- 10MP - 1/2.9" Sensor
- 2.5" Fixed Screen
- ISO 80 - 1600
- 1280 x 720 video
- 29-87mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
- 96g - 77 x 52 x 17mm
- Released June 2013
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- Size Comparison
Nikon S01 summary
Nikon S01 is Nikon's Ultracompact digital camera initially introduced on June of 2013. The camera includes a 10MP, CCD 1/2.9" size sensor with a full resolution of 3648 x 2736.
The S01 stands at #128 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & over all #1206 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our list. Please look at our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your customized factors.
Below is a diagram of various factors used in the rating system.
Nikon S01 Gallery
You can look at the S01 from various angles in the gallery underneath.
Nikon S01 Pros and Cons
Here is a collection of good and bad points of the Nikon S01 based on things which are normally regarded as necessary in a digital camera.
Nikon S01 Sensor features
The Nikon S01 features the Expeed C2 chip. The specification of the sensor in the Nikon S01 is 4.96mm x 3.72mm (1/2.9"). The 18 mm² sensor can capture 3648 x 2736 pixels .400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The CCD sensor has 10 megapixels and features a standard ISO range of 80 - 1600. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported which means that the user has less margin for error.
The picture underneath illustrates the S01's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The S01 sensor has a crop factor of 7.3 and is shown in green.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Nikon S01 dimensions
Nikon S01 weighs in at 0.21 lbs (96g / 3.39 ounces) & has outer proportions of 77mm x 52mm x 17mm (3.0" x 2.0" x 0.7"). The weight of average Ultracompact camera is 121g so the Nikon S01 is less heavy as compared to its rivals.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
Underneath is a shot of the Nikon S01 besides a soft drink to help you to get a sense of its size.
The top view under will highlight the button arrangement on the S01.
Nikon S01 Lens features
The S01 has an inbuilt lens offering a focal range of 29-87mm giving it a 3.0 x zoom which might not be great nevertheless it will definitely be very helpful in certain conditions.
At it's widest 29mm, the lens features an aperture of f3.3 making it really sluggish and not ideal for low light events and you will likely struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You might also need to raise your ISO causing noisy images. With the long end, 87mm comes with f5.9 which is really slow and you might have to choose slower shutter speeds.
Nikon S01 Connectivity
The S01 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras that consist of NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to copy files and oftentimes alter settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.
Some apps also stream a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external screen. Virtually all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.
Nikon S01 Video features
The highest possible video quality in the Nikon S01 is 1280 x 720 and you can record in file format. 720p is low for today's standards. You should really shoot for a minimum 1080p quality for decent video. The body does not offer a microphone and / or headphone jack which means you have absolutely no control over the audio. It is perhaps best to take a look at an alternative model if you require good audio for your videos.
Nikon S01 Weather Sealing
There is no environment sealing for the Nikon S01 so you have to be careful in wet or dusty conditions.
Nikon S01 Screen and Viewfinder
The Nikon S01 includes a 2.5 inch fixed screen having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Additionally the screen is touch friendly which means that you can change focus points as well as change settings with your finger.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The ViewFinder specifications for Nikon S01 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
For sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and challenging to see, viewfinders can be pretty valuable.
Nikon S01 Shutter features
The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.
Nikon S01 Flash and Hot shoe features
Nikon S01 features just integrated flash without external flash support.
Nikon S01 Autofocusing features
Nikon S01 features only Contrast Detect AF & does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker & precise as compared to Contrast Detect focusing.
Nikon S01 doesn't have manual focus. Manual focus ability is good for low light conditions or you want more accurate focus control.
Nikon S01 Battery life
The battery life (Built-in) for the Nikon S01 is built to last for 190 clicks with respect to the CIPA benchmarks making it lesser in comparison with it's competitors. The average Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has got the best (320) battery life for this type of cameras.
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Nikon S01 for various styles of photography
The following bar chart gives a outline of the Nikon S01 for various styles of photography. To understand more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.
Nikon S01 Portrait photography advice
The Nikon S01 receives a rating of 20 which is low, and means the camera is just not good for portrait images. Taking portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW files and ability to work with off-camera lighting.
Nikon S01 Street photography features
Having a decent score of 55, the Nikon S01 is fairly suited to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.
Nikon S01 Sports photography advice
A low sports photography rating of 17 indicates the Nikon S01 is just not good for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs very good tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Nikon S01 Travel photography factors
Weight is pretty critical when buying a camera for travel. All things considered, the Nikon S01 gets a reasonable 55 as a travelling camera which is somewhat acceptable to buy for your travels.
Nikon S01 Landscape photography info
If you're looking to buy a camera for landscape photos, the most significant aspect is going to be image quality. The Nikon S01 at it's low score of 23 for a landscape camera is just not good compared to its rivals.
Nikon S01 Vlogging information
A camera for vlogging should posses a moving screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Nikon S01 is just not good as a vlog camera as it delivers a low rating of 27.
Nikon S01 Alternatives
If you are interested in replacements to the S01, below is a collection of the top rated cameras which fall within the family of Ultracompact.
The line chart down below provides you a bird's eye view of the S01 vs it's top ranked rivals mentioned previously.
Following are several cameras you might look into as alternate options. To read a complete comparison, simply click the "compare" link.