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.
Pros: Excellent value, well featured, decent image quality
Cons: Picture quality not quite up to standard, poor LCD screen
Summary: The Nikon Coolpix S3100 is easy to carry, use and look at. But its image quality is pretty average, and you don't have to look hard to find other cameras that offer more features for less money.
Pros: Highly portable; handy 5x optical zoom; 720p movie mode.
Cons: Some minor picture flaws; similar compacts are cheaper; low-res screen.
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...
Excerpt: If you're looking for an affordable digital camera, Nikon appears to think you're not interested in image quality. That's the only conclusion we can reach as we try to understand the thinking behind the S3100.
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
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.
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
Summary: The S3100 is as well put together as one would expect a Nikon camera to be. The main improvements over its predecessor are a broader focal range, a couple of million extra pixels in terms of headline resolution, and High Def video rather than standard definition - all of which are worth having.