"amateur's opinion"on by Seaspray0
Pros big display, easy to use menu's, Overcomes typical camera deficiencies for nighttime and indoor shots.
Cons wide/telephoto button adjusted with the thumb.
Summary Most of the digital cameras have dissapointed us when it came to low light and nighttime, so we were very interested in finding a camera that would perform well under low light conditions. I played with the new camera first to see how easy I could figure it out before even touching the instructions. It was easy and intuitive. As for the buttons on the back: wide/telephoto, mode, menu, shoot/playback, trash, the scroll, and OK). Press "mode" to access functionality (setup, movie, audio recording, scene, Hi ISO and shooting) or "menu" to access settings of the mode you are in. Having a delete button rather than having to scroll through a menu is nice. All your menu's are displayed on the 3" lcd. Then use the scroll wheel to pick your options, then hit ok. It was like navigating on an ipod. The scroll also lets you press up/down/left/right to navigate or quick access features like flash setting, timer, and scene choice. I love the scroll. To me the menu navigation is top notch. The instructions give more details, like which scene type (15 total) is best for your conditions but you can easily use this camera without reading any instructions.
The 3 inch lcd display is nice and big. It takes up over 75% of the space on the back of the camera running from top to bottom. The only space not taken up by the screen has just enough space for the buttons. The camera easily fits in your shirt pocket and the lens doesn't "poke out" in camera mode. The lens is flush in the upper right corner on the front with the rest of the optics running down the inside under the coolpix logo (I was told that they use an angled mirror to turn the picture down 90' into the optics). The result? It's flush and it stays that way! No whirring motor to extend the lens out from the camera body to give you the focal length you need. The lens does have a built in cover which snaps shut when you turn it off to protect the front lens. Ok, lets take some pics! Ease of use is good. The wide/telephoto is under the right thumb on the back. I've always thought this adjustment should be done by another finger to leave the thumb free to support the camera but alot of camera's are putting it there. To me it makes it harder to zoom, but this camera is real light so it wasn't as difficult as thumbing the zoom as some other cameras were. I gave it my acid test: nighttime pictures. I took pictures with a fixed ISO of 100, 400, 800, 1600, and 3200 and also with the ISO set to auto of the front of the house lit by the porch light, a streetlight, and NO FLASH from 30 meters. The 100 was dark with the street and porch lights blurry, the 400 was dark, the 800 showed poor lighting but detail of the house(better than what I typically see in the typical digital camera), The 1600 showed good detail of the house, the 3200 was about the same as the 1600 but showed some noise in the photo (spotting). The auto pic was similar to the iso 1600, showing good detail. Overall, I'm impressed. If I was taking nighttime photos of the strip in las vegas or shooting the christmas lights on the house, this camera would give me the good picture I want (the first one I can make that claim with). Why am I making such a big deal out of indoor and nighttime photos? Because I've never had a problem with daytime photos with digital cameras. It's the poor light and night time photos where I find digital cameras the most deficient. This camera blows the others away in this arena.
Pros Take Anywhere, Priority Portrait Button, Everyone Will Envy You!
Cons None - The camera is perfect!
Summary Ashton Kutcher is advertising Nikon Coolpix and this latest model, S52, is the Cadillac of all super compact digital cameras. I don't own the Midnight Black but I purchased the model just last week in my favorite color, forest green. When I hold that camera to take a picture in a crowd and when the folks gaze at that beautiful green color, they will wish they owned this small wonder with the latest in state-of-the-art photo enhancements. I am impressed with the One Touch Priority Portrait button on top of the camera because it guarantees that perfect face exposure with no red eye. I had my brother get very close to me and I had my eyes wide open because I wanted to testify if this One Touch Priority Portrait feature actually does eradicate red eye. Well, the verdict is in! This S52 model does get rid of the red eye. I even took a magnifying glass to examine my pupils and could not detect any red eye. The Face Detection technology is a marvel. The large 3 inch LCD screen is the perfect accent and you can appreciate the view you get from perusing each photo. I am ecstatic with Nikon's D-Lighting feature that allows you to correct a dark, dull photo into a properly exposed one. It's like magic! The macro shots are incredible. I took some close-ups of coins and could read all the fine print. The credit card size of this Nikon S52 will attract the sales. This model just hit some select stores during the last month in April, so, you will be sporting the latest camera and one that will be the talk at the water cooler.
Pros stylish design, eco-friendly carbon-reducing edition available at Ritz Camera
Cons slight shutter lag, slightly awkward to hold
Summary I'm a college photo major who has a Nikon D70s Digital SLR, and I was looking for something thin and portable to bring to parties and concerts and other circumstances where my big SLR is inconvenient or at risk of being damaged. After shopping around for a couples weeks (looked at sony cybershot T-300 especially) I decided on the Nikon s52 because of it's price, megapixels, design, and supposed/expected picture quality. I am happy to say after playing around with it for a couple days I am pretty satisfied with my choice.
The menus are easy to figure out, the screen is large, (but picks up fingerprints easily so I am constantly wiping them away), and it seems to be taking very decent pictures. The macro setting is awesome, and allows you to get pretty close to things (about 1-2 inches away while still focusing sharply).
There are many different scene options, but I found that even when using the proper one, the white balance seems to be a little off, but that could be due to the fact that I left the white balance on "auto" hoping it would automatically adjust according to the chosen scene, but seemed to have some trouble doing so. (but this is fixable in photoshop...not as easily as with RAW files like i'm used to, but nonetheless fixable to a degree)
There is very little shutter lag without flash, and it increases to about a full 2 second with the flash. Good red-eye reduction though, haven't had a problem with that yet.
Overall it seems to be giving me pretty good pictures, with a stylish design. (Much smaller and slightly awkward to hold compared to my SLR which I am used to, but that is to be expected I suppose)
When shooting at highest quality 9MP option, the pictures come into photo shop at about 8.5"x11" at 300 pixles per inch. So even though Nikon claims it can make prints up to 16"x20", you would have to sacrifice resolution and let it drop to about 150ppi to do so...and personally I find printing that large at such a low resolution gives crappy prints...but for the average/amateur printing pictures of grandma and grandpa, it might not bother them/they might not even ever print that large.
The thing that especially attarcted me was that if you buy if from Ritz Camera, they have a special green edition, which I what I got. They donate a portion of the profit to CarbonFund which is a company dedicating to reducing and eliminating carbon emissions from the air. Appearantly, even camera purchased with eradicate 1.9 tons of carbon from the air...I don't know how accurate that is, but either way buying the eco-friendly version can't hurt, right? And being priced at $250 (compared to sony cybershot's nrealy $400 price) it seems like an awesome deal!
And buying from Nikon, you know it's a company who specializes in cameras, rather than sony or panasonic who make a wide range of electronics.