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Nikon COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB
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Nikon COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB Digital Camera

14MP 5x CCD Jun 2011
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
Slim and stylish fun and cool! The new COOLPIX S3100 is the easy way to share your life and stay connected. It's lightweight, colorful and fits easily in your hand or pocket. Can A Camera Be Your... More
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Expert Reviews Are Good

Expert review website Photo Answers.co.uk scored this compact camera digital camera 80 out of 100. This puts this Nikon camera in the bottom 81% of all the cameras that have been available for more than two years when ranked by average expert review score.

Nice Design

Several customers agreed that this digital camera was good looking. Photo Answers.co.uk wrote “Stylish, colourful front face” in their review. Photo Answers.co.uk also wrote “Stylish metal build”.

One Nikon COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB owner said that the product was smooth. Photoanswers.co.uk gave this digital camera a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review of the Nikon COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB on expert website Photo Answers.co.uk “The Nikon Coolpix S3100 comes in a range of seven colours (silver, black, purple, red, pink, yellow & blue), is styled with smooth curves”.

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Good Quality Pictures

Five Nikon COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB owners who bought it reckoned that it was able to produce good images. Photo Answers.co.uk said “Picture could be sharper, no optical zoom, no stereo sound” in their review of the Nikon COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB.

One person who purchased it wrote that it had a good ISO range.

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Easy to Use

Some customers who bought it agreed that it was easy to use. Photo Answers.co.uk said “Easy to use pointandshoot”. Photo Answers.co.uk also wrote “Handy 5x optical zoom”.

One Nikon COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to use the menus. Photo Answers.co.uk wrote in their review of this digital camera five years ago “Lens just about acceptable at wideangle settings and really not great at telephoto” and scored it 80 out of 100.

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Good Size

Several people who bought it wrote that it was thin. Photo Answers.co.uk gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote five years ago “Stylish, slim and pocketsized”. Photo Answers.co.uk also said “Slim and light.”. Photo Answers.co.uk also mentioned “Affordable, stylish and slim, various colours”.

One Nikon COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB reviewer who purchased the product thought it was compact. Photo Answers.co.uk mentioned “The days of having to spend hundreds of pounds on a compact camera seem to have passed” and gave the Nikon COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB a rating of 4 stars.

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Good Brand

We checked 15,565 owner and expert reviews for Nikon digital cameras and found that on average Nikon has good ratings. We also found that Nikon has good ratings specifically within its compact cameras range.

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Good Quality Lens

Some people who bought the product agreed that it had a good zoom. Photo Answers.co.uk wrote “Good zoom lens” in their review. One Nikon COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB reviewer concluded that the product had a good lens.

Good Product Quality

Four Nikon COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB reviewers wrote in their reviews that the product was good quality. Photo Answers.co.uk gave the product a score of 4 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “Image quality is decent from the Nikon Coolpix 3100.”. Photo Answers.co.uk also wrote “Picture quality could be better, especially in video mode”. Photo Answers.co.uk also said “Picture quality better than expected”.

Good Technical Features

One Nikon COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB reviewer who reviewed the product thought it had good features. Photo Answers.co.uk mentioned in their review “With an impressive features spec at this price” .

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer who purchased the Nikon COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB concluded that it had a good screen. Photo Answers.co.uk scored the Nikon COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB 4 stars and wrote “Picture quality not quite up to standard, poor LCD screen”.

Good Video Capture

One Nikon COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB reviewer wrote in their reviews that it was good for video recording.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Nikon COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB owner who bought the product concluded that it was noisy. Photo Answers.co.uk rated this digital camera 80 out of 100 and mentioned “Noise control 800 ISO best avoided”.

Robust

One Nikon COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB owner wrote in their reviews that it was well made.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many cameras that have been around for 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.

We compared all the other digital cameras that have a CCD sensor to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Samsung SAMSUNG WB150F[plb_1682907_price] is also worth considering.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, 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.

We compared all the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory to this digital camera and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], and the Panasonic DMC-TZ35[plb_1974789_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB supports video capability, which is unusual. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB do not support video capability.

It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras which support video capability currently available including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], or the Nikon Coolpix 8800[plb_1640989_price].

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with an image stabilizer and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], and the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price] is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB, the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB has a built-in flash.

Alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to look at include the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price] which has better reviews.

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Has One Image Editing

The COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB has a greater number of image editing modes than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. The most commonly found image editing is Resizing, but this image editing is not found on this Nikon digital camera. The image editings Crop are also found on this camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This digital camera has an Electronic|Mechanical camera shutter type, which is the most commonly found camera shutter type on compact cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Very Light

The lightest compact camera digital camera that was released more than two years ago is 0.097kg heavy and the heaviest is 180kg. With a weight of only 0.118 kilograms, the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB is one of the lighter cameras that are a comparable age to the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Has Two White Balances

The Nikon COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB has a greater number of white balance modes than most compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB. The white balance "Manual" is also found on this Nikon camera.

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Has One Photo Effects

The COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB has a greater number of photo effects than most compact cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on digital cameras of this type and age.

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4320 X 3240 Still Image Resolution(s)

The COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of this spec and age. This Nikon digital camera has a 4320 x 3240 still image resolution(s), whereas most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This camera also have still image resolution(s)s of 1024 x 768, 2048 x 1536, 2592 x 1944 and 3264 x 2448 and 4224 x 2376. The still image resolution of all cameras of this age and type ranges from 640 x 360 to 5152 x 3864.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). Compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB video resolutionss range from 320 x 240 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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Features Three Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB is more than most compact cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera features a Face detection auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB. The auto focusing (AF) modess "Centre weighted Auto Focus" and "Single Auto Focus" are also featured on this Nikon camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on cameras of this age and spec.

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Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The number of audio formats supported by the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB is more than most cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera supports a WAV audio formats supported, which is the most commonly supported audio formats supported supported by cameras of a comparable age and spec to the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB.

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12 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB does not support Full HD video, although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also do not support Full HD video.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video which you might want to consider including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price], or the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price].

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other compact cameras that came out more than two years ago, the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB does not support wi-Fi.

Alternative digital cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might also want to consider include the Fujifilm FinePix Z1000EXR[plb_394895_price], the Sony DSC-QX10[plb_2136113_price], or the Samsung SAMSUNG WB150F[plb_1682907_price].

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Not 3D

The COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB is not 3D. Most of the other cameras of this type and age are also not 3D.

Cameras which are 3D that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60[plb_2384424_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB, the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB does not have a GPS (satellite).

It is worth considering alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Panasonic DMC-FT4[plb_1353102_price].

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Not Waterproof

The COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB are also not waterproof.

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Only Features One Flash Modes

The COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on compact cameras that came out around the same time as the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB has a greater number of camera file systems than most cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This Nikon camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by compact cameras that were released more than two years ago. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0" and "DPOF 1.1" are also supported by this camera.

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Only Has One Shooting Modes

The Nikon COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB has a greater number of shooting modes than most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This Nikon camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most frequently found shooting modes found on comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Only Supports Six ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Nikon COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB is more than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivitys 80, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 and Auto are also supported by this Nikon digital camera.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the Nikon COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB is more than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This Nikon digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Quite Slow Camera Shutter Interval

The average camera shutter interval of compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB is 4.3s. At 4 seconds, the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB has a fairly slow camera shutter interval compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB.

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Fairly Large Closest Focusing Distance

At 0.1 meters, the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB has a fairly large closest focusing distance compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB. Across all the compact cameras that are a comparable age to the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 0.2m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.039m.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Nikon COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when this camera was released.

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB has a pretty average digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

Alternative 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price], or the Nikon P500[plb_1066460_price].

If this compact camera digital camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the SAMSUNG WB150F[pl_1682907_price] (5x), or the SAMSUNG ST96[pl_1338363_price] (5x) both from Samsung or the Canon 500[plb_1539093_price] (4.1x) which is also higher rated.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many compact cameras that have been available for more than two years. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 5 times zoom factor, the Nikon COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB has a fairly standard optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We compared all the other 5x optical zoom cameras to this digital camera and we think the Fujifilm FinePix Z1000EXR[plb_394895_price], and the Casio Exilim EX-ZS5[plb_406570_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Sony DSC-W810[plb_2109582_price] (6x), or the Nikon 3300[plb_1378452_price] (6x).

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 14 megapixels, the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB has a fairly standard megapixel compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB.

If this camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might also want to consider the Canon PowerShot A3200 IS[plb_1463972_price] (14.1MP), or the Panasonic DMC-XS3[plb_2003627_price] (14.1MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 2.7 inches, the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB has a fairly typical display diagonal compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 2.7" screen digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Casio Exilim EX-ZS5[plb_406570_price], or the Canon SX240 HS[plb_410378_price].

If you would prefer a larger display diagonal then you might also want to consider the Fujifilm FinePix x100 Classic Kit[plb_1609683_price] (2.8"), the Canon PowerShot N[plb_1478196_price] (2.8"), or the Nikon P500[plb_1066460_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

The COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB has a fairly standard weight (118 grams) compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the COOLPIX S3100 + 4GB.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Manual Focusing Range (wide)
Manual Focusing Range (tele)
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Interval
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
AV Output
DC-In Jack
Connection to PC
Camera
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Image Editing
Camera File System
Tripod Mountable
Camera Playback
Built-In Processor
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (max)
Battery Capacity
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Weight
Interface
Compatible Operating Systems
Audio Recorder
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Aperture Range (F-F)
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Ports Quantity
On/off Switch
Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Focusing Range
Power Supply Type
Digital SLR

Expert Reviews

(1)
22 March 2012

The Nikon Coolpix S3100 comes in a range of seven colours (silver, black, purple, red, pink, yellow & blue), is styled with smooth curves and a sleek profile, and weighs in at 118g...

Stylish, slim and pocketsized
Easy to use pointandshoot
The zooming power caters to fine detailing, something which a photographer always wants
Movie mode gives versatility from stills to moving shots
Easy to take and carry motility makes it convenient
Closest focus 10cm in macro
LCD has limited viewing angle, limited control for enthusiasts
Prices one could sulk that other similar product offers a cost cut while Nikon COOLPIX 3100 is a little pricy
Yes, low screen resolution could be a cause for cribbing for advance users
Apart from the above small glitches here and there could occur

User Reviews

(3)
Reviewed 14 November 2011 by Amazon Customer

We are sometimes conned into thinking we have to spend a small fortune to buy a camera that will take decent images. Wrong! Here is an inexpensive, small (but sturdy) pocket camera by Nikon which... Read more…

Reviewed 20 November 2011 by Krunchie
(Verified Purchase)

Excellent neat camera with lots of usefull functions to create the perfect picture, video etc. Given as a gift where by it was appreciated very much by the owner and informed that it is used... Read more…

Reviewed 11 December 2011 by Vilma

I puchased this small red camera because my other one was too big and this one slips easily into a pocket or handbag..it's a great little camera, easy to use and best of all, for me anyway, it... Read more…

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon s3100, nikon s3100b, nikon s3100p, nikon s3100bl, nikon s3100pi, nikon s3100pin, nikon s3100blu, nikon s3100blue, nikon s3100pink
Barcodes 00018208130351, 00018208130399, 00018208262632, 00018208262649, 00018208262670, 00018208262687, 00018208856350, 00018208921386, 00018208921393, 00018208921478, 00182089213868, 00182089214780, 03610170014690, 03610170533955, 03610170770473, 03610170780533, 08431016431243, 08431016431649
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