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Nikon S3100 review

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

As part of our test we shoot our resolution chart at very sensitivity setting. The higher the value quoted in the caption score, the better the image quality.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Canon PowerShot S100 is capable of resolving up to around 20 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them please click here to read the full article.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Nikon coolpix s3100 review resolution iso 100
Nikon coolpix s3100 review: resolution iso 100

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Nikon coolpix s3100 review: resolution iso 80

ISO 80, score: 20 (see full image)

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Nikon coolpix s3100 review: resolution iso 100

ISO 100: score 20 (see full image)

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Nikon coolpix s3100 review: resolution iso 200

ISO 200: score 18 (see full image)

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Nikon coolpix s3100 review: resolution iso 400

ISO 400: score 16 (see full image)

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Nikon coolpix s3100 review: resolution iso 800

ISO 800: score 14 (see full image)

Nikon coolpix s3100 review resolution iso 1600
Nikon coolpix s3100 review: resolution iso 1600

ISO 1600: score 12 (see full image)

Nikon coolpix s3100 review resolution iso 3200
Nikon coolpix s3100 review: resolution iso 3200

ISO 3200: score n/a (see full image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
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
ColourBlue
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 Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
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