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Nikon Coolpix SQ


Category: Point-and-Shoot

Nikon's new Coolpix SQ makes a strong fashion statement with its square, all brushed metallic body and twist lens. The Coolpix SQ has 3.1 megapixels resolution, a 3x optical zoom, 15 scene modes to take the guesswork out of most exposure situations, all in a very elegant body that is only 3.2 (W) x 3.2 (H) x 1.0 (D) in. and weighing in at 6.3 oz.

As with the Coolpix 3500, the Coolpix SQ does not have a viewfinder, so you will have to rely on the 1.5 in. LCD to frame your picture. As with the Coolpix 4300, the Coolpix SQ has only two aperture settings at F2.7 and (probably uses a filter like in the 4300 to simulate a second aperture at) F5.4. Is this a limiting factor? As always, the quality of the pictures speak for themselves. Come to think about it, the Coolpix SQ is more or less a 4300 with a twist lens.

The swivel lens (120° forward, 90° backward)is a Nikon Coolpix signature, and kudos to Nikon for advertising the lens as a 3x optical zoom, instead of touting the total optical + digital zoom. As readers know, we look very poorly at camera manufacturers who tout the total zoom of their digital cameras. We repeat again: digital zoom is not 'real' zoom, degrades the image quality, and can be accomplished at any time in an image editing software. Therefore, never use digital zoom to compare cameras; always use the optical zoom. The Nikon Coolpix SQ wins our OriGenial™ Seal of Approval.

We like the Nikon Coolpix SQ for the many scene modes that cover all kinds of situations and make up for the lack of Shutter Priority and Aperture Priority modes. A first for Nikon is the inclusion of a green LED low-light focus-assist illuminator. The Coolpix SQ is aimed squarely at the fashion-conscious point-and-shoot photographers. If you take mostly sunny outdoors pictures (indoors, low-light photography continues to be a challenge), then the Coolpix SQ may be the right digital camera for you.

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Nikon Coolpix SQ
QuickFact™ Sheet
  The Nikon Coolpix SQ Home Page  
  Megapixels 3.1  
  Lens Zoom-Nikkor  
  Maximum Aperture F2.7 (only 2 aperture settings: F2.7 and F5.4)  
  Optical Zoom 3x  
  35mm Equivalent 37-111mm  
  Macro 4 cm / 1.6 in.  
  Shutter Speed 2 - 1/2,000 sec.  
  White Balance Auto, Manual, Pre-set, White Balance Bracketing  
  Exposure Control / Shooting Modes Auto, Manual, 15 Scene Modes (Portrait, Party/Indoor, Night Portrait, Beach/Snow, Landscape, Sunset, Night Landscape, Museum, Fireworks Show, Close Up, Copy, Back Light, Panorama Assist, Sport, Dawn/Dusk); Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps  
  Light Metering Matrix, Centre-Weighted, Center-Spot  
  Storage Media CompactFlash (CF) Card Type I (16 MB incl.)  
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 82 x 82 x 25.5 mm /
3.2 x 3.2 x 1.0 in.
  Weight (camera body only) 180 g / 6.3 oz.  
  Other 1.5 in. CD (117.6K pixels);
40 sec. QuickTime movie with sound;
Voice Memo;
Li-ion rechargeable battery;
ISO 80;
Cool-Station docking cradle
  MSRP $499.99  

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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