Nikon Coolpix S205 Digital Camera (Red)
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|Package Height||3.6 x 5.8 x 6.5 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.75 pounds|
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I decided to "up" the stakes on the comments about photo quality. My old camera is a Samsung L60. Great little camera, but it's getting beat up and old. So I thought I would take advantage of the sales yesterday.
So, what I did was take a series of photos from sitting on the sofa with each camera so I had true, side by side comparisons.
This is what I learned...
Out the window shot of leafless tress at max zoom... Nikon hands down had the better photo. Put my beloved Samsung to sham. Better Color, Better Clarity, Better everything across the board and this was at Max Zoom (Optical and Digital on both cameras).
Next was an indoor photo of my computer. No zoom, about 3' away on generic auto program modes. Samsung's photo dominated this round. The Nikon photo was completely washed out, our tan sofa looked cream and my black computer looked gray.
Next was a shot across our family room at our fireplace, 12' away, flash on and optical zoom max. Samsung won by slight lead only because of the color saturation, photo was soft. The Nikon's shot was sharper, but considerable darker, the flash did not carry.
Last Shot was the same fireplace shot without flash. Nikon won this due to it's clarity. The Samsung was very blurry. Both had poor color saturation.
MP comparison... My Samsung was a 6 and the Nikon was a 12. The Nikon was slightly improved over the Samsung in actual photo quality. I thought it would be a bit more of a visual difference, but it wasn't.
Flash... The Nikon Flash didn't seem to travel pass about 8 feet.Read more ›
I've used it briefly, but since Black Friday is upon us, and many shoppers are looking for affordable digital cameras, I thought I'd try to help you out as much as I could...so please keep in mind that my use of this camera is limited.
To sum it up, it's a $100 digital camera. I don't think one who's familiar with digital cameras would buy it, and think "Boy, I sure got a steal!" The image quality is adequate enough to capture moments that you'd like to remember, but if you're somebody who likes to take landscape shots, and capture images that you find to be interesting, and maybe you'd even like to enlarge some of those shots...you should probably pass on this camera. The images are quite soft, and the edges in the image are rough if you do any significant cropping (40%-50%). The movie mode is adequate, again, for capturing those moments that you'd like to remember; if you like to take allot of video, you'd probably want to pass on this camera, for something that does a better job.
The menu is really easy to navigate, and overall, it's an intuitive camera.
It is quite small, and light. Somebody with big hands may find it a bit awkward to hold.
There are a few nice in-camera features, such as color alterations (i.e. B & W, Saturation, etc.), D-Lighting, basic image retouching.
Overall, it's a digital camera, that takes OK Pictures, and OK video, for an affordable price. If I were to give this camera as a gift, I'd probably give it to grandparents, or a younger child (14-ish)...or somebody who wanted a digital camera, and wasn't too picky about the quality of the pictures and video.
For most people I think that this camera will be a great choice.
While its diminutive size is awesome to keep it in your pocket or in your purse for those "OMG, who has a camera?" moments, its not a premier class camera to use for mission critical shots. Its a hobby camera or a just-in-case camera. And for that purpose, it works very very well. For outdoor shots in good light, the picture quality is excellent. If you know a few things about photography, you can make this camera do a lot with all its features.
Indoor shots in low light is where things get murky but its all a matter of experience and perspective. My 5 year old Olympus camera takes great shots, but my old Olympus cannot even successfully TAKE a shot that turns out in a lot of low-light conditions. Based upon my experience with this Nikon S205, if you're getting rotten pics from this camera, then you should attend some amateur photography classes to understand lighting, scene framing, shutter speed, f-stops, etc. The basics still apply. This little Nikon uses some electronic tricks to allow a novice to snap off shots in areas they really shouldn't. The result can be slightly grainy shots in the dark areas of the photo. Improve the lighting of the scene or adjust the ISO setting to a maximum of 400 or 800 and you get much better results.
That said, it serves its purpose very nicely. The video recording capability of this camera is also very good (and it saves the video as .AVI files which I like better than other formats)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Image stabilization very poor... hard to take zoom pictures without blur unless you use a tripod.... and then not really good.Published 22 months ago by Gary P. Kugel
it is ok, very small, but slow, focus not great or fast
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I am very disspointed in this camera. Any movement and the pictured blurs. Can not adjust shutter speed for action shots. Auto focus takes too long.Published on July 16, 2012 by BOB
We are not techies and I wanted something basic to take decent shots of the kids on. We had a Nikon Coolpix in the past (the $150 model 5 years ago) and it worked great for 4... Read morePublished on December 16, 2011 by Laurel Collins
I got this camera on sale at target. I have been a big cannon fan and this camera did not change that. I liked the size, color and of course the price. Read morePublished on December 1, 2011 by Yana
My daughter got this camera last year at christmas. Its a wonderful camera. Its takes super pictures. The video function is awesome too. Read morePublished on September 6, 2011 by tmagcorbin
Takes surprisingly high-quality photos for an entry-level point-and-shoot. Small, lightweight, thin, with a high-resolution display screen. Read morePublished on June 27, 2011 by Jordan M Petersen
I bought this camera black friday 2010 at target (so I've had it for 1 year 4 mo.s), I paid $70. I am so glad I did not pay any more! Read morePublished on March 28, 2011 by Lucy
I've had a number of digital cameras over the years, but this was my first nikon purchase. I purchased at Target on Black Friday and definitely regret the waste of my time waiting... Read morePublished on January 6, 2011 by Mary Anne Whiteley