Hailing from the Syle range of Nikon Coolpix digital compact cameras, the pocketable S2900 features a 20 megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom and video image stabiliser. Available in silver, red, black, purple and purple lineart, the Nikon Coolpix S2900 costs around £80 / $130.
Ease of Use
The Nikon Coolpix S2900 is designed for the image conscious who also want a camera that will do everything for them. It's a simple point and shooter and that's apparent throughout. However, if you're torn between one of the Nikon's in the L series and the S2900, then there are a couple of features that this has that aren't available in similarly priced L cameras.
Most apparent to discerning photographers is the addition of ISO sensitivity in the Main Menu on such a simple point and shooter. There's also the addition of Wind Noise reduction when filming video. The latter point may not sound much, but it will play a major part without you ever really noticing it. Which – ironically – means it's working right. The S2900 is very similar to the larger L31 in terms of function and feature although in addition to the aforementioned features, you also get a slightly higher resolution and lithium ion battery. While the 20 megapixels means slightly less images stored on the memory card than the L31's 16 megapixels, the lithium ion battery will be able to take more of them as it will hold more power than standard batteries.
Front of the Nikon Coolpix S2900
Physically, the Nikon Coolpix S2900 is a lot thinner than the L series of cameras, making it easier to slide in and out of pockets or bags on nights out or days away. The lens sits flush with the body which is thinner thanks to the use of lithium ion rechargeable batteries that lower grade models don't use. Because of this, the camera comes with the charger included in the box. There's also a Quick Start Guide, USB cable and wrist strap. Charging is done via the USB cable which connects the camera to the charging unit.
The layout of the buttons uses the typical Nikon strategy with many of the controls accessible via the right thumb as you would hold it normally. That is except the power button and zoom ring, which are located on the top plate.
A small thumb rest area has been provided for when you're not scouring the menu systems which is situated just next to the direct video recording button
There are two menus on the Nikon Coolpix S2900 for you to choose from. The Mode Menu is accessed via the green camera button. It brings up a small selection of simple shooting modes such as fully Auto, Smart Portrait, Auto Scene Selector, Manual Scene Menu and Digital Filter Effects. The latter provides the choice of a variety of artistic and nostalgic filter effects. If a small arrow is next to the primary option, then there is a sub-menu to take a look at