Experts say the Nikon Coolpix S100 is a great value, since it offers image quality you would expect from much more expensive cameras. This 16-megapixel compact camera has some enticing features for the price, including a large, 3.5-inch touch screen display, 5x optical zoom and the ability to shoot full HD (1080p) video. The Nikon Coolpix S100 is a good fit for beginners and casual photographers, since it doesn't offer the manual controls available on higher-end cameras.
However, image quality is excellent for this price range -- in fact, the Nikon Coolpix S100 receives the highest rating in a recent independent test of more than 100 digital cameras, where it beats cameras costing much more. However, some think the body feels cheap and flimsy, and a number of reviewers wish for longer battery life -- it's rated at only 150 shots.
If you consider yourself a beginner, the Nikon Coolpix S100 is a great option as it's not only easy to use, but it also offers great image quality for the price. You may want to buy an extra battery, though, to avoid running out of juice on the road. If you can afford to spend more, the Canon PowerShot S100 (*Est. $400) earns the best reviews among compact digital cameras. The Nikon Coolpix S100 is included in a number of professional reviews from photography sources like PhotographyBlog.com and EphotoZine.com.
PhotographyBlog.com gives the Nikon Coolpix S100 its Highly Recommended award, thanks largely to the camera's excellent image quality. An easy-to-use menu system is another plus, as is the high-quality LCD display. However, the front of the camera scratches easily.
Review: Nikon Coolpix S100 Review, Matt Grayson, Oct. 3, 2011
ConsumerReports.org tests dozens of digital cameras, including the Nikon Coolpix S100. Each camera is rated on image quality, video quality, ease of use and other factors.
Review: Digital Cameras, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of June 2012
The Nikon Coolpix S100 receives a mostly positive review from EphotoZine.com, with editors praising the overall image quality and stylish design. However, short battery life is a downside.
Review: Nikon Coolpix S100 Digital Camera Review, Editors of EphotoZine.com, Dec. 5, 2011
4. Which? magazine
Which? magazine, the British equivalent of ConsumerReports.org, reviews a large number of digital cameras, including the Nikon Coolpix S100. Unlike ConsumerReports.org, Which? magazine provides a good amount of analysis to accompany its ratings.
Review: Digital camera reviews, Editors of Which? magazine, As of June 2012
5. Choice magazine
Choice magazine conducts independent tests much like ConsumerReports.org and Which? magazine. Digital cameras, including the Nikon Coolpix S100, are subject to rigorous testing.
Review: Digital Cameras, Editors of Choice magazine, As of June 2012