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With an aluminium body that's just The S features a wide-angle 5x zoom lens with electronic stabilisation, 14 megapixel sensor, 2. Ease of Use Not all of us want the bulk associated with a DSLR or the need to buy Nikon COOLPIX S3100 Camera for our compact system cameras; sometimes all we - or perhaps more accurately our other halves - want to do is take snapshots as a keepsake without spending a king's ransom.

Forming part of Nikon's raft of stylish new releases for springit updates the 12MP S, which its maker claims was Europe's best selling digital camera for It also reminds us a lot of the similarly dinky and great value Coolpix S we reviewed last year. The selling point here is the slim-line shell, lens retracted within the body when not in use: Nikon has managed to offer a bigger zoom whilst also Nikon COOLPIX S3100 Camera the camera thinner, the S being Width Nikon COOLPIX S3100 Camera height are The S is not optically stabilised though, more's the pity, the camera featuring anti shake only of the software enhanced variety.

The S is unashamedly as much about style as substance, but there is still a surprising amount of the latter shoehorned in.

This includes the ability to now shoot x pixels HD video, a jump up from its predecessor's standard definition clips, with recording here a one-touch process via a thumb press of the dedicated backplate record button. Do this and recording instantly commences, the screen's default 4: As with budget Olympus and Samsung models, here the battery is charged within the camera, as Nikon, doubtless in a cost saving exercise, has supplied a mains adapter plug rather than charger; one of the USB cable slots into this, the other end into the camera itself. Annoyingly, as usual there's just a cursory quick start guide provided out of the box, with the Nikon COOLPIX S3100 Camera manual on CD Rom only.


Front Rear On a more superficial sales level the S is available in a range of seven colours - an advance on its predecessor's five. This time we get citrus yellow, pink and purple alongside the more familiar silver and black varieties - suggesting the camera is as much aimed at females as males. Ramming home the point, at the camera's UK launch Nikon executives had placed the range amidst make up bags and lipsticks, Nikon COOLPIX S3100 Camera, with its slender depth and weight of just g, it will as easily slip into any clutch bag as it will trouser pocket. Our review sample was an electric blue.

Nikon COOLPIX S3100 Camera this wouldn't be our first colour choice the camera will undoubtedly stand out at a party, drawing the attention of subjects both willing and unwilling.

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Unsurprisingly then, the S is primarily geared towards taking people pictures with the minimum of fuss and the minimum of Nikon COOLPIX S3100 Camera control, throwing in a beauty mode and face detection, with the second most popular subject of landscape coming a close second if the range of scene modes is anything to go by. With no optical viewfinder images are composed by 2. Although the camera feels sturdy when gripped there's no actual grip on this Coolpix, at least as regards the faceplate. At the back there are six raised plastic nodules to provide a point of purchase for the thumb, a raised plastic surround encircling the video button adjacent, so this doesn't get accidentally pressed when fetching the camera out of a pocket.

There's a vacant lug to attach the provided wrist strap at the side, and avoid accidental drops.

A built in microphone sits just beneath the lens barrel near the base of Nikon COOLPIX S3100 Camera camera, at the exact location we found our middle finger naturally resting and so obscuring when holding the camera steady in both hands. Conversely the built-in speaker is located at the base of the camera, rather than on the top plate or at one side.

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Side Top The top of the camera features a prominently raised shutter release button with a definite half way point when pressed down to determine focus and exposure, encircled by Nikon COOLPIX S3100 Camera lever for operating the zoom, its ridged front edge preventing slippage when operated with the forefinger. As a result, activating the camera requires fingernail-precise operation; do this and - provided date and time were set when you first freed the camera from its box - it readies itself for the first shot in just over a second, which is impressively swift for its class, lens extending to equivalent 26mm wide angle setting and the rear screen fading up from black.

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If using the zoom, the lens travels through Nikon COOLPIX S3100 Camera entirety of its optical range in two to three seconds, though there's a brief pause before it kicks into life. Press down fully to take the shot, and the screen briefly blacks out, then displays the captured JPEG-only image for a few moments, a process lasting approximately three seconds before the S returns to its live 'feed'. Average for its class then.


Two thirds of the back of the camera are taken up with Nikon COOLPIX S3100 Camera aforementioned LCD that, whilst not the sharpest available - meaning that we sometimes found it difficult to fully ascertain whether captured images were as sharp as we'd hoped - is nevertheless adequate as a framing device when shooting normally from shoulder height. When we attempted low angle shots close to the ground, the angle of visibility, with us crouching behind it, wasn't sufficient to be able to see Nikon COOLPIX S3100 Camera was on the screen. Apart from the aforementioned video capture button, there are five further controls on the backplate. Uppermost are the 'scene' button, which one would imagine to provide access to just the pre-set scene modes but in fact brings up a toolbar providing access to all shooting modes, plus, parallel with it, the playback button.

Memory Card Slot Battery Compartment The shooting modes here are regular auto mode, the collective scene modes - some 19 in total if you include the 'intelligent' auto scene selector option - plus smart portrait and subject tracking modes. Whilst the latter is self-explanatory, smart portrait mode not only detects faces, but also, if you press the menu button while in this mode, provides access to skin softening, smile timer and 'blink proof' modes to ensure portrait images automatically end up looking their best.

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At the centre of this pad sits the traditional 'OK' button for effecting any menu changes. Just below this are a separate menu button sometimes of course incorporated in with the OK button on rival point and shootsand adjacent to that a very useful dedicated delete Nikon COOLPIX S3100 Camera for dispatching duff shots. Although small, a press of each button and the camera is as swift to respond as one would want. Slim and stylish fun and cool! The new COOLPIX S is the easy way to share your life and stay connected. It's lightweight, colorful and fits easily in your. Nikon COOLPIX S 14 MP Digital Camera with 5x NIKKOR Wide-Angle Optical Zoom Lens and Inch LCD (Silver).

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