The Nikon Coolpix S3100 is a digital camera from the well-known manufacturer. Its successor has already been announced, and so you should expect great deals if you choose to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3100 digital camera. Its specification includes a 14 megapixel sensor, 5 times optical zoom and a 2.7-inch LCD. In this review we will have a look at the Nikon Coolpix S3100 so you know whether you should look to buy one or not.

Specification

The specification of the Nikon Coolpix S3100 includes:

  • 14 megapixel sensor
  • 5 times wide optical zoom lens
  • 2.7 inch LCD screen
  • 720 p video recording
  • Electronic vibration reduction
  • Subject tracking autofocus

Design and ergonomics

The design of the Nikon Coolpix S3100 is fairly standard for a compact digital camera. It is a conventional rectangular shape that allows the large 2.7-inch LCD to be prominently displayed and seen. This type of camera is easy to throw in a rucksack or large pocket, and is familiar to most of us. There is also good layout of buttons on the back and easy access to the different menus and controls.

Image quality

Nikon is a well-known manufacturer and so high-quality photographs are expected. The picture quality is reported to be fantastic and example images look sharp and have good colour.  The images are not perfect however, but this is to be expected from a camera that costs so little. The video mode is only 720 p, rather than the 1080 p offered with many models. However this doesn't make as much difference as it seems, and the videos are reported to be good for a camera of this price point.

Other aspects

The Nikon Coolpix S3100 also claims have technologies such as anti-blur, retouch filter effects and smart portrait system. The smart portrait system is a useful feature, as it allows you to choose a subject and take the photograph when a chosen subject smiles, making it easier when taking large family photographs which is probably what this camera will be used for.

Pros

  • 14 megapixel sensor
  • 5 times optical zoom
  • Low price

Cons

  • Already superseded by a new model
  • Images not as good as they could be
  • Only 720 p video, not 1080 p full HD

Is the Nikon Coolpix S3100 suitable for you?

The Nikon Coolpix S3100 is a good camera and is one suitable for most people to buy for general-purpose everyday use. It's cheap enough so that you won't worry about getting damaged but takes pictures good enough to share with other people in your family or with friends. The successor to this camera is already available on the market, so expect to be able to get discounts or deals with this camera if you choose to buy it.

Conclusion

Before you buy any camera, you should preferably try it out either from a friend who has one or in a shop. When you are checking it you should make sure it is comfortable to hold and to use the controls. You can also check sites like Flickr for photographs taken by this model of camera to see how it performs in different conditions and when taking different shots. The Nikon Coolpix S3100 is a good low cost camera, but it is no DSLR replacement.

Have you bought a Nikon Coolpix S3100 digital camera? Did you think it was worth the money? Will you wait for the newer model rather than buying this one? Feel free to leave a comment below.