Image quality is great
We had a great time using the Nikon Coolpix L320 during the test. The screen makes the pictures look great on the back which doesn't necessarily mean that they're going to look good at home, but they do from the L320. If you're a travelling photographer that needs a high zoom all-rounder, but you don't have the money to get a high spec model, then the L320 should suit your needs perfectly.
Decent amount of zoom
The Nikon Coolpix L320 is a decent enough camera if you want a model with plenty of optical zoom but have a limited budget. There is some issues with images being blurry in the corners, our review sample had even more blur in the top left hand corner. If you mainly share your images on the web then the quality shouldn't be an issue, particularly as colour reproduction is good.
High-resolution images, full HD video
Just like its very similar predecessor, the Nikon Coolpix P310 is a good compact camera for users looking for high-resolution images, full HD video and a degree of creative control. If you also want good results in low-light, RAW format as well as JPEG, and easier access to key settings, there are better options from other manufacturers.
Affordable price compared to other advanced compact camera
The P310 offers an improved feature set compared to a regular point-and-shoot - offering something for snapshooters who want to learn more about photography through the camera's manual modes. However, the image quality limitations mean DSLR users might want to look at its more expensive peers if they want a pocket camera.
Good LCD screen
The Nikon P310 is a 16.1MP advanced compact with a 4.2x optical zoom. Given that it costs close to £300 you would be entitled to expect something above the ordinary. Whether it's a headline-grabbing zoom, bombproof construction or a generally high specification, compacts costing this much really need to offer something extra to justify the added expenditure. The P310 just about manages this with its bright f/1.8 maximum aperture, full manual control and 921k-dot LCD screen.
Excellent value for money
The Nikon Coolpix P310 is an extremely versatile camera which packs a lot of features in to a body small enough to fit in your pocket. There is very little to fault, the 4.2x optical zoom lens being quite limited given there are now cameras with a massive 42x optical zoom. There isn't the option to shoot in RAW either, but there are full manual controls, the f/1.8 maximum aperture lens and full 1080p HD video recording.
Decent AF with lots of options including user-defined point, detailed images, close-up macro mode, lots of movie capture control
By logic we weren't sure we'd like the P310 that much. The "small" size sensor is a letdown, but then it does make it both smaller and cheaper than its established competitors. We do like it; in fact the more we used this camera the fonder we grew of it. Images are decent given the small sensor size, there's plenty of focus, zoom and movie control and that f/1.8 aperture at the wide-angle setting is great to have.
Good low-light performance
Other pocketable premium cameras are out there, but most of them cost at least £300. If you're looking for a pocketable point-and-shoot camera with manual controls and good low-light performance, you won't find a lower-priced option than the Nikon Coolpix P310. It requires you to make some compromises: You have to do without a RAW-shooting mode, a big sensor, and a long-zoom lens, and you'll have to wait for Night Landscape shots and high-definition videos to save.
Image quality is good
The Nikon Coolpix P310 is a truly small compact digital camera with efficient photographic controls. It delivers excellent results thanks to an ultra-bright F/1.8 lens which lets it photograph the same scene at lower a ISO than most other cameras. The ultra-wide angle optical zoom lens starting at 24mm makes it a great compact for architecture and indoor photography.
Excellent macro capabilities
Other pocketable premium cameras are out there, but most of them cost at least $400. If you're looking for a pocketable point-and-shoot camera with manual controls and good low-light performance, you won't find a lower-priced option than the Nikon Coolpix P310. It requires you to make some compromises: You have to do without a RAW-shooting mode, a big sensor, and a long-zoom lens, and you'll have to wait for Night Landscape shots and high-definition videos to save.
Purse sized proportions and cute styling
Nobody is making a claim for the Nikon Coolpix S01 being a serious photographic tool. We're always told a large-ish sensor, large-ish lens and therefore large-ish camera makes for optimum quality images, and none of those are the case here. Nor, despite the glossy metal exterior, would the £120 to £150 price tag indicate that this is much more than a bit of a toy.
No white balance or ISO controls
The Nikon Coolpix S01 is certainly stylish, and its size makes it extremely portable - a pocket camera even when you don't have any pockets.
There's something refreshing about having a basic point-and-shoot camera, a simple creative tool that enables you to focus solely on composition and capturing the moment. Such is the strength of the iPhone and other smartphone cameras.
So while we're willing to overlook the lack of certain commonly used controls, we just can't overlook image quality.
Really tiny body, Good amount of built-in memory
The Nikon Coolpix S01 clearly isn't designed to be the best camera in the world but it is the ideal camera for those who are keen on their tiny gadgets or who want to carry a camera in their tiny handbag etc. Images aren't of a good quality, but they'll look fine if you're sharing them on sites such as Facebook. The Nikon Coolpix S01 will struggle to appeal to those which decent cameras on their smartphones, but we're sure it'll have an appeal to some looking for a small camera.
Extremely small, Good colour reproduction
A true spy gadget, the Nikon Coolpix S01's image quality is better than its size or price might suggest. Until you get one in your hands, it's difficult to imagine quite how small it is. Think of it as a competent, carry-anywhere alternative to a smart phone's built-in camera.
Good build quality, Compact size
Despite its matchbox size, the construction and engineering that have gone into the 10 megapixel, 3x optical zoom Coolpix S01 means that it looks and feels of high quality. This is still a Nikon camera after all and the brand doesn't do throwaway.
The cute-sy design, rounded edges and available colour range (hunt down the mirrored version if you can) suggest to us that the camera is aimed perhaps more at women than men, and younger ones at that.
Reproduction of colours was very good
The Nikon Coolpix S01 is more about form than function, and it commands a hefty premium for its diminutiveness. Priced at Rs 8,950, it costs more than twice entry-level digital camera. However, the latter are more feature rich and take better photos and videos. We aren't saying you should keep away from this tiny shooter. It's cute and funky, isn't it? If style (unique in this case) is of utmost importance, make this camera your pocket buddy right away! Also, it would make a sweet gift.
No manual operation, Heats up while shooting video
When you consider its size and the amount of goodies it packs into a small frame, the Nikon COOLPIX S01 is an average performer. The camera follows the point-and-shoot camera philosophy to the letter. While it is very easy to use for someone who is new to the world of cameras, a more experienced user will feel frustrated due to the lack of manual controls. However, adding wireless connectivity would have helped it compete better against camera phones.
Excellent colour reproduction
Other than having 21x optical zoom there aren't many other features that particularly stand out on the L310, but it is capable of taking good pictures with excellent colour reproduction. It's unusual to see a budget super-zoom camera with such good rubber grip, there is also a lens cap and a metal tripod socket, thumbs up to Nikon there.
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