Friday, April 03, 2009

Assignment #1, Week 2: Camera Review

Nicon Coolpix S550 Reviews
April 3rd, 2009
Review 1: DC Review
http://www.dcviews.com/_nikon/s550.htm
Overall positive reviews. The key selling point of this camera is the adjusting ISO settings. The Nikon Coolpix S550 rated 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Review 2: Trusted Reviews
http://www.trustedreviews.com/digital-cameras/review/2008/06/17/Nikon-CoolPix-S550/p1
Reasonably priced, but only got a 6 of 10 score on value. The site praises the sleek and simple design, but states that the Distortion control feature, which is new to Nikon, doesn’t work well. Strenghts listed on the site were the smile recognition, the image stabilization system and the automatic ISO settings; which allows the camera to take quality pictures in low light settings.
Review 3: EPhotoZine.com
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Nikon-Coolpix-S550-9665
The review of the camera on this site was “ok”. The reviewer felt that the camera had a nice sleek design, but that the camera did “too much” for the user, not giving enough control to the photographer. In a noise test the camera did not fare well, since the ‘image noise’ was high as ISO settings went up.

Strengths:1. Simple and sleek design
2. Excellent Image Stabilization System
3. Long Battery Life
Weaknesses:
1. Distortion control not optimal
2. Slow reaction time: one picture per second to three seconds, depending on settings.
3. Noise comes early as ISO gets higher
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