02. 23. 2006
Nikon Coolpix S5/ S6
I've been pretty loyal to the Canon Powershot digital cameras ever since I bought my first digital camera all those years ago. I've never been tempted by other cameras just because the Canon is so familiar to me and I hate reading manuals, but I'm loving the design of the new Nikon Coolpix S5 and S6 models. I tend to be a minimalist so I really like how streamlined the camera looks without the standard big lens on the face of the camera. The LCD Screen on the back, however, is a glorious 3" (2.5 on the S5) so Nikon has done away with the viewfinder (which I never use anyway). The 6.0 megapixel camera is loaded with features that you might actually want to use. The in-camera red eye fix detects and corrects red eye and the S6 also has built-in Wifi so printing and uploading photos is that much easier.
There's also Nikon's Pictmotion software, available on the camera, that takes advantage of the big 3" screen and enhanced speaker capabilities for photosharing. You can choose images and movies, add a music file and Pictmotion will produce a slideshow with transitions set to music. It could be cheesy, but automatically generated slideshows usually are. I also like how you can recharge batteries while it's still in the camera with the docking station.
Hmmm....I don't know...I'm usually not wowed by features since I tend to "fix" things in photoshop (kind of like my audio engineering days, "Fix it in the mix!"), but it may be time to depart with my trusted old Canon.