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 S220 that its release really just seems like a routine marketing exercise
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.
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. The ISO 3200 setting is almost pointless.
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: 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.
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. Despite the averaging image quality, the Nikon Coolpix S3000 is a neat little compact camera.
Pros: Affordable, compact, ease of use
Cons: Might be too small for some users, image quality average, no HD video
Conclusion: Aparat jest jednym z najmniejszych i najsmuklejszych aparatów cyfrowych oferowanych przez Nikona – grubość jego obudowy wynosi zaledwie 19 mm. Został wyposażony w szerokokątny, teleskopowo składany obiektyw z czterokrotnym zoomem optycznym. Niestety nie zastosowano mechanicznego stabilizatora obrazu. Użytkownik może fotografować nim tylko w trybie automatycznym – nie ma bowiem możliwości skorzystania z trybów preselekcji czasu czy przysłony.
Pros: Bardzo smukła obudowa z całkowicie chowającym się obiektywem, Szerokokątna optyka, Przyzwoita dynamika obrazu
Cons: Słaba szczegółowość (ostrość) obrazu, Brak stabilizacji optycznej