Nikon S3100 review

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

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Nikon coolpix s3100 review

Predictably with 14 million effective pixels on a 1/2.3 in CCD sensor, the loss of the detail at the highest setting means ISO 3200 is best avoided, but the camera does not disgrace itself at all. In fact, even though the impact of the noise reduction algorithm is clearly visible in ISO 400 images when they are viewed at 100% on the computer screen, at more sensible printing sizes, the results look very good.

At the lower settings the images make superb A3 prints, though some details occasionally look a little oversharpened.

Nikon coolpix s3100 review

In good light the lens focuses quickly and the Subject Tracking system does a good job of following moving subjects, provided they don't move too quickly. The macro facility is a little disappointing with a closest focus of 10cm, so this isn't the camera for snapping small details. As light levels fall the AF system starts to struggle a little, especially with subjects close to or within the macro range.

While there is a selection of white balance options, the auto mode does an excellent job in a range of conditions, though it can make images a little warm in direct sunlight, and images from the S3100 are vibrant and attractive.

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