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Nikon Coolpix S3100
Available in seven colours, the Coolpix S3100 is just 18.4mm thick and has few controls

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.