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With an aluminium body that's just 19mm thick, the Nikon S is available in a wide-range of eye-catching colours. The S features a wide-angle 4x zoom lens with electronic stabilisation, 12 megapixel sensor, 2.

Ease of Use The Nikon Coolpix S is the cheaper and simpler sibling of the S model that we reviewed earlier in the year, losing that camera's 3 inch touch-screen LCD and p High Definition movie recording capability, but otherwise offering the same design and core features. Weighing in at only grams with battery and memory card inserted, the Nikon Coolpix S is a Nikon Coolpix S3000 Camera compact camera.

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Thanks to its small size and moderate weight, it easily fits into a shirt pocket. In terms of design, it's a good-looking little snapper that successfully blends traditionalism with style.

The front plate is dominated by the lens, which sits fully retracted into the body when the camera is powered off, but Nikon Coolpix S3000 Camera about an inch or so upon power-up. Like most small-sensor digicams, the Nikon Coolpix S lacks an iris diaphragm. In very strong daylight it employs a built-in neutral density filter to avoid overexposure, but this obviously has no effect on depth of field, as the physical size of the aperture does not change. Instead there's Electronic VR post-processing and a motion detection option which increases the ISO setting to provide a faster shutter speed, both of which ultimately result in poorer image quality. Front Rear The only other parts visible when viewing the S front on are the flash, the AF assist lamp and the built-in microphone.


The flash is a slim little unit that works quite well as a fill light, but obviously won't light up an entire ballroom. The AF-assist light doubles as the self-timer lamp, while the microphone is there to record mono sound with movies as well as voice memos for stills. The top of the S features a large shutter release surrounded by a zoom lever, and a small power button that sits flush with the camera's surface. The latter - which can be Nikon Coolpix S3000 Camera bit hard to press due to its size and recessed position - incorporates a tiny LED that lights up when the S is powered up.

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On the back of the camera we find the 2. These controls essentially replace the S's touch-screen interface. The navigation pad provides options for setting the flash, exposure compensation, Macro mode and self-timer. Front Front The full range of flash modes include auto, auto with red-eye reduction, fill flash, slow sync and forced off. Note that the availability of these flash modes varies with the shooting mode and certain other settings. The self-timer options are simpler: Disappointingly the Macro mode only focuses as close as 8cms to the subject. The OK button in the Nikon Coolpix S3000 Camera of the four-way controller confirms on-screen menu selections.

The Menu icon brings up the main menu screen whose content varies according to the chosen shooting mode. Somewhat confusingly, Auto is the mode that gives you the most control over the shooting process. No, you don't get to set shutter speed or aperture directly - the latter would be impossible given the lack of a diaphragm anyway - but you can set the ISO speed manually, which is something you cannot do in the other modes. Other parameters that can be set by the user in this shooting mode include resolution and file quality, white balance, drive mode, AF area and AF mode. These are all buried in the menu - none of them has a virtual shortcut button of its own. Which is a pity, given that some of these functions - like ISO, WB or white balance - are quite frequently used, and the awkwardness of accessing them can be frustrating at times.

The Nikon Coolpix S offers 16 scene modes plus a Scene Auto Selector that puts the camera in charge and allows it to choose from the six most commonly used scene modes at its own discretion, based on its assessment of the scene in front of the lens. This is the true auto mode, which requires - and allows - the least amount of user control over the picture taking process.

Of course, picking a scene mode by hand is always an option. Smart Portrait is a shooting mode of Nikon Coolpix S3000 Camera own rather than one of the scene modes. In this mode, the S hunts for smiling faces and snaps a photo whenever it detects one. Also, there's a skin softening option that can be used to remove blemishes and other minor imperfections, giving the skin a smooth look in the process. The intensity of the effect can Nikon Coolpix S3000 Camera set to High, Normal or Low. The function can of course be turned off as well. The Blink Proof option forces the camera to take another image if it detects a person who's blinking in the photo.

Memory Card Slot Battery Compartment Subject Tracking is a new auto-focus option that automatically focuses on the main subject and then follows it around the Nikon Coolpix S3000 Camera. You simply place the square target over the subject and press the OK button, which then places a yellow rectangle around them. If either the subject or the camera is moved, the focus and exposure remain targeted on the yellow frame. This is especially useful for erratic subjects like children and pets, although the system does sometimes struggle to keep up, forcing you to lock focus again. Mono sound is recorded with movies, but the optical zoom cannot be used while filming. Single or full-time AF may be selected for movies - in the first case, focus will be locked at the beginning of each clip, while in the second case, the camera will keep adjusting the focus while filming, which may cause the sound of the focus motor to be picked up by the microphone.


Maximum clip length is limited to 29 minutes. Electronic VR can be turned on to help avoid camera shake, although the quality of the video is affected.

Nikon Coolpix S3000

4-way VR Image Stabilization System. Electronic VR Image Stabilization minimizes the effect of camera shake; Motion Detection automatically detects moving. When discussing cameras, Nikon represents distinctive optics and pace setting technology. The Nikon Coolpix S is an affordable point-&-shoot digital.

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