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Nikon Coolpix S2500 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £84
inc VAT

Slim, attractive and relatively quick, but mediocre photo and video quality take the shine off.


1/2.3in 12.0-megapixel sensor, 4.0x zoom (27-108mm equivalent), 117g

From the outside, the S2500 closely resembles the Nikon S3100, a camera with the unfortunate claim to having the worst image quality we’ve seen in a long time. The S2500 costs less but its photos are significantly better. Such are the realities of modern compact digital cameras, whereby the S3100’s excessively high 14-megapixel resolution adds more noise than detail compared to the S2500’s 12-megapixel sensor.

Nikon Coolpix S2500

The S2500’s body is made from plastic but it looks uncannily like metal, and its subtle curves look smart and help with rigidity. It’s not so easy on the ear, though. The beep that accompanies button presses is at a fixed, aggressively shrill volume. The only option was to disable it, but that also muted the audible confirmation for successful autofocus – something that we’d prefer to leave on.

Nikon Coolpix S2500 back

The controls are typical point-and-shoot fare, with buttons for flash, macro, self-timer and exposure compensation, plus ISO speed, white balance, continuous mode and autofocus area available in the menu. The ability to move the autofocus point to anywhere in the frame is a welcome surprise, and it’s quick to adjust once this mode has been selected in the menu. It’s a reasonably nippy camera in general use, too, taking 2.5 seconds to switch on and shoot, and 1.9 seconds between shots. Continuous shooting was at a passable 0.9fps.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
CCD effective megapixels 12.0 megapixels
CCD size 1/2.3in
Viewfinder none
Viewfinder magnification, coverage N/A
LCD screen size 2.7in
LCD screen resolution 230,000 pixels
Articulated screen No
Live view Yes
Optical zoom 4.0x
Zoom 35mm equivalent 27-108mm
Image stabilisation none
Maximum image resolution 4,000×3,000
Maximum movie resolution 640×480
Movie frame rate at max quality 30fps
File formats JPEG; AVI (M-JPEG)


Memory slot SDXC
Mermory supplied 16MB internal
Battery type Li-ion
Battery Life (tested) 220 shots
Connectivity USB, AV
HDMI output resolution N/A
Body material plastic
Lens mount N/A
Focal length multiplier N/A
Kit lens model name N/A
Accessories USB and AV cables
Weight 117g
Size 57x93x20mm

Buying Information

Warranty one-year RTB
Price £84

Camera Controls

Exposure modes auto
Shutter speed auto
Aperture range f/3.2 (wide), f/5.9 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution) 80 to 3200
Exposure compensation +/-2 EV
White balance auto, 5 presets, manual
Additional image controls none
Manual focus No
Closest macro focus 8cm
Auto-focus modes multi, centre, flexible spot, face detect, tracking
Metering modes multi, face detect
Flash auto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, red-eye reduction
Drive modes single, continuous, self-timer, smile detect