The Nikon COOLPIX S100 was introduced in August of 2011. This digital camera is both slim and attractive. It features a lot of technology in a small package. The Nikon S100 includes a 3.5 inch touch-screen and 5x optical zoom. It allows the user to create full 1080 p videos that feature stereo sound.
The first thing users may notice about this camera is that there are not parts outside the device that move other than the metal cover that protects the lens when it is not being used. The zoom has been moved to the inside of the device where it is safely protected when in use.
While the Nikon S100 is slightly larger than other cameras on the market today, it may help consumers to know that it is smaller than the iPhone in both width and height. While it may look like a typical pocket camera, users will soon discover that it offers far more features than some cheap digital. Consumers will appreciate the three different autofocus modes available on this camera.
When the camera is first turned on, it defaults to the touch shutter option. This option allows the user to choose the object on which to focus by using the touch-screen on this camera. Simply touch the object and the camera quickly brings it into focus. With subject tracking, the camera locks onto object that touched in the screen and focuses with the object's movement. The Touch AF/AE feature focuses at a specific distance to the object selected in the touch-screen.
With the large and easy to use touch-screen of the COOLPIX S100, there is only one button on the camera. Photos are shot using the shutter button, but all other functions are controlled using the touch-screen. The screen offers use of the full 3.5 inches unlike other cameras that lose 0.25 inches from each edge.
The picture quality from this camera is very good. The colors remain true and the resolution allows the user to make a high-resolution digital zoom on the shots after they are downloaded to the computer. The resolution is high enough to zoom in on shots that would have been lost by older lower resolution cameras.
The Nikon S100 provides a camera that will be appreciated by many amateur photographers. It is easy to use and provides point and shoot ease for use by the family photographer. While it may not be the favorite of professionals, it will quickly win the favor of amateurs.