New cameras today are really packing in the megapixels and Nikon’s top end digital camera is no different. The S710 boasts an extraordinary 14.5 megapixels as well as a 3.6x optical zoom. You can view your snaps on the 3 inch LCD screen, and it comes equipped with their patented VR image stabilization. In layman’s terms that means shake reduction and a better quality of picture.
The more impressive aspects of this model lie in the menu however. You get ISO settings of up to 12,800 which is unusual for a consumer product, and I’ve seen the pics created at this setting and they’re pretty impressive. The manual selector gives you more options in creating images, a feature that’s more akin to a DSLR than a more budget model, and you can change shutter speed and aperture settings with a ten step control. It’s a great option if you’re considering dipping your toe into the SLR market but not ready for a full on commitment.
You also get a scene Auto Selector, where the camera will automatically change mode based on the situation- handy if you want to switch from portrait to macro without faffing around. It also has smile detection to ensure a happy image, and a Food mode when you fancy yourself as Gordon Ramsey.
£299 from September 08 at Nikon
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