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February 04, 2009

Nikon Coolpix S220 is the new mass-market compact model

The Coolpix S-series is a very populous line of P&S models. Our last year's round-up said "so many Coolpixies so little time". A year later, Nikon choses to expand the 2XX and 6XX series but goes quiet on the 5XX series.

The S210 has dropped a lot in price, making it a nice deal (around $120 at Amazon), but its replacement, the new Coolpix S220 has not fallen far off the price tree as it starts at $150 and it is available in six delicious colors. Speaking of obnoxious delicious colors, here is how the green version looks.


Nikon_coolpix_s220_green_front

Main Specifications
+ 10mp 1/2.33" sensor
+ 3x optical zoom (starts around 35mm) with no actual stabilization
+ 4-way VR is "fake" (not optical, not sensor-shift, but electronic/ISO-adjustment and other PR crapola)
+ 2.5" LCD
+ LiIon battery (rather low 180 CIPA with EN-EL10)
+ faces detection et al (so tempted to have a typo here :-)
+ available for pre-order at Amazon for $150 - choice of five body colors


Further Reading
+ Hands-on with the camera at Pocket Lint - 11 pictures of the camera
+ DC Resource
+ etc



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