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Nikon Coolpix S5100 12 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Vibration Reduction (VR) Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)

by Nikon
30 customer reviews

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  • 12.2-megapixel CCD sensor; 5x wide-angle optical Zoom-Nikkor glass lens
  • 2.7-inch bright (230,000-dot) display; 4-way VR Image Stabilization system
  • HD (720p) Movie with one-touch recording for easy operation
  • Smart Portrait System; 18 Scene Modes including Scene Auto Selector
  • Capture images and video to SD/SDHC memory card (not included)
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Technical Details

Product Description

Color: Black

Product Description

Fast%2C compact and easy to use%2C combines 12%2E2 megapixels with a 28%2D140mm optical Zoom%2DNIKKOR glass lens for stunning images and HD movie recording%2E

From the Manufacturer

Speed, ease and great image quality are the results of advanced Nikon imaging technology built into the Coolpix S5100. A versatile 5x 28-140mm optical Zoom-Nikkor glass lens and 12.2 megapixels produce stunning pictures and HD movies. The sleek, compact design makes the S5100 convenient to carry, and its automatic features and bright 2.7-inch LCD makes it easy to compose, view and share images. Nikon's 4-Way VR Image Stabilization combines four technologies for crisp, sharp pictures, and Nikon's Smart Portrait System finds faces, fixes red-eye, softens fine skin lines, provides a blink warning and fires the shutter as the subject smiles.

Nikon Coolpix S5100 Highlights

Advanced Flash Control
Enables bright, natural-looking shots with less blur even under dim lighting conditions.

Hand-held/tripod night landscape detection function
When shooting night landscapes and other nighttime shots, the camera automatically distinguishes between hand-held shooting and shooting using a tripod, and then adjusts ISO sensitivity and shutter speed accordingly. This is the first Nikon camera equipped with the hand-held/tripod night landscape detection function, which enables capture of nighttime shots with less blur. This function makes it possible to capture beautiful photos, as intended, with shooting of nighttime scenes that, until now, have often been blurred.

Superior high-speed response that consistently captures the moment
With fast start-up, focusing speed and quick response while shooting, the Coolpix S5100 offers the high-speed operation that will capture those once-in-a-lifetime shots.

Five advanced technologies for beautiful shots at night
Advanced flash control and Optical VR image stabilization combine with enhanced Motion Detection and ISO 3200 capability at any image size to help ensure beautiful results even when the lights are low. Auto detection and exposure setting for tripod and handheld shooting further ensures better images under challenging lighting conditions. Note: Auto detection functions only when VR image stabilization is turned on in the setup menu and Night Landscape scene mode is selected, either manually or by Scene Auto Selector.

Nikon Coolpix S5100 highlights
VR image stabilization in action
Sharper results with five advanced Nikon image stabilizing features*1 Nikon's 4-way VR Image Stabilization System utilizes Optical lens shift image stabilization system to help produce blur-free images. High ISO 3200 capability allows faster shutter speeds when shooting in low light or capturing fast-moving subjects. Motion Detection automatically controls shutter speed and the ISO setting to compensate for subject movement and camera shake. And, Nikon's original BSS (Best Shot Selector) function automatically shoots a series of sequential frames and saves the one with the sharpest focus.
*1 The camera selects and uses only the features required to optimize each image.

Nikon Coolpix S5100 highlights
Nikon's Smart Portrait System with Skin Softening
Face-priority AF helps produce more satisfying portraits by adjusting focus and exposure for as many as 12 faces in the framed shot. Skin Softening function detects and analyzes a framed subject's skin, and then adjusts smoothness to produce enhanced results.

Smile Timer automatically releases the shutter when the subject smiles, while its Blink Proof function shoots two sequential frames, then saves the one in which the subject's eyes are widest open. Blink Warning presents an alert when it suspects that someone in the shot has blinked. In-Camera Red-Eye Fix automatically corrects any perceived red-eye effect before saving the image to memory.

Intelligent automated shooting modes that promote carefree shooting
Nikon's Scene Auto Selector makes it faster and easier to capture the moment by eliminating the need to manually select a scene mode to match the intended shot. This intelligent function determines the subject, analyzes the surrounding settings, and then automatically selects the appropriate scene mode for optimal results.

Subject Tracking enhances the shooting experience by following the subject's movement to ensure clear focus and quick response when that special shutter opportunity presents itself.

Quick Retouch
Quick Retouch automatically adjusts the contrast and saturation of selected photos to create an enhanced copy with the right finishing touch.

One-touch HD movie recording
A single press of a button lets you begin recording 720p high definition movies with ease and speed that helps ensure you capture the moving moment.

Superior Image Quality
  • 12.2-megapixel CCD sensor for stunning image quality.
  • 5x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom-Nikkor Glass Lens. Versatile 28-140mm lens ranges wide to capture landscapes, zooms in to get close to the action. In the Nikkor tradition of precision optics, the high-quality glass lens delivers superb color and razor-sharp results.
  • 4-way VR Image Stabilization System
  • Optical VR Image Stabilization by lens shift minimizes the effect of camera shake.
  • Motion Detection automatically detects moving subjects and adjusts shutter speed and ISO to compensate for camera shake and subject movement.
  • High ISO up to 3200 at full resolution for optimum results when shooting in low light or capturing fast-moving subjects.
  • Nikon's Best Shot Selector (BSS) automatically takes up to ten shots while the shutter is pressed, then selects and saves the sharpest image.
  • EXPEED C2 continues to expand the possibilities of photography with improved levels of image quality, fine detail and processing speed. Custom-optimized for each Coolpix model, Nikon's renowned digital image processing engine ensures outstanding images.
Advanced Functions
  • 2.7-inch Bright (230,000-dot) Display with anti-reflective coating for still images and movies that come alive with rich detail and improved contrast.
Creative Control
  • ISO can be set as high as 3200 at full resolution.
  • In-camera editing functions include, Quick Retouch, D-Lighting and more.
  • Color Options include Standard, Vivid, B/W, Sepia, Cyanotype.
  • Subject Tracking will track a moving subject to ensure sharp focus.
Convenient Features
  • Smart Portrait System
  • Smile Timer automatically releases the shutter when your subject smiles.
  • In-Camera Red-Eye Fix automatically corrects most instances of red-eye as you shoot. You may never see red-eye again.
  • Face-Priority AF Nikon's face-finding technology automatically focuses on up to 12 faces.
  • Skin Softening smoothes skin tones at three different levels for optimal portraits; can be applied while shooting or during playback.
  • Blink Proof automatically takes two sequential shots and saves the one in which your subject's eyes are open.
  • Blink Warning alerts you if a subject has blinked.
  • 18 Scene modes, including Scene Auto Selector
  • Scene Auto Selector automatically recognizes the scene you're shooting and selects the most appropriate scene mode; offers six scene modes plus auto.
  • Macro shooting as close as 0.8 inches.
  • 200 shots (approx.) with supplied EN-EL10 Li-ion rechargeable battery.
What's in the Box
EN-EL10 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, UC-E6 USB Cable, EG-CP14 Audio/Video Cable, EH-68P Charging AC Adapter, Software Suite for Coolpix

Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 0.9 x 2.2 inches ; 4.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Item model number: S580 Black
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,781 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at August 16, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Paul H. Anderson on September 6, 2011
Color: Black Verified Purchase
I bought this camera for my son about 10 months ago. About 5 months ago, the camera developed black lines and dots on the rear monitor. We sent it in to Nikon for repair under their warranty. Instead, we got a notice saying Nikon wanted to charge us $105.46 to repair the camera. I called and asked why. They said the problem was cause by undue pressure on the camera, as if something heavy had been set on it.
When we bought the camera, we also purchased a hard shell case. The camera has only been lightly used. When it was not being used, it was in the hard case. It has never been placed under pressure. Furthermore, of the 14 reviews on Amazon, 3 mention this same problem. Ours would make it 4 out of 15, or 27% failure rate. Clearly, this is a re-occurring manufacturing defect.
Not only will Nikon not honor their warranty by trying to blame the customer, but they want to charge $105.46 to repair a camera that currently new costs only $134.66.
Do not buy this camera or from Nikon. This model has a high failure rate, as evidenced by the responses to Amazon. Nikon will not stand by or honor their warranty if the camera does fail. They will, as they did to me, blame the user for the problem. Then they will charge you 80% of the cost of a new camera to fix it. Surely there are other companies that are service and customer oriented.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MarcKirk on January 9, 2011
Color: Black Verified Purchase
This is a nice little camera a for sticking in your pocket when your DSLR is just too much to deal with. It is very small. The photos and HD video are very good, but not quite as good as a full size DSLR or HD video camera, but that is to be expected. There are not a lot of manual adjustments available, but you can change the photo characteristics by setting different "scene types". You'll need to read the manual to figure this out. For video, you cannot use zoom. This is a nice, reasonably priced camera, but if it's your only one, I would recommend considering spending a little more on say the S8000.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karan L. Paulson on September 10, 2011
Color: Purple
This camera worked great for a few months and then all at once it started to destroy batteries.
I kept purchasing(3) high end recommended batteries and after about a month after they charged they went dead and would not recharge. This holds true for every battery I purchased. I tried the batteries in my friends camera and they would not longer charge for her either.
This has turned out to be a very expensive camera to operate. I would recommend a Kodak with rechargable batteries for about $100 and forget the expensive Nikons.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on January 1, 2011
Color: Purple Verified Purchase
This camera takes WONDERFUL dusk and low light photos without flash! The flash is very powerful and when used properly the photo's are crystal clear. I love the color, and has a time delay for taking self portraits. It's about as big as some of the smart phones that are out right now so it wasn't a pain in the rear to carry around while I was on vacation. It takes great video too. Be sure to buy a class 6 or above memory card to speed up the photo recording time. I bought a 6 but really thing this requires a 10.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ogle-z on June 27, 2011
Color: Blue Verified Purchase
This was purchased as a replacement for a Nikon s570 that was dropped. It is very similar, even using the same battery. It takes great pictures. Set up and menu functions are easy to use. You can turn it on and take a picture in less than a second, if you do not have a welcome screen selected. Otherwise it takes a little longer. Video mode is accessed by touching the record button while in still picture mode, and begins recording in a little less than two seconds. From start up to video recording is about five seconds. Overall seems like a great camera.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve on January 3, 2011
Color: Blue Verified Purchase
This camera takes some really good pictures. But, it also does VIDEO! It's a little awkward holding the camera like a camcorder but it does some really good HD video. I used my windows 7 'DVD maker' to put the .avi files together and it worked flawlessly!!! Great for making some home movies and for parties. We made some Christmas movies of us opening gifts and our little dog playing. Be sure to get a Class 6 sdhc card to go with it. You will need the speed of the class 6 memory card. A great little camera for what it does.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ljl4575 on October 30, 2010
Color: Black Verified Purchase
even though i just got this camera so far it is amazing...we have a "real" professional camera that is too hard to carry around. i have a baby so i take a bunch of picts with no time for posing! so far this has been an excellent camera even in not good lighting. and it takes picts way quicker then these little cameras used to!
definitely a grt buy!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NK1 on July 25, 2011
Color: Black Verified Purchase
Same problem as 2 other reviewers. My LCD screen developed a black defect after a few days. I was able to exchange it for a new one. The next one started developing the defects after about 6 weeks. I may try my luck with the warranty. Very disappointing.
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