Nikon Coolpix S3100

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Nikon Coolpix S3100 is a 14 MP Digital Camera features 5x optical Zoom, NIKKOR glass lens, ISO 80-3200, HD: 1280x720p / 30fps, 4-way VR Image Stabilization System, EXPEED C2 for enhanced image quality and processing speed, and 2.7-inch (230,000-dot) display. The camera measures (W x H x D) 93.5 x 57.5 x 18.4 mm (3.7 x 2.3 x 0.8 in.) and weight 118 g (4.2 oz.) with battery and SD memory card.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon Coolpix S3100 Reviews reviews the Nikon Coolpix S3100 and writes;
“The Nikon Coolpix S3100 may be a budget digital camera, but that is no excuse for the lack of quality in the pictures it produces. There are plenty of digital cameras to choose from if you are looking for a basic pocket digital camera. This one is best avoided. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

PocketLint reviews the Nikon Coolpix S3100 and writes;
“If you want a slender, good-looking compact to slip into your bag or pocket then the Nikon Coolpix S3100 makes perfect sense. However, the image quality leaves plenty to be desired and certainly isn’t for critical work. But for those on a budget the S3100 delivers a fairly decent point-and-shoot solution “
Rating: ★★★½☆

WDC reviews the Nikon Coolpix S3100 and writes;
“At the price range, the Nikon Coolpix S3100 is one of the better cameras out there, making it a real bargain for the budget shopper. It’s a shame it doesn’t quite tick all of the boxes necessary to turn the Coolpix S3100 into a stunning camera, but it does a reasonable job nonetheless. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotoRadar reviews the Nikon Coolpix S3100 and writes;
“As part of our test we shoot our resolution chart at very sensitivity setting. The higher the value quoted in the caption score, the better the image quality.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Nikon Coolpix S3100 and writes;
“In terms of still image quality, shots taken at maximum resolution and at the widest zoom setting display softness towards the corners of frame which isn’t uncommon at the budget end of the market. Neither is purple pixel fringing between areas of high contrast, which also makes an appearance. Such fall-off of focus is better disguised when shooting natural subjects than buildings – and examples of both can be found in our test samples for you to carry out your own comparisons.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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User Opinions

Nikon Coolpix S3100 User Reviews

This camera is the best point and shoot-out of three I’ve had
“Wow! Just an incredible little camera. This is one that the scene settings actually work! Took very acceptable pix in low light, 720 video is great. So far I’ve owned a Panasonic Lumix, a Fuji S70 and a Casio. This is by far the best.” – By racer_41
Rating: ★★★★★

Nikon is Finally getting the compact camera right. Like the S3100
“This has more megapix’s than my Nikon D90! Love the HD MOVIES….I love small gadgets so I am real excited about this. The S3000 I own too…that one is fun but not so many filters. I bought the black one! so,I would reccomend this to folks who want a small, fun and good picture and video quality toteing camera!” – By D. Brinkley
Rating: ★★★★★

Replacement for my 6yr old Nikon Coolpix
“The Nikon Coolpix S3100 is great FOR THE PRICE! Perfect size to tote around; functions are extremely user friendly to toggle thru; just point and shoot; love the fact that you don’t need to remove the battery to recharge; and it takes a great PICTURE!” – By Happy
Rating: ★★★★★

An easy camera to use for the average picture taker
“The zoom on this camera is greater than my old one which is a very noticeable bonus. It is also slim enough to slide into a pocket, another bonus, and hopefully a way to avoid another drop to a hard floor! I would definitely recommend this camera.” – By NCBuckeye
Rating: ★★★★★

Overall a great camera
“…Overall this camera takes great pictures, they look sweet in print and they are very photoshopable (is that actually a word?) and look great in print form and also on the web.” – By Westoncito
Rating: ★★★★☆

If you simply want more of your memories caught on film
“There are tons of point and shoot cameras out there, and there is no use being snobby over which one you buy, because they all do pretty much the same thing. This one is great for the price. You could get a nicer camera, but for 90% of the people in the market for a digital camera, this will do what you need and want it to, and more.” – By Valeri
Rating: ★★★★★

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Nikon Coolpix S3100 Features

Can a camera be your BFF?
Slip this ultra-slim, ultra-light COOLPIX S3100 camera into your pocket and you’ll never miss a memorable moment. At an incredibly slender 0.8 inches and just 4.2 ounces, it goes wherever the fun is—the beach, the mall, your best friend’s house. It comes in seven attractive colors—silver, black, red, yellow, purple, blue and pink. And you’ll love its One-Touch HD Movie function, which enables you to watch the action with family and friends.

Powerful yet fun and easy to use
Can a powerful camera fit in the palm of your hand? Yes, if it’s the ultra-light, ultra-thin COOLPIX S3100, engineered with a 14.0-megapixel CCD sensor that assures superb image quality with every shot. This remarkable camera lets you put your creativity to the test, with its 5x wide-angle optical Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens. Its versatile 26-130mm lens ranges wide to capture a sunset over the ocean or zooms in on a windsurfer catching the last ride of the day. Whether you’re shooting winter landscapes, portraits of your favorite pet, or can’t miss shots of your friends, you’ll do it effortlessly with this camera. And you’ll love composing images from the vibrant 2.7-inch LCD display that brings still images and HD movies to life, enabling you to capture and share brilliant pictures every time.

Create images as unique as your imagination.
When you want to get really creative, the COOLPIX S3100 will match the limits of your imagination with a variety of features. There are 19 Scene Modes, including Portrait, Party, Landscape, and Sunset—all of which automatically adjust camera settings to specific scenes. You just point and shoot. Plus, the COOLPIX S3100 comes with our new Pet Mode, a technology that automatically finds and focuses on the face of your dog or cat, then automatically fires the shutter. With functions like Quick Retouch you can give your photos the high quality look you want. And for even more versatility, this camera comes with several filter effects like Soft Focus, Selective Color, Miniature, Cross Screen, and Fisheye.

One Touch HD Movie Recording
When you want to tell a great story, nothing does it like a movie. Whether you’re capturing the excitement of a live concert, the heart stopping action of a sporting event, or the casual fun of a family vacation, the COOLPIX S3100 makes it easy to shoot high quality 720p HD movies. It has a simple One-Touch recording capability, so the action will never get away. And, it lets you digitally zoom in on your subjects while recording, so you can pull in tight on your subject whenever you choose. When you’re ready for playback, you can do it instantly in-camera or quickly connect to your TV or computer.

Capture superb image quality.
Nikon’s reputation as a world leader in digital photography only gets better with the COOLPIX S3100. This easy to use, easy to carry camera is loaded with innovations that assure outstanding images. Our high ISO speeds also mean you can shoot fast moving objects with optimum results.

With our EXPEED C2 processing engine, the COOLPIX S3100 expands your photographic possibilities, adding improved levels of detail, image quality and processing speed. Its four-way Electronic VR Image Stabilization system automatically ensures that your images will be sure and steady. A Motion Detection feature also identifies moving objects in your images and adjusts both shutter speed and ISO to keep them crisp and clear. And you’ll love Nikon’s Best Shot Selector, which automatically takes up to ten shots with a single press of the shutter, then selects and saves the sharpest one.

Convenient Features
The COOLPIX S3100 isn’t just the most stylish and convenient camera you’ll ever own, it’s also the smartest. Consider our Smart Portrait System, which includes amazing advantages like our Smile Timer that automatically releases the shutter when your subject smiles, and Face-Priority AF, our latest face-finding technology that detects and focuses on up to 12 faces. Blink Warning tells you when a subject may have blinked—and alerts you to re-take the photo.

Tired of red eyes ruining your portraits? Our in-camera Red-Eye Fix™ automatically corrects for red-eye as you shoot. And our Skin Softening feature assures perfect facial studies by smoothing skin tones. And the COOLPIX S3100’s rechargeable Li-ion battery lasts for approximately 220 still shots—so you’ll have juice to shoot an entire party. The COOLPIX S3100 is a remarkable blend of simplicity, convenience and advanced imaging features.

What’s in the box
* COOLPIX S3100 Digital Camera
* AN-CP19 Strap
* UC-E6 USB Cable
* EG-CP14 Audio/Video Cable
* EN-EL19 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
* EH-69P AC Adapter/Charger
* Nikon View NX 2 CD-ROM

2 Responses to “Nikon Coolpix S3100”

  1. Claire Parker says:

    I rate this 4.5 stars. The images are so nice and the camera moves fast.

  2. paras says:

    i have nikon s3100 but i am not satisfied with his picture quality

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