The Good Zippy, well executed touch-screen interface; great tap-and-shoot feature; attention-getting design.
The Bad Leisurely performance; battery charging done in camera might bother some; tricky to hold.
The Bottom Line The Nikon Coolpix S70 has a top-notch touch-screen interface and eye-catching design, but you're definitely paying for them.
Nikon Coolpix S70
The Nikon Coolpix S70 is an impressive leap forward in design and functionality from its predecessor, the S60. That camera, while it had an excellent design, had a touch-screen LCD that was occasionally frustrating to use; that's not great considering its operation was nearly all touch-based. The S70's OLED screen is not only bright and beautiful, but also very responsive, allowing for a few cool new features along with improvements to older ones. It's a little slow for shooting much more than portraits and landscapes, and its photos are merely very good for a point-and-shoot--which is hard to swallow given its price. But if you love having a touch screen and don't mind paying for it, the S70 is a lot of fun.
Available in four color combinations, the S70 is an attractive, slim camera that's easily slipped into a pants pocket or small bag. On its front is a thin metal panel covering its internal wide-angle lens with a 5x zoom. Slide down the cover and the camera turns on. The only button is the shutter release and, well, it's not even necessary.