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Nikon Coolpix S30 Digital Camera

10.1MP 3x Aug 2013
Megapixel Count Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
Designed Tough For All To Enjoy Built to resist shock when dropped from heights of up to 80 cm, to resist water up to depths of 3m, and resist dirt, the COOLPIX S30 welcomes hands of all sizes to... More
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19 Reasons For

Robust

Several people who reviewed it thought it was good at resisting water ingress. Expert review site Ephotozine.com wrote “The Nikon Coolpix S30 is a waterproof camera that is easy to use” but despite that they only scored this digital camera 60 out of 100. Photographyblog.com mentioned “It sports full waterproofing to a depth of 3m, is dustproof”. Expert review site Digitalversus.com said “Olympus makes much better waterproof snappers for not much more money” in their review.

Some Nikon Coolpix S30 owners concluded that this digital camera was strong and durable.

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Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Based on 19,074 user and expert reviews, Nikon has good reviews for its cameras. Nikon also has good reviews specifically within its waterproof cameras range compared to other brands.

Good Size

Several people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was compact. Expert review site Photographyblog.com rated it 4 stars and mentioned in their review “The Nikon Coolpix S30 is an all weather digital compact camera geared towards family life”. Expert review site Neocamera.com said “The Nikon Coolpix S30 is compact 10 megapixels point-and-shot digital camera that works underwater down to 3m” in their review.

One Nikon Coolpix S30 reviewer who purchased it wrote that it was a good depth.

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Easy to Use

A few people wrote in their reviews that the product was easy to use.

Good Quality Pictures

One Nikon Coolpix S30 reviewer who reviewed it concluded that it had a good picture resolution.

Nice Design

One customer who reviewed it reckoned that it was good looking. Steves-Digicams.com wrote on expert review site Steve's Digicams four years ago “The Coolpix S30 is a rugged point-n-shoot that offers pretty standard digicams features in a shell that's made to withstand the elements;” in their review of this digital camera.

CCD Sensor Type

The Nikon Coolpix S30 has a CCD sensor type which is better than the MOS sensor type found on most cameras of this age and type. 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.

A CCD sensor type is in fact the best sensor type across all digital cameras of this age and type.

The worst sensor type across similar types of digital camera is MOS.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Coolpix S30 supports video recording, unlike most of the other cameras of this age and spec which do not support video recording.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Coolpix S30 has a built-in flash. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix S30 also have a built-in flash.

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Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix S30, the Coolpix S30 is waterproof.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The Coolpix S30 has a greater number of white balance modes than most waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on cameras of this type and age. The white balance mode "Manual" is also found on this Nikon camera.

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Two Supported Batteries

The Nikon Coolpix S30 is a two supported battery camera. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec only have one supported battery.

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Supports One Image Format

The Coolpix S30 has a greater number of supported image formats than most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The most frequently supported image format is JPG, but this image format is not supported by this digital camera. The image formats JPEG XR are also supported by this Nikon digital camera.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture

Digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Coolpix S30 have maximum apertures of between 2.7 and 38, and the average maximum aperture is 7.2. With a maximum aperture of 5.9, the Coolpix S30 has a fairly small maximum aperture compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The Coolpix S30 has a greater number of camera file systems than most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Nikon camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by cameras that came out more than two years ago. The camera file systems "DCF" and "DPOF" are also supported by this digital camera.

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TFT Display

The Nikon Coolpix S30 has a TFT display which is better than most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. Most digital cameras of this age and spec have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. Across all comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix S30 the worst display is LCD and the best is OLED.

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Supports One Power Source

The number of power sources supported by the Coolpix S30 is more than most similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most frequently supported power source supported by comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto focus, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Quite Small Minimum ISO Speed

Across all the waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the minimum ISO speed range from 50 to 130. With a minimum ISO speed of only 80, the Nikon Coolpix S30 has a fairly small minimum ISO speed compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix S30.

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27 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

Based on twelve expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Ephotozine and Digital Versus the average expert rating of this digital camera is 58 out of 100. Experts don't rate this waterproof camera very highly.

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Coolpix S30 does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix S30 do have an image stabiliser.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Coolpix S30 support Full HD video, however the Coolpix S30 does not support Full HD video.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Coolpix S30 does not have a GPS, although keep in mind that most of the other waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago also do not have a GPS.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Coolpix S30 do not support WiFi connectivity. The Nikon Coolpix S30 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Coolpix S30 are not 3D compatible. The Nikon Coolpix S30 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of waterproof cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Coolpix S30 range from 3x to 10x, and the average optical zoom is 4.6x. The Coolpix S30 has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 3 times zoom factor) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The lowest megapixel count of cameras of this age and type is 5MP, the highest is 23MP, and the average megapixel count is 14MP. With a megapixel count of only 10.1 megapixels, the Coolpix S30 has one of the lower megapixel counts amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Only 1/3"" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Coolpix S30 is 1/3"". That's 22% less optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/2.33"". 4.80 x 3.60mm. The worst optical sensor size of all comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix S30 is 1/4"" and the best is 4/3"".

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Very Low Maximum Waterproof Depth

At only 3 meters, the Coolpix S30 has a fairly low maximum waterproof depth compared to most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix S30. Waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix S30 have maximum waterproof depths of between 3m and 60m.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The screen sizes of waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years range from 1.8" to 3.3". With a screen size of only 2.7 inches, the Coolpix S30 has a quite small screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

Across all the comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix S30 the digital zooms range from 2x to 20x. At only 4 times zoom factor, the Coolpix S30 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix S30.

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Very Short Maximum Battery Life

The Coolpix S30 has a fairly short maximum battery life (only 0.5 hours) compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. Across all the waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix S30 the maximum battery lives range from 0.5h to 680h.

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Quite Few Total Megapixel Count

With a total megapixel count of only 10.34 megapixels, the Coolpix S30 has a quite few total megapixel count compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix S30. The least total megapixel count of cameras that were released more than two years ago is 5MP, the most is 24MP, and the average total megapixel count is 15MP.

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Very Small Combined Zoom

Comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years have combined zoom of between 10x and 36x. With a combined zoom of only 12 times zoom factor, the Coolpix S30 has one of the smaller combined zoom amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Only Features One Flash Mode

The Nikon Coolpix S30 has a greater number of flash modes than most waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago. This Nikon digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on cameras of this type and age.

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Only 1600 X 1200 Still Image Resolution

The Coolpix S30 has a 1600 x 1200 still image resolution which is higher than most waterproof cameras that have been available for more than two years. Most waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. This camera also have a still image resolution of 3648 x 2736 and 2272 x 1704. Across all waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix S30 the still image resolution ranges from 480 x 480 (worst) to 4608 x 3456 (best).

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Only Has Two Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the Coolpix S30 is more than most waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Nikon camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode found on similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix S30. The shooting mode "Manual" is also found on this Nikon digital camera.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length

At only 87.3 millimeters, the Coolpix S30 has a quite short maximum focal length compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Coolpix S30. The maximum focal lengths of similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Coolpix S30 range from 4.7mm to 270mm.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

Across all the cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix S30 the maximum ISO speeds range from 200 to 52,000. At only 1,600, the Coolpix S30 has a quite low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix S30.

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Very Small Frame Rate

With a frame rate of only 1.5 frames per second, the Nikon Coolpix S30 has a quite small frame rate compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the Coolpix S30. The frame rates of digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 1.5fps to 60fps.

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Only 3648 X 2736 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Coolpix S30 has a higher image resolution than most digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera has a 3648 x 2736 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it have a 5184 x 3888 pixels maximum image resolution. The worst image resolution of all similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix S30 is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 8256 x 6192 pixels.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Coolpix S30 has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. That's 85% less video resolution than the most common maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the worst video resolution amongst all cameras of this age and type.

The best video resolution amongst similar types of camera is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Very Low Display Resolution

The display resolutions of digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix S30 range from 150,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 530,000 pixels. With a display resolution of only 230,000 pixels, the Coolpix S30 has a fairly low display resolution compared to most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix S30.

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Only Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the Coolpix S30 is more than most cameras of this spec and age. The most commonly supported audio format is PCM, but this audio format is not supported by this camera. The audio formats WAV are also supported by this Nikon digital camera.

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Thick

The depths of digital cameras of this age and spec range from 1mm to 83mm, and the average depth is 33mm. With a depth of 39.4 millimeters, the Coolpix S30 is one of the thicker waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix S30 amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length

At 29.1 millimeters, the Coolpix S30 has a fairly long minimum focal length compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age. Comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Coolpix S30 have minimum focal lengths of between 4.5mm and 35mm.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix S30

Released Over Three Years Ago

This waterproof camera has been on the market for over three years.

SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago. 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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Average Weight

With a weight of 214 grams, the Coolpix S30 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Maximum Waterproof Depth
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Super Macro Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Second Display
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Camera
3D Compatible
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Display Language
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Maximum Battery Life
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Certificates
Energy Star Certified
Other Features
Weight
Interface
Focal Length
Aperture Range
USB 3.0 Port
Effective Sensor Resolution
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Lens System
Digital SLR
Frame Rate

Expert Reviews

(18)
28 December 2012

The Nikon Coolpix S30 is an all weather digital compact camera geared towards family life and holidays. It sports full waterproofing to a depth of 3m, is dustproof and shockproof. Easy buttons... Read more…

12 July 2012

Nikon's second entry into the "Lifeproof" world, the Coolpix S30 is a rugged point-n-shoot that offers pretty standard digicams features in a shell that's made to withstand the elements; and then...

15 May 2012

With this camera, the glass is either half empty or half full depending on how you look at it. On the one hand, the Nikon S30 isn't a very good camera, and Olympus makes much better waterproof...

24 April 2012

The rugged Nikon Coolpix S30 is a simple, inexpensive point-and-shoot to keep poolside, and doesn't try to be anything more...

12 April 2012

The Nikon Coolpix S30 is a waterproof camera that is easy to use and designed to survive being dropped and generally treated in a less than ideal way. This makes it ideal for families or those...

10 April 2012

The rugged Nikon Coolpix S30 is a simple, inexpensive point-and-shoot to keep poolside, and doesn't try to be anything more...

1 February 2012

The Nikon Coolpix S30 is compact 10 megapixels point-and-shot digital camera that works underwater down to 3m and can survive accidental drops up to 1m. Its simple and minimal feature make it one... Read more…

16 July 2012

Le Nikon S30 est un petit appareil sous la barre des 100 euros, destinés aux enfants. Il est petit, étanche et robuste, mais ce n?est pas sans faire quelques compromis photographiques. Est-ce... Read more…

C'est l'histoire du verre à moitié plein ou à moitié vide. Le Nikon S30 n'est pas un très bon appareil photo, et Olympus fait beaucoup mieux et tout aussi étanche pour quelques dizaines...

10 May 2012

Het motto bij het ontwerpen van de S30 moet wel Keep It Simple geweest zijn. Het is een verfrissende breuk met de doorsnee compactcamera, die voor sommige gebruikers veel te ingewikkeld... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon 26317
Barcodes 00018208263172, 00018208263189, 00018208263196, 00018208926466, 00018208926480, 00018208926527, 00018208926565, 00182089264662, 00182089264808, 00799475052552, 02724270127387, 03610170844891, 05711045280177, 05711045282546, 08033737551455, 08033737551462, 08033737551882, 08033737551899, 08033737552575, 08033737552582, 08033737552599, 08033737552605
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