Nikon COOLPIX S02 Brief Review


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  • 13 megapixel 1/3.1" sensor
  • Built in 7.3 GB memory stores up to 2300 photos
  • Built in battery
  • Large 2.7-inch touchscreen
  • 3x optical zoom
  • Full HD (1080p) videos with stereo sound
  • "Trendy" design in multiple colors
  • Very portable (3 inches wide and 2 inches tall)
  • Release Date: 2013-09-19
  • Final Grade: 80 4.0 Star Rating: Recommended

13 megapixel 1/3.1" sensor; Built in 7.3 GB memory stores up to 2300 photos; Built in battery; Large 2.7-inch touchscreen; 3x optical zoom; Full HD (1080p) videos with stereo sound; "Trendy" design in multiple colors; Very portable (3 inches wide and 2 inches tall)
By , Last updated on: 3/18/2015

Sub-$200 cameras are very much a hit and miss. Nikon's September 2013 budget compact, the S02, is directed towards consumers looking for a trendy, pocketable camera. Except for the lack of wi-fi, the S02 operates very much like a smart phone with a touchscreen, built-in memory and non-removable battery. But, the camera also uses a sensor that's about the size of a smart phone's. The camera doesn't have any burst shooting and shutter speeds only reach 1/2000. The touchscreen, built-in memory and compact size is enticing for some, but consumers that own a smartphone with a decent camera should look elsewhere.

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