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Nikon Coolpix S570 reviewed: Basic, but good

A respectable ultracompact camera, despite average point-and-shoot performance and some high-ISO overpromising.

With the exceptions of decent lens specs and a specialty portrait mode, the Nikon Coolpix S570 is a fairly run-of-the-mill sub-$200 ultracompact. The f2.7-6.6 28-140mm-equivalent lens with a 5x zoom is nice to find at this price point and the Smart Portrait System works well. Which is good, considering its average-bordering-on-slow performance makes it better suited for still subjects than moving ones.

Photo quality is very good for its class, too, right up through ISO 400. The camera can shoot at full resolution up to ISO 3,200, but because of color shifting and complete loss of detail, the S570 is really only good to ISO 800 (which, to be fair, is better than most competing cameras). There are times when a little extra noise is preferred for consistent color and detail; this is one of those times.

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