Nikon S3100 review

A great little compact camera with 5x zoom and HD video

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Nikon coolpix s3100 review

Although it's uncomplicated and simple to use the Coolpix S3100 produces impressive images that can make great A3 prints. Using the lower sensitivity settings ensures image have plenty of detail and noise isn't a major issue.

Automation is the order of the day and options such as Best Shot Selector can help novice photographers get great results. Experienced photographers may find the lack of control a bit limiting, but most users will be happy to use the Auto exposure mode and exposure compensation facility for the odd occasions when the exposure needs a tweak.

We like

Point and shoot simplicity and cracking image quality.

We dislike

High sensitivity (ISO) images look a little soft and mushy at 100% on the computer screen which means you can't make huge prints or dramatic selective crops of these shots. The LCD screen also has a failry narrow viewing angle.

Final verdict

Nikon's S3100 is great choice for those who want a simple, stylish point-and-shoot compact camera. It's a good camera to slip in your pocket and carry everyday, or to take to social gatherings. Nikon expects it to be its best selling camera for 2011 and it's easy to see why.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyCoolpix S
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationDigital
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Smile Detection
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsAVI
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)118 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height57.5 mm
Width93.5 mm
Depth18.4 mm
Product SeriesS
Focal Length4.60 mm to 23 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelS3100
Product NameCoolpix S3100 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVMA715E1
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Slim enough to slip into any pocket, the slender COOLPIX S3100 is the perfect way to capture photos and high-definition movie clips in style.

Dedicated movie-record button makes it easy to begin filming the action and Nikon's Smart Portrait system ensures perfect portrait photos every time. Complete with a range of easy-to-apply filter effects, this compact even makes it simple to get creative with images in-camera.

Package Contents
  • Coolpix S3100 Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery EN-EL19
  • Charging AC Adapter EH-69P
  • USB Cable UC-E6
  • Audio Video Cable EG-CP14
  • Camera strap AN-CP19
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year