Conclusion: The Nikon Coolpix S3 features the standard ultra-thin camera features; 6 effective megapixels, a 2.5 inch LCD and 3x optical zoom. Nikon has added some distinctive features though, such as D-Lighting, Face Priority AF and In-Camera Red-eye Fix. Still, one thing could be improved - Image quality. There've been several soft photos, lots of red-eye in people photos and depth of field was sometimes just insufficient.
Pros: Stylish and thin (Though most of these ultra-thin cameras look more or less the same), 2.5 inch LCD, Battery level indicator, Many scene modes, Unique D-Lighting and Face Priority AF, Built-in help and tutorials
Cons: Weak flash, LCD lacks resolution, No manual controls, Buffer clearing not fast, Some soft photos and redeye, Small shutter speed range, Movie mode doesn't impress me
Conclusion: Coolpix S-series - Gadget design When having seen the Coolpix S-series before, you might not be that surprised anymore by the design of the camera. But in case you are holding the Nikon S3 for the first time, the design really shows its beauty. It's a real gadget, a design that truly distinguishes itself from the majority of the cameras.
Excerpt: The Nikon Coolpix S3 digital camera is a slim, portable device designed to be carried anywhere you might encounter an opportunity to take a photo. At six megapixels it's nothing to sneer at and it also offers a range of features and functions which make it worthy of consideration for anyone who needs a good quality, full featured point & shoot camera without the cost associated with the higher-end models.
Pros: The time lapse movie mode was a riot and we caught everything from lilies unfolding in the morning sun to children building a crazy sand castle on the beach. Wonderful stuff. Forget about movie mode for a moment though, because the camera's main function as a digital still camera is the main reason for this review. With 6 megapixels to work with, any sharp, full resolution image can printed at up to 16" x 20". The S3 is capable of capturing sharp photos, with well sat...
Cons: The camera is a truly slim design and certain sacrifices are currently necessary in order to keep the price reasonable. For example, the zoom lens does not protrude from the camera body—it's all internal—which a lot of people will like. On the other hand, to some extent that design limits the zoom range to 3x, which is really useful but not competitive with the 6x zooms offered by other camera makers in this price range. The movie mode quality is acceptable, but not u...
I normally shoot a sophisticated and expensive digital SLR camera with interchangeable lenses, so I am not the in the primary target market for the Coolpix S3. However, after a couple of weeks of using it around the house and neighborhood to take snapshots, I can honestly say that I really like this little camera.
Summary: The Coolpix S3 is a 6-megapixel camera that delivers high performance shooting power and image quality in a sleek and ultra-portable package. Like the Coolpix S1 and S2 before it, the Matte Black Metal-body Coolpix S3 boasts a 2.5" LCD screen and Nikon's exclusive feature system, including D-Lighting for fixing dark pictures in the camera, the exclusive Face Priority AF (Auto Focus) for automatic face-finding focus and getting great portraits and In-Camera Red-Eye Fix™...
Conclusion: I am finding the Nikon Coolpix S3 very hard to sum up. In fact it is difficult to come up with reasons why you should buy it and reasons why you should not buy it. Nothing really grabbed me about this camera that says buy me, but then again nothing really put me off either. One selling point is that it is one of the very few six megapixel ultra compact models around.
Pros: Menu help available, General ease of use
Cons: Some images could be sharper, Small flash range
Summary: Very few dispute the high quality of cameras that Nikon produces and the CoolPix S3 is no exception. The 6-megapixel sensor coupled with the legendary ED glass helps ensure a sharp and bright photo. However one of its only downfalls is camera shake, which is enhanced by the difficulty of holding it with both hands.
Excerpt: Nejdříve si na našich laboratorních testovacích obrazcích pořízených na široké i dlouhé ohnisko ukážeme, co můžeme očekávat od objektivu ED Nikkor. Všimněte si, že optika má poměrně dobré rozlišení lph, pravda lepší hodnoty vykazuje na širokém konci. Také celkovou ostrost můžeme považovat za solidní, i když směrem k okrajům snímků se pozvolna začíná kresba vytrácet. Soudkovité i poduškovité sférické zkreslení jsme sice zaznamenali, není však nijak výrazné.
Excerpt: Společnost Nikon uvádí na trh nový ultraplochý model řady CoolPix, s typovým označením S3. Jedná se o stylový kompaktním přístroj s rozlišením 6,0 MPix, zapouzdřeným 3x optickým zoomem, rozměrným 2,5” displejem, interní pamětí a možností výběru z 15 předdefinovaných scénických režimů. Komu je určen?