The 7.1- megapixel Nikon Coolpix S200 offers a good set of basic automatic controls in a well-designed, compact metal body. Although it doesn’t excel in any particular area, the S200 consistently captures good exposures and operates responsively.
Designed for automatic shooting, the S200 provides 15 scene modes, including a “One-Touch Portrait” option that activates face-detection autofocus. The implementation of face detection however, isn’t the quickest or most effective I’ve seen.
The camera’s 3X zoom lens is also a bit of a disappointment. With a 35mm-equivalent focal-length range of 38mm to 114mm and a maximum aperture of f/3.1 on the wide end to f/5.9 zoomed in, it offers neither an especially wide angle setting nor a very long telephoto reach. It also suffers from noticeable barrel distortion on the wide end is well as slight pin cushioning on the long end-something of a rarity these days.
In the labs, the S200 turned in an unimpressive performance on our resolution test, averaging 1,350 lines of resolution, which is low for a 7.1MP camera. On the bright side, in both daylight and flash shots, images were well exposed and displayed realistic color. Thanks to quick autofocus and negligible shutter delay. I was able to capture excellent action shots.
If pocketability, simplicity, and reliability are important, the S200 should fill the bill.Price rangeNikon Coolpix S200: $139.00 - $175.00Check This Out:Fujifilm FinePix F50fd: A High-End yet Affordable Point-and-ShootNikon Coolpix S500: Full Automatic with Good QualityCanon ixus 960IS: Now with Image Stabilizer