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Nikon Coolpix S3 Digital Camera

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6MP 3x CCD 1/2.5" Oct 2005
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The COOLPIX S3 is a compact 6.0 megapixel with a 3 x Zoom-Nikkor ED lens. "This camera thin has only an attractive metal body and a large 2.5" LCD display and a coverage of barrier lens automatic... More
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21 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The editor of one expert review site said that this camera was good. This Nikon camera received a "Great Product" award from Bonafidereviews.com.

Good Size

A number of people who reviewed it said that it was compact. Eleven years ago expert website Cnet.com wrote “The Nikon Coolpix S3 is a 6-megapixel compact point-and-shoot with a big 2.5-inch LCD screen”. Expert review site Cnet.com.au wrote “The S3 is considered compact” and gave the Nikon Coolpix S3 a rating of 5 stars. Cameras.co.uk gave the Nikon Coolpix S3 a score of 77 out of 100 and said “The Nikon Coolpix S3 is a standard ultra compact digital camera” in their Nikon Coolpix S3 review.

A number of Nikon Coolpix S3 owners agreed that it was thin. Expert review site Neocamera.com wrote “Still, this is one camera that seems too slim for its own good” in their review however they only scored it 20 out of 100. One person who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S3 mentioned that it was lightweight.

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Good Brand

Compact camera digital cameras manufactured by Nikon have good ratings on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all cameras (not just compact camera digital cameras) and found that Nikon also has good ratings across its entire range.

Nice Design

Some people mentioned in their reviews that the Nikon Coolpix S3 was good looking. Expert website Asia.cnet.com wrote ten years ago “For users looking for a sleek, lightweight and fashionable camera” yet they only rated the product 3 stars. Kenrockwell.com mentioned three years ago “Stylish design available in different hues”.

One customer who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S3 considered that it was smooth. Expertreviews.co.uk wrote in their Nikon Coolpix S3 review on expert website Expert Reviews “The smooth finish and la”. One Nikon Coolpix S3 reviewer who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix S3 considered that it was a good design. Expert website Letsgodigital.org mentioned in their review ten years ago “The design really shows its beauty” .

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Good Quality Pictures

A few Nikon Coolpix S3 reviewers who bought the product thought it was able to produce good images.

Good Product Quality

Several Nikon Coolpix S3 reviewers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good quality. Goodgearguide.com.au wrote on Good Gear Guide.com.au “Interesting features, or exceptional image quality” but despite that they only gave this digital camera a rating of 50 out of 100. Steves-Digicams.com said on expert website Steve's Digicams “The Coolpix S3 is a 6-megapixel camera that delivers high performance shooting power and image quality in a sleek” in their review.

Easy to Use

One customer said in their reviews that the product was comfortable and easy to hold. Hhcmag.com wrote in their review “It's certainly more comfortable to carry something small, light”.

Good Technical Features

One Nikon Coolpix S3 owner mentioned in their reviews that it had good features.

Good Support

One Nikon Coolpix S3 reviewer considered that this digital camera had good technical guidance. Dcviews.com said “The Coolpix S3 is a real point-and-shoot-camera with little manual control.” in their review of this digital camera.

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an sd memory card, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Nikon Coolpix S3 supports video recording. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also support video recording.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon Coolpix S3 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Coolpix S3 also have a built-in flash.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The number of white balance modes found on the Coolpix S3 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This Nikon camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on cameras of this age and spec.

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Features One Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Nikon Coolpix S3 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The most frequently featured auto focus is Face detection, but this auto focus is not featured on this camera. The auto focus Single Auto Focus are also featured on this Nikon camera.

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Light

With a weight of only 118 grams, the Coolpix S3 is quite light compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix S3. The average weight of compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix S3 is 170g, and the weights range from 20g to 710g.

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Supports One ISO Speed

The Nikon Coolpix S3 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. The most commonly supported ISO speed is 10,000, but this ISO speed is not supported by this Nikon digital camera. The ISO speeds 50 / 100 / 200 / 400 are also supported by this camera.

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Very Small Minimum RAM Requirement

The average minimum RAM requirement of cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Coolpix S3 is 360MB. With a minimum RAM requirement of only 64 megabytes, the Nikon Coolpix S3 has one of the smaller minimum RAM requirement amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Very Thin

The depths of digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Coolpix S3 range from 4mm to 2,200mm. With a depth of only 19.7 millimeters, the Nikon Coolpix S3 is fairly thin compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Low Minimum Hard Disk Space Requirement

The average minimum hard disk space requirement of cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix S3 is 290MB. At only 60 megabytes, the Coolpix S3 has a quite low minimum hard disk space requirement compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Narrow

The Nikon Coolpix S3 is fairly narrow (only 89.9 millimeters) compared to most of the other cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix S3. The narrowest digital camera of a similar spec and age to the Coolpix S3 is 16mm wide and the widest is 470mm.

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19 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on nine expert reviews from sites including Expert Reviews, Cameras.co.uk, asia.cnet.com and letsgodigital.org the average expert rating of this digital camera is 65%.

Very Low Megapixel Count

The average megapixel count of digital cameras that came out more than two years ago is 14MP. The Coolpix S3 has one of the lower megapixel counts (only 6 megapixels) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix S3 have an image stabiliser, however the Coolpix S3 does not have an image stabiliser.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

Across all the compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix S3 the optical zooms range from 2.7x to 63x, and the average optical zoom is 9.6x. At only 3 times zoom factor, the Coolpix S3 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago do not support Full HD video. The Nikon Coolpix S3 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

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Quite Small Screen Size

Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix S3 the screen sizes range from 1" to 4.8". With a screen size of only 2.5 inches, the Coolpix S3 has a fairly small screen size compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix S3.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix S3, the Coolpix S3 does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Coolpix S3 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years are also not 3D compatible.

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Only 1/2.5"" Optical Sensor Size

The Nikon Coolpix S3 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/2.5"". That's 8% less optical sensor size than a 1/2.3"" camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. 5.76 x 4.29mm.

This digital camera's optical sensor size (1/2.5"") is actually the worst optical sensor size across all digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Coolpix S3.

The best optical sensor size across comparable types of digital camera is 2/3"".

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix S3, the Coolpix S3 does not have a GPS.

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Not Waterproof

The Coolpix S3 is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras of this age and type are also not waterproof.

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Quite Small Combined Zoom

At only 3 times zoom factor, the Coolpix S3 has a very small combined zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. Similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix S3 have combined zoom of between 3x and 1,600x, and the average combined zoom is 50x.

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Quite Low JPEG Frame Rate

At only 15 frames per second, the Nikon Coolpix S3 has a very low JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the Coolpix S3. The average JPEG frame rate of compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 32fps, and the JPEG frame rates range from 15fps to 240fps.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

The average display resolution of similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix S3 is 400,000 pixels, and the display resolutions range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. When compared to other cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix S3 that we have checked, the display resolution of the Coolpix S3 of only 110,000 pixels is one of the lowest.

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Only Features Three Flash Modes

The Coolpix S3 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of this type and age. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix S3. The flash modes "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Nikon digital camera.

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Only Has One Photo Effect

The number of photo effects found on the Nikon Coolpix S3 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most commonly found photo effect is Black&White, but this photo effect is not found on this camera. The photo effects Neutral are also found on this Nikon digital camera.

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Only 190 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Nikon Coolpix S3 is a digital camera that takes 190 shots shots per battery charge.

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Very Small Internal Memory

The average internal memory of digital cameras of this type and age is 330MB, and the internal memory range from 1MB to 8.2GB. With an internal memory of only 12 megabytes, the Coolpix S3 has a fairly small internal memory compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Coolpix S3 has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Coolpix S3 maximum video resolutions range from 320 x 240 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix S3

Average Digital Zoom

The Coolpix S3 has a fairly standard digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix S3.

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Released Over Eleven Years Ago

This Nikon camera was released over eleven years ago.

Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
ISO Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Recording
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Format
Voice Recording
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
I/O Port
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
System Requirements
Mac Compatible
Minimum RAM Requirement
Minimum Hard Disk Space Requirement
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Other Features
Video Recording
Built-In Flash
Metering
USB 2.0 Port
Interface
Dimension
Data Compression
Operating System
Focal Length
Aperture Range
Frame
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Camera CCD Sensor
Minimum System Requirement
Lens System
Power Source
Digital SLR

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