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The COOLPIX S570 is available in pink, red, blue, black and silver. The front of the camera is finished in a metallic lacquer and looks quite stylish with it's rounded corners and polished lens bezel. But this is a camera of two halves and the rear portion, finished in matt black plastic, isn't nearly so attractive.
The COOLPIX S570 is quite light and sufficiently compact to carry around in you pocket. It handles nicely but it's a little to easy to inadvertently press the rear panel buttons with your thumb, so you need to make a conscious effort to keep it on the dimpled area above the controls.
The rear panel houses the 2.7in LCD screen mounted in a raised section with a bevelled top edge into which is set a flash-ready LED. The controls are layed out on the right below a dimpled thumb rest and comprise a four-way control disc with central button. Mode selector and playback buttons are arranged above and menu and delete buttons below.
The top panel houses a recessed on/off button and shutter release with zoom collar. The on/off button has an LED surround which flashes green when the camera goes into standby mode to save power. As well as being functional it looks pretty cool. On the bottom a spring hinged door reveals a single compartment for the battery and SD card, with a small orange clip holding the battery in place so it can't fall out accidentally.
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Unlike Canon compacts, which turn the camera off if the battery/card compartment door is opened, it's possible to open the door and even remove the card with the camera powered up, with the consequent potential for losing or corrupting the image data on it.
The plastic tripod bush is situated on the extreme left corner of the bottom panel. While this makes it possible to open the battery/card compartment, it doesn't provide the most stable or level platform.
The built-in flash has a quoted range of 5.5 metres at the maximum wide angle lens setting, which is a little better than average and longer than both the Canon IXUS 120 IS/ SD940 IS and the IXUS 200 IS / SD980 IS. Five modes are available – on, off, auto, red-eye reduction and slow sync.
In red-eye reduction mode a sequence of low-intensity pre-flashes is fired before the main flash exposure and the image is post-processed to remove red-eye in the camera. Unlike the Canon compacts you can't have one without the other, it's either both pre-flash and processing or nothing.
The COOLPIX S570 actually fires a single pre-flash whatever the flash mode. Possibly this is to determine TTL exposure, but whatever the reason, there's an extended wait between flash exposures of anything up to seven seconds. During this time the flash indicator LED flashes red when you put first pressure on the shutter release. It won't update it's status while you have the shutter depressed, so you've got to release it and try again, and if it's still not ready again, and again, until it illuminates continuously. As you can imagine this can be quite frustrating.
The COOLPIX S570 uses a Nikon EN-EL10 Lithium-ion battery which provides sufficient power for 220 shots using the CIPA (Camera Imaging Products Association) standard which provides a good guide of how the camera will perform in real-life situations with typical use of the flash, zoom and LCD panel. This isn't spectacular, but it is at least on a par with the Canon IXUS 120 IS / SD940 IS and the IXUS 200 IS / SD980 IS.
Overall, this is a great little camera. I have only found 3 problems/dislikes.
The camera only displays battery charge level when it is partially discharged. But apparently it is not very accurate. Twice, with no previous warning, the camera would not turn on because battery was low.
The charger has a long power cord. Very inconvenient to take the charger with you.
I solved both problems by buying a travel charger and two spare batteries off Ebay.
Also, the small flash is at the very top corner of the camera. I have to be very careful to hold the camera in a way that does not block the flash.
This is the fourth Nikon camera I've purchased and I believe this camera has a lot of good points, such image quality and light weight. The down side of it is the quirky manner in which it works. First and foremost in the complaint department is the nasty habit of the camera "locking-up" which requires removing the battery and reinserting it. Second is the sluggish response of the exposure meter scale. Instead of following the adjustment dials, it lags along and seems to bob up and down on either side of the "0" mark. My final gripe is with the shutter speed control. I can't get 1/2400or 1/3000 second to work. In short, I feel that if I bought this camera as a light-weight alternative to my D300 and D70s, I should have use of all of the cameras functions and features. Maybe there is a firmware upgrade in the future(I already am using version 1.1). This camera has a lot of potential with its zoom range and image quality, but it definitely could use some tweaking to make it a camera that I would recommend to a friend.
I found one of these cameras in the road and the screen was broke but the pictures it takes is amazing.... when you zoom in pixelation is virtually non-existent