The Nikon Coolpix S50c is a compact, 7.2Mp camera.

Offering an interesting option for getting photos out of the camera, the Nikon Coolpix S50c has built-in Wi-Fi support. This could be a slick and quick way to email photos or post them on Flickr.

However, connections accessible to the Nikon Coolpix S50c are limited to either free hotspots unencumbered by click here pages or T-Mobile hotspots accessible via a pre-paid subscription. Using a hotspot can require a fair amount of configuration, too, via the Nikon Coolpix S50c's innovative - but touchy - rotating dial/switch.

In our tests, the Nikon Coolpix S50c scored Good ratings across the board, although image quality was surprisingly weak for a Nikon product - fuzzy details and washed-out highlights were common. But Nikon does provide some slick in-camera tools for retouching, including one that nicely balances light and dark areas.

The Nikon Coolpix S50c's scratch-prone plastic case didn't inspire a lot of confidence, however. And be wary of the power button: we found it alarmingly easy to switch on the camera by accident, and thus reduce its already modest battery life of 350 shots per charge - low for a compact, point-and-shoot camera.

Nikon Coolpix S50c: Specs

  • 7.2 megapixel CCD
  • optical zoom: 3x
  • digital zoom: 4x
  • 125g
  • 3in TFT active matrix LCD
  • USB 2.0
  • 13MB integrated memory, SD Memory Card
  • built-in flash
  • lens aperture: F/3.3-4.2
  • min. focal length: 6.3mm
  • max. focal length: 18.9mm
  • video capture format: AVI, 30fps, 640x480
  • still image format: JPEG, 3072x2304
  • Lithium Ion battery
  • automatic focus
  • red-eye reduction
  • 98x21x59mm
  • 7.2 megapixel CCD
  • optical zoom: 3x
  • digital zoom: 4x
  • 125g
  • 3in TFT active matrix LCD
  • USB 2.0
  • 13MB integrated memory, SD Memory Card
  • built-in flash
  • lens aperture: F/3.3-4.2
  • min. focal length: 6.3mm
  • max. focal length: 18.9mm
  • video capture format: AVI, 30fps, 640x480
  • still image format: JPEG, 3072x2304
  • Lithium Ion battery
  • automatic focus
  • red-eye reduction
  • 98x21x59mm

OUR VERDICT

If they had been more thoughtfully implemented, the Nikon Coolpix S50c's Wi-Fi features might have been enough to compensate for its undistinguished image quality and ease of use. As it is, you're probably better off choosing a more capable shooter and bringing a tiny memory card reader or viewer with you when you travel.

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