Editor's Pros & Cons
The camera measures 4.3" by 3" by 3.1" and weighs 14.4 ounces with a battery and SD memory card equipped, making it fairly lightweight and portable, though obviously not as small as a point and shoot digicam.
The camera captures images using a 1/2.3" CCD with a total pixel size of 12.4 megapixels, 12.1 of which are effective. The camera has a 15x zoom Nikkor lens with a range between 5 and 75 mm equivalent to a 35mm camera with a format picture angle between 28 and 420mm, or f/3.5-5.4. The camera has a digital zoom up to 4x and a 3" TFT LCD with a resolution of 460000 dots, considerably larger than most point and shoots, and 43MB of internal memory alongside support for SD memory cards.
The camera's focus range is between 1'8" to infinity and between .4" and infinity in macro close-up mode.
The camera captures images at resolutions as large as 4000 by 3000 in 4:3 and 3968 by 2232 in 16:9. It includes a vibration reduction system that combines image-sensor shifts and electronic VR for still images as well as video. The camera captures videos in high definition at 720p and with full stereo sound. Many cameras only offer monaural audio recording, helping to set this model apart.
The camera has ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, and 6400 exposure sensitivities, as well as an automatic system that sets the exposure between ISO 80 and ISO 800.
The camera includes a number of modes in order to ensure functional shots when focus is key. It offers a Sport Continuous shooting mode, Smart Portraits, Scene Auto Selection for users who want to automate the process, and motion detection. It also includes a Best Shot Selector, which will take up to ten shots in sequence and choose the sharpest for preservation. It also includes blink detection and other features, such as smile detection and on-camera red-eye correction.
A panorama assistance system is built into the camera to help make panoramic images easy to assemble and arrange.
The camera connects via USB 2.0 and is powered by four AA size batteries, which can be lithium, alkaline, or NiMH. Non-alkaline batteries can be recharged via an AC adapter; lithium batteries can capture upwards of 840 shots, alkalines can capture 270 shots, and the NiMH batteries can capture 500.
The camera has a built in resizing system designed to downsample images for Web distribution, saving time for users.
ISO 3200 and 6400 shots can only be captured when the camera is shooting images sized 3 megapixels (2048 by 1536) or lower, though almost any camera that offers such high exposures has this resolution limit built into it.
Unlike most actual DSLRs, this camera does not have a viewfinder built in, potentially proving inconvenient for the user who wants this as a substantial step up from an all-automatic point and shoot.
The camera's stereo microphone is oriented vertically, not horizontally, making it difficult to capture sound from what's taking place within the frame being shot. Additionally, the camera performs poorly when shooting video in low light, yielding footage that's sometimes difficult to parse and display clearly.
Many features cannot be controlled by users. The digital zoom cannot be shut off, light metering cannot be set off of multipattern unless using the camera's digital zoom, and the camera always focuses on the frame's center and cannot be configured to focus anything else.
The camera can go from off to shooting in 1.4 seconds and has a delay of 2.1 seconds between shots with flash off (2.2 with flash on).