Support Cameralabs by shopping at our partner stores or donating via Paypal
 






Follow my RSS feed at Camera Labs RSS Feed
 
  Latest camera reviews

Fujifilm X100T
Nikon COOLPIX S3600
Sony Alpha A5100
Sigma DP1 Quattro
Sony Cyber-shot W830
Nikon COOLPIX L830
Nikon D750
Canon SX400 IS
Sony Cyber-shot H400
Panasonic Lumix LX100
Canon SX60 HS
Canon ELPH 340 IXUS 265
Canon G7X
Nikon COOLPIX P530
Canon SX520 HS
Canon G1 X Mark II
Panasonic Lumix FZ1000
Panasonic TZ60 / ZS40
Sony RX100 III review
Sony A3000 review
Canon EOS 1200D T5
Sony WX350
Nikon P600
Sony Alpha A5000
Sony Cyber-shot HX400V
Panasonic Lumix GH4
Panasonic TS5 FT5
Sony Alpha A6000
Canon SX700 HS
Canon SX600 HS
Olympus TOUGH TG2
Nikon AW1
Nikon D3300
Fujifilm XT1
Olympus STYLUS 1
Sony Cyber-shot RX10
Olympus OMD EM1
Panasonic Lumix GM1
Nikon D610
Sony Alpha A7
Nikon D5300
Canon PowerShot A2500
Sony Alpha A7r
Canon ELPH 130 IXUS 140
Nikon COOLPIX P520
Nikon COOLPIX L820
Canon PowerShot S120
Panasonic Lumix GX7
Canon SX510 HS
Canon PowerShot G16
Fujifilm X20
Panasonic FZ70 / FZ72
Canon EOS 70D
Sony RX100 II
Canon ELPH 330 IXUS 255
Panasonic Lumix GF6
Fujifilm XM1
Olympus EP5
Panasonic Lumix LF1
Panasonic TZ35 / ZS25
Olympus XZ2
Sony HX300
Panasonic Lumix G6
Sony HX50V
Fujifilm X100S
Canon SX280 HS
Canon EOS SL1 / 100D
Panasonic TZ40 / ZS30
Nikon D7100
Nikon COOLPIX A
Fujifilm X-E1
Canon EOS 6D
Nikon D5200
Panasonic Lumix GH3
Canon PowerShot S110
Panasonic Lumix G5
Sony NEX-6
Panasonic Lumix FZ200
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Nikon COOLPIX P7700
Olympus E-PL5
Canon EOS M
Panasonic TS20 / FT20
Canon PowerShot G15
Nikon D600
Nikon COOLPIX L810
Canon PowerShot D20
Sony RX100
Panasonic Lumix LX7
Canon SX500 IS
Fujifilm HS30 EXR
Sony HX200V
Panasonic FZ60 / FZ62
Canon 520HS / 500HS
Canon 110HS / 125HS
Nikon D800
Canon EOS T4i / 650D
Canon PowerShot A3400
Panasonic ZS15 / TZ25
Olympus E-M5
Nikon D3200
Fujifilm X-Pro1
Canon PowerShot A2300
Canon SX240 / SX260
Samsung NX200
Sony Alpha SLT-A77
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Panasonic ZS20 / TZ30
Canon PowerShot G1 X
Sony NEX-7
Panasonic GX1
Olympus E-PM1
Nikon V1
Sony NEX-5N
Canon EOS T3 / 1100D
Canon EOS 600D / T3i
Nikon D7000
Canon EOS 60D
Canon EOS 550D / T2i
Canon EOS 7D

All camera reviews
 
 
   
 
  Best Buys: our top models
   
  Best Canon lens
Best Nikon lens
Best Sony lens
Best budget DSLR
Best mid-range DSLR
Best semi-pro DSLR
Best point and shoot
Best superzoom
Best camera accessories
   
 



Camera Labs Forum

Any questions, comments or a great tip to share? Join my Camera forum and let everyone know!
   
 
  DSLR Tips



 
Free Shipping on ALL Products
Nikon COOLPIX S570 Ken McMahon, January 2010
   
 

Nikon COOLPIX S570 verdict

The Nikon COOLPIX S570 is a 12 Megapixel compact with a 5x optical zoom lens and a 2.7in LCD screen. On the face of it, it's a mid-priced compact with a fairly pedestrian specification.

Though it lacks headline features like optical image stabilisation and HD video recording, the COOLPIX S570 is nonetheless a quality compact with a solid specification. Its 5x optical zoom provides a practical range of focal lengths from a respectable 28mm (equivalent) wide angle to a 140mm short telephoto.

In the race for image resolution, some 12 Megapixel compacts fail to match quantity with quality, but the S570 isn't one of them. Its picture quality in our tests was on a par with cameras costing much more, so if image quality is more important to you than a specification that ticks all the boxes, this could turn out to be a good fit.

The COOLPIX S570 is very much a point-and-shoot camera, so if you like to get more involved with your picture making it may not be for you. Aside from the inclusion of manually-assisted focus (which seems a little out of place in what is otherwise a highly automated compact), there's not a lot for you to take control of. There are no manual exposure options and although you can manually set the ISO sensitivity, switching it away from auto prevents you from using the electronic vibration reduction system, which processes images to alleviate camera shake.




Compared to Canon Digital IXUS 120 IS / PowerShot SD940 IS ELPH

 
 
     

The COOLPIX S570 and IXUS 120 IS / SD940 IS are superficially similar-looking cameras, though the Canon is slimmer and more attractive. As you'll have seen from our image quality tests there's little to choose beteween these two cameras in terms of picture quality and they have other similarities in terms of specification, with 12 Megapixel sensors and 2.7in LCD screens.

Both cameras start their zoom ranges at an equivalent of 28mm, but the COOLPIX S570 outguns the Canon at the telephoto end with 140mm compared with 112mm (equivalent). But in other areas the Canon compact outdoes the COOLPIX. Optical image stabilisation, HD video recording, a better LCD screen, faster flash recycling, an HDMI port, the choice of two compression settings at all image sizes, choice of metering modes, and, not to be underestimated, a more functional and better designed menu system.

If you do most of your picture taking in good light and aren't interested in HD video, the remaining differences may not amount to enough to justify the additional cost IXUS 120 IS / SD940 IS. But it is undoubtedly a better camera than the COOLPIX S570, albeit a more expensive one. See our Canon IXUS 120 IS / PowerShot SD940 IS review for more details.


 

Compared to Canon Digital IXUS 200 IS / PowerShot SD980 IS ELPH

 
 
     

Comparing the COOLPIX S570 with the Canon IXUS 200 IS / SD 980 isn't a straightforward task - these are two very different cameras. Lets start with what they have in common; they both take pictures of a comparable quality in terms of the amount of detail resolved by their respecteve lenses and recorded by their sensors.

In every other respect there's a world of a difference between them. The IXUS 200 IS / SD980 is physically very different, with a longer body shape accommodating a 16:9 wide touchscreen LCD. Like the COOLPIX S570 it has a 5x zoom, but with a very different range starting from a 24mm (equivalent) super wide angle. We think this is much more useful than the additional telephoto reach of the COOLPIX S570, but it largely depends on what kind of photography you're interested in.

The IXUS 200 IS / SD980 has all the same advantages over the COOLPIX S570 as does the IXUS 120 IS / SD940, namely optical image stabilisation, HD video recording and an HDMI port, not to mention a bigger, better touchscreen LCD panel and the rest. It is a camera that will appeal to those who want to shoot HD video as much as still images and who will be prepared to pay extra for that and the other advantages it offers over the COOLPIX S570. See our Canon IXUS 200 IS / SD980 IS review for more details.


Nikon COOLPIX S570 verdict

The Nikon COOLPIX S570 is a 12.1 Megapixel camera with a 5x optical zoom lens, and a 2.7in LCD screen that offers fully automatic operation with automatic scene selection and face detection. It's a lightweight, reasonably stylish compact with a capable zoom range which includes wide-angle coverage.

The most oustanding thing about the COOLPIX S570 is its picture quality which in our outdoor real-life tests and gallery shots proved to be every bit as good as the more expensive cameras it was up against. The COOLPIX S570 has some significant shortcomings though, the most important of which is the ineffectiveness of its electronic VR (Vibration Reduction) technology which processes photos in the camera to reduce the effects of camera shake. Both this and the 'motion reduction' feature, which increases the ISO in low light to provide a faster shutter speed are no substitute for optical image stabilisation.

Aside from that, and some other niggles like a slow, fussy flash recycle sequence and being able to remove the card with the power on, the COOLPIX S570 is a capable mid-priced point-and-shoot compact that performs well and produces excellent quality results. If you can live without HD video and optical stabilisation, it's a great camera for the money.



Good points
Excellent image quality.
Capable 5x zoom range with wide angle.
Manually assisted focussing.
Auto ISO range limit.

Bad points
No optical image stabilisation.
Ineffective electronic VR.
Card can be removed with power on.
No HD movie recording.



Scores

(relative to 2010 compacts)

Build quality:
Image quality:
Handling:
Specification:
Value:

Overall:

16 / 20
18 / 20
16 / 20
15 / 20
18 / 20

83%


If you found this review useful, please support us by shopping below!

 


 


All words, images, videos and layout, copyright 2005-2014 Gordon Laing. May not be used without permission.

/ How we test / Best Cameras / Advertising / Camera reviews / Supporting Camera Labs