Excerpt: The Nikon Coolpix S3000–and really all sub-$150 ultracompact digital cameras–is a step-up from a camera phone. It has a better lens, shooting options, performance, image quality, and battery life than a mobile device without weighing you down. However, in the world of point-and-shoots this is a lower-end model and it shows under slight scrutiny.
Summary: To sum it up, the S3000 is a user-friendly entry-level camera. It’s ultra-compact, which means it can go with you anywhere. The downside of the Nikon S3000 is that it just isn’t up to snuff on image quality. Unfortunately, the S3000 appears to suffer from too many megapixels crammed onto too small of a sensor. The sharpness just isn’t there at any ISO setting to justify using all 12 megapixels for larger prints.
Summary: The Nikon COOLPIX S3000 is a 12 Megapixel compact with a 4x optical zoom and 2.7in screen. It supercedes the COOLPIX S220, with a larger LCD panel, an additional 2 Megapixels on the earlier model's resolution and extending the zoom range, gratifyingly mostly at the wide angle end.
The COOLPIX S3000 is small, very light, nicely designed and avaialble in no fewer than six colours including the eye-watering magenta model we were given to review.
Pros: 4x zoom with good wide angle coverage., Excellent image quality., Small, light, eye-catching design.
Cons: No optical image stabilisation., Poor quality at high ISO settings., Narrow viewing angle on-screen., Modest closest focusing distance.
Excerpt: Announced in February 2011, the Coolpix S3100 is aimed at users who want a shirt-pocket-sized camera that makes life simple. So simple, that while there are 18 scene modes to choose from, the S3100 has an Auto Scene Selector mode, so even this decision can be left to the camera.
Excerpt: The Nikon Coolpix S3000 is the cheaper and simpler sibling of the S4000 model that we reviewed earlier in the year, losing that camera's 3 inch touch-screen LCD and 720p High Definition movie recording capability, but otherwise offering the same design and core features. Weighing in at only 116 grams with battery and memory card inserted, the Nikon Coolpix S3000 is a very compact camera. Thanks to its small size and moderate weight, it easily fits into a shirt pocket.