Nikon seems to be a step behind Canon when it comes to digital cameras. For the past few years, Nikon has produced some good quality cameras, but it just seems that Canon always out performs Nikon. This remains true with one of Nikon's newest creations, the Nikon Coolpix S200. The Nikon S200 is an interesting camera nonetheless, and so I want to take an in-depth look at its design, features, and performance. Please read on to see the specifics.
Nikon released the S200, along with its brother the S500 (see my full review of the S500), back in March of 2007. These two Coolpix cameras are two of the newest releases in the long line of Nikon Coolpix cameras, which has been a largely successful line over the years. The S200 is reasonably priced at around $200 as of the date of this writing. This price is about the same as the Canon SD1000, and it is about $180 less than the Canon SD850 IS. So, the S200 should do well in its price range.
The Coolpix line of cameras by Nikon is famous for creating stylish, compact digital cameras with decent image quality. The S200 fits in well with this description thanks to its good-looking body, ease of use, and average image quality. It's obvious that Nikon is targeting the consumer who is looking for an ultra-slim camera and is not overly-worried about performance or image quality. There is no doubt that its size makes it a great pocket camera, but people looking for a pocket camera with exceptional image quality and fast performance may want to look elsewhere.
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