Nikon Coolpix S270 - A Slim Compact Camera

6/1/2013 11:29:37 AM

Nikon Coolpix S2700 has been introduced in Jan 2013 and it is a slim compact camera with 6x optical zoom and HD 720p video recording. It comes in colors: black, red, green, purple or pink at a price of $135.


Nikon Coolpix S2700 has a 16MP CCD sensor and 6x optical zoom, which is an equivalent of 26-156mm. To reduce vibration, the device is equipped with a motion blur reduction.

Nikon Coolpix S2700

Nikon Coolpix S2700

For easy shooting, the camera has Scene Auto Selector mode which can automatically adjust settings according specific situations, you can also manually adjust settings from 18 shooting modes. Besides, smart portrait mode has a timer for smile, blink proof alert, skin softening, red-eye fix and great adjustments.

When shooting moving object, Subject Tracking À gathers objects into one point. After finishing shooting, you can edit your photo via editing menu including filters, color tones and crop.

Video is recorded at HD 720p resolution.

The design

The design

Key features

·         16MP CCD image sensor

·         6x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 26-156mm)

·         Motion blur reduction

·         2.7in 230k dot LCD screen

·         HD 720p recording

·         ISO 100-3200

·         Min. focus distance: 5cm

·         Smart portrait shooting

·         18 shooting modes

·         Subject Tracking AF

·         Available versions: black, red, green, purple and pink

The product’s image

The product’s image


S2700 is very compact, with a metal body, which is lightweight enough for being easily put into a pocket when you’re hanging out with friend. It has no grip though there’s a small space fitting your right thumb. Small as it is, its 2.7in screen is bright and clear in different lighting conditions. Buttons shows off the characteristics of a compact camera, with a button specialized for video-recording in the back. S2700’s menu system is visual and friendly.

Battery life is rated at 210 shots, according to CIPA, though we could capture 500 shots before the battery was out. We took some photos to test the camera’s responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then counted the average to ensure the consistency and matching of the test, for easy comparison with other models.

·         Shutter speed: 0.175sec

·         Wide – Focus/Shutter Response: 0.4sec

·         Full zoom – Focus/Shutter Response: 0.6sec

·         Switch on time to taking a photo: 2.1sec

·         Continuous shooting without Flash: 1.6sec

·         Continuous shooting with Flash: 4.9sec

·         Continuous shooting: 1.3fps

·         Full HD recording at 16MP resolution

The battery

The battery


Additional samples and photos are available in your device storage, you can add your own reviews, photos and ratings

Sample photos

Sample photos from Nikon Coolpix S2700

Sample photos from Nikon Coolpix S2700

Sample photos delivered colorful and vivid images. Portrait features perfect skin tones with no red-eye. This camera also works well under low-lit.

Lens quality

Tested image of Nikon Coolpix S2700 Lens

Tested image of Nikon Coolpix S2700 Lens

Details is OK at two ends of the lens but images captured seem suitable for sharing over socials rather than for large-printing. The lens has a minimum focus distance of 5cm but due to lack of image details, macro shots don’t look much impressive.

ISO noise

ISO noise – Nikon Coolpix S2700

ISO noise – Nikon Coolpix S2700

Captured photo have no noise at ISO 100 but at ISO 200 it is still smooth enough. This gets worse at ISO 400 plus some lack in detail appears at ISO 800. At ISO 1600, noise is much, losing details. Once again, a photo becomes very noisy at ISO 3200 but the size limit is only 4MP. The two highest configurations are best used for images which are resized to use in web pages.

White balance performance

White balance – Nikon Coolpix S2700

White balance – Nikon Coolpix S2700

Under Tungsten light, AWB delivers orange-casted objects. When using Fluorescent mode, preset AWB performs well. Object appears with cast of red when using preset Fluorescent mode.

Digital filters

Nikon Coolpix S2700’s digital filters

Nikon Coolpix S2700’s digital filters

S2700 has some color options to improve creativity for your images, with examples suggested above.


Nikon Coolpix S2700 records video at 720p resolution though you can’t use optical zoom.

Value for money

Nikon Coolpix S2700 is a compact model suiting every budget. Other options you may consider are Pentax Optio LS465 ($74.99), Sony Cybershot W710 ($127.5), Olympus VG-180 ($135), Canon PowerShot A3200 IS ($97.2) and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS50 ($154.37).

You will need to buy a memory card and a case or a bag to keep your camera safe and protected – see our full instruction about how to buy a suitable camera bag.


Nikon Coolpix S2700 is a compact and budget model and the first ideal camera for a child or a user who like sharing their photos over webs. It comes in various colored versions, plus a sturdy metal body.


·         Worth the money you pay

·         Various color options

·         Compact metal body

·         Image with nice colors


·         Noise starts at ISP 400

·         Detail decrease in large printouts

·         Short battery life

Technical specs


·         Max aperture: f/3.5 - f/6.5

·         35mm equivalent: 26mm - 156mm

·         Optical zoom: 6x

Image sensor

·         CCD pixels: 16MP (Megapixels)

·         Pixels (W): 4,608

·         Pixels (H): 3,456

·         Sensor type: CCD

·         Sensor size: 1/2.3in

·         Sensor size (width): N/A

·         Sensor size (length): N/A

·         Aspect Ratio: 4:3; 16:9

LCD screen

·         Screen size: 2.7 inches    

·         Resolution: 230,000 dots

·         Touch sensitivity: No


·         Auto

·         Min Focus: 5cm

Exposure control

·         Shortest shutter speed: 1/2000 sec

·         Longest shutter speed: 4 sec

·         Exposure mode: Presets, Scene, Auto

·         Type: M, Spot, Centre-weighted - Average

·         ISO: 80 - 3200

·         White balance: Auto, Manual, Outdoor / Daylight, Cloudy, Hot, Fluorescent

·         Exposure Comp: +/-2

Shooting modes

·         Continuous shooting: 1.3fps


·         Movie mode: Yes

·         Resolution:  1,280x720 720p, 640x480 VGA

·         Video FPS: 30p

·         Stereo sound: No

·         Optical zoom for video: No


·         Image stabilization: N/A

·         Interface

·         DMI: No

·         USB: USB 2

·         Wi-Fi: No


·         Memory card: SD, SDHC, SDXC

·         Format: JPG


·         Battery: One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL19

·         CIPA ratings: 210

Box content

·         Camera Strap

·         Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL19 (with battery case

·         Charging AC Adapter EH-70P

·         USB Cable UC-E6

·         ViewNX 2 CD


·         Weight: 125 g       

·         Dimension (WHD): 94.8x57.8x20.8 mm


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