The Nikon COOLPIX S570 has nothing to write home about for its looks. With the dimensions of 92 x 56.5 x 21.5 mm and at 120g (without the battery), the S570 is definitely compact. But somehow, I was not too pleased with the looks of the COOLPIX S570. The plastic quality feels a bit cheap and the overall finish of the camera has nothing too appealing about it. The S570 comes in five different colors – black, blue, red, pink and silver.
Since the s570 doesn’t look too different from most cameras out there, the button placement of the COOLPIX is just the same as any other camera. The top side dominated by the shutter release button, with the zoom lever surrounding it and the power button. The facing side of the camera has a 2.7 – inch TFT screen, with anti–reflection coating, and adjacent to the screen are the controls for scene selection, album, 4-way navigation control with the ‘OK’ button between the menu and the delete button.
Recently we came across a few cameras which didn’t have any macros assigned to the 4-way navigation wheel. The S570 follows the standard shortcuts on the navigation console with flash, self timer, macro and exposure settings.
While conducting the test and taking test shots with the Nikon S570, the thing I complained about was the TFT screen. The screen on the S570 is not at all good, and the images look over exposed and the colors look faded. Also the brightness setting in the menu doesn’t help to improve the screen quality any better.
It looks like the makers were not able to design the User Interface (UI) in time and ended up giving the S570 an ugly and unconventional UI. It may be simple and good for any run of the mill point and shoot but in the end, it still looks ugly. There are not many details on the screen while shooting a picture. The S570 shows the shutter speed and the aperture, though there is no option to adjust the same. Along with the aperture and shutter speed, the camera shows at what resolution the picture is being taken in and what ISO setting along with battery and flash.
When it comes to performance, the COOLPIX is good. Though there are not many options to play around with as Nikon itself announced the camera for the point and shoot category, the results are completely satisfying from a camera of this stature. The S570 features a CCD sensor capable of taking images at 12 megapixel and a zoom strength of 5x optical.
The COOLPIX S570 performed amazingly well on our ISO test. With excellent white balance and very good detailing even at ISO 1600, the S570 did amaze me, as such good performance from a camera from this category was not expected.
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