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With the COOLPIX S5, image quality is also pleasingly high. The cameras offer a 1/2.5-inch (1.02cm) CCD and 6.0 effective megapixel resolution to produce images that stay sharp even when significantly enlarged. They also each feature a superior quality 3x Zoom-Nikkor ED lens with a range of 35-105mm (35mm equivalent) that gives the photographer the freedom to zoom out for beautiful landscapes, zoom in for tightly composed portraits, and enjoy macro photography from as close as 4cm.

The COOLPIX S5 has been specially designed to be highly appealing as well as easy to use. More than merely having great styling, the eye-catching wave-surface designs with thin, compact dimensions make the COOLPIX S5 feel more comfortable in the hand. And in terms of control, they also feature a new Rotary multi selector that allows fast circular scrolling for speedy image browsing at up to 10 frames per second. The Rotary multi selector also features a range of buttons that further simplify operation, while an on-screen icon with a cursor that tracks circular scrolling makes it easy to select desired features. Furthermore, users can choose to select functions by name or icon according to their preferences, and all menus and icons have been made easier on the eye with a new color scheme and optimized icon dimensions.

Tech Specs

Type of CameraDigital Camera
Effective Pixels6.0
Image Sensor1/2.5-in. (1.02cm) type (6.18 million total pixels)
Image Size (Pixels)High (2816 x 2112), Normal (2816 x 2112), Normal (2048 x 1536), PC Screen (1024 x 768), TV Screen (640 x 480)
Lens3x Zoom-Nikkor ED; 5.8-17.4mm (35mm [135] format equivalent to approx. 35-105mm); f/3.0-5.4; 12 elements in 10 groups
Digital ZoomUp to 4x
AutofocusContrast-detect TTL AF, with AF-assist illuminator
Focus ModesCenter, Manual select : 99 points
Focus Range30cm (1 ft.) to infinity, Macro Mode: 4cm (1.6 in.) to infinity
LCD Monitor Size2.5-inch (6.35cm)
LCD Monitor2.5-in. (6.35cm), 230,000-dot TFT LCD monitor with brightness adjustment (170-degree wide viewing angle).
Storage MediaInternal Memory and SD card.
File FormatCompressed (JPEG-baseline-compliant), QuickTime Movies, Sound File: WAV
File SystemDesign Rule for Camera File System (DCF), Exif 2.2 file, Digital Print Order Format (DPOF)
Shooting ModesAuto, 4 modes with Scene assist (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait), Voice Recording, One-Touch Portrait Mode, BSS (Best Shot Selector), Exposure BSS, Color Options, Blur Warning, Date Imprint, Self-timer
Scene ModesParty/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close Up, Museum, Fireworks Show, Copy, Back Light, Panorama Assist
Capture Modes1) Single, 2) Continuous (approx. 2.2fps), 3) Multi-shot 16 (approx. 2fps, only available at image size 6M), 4) Interval timer shooting
Video RecordingYes (with sound)
Exposure Metering System256-segment matrix metering
Exposure ControlProgrammed auto exposure (-2 - + 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Metering Range (at normal temperature [68°F/20°C], ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens)W: EV 2.2 - 15.1, T: EV 3.9 - 16.8
Maximum Shutter1/500
Minimum Shutter2
ShutterMechanical and charge-coupled electronic shutter. Speed: 2-1/500
ApertureElectromagnetically-controlled, ND filter insert
SensitivityISO 50 (Auto gain to ISO 50 -ISO 200)
White BalanceAuto with TTL control, 6-mode manual (Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash and White Bal. Preset)
Self-Timer3 sec.or 10 sec duration
Flash Sync ModesAuto, Auto with Red-eye Reduction (In-Camera Red-Eye Fix), Flash Cancel, Anytime Flash and Slow sync.
Playback FunctionFrame, Thumbnail (4, 9, 16 segments), Slide Show
InterfaceUSB 2.0 Full Speed
I/O TerminalAudio Video output (via CoolStation MV-14)
Pictmotion5 styles selectable to playback movies or up to 30 still images, 5 music files pre-installed, max. 3 music files loadable* (*Via Picture Project for Windows only)
Supported LanguagesGerman/English/Spanish/French/Italian/Dutch/Russian/Swedish/Japanese/Simplified Chinese/Traditional Chinese/Korean/Thai/Portuguese/Polish/Indonesian/Finnish/Danish/Norwegian/Czech selectable in menu display
Power RequirementsRechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL8 (supplied), AC Adapter EH-64 (supplied)
Battery Life (on a fully charged battery)Approx. 210 shots with one EN-EL8 Li-on rechargeable battery
Dimensions93 x 59 x 20mm
Supplied Accessories (may differ by country or area)Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL8, AC Adapter EH-64, COOL-STATION MV-14, USB Cable UC-E10, Audio Video Cable EG-E5000, Strap, Dock Insert PV-10, PictureProject CD-ROM
Weight (without batteries and memory card)135g