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Nikon S30 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 10.1MP 3x CCD Aug 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
Reasonably priced
Easy to use
Expert reviews are poor
18 Reviews

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Reviews

Good Brand

Based on 25,534 expert and owner reviews (including 130 verified purchases), Nikon has good ratings for its digital cameras. Nikon also has good ratings specifically for its waterproof cameras compared to other manufacturers. 90% of those that bought a Nikon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Expert Reviews Are Poor

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


Design

Easy to Use

Two customers reckoned that it was easy to use.

Nice Design

One owner mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good looking. One person reckoned that the product was rough.

Robust

Four customers wrote in their reviews that it was good at resisting water ingress. Expert review site Digitalversus.com mentioned “Olympus makes much better waterproof snappers for not much more money” and rated the product 7 stars. Photographyblog.com mentioned “It sports full waterproofing to a depth of 3m, is dustproof”. Ephotozine.com gave the product a score of 4 stars and wrote on expert review site Ephotozine “The Nikon Coolpix S30 is a waterproof camera that is easy to use”.

Three owners reckoned that it was strong and durable. Steves-Digicams.com mentioned in their Nikon S30 review on expert review site Steve's Digicams “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;”. Five years ago Neocamera.com wrote “Its simple and minimal feature make it one of the most affordable rugged digital cameras on the market”. Cnet.com said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site CNET.com “The rugged Nikon Coolpix S30 is a simple, inexpensive point-and-shoot to keep poolside”.

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Waterproof

The Nikon S30 is waterproof. Most of the other cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera also are waterproof.

We compared this digital camera to all the other waterproof digital cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Olympus TG-620, the Coleman C5WP ($76.09), and the Polaroid IE090 is also worth considering.

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Very Low Waterproof Up to

The lowest waterproof up to of digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera is 3m, the highest is 60m, and the average waterproof up to is 11m. The Nikon S30 has a fairly low waterproof up to (only 3 meters) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago.

If you would prefer a higher waterproof up to then you might also want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 (8m), the Coleman C5WP ($76.09) (10m), or the Fujifilm FinePix XP70 ($171.49) (10m) which also has a higher rating.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Two owners wrote in their reviews that it was compact. 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 Nikon S30 review. Photographyblog.com mentioned on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “The Nikon Coolpix S30 is an all weather digital compact camera geared towards family life”.

Average Weight

With a weight of 214 grams, the Nikon S30 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Good Quality Pictures

One person said that it had a good picture resolution.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Nikon S30 supports video recording. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also support video recording.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon S30 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Olympus TG-620, the Pentax WG-3, or the Polaroid IE090 which has better reviews.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Nikon S30 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Features Connection to PC

The Nikon S30 features connection to PC, as do most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

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Camera

Has a Tripod Mountable

The Nikon S30 has a tripod mountable, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this camera.

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Packaging Content

Has a Hand Strap

The Nikon S30 has a hand strap. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also have a hand strap.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Nikon S30 has a batteries included, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Nikon S30 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Light Exposure

Supports Two ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Nikon S30 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivities 80 and 1600 are also supported by this digital camera.

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Picture Quality

3648 X 2736 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon S30 has a 3648 x 2736 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most waterproof cameras that have been available for more than two years. Most waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Nikon digital camera have a still image resolution(s) of 1600 x 1200 and 2272 x 1704. Across all waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera the best still image resolution is 4608 x 3456 and the worst is 640 x 480.

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Only 1/3"" Optical Sensor Size

The Nikon S30 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/3"". That's 43% less optical sensor size than a 1/1.7"" digital camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. 4.80 x 3.60mm.

This camera's optical sensor size (1/3"") is in fact the worst optical sensor size amongst all cameras that came out more than two years ago.

A 4/3"" optical sensor size is the best optical sensor size across similar types of camera.

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Only 3648 X 2736 Pixels Image Resolution

The Nikon S30 has a higher image resolution than most digital cameras of this type and age. This Nikon camera has a 3648 x 2736 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it have a 3264 x 2448 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera the image resolution ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 8256 x 6192 pixels (best).

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Lens System

Very Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera is 4.5mm and the longest is 35mm. The Nikon S30 has a quite short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 12.3 millimeters) compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

The Nikon S30 has a fairly small optical zoom (only 3 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera. Waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago have optical zooms of between 1x and 7.1x, and the average optical zoom is 4x.

If you are looking for a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Pentax WG-3 (4x), the Ricoh WG-4 ($275) (4x), or the Olympus Stylus TG-3 (4x) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras of this type and age is 4mm and the longest is 200mm. When compared to other digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera, the Nikon S30's maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 4.1 millimeters is one of the shortest.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Nikon S30 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

We compared all the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras to this camera and we think the Olympus TG-620, the Nikon AW130, and the Canon PowerShot D20 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Digital cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth looking at include the IF045 ($44.64) (5x), or the IS525 (5x) both from Polaroid or the Ricoh WG-20 ($399.98) (6.7x) which is also higher rated.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was April 2017 when this Nikon digital camera was released.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

The Nikon S30 has a pretty typical display diagonal (2.7 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 2.7" screen cameras currently available including the XP50, the XP170, or the XP150 all from Fujifilm which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a larger display diagonal then you might also want to look at the Panasonic DMC-FT5 ($309.95) (3"), the Pentax WG-3 (3"), or the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon 25x37x
Barcodes 00018208263172, 00018208263189, 00018208263196, 00018208276318, 00018208926466, 00018208926480, 00018208926527, 00018208926565, 00182089264662, 00182089264808, 00799475052552, 02724270127387, 03610170844891, 05711045280177, 05711045282546, 06937697089459, 08033737551455, 08033737551462, 08033737551882, 08033737551899, 08033737552575, 08033737552582, 08033737552599, 08033737552605

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