Nikon Coolpix S570 Compact Digital Camera – Nikon’s Junior Camera Is Stacked With Excellent Features

The CoolPix S570 is one of the junior models of Nikon’s impressive range of ultra compacts, at the other end of the spectrum from the technologically advanced S640 and S630. However while it may be a budget model very few corners have been cut on design or construction. It has a strong and well finished all-aluminium body, and is available in black, red, blue, pink or the silver finish shown here. It’s a small camera, measuring 92 x 56.5 x 21.5mm, and quite light at 137g fully loaded, although it does feel slightly heavy for its size, adding to the overall feeling of quality.

Despite its size the Nikon Coolpix S570 handles extremely well. The finish has a slightly matt texture, making it easy to grip, and the rear panel control layout leaves room for a decent sized textured thumb grip at the back. The controls themselves are quite large and mostly well labelled, although the black-on-black etched symbols on the D-pad are a bit hard to see in dim light. The S570 is designed to be easy to use, and the controls and menus are very simple. The zoom control is a rotary bezel around the shutter button, and it is a bit jerky, but with 12 steps between minimum and maximum it’s capable of fairly precise framing. The overall impression of using the camera is good; it feels responsive, capable and easy to get along with.

Nikon Coolpix S570 Features:

  • Image Sensor Type: CCD
  • Total Pixels: 12.39 million
  • Effective Pixels: 12.0 million
  • Image Area (pixels): 4000 x 3000(12M)
  • LCD Monitor Size: 2.7 in. diagonal
  • LCD Monitor Type: TFT-LCD with anti-reflection coating
  • LCD Monitor Resolution: 230,000 Dots
  • Lowest ISO Sensitivity: 80
  • Highest ISO Sensitivity: 3200
  • Storage Media: SD & SDHC
  • Internal Memory: Approx. 47MB
  • Image Stabilization: Electronic
  • Movie Modes: Movie with sound
  • Interface: Hi-speed USB
  • Lens Zoom: 5x
  • Lens Specification: 5x Zoom-NIKKOR; 5.0-25.0mm (35mm [135] format picture angle: 28-140 mm); f/2.7-6.6; Digital zoom: up to 4x (35mm [135] format picture angle: 560 mm)
  • Focus Range: Approx. 1ft. 6in. (45cm) to infinity, Macro close-up mode:1.2 in. (3cm) to infinity
  • Battery Type: Rechargeable
  • Battery / Batteries: EN-EL10 Lithium-ion Battery
  • AC Adapter: EH-62D AC Adapter (Optional)
  • Battery Charger: MH-63 Battery Charger
  • Battery Life (shots per charge): Nikon Rechargeable: 200 shots (CIPA)
  • Approx. Dimensions:
    Height: 2.2 in. (56.5mm)
    Width: 3.6 in. (92mm)
    Depth: 0.8 in. (21.5mm)
  • Approx. Weight: 4.2 oz. (120g)
  • Supplied Software: Software Suite CD-ROM

Although the Nikon CoolPix S570 has a fairly average specification and lacks a number of useful and popular features, it is very well made, easy and fun to use, and handles extremely well. It has above average performance, works well in low light, and the image quality is also better than most others in its class. All in all, the S570 is excellent value for money.