Feeds
85%

Nikon Coolpix S710 compact camera

Ridiculously easy to use

Boost IT visibility and business value

In terms of performance, the Coolpix S710 did well, although to be honest, the leap in quality from a ten-megapixel camera to a 14.5-megapixel model isn't that significant. Sure, if you want to produce very large printouts, it’ll help improve quality, but for on-screen viewing or normal-size prints, it’s not a big deal.

Nikon Coolpix S710

Not a huge step forward in picture quality

That said, colour, contrast and detail were good and we got very pleasing results. The zoom offers a nice range, both at the wide angle and telephoto setting. The D-Lighting system really does help improve contrast and detail with underexposed images. In a word, we were 'D-Lighted' with the performance. Ouch.

Another thing we liked was the smile mode. Activate this, point the camera at a smiling subject and the S710 will automatically take a shot without you having to press the shutter! Yes, it’s a bit silly, but it all adds to the fun of using this camera.

The panorama mode is superb and the software does a great job in stitching three images together. The food mode even lets you make adjustments to the white balance to get your grub looking at its finest, while the high-speed continuous shooting mode is good for tracking fast-moving objects.

Nikon Coolpix S710

Also available in silver and red

Nikon says the battery life is 250 shots, and we still had lots of power after firing off close to 200 frames. Not that everything else was perfect. We were a little disappointed with the macro mode, as cheaper models we’ve tested have managed to get even closer to an object. Picture noise is noticeable from ISO 400 upwards, a price you pay for packing in so many pixels onto a small CCD. For that reason, the higher ISO modes were not worth bothering with.

Verdict

We were very impressed with this little camera. It’s a nice size and weight, offers a good set of features, is easy to use, performs well and it has some useful playback and editing features. If you’re in the market for a compact that’s a cut above the rest, you should certainly check out this model.

The essential guide to IT transformation

85%

Nikon Coolpix S710 compact camera

A polished, pocketable performer offering a good range of features and superb ease of use.
Price: £250 RRP

More from The Register

next story
Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
Shaves price, not screen on mid-2014 model
iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks
New plug not compatible with official Type-C, according to fresh rumors
Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech
Sadly Navdy kit doesn't include Sidewinder missile to blast traffic
FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'
Wow, it looks like nothing else on the market, for sure
YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator
Fanbois prepare to experience the great Cupertin-O
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button
You won't believe how much goes into today's telly tech
Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones
We'll have some of whatever he's having please
Things are looking up in Flappy Bird sequel
'Swing Copters' offers the same gameplay but in a different direction
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.