although cool looking this camera is a sophisticated piece of equiptment capable of producing some great pictures for the average person, but it does require you to read certain portions of the manual or you will not be satisfied with the results.
One criticism i read related to the fact that it did not take great low light pictures. Well if you don't adjust the camera to suit those lighting conditions then you won't be happy. However push two buttons and get into the right mode and you will find that you can take some of the best low light pictures around. You can't just drag the camera from the beach, to the museum and then to a house party and expect that the one setting is going to give great all around pictures. Although it's cool looking it is not an instamatic!!
This is a great camera if you are willing to learn, otherwise you won't be happy.
I am not a professional photographer and I found it very easy to go through the manual and learn what I needed to get great pictures all the time.
This is a great camera, just not for everyone.
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130 of 139 people found the following review helpful By LA in N.C. on March 25, 2008
Color Name: Plum
I like the camera and the photos. The zoom is good and unheard of for a camera this size. easy to use even without reading the manual. One problem, it comes with a rechargeable battery# Li-ion EN-EL11 but...I can't find anyone who sells it yet (I like a backup battery). The screen is large but I do miss the option of using a view finder, which helps in bright light. Photo colors look real.
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By K. Martin on April 21, 2008
Color Name: Graphite Black
Pros: Tiny, light, has lots of features, but easy enough for my mother to use.
Cons: No rechargeing cradle (yet?)

"I've been using digital camera's since many years ago when Apple made a ginormous creation that was just the most awesome thing ever. I've passed for years (about 12 of them now) on buying a digital camera as I have a very nice SLR 35mm, and wanted a camera with high quality, good durability, but be tiny, light and offer me a lot of the macro's I enjoy on my SLR.
Nikon has created (at last!) the camera that meets my demands. Additionally, it is idiot-proof (turn on, push button, camera will handle everything else in basic mode), has built-in red-eye reduction, blink indicator (yes it tells you if your subject blinked!), a respectable LiIon battery, and besides its 50-some meg of on board memory, it has a SDIO slot for memory cards. For those who don't chase technology like others of us, SDIO is a newer-faster version of SD-card. SDIO is backward compatible with SD, mini-sd and micro-sd (if you have the necessary size-changing adapters). SDIO is FAST, and allows for much larger storage capacities than SD. Don't cheat yourself, buy a SDIO card to go with the camera. The camera is already fast enough, and doesn't lag from button to shutter, so give it the memory speed it is designed for!! My 4gb SDIO card gives the camera capacity for just over 800 pictures, but more importantly, I can fire off those pictures faster than I could with my SLR.
The ONLY thing this camera doesn't have (or maybe I've just not found it yet!) is a recharging cradle. To recharge the battery, it has to be removed and placed in a charger. I'd rather have a nice cradle that charges the camera while downloading my pictures to my PC.
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