PROS / Built-in Wi-Fi makes for easy image transfers.
CONS / This camera has mediocre battery life.
VERDICT / The Nikon Coolpix S7000 is a good choice for those who want a versatile lens but don’t want to spend much on a camera. We wish it had better battery life, but for around $150, this camera is difficult to beat.
The Nikon Coolpix S7000 is one of the least expensive camera that we reviewed. As such, it cannot be expected to perform at the same levels as point and shoot cameras twice its cost. Despite that, we found it to perform reasonably well.
Image quality is decent, but it’s not the main reason you’ll want to consider this camera. In low light, it had a hard time keeping noise to a minimum, and at times it lost details in shadows and highlights. In good lighting, however, we found that this camera produces good-looking images with natural and accurate colors.
Resolution isn’t a huge concern for modern cameras since most of the time, you simply don’t need more than 5 megapixels. If you’re looking to enlarge or crop your images, however, the extra real estate can come in handy. The S7000 sits at right about the middle of the pack with a maximum resolution of 16 megapixels.
Its battery life, however, is on the low end for the cameras we tested. Our lineup average was 298 shots per charge, and this Coolpix comes in at 210. If this is a camera you expect to be travelling or shooting heavily with, we recommend purchasing a second battery.
For its size and price, we actually found the s7000’s optical zoom range to be quite impressive. It can zoom in up to 20x, which means you’ll be able to get in close when necessary, but also zoom all the way out for immersive landscapes. At this price range, this was the longest zoom we found.
This camera has a mode dial, which is more than can be said for the physical controls of comparable devices. Still, it is lacking when compared to the best point and shoots we tested. You can have some degree of control over your exposure, but for the most part, this camera is more suited to automatic shooting modes.
The Nikon S7000 is one of the least expensive cameras that we tested that features built-in Wi-Fi. This is useful because it takes transferring all of your images to a computer out of the equation. Now when you’re travelling, you can simply connect your phone, select the images you want, edit and upload them to social media.
The Nikon Coolpix S7000 is portable and inexpensive, making it a solid option for traveling. With such a low cost and a long zoom range, it’s a good choice for those who are looking for a versatile camera but don’t want to worry about damaging or losing it. Its image quality, however, isn’t the best in our review.