Keeping the Nikon S500

I guess we decided to keep the Nikon Coolpix S500. It is easier to carry around and the picture quality is quite good. Here are a couple of photos to demonstrate the size:
Nikon Coolpix S500
Nikon Coolpix S500

I was sort of confused about what Nikon calls the “BSS”, but I got it sorted out. If you press the “anti-shake” button the camera does four things. First, it makes sure VR is enabled. Secondly, it makes sure ISO sensitivity is enabled (which I try to keep turned off because any ISO above 400 is crap). Thirdly, it enables BSS. What BSS does is that when you press the shutter the camera automatically takes a bunch of photos at once. It then calculates what the sharpest picture is. The fourth thing the camera does in “anti-shake” mode is turn off the flash. The result of this is that “anti-shake” is suitable for outdoors, long focal length shots in lower light. For low light shots indoors you’re typically better off using the flash.

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