Steve’s Digicams has recently posted their review on Nikon Coolpix S3, 6-megapixel camera with 2.5″ LCD screen and 3x optical zoom (35-105mm in 35mm equivalent) . In conclusion they write:
“The internal Zoom-Nikkor 3x optical zoom lens produced sharp results throughout its range, with moderate amounts of barrel distortion at wide angle and pin cushioning at the telephoto end. The lens moves smoothly and quietly, but not continuously; I counted 7 steps between wide angle and telephoto, adequate for most shots but you may need to zoom a bit with your feet when you need precise composition. Its 35 – 105mm (equivalent) zoom range is typical for a camera in this class, offering a sufficient field of view for most interior and landscape shots, and a telephoto range useful for portraits and to bring your distant subjects closer.
I was pleased with the overall image quality when using 6-Megapixel Fine mode. Outdoor images showed good overall exposure, with colors being nicely saturated. Noise levels were very low at sensitivity settings of ISO 50 and 100. Shadow noise is present at ISO 200, and noise is evident throughout the image at ISO 400. Chromatic aberration, aka “purple fringing”, was present only in small amounts around highlights. The only problem I had outdoors was with back-lit flash portraits; the S3’s limited flash output was not sufficient to illuminate the faces adequately. “