Nikon COOLPIX S7
- Slim attractive design
- Sharpness and chromatic aberration issues, Slow focus and burst mode
Nikon's S7 is an attractively designed camera, however it suffers from a variety of speed and image quality issues that make it a less than desirable puchase.
Price$ 529.00 (AUD)
In a market where cameras are increasingly becoming a fashion accessory, it is important for companies to produce models that cater to the Fashionista demographic. The Nikon CoolPix S7 is one such unit as it sports a slim, slightly wavy design that is quite attractive. However it has a number of issues that have been problematic in other recent Nikon models, including a slow auto-focus and some sharpness and chromatic aberration issues.
This unit caries a 7.1 megapixel sensor, a size that is quickly becoming the norm. We ran it through our Imatest testing software as well as taking a variety of subjective tests shots, in order to analyse the quality of the pictures.
In our sharpness test the S7 only performed moderately, scoring 1250, which is quite a way behind what we usually see from units with similar specifications. Most 7.1 megapixel models score closer to 1400-1450. We ran the tests several times, but received the same results. That said, the impact wasn't hugely noticeable in our shots. If you're making regular 4in x 6in prints then the sharpness loss wont be noticed. However, at larger magnifications this won't be the case.
This is exacerbated by some chromatic aberration issues, with Imatest giving the S7 a score of 0.136% in this area. This is a little higher than normal and it was evident in our shots. There was noticeable haloing in the images of our high contrast test chart which got noticeably worse the as we moved the chart closer to the edge of our frame. Furthermore there was prominent blurring and discolouration at the edges of both our outdoors snaps and the barrel distortion tests.
The S7 achieved similar results in our image noise test with a slightly above average score of 1.0% at ISO 100. Our shots at this level were a little grainy but the noise was very fine, so it isn't likely to be a problem for most people. The noise reduction algorithm in the camera did a reasonable job of keeping the noise down as we increased the sensitivity. Shots taken at ISO 400 and higher were quite blotchy, but not as noise-ridden as those produced by competing models. However that said, the algorithm also resulted in greatly reduced sharpness and with that in mind, we wouldn't recommend venturing much above ISO 200.
In our colour tests the S7 performed decently but not outstandingly, achieving a score of 9.79. The primary colours were generally well-saturated, although they were a little darker than we would like. The white balance presets also seemed slightly off-kilter, giving blues a slightly grey tinge. Nonetheless this performance is adequate and fell in line with our expectations of the unit.
The main problem that has plagued Nikon compacts in the past, such as the COOLPIX S500, is the focus speed. This rears its head on the S7 as the lens is quite slow to auto focus, sometimes taking in excess of half a second. This can be a big deal if you're trying to capture a spontaneous moment quickly even though the unit exhibited a fairly standard 0.08 seconds shutter lag. This also has an impact on other times, such as the 2.6 second power up time and 1.9 second shot-to-shot time, both of which are a little sluggish.
Our speed tests also found the burst mode somewhat lacking, with the S7 capturing just 1.25 shots per second. Aside from this, the feature set is fairly standard for such a model. There are white balance presets but no custom mode, as well as ISO sensitivities up to 1600. You can also adjust the colour settings, pick from one of the 15 scene modes, or use Nikon's "Best Shot Selection" mode to capture your pictures at a variety of exposures, allowing you to hand pick the best one. As with the COOLPIX S500 an image stabilisation function is also included and this seems to work quite well overall. Our shots showed no signs of blurring or hand shake when this setting was active.
Aesthetically, the S7 is a little unique. It has a slightly wavy design, with the left hand side being slightly thicker than the right. Our model came in brushed silver, but other colours, such as black, are also available. It looks smooth, and should slip easily into a pocket or bag.
The controls are standard for a Nikon compact, with a directional pad that also doubles as a scroll wheel doing the brunt of the work. The interface will be familiar to any who have used Nikon cameras in the past and while it isn't as streamlined and efficient as interfaces such as Canon's, it does the job. That being said, we still had some minor issues with it. An example is the fact that after changing a setting you have to exit the menu manually rather than simply pushing the shutter button (this adds up when you take many photos at a variety of settings in a short space of time).
Join the newsletter!
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Apple iPhone X
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Toys for Boys
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Bose SoundLink Micro
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Lego Mindstorms EV3
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Xbox One X
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Panasonic Announces Compact, Lightweight ultra-telephoto LEICA Lens
- Panasonic announce still-shooter flagship G9
- Sony Announces Development of New G Master Super-Telephoto Full-Frame E-Mount Lens
- Sony Expands Full-frame E-mount lens lineup
- Sony’s New Full-Frame α7R III Interchangeable Lens Camera promises to delivers both resolution and speed
PCW Evaluation Team
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review
- The Best Australian Black Friday Tech Deals That Aren't On Amazon
- Wolfenstein The New Colossus Review: a Nazi-stomping shooter that's more than the sum of its parts
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSenior Field Services Telecommunication RiggerACT
- FTProcurement AdvisorACT
- FTApplication Packaging EngineerOther
- FTMaximo EngineerOther
- FTSenior Business AnalystOther
- FTFinancial Analyst- Construction backgroundOther
- FTBusiness AnalystNSW
- FTEngineer - Unix/LinuxOther
- CCSenior Web DeveloperNSW
- TPICT Strategic Sourcing SpecialistQLD
- FTSenior Strategy Specialist - Direct / ConsumerOther
- TPTest Automation EngineerQLD
- FTProject ManagerQLD
- FTCloud Architect - AWS, Azure, ADOther
- CCDatabase Systems SpecialistNSW
- TPPrincipal Project Manager|HRIS ProgramQLD
- CCDigital Customer Marketing ExecutiveNSW
- TPSenior Business AnalystQLD
- CCSenior Business Analyst - Business Case - Risk & Compliance - ContractNSW
- FTTM1 Application Management AnalystOther
- TPSCRUM MasterVIC
- FTSenior Pega DeveloperOther
- CCWeb Applications Project ManagerQLD
- CCMid - Level SAP Test Analyst (Brisbane)NSW
- FTSenior Front End DeveloperOther