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Nikon Coolpix S30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 645 reviews of Nikon Coolpix S30. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and portability. The performance and price are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the low light performance and reliability. The shutter and sensor get mixed opinions.

usability, price, performance, portability, design

battery, reliability, low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix S30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Nikon Coolpix S30

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 67 user reviews of Nikon Coolpix S30 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the portability and durability. The image quality and price also get good feedback, whereas there are mixed reviews on the reliability and performance.

usability, price, image quality, durability, portability

76% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nikon COOLPIX S30 Waterproof Compact Digital Camera - Blue (10.1MP, 3x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCDNikon COOLPIX S30 Waterproof Compact Digital Camera - Blue (10.1MP, 3x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Nikon Coolpix S30

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 270 user reviews of Nikon Coolpix S30 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the low light performance and color. Views about the shutter and performance are mixed.

usability, price, portability, design, size

image quality, battery, reliability, color, low-light

58% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nikon COOLPIX S30 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 3x Zoom Nikkor Glass Lens and 2.7-inch LCD (White)Nikon COOLPIX S30 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 3x Zoom Nikkor Glass Lens and 2.7-inch LCD (White)

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

Nikon Coolpix S30 - digital camera review: Nikon Coolpix S30 - digital camera

 

Nikon Coolpix S30 - digital camera

With big buttons, an easy-to-understand interface, and limited shooting options, the ; is a family-friendly waterproof and shockproof point-and-shoot.

The S30 is not a camera you want to use indoors or in low-light conditions.

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

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : William Chambers (steves-digicams.com)

Nikon Coolpix S30 Review

 

High levels of noise No options for ISO, etc.

Rugged, Lifeproof shell ; Captures decent 10-megapixel snap shots ; Records average 720p HD video ; Performs well underwater, so long as the water is clear or your subject is close ; No difficult settings to worry about with Point and Shoot mode ; Runs...

Interface is confusing and poorly designed ; Very slow shooting performance ; High levels of noise ; No options for ISO, etc ; 3x zoom is limiting ; No HDMI out

While the Nikon S30 definitely has its pitfalls, the camera can capture decent shots, and at $119.95 USD or less, it's the most affordable lifeproof camera on the market (as of 7/2012). Read more in our

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Matt Grayson (photographyblog.com)

Nikon Coolpix S30 Review

 

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 make it accessible for all the family and creative filters...

While the Nikon DSLRs appear to be getting more and more advanced, it seems that the compact camera market is being dumbed down somewhat. Initially, the Nikon Coolpix S30's menu seems to be a nightmare because it's so different to what anyone is...

Dec, 2012

Expert review by : neocamera.com (neocamera.com)

Nikon Coolpix S30

 

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 of the most affordable rugged digital cameras on the...

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Nikon Coolpix S30 pictures and hands-on - Pocket-lint

 

With the Nikon Coolpix S30, Nikon have stepped into a new category of camera, and it's all about family. This is a camera you can put into the hands of

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.co.uk)

Nikon Coolpix S30 - digital camera review

 

If you're looking for a good, inexpensive point-and-shoot to take to the beach or for a dip in the pool, the Nikon Coolpix S30 is it. Nikon stripped down the shooting options and the interface to make the camera simple for the whole family to use.

With big buttons, an easy-to-understand interface, and limited shooting options, the Nikon Coolpix S30 is a family-friendly waterproof and shockproof point-and-shoot.

The S30 is not a camera you want to use indoors or in low-light conditions.

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

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : Digit Digital Cameras (digit.in)

Nikon Coolpix S30

 

Nikon Coolpix S30

May, 2014

Expert review by (ephotozine.com)

Nikon Coolpix S30 Compact Camera Review

 

We review the latest waterproof from Nikon, the Coolpix S30, designed to be easy to use and available for �99 Nikon say it's the ideal family camera.

Waterproof, Shockproof, Family Friendly; Good value for money; Good macro performance; Good colour; Easy to use

High noise above ISO100

Apr, 2012

Consumer review (cnet.com)

"This camera is junk."

 

I was told by my boss to buy this camera since it was on sale. I have to use it daily, I hope it was on sale because it is being discontinued. Very dissapointed for a Nikon product.

It was $79.

The connection for the cable is under the same the doot as the batteries. The batteries have a seprate door that will not remain closed when the main door is opened.

Sep, 2013

Consumer review (cnet.com)

First time in water crapped out!!

 

I bought this camera just before leaving on a trip to Belize. Took about a dozens pics on dry land before reaching the ocean. The first time in the water the camera leaked and ruined the memory card, lost all the pictures and the camera is garbage....

There is no pros camera leaked and died first time in the water.

They charge money for this piece of crap

Jun, 2013

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:WAV
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Voice recording: Yes

Battery

Battery level indicator: Yes
Battery life (CIPA standard):240
Battery life (max):0.5
Battery Technology:Alkaline
Battery Type:AA / AA (Alkaline, NiMH, Oxyride or Lithium)
Number of batteries supported:2
Power source type:AC, Battery, USB / Battery

Camera

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.3 / DCF, DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.1 / DCF, DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.3 / DCF, DPOF, Exif 2.3
Camera playback:Movie, Single image / Movie, Single image, Slide show / Movie, Single image, Slide show, Thumbnails
Image editing:Crop, Resizing / Crop, Resizing, Rotating
Languages support:ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR, UKR
Multi-shot: Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, INC, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR, UKR / ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR, UKR
Scene modes:Close-up (macro), Cuisine, Fireworks, Underwater / Close-up (macro), Fireworks / Close-up (macro), Fireworks, Underwater
Self-timer:10
Self-timer delay:10
Shooting modes:Auto / Auto, Manual / Auto, Movie, Scene / Scene
Tripod mountable: Yes
Tripod mounting supported:Y
White Balance:Auto / Auto, Manual / Auto, Underwater

Certificates

Energy Star certified: No

Design

Color of product:Black / Blue / Pink / Silver / White
Energy Star certified:N
Waterproof:Y / Yes
Waterproof up to:118.1

Display

Display:LCD / TFT
Display Diagonal:2.7
Display resolution (numeric):230000
Field of view:98
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Flash

Flash modes:Auto / Auto, Flash off, Flash on
Flash range (tele):19.7 - 78.7
Flash range (wide):11.8 - 137.8

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Centre weighted Auto Focus, Face detection / Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance:1.97
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto
Macro focusing range (tele):0.5 - ∞
Macro focusing range (wide):0.05 - ∞ / 0.3 - ∞
Normal focusing range:0.3 - 0.5 / 0.3 - ∞ / 0.3 - ∞/0.5 - ∞
Normal focusing range (tele):0.5 - ∞
Normal focusing range (wide):0.3 - ∞
Super Macro focusing range:0.05 - ∞

Lens System

Combined zoom:12
Digital Zoom:4
Focal length range (f-f):0.13 - 0.232 / 0.161 - 0.484
Lens structure:6/5
Lens structure (elements/groups):6/5
Lens Type:Standard zoom
Maximum aperture number:5.9
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):0.161 / 13.7 / 3.44
Minimum aperture number:3.3
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):0.484 / 1.14 / 1.15 / 5.31
Optical Zoom:3

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 / 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, Auto / 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, Auto / 80, 1600 / 80, 1600, Auto / 80, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, Auto / Auto
ISO sensitivity (max):1600
ISO sensitivity (min):80
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Auto / Auto, Manual
Light metering:Centre-weighted / Centre-weighted, Evaluative (Multi-pattern) / Centre-weighted, Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Internal memory:47
Memory slots:1

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 85
Operating relative humidity range:0 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.14 - 3.44
Aperture range (F-F):3.3 - 5.9
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera effective resolution:10100000
Camera shutter speed:1 - 1/1000
Digital SLR: No
Effective sensor resolution:10100000
Face detection: Yes
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.14 - 3.44
Frame rate:1.5
Interface:USB / USB 2.0
Lens system:NIKKOR
On/Off switch: Yes
Shock proof: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes
Waterproof: Yes
Weight:0.472

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:USB
Hand strap: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera
Image formats supported:JPEG XR / JPG
Image Sensor Size:1/2.3 / 1/3
Image Stabilizer:No / Yes
Maximum image resolution:3648 x 2736
Megapixel:10.1
Sensor Type:CCD
Still image resolution(s):1600 x 1200,2272 x 1704,3648 x 2736 / 3648 x 2736, 2272 x 1704, 1600 x 1200
Total megapixels:10.34 / 10.44

Ports & interfaces

AV output: Yes
HDMI: No
USB version:2.0

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic, Mechanical / Mechanical
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/2000
Slowest camera shutter speed:4

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
HD type:HD / Not supported
Maximum video resolution:1280 x 720 / 640 x 480
Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Resolution at capture speed:1280x720@28fps, 640x480@30fps
Video compression format:AVI / AVI, M-JPEG
Video formats supported:AVI / AVI,M-JPEG
Video Frame Rate:30
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:640 x 480 / 640 x 480,1280 x 720

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.55
Height:2.55
Weight:7.55
Weight (including battery):7.55
Width:4.02