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Nikon Coolpix S225: Could do better

The Nikon Coolpix S225 is exclusive to Jessops, and represents all that's wrong with Nikon's unambitious and uninspired compact range

Does anyone still make compact cameras with 64mm (2.5-inch) screens and 3x zooms? Apparently Nikon does. The Nikon Coolpix S225 is here to show us how things used to be done.

The S225, exclusively available through Jessops, hikes the resolution to 10 megapixels. The 3x optical zoom lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 35-105mm, which is nowt to write home about. There's also no optical image stabilisation, which is pretty criminal in a camera costing more than £100.

You get smile, blink and red-eye detection, face-chasing for up to 12 faces, 16 scene modes and automatic scene selection. Best-shot selector picks the sharpest of up to ten sequential shots, and quick retouch lets you gussy up your picture in-camera then save it as a copy.

With Canon bucking up its ideas on the compact front in the recent slew of camera announcements, Nikon is possibly the last manufacturer still churning out such dull cameras in the lower reaches of the market. We can't remember the last time we got excited about a Coolpix, as solid as they are. It's particularly disappointing as Nikon is the only manufacturer actually making Wi-Fi snappers -- sadly, they're all rubbish.

The S225 is exclusive to Jessops for £149, which seems rather steep, frankly. Other cameras exclusive to Jessops include the Olympus X-880 and the Canon PowerShot A2000 IS.