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Nikon Coolpix S32
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Nikon Coolpix S32 Digital Camera

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13.2MP 3x Feb 2014
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Digitalkamera Nikon Coolpix S32 ausgepackt und getestet (Unboxing / Test) 06.06.2014

24 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The reviewer at PhotographyBlog.com endorse this camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

Average Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this Nikon digital camera is 71 out of 100 based on eight expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Techradar and Digital Versus.

Excellent Owner Reviews

On average, based on 9 owner reviews this camera has an excellent overall owner rating.

Robust

Several customers considered that it was good at resisting water ingress. Matthew Green wrote in his Nikon Coolpix S32 review “Brilliant little camera, easy to use and great for taking underwater pictures”. T J Merrick wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Excellent waterproof camera”. Expert website Ephotozine.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “The Nikon Coolpix S32 is an easy to use waterproof camera”.

A few Nikon Coolpix S32 reviewers who reviewed the product said that it was strong and durable. Ephotozine.com wrote on expert review site Ephotozine “Is shockproof to 1.5m, compared to 5m / 1.3m on its predecessor”. Photographyblog.com mentioned on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “The S32 is also shockproof, waterproof and dustproof”. Techradar rated the product 70 out of 100 and said in their review of this digital camera “Shockproof and family friendly”.

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Easy to Use

A number of Nikon Coolpix S32 reviewers who reviewed it reckoned that it was easy to use. T J Merrick wrote on Amazon last year “Simple to use, good results for a camera at this price” in their Nikon Coolpix S32 review and scored it very highly.

Nikon Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

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

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Good Size

Several Nikon Coolpix S32 reviewers who bought this digital camera said that it was compact. Digitalversus.com said in their Nikon Coolpix S32 review on expert review site Digital Versus in November last year “For some reason, Nikon is the only brand that sells a waterproof compact camera specifically targeted towards families”.

One customer who bought it reckoned that it was a good body shape. Techradar mentioned “Fun, simple body”.

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Good Quality Pictures

Several Nikon Coolpix S32 reviewers who reviewed the product thought it had a good image sensor. Ephotozine.com wrote on expert website Ephotozine “This new model now has a 13 megapixel sensor, is waterproof to 10m” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix S32. Digitalversus.com said on expert website Digital Versus “Now the Coolpix S32 is here with a new 13-Megapixel CMOS sensor, Full HD video recording” in their Nikon Coolpix S32 review. Digitalversus.com also said “Nikon stepped things up compared to the previous models by adding a 13 Mpx CMOS sensor and Full HD video”.

A number of Nikon Coolpix S32 owners who bought this digital camera thought it was able to produce good images. R. Caetano mentioned in their Nikon Coolpix S32 review “Good camera for a pool, for sea it needs a lot of light to get good pictures so I cannot recommend it for sea”.

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Good Video Capture

A number of Nikon Coolpix S32 owners who bought the product considered that it was good for video recording.

Good Quality Lens

Several Nikon Coolpix S32 reviewers who bought the product thought it had a good zoom. Ephotozine.com scored it 70 out of 100 and said in their review of this digital camera on Ephotozine two years ago “It remains one of the cheapest waterproof cameras on the market with optical zoom, so it's ideal for family trips to the pool or holidays”. Photographyblog.com said in their review on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “Featuring a fully internal 3x optical zoom and 13 megapixel sensor”.

Nice Design

One Nikon Coolpix S32 owner who reviewed the product reckoned that it was good looking. Photographyblog.com mentioned two years ago “The Nikon Coolpix S32 continues the sleek, good looking waterproof cameras in the S range”.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Nikon Coolpix S32 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Coolpix S32 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Coolpix S32.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabiliser and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], and the Kodak PlaySport[plb_2621744_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Coolpix S32 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Waterproof

The Nikon Coolpix S32 is waterproof, as are most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for more than two years.

We compared this digital camera to all the other waterproof cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Kodak PlaySport[plb_2621744_price] is also worth considering.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available that you might want to look at including the Kodak PlaySport[plb_2621744_price] which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a better sensor type then you might want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] (CCD and higher rated).

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The Nikon Coolpix S32 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector found on waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The Coolpix S32 has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras of this age and type. This digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on digital cameras of this type and age. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent" and "Incandescent" are also found on this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on digital cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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Supports Two ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Coolpix S32 is more than most digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this digital camera. The ISO speeds 125 and 1600 are also supported by this Nikon digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Coolpix S32 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this Nikon camera). A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Coolpix S32.

The worst supported video resolution across comparable types of camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Nikon Coolpix S32 is more than most cameras that were released more than two years ago. This Nikon digital camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix S32. The camera file systems "DCF" and "DPOF" are also supported by this camera.

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Supports One Power Source

The Coolpix S32 has a greater number of power sources than most similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most frequently supported power source supported by digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Coolpix S32.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto focus, which is the most commonly found focus on waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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20 Reasons Against

Poor Support

One customer wrote in their reviews that it did not have good technical guidance. Techradar wrote “Very limited manual control” in their Nikon Coolpix S32 review but they scored it 4 stars.

Unacceptable Noise Level

One customer who bought the Nikon Coolpix S32 reckoned that it was not noisy. Techradar said “Noisy images at IS 400”.

Does Not Support Video Recording

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Coolpix S32, the Nikon Coolpix S32 does not support video recording.

It is worth also looking at other digital cameras which also support video recording including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P7100[plb_1147127_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Coolpix S32 does not have a GPS, although this is within the context that most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix S32 also do not have a GPS.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also have a GPS including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P7100[plb_1147127_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix S32 are not 3D compatible. The Coolpix S32 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth considering include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other cameras of this type and age, the Coolpix S32 does not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a WiFi connectivity and we think the Nikon Coolpix P7100[plb_1147127_price] is also worth considering.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 3 times zoom factor, the Coolpix S32 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix S32. Waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago have optical zooms of between 3x and 10x.

There are a number of alternative 3x optical zoom digital cameras currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix S8200[plb_1656150_price].

If this camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price] (4x), or the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] (5x).

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Quite Small Screen Size

At only 2.7 inches, the Coolpix S32 has a quite small screen size compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. Waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix S32 have screen sizes of between 1.8" and 3.3".

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 2.7" screen digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], or the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price].

If you are looking for a larger screen size then you might want to look at the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] (3").

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

Waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix S32 have digital zooms of between 2x and 20x. The Coolpix S32 has one of the smaller digital zooms (only 4 times zoom factor) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Digital cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth considering include the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price] (7.2x).

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Only Features One Flash Mode

The Coolpix S32 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on waterproof cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Coolpix S32.

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Very Narrow Field of View

Digital cameras of this age and type have field of view of between 96% and 170%. At only 96 percent, the Nikon Coolpix S32 has a quite narrow field of view compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix S32.

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Only 1600 X 1200 Still Image Resolution

The Coolpix S32 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of this age and spec. This digital camera has a 1600 x 1200 still image resolution, whereas most waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. This Nikon digital camera also have a still image resolution of 4160 x 3120 and 2272 x 1704. Waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago still image resolutions range from 480 x 480 (worst) to 4608 x 3456 (best).

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

The Coolpix S32 has a quite low maximum ISO speed (only 1,600) compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age. Digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have maximum ISO speeds of between 200 and 52,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 7,900.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length

With a maximum focal length of only 90 millimeters, the Coolpix S32 has a quite short maximum focal length compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Coolpix S32. The average maximum focal length of similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago is 120mm, and the maximum focal lengths range from 4.7mm to 270mm.

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Only 220 Shots Per Battery Charge

Most digital cameras that have been around for more than two years take between 120 and 1,119 shots per battery charge, including the Coolpix S32 which takes 220 shots per battery charge.

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Very Low Display Resolution

The display resolutions of waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 150,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. At only 230,000 pixels, the Coolpix S32 has a fairly low display resolution compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the Coolpix S32.

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Very Small Internal Memory

The average internal memory of similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix S32 is 86MB. At only 25 megabytes, the Coolpix S32 has a quite small internal memory compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Thick

The depths of cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix S32 range from 1mm to 83mm, and the average depth is 33mm. The Coolpix S32 is one of the thicker comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago (40.4 millimeters) amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Very Big Minimum ISO Speed

Across all the waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix S32 the minimum ISO speed range from 50 to 130, and the average minimum ISO speed is 99. When compared to other waterproof cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Coolpix S32 that we have checked, the Coolpix S32's minimum ISO speed of 125 is one of the biggest.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length

The Coolpix S32 has a very long minimum focal length (30 millimeters) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. Digital cameras of this age and spec have minimum focal lengths of between 4.5mm and 35mm, and the average minimum focal length is 26mm.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix S32

Released Over Two Years Ago

This digital camera was released over two years ago.

SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many cameras of this age and spec. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If you would prefer a camera with a better memory card type then you might also want to consider the Nikon Coolpix S31[plb_1721874_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC).

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Average Maximum Waterproof Depth

At 10 meters, the Coolpix S32 has a relatively average maximum waterproof depth compared to most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix S32.

We compared all the other 10m waterproof digital cameras to this digital camera and we think the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Digital cameras with a higher maximum waterproof depth that might be worth considering include the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price] (14m), or the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] (25m).

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Average Weight

The Coolpix S32 has a relatively average weight (175 grams) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 175g digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price].

Alternative cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Nikon Coolpix S31[plb_1721874_price] (185g).

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Average Megapixel Count

The Coolpix S32 has a relatively typical megapixel count (13.2 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

Other 13.2MP cameras currently available which you might also want to consider include the Nikon Coolpix S8200[plb_1656150_price] which has better reviews.

Digital cameras with a higher megapixel count that might be worth looking at include the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price] (16.79MP).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Maximum Waterproof Depth
International Protection Code
Protection Feature
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Focus
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
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
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Other Features

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Expert Reviews

(12)
24 January 2015

You'll have to accept that its toughness does come at the expense of image quality and zoom range, but you'll be hard-pressed to find a tougher camera for less cash...

Water and shock proof
Easy to use
Full HD video recording
Creative effects
Fun, simple body
Underwhelming image quality
Slippery casing
Very limited manual control
Poor LCD viewing angles
Picture quality when zoomed in
24 January 2015

You'll have to accept that its toughness does come at the expense of image quality and zoom range, but you'll be hard-pressed to find a tougher camera for less cash...

6 January 2015

The Coolpix S32 is a fun camera for the whole family that takes pretty okay pictures. Nikon stepped things up compared to the previous models by adding a 13 Mpx CMOS sensor and Full HD video. A...

13 November 2014

The Nikon Coolpix S32 offers a higher resolution sensor and deeper waterproofing than the S31. It remains one of the cheapest waterproof cameras on the market with optical zoom, so it's ideal for...

5 September 2014

PhotographyBlog.com

The Nikon Coolpix S32 continues the sleek, good looking waterproof cameras in the S range. Featuring a fully internal 3x optical zoom and 13 megapixel sensor, the S32 is also shockproof,... Read more…

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User Reviews

(5)
Reviewed 9 April 2015 by Matthew Green
(Verified Purchase)

Brilliant little camera, easy to use and great for taking underwater pictures.

Reviewed 31 March 2015 by T J Merrick
(Verified Purchase)

Excellent waterproof camera. Simple to use, good results for a camera at this price.

Reviewed 3 January 2015 by Anna
(Verified Purchase)

Item as described. Fast delivery.

Reviewed 26 December 2014 by A. Mcquillan
(Verified Purchase)
Reviewed 26 September 2014 by R. Caetano "Ricardo"
(Verified Purchase)

Good camera for a pool, for sea it needs a lot of light to get good pictures so I cannot recommend it for sea.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers ncs133, s32yellow, nikon 26461, nikon vna852e1
Barcodes 00013803239416, 00018208264605, 00018208264612, 00018208939411, 00018208939459, 00018208939497, 00018208939527, 00018208997435, 00018208997459, 00018208997527, 00018208997534, 00018208997541, 00018208997558, 00616348082044, 00616348082051, 02003032983004, 05054230628478, 05054230628485, 05712505146736, 08033737553459, 08033737553466, 08033737553473, 08033737553480
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