The 8-megapixel Nikon Coolpix S210 isn't short on good looks, and in our tests it was extremely easy to use, even without reading the manual. Reaching some settings, such as video and scene modes, did take a few button presses, however.
As for scene modes, the Coolpix S210 has an array of the usual suspects: portraits, landscape, party, sports, macro, and fireworks. The most noteworthy addition is a handy panorama assist mode. Nikon's Electronic VR Image Stabilization compensates somewhat for this camera's susceptibility to shake and blur; but the setting produced rather poor results. Because the camera doesn't offer optical image stabilization, the results looked as though the camera had simply applied a sharpening filter to the images and ham-handedly oversharpened them.
Still, with its cool time-lapse features, slim frame, and commendable ease of use, the Coolpix S210 could be just the ticket for someone seeking an entry-level, all-purpose camera.
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