Nikon S3100 review

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

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  • Stylish, slim and pocket-sized
  • Easy to use point-and-shoot


  • Closest focus 10cm in macro, LCD has limited viewing angle, limited control for enthusiasts

Announced in February 2011, the Coolpix S3100 is aimed at users who want a shirt-pocket-sized camera that makes life simple. So simple, that while there are 18 scene modes to choose from, the S3100 has an Auto Scene Selector mode, so even this decision can be left to the camera.

Exposure control is limited to compensation (to +/-2 EV in 1/3EV steps) and there's no option to adjust the metering mode.

With an equivalent focal length of 26-130mm, the S31000's lens has a versatile 5x zoom range, suited for general photography on days out and at social events etc.

Nikon coolpix s3100 review

Nikon has given the S3100 four means of reducing image blur, the first of these is a high sensitivity setting, up to ISO 3200. In Auto mode (which gives the user the greatest level of control) the sensitivity may be set in the range ISO 80-3200. There's also Electronic VR (Vibration Reduction) which is designed to reduce the effect of camera shake and Motion detection which aims to compensate for camera and subject movement. Finally, Best Shot Selector (BBS) automatically selects the sharpest of up to 10 sequential shots.

To help get better portraits the S3100 has Nikon's Smart portrait system which incorporates Smile Timer, to take the shot when the subject smiles, Blink Proof to warn when someone's eyes are closed in the shot, and Skin Softening which automatically smoothes uneven skin tones.

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