Preview: Nikon COOLPIX S52c - Unwired Freedom


Staying True to a Successful Design

Following up with the S51c's earlier release during late 2007, the S52c stays true to its predecessor's design factor down to the bone. Encased in a contoured silver chassis, the lens is situated on the top right, protected by a metal lens cover when the device is switched off. Similarly, the S52c sports a 3.0-inch LCD display at the back, with the main controls situated strategically to the right of the screen.

On the navigation front, you have a five-way navigation pad that functions as a scroll-wheel too, which got us pretty pleased with the camera's ease of uses. To top it off, each separate direction on the navigation wheel serves as a shortcut to other functions such as Timer, Flash, Exposure and Macro. Surrounding the navigation pad, we have the various shortcut keys that include Mode, Play, Menu and Delete, and finally, at the top, we have the Zoom button. In a nutshell, multiple shortcut keys that provides easy and fast access, consolidated on a space saving strip on the right in lieu of the generous 3-inch LCD display. This definitively helped the Nikon S52c chalk up brownie points for the well thought-out design. And there's more, with a dedicated shortcut key at the top of the device for Face-Priority AF, and Send button that utilizes the Wi-Fi capabilities of the S52c to send your pictures directly to your friend's e-mails.

The wavy contour of the S52c provides a firm and solid grip to your hands.

Though compactly situated at a small strip to the right to allow for a generous 3-inch LCD screen, the main controls doesn't feel cramped at all.

 One click access to Portrait mode, and a direct shortcut button to send your images via Wi-Fi. The Power and Shoot buttons are situated on the right, raised slightly for easy clicking.

Wi-Fi indicator at the left profile of the S52c.

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