Nikon S3100 review

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

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Nikon coolpix s3100 review

At just 18.4mm thick with the lens retracted the Coolpix S3100 is slim enough to fit almost any pocket and it's smart metal trim and sleek lines are very stylish, so you won't be shy of using it social gatherings.

Though it's only tiny there's just enough room between the few controls on the S3100's back for you to fit your thumb. Because it's a lightweight 118g (including battery and SD card) the six raised dots on the thumb rest provide just enough grip. Nevertheless, it's advisable to use the supplied wrist to give the reassurance that the camera is safe.

Nikon coolpix s3100 review

Not surprisingly, given its billing as a simple to use camera, the S3100 isn't littered with control buttons or dials. In fact the rear of the camera has just six responsive buttons plus a four-way navigation controller that also provides a route to the exposure compensation, macro AF, self-timer and flash options. The menu system is also simple and brief.

Although it has just 230,000 dots, the 2.7in LCD provides a clear view of the scene (there's no viewfinder), however, it has a fairly narrow viewing angle, so if you like shooting from ground-level you'll have to get your knees dirty to see the composition.

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