Summary: The Nikon COOLPIX S3000 is a compact digital camera very elegant and refined, available in many fashionable colors. To underline the resolution of the sensor, the various features anti-shake and high sensitivity.
Pros: 4 anti-shake functions; Charging via USB, Smart Portrait function, automatic scene selection.
Cons: Memory; Electronic Stability; Optical Zoom good but not outstanding.
Excerpt: Not everyone’s a camera geek. Unless you’re cavorting around with a DSLR, most people simply want a camera that can take decent photos (translation: it doesn’t look like it came from a cellphone) without bulking up their bags or purses. The Nikon Coolpix S3000 hits this market squarely.
Pros: Fast, slim and light, Very reasonably priced, Mom-friendly
Cons: Only the basics – photo geeks should look elsewhere., Nothing particularly compelling vs the competition, Image quality suffers in the high ISO range
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.
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.
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.
Summary: The Nikon Coolpix S3000 is designed to be an affordable, stylish and fun camera, so it's hardly fair to expect cutting-edge technology. Even so, its basic specs are very similar to those of countless other compact cameras on the market, and it's such a modest improvement over the outgoing Coolpix...
Pros: Appealing design and styling; handy 4x wide-angle zoom; good value for money.
Cons: Fine detail can become mushy; no optical image stabilisation; tendency to overexpose photos.
Conclusion: The price is right and the build quality is surprisingly good for a camera you can collect for under £100, but the performance doesn't step up much to make it really attractive. A few more pounds and some bargains can be had for some features you might want, like the ability to capture HD video.
Pros: Affordable, compact, ease of use
Cons: Might be too small for some users, image quality average, no HD video
Summary: The Nikon Coolpix S3000 is a stylish but ultimately basic point-and shoot camera aimed primarily at snapshooters. It might lack the clever touchscreen interface or HD video of its bigger brother, the S4000, but it does crucially cost half the price.