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Nikon Coolpix S3000

alaTest has collected and analyzed 575 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the design and image quality. The value for money and usability are also appreciated, whereas many are critical about the energy efficiency and memory. Reviews about the storage and reliability are mixed.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix S3000 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix S3000 (Green)


Editors' note: Many of the design, features, and shooting options are identical between the Nikon Coolpix S3000 and the Coolpix S4000 we reviewed earlier, so readers of the earlier review may experience some déjà vu when reading the same sections below.

Very small, lightweight; easy to operate; inexpensive.

Inconsistent autofocus; poor low-light photos.

The Nikon Coolpix S3000 is an attractive inexpensive ultracompact that's a step above your average camera phone.

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Nikon Coolpix S3000 review


Not everyone's a camera geek. Unless you're cavorting around with a DSLR, most people simply want a camera that can take decent photos (translation: it doesn't look like it came from a cellphone) without bulking up their bags or purses.

Fast, slim and light ; Very reasonably priced ; Mom-friendly

Only the basics – photo geeks should look elsewhere ; Nothing particularly compelling vs the competition ; Image quality suffers in the high ISO range

In the end, I’d say that the Coolpix S3000 is an excellent all-arounder. If you want a camera that you can keep in your bag 24/7 and which you can whip out in a flash, without it looking like a cheap plastic contraption, then this is a terrific choice....

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Coolpix S3000


For many years now, the trend on this website has been to review the more expensive, cutting-edge cameras. Not only do those cameras capture my interest -- they are what the majority of DCRP readers are curious about, as well. Recently, I was reminded...

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Nikon Coolpix S3000


The Nikon Coolpix S3000 is a 12-megapixel, ultra-compact camera. The S3000 is quite a basic point and shoot camera that's really just a step or so up from the bottom-end Nikon L22. The S3000 has a decent 4x optical zoom, equivalent to a 27-108mm zoom...

To sum it up, the S3000 is a user-friendly entry-level camera. It’s ultra-compact, which means it can go with you anywhere. The downside of the Nikon S3000 is that it just isn’t up to snuff on image quality. Unfortunately, the S3000 appears to suffer...

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Nikon COOLPIX S3000


The Nikon COOLPIX S3000 is a 12 Megapixel compact with a 4x optical zoom and 2.7in screen. Launched in February 2010 it supersedes the popular COOLPIX S220, adding 2 Megapixels to the resolution, a bigger screen and extending the zoom mostly at the...

4x zoom with good wide angle coverage ; Excellent image quality ; Small, light, eye-catching design

No optical image stabilisation ; Poor quality at high ISO settings ; Narrow viewing angle on-screen ; Modest closest focusing distance

The Nikon COOPIX S3000 is a quality point-and-shoot compact that will appeal to those who want a capable camera that offers some control over exposure (in the form of manual ISO sensitivity settings) but are more concerned about getting good quality...

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"Best Value for money paid"


I've had an S3000 which I broke, then I bought another one just like it. Why? because I've used a lot of pocket cameras from different brands , but this one is the best you can get with a budget below $150. I disagree with some users who gave this...

Small, smooth, good picture quality relatively to small budget

Don't you ever drop it ! very fragile even if it falls 1 foot from the floor.

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"Great camera"


Nice, clear pictures. Easy to use.

Don't know how to turn flash off.

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Great camera


Nice, clear pictures. Easy to use

Don't know how to turn flash off

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This camera sucks!


Don't buy this unless you have the money to buy another one 6 months later!

It takes good pics during the day

I bought this camera with hopes that it would be a good camera to take pics of my kids. Well it wasn't. I had to replace the battery after about 2 weeks because the one it came with wouldn't charge. I thought no big deal. It'll be worth it. 6 months later

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"This camera sucks!"


Don't buy this unless you have the money to buy another one 6 months later!

It takes good pics during the day.

I bought this camera with hopes that it would be a good camera to take pics of my kids. Well it wasn't. I had to replace the battery after about 2 weeks because the one it came with wouldn't charge. I thought no big deal. It'll be worth it. 6 months later

Product Specifications

Strikingly colorful 12 megapixel camera encased in a super-slim metal body and available in a range of eye-catching colors. Its combination of advanced automatic features with vibrant take-anywhere style makes it perfect for capturing stunning images with ease wherever you go. Whether you shoot pictures or movie-clips, consistently sharp results are assured thanks to the precision Nikkor wideangle 4x zoom lens and four advanced anti-blur technologies that automatically minimize the effects of camera shake, subject movement or low light. No matter what the occasion, Nikon's Smart Portrait System guarantees picture-perfect portraits where everyone has smiling faces and open eyes. The Coolpix S3000 - a stunning performer you can color to taste.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL10

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:SDHC Memory Card / SD Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.2-5.9
Max Focal Length:19.6mm
Min Focal Length:4.9mm
Optical Zoom:4
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:12Megapixel

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO auto (80-1600) / ISO auto (80-800) / ISO auto (80-400) / ISO 3200 / ISO 1600 / ISO 80 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO 100
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Normal / Cyanotype / Vivid / Sepia / Black & White
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None