Summary: For the price the Nikon Coolpix S3100 offers plenty of features and the kind of aesthetic that will please fashion-conscious snappers. Beneath that there are a few annoyances to be dealt with, such as the delays in focusing once the zoom is used and tendency to overexposed. At the price range, the Nikon Coolpix S3100 is one of the better cameras out there, making it a real bargain for the budget shopper.
Pros: Excellent value, well featured, decent image quality
Cons: Picture quality not quite up to standard, poor LCD screen
Conclusion: The Nikon Coolpix S3100 may be a budget digital camera, but that is no excuse for the lack of quality in the pictures it produces. There are plenty of digital cameras to choose from if you are looking for a basic pocket digital camera. This one is best avoided.
Pros: Ease of Use - Clear Menu Screens - Photos with Flash
Excerpt: Not all of us want the bulk associated with a DSLR or the need to buy lenses for our compact system cameras; sometimes all we - or perhaps more accurately our other halves - want to do is take snapshots as a keepsake without spending a king's ransom.
Excerpt: Not just elegant, the design of the Nikon Coolpix S3100 is also comfortable to hold, thanks to a raised grip for your thumb. In operation, it's easy to use with nicely-spaced buttons in a configuration that'll be familiar to most compact users, while the menu system is very slick and easy to navigate. It's pretty responsive, too, with fast write and startup speeds.
Conclusion: While the S3100 doesn’t offer extensive controls and the image quality most certainly isn’t for critical work, the camera does deliver what it sets out to: it looks the part and is affordable. The variety of colours available means there’s a model to suit anyone, the 26-110mm range is perfectly decent and relatively wide-angle too, meaning point-and-shoot fanatics should have their majority of snaps covered.
Pros: Affordable, stylish and slim, various colours, 26mm wide-angle
Cons: Poor image quality, LCD’s limited angle of view, no zoom in movie mode