Nikon S01

Nikon Coolpix S01 front
  • 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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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 #127 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & over all #1209 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. Please look at our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your customized factors.

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Below is a diagram of various factors used in the rating system.

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.

built in lens has zoom (29-87mm 3.0 x zoom)
has built in flash
lighter than average (96g)
touch screen
very good minimum ISO (80)
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
does not have phase detect auto focus
does not have RAW files
does not have selfie friendly screen
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
low resolution screen (230 thousand dot)
manual exposure not available
missing external mic port
missing HDMI port
missing headphone port
missing Time Lapse recording
no aperture priority mode
no external flash support
no manual focus
no shutter priority mode
not so great battery life (190 CIPA)
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
sluggish at long end (f5.9)
small screen (2.5 inch)
tiny sensor size (1/2.9")
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
wide angle not great (29mm)
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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 .

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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.

Nikon Coolpix S01 sensor size Japan-exclusive Leica Leitz Phone 3 features big sensor and new modes

To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

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Underneath is a shot of the Nikon S01 besides a soft drink to help you to get a sense of its size.

Nikon Coolpix S01 dimensions scale

The top view under will highlight the button arrangement on the S01.

Nikon Coolpix S01 topview buttons dials

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Nikon Coolpix S01 screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

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.

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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.

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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.

Here is a list of Ultracompact cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

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.

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focusing manually not possible
no manual control
no external flash support
low MP (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.9")
has no RAW support

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.

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lighter than average (96 grams)
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.9")
has no RAW support

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.

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no shutter priority
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.9")
low battery power (190 per charge)
no phase detect AF

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.

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lighter than competition in class (96 grams)
has built in flash
doesn't have Timelapse function
not so great battery power (190 per charge)
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
wide angle not great (29mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)

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.

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manual focus not available
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (29mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inch)
manual exposure not possible
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.9")
does not have RAW files
low battery pack (190 shots)
no Time Lapse recording

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.

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touchscreen enabled
lighter than competition (96 grams)
wide angle not great (29mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of microphone support

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.

Photography Glossary


General Information
Nikon Coolpix S01
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Expeed C2
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
4.96 x 3.72mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
10 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Highest Possible resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW data
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
29-87mm (3.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focus distance
Crop factor
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
2.5 inch
Resolution of screen
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Screen technology
TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
1 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
1.20 m
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
96g (0.21 lb)
77 x 52 x 17mm (3.0" x 2.0" x 0.7")
Battery life
190 images
Battery form
Battery Pack
Battery model
Time lapse recording
Storage slots
Pricing at release