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Nikon Coolpix S30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 217 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the performance and portability. The water proof and usability also get good comments. Some have doubts about the responsiveness and screen, while the memory and color get mixed opinions.

value for money, usability, water proof, portability, performance

image quality, battery, flash, screen, responsiveness

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 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 217 reviews)

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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

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Like a tank


So far everyone wants my camera i have to hide it. I even bought a flotation strap so that it does not sink to the bottom in Elliott Key, FL and it takes pretty decent micro images of my flower garden at home too. I love it!!!About me... Semi-pro...

I can go under water without a worry and it take amazing micro images

The flash goes little crazy sometimes making the pictures get an orange hue but it happens mostly in bad lighting

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Good item


This is my first water proof camera and I'm so happy with it , is in general a very acceptable item : good price,easy to handle,great presentation,good resolution.About me... Parent with kids, Love capturing special occasions

Good price

No complain


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Great camera for ocean vacation


Bought this camera for cruise/beach vacation. It saw a lot of in the water use and was dropped often by the kids. But it survived and gave us a lot of action/underwater views we would never have gotten before. Pics are average quality. Only dislike is...

Underwater use and durable

Picture delay

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Nice camera


Enjoy using it. I like it and would highly recommend it to someone looking for a cheap camera.

Easy to use

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It served its purpose


I bought this camera for my 10 year wedding anniversary trip to the Bahamas. I wanted a camera that was waterproof and fairly cheap. I found this one and it served its purpose. I wasn't expecting a great camera since it was fairly cheap and was only 10...

Can take underwater pictures

Clarity of the pictures

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Very reliable, and easy to use.


This camera is a great camera for the value. It is much better than disposable, or cheap underwater digitals.About me... Parent with kids, casual user

Picture quality, and ease of transition from point and shoot to underwater

Display underwater

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Great camera for rough trips


I bougth this camera to take pictures of the Tough Mudder. For those who doesn't know what that is, it is a 12 miles race across mud. I fell, I swam on a muddy lake, I crawled through the mud... and the camera kept working. It did a great job and the...

Very sturdy. You can drop it or swim with it

The picture could be better

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Great little underwater camera!


We have a much more expensive "regular" camera that is a delight to use, and bought this one strictly for its underwater features. Took it to the Caribbean for snorkeling, and it was just perfect! Easy to use underwater, and takes good photos. I plan...

Problems uploading pictures to computer using cable supplied, but took chip out and put in computer instead-worked fine

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Great simple underwater camera


We bought this camera to document some damage to our pool, but it is also a great simple camera to take fun shots underwater.About me... casual user

Ease of use

Drying after use